Do I have a case?
- In order to properly evaluate whether or not you have a case we need to talk to you in order to make that decision. If in doubt, call. It costs you nothing at all.
Can you guarantee me a certain recovery?
- No, lawyers cannot guarantee results. We do have many years of experience handling personal injury cases and, once we have the evidence necessary to value your case, we will tell you our opinion about its value. We will answer any questions you have and tell you how we arrived at that value. We always remember that it is your case, not ours, and we want you to be informed.
I have been in an accident, should I go to a doctor?
- Yes. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you should see a doctor immediately. Firstly, you should see a doctor for your own well-being. You may not be able to discern the extent of your injuries yourself; a small ache could be something significant, or it could be nothing at all. Only a doctor can tell you for sure. Secondly, you should see a doctor because if you decide to bring a legal claim against the at-fault driver or another party, you will need documentation of your injuries and what you did to fix them. An insurance company will interpret your failure to seek medical attention to mean that you were not hurt, regardless of your injury
Will my case go to trial?
- Contrary to what you hear on television and read in the newspapers about our courts being clogged with personal injury suits, the overwhelming majority of cases settle. We make a good faith effort to settle cases, but if the other side isn't willing to pay a fair amount on your claim, we will file a lawsuit. Even after suit is filed, most cases still settle. If your case has to be tried, we will work with you to make sure you are prepared for that process.
How long will my case take?
- The only fair answer to this question is that all cases are different. Some cases are settled in a year or less and some cases take several years due to a variety of factors such as the number of parties involved, as well as the death of any of the parties. Factors such as these can change how long a case will take to conclude.
Do I get to meet my lawyer?
- Throughout the process, from the very beginning from when you first sign up with Chopra & Nocerino, all the way up to the conclusion of your personal injury case, you will be in constant communication with your attorney. This attorney will be responsible for your case and available to you throughout the entire process.
What if I am unable to make it into your office?
- Whenever we decide to take on a case it is important to us to meet face to face for our initial meeting. If you are unable to come to us, we will come to you.
How long do I have to file a claim?
- This answer varies depending on what type of claim you are making (Car accident vs. Medical Malpractice) and who the person or entity you are making a claim against is (Private defendant vs. Municipality such as The City of New York or New York City Transit Authority). These factors can change the answer significantly. This is one of the most important reasons to call us immediately for a free consultation.
How long do I have to file for no fault benefits?
- In New York State the requirement says that the no fault insurance carrier must be notified within 30 days of the accident. In any automobile accident we always file for no fault benefits on behalf of our client.
My car was totaled in the accident and being junked, should I take photos?
- Absolutely. You should always take photos of any vehicle involved in your motor vehicle accident. These photos can be the difference between winning and losing a case. Jurors want to see the actual damage to the vehicle and not just words describing the damage. Always take as many pictures as possible as soon as possible.
I am not happy with my doctor, can I change doctors?
- You have an absolute right to choose whoever you want as your doctor. This is even the case when your employer has sent you to a doctor or your attorney has recommended a doctor. Never stay with a doctor if you are not completely satisfied with the treatment you are receiving.
What is a 50h Hearing?
- A 50h hearing is a preliminary hearing held by municipalities such as the City of New York and the New York City Housing Authority and the New York City Transit Authority. These hearings are intended to give these municipalities an early and better understanding of the accident in question and the alleged injuries. Additionally all claimants must attend a 50h hearing before being permitted to file a lawsuit in the State of New York. An attorney from our office will attend this 50h hearing with you and thoroughly prepare you for this hearing before it takes place. If you speak Spanish a Spanish speaking attorney will attend your 50h hearing in order to prepare you in your native language.
Can I afford an attorney?
- Yes. Your consultation is always free with Chopra & Nocerino. We provide representation for your personal injury case on a contingency basis. This means that you only pay us when we get money for you. Depending on the type of case the percentage can vary (Car accident vs. Medical Malpractice).
Is there any charge for talking to an attorney?
- No. An attorney from this office would be glad to talk to you on the phone or in person at no charge in order to properly evaluate your claim.