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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is personal injury law?
Personal injury laws were established to protect people who have been physically or psychologically injured or wrongfully killed by another person’s negligent or reckless actions.  Personal injury is a branch of civil litigation in which the victim, referred to as the plaintiff, seeks financial compensation by filing a claim against a negligent party, referred to as the defendant. Most personal injury cases are settled outside of court, but can be decided by a judge if the situation requires it. In order to file a successful personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant acted negligently and is liable for the accident and/or injury.

2. How much is my case worth?
The value of your case will depend on a number of factors, and usually cannot be determined without a thorough analysis of your case.  Generally, the more severe your injuries are, the more your case is worth. Certain factors will influence the value of your case, such as the severity of your injuries, the cost of your medical bills, current and potential lost income, if you have been permanently disabled, etc. However, it is important to remember that compensation can never be guaranteed. Any attorney that guarantees a set amount of recovery should not be trusted.

3. How much time do I have to file a lawsuit?
In general, you have three years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit.  However, certain types of personal injury accidents have a different statue of limitation, such as claims involving children, and personal injury claims against a governmental entity. Failure to file a personal injury claim within three years may waive your right take legal action or seek damages for your injuries. Therefore, it is always wise to contact an experienced New York City personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident occurs.

4. What sort of financial compensation can I claim for my injuries?
If you have been injured by a negligent or reckless party, you are entitled to financial compensation for all losses and expenses suffered from the accident, such as pain, suffering, medical costs, medical treatments, psychological distress, decreased quality of life, lost wages, property damage, lost future wages, attorney fees, financial hardship, permanent disability, funeral and administrative expenses (in wrongful death cases), and any other out of pocket expenses.

5. Why should I hire a personal injury attorney?
It’s in your best interest to hire an attorney to represent you in any lawsuit. Personal injury laws can be complex and confusing. An experienced personally injury attorney has the knowledge to confidently guide you through the legal process, protect your best interest, and help you obtain successful results in court. In addition, having a skilled attorney on your side will greatly increase your chances of receiving compensation for your injuries.

6. How do I know if I have a personal injury case?
You have a personal injury case if the following if true:

    • You sustained a physical or psychological injury
    • Your injury is the result of another person’s negligent, reckless, or intentional actions.

If you’re not sure if you have a personal injury case, attorney Jeffrey Manca offers free consultations, at which time he will evaluate your case, and determine whether you can make a legitimate claim

7. Will I have to go to court?
Not necessarily. Most personal injury lawsuits are settled outside of court by your attorney and either the insurance company or the defendant’s attorney. However, if a settlement cannot be reached, your case will need to go trial. You will most likely have to appear at trial in order to give your testimony.

8.  What if I can’t afford an attorney?
Attorney Jeffrey Manca pursues all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that Mr. Manca will not charge an attorney fee unless he is successful in obtaining compensation upon resolution of your case. If Mr. Manca does not win your case, then you will not have to pay any attorney fees. However, clients are typically responsible for minor court fees regardless of whether you win or lose.


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