Motor Vehicle Accidents

  • Car Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Bus Accidents
  • Pedestrian Knockdowns
  • Motorcycle Accidents

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have a case?

That depends. There are two distinct parts to a personal injury case: The first is to show that someone else is at fault or mostly at fault. The second is that you must prove that you suffered an injury. In auto accident cases, you must be able to prove that you have suffered a significant and /or serious injury. If you have both a clear liability picture and serious injuries, then you will most likely have a case.

How long will it take?

It depends if a case can be quickly settled or must go through the litigation and discovery process and eventually onto trial. Any case can settle at any time. Most cases that can show negligence and a significant injury usually do settle at some point. However, if a case is contested and a settlement can not be negotiated than due to Court congestion it can take several years until we go to trial.  During the litigation process, we are working very hard to protect our client’s rights and to develop all the necessary elements to have a successful conclusion.

How do I know if I need an attorney?

If you have been seriously injured or if you are unsure as to the long-term impact of an injury, an experienced personal injury attorney should be consulted before giving any statement or signing any papers of any kind. This should take place as soon after the accident as possible.

If you suffer an injury or lost wages from an automobile accident, it is very important that you file a “no fault benefit application” within thirty (30) days of the accident.

There is a time limit, known as a “statute of limitations” that requires that a lawsuit be filed within a specific period of time, depending on the circumstances of your case. If you do not file within the time limits, you are prohibited from obtaining any compensation for your injuries. An attorney will help you stay well within the statute of limitations.

In certain situations, time limits can be as short as ninety (90) days in which a claim must be filed. Since there is no cost to you in contacting our office, we suggest that you call us to protect your rights. Our toll-free number is (866) 293-1616.

How much is my case worth?

This depends on many factors. The most important factor is the severity of your injury. The severity of your injury includes, the injury, medical expenses, loss of wages/income and other elements. Another factor is the amount of insurance available. Finally, the degree of fault is also factored in.

How much does it cost to bring a personal injury lawsuit?

Personal Injury Law Firms in New York receive a fee on a contingent bases. This means that our Law Firm only gets paid if we recover monetary damages for you. This fee is 33 1/3 % . Also, we do not receive a fee unless we are successful in obtaining settlements or recovering compensation. Otherwise, you will not be billed for our services. All of our clients are provided with a written retainer agreement that clearly spells out this arrangement.

Prosecution and preparing a case also requires out-of-pocket costs: court and filing fees, investigation expenses, transcript costs, charges for medical records and reports, expert witness fees and other costs. In nearly all cases, our Law Firm advances these costs, knowing that most of our clients would find it burdensome to pay these expenses. This is called a disbursement. Once the case is completed, the expenses and legal fees in your case are deducted from the money we recover on your behalf and you and your family receives the remaining money from your settlements.

Please contact our Law Firm for a professional evaluation of your case. We will be happy to analyze your specific fact pattern and discuss the law as it applies to you.

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Testimonials*

“I am very happy how Mr. Kerner worked on my case. He always called me and kept me up to date. After another attorney dropped my case, Mr. Kerner took me on as a client and was able to get me a good settlement.”

– Testimonial of “Raymond P”

“Thank you to Mr. Stuart for his services. When no other lawyer wanted to take my case he did. He was very professional and I am very happy with the results he got me. I also want to thank him for treating me like family and not just a client.”

– Testimonial of “Julio P.”

“Stuart Kerner has been my lawyer since 1994. I have had several accident cases with him and he has always done well for me. I think of him like a friend and not just my attorney. I have referred many people to Stu and they all have been very satisfied.”

– Testimonial of “Ken D.”

“I am very happy with my attorney, Mr. Kerner. He got me a very good settlement. I recommend him to everyone who has had an accident and needs a good attorney.”

– Testimonial of “Johanna N.”

“The Law offices of Stuart Kerner has treated me like family. They dedicated a lot of time to help me and were very successful in the outcome of my accident case. I highly recommend attorney Stu Kerner to all clients.”

– Testimonial of “Jose D.”

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