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Lawsuit Loan Calculator – Compare Lawsuit Loans

The HURT911® personal injury pre-settlement lawsuit loan calculator shows you:

  • How much interest you will pay for your lawsuit loan.
  • How much money you will pay back to payoff your lawsuit loan.
  • How much you will receive at the end of your case after your lawsuit loan is paid off.
  • How much money you really received after your lawsuit loan is paid off.
  • How much you would receive at the end of your case if you do not get a lawsuit loan.
  • Compares the interest, expenses, and costs of one lawsuit loan company vs another lawsuit loan company so you can see which is the best lawsuit loan.

This is the only lawsuit loan calculator on the internet that will give you all the information you need about your pre-settlement lawsuit loan and the only calculator to compare one lawsuit loan company vs another lawsuit loan company.

We are personal injury lawyers and we do not provide lawsuit loans which means the HURT911® lawsuit loan calculator is unbiased.

To get all the information you have to enter a little more data than other calculators but you can leave some fields blank and get a little less info. See the instructions below to enter data in the fields.

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How Do I Know If I Can Get a Personal Injury Pre-Settlement Lawsuit Loan?

If you’re injured in an accident because of the negligence of someone and/or a company, you may need to borrow money with a lawsuit loan. Lawsuit loans are only available if you have a personal injury lawyer representing you.

What Is a Personal Injury Pre-Settlement Lawsuit Loan?

Lawsuit loans are really not loans. They are an early advance of some of your settlement money also known as a pre-settlement advance, lawsuit cash advance, and lawsuit funding. They are technically a non-recourse note or agreement. See how pre-settlement funding is described in this article about a class-action lawsuit against Oasis Legal Finance which provides pre-settlement funding for personal injury lawsuits.

The advantage of it not being a loan is that you don’t have to pay it back if your personal injury case is not successful.

The disadvantage is that lawsuit loan companies can charge more interest than allowed for a loan because they are taking the risk of losing all their money if your personal injury case is not successful.

Should I Borrow Money on My Personal Injury Case?

There are a lot of times when getting a lawsuit loan is beneficial, times when it is not, and times when it can even hurt your case or result in you losing your case. Please see our article, Should I Borrow Money on My Accident Case to find out if a lawsuit loan is good for you.

How To Use The Lawsuit Loans Calculator

Compare Lawsuit Loans to Determine Which Is The Best Lawsuit Loan

Use the lawsuit loan calculator just to see how much a lawsuit loan will cost you or to compare the interest and costs of one lawsuit loan company vs. another lawsuit loan company. If you’re not looking to compare lawsuit loans, you can enter the data for just one.

COMPANY A already has the Monthly Rate (2.5%), Annual Monitoring Fee ($100), Compounding Method (Annual), and Application fee ($400) entered for the lawsuit pre-settlement loan company we use. The lawsuit funding company we use charges a one-time $100 Annual Monitoring Fee no matter how many times you get a cash advance and uses an annual Compounding Method which will cost you less.

Entering Your Data In The Lawsuit Loans Calculator

The lawsuit loan calculator already has the information entered for an actual case we just settled (our client had a broken finger in a construction accident) to show you an example of the cost between two lawsuit settlement cash advance companies. Please change the amounts to your situation.

  1. Case Settlement > Enter the amount you think your case will settle for.
  2. Legal Fee > The default is already set to 1/3 for New York and most states.
  3. Expenses > Leave blank if you can’t estimate. Enter the estimated amount of case expenses. Depending on your settlement amount, a range of $1,500 to $15,000 is fairly typical.
  4. WC & Medical Liens > Leave blank if you can’t estimate. WC is your Worker’s Compensation lien if you were working when you were injured. You can estimate the amount WC paid for your medical treatment and deduct 1/3 for a lien reduction to get an estimate to enter.
  5. Annual Monitoring Fee > Find out what the lawsuit pre-settlement funding companies will charge. You can leave this blank if you don’t know it.
  6. Compounding Method > Find out which method the lawsuit pre-settlement funding companies will use.
  7. Settlement Date > Enter the approximate date you can estimate for when your personal injury case will settle.
  8. LAWSUIT FUNDING COMPANY A > Press the Clear All Data button to enter your own data. Then enter the Date, Amount, Application Fee, and Monthly Rate of at least one funding (aka cash advance aka lawsuit loan). On smartphones, move the screen left to enter the Monthly Rate.
  9. To Compare Two LAWSUIT FUNDING COMPANIES > Enter the Application Fee and Monthly Rate for COMPANY B.

After using the lawsuit loan calculator enter the lawsuit loan Payoff Amount in our Personal Injury Settlement Calculator.

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The Personal Injury Lawsuit Loans Calculator

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What type of attorney do I need if someone damaged my property or building?

A personal injury lawyer can represent you for property damage. Because personal injury lawyers take cases on contingency and you only pay if the case is successful the property damage needs to be substantial.

Many personal injury lawyers will not take a property damage case even when representing the client for personal injury.

When Will We Represent You For Property Damage?

We will represent clients for property damage when the property damage was caused by an accident in New York and is in addition to your injury.

For instance, if you were injured in a motorcycle accident in New York, your motorcycle was totaled, and you did not have collision damage coverage, we will represent you for the damage to your motorcycle when we represent you for your injury. See how our personal injury legal fee on contingency works.

Usually, in a car accident, people have collision damage coverage and you will not need a lawyer.

We may be interested in representing clients for property damage only when the amount of the damage is $150,000 or more and the case is in New York.

Personal injury lawyers frequently include property damage claims in personal injury lawsuits so a personal injury lawyer is the type of lawyer you want for a property damage case.

Tip: Before hiring a personal injury lawyer for property damage, find out if you have insurance coverage, which can pay the claim, on your own insurance policy. If you have enough insurance coverage on your own insurance policy, you can save the legal fee a lawyer will charge.

Tip: If you are claiming against your own insurance policy but you are disputing the amount of the damage, you can use a public adjuster who is not a lawyer and usually charges only 10%. If you are making a claim against someone else’s insurance policy, you will probably need a lawyer because a lawsuit will likely need to be filed.

Are There Lawyers Who Specialize In Property Damage?

Lawyers do not specialize in property damage because there are very few cases involving enough damage to property to make it worthwhile to pay for the time to litigate the case.

When Do I Need An Attorney For Property Damage?

  • You do not have insurance coverage on your own policy which can pay the claim.
  • You do not have enough insurance coverage on your own policy which can pay the claim.
  • When your insurance company doesn’t pay your claim.

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How Much Must A Property Damage Claim Be Worth For A Lawyer To Represent Me?

That depends on the personal injury lawyer if you’re looking for a lawyer on contingency. The amount of damage you would need to interest a personal injury lawyer would also depend on how it happened and if an expert would need to be hired.

We are interested in looking at claims when your property damage is at least $25,000. We will give you a free consultation.

For smaller claims, you can look for a general practice lawyer who you can pay by the hour but it will likely cost you several thousand dollars.

What Types of Property Damage Are Valuable Enough For A Personal Injury Lawyer?

  • Damage to a building
  • Damage to land
  • Damage to an expensive car

Damage To A Building

When a construction company was dynamiting and caused a crack from the foundation to the roof of a nearby building causing over $175,000 worth of damage, that was enough to take the case on contingency and pay for an expert to testify.

This photo shows the damage created when a dump truck crashed into the side of a building damaging a dental office.
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Flood Damage To A Store

We successfully represented an electronics store that had $250,000 of TVs, stereos, surround sound equipment, and other electronics in a basement that were damaged when a pipe burst and caused a flood in the basement.

Damage To An Expensive Car

We successfully represented the owner of a $90,000 BMW which had $28,000 damage in a car accident when it was parked. Since the car was parked, our client wasn’t injured. Our client owned about 10 expensive cars such as Porsche, Ferrari, and Rolls Royce so he decided to self insure and saved $25,000 a year in the cost of collision coverage. Since he didn’t have collision coverage and the insurance company of the car which hit his BMW wasn’t paying for the damage, he hired us.

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Attorney Phil FranckelPhilip L. Franckel, Esq. is the author of all articles and content on this website.

Mr. Franckel is a personal injury lawyer and Founding Partner of 1-800-HURT-911® New York. He has a 10 Avvo Rating, Avvo Client’s Choice Award with all 5-star reviews, Avvo Top Contributor, and is a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. See Mr. Franckel’s bio.

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  2. Just give your contact info to our operator and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq. will call you within 5-10 minutes for your free, no-obligation consultation during the hours of 8 am – 10 pm. After hours, Rob will call you in the morning or at the time you want.
  3. Then just text or call us any time you want during your case!

Because any delay could cause you to lose viable rights and benefits, please call HURT-911® Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq. right now for a free consultation to find out your rights days/nights/weekends.
1-800-HURT-911
1-800-487-8911

You can speak, text, or email with us whenever you want throughout your case and afterward, days/nights/weekends, and experience our famous personal service. You’ll even get our personal phone numbers so you can call or text anytime!

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1-800-HURT-911® Founding Partner and Personal Injury Lawyer Rob Plevy, Esq.

Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

Robert Plevy, Esq. is one of the HURT911® Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York. Rob began his legal career in 1993 as an Assistant Corporation Counsel defending The City of New York against personal injury lawsuits.

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How Do I Change My Personal Injury Lawyer In New York

Can I Change My Personal Injury Lawyer In New York?

Yes. You can change to a new personal injury lawyer in New York at any time, for any reason, and as many times as you want without any extra cost to you.

Tips When Changing Your Personal Injury Lawyer In New York

TIP: Get a free consultation with another personal injury lawyer for a second opinion before you fire your current personal injury lawyer.

TIP: Although you are allowed to change your personal injury attorney, you may not be able to find another personal injury lawyer willing to take your accident case. That’s why you should get a second opinion before you fire your current personal injury lawyer.

TIP: If your personal injury lawyer is dropping your case, call other personal injury lawyers but don’t tell them your lawyer doesn’t want to represent you anymore. That’s a big red flag to personal injury lawyers and they will likely not want to consider your case.

TIP: If you already changed your personal injury lawyer and are trying to change your personal injury lawyer again to a 3rd lawyer, it may be more difficult unless you have a very valuable personal injury case.

Should I Call Another Personal Injury Lawyer If a Lawyer Didn’t Want My Case?

Yes. You should always get a second opinion if you went to a personal injury lawyer who did not want your case or after taking your case your personal injury lawyer no longer wants to represent you.

We represented many personal injury clients who were turned down by other personal injury lawyers.

We settled a car accident case for $750,000 for a client in the Bronx who had back pain and went to a lawyer who didn’t want the case until she got some medical treatment. If that lawyer took her case, she probably wouldn’t have been happy with him and he probably would have settled it for $15,000.

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Can I Get A Second Opinion From A Personal Injury Lawyer?

Yes. People frequently get a second opinion from another doctor. It’s the same with lawyers and personal injury lawyers don’t charge a fee for a consultation or a second opinion.

You Think You Hired The Wrong New York Personal Injury Lawyer

Often you liked the personal injury lawyer when you signed the retainer but afterward, the lawyer doesn’t seem interested in you or your case and the lawyer won’t communicate with you anymore.

12 reasons people change their personal injury lawyer:

  • My lawyer doesn’t return phone calls, emails, or texts and I cannot get to speak with my lawyer.
  • I only get to speak to my lawyer’s secretary.
  • I can’t find out what’s going on with my case.
  • I’m not getting my No-Fault disability checks and my lawyer isn’t helping.
  • I get the feeling that I am bothering my lawyer.
  • My lawyer actually said, “I’m too busy to handle your case”.
  • My lawyer is rude.
  • My lawyer wants me to settle my case for too little.
  • My lawyer doesn’t want to take my case to trial.
  • My lawyer isn’t interested in my case.
  • My lawyer doesn’t seem to know me or my case when I call.
  • My lawyer doesn’t want to represent me anymore.

We recently became the second law firm for a client because he was unhappy that Cellino & Barnes wanted him to settle his accident case for $25,000. We settled his case for the entire $100,000 insurance policy.

See the New York State required Statement of Client’s Rights

What If My Personal Injury Lawyer Doesn’t Want To Represent Me Anymore?

Surprisingly, we get a lot of calls from people who said their personal injury lawyer said he or she doesn’t want to represent them anymore.

4 reasons that your lawyer may tell you to get another lawyer:

  • Your lawyer doesn’t get along with you.
  • Your lawyer no longer thinks you have a good case.
  • Your lawyer disagrees with you about how much your case is worth.
  • Your lawyer wants you to settle for a lot less money than you want.

If your personal injury lawyer told you that he or she doesn’t want to represent you anymore, call us now!

Will It Cost Me More Money To Change My Personal Injury Lawyer?

No. Your legal fee will remain the same at 1/3 of what the personal injury lawyer gets you, no matter how many times you change your personal injury lawyer.

We will work out with your previous lawyer how much of the 1/3 legal fee will be paid by us to your previous personal injury lawyer.

when clients changed lawyers we got enough personal injury settlement money to fill these money bags

Will Changing Lawyers Hurt Or Delay My Personal Injury Case?

No. Another lawyer will probably be able to get you more money and maybe even quicker. If you are unhappy with your current lawyer it’s probably for a good reason. The sooner you get a new personal injury lawyer, the better it will be for you.

Do I have To Call My Personal Injury Lawyer To Change Lawyers?

No. Your new personal injury lawyer will contact your previous personal injury lawyer to arrange to transfer your file.

What Should I Do Now?

Just call us or give your name and number to the operator in the chat window for a free second opinion with no pressure. If you sign a retainer with us, we will contact your personal injury lawyer and arrange everything. You won’t have to speak with your lawyer or do anything!

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Attorney Phil FranckelPhilip L. Franckel, Esq. is the author of all articles and content on this website.

Mr. Franckel is a personal injury lawyer and Founding Partner of 1-800-HURT-911® New York. He has a 10 Avvo Rating, Avvo Client’s Choice Award with all 5-star reviews, Avvo Top Contributor, and is a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. See Mr. Franckel’s bio.


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—Lia Fisse

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What will happen when I call 1-800-HURT-911 or chat?

  1. Our call center operators and chat operators are available 24/7.
  2. Just give your contact info to our operator and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq. will call you within 5-10 minutes for your free, no-obligation consultation during the hours of 8 am – 10 pm. After hours, Rob will call you in the morning or at the time you want.
  3. Then just text or call us any time you want during your case!

Because any delay could cause you to lose viable rights and benefits, please call HURT-911® Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq. right now for a free consultation to find out your rights days/nights/weekends.
1-800-HURT-911
1-800-487-8911

You can speak, text, or email with us whenever you want throughout your case and afterward, days/nights/weekends, and experience our famous personal service. You’ll even get our personal phone numbers so you can call or text anytime!

Watch Founding Partner Phil Franckel, Esq. talk about New York Serious Injury Attorneys.com, difficult cases, and the 1-800-HURT-911® Dream Team™


Philip L. Franckel, Esq. is one of the HURT911® Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York; He has a 10 Avvo rating; Avvo Client’s Choice with all 5-star reviews; Avvo Top Contributor; and a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

1-800-HURT-911® Founding Partner and Personal Injury Lawyer Rob Plevy, Esq.

Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

Robert Plevy, Esq. is one of the HURT911® Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York. Rob began his legal career in 1993 as an Assistant Corporation Counsel defending The City of New York against personal injury lawsuits.

Get the HURT911® Dream Team on your side!
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Why Are There Too Many Lawsuits?

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The truth is that the number of personal injury lawsuits is not excessive and there is no evidence that shows that they are. If the actual number of personal injury lawsuits is increasing it’s only because the population is increasing.

The number of automobile, motorcycle and pedestrian lawsuits has increased because of distracted drivers talking on the phone or texting. However, these cases are going to disappear rapidly due to advanced collision avoidance systems being installed in cars.

Safer Cars Mean Fewer Lawsuits

Some cars already have very sophisticated collision avoidance systems and I predict that within a few years, there won’t be any car or motorcycle accidents. When personal injury lawsuits from car accidents disappear, don’t believe for a moment that car insurance will be cheap.

Cars are becoming safer in two ways.

The first is protecting the occupants. Some cars like Volvo are well-known for keeping passengers safe. In fact, we have never represented a client injured in a Volvo!

Volvo has a large animal detection feature that will avoid hitting a deer or moose.

The second is that cars are getting better at protecting people outside of the car like pedestrians. Volvo has already had pedestrian detection for many years and it keeps getting better.

Beneficial Effects of Lawsuits

Besides providing compensation for damage to a person or property caused by the negligence of someone else, lawsuits have several beneficial effects on society. Besides the obvious replacement of violence with civility, the biggest beneficial effect is that it makes life safer.

If it were not for lawsuits, there would be no need to make cars safer. Within a few years, no one will ever be injured in a car again. In fact, Volvo advertises by the year 2020, no one will ever be seriously injured or killed again in a new Volvo car or SUV.

There Are Many Laws Designed to Eliminate Lawsuits

Many states like New Jersey have enacted laws that make it more difficult to bring a personal injury lawsuit. In some states, it’s disgusting how difficult they made it because many times people with real injuries are unable to be compensated.

Interestingly, auto insurance rates in New Jersey are among the highest in the U.S., and New Jersey’s restrictions on lawsuits have done nothing to reduce insurance premiums.

In New York, many people with lifelong, painful soft tissue injuries, such as a neck or back injury from a car accident find their case dismissed by the court because the court didn’t think the injury was serious enough.

Who Complains About Lawsuits?

The only people who complain about lawsuits are:

  1. People who have been sued because of their negligence and believe that the plaintiff wasn’t injured. But in most of our cases, our clients didn’t know they were injured. We have even had many cases where our client had a broken bone and required surgery but didn’t realize he was injured at the time of the accident. Often, even the hospital doesn’t see a broken bone but after pain sets in, it’s diagnosed a day or two later by a doctor.
  2. People who have not yet sustained an injury because of someone else’s negligence and wrongly think lawsuits affect their insurance premium. Those people always change their attitude once they get injured. We have represented several of those people.

John Stossel is one of those people. He did many anti-lawsuit stories on TV but when he was slapped in the face by a professional wrestler, he ran to a personal injury lawyer to file a lawsuit and apparently got $425,000!

Read The Truth About Insurance; Tort Reform; Jury Verdicts; Real & Phony Law Suits

Are Lawsuits Out Of Control?

We don’t think so but commercial litigation is where the real money is. It was reported that the settlement of the lawsuit between Qualcomm and Apple will net Qualcomm between $4.5 billion and $4.7 billion.

Think the McDonald’s coffee lawsuit is proof lawsuits are out of control? Read the true facts about the McDonald’s coffee lawsuit.

In a study by the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, the median personal injury award nationwide in state court was $24,000 and the median damage award in federal court was $201,000.

This is pennies compared to commercial litigation in which a company sues another company. Often, insurance policies pay for the defense and the award against the company. Insurance may even pay for the plaintiff’s litigation costs.

Where I live, my village filed a lawsuit against a cell phone company to stop them from putting up antennas on an existing cell tower. At a meeting, I objected to the village filing a lawsuit because I believed the cell phone company would prevail and I didn’t want to pay for the litigation from my taxes.

The village responded by saying it wouldn’t matter because they had insurance that would pay for the lawsuit. I pointed out that this type of expensive and prolonged litigation potentially costing hundreds of thousands of dollars would likely result in a premium increase and cost me money when the village raises my taxes but that did not stop the village from proceeding with the litigation.

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Attorney Phil FranckelPhilip L. Franckel, Esq. is the author of all articles and content on this website.

Mr. Franckel is a personal injury lawyer and Founding Partner of 1-800-HURT-911® New York. He has a 10 Avvo Rating, Avvo Client’s Choice Award with all 5-star reviews, Avvo Top Contributor, and is a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. See Mr. Franckel’s bio.


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Do I Need a Lawyer If I Am Being Sued for an Accident?

Most people do not need to hire a lawyer when sued for causing an accident because your insurance company is required to defend you and pay any claims against you. However, it may sometimes be necessary to retain a lawyer.

If you are involved in a car accident or someone is injured on your property, your insurance company will provide you with a lawyer, paid by the insurance company, to defend you against a personal injury lawsuit. However, you have the responsibility to do some things.

Man who was sued is deciding whether he needs to hire a lawyer

This article will tell you when you might want to consult with a lawyer and what to do when:

  1. You had a car accident
  2. Someone had an accident or was injured on your property
  3. You received a letter from a personal injury lawyer stating the lawyer is making a claim against you
  4. You received legal papers called a Summons and Complaint

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What You Need to Do to Get a Free Lawyer from Your Insurance Company

Report the Accident to Your Insurance Company

Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible after your car accident or after someone has an accident on your property. Make sure you get a claim number and write it down.

Do not rely on reporting the accident to your insurance agent or broker. You must report the accident to your insurance company.

Most insurance companies have telephone numbers for 24-hour claims reporting. When you report to the accident, make a note of the claims number to prove you reported the claim.

sideswipe damage to car from accident

This car was sideswiped in Brooklyn. If this happens to you, you should call the police to file a report and then call your insurance company to report the accident.

What Will Happen After I Report an Accident to My Insurance Company?

Your insurance company will begin work on the claim which will include determining if and how much at fault you are for causing the accident and the amount of any damage to property and people.

What to Do If You Did Not Immediately Report the Accident

If you did not report the accident, you must report the accident as soon as you receive a claim letter from a personal injury lawyer indicating that a claim is being made against you.

Do not rely on reporting the accident or sending a copy of the attorney’s claim letter to your insurance agent or broker. You must report the accident and send a copy of the claim letter to your insurance company.

You can report the claim to your insurance company by telephone but you should also send a copy of the attorney’s claim letter to your insurance company by certified mail return receipt requested.

You should not have a problem with your insurance company for not reporting the accident immediately after the accident if you did not know that there was a possibility a claim would be made against you.

If you have not yet received a claim letter from a personal injury attorney by the time you’re reading this article, it’s a good idea to report the accident now.

What to Do If You Receive a Claim Letter from a Personal Injury Attorney

If you receive a claim letter from a lawyer advising that the claim is being made against you or you may be sued:

  • Call your insurance company immediately to report the claim
  • Get a claim number, right down and keep it
  • Send a copy of the claim letter to your insurance company immediately.

Do not rely on reporting the accident or sending a copy of the attorney’s claim letter to your insurance agent or broker. You must report the accident and send a copy of the claim letter to your insurance company.

What Will Happen After I Receive a Claim Letter from a Personal Injury Lawyer?

After you send a copy of the attorney’s claim letter to your insurance company, your insurance company will contact the personal injury lawyer and request the lawyer to send copies of all the medical records concerning the injuries claimed.

Your insurance company may attempt to settle the claim. If the claim cannot be settled, a lawsuit will usually be started by the personal injury lawyer.

What to Do When You Are Served with Legal Papers Called a Summons and Complaint

You may be served with legal papers starting a lawsuit, called a Summons and Complaint. This can occur right away, a long time later, or even years later. The person who called me today said that he had a car accident in Brooklyn almost three years ago and wanted to know if he needed to hire a lawyer.

When a Summons and Complaint is served on you, you should immediately forward a copy of the Summons and Complaint to your insurance company by certified mail return receipt requested. If you have not previously obtained a claim number, get one now.

Do not rely on sending a copy of the Summons and Complaint to your insurance agent or broker.

You should send a copy to your insurance company no matter how you were served. A common misconception is that you must be served personally or you must agree to be served by accepting the papers and it cannot be left at your door. This is not true.

What Will Happen After I Am Served with a Summons and Complaint?

Upon receipt of the Summons and Complaint, your insurance company will immediately assign a lawyer to represent you. You should receive a letter from your lawyer advising that you are being represented for the defense of your alleged negligence.

The lawyer assigned to represent you will be paid by the insurance company. This is one of the important benefits of your insurance policy. Although the lawyer is paid by your insurance company, the lawyer must represent you and not your insurance company.

If your lawyer fails to communicate with you or keep you apprised of important aspects of your case such as a settlement offer, you should send a letter to your insurance company requesting a new lawyer.

If your insurance company refuses to provide you with a new lawyer, you can retain a lawyer to force your insurance company to do that or to oversee the case to protect your interests.

Is There Anything I Need to Do When I Was Served with a Summons and Complaint?

After a lawsuit is started, you will probably have to testify at a deposition.

I Received an Affidavit of No Other Insurance from My Insurance Company, Should I Sign it?

If you have a personal injury lawyer, have your lawyer look at it first. Otherwise, you can sign an affidavit that you do not have any other insurance. Make sure that the affidavit doesn’t say you are admitting having caused the accident.

What Should I Do If I Receive a Bad Faith Letter or My Insurance Company Refuses to Settle?

A bad faith letter is a letter from the personal injury lawyer advising that the plaintiff is demanding payment of your entire insurance policy to settle the case and advises that if the entire insurance policy is not paid the lawyer will go after your income and personal assets.

The purpose of a bad faith letter is to put a time limit on when the amount of your entire insurance policy will be accepted in settlement of the claim or lawsuit. The amount of time is usually 30 days, after which the plaintiff will no longer settle and will go to trial seeking a judgment against you to try to collect more money than your insurance policy limit.

If you receive a bad faith letter from a personal injury lawyer before a lawsuit is started or from your insurance company or your defense attorney after the lawsuit is started, you should consult with your own private attorney immediately. Your own attorney will put pressure on your insurance company to settle.

Do I Want My Insurance Company to Settle the Claim against Me?

Yes. When your insurance company settles the claim against you, you will no longer have any personal liability for the injuries caused by your negligence.

Do you think you weren’t negligent for causing the injuries or do you think that the plaintiff wasn’t injured? That’s dangerous thinking!

In almost every successful case against a defendant, the defendant thought he or she wasn’t negligent. When you find out at the time of trial that the court or jury found you to be either 100% negligent or partially negligent, you will have a nasty surprise.

Additionally, defendants always think that the plaintiff wasn’t injured because he or she looked fine at the accident. We had many cases where even the plaintiff didn’t know he or she was injured but later found out there was a serious injury. We even had clients who didn’t know at the accident scene that they broke a bone that needed surgery.

If your insurance company refuses to settle the claim against you, the case will go to trial. If a jury verdict is more than your insurance policy limit, the plaintiff’s lawyer may hold you responsible to pay the amount of money above your insurance policy limit.

Is My Salary and Assets at Risk When I Am Being Sued for an Accident?

Yes. Hopefully, you have a liability insurance coverage limit which is more than the amount that you could be held responsible for. One of the advantages of having insurance is that your insurance company will provide you with a free lawyer to defend you. Unfortunately, insurance companies frequently don’t do a good job.

When your insurance company settles the claim against you, you will no longer have any personal liability for the injuries caused by your negligence.

Do I Need To Hire a Lawyer If I’m Being Sued For More Than My Insurance Policy Limit?

In New York State, lawyers are no longer allowed to sue for a certain amount of money. Now, lawyers will have to wait until the trial when allowed to ask for a specific amount of money, so you will not know if you are being sued for more than your insurance policy liability limit.

In almost all cases, you will not need to hire your own lawyer. The majority of personal injury cases with serious injuries are settled for the insurance policy limit. This is because it can be extremely difficult to impossible to get more money from the defendant. However, we have done that.

If the lawsuit against you is settled, your insurance company will require the plaintiff to sign a release, releasing you from all further liability.

If you have a lot of money or assets and you have a small insurance policy, this might be a situation where you should at least consult with a personal injury lawyer who also does defense. Some personal injury lawyers also work for insurance companies representing defendants.

Example: Your insurance policy has a $25,000 liability limit, you live in a $1,000,000+ house and earn a lot of money when you cause an accident resulting in someone being very seriously injured. This is a good time to consult with a personal injury defense lawyer. If you were drunk when you caused the accident, it’s an even better time to consult with a personal injury defense lawyer.

A personal injury lawyer will be able to look at the file and determine if the injury is really worth a lot of money. You cannot assume that the injury was not serious because the plaintiff looked fine after the accident. We have settled many cases for over $1,000,000 where the plaintiff looked fine after the accident.

Tip: Get an insurance liability limit as high as the amount of your net worth or the value of your assets plus one year gross salary. Umbrella insurance is cheap additional protection that not only protects your income and assets but also pays for a lawyer to defend you.

Also, get underinsured coverage matching (as high as) the liability limit. Underinsured coverage pays you when someone else has too little insurance. Find out how much underinsured coverage you need or use our underinsured coverage calculator.

When Should I Consider Hiring My Own Lawyer?

When your insurance company refuses to settle and you’re concerned about personal liability, you may want to consider hiring a lawyer to review the file to determine if a settlement is warranted. Your lawyer can put pressure on your insurance company to settle and obtain a release to release you from further liability.

You Might Not Have Caused the Accident or You May Only Be Partially at Fault

Just because someone filed a lawsuit against you, that doesn’t mean you were at fault or 100% at fault for causing the accident. In many car accidents, both drivers are partially at fault for causing the accident.

In New York, if we can prove that the other driver was even 1% at fault, you are entitled to 1% of the value of your injury.

If you were injured in an accident that you believe was your fault, call us for a free consultation. We have recovered money for injured clients who looked like they were at fault but we were able to get money by proving the other driver was partially at fault.

Some of the personal injury settlements we obtained for clients who were mostly at fault for causing the accident is:

  • The entire $25,000 insurance policy for a client who ran a stop sign
  • The entire $100,000 insurance policy for a client who ran a red light
  • $155,000 for a client who was very drunk when he had a motorcycle accident
  • The entire $100,000 insurance policy for a client who pulled out of a parking spot and hit a truck

accident damage to driver's side fender on car hit when parked

The other driver claimed our client pulled out of a parking spot in the Bronx and struck his truck. Our client didn’t know he was injured at the time of the accident but he needed two surgeries. We settled this case for the entire $100,000 insurance policy.

What Do I Do if Someone Is Falsely Claiming to Be Injured in an Accident?

Notify your insurance company of the claim and tell your insurance company why you believe either the accident or the claimed injury is fraudulent. If the claim is phony or fraudulent, your insurance company will find out. They usually do, even if you don’t tell them.

Your insurance company won’t pay any money unless they are convinced you are at least partially at fault for causing the accident AND they will carefully examine all the medical records to make sure the claimant has an injury that was caused by the accident.

There are several ways that fraudulent claims can be made against insurance policies. These are three examples of what can happen.

Claiming to Be Injured When There Was No Real Injury

This happens and almost happened to me (see the next example, “Phony Fraudulent Accidents”). However, most of the time, the person being sued thinks there was no injury when there really was.

It is common for people to have an accident and not appear to be injured. They often don’t even know, at the time of the accident, that they were injured.

Two reasons why people don’t always know they were injured at the time of the accident:

  1. Shock masks pain from injuries
  2. Many injuries don’t exhibit symptoms until hours or days later

This video shows how a motorcycle police officer was in shock after being hit in the rear in a horrific crash by a car that ran a red light. He thought he was ok and didn’t know he was injured until later.

 

The most common injuries that do not always exhibit symptoms until hours, days, or even weeks later, are neck and back injuries, torn ligaments such as a rotator cuff tear in a shoulder, and a meniscus tear in a knee.

We have even had clients who didn’t know they had a broken bone until hours or days after their accident.

Phony Fraudulent Accidents

This happened to me in Queens, New York coming off the 59th Street Bridge. A car intentionally cut me off causing me to hit the car. The male driver came out screaming that I hit his car and a female passenger came out screaming that I killed her baby. I took out my police shield and they jumped in their car and quickly drove off. My car had no damage but their car had a nice dent.

If this happens to you, call 911. Always call 911 when you have an accident and report everything to your insurance company.

False Medical Claims by Doctors

Some medical clinics will fraudulently treat people in an accident to make money. We represented a client for a neck injury in a case that was settled for $1 Million. During the case, she had another accident and only injured her breast. She received a call from a medical clinic sounding like the hospital. She went to the clinic and was told to see several doctors for neck and back treatment. Fortunately, she refused the treatment. They then asked her to see a psychologist which she also refused.

Find out how you’re being scammed and how you could ruin your case if you go to a doctor’s office when they call you and you didn’t call them.

I reported the incident to her insurance company and she testified for her insurance company at an examination under oath. Had she been treated by those doctors, she could have ruined her case.

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Mr. Franckel is a personal injury lawyer and Founding Partner of 1-800-HURT-911® New York. He has a 10 Avvo Rating, Avvo Client’s Choice Award with all 5-star reviews, Avvo Top Contributor, and is a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. See Mr. Franckel’s bio.


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What Should I Do If My Lawyer Dropped My Accident Case

If your lawyer dropped your accident case. Call another lawyer. We hope you will call us.

If you were injured in an accident in New York and you’re in one of these situations, call us:

  1. I spoke to other accident lawyers who don’t want my case.
  2. My personal injury lawyer told me they don’t want my case anymore.
  3. My personal injury lawyer sent me a letter saying they are dropping my case and should look for another accident lawyer.

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Did Your Lawyer Reject Your Case?

If Your Lawyer Rejected Your Accident Case, We Want to Speak with You!

We often take cases other personal injury lawyers don’t want. In fact, we just agreed to represent a client whose eight-year-old daughter was injured at school but no other lawyer wanted the case. We believe it’s a very good case, but she called several other lawyers, none of whom were willing to take the case. We told her immediately that we want to represent her.

If you can’t find a personal injury lawyer to take your case or if a personal injury attorney was representing you and drop your case, call us immediately.

Attorney Rob Plevy, Esq.

We’re happy to speak with you and probably will take your case!

We successfully represented both:

  1. Clients whose lawyer dropped their accident case; and
  2. Clients who called several lawyers but couldn’t find a lawyer who wants their accident case.

Examples of Cases Other Personal Injury Lawyers Didn’t Want but We Successfully Settled

More details about these cases can be found on our personal injury settlement and verdict results page.

Clients Who Were Dropped by Their Accident Lawyers

We settled a case for $750,000 for a woman in the Bronx who was rejected by a Bronx lawyer. She injured her back in a car accident but the lawyer she went to wasn’t interested because she only had back pain. We took her case immediately. Although she had a previous existing back injury with years of treatment right up until her car accident we were able to settle the case for $750,000.

Lia slipped and fell on ice at a restaurant. The insurance company offered $0 to settle. She was originally represented by Kramer & Pollock who dropped her case and then by Cellino & Barnes. Although Cellino and Barnes say “we’ll put our best attorneys on your case”, they also dropped her case. We settled her case for $55,000.

We settled Kristine’s case for the entire insurance policy of $25,000. Kristine went to Rosenberg & Gluck, a personal injury law firm in Holtsville, NY. She was injured in a pedestrian accident in Suffolk County when a car ran over her foot. Rosenberg & Gluck dropped her accident case because they were unable to locate the driver of the car or his insurance company. We found the driver in Virginia and his insurance company paid the entire $25,000 insurance policy.

Clients Who Were Rejected by Other Personal Injury Lawyers

We obtained the entire $100,000 insurance policy for a client injured in a bicycle accident when he ran a red light and was struck by a car that had a green light in Queens. Our client was rejected by two other personal injury lawyers.

We obtained the entire $25,000 insurance policy for a client injured in a motorcycle accident when he ran a stop sign and was struck by a car in Suffolk. Our client admitted to the police officer that he did not see the stop sign. Our client spoke with two other lawyers who would not take his case.

We obtained a $155,000 settlement for a motorcyclist who had only $25,000 uninsured coverage and was drunk with .203 BAC when he was injured in a hit and run motorcycle accident on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn. Our client could not find a personal injury lawyer to take his case until he called us.

We settled a case for a motorcyclist whose motorcycle skidded on grease in a parking lot behind a shopping mall. He went to Rosenberg & Gluck but they were not interested in his case. Almost 3 years later, he called them again but they still did not want his case. We were hesitant to take the case only because there were only a few months left to the statute of limitations but we decided to take the case and successfully settled it.

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Attorney Phil FranckelPhilip L. Franckel, Esq. is the author of all articles and content on this website.

Mr. Franckel is a personal injury lawyer and Founding Partner of 1-800-HURT-911® New York. He has a 10 Avvo Rating, Avvo Client’s Choice Award with all 5-star reviews, Avvo Top Contributor, and is a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. See Mr. Franckel’s bio.

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—Lia Fisse

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Personal Injury Lawyer Screened by Google

Attorneys who can get you the most amount of money AND provide personal service!

Free Personal Injury Consultation call button  Chat to get your free Personal Injury consultation right now button

Please take a look at some of our:

What will happen when I call 1-800-HURT-911 or chat?

  1. Our call center operators and chat operators are available 24/7.
  2. Just give your contact info to our operator and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq. will call you within 5-10 minutes for your free, no-obligation consultation during the hours of 8 am – 10 pm. After hours, Rob will call you in the morning or at the time you want.
  3. Then just text or call us any time you want during your case!

Because any delay could cause you to lose viable rights and benefits, please call HURT-911® Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq. right now for a free consultation to find out your rights days/nights/weekends.
1-800-HURT-911
1-800-487-8911

You can speak, text, or email with us whenever you want throughout your case and afterward, days/nights/weekends, and experience our famous personal service. You’ll even get our personal phone numbers so you can call or text anytime!

Watch Founding Partner Phil Franckel, Esq. talk about New York Serious Injury Attorneys.com, difficult cases, and the 1-800-HURT-911® Dream Team™


Philip L. Franckel, Esq. is one of the HURT911® Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York; He has a 10 Avvo rating; Avvo Client’s Choice with all 5-star reviews; Avvo Top Contributor; and a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

1-800-HURT-911® Founding Partner and Personal Injury Lawyer Rob Plevy, Esq.

Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

Robert Plevy, Esq. is one of the HURT911® Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York. Rob began his legal career in 1993 as an Assistant Corporation Counsel defending The City of New York against personal injury lawsuits.

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Can You Trust Your Personal Injury Lawyer?

Unfortunately, some personal injury lawyers cannot be trusted. Too many lawyers get in trouble for “borrowing” or stealing client settlement money from their escrow accounts.

How Do I Know If I Can Trust A Lawyer?

When choosing a New York personal injury lawyer to represent you for your injury from an accident, how do you know whether you can trust your lawyer?

It’s not easy to find out and you probably would feel uncomfortable asking a prospective employer. Even if you did have the courage to ask, what lawyer would admit to having borrowed money from their attorney escrow account?

There are only two ways you can discover potential problems.

One way which is not very effective is to search the attorney’s name on the New York Attorney Registration Search page which will reveal if the attorney ever had any disciplinary action. A search of Avvo.com will also reveal that information. However, by the time that information is listed, the attorney is probably no longer working.

Another way is to look at the attorney’s FICO credit score. A poor credit score indicates an inability to pay bills on time. A lawyer with a poor credit score is more susceptible to “borrowing” or stealing money from the attorney escrow account.

But again, would you have the courage to ask for proof of a personal injury attorney’s credit score? And if you did, it’s doubtful that an attorney would disclose it. There is no way you can check an attorney’s credit rating without permission.

That’s why I’m disclosing my credit score here which shows a FICO credit score of 850 out of a possible 850. My credit score typically ranges from 835-850 depending upon factors such as opening a new account which usually temporarily lowers a score.

FICO Score 850

If you already have a personal injury lawyer representing you for your accident and you’re wondering why you haven’t received your settlement check yet, read: How long does it take to get my settlement check after settling my accident case?

Before deciding on which personal injury lawyer to use for your accident case, read the Questions To Ask Before Hiring a Personal Injury or Accident Lawyer.

Both attorneys Phil Franckel and Rob Plevy are members of Ethical Lawyers of America

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What Happens To A Lawyer When The Lawyer Takes Money From An Escrow Account

Lawyers are not allowed to borrow money from escrow accounts, even if the money is immediately replaced.

Some lawyers eventually get arrested when they steal client money from their attorney escrow account. Other lawyers have only been suspended or disbarred when they “borrowed” client money from their attorney escrow account.

I personally know a personal injury lawyer who was arrested for taking $2.5 million from his escrow account. He was disbarred and served 2.5 years in prison. I also know another lawyer who took $5 million from his escrow account and was disbarred.

A quick search on Google for “lawyer arrested escrow” or “lawyer disbarred escrow” and other similar searches will discover quite a few lawyers who have taken client money from escrow accounts. The Queens DA says these two Long Island lawyers stole over $7 million from clients.

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Do you trust your personal injury lawyer? This lawyer will stab you in the back!

What Happens If My Lawyer Took My Money From An Escrow Account

The Lawyers’ Fund For Client Protection Of the State of New York provides financial protection for clients whose money was stolen by their lawyer.

You may be reimbursed for the loss of your money caused by the dishonest conduct of your lawyer, up to a maximum of $400,000 for each client loss.

What Does My Attorney Need To Do With My Money?

See a plain-English guide to current disciplinary and court rules, statutes, and bar association ethics opinions relating to attorney trust accounts, and accounting standards for law offices.

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Mr. Franckel is a personal injury lawyer and Founding Partner of 1-800-HURT-911® New York. He has a 10 Avvo Rating, Avvo Client’s Choice Award with all 5-star reviews, Avvo Top Contributor, and is a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. See Mr. Franckel’s bio.

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  3. Then just text or call us any time you want during your case!

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1-800-HURT-911® Founding Partner and Personal Injury Lawyer Rob Plevy, Esq.

Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

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How to Find the Right Personal Injury Lawyer Near Me

Do you need to find a personal injury lawyer near me? Because of the Internet and modern technology, finding a personal injury lawyer near me is no longer necessary, especially when you have a personal injury lawyer who lets you call and or text their cell phone anytime during evenings and weekends.

New York has several 1-800 lawyers but at 1-800-HURT-911® we provide personal service. Not only can you call or text our cell phone anytime during evenings and weekends but we are the New York personal injury lawyers near you with office locations throughout the New York City and Long Island metropolitan area.

Ask your friends if they could call their personal injury lawyer. The two voicemails below prove you can call us almost anytime.

Listen to these 2 voicemails from clients who were shocked when Attorney Phil Franckel didn’t answer the phone:

Sue D.
Sue C.

You can come to us, we can come to you or you can sign a retainer by email so we can begin working on your case within minutes when you call us after your accident.

Looking for tough high-profile serious injury lawyers and a personal injury law firm near you with impressive results but also provides friendly personal service? You can have it all with us!

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There Used to Be Two Advantages of a Personal Injury Lawyer Near Me

  1. Your attorney is near the court where your case is.
  2. It’s easy to see your attorney anytime you want.

The first reason is no longer necessary and the second reason is a delusion.

Your Personal Injury Attorney Is Near the Court Where Your Case Is

Lawyers previously had to go to court all the time. Your lawyer would have to go to court to purchase an index number to start your personal injury lawsuit and go back to court to file various papers.

Several court appearances were necessary for motions (a motion is a written argument submitted to the court asking for a court order). Motions used to be filed in court on paper but the lawyer also had to go to court to orally argue the motion.

Today, lawsuits in New York are started by e-filing court papers. The Summons and Complaint are filed online at the court website and the index number is paid by credit card. Motions are uploaded electronically to the court’s website and are no longer orally argued.

All case documents are uploaded electronically to the court’s website and are immediately served on all parties through the court’s website by email. Your lawyer doesn’t have to go to court anymore unless your case goes to trial. According to this article, 97% of cases are settled but with car accidents and motorcycle accidents, almost all are settled because we often get the entire insurance policy limit.

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Almost everything is done in court through the Internet!

Your Accident Lawyer Can Work on Your Case Anywhere There is an Internet Connection

I have answered calls from clients on the Av. des Champs-Élysées in Paris and while cruising the Mediterranean. I answered emails, researched Westlaw, and uploaded motion papers from my balcony on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean, just like I was in my New York personal injury office.

Attorney Phil Franckel working on a personal injury case on a cruise ship balcony but I'm still a personal injury lawyer near you!

Answering emails and working on personal injury court papers from my cruise ship balcony on the Mediterranean

If Your Accident Lawyer Is Near You It’s Easier for You to See Your Lawyer

The reality is that most personal injury clients can’t see their lawyer when they want to. Just try to call your lawyer after you sign a retainer. You’ll only speak with a paralegal. But you can always call us on our personal phones.

If you were injured in an accident before, you probably already know that you couldn’t get an appointment to see your lawyer when you wanted to discuss your case. Chances are you couldn’t even speak to your lawyer and could only get a paralegal on the phone.

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You won’t see this personal injury lawyer near you after he gets your case!

The only time most personal injury attorneys meet their clients is to sign up the case and if a lawsuit is started, maybe an hour before their deposition. See how we prepare our clients in our office.

Some personal injury lawyers will have you come to the office every time they want you to sign papers. But you won’t see your lawyer, you’ll just see a paralegal. You don’t have to come to our office to sign papers. We can either mail the papers to you with a self-addressed stamped envelope or email them to you which gets your case moving faster.

We have office locations throughout the New York City and Long Island metropolitan area but we usually have new personal injury clients sign a retainer by email so we can begin working on your case immediately after your accident.

If it’s convenient for you and you would like to meet with us, we can meet with you, no matter where you are. We can even come to see you if you’re in upstate New York.

You can call us seven days/nights by phone so you don’t have to come into our office just to ask a question or find out the status of your case. We always take calls on our personal phones, seven days/nights. That’s why I took calls from clients in Paris and the Mediterranean.

There are very rare times when even we can’t be reached but we’ll call back right away or you can try us a couple of hours later. Phil Franckel even answered a client’s call while in the recovery room still groggy from anesthesia!

Listen to these 2 voicemails from clients who were shocked when Attorney Phil Franckel didn’t answer the phone:

Sue D.
Sue C.

We have many personal injury clients we never met. Often our clients develop a personal relationship with us by phone and when it’s time to send a settlement check, they ask if they could come to meet us. Of course, any time our clients want to come to meet us, we welcome that.

If I Don’t Need to Find an Accident Lawyer Near Me, What Do I Need?

You need access by phone to speak with your accident lawyer, not a paralegal, whenever you have a question. Sometimes, a paralegal can answer your question but many times you really want to speak with your lawyer.

See our personal injury FAQs but feel free to call us anytime.

Since personal injury lawyers no longer need to be near you, many out-of-town and even out of state law firms like Morgan and Morgan are advertising for personal injury clients and accidents in New York.

While out-of-state law firms like Morgan and Morgan can handle your New York accident case, do you really think you’ll ever get to speak to your lawyer? We’re in New York and you can always reach us by phone.

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Attorney Phil FranckelPhilip L. Franckel, Esq. is the author of all articles and content on this website.

Mr. Franckel is a personal injury lawyer and Founding Partner of 1-800-HURT-911® New York. He has a 10 Avvo Rating, Avvo Client’s Choice Award with all 5-star reviews, Avvo Top Contributor, and is a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. See Mr. Franckel’s bio.

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What will happen when I call 1-800-HURT-911 or chat?

  1. Our call center operators and chat operators are available 24/7.
  2. Just give your contact info to our operator and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq. will call you within 5-10 minutes for your free, no-obligation consultation during the hours of 8 am – 10 pm. After hours, Rob will call you in the morning or at the time you want.
  3. Then just text or call us any time you want during your case!

Because any delay could cause you to lose viable rights and benefits, please call HURT-911® Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq. right now for a free consultation to find out your rights days/nights/weekends.
1-800-HURT-911
1-800-487-8911

You can speak, text, or email with us whenever you want throughout your case and afterward, days/nights/weekends, and experience our famous personal service. You’ll even get our personal phone numbers so you can call or text anytime!

Watch Founding Partner Phil Franckel, Esq. talk about New York Serious Injury Attorneys.com, difficult cases, and the 1-800-HURT-911® Dream Team™


Philip L. Franckel, Esq. is one of the HURT911® Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York; He has a 10 Avvo rating; Avvo Client’s Choice with all 5-star reviews; Avvo Top Contributor; and a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

1-800-HURT-911® Founding Partner and Personal Injury Lawyer Rob Plevy, Esq.

Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

Robert Plevy, Esq. is one of the HURT911® Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York. Rob began his legal career in 1993 as an Assistant Corporation Counsel defending The City of New York against personal injury lawsuits.

Get the HURT911® Dream Team on your side!
Call Attorneys Rob Plevy & Phil Franckel days/nights/weekends for a free consultation
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Should I Use a Union Lawyer for a Construction Accident?

Workers injured on a worksite in a construction accident are often referred to a construction accident lawyer recommended by the union. But should I use a union lawyer for a construction accident case who may owe allegiances to the union and the construction company?

Is that a good idea? Is a lawyer referred by the union biased? Should I use my own independent construction accident lawyer? We provide the information here so you can decide if you would rather have your own independent construction accident lawyer.

Should I Use A Construction Accident Lawyer Recommended By The Union?

These are some of the questions you should consider about using a construction accident lawyer recommended by your union for your construction accident injury.

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When you have a construction accident like this, you need the right independent construction accident lawyer on your side

Is It Possible That The Union Gets Money From Your Construction Accident Lawyer?

Unions try hard to make sure that every union member goes to the construction accident lawyer they recommend. There has to be a reason for that.

We have heard that these law firms pay money to union leaders to get the cases. If a lawyer were to pay money to a union to get your construction accident case, that makes the lawyer biased and owing allegiances to the union. Does the union always have your best interest in mind?

Does The Union Owe Allegiances To The Construction Company?

Whether the union owes any allegiances to the construction company is a question that you might already have a feeling about. If you think that may be true, you’ll want to hire your own independent construction accident lawyer.

Is The Construction Supervisor Is Concerned About Trouble?

Almost every construction accident is caused by a violation of law. When a construction worker is injured in an accident, a construction supervisor may be concerned about getting in trouble.

Could The Construction Supervisor Be Concerned About Trouble?

The construction company is worried about their insurance rates going up when there is an injury from a construction accident.

Everyone but you has an interest in your construction accident case settling quickly and “on the cheap”. The only share interest you have is settling your construction accident case quickly but you want the maximum settlement you’re entitled to for your injury.

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Be careful when choosing your construction accident lawyer

Benefits We Provide To Construction Accident Clients

Only our construction accident clients are entitled to our HURT911® Personal Medical Manager and may be entitled to our HURT911® Injury Concierge Service

You may need money because you can’t do construction work with your injury, We can get money for you quickly with a lawsuit settlement cash advance.

We got a total of $50,000 advanced in several cash advances to a construction worker who needed money to pay rent and other expenses during his construction accident case when he was injured. His thumb was broken and he could work at his construction job. Getting the money to pay his expenses allowed us the time to properly prosecute the case against the construction company and get a great settlement of $1,200,000 for a broken thumb.

Our legal fee is only 1/3 of what we get for you and is paid at the end of your case out of the money we get for you. We never charge a legal fee if we don’t get money for you. Additionally, we never nickel and dime our clients with many expenses other personal injury lawyers charge.

Take a look at our personal injury settlements and verdicts and our reviews.

Then take a look at our personal injury legal fees and services.

Instead of calling a union lawyer when you’re injured in a construction accident, call the HURT911® Personal Injury Dream Team right now 7 days/nights for a free consultation with no obligation at 1-800-HURT-911 >> 1-800-487-8911

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Attorney Phil FranckelPhilip L. Franckel, Esq. is the author of all articles and content on this website.

Mr. Franckel is a personal injury lawyer and Founding Partner of 1-800-HURT-911® New York. He has a 10 Avvo Rating, Avvo Client’s Choice Award with all 5-star reviews, Avvo Top Contributor, and is a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. See Mr. Franckel’s bio.

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—Lia Fisse

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What will happen when I call 1-800-HURT-911 or chat?

  1. Our call center operators and chat operators are available 24/7.
  2. Just give your contact info to our operator and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq. will call you within 5-10 minutes for your free, no-obligation consultation during the hours of 8 am – 10 pm. After hours, Rob will call you in the morning or at the time you want.
  3. Then just text or call us any time you want during your case!

Because any delay could cause you to lose viable rights and benefits, please call HURT-911® Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq. right now for a free consultation to find out your rights days/nights/weekends.
1-800-HURT-911
1-800-487-8911

You can speak, text, or email with us whenever you want throughout your case and afterward, days/nights/weekends, and experience our famous personal service. You’ll even get our personal phone numbers so you can call or text anytime!

Watch Founding Partner Phil Franckel, Esq. talk about New York Serious Injury Attorneys.com, difficult cases, and the 1-800-HURT-911® Dream Team™


Philip L. Franckel, Esq. is one of the HURT911® Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York; He has a 10 Avvo rating; Avvo Client’s Choice with all 5-star reviews; Avvo Top Contributor; and a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

1-800-HURT-911® Founding Partner and Personal Injury Lawyer Rob Plevy, Esq.

Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

Robert Plevy, Esq. is one of the HURT911® Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York. Rob began his legal career in 1993 as an Assistant Corporation Counsel defending The City of New York against personal injury lawsuits.

Get the HURT911® Dream Team on your side!
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Should I Use a Legal Plan Lawyer for My Accident?

Q. Should I use a legal plan lawyer for my accident case?
A. No. While you will get a discounted legal fee, will get a much lower settlement.

Legal plans provide a lot of legal services at cut-rate prices and for some people and some legal issues, that’s good. But for personal injury and accident cases, it’s a bad idea.

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For personal injury cases and accidents, legal plans are a bad idea

What Is the Legal Plan Discount for Personal Injury Accidents?

If you’re a member of a legal plan you can get a discount rate if you have been injured in an accident.

The discount for personal injury and accidents is usually a legal fee of 25% instead of 1/3. But when you pay a discount legal fee your lawyer has an incentive to save time and settle your personal injury case cheap.

Is the Legal Plan Discount for Personal Injury a Good Deal?

Personal injury is one area of law where it’s never a good idea to use a legal plan because:

  • No one ever has to pay any money up front to a personal injury lawyer.
  • Legal plans use general practice law firms, not personal injury law firms.
  • You’ll get a lot less money for your injury when your lawyer is looking for a quick settlement because he or she isn’t getting paid the full fee.
  • Legal plan lawyers are very busy because they do volume work and they don’t have time to do a good job on your personal injury case.

Speaking to an attorney friend who owns a general practice law firm in New York working for a legal plan, prompted this article.

My friend said their law firm does all kinds of legal work and is a high-volume law firm. She described it as a law firm with $2 per hour legal plan lawyers for people looking to pay $1 per hour.

Example Showing the Possible Difference between a Legal Plan and a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you need an uncontested divorce, a legal plan can probably give you a great price but if you have been injured in an accident, it could mean the difference between settling a case for $35,000 or $750,000.

Using this example, with a legal plan, you’ll pay a legal fee of $8,750 and take home $26,250. With a personal injury lawyer who has the time to get the most amount of money for you, you’ll pay a legal fee of $250,000 and take home $500,000.

Should I use a legal plan lawyer for my accident case? We think you know the answer now.

Our legal fee is only 1/3 of what we get for you. Our legal fee is paid at the end of your case out of the money we get for you and we never charge a legal fee if we don’t get money for you. Additionally, we never nickel and dime our clients with many expenses other personal injury lawyers charge.

Take a look at our personal injury settlements and verdicts and our reviews.

Then take a look at our personal injury legal fees and services.

Never call a legal plan when you’re injured in an accident. Always call a real personal injury lawyer.

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Attorney Phil FranckelPhilip L. Franckel, Esq. is the author of all articles and content on this website.

Mr. Franckel is a personal injury lawyer and Founding Partner of 1-800-HURT-911® New York. He has a 10 Avvo Rating, Avvo Client’s Choice Award with all 5-star reviews, Avvo Top Contributor, and is a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. See Mr. Franckel’s bio.

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—Lia Fisse

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Attorneys who can get you the most amount of money AND provide personal service!

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Please take a look at some of our:

What will happen when I call 1-800-HURT-911 or chat?

  1. Our call center operators and chat operators are available 24/7.
  2. Just give your contact info to our operator and Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq. will call you within 5-10 minutes for your free, no-obligation consultation during the hours of 8 am – 10 pm. After hours, Rob will call you in the morning or at the time you want.
  3. Then just text or call us any time you want during your case!

Because any delay could cause you to lose viable rights and benefits, please call HURT-911® Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq. right now for a free consultation to find out your rights days/nights/weekends.
1-800-HURT-911
1-800-487-8911

You can speak, text, or email with us whenever you want throughout your case and afterward, days/nights/weekends, and experience our famous personal service. You’ll even get our personal phone numbers so you can call or text anytime!

Watch Founding Partner Phil Franckel, Esq. talk about New York Serious Injury Attorneys.com, difficult cases, and the 1-800-HURT-911® Dream Team™


Philip L. Franckel, Esq. is one of the HURT911® Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York; He has a 10 Avvo rating; Avvo Client’s Choice with all 5-star reviews; Avvo Top Contributor; and a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

1-800-HURT-911® Founding Partner and Personal Injury Lawyer Rob Plevy, Esq.

Founding Partner Rob Plevy, Esq.

Robert Plevy, Esq. is one of the HURT911® Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York. Rob began his legal career in 1993 as an Assistant Corporation Counsel defending The City of New York against personal injury lawsuits.

Get the HURT911® Dream Team on your side!
Call Attorneys Rob Plevy & Phil Franckel days/nights/weekends for a free consultation
1-800-HURT-911

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