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Should I Use a Legal Plan Personal Injury Lawyer for My Accident?

Q. Should I use a legal plan Personal Injury 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 upfront 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”.

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

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How to Compare Personal Injury Lawyers in New York

Consider the following questions to answer to learn how to compare personal injury lawyers in New York to represent you when you’re injured in an accident.

Choose a Law Firm That Practices Exclusively in Personal Injury

Many law firms represent clients in accidents and other areas such as immigration or criminal law, and possibly other areas.

Each of these practice areas has become extremely complicated in the last 30 years and continues to become more complicated. It’s difficult to become proficient in just one area of practice. It’s just not possible to be equally proficient when practicing more than one area of law and dividing your time between subject areas.

Additionally, it’s distracting when a lawyer divides time between personal injury cases and other types of cases.

Even our personal injury case management software was specifically designed only for personal injury cases by an extremely large personal injury law firm.

We only represent people injured in accidents.

Is Your Personal Injury Lawyer Highly Experienced?

Choose a personal injury lawyer with at least 8-10 years of experience exclusively in personal injury.

The knowledge needed to handle personal injury cases is not learned in law school. This knowledge comes from working with personal injury cases over several years.

We have far more than 10 years of experience exclusively in personal injury.

Has the Personal Injury Lawyer Represented Other Lawyers?

One indication of a good lawyer is when the personal injury lawyer has represented other lawyers who were injured in an accident. We have represented lawyers injured in accidents.

One lawyer came to us when her 20-year-old son who was not married and had no children was killed in a motorcycle accident. She knew that most lawyers settle cases like that for less than $200,000. We settled the case for $500,000.

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How Do Personal Injury Lawyers on TV Compare to Other Personal Injury Lawyers?

Someone asked on Quora, “How do I hire an accident lawyer?” I thought I would write about this because part of one of the answers given is simply wrong.

The answer was, “Ask friends to recommend a good one. Most of those lawyers on tv do not handle your case themselves, they give them to inexperienced associates who work for low salaries.”

While asking friends to recommend a good lawyer is a good idea, the other part of the answer was incorrect saying that most lawyers on tv give cases to inexperienced associates. I was one of those inexperienced associates at one of the largest personal injury law firms in New York and they advertised on TV.

When I started at that law firm, I was an inexperienced associate. But I was closely watched and tutored while working on cases together with a supervising attorney. That law firm was and still is today one of the top personal injury law firms in New York.

The advantage that clients of the large law firm had was there were many other personal injury lawyers in the law firm that we could discuss case problems with.

The disadvantage that clients of the large law firm had was that they could never speak with their lawyers.

We take pride in personal service and not one of our clients ever has difficulty reaching a senior partner.

Should You Use a Solo Personal Injury Lawyer?

There are many advantages that a law firm with more than one lawyer has over a solo law firm with one lawyer practicing alone.

The biggest advantage is that there is always another personal injury lawyer around to discuss issues. There are always decisions to be made and it’s often advantageous to discuss ideas with someone else. While a solo lawyer can always call a friend, it’s not the same as when you’re working with other lawyers.

Your case may move faster in the court system when there is more than one lawyer available to work on your case. It’s less likely that court appearances will have to be adjourned because of conflicts such as when a lawyer has a court appearance in the Bronx and Nassau County at the same time. We have 12 lawyers available for court appearances.

A law firm with partners will likely have more money to invest in your personal injury case. The old adage, “it takes money to make money” applies to personal injury.

When there is enough insurance coverage to compensate you for your injuries, it makes sense to spend money on your case. Insurance companies frequently try to save money, while we like to spend money on experts. Where it makes sense, we spend $30,000-$40,000 on a case and this has given us million-dollar verdicts.

Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer Who Only Represents Plaintiffs

Insurance companies with attorneys on staff will frequently hire outside attorneys and many insurance companies don’t even have attorneys on staff.

Some personal injury law firms represent injured plaintiffs but also work for insurance companies, representing defendants.

We never work for insurance companies. We only represent people injured in accidents.

What You Should Know about Results Shown by Personal Injury Lawyers

Settlement and verdict results posted on personal injury attorney websites don’t demonstrate competence without knowing more.

Anyone can settle a case for $10 million when it was worth $15 million. It’s important to know the facts of the case when looking at case results.

Possibly, better indicators are cases where a lawyer obtained the entire insurance policy for a difficult case such as where the client ran a red light, stop sign, or was drunk. Many lawyers won’t take those cases because they don’t know how to get money on them. This is where experience becomes important.

We have obtained the entire insurance policy in many cases where our client ran a red light, stop sign, or was drunk. If you have a serious injury, we will take your case when other lawyers won’t.

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Is the Personal Injury Lawyer Willing to Take Your Case Immediately?

Many personal injury lawyers will ask you to get medical treatment before they will agree to take your case. We see this a lot. If the personal injury lawyer isn’t sure if he or she wants your case, call us.

In one example, our client injured her back in a car accident. She went to see a personal injury lawyer in the Bronx and was told to go for treatment at a medical clinic and to come back to the lawyer in a few weeks. She wasn’t happy with the personal injury lawyer or the medical clinic he sent her to and she called us.

Our client had been seeing an orthopedic surgeon for her back injury prior to her car accident, so we sent her back to her orthopedic surgeon. We settled her case for $750,000.

Reviews/Testimonials from Previous Personal Injury Clients

Probably the most important thing to look for in reviews or testimonials from previous clients is how they felt about the way they were treated by the lawyer.

See some of our personal injury reviews.

Besides looking at reviews and testimonials, ask the personal injury lawyer if you can speak with any previous clients directly.

How Easy Will It Be to Speak with Your Personal Injury Lawyer?

It’s usually easy to speak with a personal injury lawyer when looking for a free consultation. If you have trouble getting a personal injury lawyer on the phone for a free consultation, that’s the first sign of problems!

Most personal injury lawyers will be very responsive the first time you call. But how easy will it be to speak with your personal injury lawyer (not a paralegal or secretary) on the phone after you sign the retainer? This is the single biggest complaint we hear about other personal injury lawyers.

Our clients can speak directly with us seven days/nights at our personal phone numbers so you don’t have to go through a secretary or paralegal. On rare occasions, you may have to leave a voicemail and we’ll call you back right away. Listen to two voicemail messages (on our home page) from clients who were surprised we didn’t answer the phone.

Everyone has many questions that arise during their case and you won’t think of them all at once. This is to be expected and we don’t mind how many times you call.

Personal injury cases make a lot of money for personal injury lawyers. This makes you as important to us as a large corporation is to a corporate law firm. Do you think a large corporation will have a problem getting its lawyer on the phone?

Will Your Personal Injury Lawyer Make You Work on Your Own Case?

We hear all the time from clients who switch to us that their previous lawyer made them “do all the work” including getting medical records and sometimes even paying for medical reports.

We don’t do that. Our goal is to remove the burdens, uncertainty, frustrations, and anxiety you may have. We don’t want to burden you with what we should be doing.

One of our current clients had a lawyer who made him get his medical records and other things and then wanted to settle his case for $7,500. When we got the case, we found that there were a lot of medical records missing and we are now demanding the entire insurance policy of $100,000.

See the services we provide for our personal injury clients.

Has Your Lawyer had a Disciplinary Action?

Has the personal injury lawyer ever been disciplined by the New York State Bar? We have not.

You can find out if a personal injury lawyer has been disciplined at the New York State Court Attorney Search page or Avvo where you can see Attorney Philip L. Franckel, Esq.’s profile. From here, you can search any attorney in New York and the profile will indicate if there is a disciplinary action or not. In the Resume/License section, it will give the status of the lawyer. You can see my profile says Currently registered and We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Has the Lawyer Ever Served as an Officer of One of the 2 NYS Personal Injury Bar Associations?

Attorney Philip L. Franckel, Esq. is a former Member of the Board Of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

Has the Lawyer Ever Been Sued for Malpractice?

It’s not easy to find out if a lawyer has ever been sued for malpractice. However, you can search for the lawyer’s name on the New York State Court website for lawsuits in Supreme Court against the lawyer. It’s not easy because you will have to search every county. It’s easier to search elaw.com where you will also have to search every county and year with a free account.

We can state in writing, which we are doing right here, that we have never been sued for malpractice. It would be unethical and we would be disciplined if we were to state that if it were not true.

A caveat is that even the best lawyers could have had a malpractice claim because anyone can make a mistake. The biggest questions when a lawyer has a malpractice claim are what was the reason for the claim, does the lawyer have malpractice insurance to protect their clients, and does the lawyer have multiple malpractice claims.

We have malpractice insurance to protect our clients.

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

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Judge Larry Schachner – Why We No Longer Agree to Arbitrate Personal Injury Cases

Personal Injury Arbitration in New York used to be a fair process, a good way to speed up a personal injury case, and save the cost of trial expenses for both the plaintiff and defense.

For many years, we have done many arbitrations and always felt we had a fair decision with fair compensation awarded. However, things have changed. Our last arbitration with Judge Larry Schachner at NAM was the straw that broke our back.

Many judges now refuse to do arbitration and only do mediation because they were blacklisted when giving fair arbitration awards. What does that say about judges who still do arbitration?

We believe Personal injury arbitration has become too risky. After several very low arbitration awards from two different arbitration companies, we are no longer agreeing to arbitrate any personal injury cases. We are now taking every case to trial if we can’t get a fair settlement.

What Happened to Personal Injury Arbitration?

1) There are far fewer retired Supreme Court judges willing to arbitrate personal injury cases. There used to be a lot of retired Supreme Court judges willing to arbitrate but now, most of them will only agree to do mediation (attempt to negotiate a settlement) and will no longer arbitrate (a binding decision after a hearing).

The judges we previously used who gave fair compensation to our clients are no longer agreeing to do arbitrations.

The alternative to using a retired Supreme Court judge is to use a lawyer as an arbitrator but we had a bad result with an arbitrator who is a lawyer because he wasn’t familiar with New York State law and didn’t read our arbitration brief which pointed out the law.

It was a motorcycle accident that was arbitrated by a lawyer, the arbitrator found the car driver was 100% at fault but awarded very little money and failed to award our client approximately $28,000 in hospital bills because he incorrectly thought it was covered by no-fault. The problem is that New York State law excludes motorcyclists from no-fault coverage and our client was entitled to be reimbursed for his medical costs. Our client was sued by Winthrop Hospital to recover their money.

2) We believe personal injury arbitration awards are much lower than they used to be and favor insurance companies. The arbitration award, below, by Judge Larry Schachner, defies belief.

Unfortunately, a low arbitration award cannot be appealed but a low jury verdict can be appealed. Additionally, we never had a low jury verdict although we have had low arbitration awards.

Why Supreme Court Judges Don’t Want to Do Personal Injury Arbitration Anymore

There are two reasons I heard why there are fewer Supreme Court judges doing personal injury arbitrations.

A) Mediations require less time. Arbitrations require reading the papers and writing a decision. However, it doesn’t take that long to read the papers, and arbitrators charge for any extra time involved. We have always been charged for additional time and we don’t care how much is charged if we get a fair decision.

B) I heard from the owner of an arbitration company and employees of two different arbitration companies that insurance companies have blacklisted arbitrators who awarded too much money. What this means is that if the insurance company is not happy with the decisions of an arbitrator, they refuse to use that arbitrator in the future. We even hear this from insurance companies. We have selected numerous retired Supreme Court judges for arbitration only to be told the insurance company will not use them.

Review of the Judge Larry Schachner Decision Shows Why We’re Done With Arbitration

This arbitration was at National Arbitration and Mediation (NAM) using arbitrator Larry Schachner (formerly Justice Larry Schachner of The Bronx Supreme Court).

Personal injury trial verdicts in the Bronx are typically higher than any other county in New York, so you wouldn’t expect a ridiculously low arbitration award from a Bronx Supreme Court judge.

We were extremely prepared for the arbitration. The defense attorney was not well prepared. In fact, arbitrator Larry Schachner admonished the defense attorney when he objected to us introducing medical records because he had not reviewed them but we proved the medical records were sent to the defense.

After reading the arbitration decision, I was wondering if the arbitration award amount was a typo and if the arbitrator accidentally left a 0 off the number. The arbitrator awarded $20,000 to the plaintiff. Unfortunately, NAM told me it wasn’t a typo. After legal fees and expenses including the cost of arbitration, the plaintiff will receive just over $10,000.

Is this enough to compensate the plaintiff? Take a look at all the facts below, be the arbitrator and decide for yourself.

The plaintiff was a woman aged 74. She was in the red car going straight without a stop sign when she was struck by the silver SUV which ran a stop sign. The insurance policy was $250,000.

door removed from the red car which was struck by the silver SUV

Car door struck in car accident

Damage on the silver SUV which ran a stop sign

Following are the facts of the written arbitration decision:
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  • The defendant’s insurance company admitted 100% liability (fault for causing the accident), so the arbitration was “solely on the issue of damages” (not who’s at fault).
  • The arbitrator found the plaintiff had no prior injuries.
  • The arbitrator found the plaintiff did not have any medical treatment, prior to the car accident, for the injured body parts.
  • The arbitrator wrote, “While there was evidence of degenerative changes in plaintiff’s spine and shoulder she was asymptomatic (no symptoms) prior to the accident, and living a normal life.”
  • The arbitrator found that the symptoms caused by the accident were consistent.
  • The arbitrator wrote, “…plaintiffs injuries are causally connected to the subject accident.” Thus, he found that all of the plaintiff’s injuries were caused by the accident (see a list of the injuries below).
  • The arbitrator noted that the defense submitted reports from their neurologist and orthopedic surgeon who examined the plaintiff for the defense but the arbitrator did not note any findings from the defense medical exam reports in his decision. Apparently, the arbitrator found the defendant’s medical examinations were not believable.
  • The arbitrator appeared to have found the impact to be substantial when he stated: “Due to the impact…”
  • The arbitrator found that the plaintiff suffered a “Serious injury under the Insurance Law”.
  • The arbitrator found that the plaintiff was not able to work the same number of hours as she did before the accident.
  • The arbitrator found that the plaintiff suffered restrictions in daily living after the accident.
  • The arbitrator noted that the plaintiff submitted in evidence “copies of verdicts and settlements of cases with similar injuries to plaintiff” which ranged from $325,000-$650,000.
  • NAM arbitrator Larry Schachner (formerly Justice Larry Schachner) gave only $20,000 for almost 2 1/2 years of past pain-and-suffering and future pain-and-suffering!
  • The arbitrator did NOT give any reasons for awarding only $20,000 compensation.
  • The arbitrator charged for an additional 1 hour to review the documents and write the short decision.

We did a great job. Judge Larry Schachner ruled in our favor on every point we argued. We couldn’t ask for a better decision! The only problem is that he forgot to fairly compensate our client.

Injuries Submitted Which Arbitrator Larry Schachner Found Was Caused by the Accident — Was $20,000 an Appropriate Award?

  1. CLOSED HEAD INJURY
  2. CONCUSSION WITH LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
  3. POST CONCUSSION HEADACHE SYNDROME/TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY WITH PROLONGED SYMPTOMS
  4. EPISODIC DIZZINESS
  5. MEMORY LOSS
  6. LIGHTHEADEDNESS
  7. VERTIGO
  8. CONFUSION
  9. LOSS OF COORDINATION
  10. BRAIN FOG
  11. SLURRED SPEECH
  12. FUMBLING WORDS
  13. ANXIETY
  14. TEAR OF THE LEFT PROXIMAL LONG HEAD BICEPS TENDON WITH SUBACROMIAL-SUBDELTOID BURSITIS IN THE LEFT SHOULDER
  15. CERVICAL RADICULOPATHY REQUIRING A SERIES OF FOUR TRIGGER POINT INJECTIONS
  16. LEFT ARM PAIN AND WEAKNESS
  17. LEFT SHOULDER DERANGEMENT WITH DIMINISHED RANGE OF MOTION REQUIRING A LARGE JOINT INJECTION UNDER ANESTHESIA
  18. MILD LEFT SUPRASPINATUS TENDINOSIS WITH A PARTIAL WIDTH FULL THICKNESS TEAR OF THE ANTERIOR INSERTIONAL FIBERS
  19. MILD INFRASPINATUS AND MODERATE SUBSCAPULARIS TENDINOSIS WITH LOW-GRADE PARTIAL TEARING
  20. MILD GLENOHUMERAL AND MILD-MODERATE ACROMIOCLAVICULAR JOINT DEGENERATIVE CHANGE WITH SMALL JOINT EFFUSIONS
  21. RIGHT UPPER EXTREMITY PAIN THAT RADIATES INTO RIGHT ARM/HAND
  22. LOW BACK PAIN REQUIRING A TRIGGER POINT INJECTION

So, why did arbitrator Larry Schachner award so little money?

After we asked NAM to inquire if there was a typo, Hon. Larry Schachner wrote: “This was a damages only arbitration. Plaintiff was a sweet old lady but she had degeneration in her spine and shoulder. She did have injections and reduced working hours. I think I called it as I saw it, but given her age, and the degenerative changes, I think the award was fair and can not be changed.
Hon. Larry Schachner”

The problems with this argument:

First, he wrote in his decision, “While there was evidence of degenerative changes in plaintiff’s spine and shoulder she was asymptomatic prior to the accident, and living a normal life.”

Second, a bicep tear is not degenerative. A bicep tear is caused by trauma although underlying degeneration may make it more likely to tear. While there may have been underlying degeneration, the bicep was not torn before the accident and Judge Schachner said so in his decision.

Third, everyone begins degenerating by the age of 18. Degeneration should not reduce the compensation awarded to the plaintiff. The injury is far worse when someone has pre-existing degeneration.

I think we got screwed. What do you think?

We were so upset with Judge Larry Schachner’s decision that we waived our legal fee.

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

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How to Make an Insurance Company Pay Court Costs

We have a number of cases where we made the insurance company pay court costs which were more than the liability insurance policy limit.

A frequent situation is with $25,000 insurance policies where the injury is really worth more. Typically, the insurance company will offer an amount significantly less than the $25,000 insurance policy.

For instance, an insurance claims representative might offer $3,500 and try to settle for $7,500. Most personal injury lawyers will take it because it’s not worth the time or money to get more.

Why Insurance Companies Offer Less When Your Injury Is Worth More

  1. The insurance claims representative is simply doing their job by trying to settle the claim for less money and save money for the insurance company.
  2. Insurance claims representatives usually have a cap on how much they are allowed to settle a claim. Sometimes, a claims representative may have a maximum cap that is less than a $25,000 policy limit.

What makes it more difficult for us is that so many personal injury lawyers will either take the offer or just haggle for another couple of thousand dollars.

Personal injury attorneys will sometimes decline the offer, particularly if it’s too small like $3,500 and they will file a lawsuit. The next day, the insurance company will increase the offer.

We do not want to allow insurance companies to make our clients pay for unnecessary court expenses. And, we are tired of insurance companies offering too little and forcing us to file a lawsuit so we have a new policy.

Once we file a lawsuit, we will not accept an offer of the entire insurance policy unless the insurance company pays the $210 NYS Supreme Court filing fee. Within a few days, we will receive a bill from our process server and we will make the insurance company pay that as well. If they still haven’t settled by paying the court costs and we have depositions, the insurance company will also have to pay your deposition costs.

If we can obtain Summary Judgment, the insurance company will also have to pay you 9% interest.

If the insurance company doesn’t pay the court costs, we will continue to litigate your case in New York Supreme Court and take your case to trial even if the insurance policy is only $25,000.

We will ask the jury to compensate you for a lot more money and we will seek to make the defendant or the insurance company pay it.

Our Litigation Policy Is Working! 3 Examples Where We Made the Insurance Company Pay

Example #1 — We recently continued litigating a motorcycle accident case where the insurance company offered to pay the entire $25,000 liability coverage for our client’s injuries but was not offering to pay the entire amount of our client’s property damage to his motorcycle.

We were only arguing over approximately $3,500 but we continued with the lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court. We did this even though we don’t charge our clients a legal fee for the amount we collect for property damage. We were working on this case for free!

Eventually, the insurance company relented and paid the entire collision damage amount for our client’s motorcycle. Since we did not charge our client a legal fee for our work, our client was able to rebuild his motorcycle and was extremely happy.

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Example #2 — 21st Century Insurance refused to pay the entire $25,000 insurance policy for our client’s injury. We faxed a letter to the insurance company warning them that we will file a Summons and Complaint in New York State Supreme Court and if they offer the entire policy after that, we will make them pay the $210 cost of filing the lawsuit in New York Supreme Court.

The very next day, the claim was transferred to a new claims representative and we received a call from the new claims representative offering the entire policy. We explained that we would no longer accept it.

Although the insurance claims representative proclaimed quite a few times that it was impossible to pay more than the policy, we advised that we were continuing with the lawsuit. 30 minutes later, the claims representative agreed to pay the $210 filing fee.

See the letter from the insurance company which forwarded a check in the amount of $25,000 for personal injuries and another check in the amount of $210 for the New York State Supreme Court filing fee.

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Example #3 —  We demanded that GEICO pay $25,000 to settle our client’s claim for a scar. GEICO offered $7,500. We declined the offer and in the same phone conversation, they increased the offer to $9,500 and said that was the limit of what they could pay. We faxed our letter to GEICO warning that we will file a lawsuit in New York Supreme Court and that we would hold them accountable to pay court expenses. The next morning, GEICO offered the entire $25,000 insurance policy.

Will We Really Litigate a Personal Injury Case with a $25,000 Policy?

Yes, we will! We don’t know any other personal injury attorneys in New York who would ever litigate a case with a $25,000 insurance policy because it involves years of work and the trial costs are too expensive. It is not financially feasible. Financially, it makes no sense! That’s why they often settle these cases for $7,500 to $9,500.

Are we crazy? Maybe a little but we don’t care about money anymore. We don’t have to worry about paying bills and we have a lot less stress. Best of all, it frees us up to do what we really want — enjoy our work and do the right thing for our clients!

After litigating a couple of small cases, the insurance companies now know we’re serious and they usually pay the policy.

Doing the right thing for our clients is one of the reasons why LAW FIRM 500’s accounting audit listed us as the 44th fastest growing law firm in the United States.

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We also have cases where we made the insurance company pay a lot more than the policy. In one case, we made GEICO pay $135,000 more than the insurance policy. GEICO paid $155,000 when the insurance policy was only $25,000. See our settlements and verdicts.

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How Much Is My Injury Worth to Settle?

Whether you have a shoulder injury, knee injury, broken leg, brain hemorrhage, or any other injury from an accident, you might be wondering what your case is worth.

It’s difficult but not impossible for you to determine what your injury is worth. Your personal injury attorney should review with you how the determination is being made so you understand and can come to your own conclusion, hopefully in agreement with your personal injury lawyer.

The value of a personal injury case depends on:

  • Hundreds of facts,
  • To whom the value is being considered (to you, your personal injury lawyer, the insurance claim representative, insurance lawyer, insurance company, a jury, or an appellate court), and
  • For what purpose (settlement before filing a lawsuit, settlement after filing a lawsuit, or trial).

Settlement vs. Trial

Settlements are based upon what both sides, you, your personal injury attorney, and the insurance company, think will happen at trial.

Thus, even if your case doesn’t go to trial, a settlement offer will reflect what the insurance company thinks will happen at trial. The amount you will accept reflects what you and your attorney think a jury will award you at trial.

Factors That Determine What an Injury is Worth

There are many factors that determine what an injury is worth, including whether you are partially at fault; the county where your case is; your age, and many other factors.

You Are Entitled to Money if You Were Partially at Fault

In New York, if a jury finds that you were 70% at fault for causing the accident you are entitled to 30% of the compensation a jury gives you for your injury.

We settled personal injury cases for the entire insurance policy when we got the insurance company to agree that their client was 5% at fault. We settled for the entire $25,000 insurance policy in one case, when our client admitted to a police officer that he ran a stop sign and we settled for the entire $100,000 insurance policy in another case when our client ran a red light.

This means that if you have a knee injury with arthroscopic surgery, you were 50% at fault, and the defendant has only a $100,000 insurance policy, you could get $100,000 because $100,000 is less than 50% of the value of your knee surgery. See below for what a knee injury can be worth.

If you were 70% at fault and your leg was amputated in an accident with a defendant who has $1,500,000 insurance, the insurance company should pay the entire $1,500,000 insurance policy because a leg amputation is worth at least $8,000,000.

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The County Where Your Case Is

The county makes a difference in the settlement value or verdict value for your injury because jurors in some counties award more money than juries in other counties.

For Instance, jurors in The Bronx and Brooklyn award more money than juries in Suffolk, Nassau, or Westchester.

Your Age Determines How Much Your Injury and Personal Injury Case Is Worth

If your case goes to trial, the jury will decide approximately how long you will live and you will receive a set amount of money for past and future pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.

If you are 30 years old, you will receive 45 more years of future damages than if you are 75 years old.

How We Determine the Value of an Injury

We consider our history of settlements for similar injuries but we also research jury verdicts and verdict amounts permitted after an appeal on the legal research service Westlaw.

What Would You Pay to Never Have Been Injured?

Insurance companies never think injuries are as serious as they are but we understand that they are far more serious. We also consider what your injury would mean to us if we had that injury and how your injuries will affect you when you get older.

If I could pay money to return a back injury to its pre-accident status, I would pay $20 million or even more if I had it to get rid of my back injury. Unfortunately, juries don’t award $20 million for soft tissue back injuries. although a quadriplegic injury could be worth as much as $50 million. But it is worth thinking of the injury in a personal sense before asking the jury for money.

When you suffer from an injury, other people don’t really understand what it means to you. What would you give up or pay to undo your injury?

Triple Crown winner, jockey Victor Espinoza broke his neck in a horse race. He was unable to move or feel his legs and was nearly paralyzed but two weeks later began to regain movement of his legs.

In a CBS TV interview, he was asked, “Was it more exciting to you to win the Triple Crown or to feel your legs?” He said, “It was fun winning the Triple Crown but to have my legs back, that was the best thing that ever happened to me.”

He may be getting better now but it will get much worse later in life. How will his injury affect him when he gets older? How will your injury affect you when you get older?

You might have an injury that requires surgery or an injury that does not require surgery. Often, your injury is more valuable if you have surgery but not necessarily.

Before I started my law practice, my stepmother was injured in a car accident when her car was struck by a car carrier/tow truck that ran a red light. She injured her knee and shoulder and never had surgery. When she was 70 years old, her injuries became debilitating. Now, at 80, she is almost totally disabled because of those injuries.

My father worked full time until he was 93 but my stepmother will likely need to go to a nursing home because she was injured in a car accident decades earlier.

Injury Values

What Can a Knee Injury Be Worth?

We obtained a jury verdict in Nassau County Supreme Court of $465,000 for our client who was offered only $10,000 by GEICO when he injured his knee with a meniscus tear which required arthroscopic surgery which is considered minor surgery.

Nassau County and Suffolk County are not the better counties to have a case in. The best counties are Brooklyn and Bronx.

What Can a Back Injury Be Worth?

We obtained a $750,000 settlement for a woman who had lower back surgery even though she had 10 years of prior (before her car accident) medical treatment with her orthopedic surgeon.

What Can a Neck Injury Be Worth?

We obtained a $1,000,000 settlement for a woman who had neck surgery even though she had prior neck surgery before her accident.

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Is My Injury Serious Enough?

We’re known in New York as accident lawyers who get serious money for people injured in accidents, even for injuries that aren’t that serious!

But there are some cases even we won’t take

If you’re wondering, is my injury serious enough to get a personal injury lawyer? It’s likely that your injury is serious enough, but there are some cases even we won’t take.

We had to decline this inquiry through Avvo from someone who was injured at McDonald’s. The reason we couldn’t take this case is that the injury was only temporarily painful and the value of the injury is not enough to go against a large corporation. If it was against a homeowner’s or small store’s insurance we would have taken the case.

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But no matter how minor you think your injury is, call us for a free consultation because we’ve got some serious money for clients with injuries that weren’t so serious.

We got $25,000 for our client with this scar on the inside of his lip and we got $16,000 for a client with a scar on the inside of her lip the size of the one in the purple circle.

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We got a $25,000 arbitration award for this cut on our client’s ear at a hair salon

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We got $150,000 for this scar on our client’s arm

scar on arm from motorcycle accident

Two other accident settlements for not so serious injuries include:

  • $100,000 for a torn thumb ligament
  • $25,0000 for a broken 5th toe

See some more of our New York accident verdicts and settlements

How much is your injury worth? Every case is different but you can get an idea of how we decide how much money we want to compensate you for your injury.

It’s often difficult for someone to know if their injury is serious, so you should always call to find out. You can get a good idea here of what we might think is a serious injury and you can see the types of accidents that cause injuries for which we represent clients.

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Personal Injury Lawyers for Undocumented Workers and Illegal Immigrants

Illegal immigrants injured or hurt in an accident in New York, can get money for their injuries. You do not have to worry that the government will find out about your status and deport you.

Illegal Immigrants and Undocumented Workers Have the Same Right as Any U.S. Citizen to Sue for Personal Injury

Illegal aliens have the same right as any US citizen to sue for injuries and file a personal injury lawsuit in New York. Undocumented and illegal aliens are entitled to receive money for pain and suffering and money for medical treatment.

Pain-and-suffering and money for past and future medical treatment is the largest part of a personal injury case. We rarely claim lost income or wages because it often presents more problems for a case than it is worth unless you had catastrophic injuries.

New York does not cooperate with ICE and does not report undocumented aliens.  There is no requirement in the law to report your legal status when you have a lawsuit in court for personal injuries. We will never report your status to anyone or any agency.

Illegal Immigrants and Undocumented Workers May Also Have the Right to Sue for Lost Wages

A Federal case prevented the right of an injured illegal immigrant to sue for lost wages if the illegal immigrant provided the employer with fraudulent work papers. The case is Hoffman Plastic Compounds, Inc. v. NLRB, 535 U.S. 137, 122 S.Ct. 1275, 152 L.Ed.2d 271 [2002].

The highest court of the state of New York said, “The Labor Law … applies to all workers in qualifying employment situations—regardless of immigration status…” (Balbuena v IDR Realty LLC, 6 NY3d 338 [2006]). In that case, an illegal alien was an injured construction worker who did not provide fraudulent work papers and the court said he is entitled to sue for lost wages.

If you provided fraudulent work papers to get your employment, you will not be entitled to file a lawsuit for lost wages. But you are still entitled to receive money for your pain and suffering and medical bills.

Your pain-and-suffering case can easily be worth $millions of dollars. Take a look at some of our settlements for pain and suffering. Many undocumented workers are injured in construction accidents which often cause injuries worth several $million dollars.

We would like to represent you for any type of accident but see some of the other types of accidents we take.

Undocumented Workers Injured in a Construction Accident

If you are an undocumented construction worker who was injured in a construction accident, you probably have an injury that can be worth millions of dollars. Construction accidents have several companies with extremely large insurance policies so when your injury is worth millions of dollars, you’ll actually be able to settle your case and get millions of dollars.

We have been very successful as construction accident lawyers for undocumented workers and we will protect your status here. We have lawyers who speak Spanish and other languages.

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Do Undocumented Workers Have the Right to Workers Compensation for Injury?

Yes. Undocumented workers and illegal immigrants injured while working in New York have the same right to worker’s compensation as documented workers.

Additionally, an illegal immigrant injured on the job may also have a personal injury case. Illegal immigrants injured in a construction accident almost always have the right to both worker’s compensation and a personal injury case.

New York law specifically allows illegal immigrants to claim workers’ compensation benefits for injuries from accidents or illness while working. Section 17 of the New York Workers’ Compensation Law states, “Compensation under this chapter to aliens not residents or about to become nonresidents of the United States or Canada, shall be the same in amount as provided for residents…”

New York’s highest court ruled that both undocumented workers and their employers are covered by workers’ compensation even though the undocumented employee did not have the right to work. The case is New York Hospital Medical Center or Queens v. Microtech Contracting Corp. (2014 NY Slip Op 00897 [22 NY3d 501])

The Estate and Family of Illegal Aliens Have Can Sue for Wrongful Death

The estate or family members of illegal aliens/immigrants can have a lawsuit for wrongful death when the illegal alien is killed in an accident or because of negligence. The family members also do not have to be U.S. citizens or legal residents. The family members may also be illegal aliens.

What Does an Illegal Alien Need to File a Lawsuit for Personal Injury?

To file a personal injury claim or lawsuit or workers compensation claim:

  • You do not need to be a US citizen
  • You do not need a permanent Green Card
  • You do not need a temporary Green Card
  • You do not need a drivers license
  • You do not need a DMV identification card

Does an Undocumented Immigrant Have to Go to Court?

No. You can file a personal injury claim without filing any papers in court. A personal injury claim is where your personal injury lawyer sends a claim letter to the insurance company to set up a claim. Personal injury cases are started this way.

If your claim cannot be settled for the amount of money you want, your accident lawyer has three choices: 1) drop your claim; 2) accept a smaller settlement; or 3) file a lawsuit. You can simply agree to accept a smaller settlement to avoid filing papers in court.

Undocumented Immigrants Don’t Even Have to Report the Money to the IRS!

There is no income tax on the money you receive from a personal injury settlement for pain and suffering from an accident. Therefore, you do not need to report the money to the IRS or New York State.

Money paid for lost wages is taxable. If you do not want to report to the IRS, we will not claim lost wages (we usually don’t file a claim for lost wages unless there are catastrophic injuries).

It’s not just illegal immigrants, US citizens also do not pay income tax on personal injury settlements.

What We Offer Illegal Immigrants

Star Icon If you do not want to file a lawsuit in court, we can try to settle your case without filing a lawsuit.

Star Icon If you allow us to file a lawsuit, you will never have to go to court unless your case has to go to trial. Most cases are settled either before or after filing a lawsuit and very few cases ever go to trial. If we can’t get a good settlement offer, you can accept a low offer so a lawsuit doesn’t have to be filed in court.

Star Icon The legal status of our clients is never asked of us and we will never report or reveal your illegal or undocumented status to anyone, including the court, police, ICE, or any other government agency, insurance companies, or the people or companies responsible for causing your injuries. In fact, the attorney-client privilege prohibits all lawyers from disclosing confidential information obtained in the course of a professional relationship.

Star Icon If we are unable to settle your case and you are concerned about going to court for trial, we will agree to drop your case without any charge to you for legal fees or case expenses! We do not believe any other personal injury lawyer will do that.

Star Icon We can pay an immigration lawyer to give you a consultation and in many cases, we can pay additional fees to the immigration lawyer for additional representation. We do not believe any other personal injury lawyer will do that.

If you are injured in an accident and concerned about your legal status because you are an undocumented immigrant in the US illegally and you do not have a Green Card or your Green Card is expired, please call us immediately for a strictly confidential and free consultation. You don’t even need to tell us your name. We will be happy to speak with you for free.

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What happens When Someone Offers Me Money to Hire Their Lawyer?

Someone offered me money to see a lawyer and doctor after my accident. What’s up with that?

Is Taking Money to See a Personal Injury Lawyer or Doctor Legal?

No. It is illegal to take money to see a personal injury lawyer or doctor. You can be implicated in insurance fraud, ruin your case, and even be assaulted by the runner who paid you. (we’ll go into details on that below). You will be offered cash because they’re not foolish enough to leave a paper trail with a check.

Are There Other Reasons I Shouldn’t Take Money to See a Lawyer or a Doctor?

You don’t want to be forced into being treated by a doctor who is willing to pay to get you as a patient and you don’t want to be forced into being represented by a lawyer who is willing to pay to get you as a client. It’s far more important to get good medical treatment and a good personal injury lawyer.

Insurance companies know who these lawyers and doctors are. If you are represented by a lawyer known to the insurance company, you will not get a good settlement. If you are treated by a doctor known to the insurance company, the insurance company will try to deny many of the medical bills.

If your doctor or lawyer is arrested, your case will become worthless. If your doctor is arrested, the insurance company will suspect your medal records are fraudulent and they won’t settle your case. If your lawyer is arrested, the insurance company will suspect every case that lawyer had and will never settle your case.

If you take money from someone who asks you to change your lawyer and see the accident lawyer they recommend, your case will likely be delayed and could be ruined. It will be difficult to find a new lawyer willing to take your case and even if you do, your current lawyer will likely not back down easily and further delay your case.

A personal injury law firm filed a lawsuit against two competitor injury law firms claiming they used runners at pain management medical clinics to convince accident clients to switch attorneys by offering Uber rides to the new lawyer’s office from a doctor’s office and cash money.

In a lawsuit against their law firm, lawyers Gonzalez and Levenson claimed that Steinger, Iscoe & Greene had a “no surgery, no case” policy; used nonlawyers to do work that is only allowed to be done by lawyers; and illegally paid money to runners to get cases. This is not the kind of law firm you want for your injury case.

Who Is Paying Me?

The people offering to pay you are dangerous scammers called “runners”. They are violating the law and can go to jail.

Everyone involved with runners is violating the law including the runner, personal injury lawyer, doctor, and the person taking the money which is you. Over the years, there have been quite a few lawyers and doctors who were arrested.

Why Is Someone Offering to Pay Me When I Had an Accident?

Runners will offer you money after an accident only if you use their personal injury lawyer and be treated by their doctor. Often, the runner will send you to a medical office where you will be given a retainer from a personal injury lawyer to sign.

Find out how you can ruin your case if you go to a medical office recommended by a runner or a medical office that calls you after you go to the emergency room.

How Much Will I Be Paid When I Have an Accident?

A runner will usually pay you $1,500 cash. The runner will then get $1,500 from the lawyer and $1,500 from the doctor. The runner will pocket $1,500 or even more if they pay you less. But you could find yourself having to pay the money out of your pocket later!

Why Are Personal Injury Lawyers and Doctors Paying for My Case?

Lawyers who pay for accident cases are willing to risk getting caught for doing so illegally because the legal fee of 1/3 of your settlement is a lot of money. If your case is settled for $450,000, your personal injury lawyer will earn $150,000. That kind of money sometimes makes people do things that are illegal.

Doctors who pay runners to steer patients to their office do so for the same reason. They can fraudulently bill no-fault insurance, another insurance company, or Medicare for tens of thousands of dollars. These doctors may even get paid from MRI facilities.

Will I Get a Good Lawyer?

It’s not possible to know if the accident lawyer will be a good lawyer because we don’t know which lawyer the runner works with. But we do know that it’s not a lawyer you choose.

We also can say that an accident attorney who is willing to do something illegal and risk his or her lawyer’s license and going to prison is likely to be desperate and probably not a good lawyer.

What If I Don’t like the Lawyer I Get?

This can be a big problem. Legally, you can change your personal injury lawyer anytime you want to. But if you don’t like the personal injury lawyer used by the runner who paid you money and you change to a new personal injury attorney, you may get a visit from the runner who wants his money back. We had a client who was assaulted when she was unable to pay the money back.

You can also have a problem if the lawyer recommended by the runner decides that he or she doesn’t want to represent you any longer because problems with your case make it not worth taking to trial and the lawyer can’t settle the case. The lawyer may drop your case but the runner will want the money back.

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What Happens If I Don’t Use the Runner’s Lawyer or Doctor?

If you take the money and don’t use the runner’s lawyer or doctor, you can have some big problems as seen in these real examples.

Example 1 — Her case was delayed and she was assaulted

We represented a client who took money from two different runners just before we received a settlement offer on the case. Before we could settle the case, we received substitution letters from two different personal injury lawyers, both trying to take the case at the same time.

We ended up fighting with the other two lawyers and the case was delayed. Finally, the other two lawyers gave up and we settled the case. Approximately one year later, our client called to say that she was assaulted by a runner who demanded that she pay the money back.

Not only was our client’s case delayed preventing her from receiving the money she badly needed but she was also physically assaulted and was in fear of her life.

Example 2 — She was probably threatened or assaulted

We received a call from a woman who said she was on a New York City bus that had an accident but we were not interested in representing her.

Before calling us, she spoke with another lawyer who also did not want to represent her. We believe she was sent to that lawyer by a runner because a week after we spoke with her, she called Rob Plevy. The transcript of that call is below and you can listen to the recording.

We believe she called us by mistake thinking we were the first lawyer she spoke with. She likely just clicked on our phone number on her cell phone thinking it was the phone number of the other lawyer.

She was probably threatened by a runner who paid her money. The runner obviously wanted his money back because the personal injury lawyer he was working with did not want the case.

The call was recorded and you can listen to it here: 

This is a transcript of the call:

Rob Plevy: Attorney Rob Plevy, can I help you?
Caller: Yes, is this an attorney?
Rob Plevy: Yes.
Caller: Is this microphone on? I’m trying to record for quality assurance, is your microphone on sir?
Rob Plevy:  I think it might be.
Caller: Oh, no problem. That’s beautiful.
Caller: I’m just calling because we owe you some money.
Rob Plevy: Who’s this?
Caller: I wanted to pay you back. How’s that sound?
Rob Plevy: I don’t know who this is.
Caller: You said you don’t want the money back?
Rob Plevy: I don’t know who this is.
Caller: When you find out, give me a F’kin call back.

Example 3 — Our client could have ruined her $1 million-dollar case, twice!

We represented a woman who had neck surgery when she fell in a warehouse store when she was knocked over by a forklift. The warehouse store which went out of business had a $1 million insurance policy.

During her case but before she had surgery, she had a car accident in which she damaged a dental implant and injured her breast. While she was still sitting in her car in the intersection at the accident scene two runners, working for two different accident lawyers, came up to her offering her money. She told them that she had a lawyer and wasn’t interested.

If she had taken the money, she would have been sent straight to their medical clinic where she would have been treated for neck and back pain which would have ruined her warehouse case.

She was taken to the hospital by ambulance where her name and phone number were sold to a medical clinic. Again, this could have ruined her case! Read about why you should hang up if you get a call from a medical clinic and how it can ruin your case.

Fortunately, she never did get medical treatment for her neck and we settled her warehouse case for the entire $1 million insurance policy.

Runners are dangerous criminals!  Signing with them will not only hurt your personal injury case but if the runner’s accident lawyer ever decides to stop representing you, the runner will want the money back and you could be assaulted!

Don’t take money from anyone when you have an accident. If you need money, we can get you a settlement cash advance loan which you don’t have to pay back until the end of your case and you don’t have to pay anything if we don’t get money for you. We can even get you a cash advance loan on your case which is paid to you monthly on a debit card.

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Will Cellino and Barnes Best Attorney Work on My Accident Case and What Happened to Them?

Cellino and Barnes injury attorneys advertise that their best attorney will work on your case!

The title of this Cellino and Barnes advertisement says “Our Best Attorney” but then says “we’ll put our best attorneys on your case”.

Will Cellino and Barnes Really Put Their Best Attorney on Your Case?

Who are their best attorneys? We’re sure that Stephen Barnes and Ross Cellino won’t be working on your case!

Cellino and Barnes have a lot of attorneys but their best attorneys can only work on a few cases and they probably have tens of thousands of cases.

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At 1-800-HURT-911® Injury Attorneys, Two Partners Will Work on Your Case!

We have a different system for working on cases. in addition to assigning cases to particular personal injury lawyers, partners Philip L. Franckel, Esq. and Robert T. Plevy, Esq. work on the most important aspects of every case.

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Cellino and Barnes say they have gotten some clients many times more than what the insurance company offered. We almost always do that! Take a look at some of our results.

Did Cellino and Barnes Split Up? Are Cellino and Barnes Still in Business?

Yes. Ross Cellino, Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes began fighting and suing each other years ago. Eventually, the Cellino and Barnes injury law firm officially split up and dissolved. See this article for the full story about Cellino and Barnes.

Cellino and Barnes Phone Number

There were a couple of lawsuits against each other including one lawsuit over the original phone number Cellino and Barnes was advertising on TV.

It appears that Cellino and Barnes had three phone numbers each purchased for around $1M. In 2005, I wrote about why Cellino and Barnes should invest in a vanity phone number.

The other two vanity phone numbers owned by Cellino and Barnes were not being used until Steve Barnes moved to LA and took one of the phone numbers which he started advertising there. Ross Cellino sued Barnes claiming that Barnes took a phone number that was purchased with money belonging to the Cellino and Barnes partnership. Basically, that’s theft.

As part of the settlement between Ross Cellino and Steve Barnes, the original phone number will no longer be advertised and they would each begin using one of the other two numbers.

What Happened to Cellino and Barnes?

The Cellino and Barnes injury law firm no longer exists. The Cellino and Barnes injury law firm split up into two law firms, one owned by Ross Cellino, Jr. called Cellino Law and the other by Stephen E. Barnes called The Barnes Firm. But soon after the lawsuits were settled, Steve Barnes passed away (see below, What Happened to Steve Barnes?).

The Barnes Firm is now owned by his brother Richard Barnes.

What Happened to Steve Barnes?

Unfortunately, Steve Barnes passed away in a tragic plane crash soon after the Cellino and Barnes lawsuits were settled. Steve Barnes was piloting his single-engine plane, a 2009 Socata TBM 700, with his niece on board when it crashed on the return trip to Buffalo, NY.

The TBM 700 is an expensive, hot single-engine airplane requiring an experienced pilot. I believe Steve Barnes had been flying for 10 years but I don’t know how many hours he had.

As a personal injury lawyer who was in a professional flight training program in college, I was particularly sad about his passing.

After the death of Steve Barnes, his new personal injury law firm was taken over by his brother Richard Barnes.

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How Rubenstein & Rynecki Came To Get 800-XXX-HURT

You may have seen accident attorneys Rubenstein & Rynecki advertise 800-XXX-HURT on TV but you may be looking for New York personal injury lawyers, FRANCKEL & PLEVY at 1-800-HURT-911®.

In late 2005, I was speaking with Sanford Rubenstein at a Party at my friend, Dennis Shield’s (Founder of 800-LawCash and Esquire Bank), house. During our conversation, Sanford Rubenstein learned about our phone number 1-800-HURT-911® and said he loved it. Actually, he went crazy over it.

Within a few months, I saw Rubenstein & Rynecki advertise 800-XXX-HURT.

It’s important to have a good personal injury lawyer who knows how to tackle difficult cases as well as the easy ones, but that’s not enough. You want a good personal injury lawyer who you can get on the phone after the first meeting when they take your case.

When we represent you, you’ll always be able to reach New York accident lawyers Rob Plevy, Esq. and Phil Franckel, Esq. directly without having to go through a secretary. Just call 1-800-HURT-911 right now and Attorney Rob Plevy will answer!

When you have been hurt in an accident, the legal fee is a large amount since it’s 1/3 of a large settlement. That makes you as important as the President of a big corporation to a corporate lawyer.

Whether you have money, you’re just paying the bills or you’re homeless, you’re important to us and we will treat you that way. See what our “customers” say about us.

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

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