Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to commonly asked questions of attorney Mark A. Siesel.Q: When do I know if I have a case?
A: Consult with an attorney, as theories of liability may not be at obvious at first. For example, in the case of an automobile accident in New York State, only certain injuries qualify for compensation under the “No-Fault Threshold”, such as a fracture, disfigurement, dismemberment, loss of a fetus, death, or treatment for a specific period of time, among other categories. At the Law Offices of Mark A. Siesel, there is no fee for an initial consultation. Additionally, you should act as soon as possible as there are statutes of limitation in all cases, which determine how long you have to begin a lawsuit.Q: If I have been in a car accident, are there certain do’s or don’ts?
A: Absolutely. To begin with, you must request that the police come to the scene in a car accident, regardless of whether the other driver is attempting to convince you otherwise. Defense insurance companies are always skeptical of a client’s injuries if the accident is unreported. If you are feeling pain, it is essential that you obtain immediate medical or hospital treatment, that you report these injuries or pain to the investigating police officer, and that you avail yourself of the offer of an ambulance if the pain is significant, for the same reasons as above.Q: Are there certain things I should do, regardless of the type of accident?
A: Yes. First, obtain the names and phone numbers of any and all witnesses to the accident; take photographs of the vehicles involved if it is a car or other vehicular crash; report the accident to store or property owners, and if possible, obtain copies of any written reports; take photographs of the scene of the accident—this is absolutely essential in slip and fall accidents on ice or other transient conditions; if the store owner refuses to prepare a written report of the accident, obtain the name of the store representative and if possible, information as to the claim administrator or property insurance company; do not give recorded or other statements to anyone who calls you on behalf of the defendant, and whatever you do, DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING PROVIDED BY AN INSURANCE COMPANY AS YOU COULD BE WAIVING YOUR RIGHTS TO SUE FOR YOUR INJURIES, and get immediate hospital or medical treatment.Q: If we don’t get any money, do I have to pay a fee?
A: There is no fee unless this office successfully obtains a settlement or verdict for you.Q: How long does a typical case usually take?
A: Cases are generally completed within 2-3 years, but the length of time to completion is affected by many different variables, including the county in which the case is brought; the extent of the injuries suffered; the amount of applicable insurance; and by the financial status of the defendant. For example, a case in Bronx County, due to calendar congestion, generally would take considerably longer to reach trial than in a county with a smaller calendar, such as Westchester County.Q: How do you evaluate what an injury is worth?
A: Monetary recoveries are governed by the severity of injuries; the amount of treatment that the client undergoes, the type of treatment involved, the particular areas of the body which have been injured, the permanency or lack thereof of the injuries, the strength of the case against the defendants; the available insurance and the county where the case is commenced.
If you live in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Westchester County, Dutchess County, Orange County, Putnam County, or the Rockland County area, contact the dedicated, experienced and knowledgeable litigators at the Law Office of Mark A. Siesel-- contact us online for a free consultation to discuss your case in detail.