Personal Injury includes car accidents and slip and falls and many other cases

Suffering an injury can be life altering. While you are dealing with the physical and emotional pain, many difficult questions still need to be answered. Who is going to pay your medical bills? Why is the insurance company calling you? Should you talk to them? Who is on your side? A Personal Injury lawsuit can feel complicated and confusing. We’re here to make it easier, so you can receive the compensation you deserve.

We Fight the Good Fight for You

We understand how overwhelming this can be. That’s why our experienced team guides you through each step of the process while making sure that we are doing everything within our power to ensure you the best possible outcome. We hold responsible parties accountable for your safety.

Our team approach to personal injury cases means your case is evaluated by several attorneys to design the proper legal strategy. When it comes to fighting for our clients, we have a reputation for toughness.

What Can I Expect to Happen with My Case?

From the moment you contact us about your case, we strive to make sure you feel heard, respected, and taken care of. Your claim may take several paths, but our commitment to getting you what you deserve never changes.

1. Free Case Evaluation. We’ll meet with you to discuss your case and make sure we have what we need to fight for you. This may include meetings with your family, phone calls to relevant parties, and verifying medical records regarding your injury.

2. Signed Agreement. After your case evaluation, you’ll sign an agreement enabling us to act as your attorney. Remember – we only get paid as a percentage of your award, and require no money up front. 

3. Initial Negotiation. Our attorneys will first attempt to negotiate directly with the insurance company for a fair settlement. If an acceptable settlement is offered, no lawsuit is needed and your case will be closed.

4. Formal Lawsuit. If initial negotiations are unsuccessful, we will file a formal lawsuit in court against the negligent party.

5. Building Your Case. Your case litigation and discovery phase involves filing motions and paperwork . During this time, any medical care or decisions should be discussed with us to ensure you are able to maximize reimbursements.

6. Ongoing Communication. While your case is being built, which may take weeks or months, we will remain in regular contact with you. We encourage you to call for updates, and we will keep you abreast of progress on your case.

7. Deposition. At your deposition, you will tell your story, under oath, with your attorneys and the defense attorneys in the room. Depositions do not happen in a courtroom, but rather a comfortable conference room setting.

8. Settlement. Many cases are settled during or as a result of the depositions. If a settlement is offered, we will decide together if you should accept it. We are always willing to take the case to a trial if we believe it’s in your best interest.

9. Settlement Awarded. If you take a settlement, your case is closed. Our fees will be withdrawn as a predetermined percentage of your settlement, when it’s received.

10.  Go To Trial. If your case goes to trial, the path is different. Your trial date could be months away.  Your trial will always be before a judge, and may or may not include a jury.

11. Fighting for You. During the trial, we will present your case, and the defendant will present theirs. This may include witness and/or expert testimony and presentation of evidence.

12. The Verdict. After the trial verdict, your case is considered closed unless there is an appeal from either side. Our fees are withdrawn as a predetermined percentage of your award, when it’s received.

How Much Will This Cost Me?

We Only Get Paid When Your Case is Won.

We require no money up front. Our fees are only rendered when you receive your award or settlement. For personal injury cases, our fees are assessed as a percentage of the money you receive only when your case is won, in line with industry percentage standards. We don’t get paid until we’ve put in the hard work for you.

Personal Injury Results

Personal Injury Case Types

Construction Accidents

We work construction cases like nobody else in Western New York. We take the toughest cases and hold contractors responsible for workplace safety. LEARN MORE

Automobile Accidents

We have the resources to enforce your rights such as medical and rehabilitation experts and an understanding of the science of accident reconstruction. LEARN MORE

Injury on Property

Whether residential or commercial property, Dolce Panepinto has the experience to hold property owners accountable for negligence.

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Schedule a free confidential case evaluation to see how Dolce Panepinto may be able to help you with your personal injury or workers’ compensation case.

Personal Injury FAQs

What is a Personal Injury claim?
What is negligence?
What are the attorney’s fees associated with an injury claim?
What are the out-of-pocket expenses associated with bringing an injury claim?
How do I know if I have an injury claim?
What should you do if you are injured in an accident?
Should I speak directly with a representative from the insurance company?
When is the best time to call a lawyer?
How much is my Personal Injury case worth?
What is the legal process when I have an injury claim?
What is a Personal Injury claim?

A personal injury claim  is a type of lawsuit that arises when someone has sustained an injury as the result of the negligence or carelessness of another person or company. These types of circumstances are wide-ranging and include construction site accidents, accidents at the work place, automobile accidents and slip and fall accidents, to name a few. The best way to determine whether an injury claim exists is to contact a lawyer to discuss the circumstances that caused your injury.

What is negligence?

The law requires us to act with “reasonable care,” which can vary depending on the details of each individual situation. When someone fails to act with the reasonable care required, that party may be considered negligent. Your attorney will be required to prove that another person or entity was negligent and that such actions resulted in your injuries in order to recover monetary damages on your injury claim.

What are the attorney’s fees associated with an injury claim?

All initial legal consultations with the attorneys at Dolce Panepinto are free and, in most circumstances, you will not be charged any fees unless you recover money from the negligent party in your case. Our fee is the industry standard fee of one-third of the amount recovered.

What are the out-of-pocket expenses associated with bringing an injury claim?

In most situations, you will not have to pay any up-front cost in connection with the litigation of your claim. Costs associated with litigating your injury claim may include court filing fees, document requests, deposition expenses and expert consultations and testimony among other things. Any cost incurred throughout the course of the case will be deducted from the amount of the settlement of your case before the firm’s one-third contingency fee is deducted from the recovery. If we are unable to recover any money for you, you are not responsible to pay our expenses.

How do I know if I have an injury claim?

The best way to determine if you have a viable injury claim is by discussing the circumstances that led to your injury with an attorney. Generally, you will need to be able to prove that you suffered an injury, that your injury resulted in damages such as medical expenses, lost wages or pain and suffering, and that the injury occurred because another person or corporation was acting negligently. Your attorney will also need to determine whether the negligent party has insurance coverage or assets available to compensate your for the damages you suffered.

What should you do if you are injured in an accident?

Your physical well-being is the top priority after being involved in any type of accident.  If you are involved in an accident, you should seek medical attention immediately and report all of your physical symptoms to your medical provider. If possible, you should also make efforts to gather any information that could assist you in establishing your claim. Gather names and contact information for anyone who may have witnessed the accident and file a police accident report. You should also contact a lawyer a soon as possible, as there are certain types of claims that require paperwork to be filed within a limited amount of time. Your lawyer will be able to advise you on how to proceed.

Should I speak directly with a representative from the insurance company?

The role of the insurance adjuster is to pay you as little money as possible in order to settle your claim quickly. Typically, when you are seriously injured, an insurance company will want you to settle your claim before you have had the opportunity to consult with your physicians and attorney. An attorney can negotiate with an insurance company on your behalf to ensure that your needs and interests are fully protected.

When is the best time to call a lawyer?

You should contact  an attorney as soon as possible after your accident. You can call the attorneys of Dolce Panepinto at 716-852-1888 or use our contact page today. Every claim has a statute of limitations, or a defined time period in which you must bring forward your claim. The failure to bring your claim within the set time period will result in your claim being barred forever. In addition there are particular types of claims, such as automobile accidents or claims brought against municipalities, that require certain paperwork to be filed within a short period of time following the accident. Legal advice and guidance can be most critical at the early stages of your injury. Your attorney may be able to give you guidance that may help you avoid complicating your injury case down the road.

How much is my Personal Injury case worth?

Your attorney will not be able to give you a definite monetary value of your injury claim up front, but will be able to give you a good sense of the strengths and weaknesses of your case based on a variety of factors. Some of the core factors that figure into the value of your injury claim include: extent of your injuries, any disability that you suffer as a result of the injuries, the amount of medical expenditures incurred, lost wages suffered and past and future pain and suffering. After considering those core factors, the potential value of a case will vary significantly based on a number of other factors, such as the amount of insurance coverage available. Your attorney will be able to discuss with you how all of these factors weigh into your situation as you decide how to proceed.

What is the legal process when I have an injury claim?

Your attorney will first attempt to negotiate a fair settlement of your claim directly with the insurance company. If those negotiations are unsuccessful we will file a formal lawsuit in court against the negligent party. The beginning of the lawsuit involves the parties exchanging paper work. The parties are then called for depositions where they give testimony about the accident under oath. Also during this time you may be examined by a physician selected by the insurance company. This process after the lawsuit is filed is referred to as “discovery” and most cases settle in the course of the discovery period.  If the parties cannot reach a fair settlement agreement, the case will then proceed to trial.

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