Frequently Asked Questions

Many lawyers only want to handle catastrophic injury cases. Others do not want to invest their time or money on less serious cases. Sinel Law believes everyone has the right to recover fair compensation for their injuries, pain and suffering. If you have suffered any injury due to someone's negligence, call Sinel Law at 212.465.1000 for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights. We will fight to bring you and your loved ones justice.
After enduring a personal injury, you may feel overwhelmed with questions, such as:
The insurance company is calling and sending me papers to sign. How should I respond? Who will pay my medical bills?
Will I be compensated for my lost wages?
Is there a deadline to file a claim for my injuries?
At Sinel Law we can address these questions during your initial phone consultation at no obligation to you. We can tell you if you have a valid case and what you need to do to protect your rights.
NO!! Sinel & Associates, PLLC will not charge you one dime if we lose, whether we spend one hour or 100 hours on your case, we do not want to lose. We only get paid when we win.
We prepare all of our cases for trial. There is no better leverage in negotiations than to have a law firm behind you that will take your case all the way to trial if necessary. At Sinel & Associates, PLLC, we have trial attorneys on staff. Our firm has a reputation at the courthouse as a law firm that will go to trial with a seasoned attorney. Most cases settle without the necessity of having a trial, however to get the maximum recovery with a settlement it is critical to have a firm that can legitimately threaten and back it up that they will proceed all the way to a jury verdict if there is not enough of a settlement being offered.
At Sinel & Associates, PLLC, we handle all of our cases on a contingency fee basis. That means that we only charge a legal fee if we are successful and recover money for you. Our fee is typically 33 1/3% of the net recovery after the costs and disbursements that we advance are deducted. So, with a free consultation, a firm that advances all of the necessary costs, and a contingency fee arrangement, with Sinel & Associates, PLLC, you can have a reputable law firm pursue your rights with no out of pocket expenses.
What do lawyers mean when they refer to personal injury lawsuits? Personal injury lawsuits occur when another person is being negligent or acting with unreasonable behavior in a given circumstance. If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury in New York, Sinel Law will fight to bring you justice. Each case, big or small, receives the same professional attention to detail.
Why is it important to hire a qualified and experienced attorney to handle your case? It is important for a claimant to be represented by someone who is experienced in handling construction accident cases. This will increase the claimants chances of recovering. Individuals rarely have the know how or the resources to handle big cases against a city agency or large corporation. We pride ourselves on having the expertise to handle any situation against even the largest of corporate defendants. Suits against the city are often successful once an experienced attorney is retained. That attorney can be found in our office. Our lawyers are meticulous, intelligent, and aggressive while operating with the highest level of professionalism. Sinel & Associates, PLLC, has an experienced legal staff, both capable and accustomed to litigating against insurance companies and municipalities as large as the City of New York. There is no fee for a consultation either over the phone or in person. There are no fees charged unless and until your case is handled successfully and completed. There will be no charge to the client on any cases that are unsuccessful. Every person who calls this office is important to us either as a new or future client. The entire staff of Sinel & Associates, PLLC, will treat you with the utmost level of respect and professionalism. Call us at 212.465.1000 to receive a free consultation. We will fight to bring you justice.
What every client should know after they have been in an accident. 1. Proving who caused the accident, or who is at fault for the accident is the first obstacle an accident victim must conquer. You must be able to prove that someone other than yourself has caused the accident. In New York, as long as you can show that the defendant's conduct was a substantial factor that contributed to the happening of the accident, you can recover money damages for your pain and suffering. Often times this can be accomplished through contacting an attorney quickly, so that the attorney can hire an investigator or other experts to make time sensitive pictures and obtain witness statements. 2. Proving your damages or injuries is the next step. Sometimes it is difficult for the client to get the medical attention that is necessary to evaluate their injuries. Our attorneys can help assist you in receiving excellent medical care from a specialist. It is important to go to a doctor who is familiar with injuries sustained in different accidents such as automobile accidents, defective products, slip and falls and toxic torts. These doctors can provide you with the medical care necessary to help speed up your recovery. 3. The attorney now has two options, to either settle or try your case. Here at Sinel & Associates, PLLC, we have tried hundreds of cases. We have experienced trial attorneys who not only get results in the courtroom, but truly love doing it. Not every case will go to trial, nor should every case. At Sinel & Associates, PLLC, we evaluate each claim and decide a reasonable number as a goal. This number is based on our years of experience settling cases, the extent of the injuries, the parties involved, the venue the lawsuit will be brought in, along with many other factors. We strive to recover as much money as is possible given the circumstances. We are not happy unless and until we have gotten every possible dollar. We work hard to keep our clients happy and that is obvious once you look at our million dollar jury verdicts hanging on the walls of our office. For more information, call us now at 212.465.1000.
1. Courtesy and Consideration You are entitled to be treated with courtesy and consideration at all times by your lawyer and the other lawyers and personnel in your lawyer's office. 2. Right to Withdraw You are entitled to an attorney capable of handling your legal matters competently and diligently, in accordance with the highest standards of the profession. If you are not satisfied with how your matter is being handled, you have the right to withdraw from the attorney-client relationship at any time (court approval may be required in some matters and your attorney may have a claim against you for the value of services rendered to you up to the point of discharge). 3. Independent Judgement You are entitled to your lawyer's independent professional judgment and undivided loyalty uncompromised by conflicts of interest. 4. Reasonable Fee You are entitled to be charged a reasonable fee and to have your lawyer explain at the outset how the fee will be computed and the manner and frequency of billing. 5. Written Itemized Bill You are entitled to request and receive a written itemized bill from your attorney at reasonable intervals. You may refuse to enter into any fee arrangement that you find unsatisfactory. 6. Prompt Answers You are entitled to have your questions and concerns addressed in a prompt manner and to have your telephone calls returned promptly. 7. To Be Kept Informed You are entitled to be kept informed as to the status of your matter and to request and receive copies of papers. 8. Sufficient Information You are entitled to sufficient information to allow you to participate meaningfully in the development of our matter. 9. Your Objectives Respected You are entitled to have your legitimate objectives respected by your attorney, including whether or not to settle your matter (court approval of a settlement is required in some matters). 10. Right to Privacy You have the right to privacy in your dealings with your lawyer and to have your secrets and confidences preserved to the extent permitted by law. 11. Ethics and Professionalism You are entitled to have your attorney conduct himself or herself ethically in accordance with the code of professional Responsibility. 12. No Discrimination You may not be refused representation on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.
The answer to that is simple...You never can tell. Anyone who tells you otherwise is not being 100% truthful. We take an extremely aggressive posture with all parties we negotiate with and WE WILL MAXIMIZE YOUR RECOVERY.
Another question that cannot be honestly answered. You never know how long one case will take from start to finish. We pride ourselves on our fast and efficient staff. Our paralegals, secretaries and attorneys are not only well educated individuals but they are practical professionals with the skills needed to MOVE CASES.