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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question in regards to personal injury law?

Don't worry, we have got you covered. Find information on what must be done to commence a lawsuit, how personal injury law works in general, and information about our firm.

  1. How to Get in Contact with Us
  2. What to Do If You Are Injured in an Accident
  3. How to Take Action

How to Get in Contact with Us

What kind of cases does Zalman, Schnurman, & Miner normally take?

Our law firm handles a wide variety of cases. Cases such as: wrongful death, car accidents, falls, medical malpractice, and construction accidents.

If I want a to speak with an attorney at Zalman, Schnurman, & Miner, will it come at any cost to me?

No! The first consultation with Zalman, Schnurman & Miner is always free.

How do I get in contact with Zalman, Schnurman, & Miner?

There are multiple ways to get in touch with our law firm. You can file a claim on our website here. We can also be reached at (phone number) or you can email us at

What information should I be prepared to provide when I make contact with Zalman, Schnurman & Miner?

the location and date of the incident are the two most important pieces of information. The more details you have the better, but do not wait to call until you have all the requisite information.

What is the standard fee that you charge? Will I owe any money to Zalman, Schnurman & Miner if there is no recovery?

The standard fee for our firm, as well as most personal injury law firms, is 1/3 of the recovery total. If there no recovery, meaning that the lawsuit is fruitless, it will come at no cost to the client. Our firm collects no money if the lawsuit has no recovery.

What to do if You Are Injured in an Accident

What should I do if I’m hurt at no fault of my own?

The first thing to do, is to go to the doctor if you are injured. Then call us, as we can help you take the next step including contacting insurance companies, taking pictures, and doing an investigation.

If I’m injured at no fault of my own, what threshold of injuries must I have sustained to proceed with a fruitful lawsuit?

There are no exact thresholds for the vast majority of claims. Injuries arising from a car accident must meet the thresholds set forth under New York’s no fault laws.

How do I know if I have a viable case or not?

The best way to determine if you have a viable claim is to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer.

How soon should I contact a personal injury attorney after being injured?

As soon as possible. The earlier we can get started on investigating your claim, the better the outcome will be. This is for many reasons; for one, your recollection of the events and the memory of witnesses will be better. As well, there is a good chance the issue that injured you, such as a crack in the sidewalk, will not have been repaired.

If I do proceed with a lawsuit, how long can I expect the case to take?

Every suit is a different. It is possible that your case can be settled within months, or it could take years to fully complete.

How to Take Action

How long do I have to file a notice of claim after being injured?

It varies based on the type of case you have. For example, you only have 90 days to file a notice of claim against the City of New York. (More information on filing notice of claims against the City of New York can be found here). More information on how long you have to file a notice of claim for other kinds of accidents can be found in our blog section and its corresponding articles.

What is a notice of claim?

A notice of claim is a document that is required to be filed with many governments (e.g. Cities, Towns, Villages, etc.), Public Authorities, Schools, and other government and quasi-government agencies. The notice of claim helps them investigate the claim. Usually, where a Notice of Claim is required, you must file the Notice of Claim prior to commencing your lawsuit. Additionally, the time to file the Notice of Claim is much shorter, than the Statute of Limitations. The failure to timely file a Notice of Claim, where required, will prevent you from properly commencing a lawsuit, though you may be able to make a motion to file a late Notice of Claim. Commonly, but not always, a Notice of Claim must be filed in New York within 90 days of the incident.

What is the statute of limitations in New York for non-government agencies?

Wrongful death: 2 years

Injury due to construction: 3 years

Car accident: 3 years

Trip/Slip/fall: 3 years

Medical malpractice: 2.5 years

Legal Malpractice: 3 years

Weather related injury, i.e. slip on snow: 3 years

What are my obligations as it pertains to avoid reaching the statute of limitations for a possible lawsuit?

A lawsuit must be filed with the court prior to the statute of limitations expiring. The defendant must then be timely served with the necessary paperwork and proof of service filed with the court.

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