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Schenectady Personal Injury Attorneys

Schenectady Personal Injury Attorneys

You May Be Entitled to Compensation

Accidents happen, but sometimes, the causes of accidents aren’t as random as the name “accident” may imply. Injuries are often the result of negligence. By acting carelessly, people who ignore the risks of their behavior put others in danger.

If you’ve been the victim of this type of disregard for safety, you deserve payment for your damages and access to the care you need — E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy can help. Contact us today to learn more.

Get started on your case with a free consultation: Call (518) 284-3183 or contact us online.

What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?

Many people who have been injured because of the negligence of others make the mistake of not hiring an attorney, and instead opting to file a claim themselves or rely on insurance companies. Often, this is due to misconceptions about what personal injury lawyers do.

As your representation, we will fulfill many responsibilities that are difficult to handle on your own — especially when you are recovering from an injury. In addition to general tasks like gathering evidence, meeting legal deadlines, and filing your claim, we can ensure your rights are protected throughout the progression of your case. It is important to remember that insurance companies want to protect their bottom line above all else, and often do this through tactics that minimize the value of injured peoples’ claims. We are familiar with the strategies of insurance companies and will negotiate on your behalf to help you get the compensation you deserve. If your case needs to go to trial, we have the experience that is necessary to fight for you in court.

Our legal team can assist you with cases such as:

  • ATV accidents
  • Bus accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Car accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Food borne illness
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Premises liability
  • Product liability
  • Train accidents
  • Truck accidents


Determining Fault for Your Injuries

Identifying an at-fault party, and proving their fault, is one of the most crucial elements of a personal injury case. Without knowledge of the liable party, you cannot receive compensation for your injuries.

In some cases, the liable party is obvious. For example, in cases of car accidents, it is common for both of the involved drivers to stop and exchange information. In these cases, you can easily file a claim against the negligent driver or their insurance company.

Liability may not be as obvious in other personal injury cases. This may be because multiple parties are at fault or because the at-fault party is an entity (such as a business), rather than an individual. Some cases are even more complex and mysterious, such as in cases of hit-and-run accidents.

Our legal team will evaluate the details of your case and gather evidence to identify the liable party and ensure that they are held accountable for causing your injuries.

People and groups who could be liable in a personal injury case include:

  • Negligent drivers
  • Product manufacturers
  • Restaurants, grocery stores, and other businesses with unsafe conditions on their premises
  • Transportation companies
  • Government entities and municipalities

The above list includes only a few examples of parties who are commonly defendants in personal injury claims. Every case is different, so it is important to speak about your unique circumstances with an attorney.

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Have Questions?

We Have Answers!
  • If I hire an attorney but do not want to go to trial, can I settle?
    In the course of preparing a case for trial, your personal injury attorney will work with the defense attorneys and insurance companies in an effort to secure a fair settlement for you and your family. The final decision to accept an offer of settlement or go to trial is yours alone to make.
    Contact us now to discuss your case with one of our experienced attorneys.
  • If arrested, what steps can I take on my behalf?

    1. Do not discuss your situation with anyone except your attorney.

    2. Unless your attorney says otherwise, do not discuss your case with law enforcement.

    3. Request to have your attorney present if you are to be put in a lineup or subjected to testing.

    4. Remain calm and courteous. Allow your attorney to speak for you to ensure that your rights are protected and you are given all the benefits afforded to you under the law.
    Contact us now to discuss your case with one of our experienced attorneys.

  • What is the difference between criminal procedure and civil procedure?
    When a crime has been committed, action is taken by a government agency against the person, persons, organization or other entity that violated the law. The first purpose of a criminal prosecution is punishment, which frequently consists of a fine or jail time. In a civil matter, the dispute is between two or more individuals or entities. The first purpose of a civil prosecution is obtaining compensation for the wronged person or entity. Settlement in a civil matter is generally an award of a money judgment. A criminal sentence is not imposed in a civil matter.
    Contact us now to discuss your case with one of our experienced attorneys.