Evaluating and hiring an injury attorney usually involves a initial consultation, which most attorneys provide free of charge. Many attorneys also provide free transportation to and from their offices, to make the process as convenient as possible for the client.
During the initial consultation, your attorney will want to collect as much information as possible relating to the incident surrounding your accident or injury. This includes information regarding your medical treatment, who was involved in the accident, any witnesses, your insurance coverage, as well as thorough information about circumstances that resulted in your accident or injury. The attorney will also usually discuss the costs of the case and the legal fees that you can expect.
After you choose an attorney and have signed a retainer contract, they will begin investigating your case in a process called "discovery." There are 3 forms of discovery - written, document production and depositions.
Written discovery involves Interrogatories, which are just questions about the facts of your case. Document discovery is the gathering of any documents related to your case, electronic or printed. Any party has the right to see documents that are related to a case. Depositions are sworn statements, and you can likely expect to be deposed to get the facts.
Settlement is when the person who is filing the lawsuit agrees not to pursue legal action in return for an agreed upon amount of money. Most lawsuits end in settlement. In deciding whether or not to settle, there are many factors to consider:
Essner & Kobin walked me through every step of the process and assuaged all of my concerns. They supported me as their client and decision maker throughout the process; they were my partners. I am so thrilled with the outcome of the suit that I would recommend them to any friend, family member or stranger.
I did a lot of research on firms but speaking with Essner & Kobin was completely different than the others because I felt like I was telling a friend my story; they asked pointed questions, actually listened to me and cared about the best outcome for me.
I've known the attorneys at Essner & Kobin for years. If you're looking for smart, caring, aggressive attorneys that are going to fight to get you the best deal possible, then I highly recommend retaining Essner & Kobin to represent you.
We’ve all heard the expression that everyone deserves a fair day in court. We don’t believe that a person’s wealth or intelligence should have anything to do with their right to justice.
If you have been harmed, you deserve compensation. And if insurance companies are using your inexperience to keep your hard-earned money, then you deserve someone with experience and tenacity to get it back.
Our firm exists because we want to help you fight the bad guys, but we know you can’t do it alone. You need people who know the system, the jargon, the rules, so we can beat corporations at their game and give you the outcome you deserve.
Mr. Essner been successfully representing those injured by negligence and medical malpractice for over 20 years. He is among the best trial lawyers in New York and has won multiple clients verdicts and/or settlements in excess of $10,000,000. Money will never fix a catastrophic injury, but Howard loves what he does because he has the ability to make his clients’ lives just a little bit better. Howard is the proud father of three, a graduate of Syracuse University, a licensed New York attorney, a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the New York State Bar Association, and a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers.
Mr. Kobin has been practicing law in New York for over 12 years. Jason specializes in medical malpractice and personal injury cases, and he has repeatedly obtained multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. Jason is an aggressive but practical litigator who always considers what is in the best interest of his injured client when making a strategic decision. Jason’s number one goal is to obtain the best possible results for his clients. Jason is a proud father of two, a graduate of the State University at Albany, and a graduate of New York Law School where he graduated at the top of his class.