Hear from Justin Cohen
Partner at Kotlar, Hernandez & Cohen:
Quick and easy steps for your motor vehicle accident claim:
And we don’t get paid unless you do.
Kotlar, Hernandez & Cohen
Board-Certified Civil Trial Attorneys
At Kotlar, Hernandez & Cohen, we have over 25 years of experience helping motor vehicle accident victims get justice.
Our experienced team of litigators fights for you every step of the way.
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We’ve settled millions of dollars worth of cases, but it’s impossible to predict the value of yours without knowing all the facts.
Truly, the best thing you can do is contact an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney as soon as possible to learn more about your damages, including pain and suffering, to begin to measure your case’s potential value.
Nothing up front. All fees are on a contingency basis, meaning we only get paid if you do.
Like most auto accident lawyers, our fee is usually 1/3 of the amount recovered by our work. This is due to the vast amount of time and resources our firm invests in the investigation, discovery, expert witnesses, and preparation of evidence for your case.
Most importantly, we don’t get paid a cent until you do, which drives us to exceed expectations and fight to win every case we bring on.
Motor vehicle accident cases can take anywhere from weeks to years, with most falling somewhere in the middle. The more complicated your case, the longer it will most likely take to settle or reach a trial.
This is because as part of our process to pursue compensation, we engage expert medical witnesses, accident reconstructionists, and construction engineers, and utilize photographs, video surveillance, and any and every other piece of evidence that we can.
If we file a suit in your favor, it’s because we’re confident in our ability to win in front of the judge and jury.
The truth is, most cases don’t go to trial – they usually settle before the trial date. Cases will likely only go to trial when there’s a dispute between parties regarding the facts and values. The better we build your case, the more likely we can reach a settlement in your favor before your trial date.
However, as Board-Certified Trial Attorneys, we are among the most highly qualified in the court room and are fully prepared to convince the jury of your case.
A pre-existing injury or condition can certainly impact your case, but it won’t necessarily hurt it. If someone injured you in an accident, they and their insurance companies should be held liable for the costs and damages of the injury, including lost wages, but they won’t be forced to pay for any treatment of your pre-existing condition.
This can get complicated, so your best option is to speak to one of our attorneys to explain the intricacies of your case and get some legal advice.
It depends. In a motor vehicle accident, generally your auto insurance will pay for your medical treatment under Personal Injury Protection (PIP)*, which our firm is equipped to assist you with.
Otherwise, in general liability claims, the defendant may have insurance to pay some or all of your medical bills, or your health insurance may pay. Either way, it’s necessary for our team to evaluate all of the options available to you in any matter.
The best thing you can do in this situation is contact our law firm as soon as possible to ensure you’re getting the best possible outcome in your claim.
Yes. The police report is meant for just that – preserving the accident scene in a written document for a case in which either the parties involved weren’t thinking clearly after the incident or their injuries were not immediately apparent.
Often times, people say they’re not hurt at the time of an accident because their bodies are full of adrenaline. Some injuries take longer than others to first produce symptoms.
Even if you said you weren’t hurt – if you’re in pain now, you should contact our team as soon as possible to discuss your options.
The best way to maximize your settlement is to carefully build a strong case, supported by well-documented and undeniable evidence of fault and the value of each category of damages.
Careful, swift action must be taken at every step of the process, and at our firm, we treat each case as if it were our own – aggressively and with precision.
Over time, evidence disappears and memories fade. The sooner you contact a law firm, the better their ability to strategize for your case will be, ultimately lending itself better to a maximum recovery.
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