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How to Find the Best Car Accident Attorney

There is no “upside” to auto accidents. They can cause injuries, car damage, rising car insurance rates, emotional distress, and even death. If you or a loved one were involved in an accident, a car accident lawyer may be able to help you obtain the financial compensation to which you are entitled. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano, our highly experienced personal injury attorneys may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve. We help clients throughout Upstate New York, with offices in multiple convenient locations. Our extensive experience in the personal injury field is reflected in the results we have achieved for our clients.

The trauma of a car accident can last far beyond the event itself. The financial impact of serious injuries and the associated medical bills, potential lost income, and vehicle damage can put you and your family in a difficult position. You don't need the added stress of battling insurance companies on your own to be compensated for your losses. An experienced attorney will protect you from extortion and scams, allowing you to concentrate on healing and moving on with your life.

Most states require all drivers to have at least a minimum of liability coverage, but insurance companies do not always cover all expenses incurred as a result of a collision. A car accident lawyer is a type of personal injury lawyer who can assist you in filing a claim if you've been in an automobile accident.

DeFrancisco & Falgiatano car accident injury lawyers can ensure you receive the money owed to pay medical bills and make up for lost wages by representing you. In the worst-case scenario, when a car accident kills a relative or loved one, our lawyers at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano also handle fatal car accident cases and can assist you in filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

You'll need to find a personal injury lawyer after a car accident, but not just the first one you find online. You want someone who has dealt with auto insurance companies and car accident cases before. Several lawyers in your area will most likely advertise their experience with auto accident injuries and claims, so knowing what to look for can help you narrow down your search for the best lawyer for you.

Some attorneys do not specialize in any one area of the law and instead handle everything from divorces to real estate transactions to wrongful death suits to personal injury claims. While these lawyers may handle all types of cases equally well, you're better off finding a lawyer or law firm that specializes in personal injury cases, specifically auto injury cases. DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers is dedicated exclusively to personal injury. If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one, we understand the devastating life changes you are facing. Though life will never be the same, you may be entitled to compensation that will make the road to recovery smoother. Our firm is based in Syracuse, New York. We serve clients throughout the area and have multiple offices conveniently located throughout upstate New York.

Our practice is built on results. With more than 30 years of experience representing personal injury clients, our lawyers have obtained well over $100 million in personal injury awards. Our lawyers are members of the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums. Our landmark verdicts have also been recognized in the Top New York Verdicts publication.

Among other accomplishments, our founding attorney, Jeff D. DeFrancisco, was selected for inclusion in the New York Super Lawyers. He was also designated as a member of the Top 1% Trial Counsel for Medical Malpractice and Best Attorneys of America. Additionally, he is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has achieved a perfect rating on

Partner Charles Louis Falgiatano has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers every year since 2012. He is a member of the Onondaga County Bar Association and the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (currently serving as an at-large board member). He has secured favorable results for clients with medical malpractice, wrongful death, nursing home negligence, and automobile accident claims.

Whether your case involves wrongful death, medical malpractice, birth injuries, or construction accidents, you are in good hands. Call us today at 833-200-2000.

Our firm is dedicated to providing personal, client-centric service. When you trust us with your case, you will be treated as a client, not a file or number. Our lawyers are always available to address your questions or concerns.

We also are known for taking personal injury cases other firms have turned down - and obtaining blockbuster outcomes in those cases. We have produced more than $25 million in verdicts and settlements for cases that other local law firms turned down or referred to us.

The bottom line: We focus on results.

Choosing the best attorney necessitates research and a willingness to ask probing questions. First, visit the website of your state bar association. Almost every law firm or attorney now has a website where you can get more information. You can view our website at

Once you've narrowed your list, contact each candidate to set up a phone consultation. Most attorneys will offer a free consultation during which you can ask questions about the types of cases the attorney has handled — but not legal advice or a case evaluation. You will have the opportunity to explain your case so that the attorney can determine whether or not you have a case. A reliable attorney will not hesitate to share the approximate number of auto accident victims they have represented and the percentage of cases that result in client compensation.

Your lawyer should be able to give you a general idea of what to expect after you file your lawsuit and your complaint is served. While nothing is set in stone, a lawyer could discuss how each party might respond, how likely the case is to go to trial, and what steps to take next.

A law firm is required by law to act in the best interests of its clients, but not all do. If you're looking for compensation beyond your current medical bills, a personal injury firm with a reputation for quick settlements might not be the best choice. If you need to recoup lost wages, or if a doctor has told you that you may have future medical issues as a result of the accident, you need a law firm willing to fight for a fair settlement rather than simply accepting a quick check. A law firm that aims to settle cases as quickly as possible for the least amount of money is no better than the insurers you're battling.

Keep in mind that not every case, even those involving bodily harm, is worth more than an insurance company is willing to pay. If an honest lawyer believes you do not have a legal right to compensation, he or she will advise you. However, it is important that one consults with an experienced personal injury lawyer to ensure your rights are protected.

At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano, we represent injured clients and their families throughout Upstate New York, including Syracuse, Rochester, Albany, Buffalo, Elmira, Binghamton, Auburn, Ithaca, Oswego, Norwich, Herkimer, Delhi, Cooperstown, Cortland, Lowville, Oneida, Watertown, Utica, Canandaigua, Wampsville, Lyons, and surrounding areas. Please call us at 833-200-2000 or contact us via our online form to discuss your case.

Client Reviews
"We were very impressed with how Jeff DeFrancisco represented us at trial and we were extremely happy when the jury found in our favor." D.M., Auburn, NY
"I suffered a serious injury as a result of medical malpractice. My husband and I retained Jeff DeFrancisco to assist us in this case. We were extremely happy with his representation and highly recommend him." Kelley R., Syracuse, NY
Since the insurance company was unwilling to settle the matter my case ultimately went to trial. At trial Jeff DeFrancisco did an absolutely amazing job by obtaining a very favorable result for me." T.H., Oneida, NY
"I highly recommend DeFrancisco & Falgiatano - Charlie represented me for a medical malpractice case. He is the best of the best. He is friendly and I am very happy with the representation he provided." Roger N., Oneida, NY