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Personal Injury

Have you been injured in an accident? If so, we can help. It is imperative you get representation immediately. The insurance companies investigate quickly and you need someone on your side to do the same.

Workers' Compensation

Work accidents happen and there is a system set up to provide benefits to you. However, the system is tough to navigate on your own and the insurance companies have attorneys working for them to limit your benefits. You need an attorney to fight back.

Social Security Disability

The Federal Social Security Disability system is complicated to navigate. Your chances of success are greatly increased when you have an attorney fighting on your behalf and providing the right documentation to win your case.

General Practice/Real Estate

We realized long ago that our clients often times need help in other areas of law besides injury matters. We can help you in just about any of your legal needs, from real estate to wills and estates to contract matters.

Your Syracuse Personal Injury Team

McMahon, Kublick & Smith, P.C., is a law firm dedicated to helping injured people.

We concentrate in personal injury, workers’ compensation and social security disability claims. Often times these areas of law are intertwined, a person becomes injured and needs an attorney in more than one area. They may have a personal injury claim, a workers’ compensation claim and/or a social security claim. They then find themselves seeking three different law firms to handle their claims separately. With our firm there is no longer such a need. We have highly skilled attorneys who concentrate in all three areas.

Having all your attorneys under one roof allows us to coordinate your claims, targeting them from every angle, with the common goal of maximizing your recovery.

Let us help you get the full compensation you deserve.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I know if I have a case?

    A lot of times it will be clear if you have a valid case, however other times it may not be so. We encourage people to call our office and let us make that determination with you. After all, the initial consultation is free.

  • How much does a lawyer cost?

    No matter the type of case you have our initial consultation is always FREE. During that initial consultation you will be told what our legal fees are UP FRONT. There will be no surprises.

    Our legal fees vary depending on the type of case.

    Personal Injury Cases
    For personal injury cases our legal fees are governed by New York State statute. For most personal injury cases the fee is one-third of your recovery after our expenses are deducted. In the unlikely event there is no recovery, you do not owe us a fee. You will never have to pay out of pocket for our fees. Typically, our fees are very similar to those of our competitors.

    Workers Compensation Cases
    For workers’ compensation cases our fees vary depending on the amount and type of work that is performed on your behalf, and the fees are awarded by a workers’ compensation judge at a hearing of your case. Prior to the hearing, you will be told what fee we are requesting. Typically there is a reasonable fee awarded based upon the amount of work done by us on your behalf. If you are not awarded benefits, no fee is due. When we are awarded a fee, it will be deducted from the amount of your award so that you do not need to pay any out of pocket money toward our fee. If and when you settle your workers’ compensation claim, our fees vary depending on the amount of work performed to obtain the settlement. Typically our fees in these instances range between 10-15% of the settlement amount.

    Social Security Cases
    For Social Security disability cases, like personal injury and workers’ compensation cases, there is no fee unless we are successful. As governed by federal statute, our fee is equal to 25% of your past due benefits with a cap of $6,000.

    General Practice Cases
    Our general practice fees typically range from $100-400 per hour depending on the type of case. We often will quote you a flat fee for legal representation regarding real estate closings, wills and criminal cases. The fees will vary depending on the issues involved.

  • Is it too late to file a lawsuit?

    Depending on the type of claim you are making, the time in which you have to file a claim or to commence a lawsuit varies.

    For a typical personal injury lawsuit in New York State you have three years from the date of the accident or occurrence in question to file a lawsuit. However, in certain cases such as those for medical malpractice or cases against a municipality, the time frame is significantly less. In other cases, the time limits may be longer. For your protection, we strongly recommend that you do not try to make this determination on your own since the statutes of limitations are complex and often confusing. To make sure that your rights are preserved and protected, we recommend that you call our office as soon as possible following the accident to let us assist you in making that determination.

    In workers’ compensation cases you have thirty days to provide written notice to your employer of an accidental injury and two years from the date of the accident to file a claim.

    A Social Security disability claim must be made within five years from the date you last worked.

  • How long does it take to receive compensation?

    This is a popular question. Unfortunately there is no exact answer. Time frames for payment vary depending on the type of case and the injuries sustained. Every case is unique.

    Typically with personal injury cases, we will recommend that you do not settle your case until you are either 100% recovered from your injuries or your medical providers have advised you that you have reached what they believe to be your maximum level of medical improvement. However, the final decision to settle your case or to go to trial will always rest with you.

    Payments in connection with workers’ compensation cases vary. Payment of your lost wages and medical treatment benefits are due immediately. However, final settlement of your claim for permanent loss of use or permanent disability will usually take much longer.

    For Social Security disability cases, an initial determination regarding your claim is usually made in a few months, and if granted, you will receive benefits from the date of your application. However, if you are denied benefits, you must file an appeal and request a hearing within 60 days of the denial. It could take up to 12 months to get a hearing. If your claim is successful you will receive benefits dating back to the date that you can prove you became disabled., less a five month waiting period.



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