FACTS AND FAQs
1. WHAT DOES "STATUTE of LIMITATIONS" MEAN?
If you have been injured, you should
be aware of a legal doctrine called a "Statute of
Limitations." This means you must file a claim or
lawsuit within a certain period of time (such as two years
from the date of the accident). If you do not file a claim
or lawsuit within the specified period of time, you will
be prevented from EVER taking legal action.
Consult with an experienced attorney
like Mike Asta. He can help you determine when the deadline
is for you to file your lawsuit.
Besides the filing deadline, there are
other important reasons not to delay in pursuing a personal
injury malpractice or discrimination claims. The sooner
you hire a lawyer, the sooner the lawyer can begin an investigation
and preserve evidence to support your case.
2. WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS AS A CLIENT?
1. You are entitled to be treated with
courtesy and consideration at all times by your lawyer
and the other lawyers and personnel in your lawyer's office.
2. You are entitled to an attorney capable
of handling your legal matter competently and diligently,
in accordance with the highest standards of the profession.
If you are not satisfied with how your matter is being
handled, you have the right to withdraw from the attorney-client
relationship at any time (court approval may be required
in some matters and your attorney may have a claim against
you for the value of services rendered to you up to the
point of discharge).
3. You are entitled to your lawyer's
independent professional judgment and undivided loyalty
uncompromised by conflicts of interest.
4. You are entitled to be charged a reasonable
fee and to have your lawyer explain at the outset how the
fee will be computed and the manner and frequency of billing.
You are entitled to request and receive a written itemized
bill from your attorney at reasonable intervals. You may
refuse to enter into any fee arrangement that you find
5. You are entitled to have your questions
and concerns addressed in a prompt manner and to have your
telephone calls returned promptly.
6. You are entitled to be kept informed
as to the status of your matter and to request and receive
copies of papers. You are entitled to sufficient information
to allow you to participate meaningfully in the development
of your matter.
7. You are entitled to have your legitimate
objectives respected by your attorney, including whether
or not to settle your matter (court approval of a settlement
is required in some matters).
8. You have the right to privacy in your
dealings with your lawyer and to have your secrets and
confidences preserved to the extent permitted by law.
9. You are entitled to have your attorney
conduct himself or herself ethically in accordance with
the Code of Professional Responsibility.
10. You may not be refused representation
on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, age, national origin or disability.
3. WHAT ABOUT PAYMENT?
The Law Offices of Michael J.
Asta charge on a contingency fee basis, so that unless we
recover for you, we do not get paid any legal fees. We also
front all of the litigation expenses, which are reimbursed
when your case settles, or after a trial and judgment. Should
you elect to retain the firm, additional questions about
legal fees and expenses can be explained in greater detail.
4. CAN I CONSIDER THE INFORMATION IN THIS
WEBSITE AS LEGAL ADVICE REGARDING MY SITUATION?
No. This web site is designed for general information
only. The information presented at this site should not
be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation
of a lawyer/client relationship. Persons accessing this
site are encouraged to seek independent counsel for advice
regarding their individual legal issues.
The purpose of this Site is to give the visitor a general
understanding of the law; not to provide specific advice.
While a great deal of care has been taken to provide accurate
and current information, the ideas, general principles
and conclusions presented at this site may differ depending
on local, state and federal laws and regulations and court
cases. The law constantly changes and varies from jurisdiction
to jurisdiction, state to state, and is subject to varying
interpretations. Therefore, the reader is urged to consult
professional legal counsel in his or her state and jurisdiction
regarding the applicability of any points of law discussed
at this Site to any specific problem. This web site should
not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice.
Our cases are handled on a contingency fee basis meaning
our firm does not charge a legal fee until we are successful
in obtaining compensation for you, our client. Litigation
expenses are advanced by the firm and reimbursed when your
case settles or after a trial and judgment.
Our clients include those injured in construction site
accidents and workplace related injuries, victims of car
and truck accidents, people injured in slip and fall and
trip and fall accidents, people injured by defective products,
those injured in elevator and escalator accidents, wrongful
death accidents, dog bites, premises liability accidents
and victims of medical malpractice, including children
injured by lead poisoning.
Our firm represents injured victims in the courts of New
York, New Jersey and federal court. For your convenience
we will come to your home or hospital.
Your confidentiality is protected by our office. We abide
by the Code of Responsibility of the American Bar Association
and all client communications about your case are kept
The personal injury law firm of Asta & Associates
represents clients in all five boroughs of New York City:
Manhattan / New York County, Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn
/ Kings County and the Bronx, as well as Suffolk County,
Nassau County / Long Island, Westchester County, Rockland
County, upstate New York and New Jersey.