New York Personal Injury FAQ

For most people, a serious accident or injury happens only once in a lifetime, if that. So most people who do suffer serious injuries or the wrongful death of loved one have no idea whether they have a viable case or what to expect in the process. At Restivo & Murphy LLP, we focus on taking care of our clients. That is how we built our firm from the ground up into one of the premier personal injury firms in New York City.

Please read the frequently asked questions below to learn more and call 800-584-3324 for a free consultation.

Where In New York Does Restivo & Murphy LLP Represent Clients?

We represent clients throughout all of New York's five boroughs as well as in Long Island, Suffolk County and Nassau County. Though our office is in Garden City, we regularly travel to serve the needs of our clients anywhere in the area.

How Do I Know If I Have A Claim?

Although accidents happen all the time, there are certain requirements for a legal claim. The most important factor is that the accident was caused by someone else's negligence. If we can establish conclusively that someone else did something that directly contributed to the accident that caused your injuries, we might have a claim. Further, damages must be involved. Our lawyers focus on cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death resulting from construction accidents, auto accidents and related claims.

If The Insurance Company Has Already Offered Me A Settlement, Why Do I Need An Attorney?

This is one of the most common personal injury questions we see, and it is also one of the most costly mistakes accident victims make. Almost invariably, an insurance company settlement offer will be much less than what a claim is truly worth. Although the offer might seem generous at the time, it will most likely not come close to covering the long-term medical costs, lost wages and other damages you could receive in litigation. Insurance companies do not stay in business by overpaying on claims of this kind.

What Should I Bring When Visiting An Attorney For The First Time?

You should bring all information you have regarding the incident; all medical bills you currently have; a list of all your doctors, hospitals and other health care providers with addresses; and the last three years of tax returns, if you have lost wages as a result of the incident. You may be asked to bring additional information at the time your appointment is scheduled.

Are Personal Injury Cases Expensive? And What If We Lose My Case?

A common worry for personal injury victims is the financial risk of bringing a lawsuit. It is true that litigation is expensive, with extensive research, case preparation, court time and ancillary costs. But at Restivo & Murphy LLP, we believe injury victims should not have to shoulder this financial burden. We take cases on contingency, which means our costs are contingent upon — or based on a percentage of — what we win for our clients. With this fee arrangement and the free consultations we offer our clients, you will not have to pay any attorney fees until we obtain compensation for you.

How Long Do I Have To File A Claim?

This is different for different types of cases, but there is a statute of limitations on most civil claims. If you fail to file a claim within a certain time after your accident, you could lose the opportunity to obtain compensation. We have seen people let too much time go by. Believe it or not, it's an easy thing to procrastinate and you could end up waiting too long. We find it's best to contact an attorney right away.

I Am Intimidated By The Courts And The Legal Process. What Should I Do?

You should reach out to our legal team today. One of the most important parts of our work as a law firm is to help our clients understand what's happening. We realize how intimidating it can be for people who have never been through the process before. Our attorneys take pride in helping clients understand the legal process and walking them through every step of their cases.

Call us today at 800-584-3324 toll free or email us to schedule a free initial consultation.

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