Islip is situated on land that was originally purchased from the Connetquot Tribe in 1683. The town originally began to coalesce in 1710 when the colonial government enacted a measure allowing the precinct to elect two assessors, a collector, a constable, and a supervisor. The combined forces of the Revolutionary War and the advent of American shipping spurred dramatic growth during the 18th century, necessitating the eventual installation of the Fire Island Lighthouse across the Great South Bay in 1825.
During the 19th century, tourism helped to bring a great deal of wealth to the Islip region, with vacationers building summer homes and peacefully coexisting with townspeople. By the 20th century, the winds of change began to howl as diesel-powered vessels ferried merchants and residents across the bay and housing developments bloomed. The rapid growth of Islip was accelerated by World War II veterans returning home. With the inevitable suburban sprawl in the ensuing decades, the landscape of Islip has been radically transformed.
Today, the population of the Town of Islip has swelled to more than 335,500, while more than 18,800 reside in Islip proper. This increased population density places many Islip residents at risk of being injured in accidents. Fortunately, the Law Office of Robert Purzak has been fighting for the rights of injury victims in Islip and neighboring communities for over 35 years. We have a proven track record of achieving successful outcomes inside and outside of the courtroom, having recovered millions of dollars in settlement awards and jury verdicts for our clients. When you become our client, you will have confidence, knowing that tenacious personal injury attorneys are on your side.
What is a personal injury claim?
A personal injury claim is a type of legal action that arises when an individual is injured due to the negligent, reckless or willful conduct of another party. It is worth noting that many injury claims are resolved without going to trial. Instead, injury claims are often settled through negotiation with an insurance company. If a settlement cannot be reached, however, a lawsuit it may be necessary. It is important to note that the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit in Islip is three years from the date of the accident or injury.
Attorneys Fighting For the Rights of Injury Victims in the Town of Islip and Beyond
We have extensive experience handling personal injury claims arising from all types of accidents in Islip, including:
- Automobile accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Dog bite accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip, trip and fall accidents
- Train accidents
- Uber/Lyft Accidents
- Wrongful death
Regardless of the type of accident in Islip that caused your injuries, we are highly regarded for being dedicated advocates and will fight to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
How much is my Islip personal injury claim worth?
While each injury claim is unique, you may be awarded compensation that includes economic and noneconomic damages:
- Economic damages — cover lost wages, past and future medical expenses, property damage, and similar financial losses
- Non-economic damages — are designed to compensate you for pain and suffering, physical disability, disfigurement, loss of limb, and loss of enjoyment of life
If the responsible party’s conduct was reckless or malicious, such as driving under the influence, punitive damages may also be available. Such damages are intended to punish the responsible party’s misconduct and to deter others from engaging in similar behavior.
Moreover, personal injury claims in Islip are subject to New York’s rules of comparative negligence. This means that if you contributed to the accident in any way, the amount of any compensation you receive will be reduced by the percentage of fault that is ultimately assigned to you. As an example, if you are involved in a car accident and found to be partially at fault, the court will determine the degree of comparative fault. If you are deemed to be 20 percent at fault, therefore, and the amount of assessed damages is $10,000, your award will be reduced to $8,000.
What is wrongful death?
Wrongful death is one that is caused by the negligent, reckless or malicious conduct of another party. Although this seems straightforward, a number of issues are involved with negligence claims based on wrongful death. One is that having a viable claim requires you to prove that the defendant’s negligence caused or contributed to the death. In addition, the defendant’s negligence must be the basis for a viable legal action had the victim not died. Finally, one or more survivors must have experienced a loss because of the death, and there must be recoverable damages by the decedent’s estate.
Our office knows that losing a loved one is never easy and also realize that no amount of money can ever replace a life. We believe that survivors can find justice, however, and peace of mind, when negligent parties are held financially liable for wrongful death.
Contact Our Islip Personal Injury Lawyer
The Law Office of Robert Purzak has been providing aggressive legal representation to injury victims in Islip for over 35 years. We have a proven history of helping our clients obtain significant compensation. Guided by a principle that no one should be forced to suffer because of another’s negligence, we will offer you knowledge, compassion and the personal attention you deserve. Although being injured in an accident in Islip is an overwhelming experience, remember, we are here to help. Rest assured we will never stop fighting for you. Please contact our office today to set up a free consultation.