Once named ‘Paumanok’ which means “land that gives tribute,” Long Island has a rich Native- American tradition. In fact, Amagansett, Commack, Massapequa, Montauk, Patchogue, and many other towns and villages on the Island bear pre-settler Native American names. Today, Long Island is a densely populated, sprawling megalopolis, comprised of Kings, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
Culturally and ethnically diverse, Long Island is home to people from all walks of life. With an estimated population of 7,689,000 and growing, Long Islanders account for about 40 percent of New York’s residents. Given its population density, accidents are common on Long Island, often resulting in serious personal injuries. If you live in Brentwood, Islip, Wyandanch or elsewhere in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, you are fortunate to have a premier Long Island personal injury firm at your service — the Law Office of Robert Purzak.
For over 35 years we have provided injury victims on Long Island with trusted advice and objective insights, fighting constantly to help them obtain the compensation they deserve. Conveniently located in Garden City, we have a proven track record of achieving successful outcomes in personal injury claims, having secured millions of dollars in jury verdicts and settlements for our clients. Knowing that being injured in an accident is an overwhelming experience, we will guide you through this difficult time so that you can focus on recovering.
What are the leading causes of car accidents on Long Island?
As anyone who drives on Long Island knows, the roads and parkways are congested, which makes driving inherently dangerous. While car accidents can be caused by dangerous road conditions or bad weather, most motor vehicle collisions are the result of driver errors — from distracted driving to speeding, reckless driving, and driving under the influence.
It is important to remember that car accidents on Long Island fall under the state’s no-fault insurance laws. Therefore, you must look to your own insurance for coverage (up to the personal injury protection limits). If you sustain a serious injury, however, such as a permanent disability or disfigurement, because your costs are likely to surpass your insurance coverage, you are permitted to file a civil lawsuit against the other driver. Regardless of the nature of the accident or the value of the claim, we will make sure your interests are protected.
Who is liable in a Bus Accident on Long Island?
A number of parties may be liable for a bus accident on Long Island, including bus drivers who violate local, state and federal traffic laws, bus companies that fail to abide by safety laws, municipalities that operate bus systems, as well as other motorists. Some of the leading causes of bus accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Driver fatigue
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Mechanical Defects/Poor Maintenance
Regardless of the cause, our Long Island bus accident attorneys believe that negligent parties must be held accountable.
Can I file a lawsuit if I am injured in a motorcycle accident on Long Island?
Because a motorcycle is not considered a motor vehicle and motorcyclists are not “covered persons” under the state’s no-fault insurance law, an injured motorcycle rider is not eligible for no-fault coverage for medical costs and lost wages. The “serious injury” provisions of the no- fault law do not apply to motorcyclists injured in accidents with other vehicles, however. This means that an injured rider can bring a personal injury claim against the responsible party.
What is a product liability lawsuit?
State and federal laws require manufacturers, designers and distributors to ensure that their products do not pose an unreasonable risk of injury or illness. Nonetheless, consumers are often harmed by dangerous or defective products on Long Island such as:
- Automobile components
- Children’s toys
- Household appliances
- Medical devices
- Defective medications
Whether a defect is related to errors during the design or manufacturing phase, a strict liability standard applies to product liability cases. This means that a manufacturer or distributor — including any party in the line of distribution, such as a retailer or an auto dealer — can be held liable for an injury caused by a defective product, regardless of whether the responsible party knew the product was dangerous.
To have a viable claim, it is only necessary to show that the product was unreasonably dangerous and that you were injured due to the defect. As an example, a pharmaceutical company that fails to adequately test a new drug can be held liable if the product ultimately causes health problems because it was unreasonably dangerous.
How Much Does a Long Island Personal Injury Attorney Cost?
Our office provides comprehensive legal services to injury victims on Long Island that are also cost effective. First, we offer free consultations during which we will determine whether you have a viable injury claim. Our attorneys will fully explain your rights and consider all options for compensation. In addition, all personal injury case are taken on a contingency basis, which means you will not pay any attorneys’ fees in advance.
Contact Our Long Island Personal Injury Law Firm
Backed by an impeccable reputation for dedicated advocacy, the Law Office of Robert Purzak is the informed choice in personal injury law. Guided by a belief that no one should be forced to suffer because of another’s negligence, we will make sure you obtain just compensation. Our office has handled injury claims involving all major insurance companies and are equally comfortable litigating cases in court. Above all, we will always put your best interests first and never stop fighting for you. Please contact our Garden City, Long Island office today to set up a free consultation.