Coronavirus has changed the way the NYS legal system operates. We are monitoring those changes to ensure that the interests of our clients are fully protected.
The spread of coronavirus in New York State is posing challenges to all New Yorkers, including our clients, attorneys and staff. Our clients can rely on us to protect their rights.
Trials and Court Appearances:
The NYS Courts have restricted access to all courthouses. Previously scheduled trials and court appearances will be delayed. If you have an upcoming trial or other court appearance, it will almost certainly be adjourned. We will monitor these matters for you and, as soon as they are scheduled, advise you of the adjourned date for your matter.
Appearances outside of the courthouse for depositions, hearings, arbitrations, mediations or medical examinations may be postponed.
Depositions & Hearings:
If you are scheduled for a hearing or a deposition in March through May, it may be adjourned to June or later. Our office will notify you of all rescheduled dates. We will do our best to expedite the rescheduling of hearings and depositions, and ask for your patience.
We strongly advise you to call our office two to three days before your scheduled date to check for any adjournments or postponements.
No Fault Physicals/Examinations:
If you are scheduled for a no-fault examination with your insurance company doctor, please call the doctor’s office to confirm your appointment. The contact information for the doctor can be found on the letter you received notifying you of the exam and the date. Due to the ever-changing safeguards and restrictions to public buildings and businesses that are being imposed on all United States Citizens, we also advise you to call the doctor’s office the day of the exam to confirm your appointment.
Defense Medical Examinations:
If you have a physical examination scheduled with a defense doctor (which insurance defense lawyers refer to as an “Independent” Medical Examination or “IME”) – PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE to be sure that the scheduled exam is proceeding, both the day before the exam as well as the day of the exam.
Court Appearances, Conferences, Court Mediations & Jury Trials:
You will be notified by our office of all rescheduled court appearance dates on your case. If you do not hear from us before the court date, please call us the day before for further instructions before you go to any courthouse as you may be denied entrance.
Mediations and Arbitrations:
If you have a mediation or arbitration hearing scheduled at places such as the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), National Arbitration & Mediation (“NAM”), Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (“JAMS”) or another non-court mediation service, this hearing may or may not proceed as scheduled or may be conducted over the phone. We will let you know. To be certain, please call our office the day before to confirm.
RGLZ attorneys and Staff
Some of our attorneys and legal support staff will be available on a limited basis in person at our offices. The remainder of our attorneys and staff will be working remotely, as recommended by Nassau and Suffolk Counties, the City and State of New York, and the Center s for Disease Control and Prevention. Please do not come to our office without an appointment, as we may not be able to accommodate you.
We are urging everyone to take the risks of spreading coronavirus very seriously, and are strongly requesting that you do not visit our office if you or someone you had contact with recently traveled to an area where coronavirus is present either within the United States or abroad, were diagnosed with the coronavirus, or have been advised to self-quarantine or isolate.
Please feel free to contact us by telephone or email to address any concerns.
Seek Medical Attention
See a doctor or go to your nearest emergency room immediately. Although you may feel “fine” now or think your injuries aren’t very serious, symptoms may appear days after the accident/injury.
Take detailed notes of your injuries or have someone else do it for you
You (or someone that is with you) should gather as much information as possible from the accident scene such as:
Taking pictures of the accident location, what caused the accident or injury, making sure to include stop signs and traffic lights, road hazards, weather conditions, if applicable.
Photos of Your Injuries. Ask a friend to take pictures of your injuries. (Make sure all auto filters are off if using a cell phone)
Photos of any damage. Don’t limit it to one or two shots. Take several pictures from every angle, making sure to snap close-ups and long distance shots.
Get the names and contact information of any witnesses, and the police officer(s) who arrived on the scene. Make notes of conversations.
If you have any questions about an accident you were in or about injuries you have, please give our office a call and we’ll help guide you smoothly through the entire process. Remember, you’ll never pay us a fee for handling your case until it is satisfactorily resolved. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.