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Steven Richard Smith

Steven Richard Smith

The Personal Injury Law Office of Steven R. Smith, with 30 years of experience
  • Personal Injury, Insurance Claims
  • New York
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Biography

Personal Background:
Steven R. Smith was born in Queens, New York and has lived in Queens County, Kings County, Nassau County and Suffolk County. After receiving an undergraduate and masters degree in Psychology, he went on to obtain a law degree from Prestigious "St. John's University School of Law." He has given back to students there by serving as a "mock trial" Judge and hired interns to learn about the practicalities of law.

Steven started his career learning insurance personal injury defense, working for one of the most prestigious defense firms in New York. He thereafter worked for one of the finest Plaintiff's personal injury medical malpractice firms in New York before opening his own personal injury practice over twenty years ago, The Law Office of Steven R. Smith, handling only cases for people who have been injured in an accident or through medical malpractice.

While some law firms pride themselves in starting a lot of law suits, Steven knows that the clients don't want law suits; they want settlements. Steven works hard to put their case in a great position to be settled because he knows what factors the insurance company's look for and value and is therefore able to settle most cases without costly and time consuming litigation. Our Google Reviews prove how effective we are. We are very proud of what our actual clients have to say about our firm.

Most importantly, with over 30 years of experience exclusively in the field of auto accidents, slip and fall or trip and fall accidents, construction accidents and medical malpractice, The Law Office of Steven R. Smith knows how to get you the best results possible and we are 'aggressive attorneys, fighting for your rights." Call us now at 516-741-5454 so we can help you.

Our office telephone line is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We offer FREE consultations in person, or via telephone or ZOOM, SKYPE, MS TEAMS, WhatsApp or FaceTime. All cases are taken on a contingency basis.

Education
St Johns University
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St. John's University School of Law
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Professional Experience
Founder
Law Office of Steven R. Smith
Current
Awards
Super Lawyer 2022
Superlawyers
Included in Prestigious "Super Lawyers" beginning in 2022, recognizing over 33 years of experience in the personal injury field
Professional Associations
New York State Bar  # 2223147
Member
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
ID Number: 2223147
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Our office telephone line is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We offer FREE consultations in person, or via telephone or ZOOM, SKYPE, MS TEAMS, WhatsApp or FaceTime. All cases are taken on a contingency basis.
  • Contingent Fees
    All cases are taken on a contingency basis. This means that we only charge a legal fee if we are successful in obtaining monetary compensation for the injuries which you suffered in the accident. This fee is deducted from the final settlement . Case expenses are payable at the end of the case. So in other words, we do not charge for telephone calls, letters, emails or texts. You do not get bills from us throughout the case and you do not have to take any money out of your pocket to hire us as your lawyer. People are often afraid to hire a lawyer because they are afraid of gets attorney bills. Since we only get paid a legal fee if and only if we are successful, you need not have the fear of receiving a bill. Our goal is to help you recover from your accident as comfortably as possible without having to worry about paying attorney fees during your case.
Practice Areas
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Insurance Claims
    Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
Additional Practice Area
  • Car Accidents
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Can a personal injury case in supreme court be heard after 30 yrs? I have a 1,000,000 suite against the city of NY
A: Well first of all, go on the court website and make sure that your case is marked ‘active’ and not ‘disposed’ which would be a problem. If it’s ‘disposed’ it means the case is closed and then someone would have to contact the court to get it re-opened. Unless of course, there was a dismissal or settlement which are generally the reasons a case would be ‘disposed.’ Secondly, you are absolutely entitled to your file and should insist on it. Finally, you are not obligated to use any particular attorney and once you get the file you can have it reviewed by an attorney of your Choice to then see who you want to use.
Q. In regard of a car accident
A: Unfortunately, you are 1 1/2 years late for getting the assistance you need if you are in NY. You really needed an attorney at the outset. I can only comment on New York Law, so if this is another state this response might not apply. In NY, you would not use your primary health insurance for medical payments and treatment resulting from a motor vehicle accident. In NY you would file for No-Fault benefits within 30 days of the accident and the insurer for the vehicle you occupied would pay all of your medical bills for a period of time, up to 3 years. They would also pay 80% of your lost earnings up to $2,000 per month (or more depending on the policy endorsement). While insurance companies for the other vehicle involved in the accident might initially tell you that they will take care of everything, they generally end up taking the side of their insured and so they often change their position. At this point, if you want to get compensated for the days out of work, and assuming that you never applied for No-Fault benefits, you might have to turn to litigation against the other party, which may be tricky and costly, depending upon whether you also have a viable personal injury claim. You should consult a personal injury attorney in NY for the best advice particular to your case.
Q. being sued by someone claiming personal injury from my car in 2018. He went through my insurance. Now he’s suing me
A: Claims are usually started with your insurance company. Perhaps the property damage claim was settled with your insurance company but apparently the bodily injury claim was not able to be settled. This generally occurs when the the offer made by your insurance company is significantly less than the attorney for the claimant believes the case is worth. But that is why YOU have insurance. Turn the Summons & Complaint over to your insurance company, ask them to represent you, and they will assign an attorney to represent you at no cost to you. They will defend your interests and if a payment is made to settle the case, your Insurance company will pay up to the liability policy limit. Only in the rare case of a trial and a verdict would you be asked to pay more than your policy limit. This is indeed a rare occurrence. For now, and for the most part turning the matter over to your insurance company will be the best step. Best wishes
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Law Office of Steven R Smith
1050 Franklin Ave
Ste 302
Garden City, NY 11530
Telephone: (516) 741-5454
Fax: (516) 741-5557
Notice: We are open for consultations in person, via facetime, Zoom, Skype or telephone 7 days a week. We offer free consultations regarding any type of personal injury or accident case