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Why It’s Imperative to Get Our Team Involved Immediately After an Oil Spill

Posted by Sunshine, Isaacson & Hecht LLP on July 7th, 2023

We talk about oil spills on our blog frequently. These events heavily impact New Yorkers, their homes, and their businesses. When your home or business is exposed to an oil spill, you need to act quickly.

We prefer to get involved in your case as soon as possible. The earlier our team is able to work with you and get to know your situation, the better equipped we are to establish your case and the better equipped you are to preserve your case.

Most People Do Not Have Your Interests in Mind

One of the biggest reasons we tell people to contact us as soon as possible is that most other people you talk to about the spill do not have your best interests in mind. Employees of the oil company want to avoid liability. Employees of the remediation company often work for the company responsible for discharging the oil. Insurance agents want to poke holes in your case to avoid paying what you are owed under New York’s Navigation Law.

It’s similar to a car accident – you should avoid discussing the nature of your case until you have spoken directly with an experienced attorney. We help clients understand who they can talk to, when they can talk to them, and what they should say. Most people do not understand New York law in these situations and can expose themselves to liability that would otherwise fall exclusively on the discharger of the oil.

The Opposition is Trained for Situations Like This, Are You?

Those other parties you encounter in the event of an oil spill are specifically trained to avoid liability. Their companies inform them of ways to attack your case and get out of paying what is owed to you, neglecting your Navigate Law rights.

You deserve to have trained professionals on your side just the same. Our team has extensive experience handling oil spill cases in New York, especially Attorney Jeffrey A. Sunshine who serves as the Chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association.

We are uniquely positioned to take your case from day one and investigate the cause and resulting costs which can include damage to your home or business, your land, costs of temporary living arrangements, and more. If you are exposed to an oil spill in New York, schedule a consultation with Sunshine, Isaacson & Hecht to get back what you are owed.

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