The Coronavirus Situation – How This Affects Your Legal Case in NYC

Coronavirus is changing New Yorker’s lives and the NYS legal system. Your legal team at Daniella Levi & Associates is monitoring those changes to ensure that your interests are fully protected and we are continuing to work remotely on your behalf.

Court Appearances and trials

Previously scheduled trials and court appearances are postponed until further notice. We will monitor these matters for you and advise you as soon as they are rescheduled.

Depositions & Hearings

If you are scheduled for a deposition or a hearing, where possible, we will try to hold those remotely. However, they may have to be adjourned in the event the other parties are unable to participate. Our legal team will notify you as soon as possible. In the event that your hearing or deposition has to be rescheduled, we will do our best to expedite the rescheduling and ask for your patience.

Please call our office or e mail me at daniellalevi@levilawny.com two to three days before your scheduled date to check for any adjournments.

No Fault Examinations

If you are scheduled to appear for a no fault examination with your insurance company’s 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. We strongly advise you to call the doctor’s office the day of the exam to confirm your appointment as restrictions on gatherings and businesses are changing rapidly.

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 or e mail me at daniellalevi@levilawny.com to be sure that the scheduled exam is proceeding, both the day before the exam as well as the day of the exam.

Mediations and Arbitrations

If you have a mediation or arbitration hearing scheduled at National Arbitration & Mediation (“NAM”), the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (“JAMS”) or another private mediation service, this hearing may proceed remotely or adjourned. We are set up to conduct these hearings remotely via zoom and or via telephone. In fact this past week, two such mediations took place via zoom and both cases were settled. In the event that such hearings will need to be adjourned, we will let you know. To be certain, please call our office the day before to confirm or e mail me at daniellalevi@levilawny.com

Attorneys and Staff

Governor Cuomo ordered 100% shut down of all non-essential businesses, and for now, law firms fall within that category. I will be going into the office on a limited basis to handle mail and other time sensitive matters and working remotely the rest of the time. The rest of your legal team will be working remotely.

We are urging everyone to take the risks of spreading coronavirus very seriously, stay home, stay safe and stay healthy.