Personal Injury

Monday, May 1, 2017

Common Construction Site Injuries and Their Causes

Construction workers are particularly prone to injury, due to the nature of their work. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), one in every ten workplace injuries occurs in a construction site. This startling figure is attributed to the high-risk environment that is a construction site: heavy machinery, hard metal and steel bars, exposed wiring, hazardous chemicals and tall heights.

Construction companies are required by law to ensure construction sites are kept reasonably safe for workers. If an employer negligently fails in providing a safe working environment, they are responsible for any injuries that arise as a result of that failure.
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

My Child Was Injured at School - Who is Liable?

As a parent, you want the assurance that your child is safe at school. You want to know that the school administration has taken all reasonable measures to ensure your child does not suffer injury. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

School injuries are very common in the United States. Up to 14 million child injuries occur every year in the country, more than a quarter of which take place in schools.
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What rights do Injured passengers have in NY?

Being involved in an automobile accident as a passenger can sometimes expose you to more severe injuries than if you were the driver.  As drivers may instinctually take action to avoid a direct collision with another vehicle, passengers are often placed in the point of the most direct impact.

As a passenger, it can sometimes be tricky to recover compensation for your injuries, especially if you feel conflicted about trying to recover from a friend or family member that may have been at fault. Consulting with your own

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

What does New York’s no fault law mean?

If you are injured in an accident, in the moment, you may not care too much about who was at fault. You may be suffering extreme pain and just want it to be over with, or you may simply be grateful that you and your loved ones are alive. As the dust starts to clear and it comes time to pay the bills, who was at fault may take on a little more significance. This is where a Read more . . .

Friday, January 27, 2017

Tractor-Trailer Accidents Lead to Gridlock on the NYS Thruway

What are the leading causes of truck accidents in New York?

Driving on the New York State Thruway in the winter is dangerous, made even more so by a deadly combination  of tractor trailers on the road and lake effect snows. The recent storm that hit Southern Erie County is a case in point.

Within 20 minutes late one January afternoon, there were two tractor-trailer accidents, one on Milestrip Road  (Route  179) in the Town of Hamburg, the second on the westbound side of the NYS Thruway between the Milestrip and Route 219 exits, closing all lanes. Shortly after that, a big rig became disabled on the eastbound side, and all those lanes were closed.

Traffic was diverted to local streets which led triggered other accidents, people getting stuck and gridlock.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

What is the meaning of “damages” in a personal injury lawsuit?

When you have suffered a personal injury, whether in a slip and fall, a vehicular accident, or any other incident in which another party bears at least partial responsibility for your injury, you may be reimbursed for your expenses through an insurance settlement or you may choose to file a lawsuit against the offending party. Most people are concerned with the amount of reimbursement they will receive, known as “damages.”  In any personal injury case, as soon as you have begun receiving any necessary medical treatment, you or a family member should contact an experienced, reputable personal injury attorney to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Waivers of Liability in New York

Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or a nervous Nellie, being presented with a waiver or release of liability will probably make you think twice about the activity you are about to engage in. Although these documents are common when it comes to many of the heart palpitation inducing past times, such as zip lining and bungee jumping, you can also be asked to sign one when doing everyday things like going to the gym or playing a softball league. Regardless of the situation- you need to be familiar with waivers or releases of liability and understand how they affect your rights.

What is a waiver of liability and are they enforceable in New York?

A waiver or release of liability is a document that memorializes an agreement between two parties, that the participant in a certain activity will not hold the provider responsible for injuries sustained during said activity. Many people believe that if they are injured after signing a waiver of liability that they are out of luck and therefore cannot be compensated for their injuries.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

New York Extends Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Actions Involving Environmental Contamination

A “statute of limitations” is a hard deadline within which an injured plaintiff must file a civil lawsuit before it is considered “time barred.” Generally speaking, failure to meet a statute of limitations deadline is considered fatal to the case, and will result in the permanent waiver of the right to any recovery as a result of the incident. However, as the New York General Assembly recently acknowledged, certain injuries are not always discoverable until well past the deadline is missed – through no fault of the injured plaintiff. As a result, legislators recently enacted new laws to help extend the deadline for some of the deadliest of injuries: those caused by environmental contamination.

In July 2016, New York’s Governor Cuomo signed into law State Assembly Bill No.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Recovering Compensation after an Auto Accident with Fatalities

Will I be compensated if the driver who caused my injuries died in the auto accident?

At best, a car accident is a frustrating inconvenience to all parties involved. But when people are injured --or the worst case scenario unfolds and fatalities result-- it’s a tragedy with substantial losses. The need for expert legal counsel is urgent.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Slip and Fall: What constitutes it and the conditions under which a case may be initiated

Slip and falls are one of the most common and unavoidable occurrences in the winter, especially in Buffalo. They are also hazardous, with many resulting in scrapes, minor and major injuries, and very occasionally, death. However, the law has  a strict definition of a slip and fall and carefully sets out those conditions under which you may sue for damages.

There are four general categories of slip and fall accidents:

  • Stump-and-fall accidents: due to an impediment in the walking surface, such as a cracked sidewalk that wasn't there previously.
  • Step-and-fall accidents: due to an unexpected failure or hole in the walking surface, such as a missing manhole cover or torn carpeting.

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