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If you are looking for some more information regarding your rights after suffering a personal injury, please give us a call at 785-4900. You can also read our articles discussing New York state law and personal injuries resulting from car accidents, slip and fall accidents and premises liability cases. Some of our most read articles include:

I Was Injured in a Car Accident. How Do I Prove I Wasn’t Texting or On The Phone When The Accident Happened?

Distracted driving, especially driving while texting, has attracted a significant amount of attention over the past few years. With widespread use of smartphones for email and texting by people of all ages, and the desire to be “connected” at all times, it’s no surprise that more and more drivers take their eyes off of the road to look at their phones. Persons don’t realize that at a speed of only 30 miles per hour, a car travels 44 feet every second! Thus, even glancing at a cell phone screen for a couple of seconds means that the car will cover 8-10 car lengths in that short time span. If there was only about 3-4 car lengths separating the cars beforehand, the outcome in this scenario is likely to be a collision and probably injury to occupants of at least one of the vehicles. (more…)

How To Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer When You’ve Been Injured in an Accident

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, slip and fall accident, construction site accident, dog bite accident, or any other type of incident involving the negligence of another individual, you may be entitled to compensation. If you feel you may have a personal injury claim on your hands, it is imperative to find an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you. Personal injury lawyers are versed in the laws and statutes that pertain to these types of cases. They can help you determine whether or not you have a personal injury case and, if you do have a case, they can help you fight for the compensation you deserve following a catastrophic injury. (more…)

Attorney Jeffrey K. Anderson Included in 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

Best Lawyers® is a well established and highly respected peer review guide to the legal profession. A valuable resource for both lawyers and clients, it features attorneys in a variety of different legal practice areas who have been recommended by their peers for inclusion. Best Lawyers helps to connect lawyers and clients throughout the world.

In August, it was announced that personal injury lawyer Jeffrey K. Anderson of Anderson, Moschetti and Taffany in Latham, New York has been selected to be included in the 22nd edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Mr. Anderson was selected by his peers and recognized for his work in the following practice areas:

  • Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs


What Constitutes Negligence in a Car Accident?

Woman texting while drivingIf you’ve been injured in a car accident and you have chosen to pursue a personal injury claim, you have likely encountered the term “negligence.” Most car accident lawsuits are based on the legal principle of negligence, which is defined as a breach in the “duty of care” owed by one person to another. Put another way, if a driver fails to use “reasonable care under the circumstances” while operating a vehicle, he is said to be “negligent.” An individual can be described as negligent if he does something that he should not have done (eg. drives while intoxicated and causes an accident), or if he fails to do something he should have done (eg. fails to stop at a stop sign and then causes a collision). (more…)

Recreational Use of Property – What You Need to Know

Many people in the Capital District and throughout Upstate New York love to spend time outdoors participating in recreational activities. Whether it’s snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in the winter or riding ATVs, biking or hiking in the summer, outdoor recreation is a great way to spend leisure time, stay active and enjoy beautiful seasonal weather.

What many people do not realize, however, is that recreational activities are often made possible by property owners who have chosen to make their land available to recreational users. (more…)

How Are Personal Injury Lawyers Paid?

If you or someone you love has been injured because of someone else’s negligence and you are considering bringing a personal injury case, contacting a personal injury attorney is the next logical step. An experienced personal injury attorney will represent you to ensure that you are fully and fairly compensated for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills and other damages. An attorney who has earned a reputation for fighting for his clients will do everything necessary to devote the time and resources necessary to thoroughly investigate and develop the case, whether it involves retaining experts, obtaining documents during litigation, or bringing the case to trial to achieve the best result.

Sometimes an individual injured due to someone else’s negligence is hesitant to contact a personal injury lawyer, even after suffering serious injury. The person may believe that he can’t afford good legal representation, thinking that the attorney will charge hundreds of dollars and hour at a time when he is already experiencing financial hardship as a result of disability from work or mounting medical bills. (more…)

I Slipped and Fell and Was Seriously Injured at My Neighbor’s Pool: What Are My Rights?

Summer is the perfect time for backyard barbecues and get-togethers, especially at the homes of neighbors with pools. Kids and adults alike enjoy cooling off while enjoying the beautiful weather and the company of friends.

Unfortunately, while neighborhood pool parties are a summer staple for many, they are also the setting for many slip and fall accidents and resultant injuries. The surfaces surrounding pools can be a recipe for disaster. Although slipping, falling and sustaining injury at a neighbor’s pool may bring embarrassment at first, it can also cause long term pain and suffering and result in significant medical bills and lost wages. As a result, after suffering from a slip and fall injury at a neighbor’s pool, consider consulting with an experienced personal injury lawyer to determine whether or not you may have a personal injury case. (more…)

I Am A Construction Worker Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident at a Construction Site While on the Job. What Are My Rights?

Construction laborers have one of the most dangerous jobs in America. These workers perform heavy physical labor, operate mechanical equipment and power tools, work on scaffolds, and are exposed almost every minute while on the worksite to falling objects moving equipment and other hazards. As a result, injuries that occur on construction sites are often catastrophic, some even causing death.

In order to protect construction workers in New York, there are laws that govern the responsibility of owners, general contractors and their agents, as well as regulations that provide detailed safety practices that must be followed. The statutes in place that protect New York construction workers, including Labor Law Sections 200, 240(1) and 241, were designed to ensure that safe working conditions be maintained for construction workers on the job. Despite this, injuries on construction sites still occur frequently – sometimes as a result of owners and contractors violating these laws and regulations in an effort to cut costs. (more…)

What Are My Rights If I Am Bitten by a Dog? Leash Laws in New York State – What You Need to Know

Dogs are often beloved family pets and man’s best companion, but they can also be wild, unpredictable and dangerous. Unfortunately, every year millions of people suffer from dog bites and other injuries caused by dog attacks. In many states, counties, cities, towns, municipalities and boroughs, leash laws have been established in order to prevent dogs from running at large and reduce the frequency of dog bites and attacks.

Leash laws, sometimes referred to as “running at large statutes,” vary based on location and may be enforced on the state or local level. Contrary to what many believe, there is no state-wide leash law in place in New York. Instead, leash laws in New York State are determined on a local level, typically by municipality. (more…)

Attorney Jeff Anderson to Speak at Personal Injury Program in New York City on August 28, 2015

Attorney Jeffrey Anderson, a partner in the law firm Anderson, Moschetti and Taffany, PLLC in Latham NY will be a featured speaker at the upcoming New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) seminar entitled “Bridging the Gap” in New York City. The two-day continuing legal education program runs Thursday, August 27th through Friday, August 28th and will feature lawyers from a number of firms speaking on a variety of topics, ranging from ethics to cybersecurity and estate planning. More than 300 attorneys are expected to attend and the program will be webcast live to attorneys throughout New York State. (more…)