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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:

Top Reasons to Choose Anderson, Moschetti and Taffany When You’re Looking for a Personal Injury Lawyer in Upstate New York

If you have been injured as the result of another person’s negligence and you are interested in obtaining representation in order to pursue a personal injury case, chances are you will not have trouble finding a personal injury attorney. There are numerous personal injury lawyers and law firms in the Albany area and throughout Upstate New York from which to choose.

However, although you have plentiful options, finding the right personal injury attorney to represent you is not as easy as it seems. You want to be sure you find a lawyer that is experienced, has achieved a high level of success through verdicts and settlements in cases like yours in the past, and is capable of providing the level of personalized attention that you want and deserve. (more…)

How to Avoid Serious Injury if You Are Involved in an Accident: How To Choose a Safe Vehicle

A recent study done by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that American drivers age 16 and older drive an average of 29.2 miles per day, or approximately 10,658 miles per year. Americans spend about 46 minutes a day on the road. Though this may not seem like much on a daily basis, when you add up the time spent traveling in the car over the course of a week, or even a year, the numbers are staggering.

The fact that Americans spend so much time driving makes it clear just how important it is for consumers to choose safe and reliable cars to own. When it comes to staying safe on the road, selecting a vehicle equipped with key safety features is imperative. (more…)

Dog Bites and Liability Under New York Law

Despite being man’s best friend, it is a sad truth that over 4.5 million people are bitten each year by dogs in the United States. Even worse, tens of thousands of people need to undergo reconstructive surgery each year as a result of these attacks. Tragically, statistics show that children are most often the victims of dog bites. In fact, injuries to children can be particularly physically and emotionally devastating.

Understanding New York Dog Bite Laws

Under New York law, liability of dog owners for injuries caused by their pets is governed by common law case decision precedent. Put another way, there are no legislatively enacted rules or statutes on the books that directly pertain to dog bite liability such as a “dog bite statute.”

As a result, proving the case can be tricky and requires an attorney who is knowledgeable about the cases that constitute the body of rules that must be analyzed to determine if a case can be successfully brought. You should obtain an experienced Albany premises liability attorney to represent you in your Albany dog bite case. (more…)

Driving While Tired – What You Need to Know About The Dangers of Driving While Fatigued

Every year, thousands of car accidents in the United States are caused by driver fatigue or drowsiness. Too many needless accidents occur when individuals fall asleep at the wheel while driving, resulting in severe injuries to themselves and often to other drivers and, in some circumstances, death.

Drivers can be tired as a result of stress, overwork, lack of sleep, personal problems, medications, alcohol – the list of reasons goes on and on. But no matter the reason for driving while drowsy, taking the wheel while fatigued or continuing to drive after becoming fatigued always has the potential to result in a severe or fatal car accident.

The most important thing to do is NOT drive if you are tired, have just taken medication that may make you tired, or believe that your personal state of well being may cause you to become fatigued during a drive. (more…)

What You Need To Know About Social Media and The Discovery Process in Your Personal Injury Lawsuit

Personal injury cases come in many forms. From car accidents and construction accidents to slip and fall accidents and medical negligence cases, the underlying causes for bringing a personal injury case vary greatly. But though the types of such cases differ, the process for litigating personal injury cases has remained relatively consistent for the past few decades.

One of the most important stages of the litigation process in a personal injury lawsuit is known as “discovery.” The discovery process happens relatively early in the litigation of the case and provides each party to a lawsuit with the opportunity to collect and exchange information relevant to the claim being disputed. The underlying concept is to promote fairness—each party exchanges information they possess, which is relevant to the issues, so that each knows what the other knows about the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident; so that the claim can be resolved fairly. (more…)

Steps to Take If You Are Injured in an Car Accident

What to Do If You Are Injured in a Car Accident

car accident imagesMillions of car accidents occur every year in the United States. Accidents can be minor, with few to no personal injuries, or serious, resulting in life-changing injuries and even death. Regardless of the severity, car accidents disrupt people’s lives. From learning to live with life-altering injuries and getting necessary medical care, to missing time at work and repairing the damage to your vehicle, motor vehicle accidents impact the lives of many individuals on a daily basis.

More likely than not, most of us will be involved in a car accident at some point in our lives. As a result, it is very important to know what to do if you or a loved one is involved in a car accident. (more…)

Tips for Avoiding Having a Car Accident in Rainy Weather

Wet RoadwayWe all know that driving on a rainy day can be less enjoyable and a bit more inconvenient than driving when it’s sunny and clear. What many drivers don’t realize, however, is that rainy weather makes driving significantly more dangerous. Every year, rainy weather and wet roadways are a contributing cause of thousands of car accidents, many of which result in severe injuries and even fatalities.


What is Comparative Fault in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

When it comes to personal injury lawsuits, comparative fault, also known as comparative negligence, is an important topic to understand. It is one of the many elements that will be carefully examined in order to determine the value of a personal injury case. (more…)

Remedies Available for Employees Injured in the Workplace

Accidents that occur in the workplace are a common cause of personal injury. Each year in the United States, thousands of individuals are injured on the job.

The typical remedy for the injured worker is through the statutes providing workers’ compensation benefits. Replacement for some or sometimes all lost wages, payment of medical bills, and when appropriate, a “lump sum” for the “loss of use” of a body part may be awarded.

While serious or catastrophic workplace injuries occur most frequently in jobs that require heavy physical labor, operation of equipment such as power tools or work on scaffolding and roadways, accidents that result in personal injury can occur in any type of work environment.

Injuries to construction workers frequently result in personal injury claims available because of New York’s laws enacted specifically for that occupation. However, there are a number of other situations in which compensation beyond workers’ compensation benefits are available to compensate employees injured on the job. (more…)

What is The “Discovery” Process in a Lawsuit?

From defective product cases and premises liability cases to medical negligence cases and car accident cases, personal injury cases come in many varieties. While the causes of accidents resulting in personal injury lawsuits vary widely, the stages of litigation for lawyers pursuing these cases for their clients have remained relatively consistent over the past 40 years.

There are a number of stages in personal injury lawsuits. One of the most important processes that occurs following commencement of the lawsuit and appearance by attorneys for each party is known as “discovery.” (more…)