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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:

What If It’s Snowing Out When I Fall and Am Injured? Am I Still Able to Bring a Lawsuit for My Injuries?

Falling snow during a snow storm in progressDuring the winter months, slip and fall accidents are unfortunately common. From slipping on ice you didn’t notice to falling on slippery walkways that were not properly maintained on commercial properties or slipping and falling on ice while at work, the potential for serious injury due to weather related conditions looms large.

There are many different slip and fall scenarios that can result in serious injury, but many of these scenarios occur while the weather event is ongoing. This leaves many individuals wondering if they can pursue a personal injury case despite being injured while there was a storm in progress. (more…)

Another Driver Gestured for Me To Go And I Was Injured: What Are My Rights?

Driver GesturingWe have all done it and we have all been in a situation where another driver gestured for us to go ahead– signaling it’s safe for us to pull out, to make a turn, or to cross the street. It is something we encounter often. Most of the time, it’s a courteous gesture.

But what if the gesture is followed by an accident because it actually wasn’t safe for the person who followed the signal, and an injury occurs? Should the person who gestures be held liable because the other driver or pedestrian had a right to rely upon his motioning to proceed? Or is the gesturer not legally responsible because the decision to proceed was up to the other person?

These are important questions and the answers may surprise you. (more…)

Collecting Information From Accident Witnesses: What You Need to Know

potential accident witnessesAfter you’ve been involved in an accident, chances are collecting information from individuals who may have witnessed the incident will not be the first thing on your mind. But while obtaining medical treatment should be the very first thing to do, it is important that information be collected from accident witnesses, as the investigating police agency doesn’t always do so.

Why Is Collecting Information from Accident Witnesses So Important?

Though it may not seem especially important at the time of the accident, collecting and documenting information provided by accident witnesses can be the key to success in a personal injury case. For premises liability cases and car accident cases especially, witnesses can make a huge difference when it comes to establishing essential elements to proving your case. (more…)

What is Liability in a Personal Injury Case? Understanding Fault & Negligence Following an Accident

LiabilityAccidents and injuries happen in many different ways. Sometimes an injury you sustain may be your own fault, caused by something that you can only blame yourself for. Other times, an accident or injury may be no one’s fault. When “freak accidents” or unusual natural circumstances cause injuries, this is often the case.

Sometimes though, an individual can be seriously injured in an accident that was caused, in part or in whole, by the carelessness of another individual. When this occurs, it may be appropriate to pursue a personal injury case. (more…)

Jeffrey K. Anderson Highlighted in 23rd Edition of Best Lawyers in America

Jeff AndersonFor decades, Best Lawyers® has been regarded as one of the most credible measures of legal integrity and distinction in the United States. A highly respected guide to the legal profession, Best Lawyers is a resource utilized by the public and those practicing law to identify lawyers who exhibit excellence in their practice.

Each year, Best Lawyers conducts peer-review surveys comprised of millions of confidential evaluations by top attorneys to determine who the best lawyers in the United States are.

Last year, Attorney Jeffrey Anderson was recognized in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his expert work in the fields of Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Litigation.

In August, it was announced that attorney Jeffrey K. Anderson of Anderson, Moschetti & Taffany in Latham, NY has been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. (more…)

What is the “Emergency Doctrine” and How Does It Affect My Rights If I Am Injured in a Car Accident?

Police cars rushing to the scene causing an emergency doctrine situationAlmost all car accidents are unintentional. Most of the time they occur due to driver error, known under the law as “negligence”, or the breach of the duty of care on the part of the other driver that results in an accident, and all too often, injury or even death. The most common examples are someone who crosses over the double-yellow line, runs a stop sign or fails to yield the right-of-way.

Other times an accident occurs due to a sudden, unforeseeable occurrence that may not result in the driver being held legally responsible. In this situation, the issue may involve a principle of law known as the “Emergency Doctrine.” If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a sudden, unforeseen occurrence, it is important that you know your rights in order to determine whether or not you can recover damages for injury. (more…)

Jeffrey Anderson Named to 2016 List of Top 50 Upstate NY Super Lawyers

Awards and settlementsSuper Lawyers rates lawyers practicing in more than 70 areas of law, selecting and recognizing outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Each year, the organization assembles lists of the top attorneys practicing in various geographic areas throughout the United States. These lists are assembled based on peer reviews and independent research, and serve as a helpful resource for attorneys and consumers looking for legal counsel.

Recently, Attorney Jeffrey Anderson of Anderson, Moschetti & Taffany in Albany was named to Super Lawyers’ 2016 list of the top 50 lawyers in Upstate NY. (more…)

If My Spouse was Injured in a New York Car Accident, What are My Legal Rights?

Spouse looking into whether or not she can sue since her husband was injured in a car accidentInjury as the result of a car accident can be life changing. The physical and emotional healing process can take months if not years, and the financial loss can be devastating.

When a spouse is injured in a car accident, the effects on the family can be crippling. Taking care of the children may become significantly more difficult. Getting the household work done may be much more burdensome when there is only one person to do it, and this may come on top of diminished household income.


Parking Lot Accidents: What Are My Rights If I Am Injured As The Result of Someone Pulling Out of a Parking Spot Too Fast?

Parking Lot Where an Accident Might OccurWhether a driver is on a highway, or navigating a parking lot, he owes a duty to others to avoid careless conduct that may cause serious injury or death. While collisions and injury often result from highway accidents, even low-speed impacts, which could occur in parking lots, can cause serious and permanent injury.

There are many areas in the Albany Capital District with parking lots and parking spaces along the roadway. These include State Street and Lark Street here in Albany, or Pearl Street and River Street in Troy, or State Street in Schenectady, or Broadway and the side streets near Congress Park in Saratoga Springs—to name a few. The number of cars each day on the roads in these areas, coupled with the drivers entering and exiting parking lots and parking spaces on the streets results in an increased risk of collisions between cars, and injury to drivers, occupants and pedestrians. (more…)

Injured at The Gym? Know Your Rights

Woman Working Out at the Gym Lifting WeightsVirtually everyone has been a member of, or spent time at, a fitness club or gym to stay healthy or get fit by lifting weights, doing cardio or participating in a group fitness class. Some people go to help alleviate a health condition or rehabilitate an injury. Others go to strengthen their bodies for sports or for laborious employment such as construction. For others, going to the gym is simply a healthy way of life.

But sometimes the gym may be dangerous. Worn or misplaced rubber mats, fraying ropes or wires, broken equipment and dimly lit areas pose dangers to gym members. These dangerous conditions are premises liability issues and may result in serious personal injury. Injuries caused by an unsafe condition may occur while individuals are exercising or simply walking from one place to another within the building. (more…)