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If I Slip and Fall on Ice at Work, What Are My Rights?

Serious injuries as a result of a slip and fall can occur at anytime and anywhere, including while at work. During the winter, snow and ice creates added risk for individuals who have to work outside or frequently walk outside or drive. Injuries caused by slip and falls on snow and ice while in the scope of employment involve laws unique to the accident and which my impact the rights of the individual to obtain compensation for injury, pain and suffering.

What makes injuries at work unique is whether the slip and fall occurred while within the “course and scope” of employment. If the injuries are determined to have been sustained within the scope of employment, the laws comprising what is generally called “workers’ compensation” will come into play to pay the medical bills and certain lost wages incurred by the injured. Generally, the course and scope of employment is defined as commuting to work, walking into the place of employment, presence on the premises of the employer, and walking to one’s car or off of the employer’s premises at the end of the day. Additionally, it is also generally considered to be within the scope of employment if an employee is doing anything on behalf of the employer in direct furtherance of the employer’s business—such as walking and driving during the course of the work day to handle a business task, such as to make deliveries. (more…)

How Are My Medical Bills Paid After Falling on an Icy Sidewalk at The Mall?

When we visit the mall, we trust that the owner or groundskeepers will keep the property safe for us. This includes treating and removing dangerous accumulations of snow and ice on the sidewalks. Most of the time, the person or entity in charge properly does so. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes the sidewalk or parking lot isn’t properly maintained, which can result in a slip and fall to the ground and serious personal injuries–from broken bones to a knee injury, dislocated shoulder, head injury or worse.

Slip and fall victims may be confronted with thousands of dollars in medical bills resulting from treatment of their injuries. These medical bills may result from emergency room visits, ambulance charges, orthopedic appointments, physical therapy, medications, and sometimes surgery. Frequently, slip and fall victims are lose time from work. How is the injured victim going to pay for his or her medical treatment? (more…)

Injured at The Gym? Know Your Rights

Virtually 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…)

Another Driver Drove on a Flat Tire and Collided with My Car and I Was Injured: What Are My Rights

Under New York law, the owner and operator of a motor vehicle has a duty to use “reasonable care under the circumstances” to avoid causing injury as a result of the negligent operation of his or her vehicle. This duty extends not only to driving the vehicle, but also extends to the maintenance and inspection vehicle. Both New York statutory law (made by the legislature) and common law (made through court decisions) imposes this duty on all drivers.

The owner of a car or truck has a responsibility to maintain his or her vehicle in good working condition and free of defects. The operator of the vehicle, including someone who borrows it, has a duty to inspect the vehicle prior to use to ensure there are no visibly unsafe conditions and that it is in good operating order. Both the owner and the operator may be liable if the vehicle is driven and a motor vehicle accident results from an unsafe condition that could have been seen or of which the operator or owner should have been aware. (more…)

My Son Was Injured on the Ball Field: Is He Entitled to Compensation?

Autumn sports are in full-swing and many children are out on athletic fields playing football, soccer and finishing fall baseball leagues. Unfortunately, this also means there is an increased likelihood of injuries to our children during these sports—particularly football and soccer. While some of these injuries may be as minor as cuts, bruises and mild sprains, some could be serious fractures, and even brain injury. Most of these injuries are unavoidable and inherent to the sport. New York laws holds that many of these injuries are risks inherent in the sport and assumed by the player. As to those, an injured player is said to have understood the risk and is not able to obtain compensation for his injury.

However, some injuries are not the result of an event or condition assumed by the player. Analogous to the legal duty of private and commercial landowners, the owner or operator of an athletic field is under a duty to exercise “reasonable care under the circumstances” in maintaining the field to prevent injury to those who use it. Injuries caused by dangerous defects on the athletic field may not be assumed and could result in liability. This is particularly true of hidden dangers created by the owner, or a contractor, for example. Where the child-athlete falls into a hole on the athletic field or trips over hidden pipes in the field of play, a contractor or field owner may be liable for injury that he created or failed to discover as the result of proper inspection and maintenance. The causes of these injuries are not inherent to the sport and are not generally held to be assumed by the athlete. (more…)

A Speeding Driver Lost Control of His Car and Hit My Car Causing Serious Injury: What Are My Rights?

The standard to which all motorists are held when operating a car or other vehicle is that of “reasonable care.” Reasonable care requires motorists to drive in a manner that is based upon consideration of the circumstances present at the time. The circumstances to which we refer relate to environmental conditions such as weather, road conditions and traffic conditions. Conditions over which the driver has direct control, such as the ability to pay attention (dependent upon amount of rest, possible use of alcohol or drugs, being distracted by cell phone use, etc.) apply equally to the consideration of whether reasonable care has been exercised. When one or more of factors that lead to the inability to act “reasonably” and a car accident results, the driver will likely be found to have been negligent driver, and bear legal responsibility for injury he caused.

This duty is one that has been refined and redefined by legislators over time, as laws called statutes, have developed as a set of “rules of the road” that motorists are expected to obey. Equally important, the thousands of court decisions resulting from appellate court decisions applying the principle of “reasonable care” to myriad fact situations provides a second “guide” to which lawyers and judges look in determining what reasonable care is under the particular circumstances at issue. (more…)

Know Your Rights When You Slip, Fall and Are Injured at a Hotel: Liability of the Hotel Owner Explained

Saratoga Springs injury lawyerHotels are commercial premises, privately owned typically by an individual or corporation, open to members of the public. They are usually staffed by employees, who perform maintenance and repair; and often outside companies are contracted to provide various services, including maintenance, major repair and inspection of facilities. As a business that invites customers to patronize it, the entity has a legal duty to provide a reasonably safe place to walk, sleep and play. Injuries that occur on its property are classified as premises liability cases.

Reasonable care requires that the hotel premises be kept in a reasonably safe condition. Inspections must be made to identify and remediate unsafe conditions. Of course hotels are not insurers, but anything that can cause foreseeable and preventable harm must be repaired or removed so that persons on the premises will be safe. (more…)

Roof Top Luggage Fell Off a Car Causing an Accident and I Was Injured: What Are My Rights?

Motorists must use reasonable care under the circumstances when driving on New York’s roadways. This is a legal responsibility based upon case law (decisions in the states’ courts), and statutory law (rules made by the legislature). Reasonable care governs all aspects of conduct related to driving. In addition to how the car or other vehicle is operated– how fast and how slow, use of directional signals, staying in one’s lane, etc. –is subject to this duty. Reasonable care also must be used in maintaining the vehicle in safe operating condition. This involves more than the actual maintenance of the vehicle, but how loads are secured on the vehicle or trailers are properly connected.

Many families strap suitcases, car top carriers, canoes or other vacation necessities onto the roof of their car. While most motorists are careful and thorough in doing so, this is not always the case. Sometimes there is carelessness involved, and if the load doesn’t stay on the vehicle and ends up on the highway of on the windshield of the car behind, an accident and serious injury can result. Experienced Albany motor vehicle accident attorneys know that if the offending motorist can be held liable for injuries and damages caused to other motorists or pedestrians as a result. (more…)

Know Your Rights: When a Lifeguard is Not Paying Attention and Someone is Injured

While the swimming season is almost at and end, you should know your rights if a lifeguard doesn’t live up to his or her duty to be there if a swimmer needs help. It is well-established under New York law that swimming pool owners, operators, and their staff owe a duty to provide reasonable supervision to bathers. This is particularly true when lifeguards are hired, trained, and signs are posted as to their presence. When an owner or operator fails to provide this supervision, they can be held accountable for resulting injuries.

Negligence under the law arises from any act or omission which falls below what a jury and judge determine is “reasonable” under the circumstances. To prove negligence in a lifeguard supervision case, the duty to provide such supervision must be shown, that this duty was breached by the lifeguard and that such breach caused injury must be shown. (more…)

Anderson, Moschetti & Taffany Named To Annual List Of Top Attorneys In Upstate New York

The attorneys at Anderson, Moschetti & Taffany have again been named to the Super Lawyers list of the top lawyers in upstate New York.

This year Jeffrey K. Anderson, Peter J. Moschetti, Jr. and David J. Taffany each appear on the list for best attorneys for Personal Injury representing injured persons. This is a testament to their knowledge, experience and record setting verdicts and settlements. (more…)