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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 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.

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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…)

Do You Have Adequate Insurance Coverage? What To Look for In a Car Insurance Policy

New York Car Insurance Policy GraphicIf you own and operate a motor vehicle in New York State, you are legally required to have car insurance. This automobile insurance protects you and your property, and helps to cover expenses if you are involved in a car accident.

Simply obtaining car insurance does not mean you will be adequately covered should you be involved in a car accident. In fact, many motorists on the roadways are underinsured and should be carrying more car insurance coverage than they currently are.

So how do you know if you have enough coverage? What should you look for in a car insurance policy? There are a number of coverages that should be looked at and a number of things to consider when answering this question for yourself. (more…)

Will My Personal Injury Case Go To Court If It Becomes a Lawsuit?

Gavel in courtroom where a personal injury trial is taking placeAs personal injury attorneys, we represent clients who have suffered serious personal injuries as the result of various types of accidents. From motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, and slip and fall accidents to construction site accidents and defective product accidents we have more than 90 years of combined experience handling personal injury claims of all kinds.

While each type of case involves different legal issues, a common question we are asked by clients in every type of case type is this: “will my case go to trial?” (more…)

How Much Time Do I Have to Bring Suit If my Child is Injured in a New York Car Accident?

Child with a broken arm after involvement in a car accidentMost states have what are called “statutes of limitations” that govern the amount of time within which to bring a personal injury or wrongful death claim. The statutes differ depending upon the nature of the claim, the person for whom it was enacted, or the legal status of the defendant against whom suit is contemplated. (more…)

If I Was Hit by a Car and Injured While Crossing the Street, But I Wasn’t in the Crosswalk, How Does This Affect My Right to Recover Compensation?

Pedestrians crossing in a crosswalkWhen a motorist drives on a public highway he owes other motorists a duty to use reasonable care and to observe the rules of the road. When one fails to meet this duty of care, he is said to breach his legal duty and may be liable for injury caused to another.

This duty is equally owed to pedestrians, who more susceptible to being injured or killed as they don’t have the protection of the vehicle’s structure and safety equipment.

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Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents: What You Need to Know If You Are Injured in a Fall on Someone Else’s Property

Yellow Wet Floor SignHere in the Northeast, slip and fall accidents and injuries are very common in the winter. What might surprise some people, however, is the fact that serious injuries caused by slipping, tripping and falling occur frequently year round.

From standing water to wet paint and slippery pool deck surfaces, there are many conditions that may cause a fall accident any time of the year. The important question is whether the fall resulted from someone’s negligence, because if it did, you will be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills and other damages. (more…)