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Personal Injury Law: Know Your Rights

There are countless circumstances under which people suffer minor or severe injuries. Each set of circumstances may fall under different areas of New York State law. That is why it is important to speak with experienced and knowledgable layers as soon as possib;e after you or a loved one is injured. If you find yourself in a situation where you may need representation, please give us a call at 785-4900. We also have the below articles discussing New York state law and personal injuries. Some of our most popular articles include:

Do Not Delete Social Media Accounts During a Pending Personal Injury Case. Here’s Why.

social media hand draw integrated color icons set. sketch infographic illustrationIf you’ve been involved in an accident that left you seriously injured, it may be tempting to post the details of your experience on social media. You may also find yourself posting information and updates about your recovery, or sharing glimpses into your lifestyle following the accident.

While all of this may seem harmless in the moment, the truth is that the information you share on Facebook and other social media platforms is likely to become the subject of what is known as pretrial discovery in your personal injury case; and can be utilized by the defense to challenge aspects of your claim.

How Can My Social Media Posts Impact My Personal Injury Case?

If you decide to pursue a personal injury case seeking compensation for your injuries following the accident, the details you shared on social media websites can be uncovered during the discovery process. Any information or photographs that are discovered could potentially be used by the opposing party to undermine your claims. (more…)

I’m Not Sure I Have a Personal Injury Case. What Should I Do?

personal injury law book sitting on a wooden table with stethoscope and gavelIf you’ve been in an accident that results in serious injury, you want to know what your rights are to recover compensation—money damages for your injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages and hardship to you and your family as a result of another’s negligence.

The television ads, billboards and social media offer a bewildering and sometimes confusing message of “awards” of thousands or millions of dollars through promises of quick and easy settlements with the wrongdoer’s insurance company. You may want to learn what your rights are, how to go about pursuing compensation, but you’re not sure where to turn for reliable information, truthful help to learn what to do.

Wondering what you should do if you think you may be entitled to compensation but you’re not sure how to go about it? We recommend connecting with an experienced and trusted personal injury attorney. (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 Soon After an Accident Should I Call a Personal Injury Lawyer?

auto accident involving two cars on a city streetThere are many things to take care of following an accident that results in personal injury caused by someone else’s negligence. First and foremost, the focus must be on getting the proper medical treatment the injured individuals need.

Once that is in place, the concern should be to consider contacting an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss numerous issues, including how medical bills will be paid, how lost wages will be recouped, and how compensation for pain and suffering and long term disability and hardship will be addressed. (more…)

New York State Dog Bite Laws: Who Is Liable for Dog Attacks?

angry rottweiler on blue backgroundDespite being man’s best friend, it is a sad truth that millions of 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…)

Pedestrian Safety Tips for Walkers & Runners: Preventing Car-Pedestrian Collisions

group of 6 runners running on the roadWith cooler temperatures and the autumn leaves arriving, Fall in Upstate New York is a great time to be outside. Understandably, Fall is a favorite season for those who enjoy outdoor recreation. Every day, runners and walkers head out to the roads and sidewalks for some exercise and fresh air before the winter cold and snow makes being outdoors less enticing.

Unfortunately, with the days getting shorter and dusk falling right around the time that many drivers in the Capital Region are commuting home from work, Fall is also a popular time of year for car accidents involving pedestrians. (more…)

I Was Injured as the Result of Someone Else’s Negligence. Why Do I Need an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer?

Man doing research about how to pursue a personal injury lawsuitYou were seriously injured in an accident that was clearly the fault of someone else.

Perhaps it was a car accident caused by a driver whose behavior was negligent. Or possibly it was a slip and fall accident as the result of a dangerous condition that had been brought to the attention of the property owner yet not rectified in a timely fashion.

Whatever the situation, it is evident that another party or individual is responsible for causing your injuries. You recognize that if you choose to move forward with a personal injury claim to seek compensation for your injuries, you will be entitled to recover for the pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses that resulted from the incident.

With this in mind, you’re wondering – ‘Should I attempt to resolve the claim on my own by evaluating my injuries and other damages given how straightforward this seems to be? Or should I retain a personal injury attorney to represent me?’ (more…)

How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth? How Does a Personal Injury Attorney Determine How Much My Case is Worth?

an icon depicting a bag of money on a yellow backgroundIf you are considering pursuing a personal injury claim, you may be wondering how much compensation you can expect to receive if you decide to move forward with a lawsuit.

It’s a great question, and one that an experienced personal injury attorney familiar with your case is the best person to answer. The value of your case is not something you’ll be able to “calculate” on your own.

How Much Should I Expect to Recover?

How much your case is worth depends on a number of factors specific to your case.

While some claims can be easily assessed by looking at a few variables, most involve many issues that are addressed by a knowledgeable attorney who can weigh all of the relevant criteria that a jury might consider in arriving at an award. Part of this analysis involves an appreciation by the attorney that juries are composed of persons who may, collectively, arrive at a decision by weighing the issues in a very different way than either side thought would guide their reasoning. (more…)

I Was Hurt in an Amusement Park Accident: What Are My Rights?

State Fair Amusement ParkDuring the summer, it is very common for families to visit amusement parks, “fun plex” centers, fair grounds and carnivals. Many of the larger regional and national theme parks are located in upstate New York and attract families on vacations or day trips this time of year. Additionally, traveling carnivals come into towns for a few days to a week with games, rides and food.

While most of the time these rides are safe and lots of fun, unfortunately accidents resulting injury do occur. There are many reports of amusement park accidents each year, some resulting in serious personal injury and even death. (more…)

Why Should I Retain A Small Personal Injury Firm to Handle My Case?

Albany lawyers and staffWhen people find themselves in need of a personal injury attorney, the television ads and billboards of large law firms are often first to come to mind. Perhaps because of their catchy jingles on the radio or the expensive TV advertising campaigns, they’re the firms that people see or hear about first most of the time.

But although big law firms might be top of mind initially, many individuals ultimately choose to hire a small personal injury firms to handle their cases after researching their options.

Wondering who you should partner with to pursue your personal injury case? Here, we’ll review a few of the benefits that make working with a small law firm the ideal option for many. (more…)