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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:


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…)

How Are Personal Injury Lawyers Paid?

background with money American hundred dollar billsIf you or someone you love has been injured because of someone else’s negligence and you are considering bringing a personal injury case, contacting a personal injury attorney is the next logical step. An experienced personal injury attorney will represent you to ensure that you are fully and fairly compensated for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills and other damages.

An attorney who has earned a reputation for fighting for his clients will do everything necessary to devote the time and resources necessary to thoroughly investigate and develop the case, whether it involves retaining experts, obtaining documents during litigation, or bringing the case to trial to achieve the best result.

What is the Cost of Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney?

Sometimes an individual injured due to someone else’s negligence is hesitant to contact a personal injury lawyer, even after suffering serious injury. The person may believe that he can’t afford good legal representation, thinking that the attorney will charge hundreds of dollars and hour at a time when he is already experiencing financial hardship as a result of disability from work or mounting medical bills. (more…)

I Was In a Car Accident and Was Seriously Injured. I Also Was Ticketed. Do I Hire One Attorney to Handle Both or Do I Need Two Attorneys?

traffic cop is talking with a driverIf you were injured in a car accident and received a ticket as a result of the same incident, it is highly beneficial to have your personal injury attorney handle both the ticket and your personal injury case, for several important reasons.

Being ticketed even though you were injured doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t be compensated for injuries received in the accident—sometimes a ticket is issued without proper investigation or where the other driver isn’t being truthful; and sometimes even if the injured person should bear some of the fault for causing an accident, he still may be able to recover compensation if the other driver was also partially at fault in causing the accident and injury.

In this situation, experienced personal injury lawyers are typically experienced in fighting the validity of a ticket in traffic court as well as handling the personal injury claim. Having one attorney handle both will simplify the legal process and benefit you in the end. (more…)

Tips for Avoiding A Car Accident With An Animal

deer crossing the road in Upstate NYEvery year, thousands of accidents occur in the United States involving collisions between vehicles and animals. From wildlife such as deer, turkeys, squirrels and moose crossing the roads, to stray cats and unleashed dogs running free, animals near or attempting to cross roadways can be extremely hazardous to drivers.

The first reaction of most drivers who see an animal on or near the road is to swerve to avoid it. Unfortunately, while no one wants to harm an animal by striking it, also fearing damage to their car or worse, injury to the occupants, swerving to avoid an animal in the road can also be incredibly risky. (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…)

What is Comparative Fault in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

a scale representing the concept of comparative negligenceWhen 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.

What is Negligence?

Negligence is a term used to describe conduct, whether something someone does, or something someone fails to do, that results in harm to another. The concept of negligence originates in the consideration of socially acceptable behavior. Within society, citizens are expected to treat others in a manner that will allow them to peacefully co-exist—to act in such a way so that at the very least, not harm each other— part of the so called “social contract.” If citizens behave in a way that is negligent, putting others in “harm’s way,” they are to be held legally responsible and must then compensate the injured person for the harm that results from their behavior. (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…)

I Slipped and Fell and Was Seriously Injured at My Neighbor’s Pool: What Are My Rights?

Backyard in-ground poolSummer is the perfect time for backyard barbecues and get-togethers, especially at the homes of neighbors with pools. Kids and adults alike enjoy cooling off while enjoying the beautiful weather and the company of friends.

Unfortunately, while neighborhood pool parties are a summer staple for many, they are also the setting for many slip and fall accidents and resultant injuries. The surfaces surrounding pools can be a recipe for disaster.

Although slipping, falling and sustaining injury at a neighbor’s pool may bring embarrassment at first, it can also cause long term pain and suffering and result in significant medical bills and lost wages. As a result, after suffering from a slip and fall injury at a neighbor’s pool, consider consulting with an experienced personal injury lawyer to determine whether or not you may have a personal injury case. (more…)