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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 Car Technologies: How They Help and May Also Hinder Driver Safety

modern car interior featuring new car technologiesTechnology in the automotive industry is constantly changing – and changing quickly. It seems dozens of new car technologies are introduced with each new model year, making each generation of vehicles a little more advanced than the last.

While many of these new car technologies are intended to enhance vehicle safety, an argument can be made that these technologies may both help and hinder drivers from being safe. Though they benefit vehicle operators in many ways –  helping them to navigate, avoid possible collisions, operate electronics hands-free, and more –  in other ways, new technologies may also give a false sense of security and as a result, contribute to the occurrence of accidents. (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…)

Are Motorcycle Helmets Required in New York State and What Are My Rights to Bring Suit If I’m Not Wearing One?

couple on motorcycle with helmets onMotorcycle helmets can protect from serious head injuries, reduce concussions, and can even help to prevent fatal injuries. In fact, according to the New York State Department of Health, head injuries are the top cause of death among motorcyclists, and nearly 1,800 bikers throughout the United States were saved by wearing motorcycle helmets in 2015 alone.

But despite the fact that most motorists understand the benefits of wearing helmets when riding motorcycles, many still choose not to wear helmets while riding. While in some states throughout the US this is legal, in other states, including New York, motorcycle helmets are legally required for all riders and passengers. (more…)

What Constitutes Negligence in a Car Accident?

Rear view of a young couple texting and driving negligently while ignoring the road

If you’ve been injured in a car accident and you have chosen to pursue a personal injury claim, you have likely encountered the term “negligence.”

What is the Definition of Negligence?

Most car accident lawsuits are based on the legal principle of negligence, which is defined as a breach in the “duty of care” owed by one person to another. Put another way, if a driver fails to use “reasonable care under the circumstances” while operating a vehicle, he is said to be “negligent.”

An individual can be described as negligent if he does something that he should not have done (eg. drives while intoxicated and causes an accident), or if he fails to do something he should have done (eg. fails to stop at a stop sign and then causes a collision). (more…)

Jeffrey K. Anderson Highlighted in 25th Edition of Best Lawyers in America

Jeffrey Kyle AndersonAttorney Jeffrey K. Anderson has once again been selected for recognition by Best Lawyers®. He will be featured in the 25th edition of Best Lawyers in America©, a publication acknowledging excellence in practice among attorneys nationwide.

Anderson Named 2019 Lawyer of the Year for Product Liability Litigation in Albany

Mr. Anderson has been named 2019 ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in the practice area of Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs in Albany. Only one lawyer per practice area in each geographic region is honored with this prestigious yearly recognition.

He will also be recognized in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in America for his work in the following practice areas:

  • Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs

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What to Look For In An Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

man researching personal injury lawyers on his laptopWhen you’ve been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, contacting a personal injury attorney is imperative. For many people, the time following the occurrence of an accident is a difficult one, filled with medical bills, missed work, and emotional and physical recovery. As a result, it can be challenging to take on the task of finding a personal injury attorney to represent you.

Knowing how to look for a personal injury lawyer and what specific qualifications to look for in a successful personal injury attorney can help make the process of finding a lawyer to represent you after a car accident, slip and fall accident, construction site accident, dog bite accident, or any other type of incident much easier. Working with an experienced attorney can make all the difference when it comes to getting you the compensation you deserve following your involvement in an accident. (more…)

Does New York No Fault Insurance Cover Motorcyclists? Answers to Important Questions About New York Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclist in New York State on a highwayMotorcycle accidents are unfortunately common and can be incredibly devastating, especially because motorcyclists travel the roadways with significantly less protection than drivers who are operating cars. Even the most responsible bikers wearing helmets and safety gear are vulnerable to serious or life threatening injury when operating their motorcycle on the roads among vehicles.

Motorcycle accidents happen frequently, and there is a lack of clear understanding among those who sustain injury as to what medical and lost wage benefits are available after an accident occurs.

As experienced Albany motorcycle accident attorneys, we have handled hundreds of motorcycle accident cases over the course of more than three decades in practice. We know the laws that cover motorcyclist rights and can help you recover the compensation you deserve if you’ve been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. (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…)