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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:

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…)

What Is SUM Insurance Coverage and Why Is It Important?

closeup of a car key and a insurance policy on a white surfaceAuto insurance policies typically include several types of coverage. They are listed on the “declaration page,” which is most often on the top of the policy you should have received from your insurance company or agency.

When considering coverage options and insurance providers, many people tend to focus on the portions of the policy related to collision coverage, comprehensive coverage, liability for bodily injury and property damage. However, there is another very important type of insurance coverage to consider, which is known as Supplemental Uninsured/Underinsured coverage. (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…)

What are My Rights If a Property Owner Fails to Remove Snow or Ice and I Fall and Am Injured?

snowblower on the sidewalk in a neighborhood in the middle of a snowstormSome people love the winter and all the snow that comes along with it. To others, the burdens of snow removal and inclement weather make the season unbearable.

Love it or hate it, snow and ice must be cleared from driveways, sidewalks and parking lots. In fact, owners and those in possession of property have a duty to keep walkways and parking lots safe for pedestrian use. If the failure to do so results in a slip and fall accident that results in a serious injury, the landowner or person or entity responsible for maintaining the property may be held liable for injuries caused by slippery conditions caused by the presence of snow or ice.

In addition, if attempts to maintain the property aren’t done properly, a claim of negligence may also lie. (more…)

How To Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer When You’ve Been Injured in an Accident

A lawyer and a client shaking hands after the client has found the best personal injury attorney to represent herIf you’ve been injured in a car accident, slip and fall accident, construction site accident, dog bite accident, or any other type of incident involving the negligence of another individual, you may be entitled to compensation. If you feel you may have a personal injury claim on your hands, it is imperative to find an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you.

Personal injury lawyers are versed in the laws and statutes that pertain to these types of cases. They can help you determine whether or not you have a personal injury case and, if you do have a case, they can help you fight for the compensation you deserve following a catastrophic injury. (more…)

I Was Injured on Someone Else’s Property. Why Isn’t The Property Owner Automatically at Fault?

woman who has slipped and fallen on an icy sidewalk on someone else's propertySlip and fall accidents can happen anytime, anywhere. They are especially common during the winter months here in the Northeast, where snow and ice cover the ground and temperatures linger around freezing for months at a time. And it seems as often as not, these accidents occur on someone else’s property.

When individuals are seriously injured as the result of a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, they often wonder: who is at fault for the accident?

Many people automatically assume that the property owner is “automatically” legally responsible for the injury. When seeking compensation for their injuries, they believe the property owner must be responsible.

However, contrary to what many believe, this is not the law. (more…)

Top Reasons to Choose Anderson, Moschetti and Taffany When You’re Looking for a Personal Injury Lawyer in Upstate New York

Attorneys Jeff Anderson, Pete Moschetti and David TaffanyIf you have been injured as the result of another person’s negligence and you are interested in obtaining representation in order to pursue a personal injury case, chances are you will not have trouble finding a personal injury attorney. There are numerous personal injury lawyers and law firms in the Albany area and throughout Upstate New York from which to choose.

However, although you have plentiful options, finding the right personal injury attorney to represent you is not as easy as it seems. You want to be sure you find a lawyer that is experienced, has achieved a high level of success through verdicts and settlements in cases like yours in the past, and is capable of providing the level of personalized attention that you want and deserve. (more…)

Recreational Use of Property – What You Need to Know About New York’ General Obligations Law 9-103

XC skier making recreational use of property in New York StateMany people in the Capital District and throughout Upstate New York love to spend time outdoors participating in recreational activities. Whether it’s snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in the winter or riding ATVs, biking or hiking in the summer, outdoor recreation is a great way to spend leisure time, stay active and enjoy beautiful seasonal weather.

What many people do not realize, however, is that recreational activities are often made possible by property owners who have chosen to make their land available to recreational users. (more…)

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…)