Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Blog

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Stages of a Personal Injury Case in NY

How does a personal injury case begin?

Every personal injury case starts with an accident.  The types of accidents that could give rise to a personal injury case include car accidents, pedestrian accidents, slip and falls, injuries due to defective products, and the like.  While every personal injury case is unique, there are several common elements that every accident victim that elects to pursue legal action will encounter.  Our

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

What is the "standard of care" in New York medical malpractice lawsuits?

When undergoing surgery or any medical procedure, the last thing anyone hopes for is a malpractice issue. Unfortunately, not all medical practitioners perform perfectly every time they touch a patient. Whether the issue is exhaustion, distraction or other personal issues, physician negligence can quickly lead to patient injury and a

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

U.S. Traffic Deaths Rise for a Second Straight Year

What Are The Top Causes of Auto Accidents?

In a recent alarming article, the New York Times reports that in spite of hundreds of millions of dollars being spent on safety improvements for automobiles, for the second year running deaths due to traffic collisions have increased by a significant number.  The National Safety Council estimates that in 2016 as many as 40,200 Americans died in

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Cyclist Killed by Bus in New York’s First Citi Bike Fatality

What Rights Do Surviving Family Members Have Following The Death of A Loved One In a Cycling Accident?

Bike sharing programs are cropping up in cities across the nation, serving as a creative way to alleviate some of the growing vehicle congestion and expanding access to alternative transportation options. New York’s Citi Bike Program is one such option where anyone with a credit or debit card can rent a bike and drop it off at any number of stations across the City.

Accommodating over 43,000 rides per day, it was just a matter of time before the country’s largest bike-share program encountered its’ first

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Look at Catastrophic Personal Injuries That Cause Paralysis

Serious accidents can lead to life changing injuries, and paralysis is one of them.  Accident victims that suffer from paralysis may require ongoing medical treatment and physical therapy, as well potentially a caregiver and assistive devices.  Paralysis can bring about tremendous financial challenges, as the accident victim experiences mounting expenses and may be unable to work to cover these costs.  Our

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Accidents with Uninsured Motorists

What are my legal rights if I am hit by an uninsured driver?

All drivers in New York are legally required to carry automobile insurance.  Driving without insurance is illegal and can lead to fines, civil liability, and loss of your driver’s license.  Despite the clear state insurance requirement, upwards of 12 percent of all drivers today are not insured, according to the Insurance Research Council.  Being involved in a car accident is devastating, no matter the circumstances surrounding it, but it can be all the more stressful if you find out the driver that hit you does not have automobile insurance.  Our

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Friday, July 14, 2017

What is my Personal Injury Case Worth?

Most people have heard some version of the “McDonald’s Coffee Case”: an elderly woman accidentally spilled some hot McDonald’s coffee on herself, got burned, and ended up suing for millions of dollars.  While this version of events can be considered to be “based on a true story,” what actually happened in that case is much, much more complicated, and is a good example of why it’s so hard to predict what any particular personal injury case will be worth.

Compensatory Damages – Medical Expenses

Generally speaking, the purpose of a

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury to the brain that occurs from a blow to the head or due to an object penetrating the brain. These injuries are among the most complex types of injuries. Depending on the part of the brain that is injured, the type of damage done, and the severity of the injury, the effects may vary widely. They may include lifelong problems with mood, memory, concentration, motor function, or even basic life functions like blinking and breathing. In the most severe cases, TBIs result in death.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Top 5 Elevator Accident Causes

Every day, millions of people walk into elevators expecting to be whisked to their desired floor safely. Some people, however, do not get to their destination safely. Accidents occur in elevators causing approximately 17,000 injuries and 30 deaths per year. These accidents may be caused by defective doors, poorly maintained machinery, faulty equipment or even because of the negligence of building contractors or elevator technicians.

If you have been injured in an elevator accident, consult a

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Wrong-Way Driver Plows into Pedestrians in Times Square

How might the outcome of a DUI case impact your car accident claim?

A shocking accident recently resulted in the death of one pedestrian and injuries to nearly two dozen more in Times Square.  The accident occurred when a wrong-way driver crashed into the bustling heart of Manhattan just before noon on a Thursday.  The driver has been identified as a 26-year-old male driving a Honda Accord.  He is in custody on charges of second-degree murder and 20 counts of attempted murder.  Investigations have revealed this wrong-way driver has a history of arrests for driving while intoxicated.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Drugged Driving Becomes Tremendous National Problem

What are my legal rights if I am hit by a drugged driver?

A horrific crash involving a driver allegedly high on drugs recently claimed the lives of a married couple in their 60s. The accident happened at a Rockland County intersection when a 23-year-old man ran a red light, crashing violently into a car carrying the couple. Investigations revealed that the driver, who suffered injuries in the crash, was high on Xanax at the time of the accident. He also did not have a valid license because it had been suspended for failure to appear in court on a traffic violation. For the family members of those killed and the greater community, this New York car accident serves as a reminder of the grave dangers of driving while under the influence of prescription and illegal drugs.
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