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Warmer Weather, More Motorcycles: Sharing the Road Safely This Season

Spring is officially here! The days get longer, the sun shines brighter, and the sound of rumbling engines fills the air – motorcycles are back! While these two-wheeled machines offer a thrilling way to enjoy the open road, they also have a heightened risk of crashes. As a personal injury attorney, I've seen the unfortunate consequences of motorcycle crashes. The reality is motorcyclists are far more vulnerable than drivers in a crash. Here's...

STAYING SAFE IN THE HOSPITAL — PART THREE — THE IMPORTANCE OF INCIDENTAL FINDINGS

People admitted to a hospital are not expected to be -- and usually are not -- experts in hospital policies and practices. This is no surprise.  Why would they be ? No one studies up for a hospital admission. Therefore, a reasonable but often mistaken assumption of  patients when admitted to a hospital is that they will receive the results of all tests ordered for them in the hospital. This is not a correct assumption.  We discuss why below,...

TIPS TO HELP YOU THROUGH YOUR HOSPITAL STAY – PART II

In an earlier blog post, we talked about effectively communicating with your medical providers in the hospital.   In this post, we offer more tips to help you through your hospital stay. The Emergency Room – You may be surprised and a bit put off if you end up in the emergency room waiting area, on a hallway stretcher, or in an overflow section.  If properly triaged, consider yourself lucky.  The patients getting immediate attention have...

MEDIATION – ANOTHER WAY OUR PERSONAL INJURY CLIENTS CAN RECOVER FOR THEIR INJURIES

As we have indicated in earlier posts, there are different ways to secure a favorable recovery for our clients’ personal injuries. One way is mediation. We have enjoyed good results with it in the right case. What is mediation and how does it work Mediation is an informal process to settle a case using a neutral third party. This person is often a retired judge, or an attorney specializing in mediating cases. The parties appear before the...

GETTING VACCINATED FOR COVID 19 BEFORE A PERSONAL INJURY JURY TRIAL – WHY WE RECOMMEND IT TO OUR CLIENTS

Our clients’ personal injury cases now are coming up for jury trials in this COVID 19 era. Some clients have not been vaccinated for COVID 19. As their lawyer in their upcoming jury trial, we discuss below why we recommend that clients get vaccinated if medically possible before the trial, and the choice this presents to the clients. As trial lawyers, we deal with reality when we prepare for trial. In other words, we have a client, we have a...

HOW ARBITRATION CAN HELP YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CASE IN UPSTATE NEW YORK DURING THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC

Not surprisingly, COVID 19 has significantly impacted many personal injury court cases.  It is harder to get trial dates.  When we start a trial, COVID 19 protocols make that trial harder and longer.  Vaccination issues can further complicate a trial (Spoiler Alert -- stand by for my next article as to how vaccination status might impact a jury verdict). So what can be done to keep personal injury cases moving during the COVID 19 pandemic ?...

Remote Videoconferencing Depositions in New York State – The New Normal with COVID 19

In March 2020, COVID 19 shut down the court system and most personal injury cases, along with the rest of New York State. Since then, we have started moving our personal injury cases forward. However, one of the challenges has been how to take depositions during the COVID 19 pandemic. We discuss here how we shifted to remote depositions over the last six months, and what you can expect if you give a deposition in a personal injury case during...

What Do You Need to Know About a Deposition in a New York Personal Injury Case?

When our clients suffer injury because of a car accident or medical or other negligence, they are plunged into a world they’ve only seen on TV. Words that they usually hear from famous actors in suits walking through dramatic courtroom sets become commonplace. Clients tell us it is often easy to get swept up in the legal jargon. Fortunately, real life is not as dramatic as what you see on TV, but it can be just as confusing. We’re here to...

What does it feel like to get hurt in a New York car accident and bring a legal claim?

The day when our clients’ lives change forever by car accident starts out like any other day. The clients are doing what they always do – driving to work, going to the grocery store, returning from a trip, or taking their kids to school. Nothing tells them that they are spending the last hours of their pre-accident life. It is just another day. Until it isn’t. A car accident is over in less than five seconds. Our clients usually do not...

Who Are The Different Insurance Adjusters That Will Call You After A New York Car Accident?

It is bad enough getting hurt in a car accident from a negligent driver.  If you are lucky enough to come home from the hospital and take phone calls, you will find some new best friends – adjusters from insurance companies covering different losses from your car accident.   Knowing why these adjusters are calling, and their differing roles, can help you get the benefits you need, while preserving your interests in a personal injury...