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How Do Lawyers Get Paid in New York Personal Injury Cases?

You may have suffered injury in a car accident or worksite accident. Now you can’t work. The medical bills are piling up. You are thinking about calling a personal injury lawyer. But you don’t know anything about the legal system – such as how lawyers get paid in personal injury cases. You need to learn how this works – and quickly. So how do you pay a personal injury lawyer to represent you for injuries you suffered in a car or...

Helping a Family Member in the Hospital

KEEPING YOUR FAMILY SAFE HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE HEALTH CARE TEAM IN A HOSPITAL When a loved one enters the hospital, the family may find themselves in an unfamiliar, confusing environment as they try to help their loved one. Afterwards, they sometimes tell me that (1) it was difficult to speak to the physician, (2) they had questions that were not answered, and (3) they didn't know how to get answers.1 The problem is nationwide. A recent...

A Negligent Driver Just Injured A Member Of My Family In A New York Car Crash. What Happens Next?

You get that call that no one wants to get. It is the hospital. A family member has suffered significant injuries in a car crash caused by a negligent driver. The news is grim: multiple fractures, a closed head injury, an uncertain future. Sleeping at the hospital during the first few days, you are overwhelmed by shock, fear, and disbelief. As personal injury attorneys, we have unfortunately seen this tragedy play out many times. During this...

What can I recover if I suffer severe injuries from a careless driver in a New York car crash ?

No one plans to suffer catastrophic injuries in a car crash. But, as they say in the rehabilitation hospitals, that the only difference between the patients and the medical staff is the ride home. So what if it happens to you or a loved one? If a driver is careless and negligently injures you, that driver is legally responsible in a court of law to restore to you what you have lost because of the car crash. This may include payment for: your...

How much time do I have to bring a lawsuit if I am hurt in a New York car crash ?

Well, we are glad you asked. First, our obligatory lawyer stuff. We are not giving you legal advice. This is just a general discussion not specific to you or anyone else. If you need advice about a specific case, then see a lawyer. Okay, so here are the basics. If you are a competent adult, and you suffer injury in a car crash in New York, you have three years from the date of the car crash to bring the lawsuit by filing it. If you are...

This Is Distracted Driving

On a sunny September day about a year ago, a black Honda smashed into the red car shown above at between 50 and 60 miles per hour. The red car was stopped at the time waiting to make a left-hand turn. The impact shattered the back of the red car, pushed the back seats into the front seats, and snapped the headrests. My client was a belted passenger in the front seat. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, a subarachnoid hemorrhage, eight rib...

Why it doesn’t end for injured people when they get a settlement

This week a judge approved a settlement for a client that I was fortunate to represent. The settlement exceeded a million dollars. Most people would think this is a lot of money -- it isn't for the injuries suffered. Some people would think that the infant and her parents are celebrating and have hit that proverbial jackpot. They aren't. A few people might wish that they had received this settlement. They shouldn't. As in anything else, the...

Expert disclosure rules for medical malpractice cases change in Upstate New York

Expert disclosure rules for medical malpractice cases change in upstate New York. Big news from Albany, New York in the field of plaintiff's medical malpractice litigation. The rule has long been in medical malpractice cases that neither side has to identify the name of their medical experts. Recently, the mid-level appellate court covering Albany and twenty-seven other upstate counties changed this one-year-old rule as to expert disclosure. The...