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Distracted Driving on New York Roads

Distracted Driving on New York Roads

Did you know that distracted driving took over 3,000 lives in America in the year 2017 alone? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving is “any activity that diverts attention from driving.” It is not, contrary to popular opinion, just texting and driving. When someone partakes in distracted driving, they are acting negligently and should be held liable for their irresponsibility. How does this affect New York roads? Read on to find out more. Types of Distracted Driving The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classifies distraction into three categories: visual, manual, and cognitive. A visual distraction is anything [...]

What Are the Long-Term Effects of Whiplash?

What Are the Long-Term Effects of Whiplash?

Did you know that around three million people suffer non-fatal injuries in auto accidents in the United States every year? Of all these injuries, whiplash is one of the most common. It can happen in seconds even after the most “minor” crashes. However, it is not uncommon for victims to not fully feel the effects until weeks after their car accident. It can be dangerous to leave whiplash untreated.  What Is Whiplash? In the simplest terms, whiplash is a form of neck sprain or neck strain. Generally, this occurs as a result of sudden extension and flexion. It may also include damage to the cervical muscles, [...]

Liability in New York Slip and Fall Claims

Liability in New York Slip and Fall Claims

Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one out of every five falls causes a serious injury? Falls are also the leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Slip and fall accidents are one of the most dangerous and most underestimated accidents in Central New York. Fortunately, legal recourse may be available for those who have suffered as a result of someone else’s negligence. Can the City Be Held Liable? The answer depends on where in the state the accident occurred. Most municipalities have their own sets of rules and regulations regarding sidewalk liability. In most cities outside [...]

What Is the Average Settlement for a New York TBI Case?

What Is the Average Settlement for a New York TBI Case?

Recovering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can seem like a daunting feat. Your accident can change your entire life, especially if your injuries were severe. Luckily, the state of New York allows victims of personal injury to seek compensation for their injuries. You may be wondering how the courts will calculate your TBI settlement. How much can you expect to recover in your traumatic brain injury claim? Read on to find out more. Damages in a New York TBI Settlement In every personal injury settlement, plaintiffs are looking to collect certain compensatory damages. These are “damages that compensate the injured victim for injuries actually endured.” Compensatory damages [...]

What Are Non-Economic Damages in a New York Personal Injury Claim?

What Are Non-Economic Damages in a New York Personal Injury Claim?

Everyone knows about the monetary costs of personal injury—medical expenses, property damage, and lost wages can all add up very quickly. But personal injury may cause further, non-monetary losses as well. Every accident has the potential to be traumatizing. The effects of such trauma are just as lasting and real as anything else you may suffer in your accident. In this blog post, we will give a brief overview of economic and non-economic damages in a New York personal injury claim. Categories of Damages If you have suffered injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence, you have the right to seek damages from the [...]

Should You File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Should You File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Nothing prepares you for the pain of losing a loved one, especially if they passed as a result of someone else’s negligence or recklessness. The legal name for such cases is wrongful death. Wrongful death can occur in many different contexts. Some of the more common examples include a drunk driver causing a fatal car crash or a doctor making an incompetent mistake leading to a patient’s death. In any case, the lasting effects are devastating on the decedent’s loved ones. Fortunately, legal recourse is available. Read on to find out more. Recovering Damages for New York Wrongful Death In the state of New [...]

What Are Punitive Damages in a New York Personal Injury Claim?

What Are Punitive Damages in a New York Personal Injury Claim?

Accidents are an unfortunate fact of life. You can do everything right and still have something wrong. Fortunately, if you are the victim of someone else’s negligence, legal recourse is available. In the state of New York, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim against the person responsible for your accident. All successful New York personal injury cases will pay the victim some compensatory damages. Particularly egregious cases, however, may also entitle you to punitive damages. Personal Injury Claims as Civil Cases Because personal injury claims are civil cases, the courts are generally not too interested in meting out punishment to the defendants. On the [...]

Should I File a Police Report After My New York Auto Accident?

Should I File a Police Report After My New York Auto Accident?

Most drivers know what to do to avoid a car accident. Unfortunately, not everyone knows what to do after being involved in one. Filing a police report is one of the most important things you can do for your New York auto accident claim. But what options do you have if you forgot to file a report immediately after your accident? Read on to find out more. Insurance Claims Are Not Police Reports After an accident, you will have to make a formal statement with your insurance provider. You may believe that this is equivalent to making an official police report. However, the [...]

Study Proposes Solution to Parent Medication Errors

Study Proposes Solution to Parent Medication Errors

Anyone who is a parent knows how scary it can be when their child needs to be taken to the emergency room. Unfortunately, one of the factors contributing to emergency room visits for children involves medication errors by parents and doctors. No parent wants to be faced with a situation like this. The good news is that a recent study has found that there may be a new way to prevent future medication errors.  However, whether pharmaceutical companies will adopt new solutions depends on them. If your child suffered from a serious medical condition or injury because of a lack of adequate [...]

What Does the FDA Do When Approving Medical Devices?

What Does the FDA Do When Approving Medical Devices?

Many people believe that any kind of medical device used on them in hospitals, clinics, or emergency rooms have been thoroughly tested and approved by the FDA. However, recent discoveries have shown that not all medical devices are rigorously tested. Some doctors are completely unaware of whether the medical device they are using is effective or safe. Defective medical devices can slip through the cracks all the time. If you suffered injuries from a defective medical device, you may be able to sue for product liability. Talk to a New York Product Liability Attorney when you are ready to seek the compensation you [...]