Fayetteville and Central New York’s Premier Personal Injury Law Firm
Most people never anticipate that they will end up needing to talk with a personal injury attorney when they leave their house in the morning. But every year, thousands of people are injured in preventable accidents throughout Central New York. Most of these accidents are caused because of someone else’s fault, or negligence. This includes owners of businesses who don’t safely maintain the premises, drivers who do not follow the rules of the road, manufacturers that make defective products, construction companies that don’t follow safety protocols, and many others.
When a person is injured due to the negligent actions of someone else, the personal injury attorneys at Gattuso & Ciotoli, PLLC will be able to help. Our attorneys take on all manner of personal injury accidents including but not limited to the following:
- Slip/Trip and Fall Accidents
- Construction Site Accidents
- Workplace Injuries
- Dangerous or Defect Product Injuries
- Negligent Security Injuries
- Car, Truck and Motorcycle Accidents
- Rideshare Vehicle Accidents
- DUI Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Dog Bite Injuries
- Wrongful Death
Injuries that Gattuso & Ciotoli, PLLC handle include:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Nerve Damage Injuries
- Permanent and Temporary Disabilities
We understand that you have the option of choosing any one of many attorneys in Central New York, and that trying to pick the attorney who is the best fit for you is a huge decision that can be a lot to handle. It is essential, however, to look at the experience that a particular law firm brings to the table when taking on these types of complex cases before you make a choice. Our attorneys at Gattuso & Ciotoli, PLLC have more than 50 years of combined legal experience both in and out of the courtroom. We work hand in hand with our clients to ensure that they are involved in every decision that is made regarding their claim. Call us today to speak with a compassionate yet aggressive personal injury lawyer about your injury accident today.
Workplace Accidents/Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents lead to approximately one million emergency room stays each year. These kinds of accidents are also the primary reason for workers’ compensation claims being filed, as well as the leading cause of job-related injuries for people who are between 15 and 24 years of age. Slip and fall accidents will inflict fairly critical injuries that often result in substantial medical bills, with the overall costs of employee slip and falls rounding out at close to $70 million every single year.
Bruises, cuts, spinal cord injury, broken bones, traumatic brain injury, and accidental death are only a few of the multitude of possible outcomes from a slip and fall accident. The harm that it does to the body can require expensive medical procedures, render you unable to work, and downgrade your life.
In order to successfully resolve a slip and fall claim, the victim must be able to prove that the accident took place at the location in question, that the property owner or employers were negligent or careless in ensuring a safe environment, and that the victim became injured as a result of that negligence.
Thousands of hard-working people all across Central New York earn their paychecks by working in one of the biggest and most prominent trades: construction work. Ranging from constructing a five-bedroom, mid-century, modern home for a family with two kids and two dogs, to towering, glass-sided high-rises in the middle of the city that will provide offices for hundreds of company employees, to government infrastructure projects, such as roadways, tunnels, highways, bridges, and airports. This flourishing industry utilizes both women and men of all different skill sets, including ironworkers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, painters, bricklayers, sheet metal workers, and laborers. All of these people provide a service through these jobs that is absolutely vital to the economy and to the growth and stability of our country as well.
Construction is also, however, one of the single most dangerous types of jobs that a person can have. Because of this, the State of New York has specific laws that make it possible for construction workers to obtain financial compensation, if they should ever sustain an injury that they received on the job, by filing a lawsuit designed to help them recover losses they have endured for their pain and suffering, loss of wages and benefits, and their hospital bills and other medical costs. Additionally, you may also file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits for payment of your hospitalization costs, doctors visits and some of your lost wages during the time you were unable to work. In most instances, a person who was hurt in a construction accident will have both possible claims for his or her one individual accident.
At Gattuso & Ciotoli, PLLC, we handle construction accidents from any work site, involving any trade and involving any injury. After a construction site accident, our smart, reliable Fayetteville and Central New York construction injury attorneys are available to help you and your family. ur lawsuit all the way through a trial, we are here for you!
New York law provides that manufacturers are in the ideal situation to examine the products that they make to ensure that they are safe for use by the public. Because of this law, stringent liability rules pertain to cases centering around defective products. Under these liability laws, a victim who has been injured due to a defective product does not have to show that the manufacturer was careless if they wish to receive financial compensation after they have been injured. Rather, the manufacturer is supposed to be liable for the victim’s injury, provided that the product was being used as intended when the injury occurred.
On top of these rigid liability laws, product manufacturers also have an obligation to inform consumers regarding any dangers that are a necessary part of using their product. Because of this rule, people who have been hurt by unsafe or faulty products are also able to file lawsuits when the manufacturer fails to provide a sufficient warning.
Car and Truck Accidents
The highways and byways in the state of New York are often perilous for pedestrians, motorists, bicycle riders, and motorcyclists. When traffic congestion becomes coupled with bad driving habits, careless drivers often end up causing critical car accidents that end in disastrous injuries and overwhelming costs. In this environment, drivers are obligated to provide a duty of care and responsibility while driving, to drive safely and ensure the protection of other motorists and pedestrians, but not everyone drives while keeping others’ best interests in mind.
A major car or truck accident could completely alter the trajectory of your life. Your injuries, along with being extremely painful, will require lengthy periods of rehabilitation or, in the worst cases, leave you permanently impaired. Depending on the severity of the injury, you might not be able to return to work, meaning losing out on the wages you need to take care of yourself, your family, and pay mounting medical bills. If your accident was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another driver, it is critical to seek the aid of an experienced car accident attorney.
New York has enacted no-fault statutes when it comes to car accidents. This means that anyone who is involved in a car accident is able to have their doctor bills and lost wages compensated by their insurance company, no matter who was at fault for the collision. People who sustain critical injuries, however, or who lose a loved one because of a car accident, might also be eligible to file a claim for further financial recompense via a wrongful death or a personal injury claim.
A lot of residents of Central New York take pleasure in riding motorcycles on a regular basis when the weather allows. There are people who ride for pleasure and people who own a motorcycle as their sole means of transportation. Riders enjoy experiencing the spontaneity that a motorcycle offers when it comes to getting out on the open road, while the more economically-minded appreciate leaving more in their wallet when they stop for gas. Riding a motorcycle, however, is an innately risky form of transportation that can end with grave injuries caused by a serious accident.
The reality is that motorcyclists have almost no protection, particularly when you compare them to a standard passenger vehicle. Motorcycle riders are lacking the solid metal frame and roll cage of a car to help shield them in the event of an accident, nor do they possess any safety features like airbags or seat belts. Besides a helmet and little else in the way of protective equipment, motorcycle riders have no reliable defense when facing a bigger and much heavier vehicle.
Every driver on a Central New York road owes the other drivers, their passengers, and all pedestrians a responsibility to drive carefully and reasonably ensure the safety of others when they are behind the wheel. Furthermore, a motorcycle or motorcycle parts manufacturer has a duty to assure the safety of their customers.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was the fault of a negligent or reckless driver, you may be entitled to compensation under New York law. Contact the skilled personal injury attorneys at Gattuso & Ciotoli, PLLC to find out if you have the right to pursue a claim for injuries you sustained in a motorcycle crash.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents
If you have been injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident in Central New York, you do not need to endure your injuries and other losses all by yourself.
The vast majority of pedestrian and cyclist injuries occur because a distracted driver was not paying attention to the road. It does not matter if the driver was talking on the phone, sending a text, or just generally distracted. These kinds of injuries have the ability to bring about life-changing consequences and losses for the people who are walking or riding peacefully around Central New York.
It is important to remember that pedestrians and bicycle riders are not sufficiently protected from a collision with a motor vehicle. Most pedestrians do not go about their days wearing protective gear, and the only protection bicyclists have is a helmet. When up against a multi-ton vehicle that is traveling at high speeds, the consequences could be fatal. Call Gattuso & Ciotoli, PLLC today to speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer about your bike or pedestrian accident to find out if you have the right to pursue a claim for your injuries and losses.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Based on its severity, a traumatic brain injury could affect the rest of a person’s life. Usually referred to as a TBI, this form of severe injury can manifest with light, moderate, or critical symptoms in the injured person. TBI is usually brought on by some sort of blunt force trauma to a person’s head, when the head is forcefully shaken or when something penetrates through the skull and into the grey matter of their brain. This severe injury could happen during any critical accident, like a vehicle collision or an on-the-job accident at a construction site.
The symptoms that a person with TBI will display are determined by the intensity of the injury. Usually, less severe injuries will cause the affected to experience dizziness, confusion, headaches, memory loss, and mood changes. For an injury that is more severe, the symptoms can worsen and be a real point of worry for the victim and their family. Although moderate and serious TBI sufferers may still display the previously-mentioned symptoms, there are also additional symptoms that could be just as obvious and need greater care.
The most common symptoms of a severe TBI include, but are not limited to:
- Difficulty waking from sleep
- Acute nausea
- Slurred speech patterns
- General muscle weakness
- Changes in personality
- Loss of short-term memory
- Inexplicable numbness or “pins and needles” feeling
If you feel that someone else’s negligence was the reason for the accident that resulted in the TBI, then you might be eligible to file a lawsuit.
If you have been involved in a personal injury case and require legal representation, consider our firm. Frank Gattuso and Stephen Ciotoli have more than 50 years of combined experience in the legal industry. Our law practice specializes in providing personal injury lawyers in Fayetteville and throughout Central New York for cases such as those caused by medical malpractice, workplace accidents, car accidents, and defective/consumer products cases for individuals and class action lawsuits. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation, and let us put our passion for work toward helping you earn restitution.