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Black History Month Spotlight: Michelle Obama

Black History Month- Recognizing Notable Lawyer: Michelle Obama We’ve seen Michelle Obama poised by Barack Obama’s side during his presidency countless times. Fashionable and statuesque, she handled her position as first lady with a deftness and grace that belied the initial criticism she faced. For eight years, she proudly served as the premiere  African-American first lady. There is so much more to know about Michelle Obama - here are some things you might not be aware of: 1. She is one of only three first ladies with a Graduate Degree. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Princeton University, Michelle Obama went on to receive her Law [...]

HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT

Nobody is truly prepared for a car accident.  Sometimes it’s just a nuisance fender-bender with property damage, but other times it can be a life-altering event.  Usually, it’s someplace in-between.  Since accidents are so common in New York City, it’s a good idea to know what to do in case you have a car accident.  Wittenstein & Wittenstein is a law firm with accident attorneys in Queens that will answer all your questions after accident.  They also share some basic information about what to do. THE FIVE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO RIGHT AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT Call the police (911). Never make an agreement with the other vehicles to exchange information [...]

Common Questions after a Truck Accident

Have you ever seen an 18-wheeler, semi-truck, tractor-trailer, or big rig crash into car? Have you ever wondered what would happen if that car was yours and you were driving? The tragedy of such a situation can be mitigated with knowledge about what to do.  At NYC truck accident lawyer Wittenstein & Wittenstein we can put your mind at ease and take care of all the details for you, so you can concentrate on getting better. Truck accidents can cause catastrophic injuries, and long-term disability.  Victims need an attorney with the experience to properly handle these more complicated claims.  There are often multiple defendants, such as drivers, trucking companies, municipalities (for defects [...]

Are You Underinsured?

  Suppose you were walking on the sidewalk, minding your own business, and an out-of-control car came up onto the sidewalk and knocked you over, causing very serious injuries.  You might never be able to work again, and are expecting a large amount of compensation. You’d be very disappointed to find out that the car that hit you only carried the minimum amount of insurance. Someone with a minimum policy in New York would have the following policy limits: Bodily Injury liability coverage: $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident Property Damage liability coverage: $10,000 per accident Uninsured Bodily Injury coverage: $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident Personal Injury Protection: $50,000 [...]

Hidden Injuries After a Car Accident

According to the Association for Safe Road Travel, close to a million and a half people a year are injured in car accidents in the United States. After a car crash, it’s a tremendous relief to realize that you are all in one piece with no catastrophic injuries.  If it was a large impact, and parts of your body made contact with the inside of the car, it’s wise to consider that you may have injuries that were not obvious at first.  If you have a family personal injury attorney, it’s a good idea to call them for advice on whether you should go to the hospital, how to handle your property [...]

Can I Sue for My Back Injuries?

IT'S OFTEN POSSIBLE TO SUE FOR BACK INJURIES If you are wondering "Can I sue for my back injuries,?" the answer, like so many answers in law, is "it depends."  When a back injury is caused by the negligent, reckless or intentional acts of another person, it is often possible to make a successful case.  If the accident happened at work, you generally cannot sue your employer, but there are exceptions.  Let's look at different scenarios where it possible, and not possible, to make a case. HOW SERIOUS IS THE INJURY? It's not possible to bring a lawsuit where the only evidence is subjective complaints of back pain.  If you went to [...]

Sharks in the Water – Watch Out for Unethical Lawyers

MAKE SURE YOUR YOU HIRE A REPUTABLE ATTORNEY Most attorneys are ethical and diligent, but there are the ones that give us all a bad name.  Dishonest lawyers, like liars in every walk of life, take advantage of trusting souls for a quick buck, whereas ethical attorneys seek to get you great results and provide amazing service, hoping you'll come back and/or refer your friends and family.  Reputable attorneys will never engage in these tactics. Here are some things watch out for when you are looking to hire a reputable attorney: RUNNERS Some attorneys hire people to hang around emergency rooms, getting access to medical records that show which patients are being [...]