INJURIES2019-01-28T11:40:20+00:00

HAVE YOU SUSTAINED AN INJURY FROM AN ACCIDENT?

There are two main types of injuries that a person can sustain in an accident: Physical and Psychological.  Physical injuries are the most common and can be minor, severe or catastrophic.  Psychological injuries can sometimes coincide with physical injuries, and in some cases be the only injuries sustained.  If you believe you have been injured physically and/or psychologically by the carelessness or recklessness or another person, it’s a good idea to have a consultation with a personal injury attorney to find out if you can make a claim.

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PHYSICAL INJURIES FROM AN ACCIDENT

INJURY FROM AN ACCIDENT

PLEASE USE THE “INJURIES” MENU ABOVE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PARTICULAR INJURIES FROM ACCIDENTS, INCLUDING WHAT SUBTLE SYMPTOMS TO LOOK FOR RIGHT AFTER AN ACCIDENT.  IF YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL CONCERNS, YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY GO TO A DOCTOR OR HOSPITAL.  A PHYSICAL INJURY FROM AN ACCIDENT MAY BE MORE SERIOUS THAN IT SEEMS AT FIRST.

PSYCHOLOGICAL HARM CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE OR RECKLESSNESS

PSYCHOLOGICAL HARM FROM NEGLIGENCE

THE PSYCHOLOGICAL HARM CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE OR RECKLESSNESS OFTEN DOESN’T SHOW UP RIGHT AWAY.  SOME TYPES OF INCIDENTS SUCH AS FALSE ARREST OR SEXUAL HARASSMENT CAUSE A MORE OBVIOUS TYPE OR PSYCHOLOGICAL HARM, WHEREAS A FEAR OF DRIVING OR EVEN BEING IN A CAR CAN ARISE QUITE SOME TIME AFTER A SERIOUS TRAFFIC ACCIDENT.

Do I Need to Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer?2019-01-22T17:25:47+00:00

DO I NEED TO HIRE A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER IN NY?

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Knowing that most cases are settled with insurance companies without litigation, people wonder whether they really need to hire a personal injury lawyer.  In some cases, it might not be necessary.  For example, if you are hit in the rear by another vehicle, and have a police report that indicates that the accident was completely the other driver’s fault, you could probably settle the claim for your property damage on your own.  All you would need to do is send an estimate for the damages to the driver’s insurance company and they will likely pay your claim without much hassle.  They might want to inspect your car, but that’s no big deal either.  The advantage of doing this yourself is that you get to keep all the money and don’t have to share it with a lawyer.

Sometimes it’s trickier, even with a simple car accident.    You saw the other driver blazing through a solid red light while texting, but when the police arrive, he tells them that YOU went through the light.  There are no witnesses and the police did not observe the accident, so they have no choice but to say that both drivers accuse the other of going through the light.  Now, if you send the estimate for your car to the insurance company with the police report, they will tell you that they will only pay you for 50% of the damage, or, even worse, that they are sticking by “their insured’s” version and will not offer to pay you anything.  Hopefully, you have full-coverage on your car in case this happens!

In the scenarios above there are “no injuries,” but already it’s complicated.  If you are injured, not only will the insurance company not be willing to pay the full value based on the conflicting stories, but they will also discount the value of your injuries.   You need an attorney to prove that the accident was the other driver’s fault. If there is a dispute over liability, this is when you should hire a personal injury attorney.  It might be necessary to bring in accident reconstruction experts as well as other methods of proving fault – not something easily done on your own.

Let’s say now that the police report gives all the fault to the other driver, and the insurance company pays you in full for the damage to your car, but you are injured.   When you finish with your treatment, you send your medical reports to the insurance company and they assign a claims representative to your case.  You send the medical reports to the claims representative, who reviews them and tells you that they are not paying you anything because you don’t have a “serious injury.”  You need an attorney.

What may seem simple in theory is much more complicated in practice.  They are filing deadlines, and statutory limitations, as well as a host of regulations that personal injury lawyers know how to handle, so the value added by a good attorney is well worth the fee,  especially if you have severe injuries or have lost time from work.

SEVERE INJURIES

If your injuries are severe and you have lost time from work, this is something to take very seriously.  It might not be possible at the onset to know how long it will take to heal or when you will be able to return to work.  In such cases, it is important to ensure that your claim is being handled properly from the very beginning.   An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to negotiate with the insurance companies to get you the services you need for a complete recovery and to make sure that you get the maximum compensation down the line.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

This is the kind of case that it is virtually impossible for an indiviaul to handle on their own.  The cost of prosecuting a malpractice case is enormous as doctors must be hired to testify, and spending that kind of money without knowing what you are doing (and risking the case getting dismissed,) makes no sense at all.  Malpractice insurance carriers never settle cases in the early stages, so it’s not like you can just pick up a phone.  Litigation will be necessary.

WHEN THE INSURANCE COMPANY REFUSES TO PAY OR LOWBALLS YOUR CLAIM

Some insurance companies are easier to settle with than others.  There are insurance companies that will not settle claims at all unless there is some litigation done.  Personal injury attorneys know the insurance companies and what has to be done with each one to maximize a claim.  A good lawyer will make a jury case to a jury if necessary.

WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW THE VALUE OF YOUR CASE

It is difficult to make a decision to settle your case if you don’t understand it’s value.  Personal injury attorneys have seen similar sets of facts before and have a good sense of what a case is worth.  You may think you case is worth $100,000, but it’s really only worth $50,000.  You may have a $200,000 and settle for only $10,000.  You need a legal expert to guide you in these decisions.

If you have any questions please feel free to request a FREE CONSULTATION with WITTENSTEIN & WITTENSTEIN.  Call 718-261-8114 to make an appointment.

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What Can I Do If My Attorney Dropped My Case?2019-01-22T17:22:25+00:00

If your attorney dropped your case without thoroughly explaining the reasons, you should call another attorney to look into it.  There might be very good reasons why your case cannot continue, but sometimes an attorney drops a case because he discovers that he does not have the expertise or resources necessary to handle the case, and never should have taken it in the first place. So, if you are wondering, “What can I do if my attorney dropped my case,?” here are some answers.

COMMON VALID REASONS FOR AN ATTORNEY TO DROP A CASE

  1. The evidence reveals that the accident was not caused by a negligent party.
    • There is a credible witness that says the accident is mostly your fault (ie; you went through the light)
    • There is a video showing that the accident is your fault, etc.
  2. In a traffic accident, you did not meet the standard for “serious injury”

WHEN YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CALL ANOTHER ATTORNEY IF YOUR CASE IS DROPPED?

  1. Letter or e-mail arrives dropping the case with no explanation – and your attorney does not provide a good one.
  2. Medical Malpractice – the Statute of Limitations is short, and the attorney drops your case right before a large investment for experts is necessary.
  3. Case Against the City of New York – short deadlines for filing, the attorney may not have enough experience with cases against The City.

WHAT CAN I DO IF MY ATTORNEY DROPPED MY CASE?

Instead of just wondering, “What can I do if my attorney dropped my case,?” get a second opinion. If your attorney dropped your case, we might be able to help you.  In our 60 years of practice, we’ve taken on many cases that other attorneys have turned away, helping people get justice.

Our Accident Lawyer Blog

Here you will find a wealth of useful information for victims of negligence, property owners, and safety buffs.  Negligence is carelessness, and when that carelessness causes an injury, a cause of action for compensation can arise.  Learn what you can for yourself and when an accident lawyer can help you.  We respond quickly to all comments, and will gladly take your phone call if you have any questions.  Our phone is answered by a real live human being who will let you know when an attorney is available to speak to you, not just bleep you over to voicemail.  (Occasionally, if we are very, very busy, our voicemail might pick up, but we’ll call you right back.)

Learn how a top accident lawyer can show compassion for your situation and clearly explain all the options.  Please explore our blog and feel free to CONTACT US.

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What Is Negligence?2019-01-22T17:25:16+00:00

WITTENSTEIN & WITTENSTEIN – HELPING VICTIMS OF NEGLIGENCE FOR MORE THAN 60 YEARS

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If you are wondering, “What is Negligence,?” you should know that it is when somebody caused harm accidentally, by not being careful enough, not taking proper precautions or by breaking rules and regulations.

Wittenstein & Wittenstein knows from extensive legal experience that life-changing injuries can happen in a split second.  Our Personal Injury Attorneys at our Queens office are experts at helping victims of negligence.  An experienced Personal Injury Lawyer can get you the compensation you deserve, and a Personal Injury Attorney that knows the turf can get even better results.  Wittenstein & Wittenstein has been handling negligence cases in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, The Bronx, Staten Island and Nassau County for over 60 years.  The grandchildren of our clients come to us because we get them great verdicts and settlements, and also because they know we really care.

Here’s an example of negligence, and there are many more.  Jane lives in an apartment where steam heat pipes are used to warm the building in the winter. These pipes are placed in every room of the apartment in lieu of regular radiators. However, this type of steam heat piping – which can reach scalding temperatures and cannot be controlled by the tenants – is often justify uncovered by property managers. On this particular morning, Jane stepped out of the shower and put on a towel just like she does every day. But this time she had the misfortune of grazing her arm against the pipe as she wrapped the towel around her to dry off, and the pipe instantaneously justify a large second-degree burn near her elbow that is both disfiguring and painful, so much so that the range of motion in her arm is limited until it heals. But still after it heals, it will scar, leaving behind an ugly blemish that will last the rest of her life. And she realizes that no, the property manager did not push her into the pipe, nor did he intentionally hold Jane’s arm against it. However, the property manager is still at fault for neglecting to do his job by preventing these kinds of horrible and completely avoidable accidents from happening. This pipe needed only to have an inexpensive protective cover to have saved Jane from suffering.

And this is only a mild example of the kinds of neglect that cause serious harm to people. If you believe you or someone you love has incurred an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation, and Wittenstein & Wittenstein wants to come to the rescue. While we do regret your loss, we also hope you will call us at 718-261-8114 to find out what your options are and figure out the best next step in seeking justice.

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Why are Stretch Limos ‘unsafe’?2018-10-16T17:27:44+00:00

After the tragic limousine accident on October 7th, resulting in the death of 20 people in upstate New York, the safety of stretch limos have come to the forefront. This is especially so, following the limousine accident 3 years prior where 4 women, including a bride-to-be, died. So what is it about stretch limousines that render them a potential safety hazard?

Here are some safety concerns pertaining to stretch limousines:

  1. Many stretch limousines are not originally manufactured as stretch limousines– they are instead cars that have been modified to become limousines. The front and rear of the original car is first removed. The body of the car is then extended. The front and rear is then added to the extended body. This modification is not done through the manufacturer but rather by a third party company that has acquired the car sometime down the line. The process that the original car had to go through before being released for purchase (crash experiments, tests, etc) no longer ensure the safety of the limousine since the dimensions of the original car has drastically changed. The stretch limousine that crashed, killing 20 people on October 7th, was a 2001 Ford Excursion meant to sit 9 people. Nearly 20 years later, it seated 18.
  2. When modified, many safety features are removed/no longer apply- When ‘stretching’ a car, features such as side roller over pillars and even airbags are removed, or are no longer able to offer protection.
  3. There are not enough seat belts for each passenger- in addition, because of the culture of drinking and having ‘fun’ in the limousine, people tend to not want to put on seat belts. Seat belts are often seen as ‘too restrictive’ in such a setting. This creates a huge hazard should an accident occur
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Should I File a Lawsuit?2019-01-22T17:25:58+00:00

SHOULD I FILE A LAWSUIT IN NEW YORK?

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Should I File a Lawsuit

When you ask “Should I file a lawsuit?”, you have lots of factors to consider. There is the money, the time, the energy, and of course, the case itself. How can you determine whether you have a legitimate lawsuit on your hands? Wittenstein & Wittenstein, with our highly qualified attorneys and years of experience, can help you decide whether filing a suit is the right choice for you to make.

Here are a few things to consider before deciding whether to file a lawsuit:

  • Many people are under the impression that trials are only about determining guilt vs. innocence. This is not always the case. Lawsuits are not about differentiating the good guy from the bad guy; they are about determining what has been lost and what if any compensation is deserved for these losses.
  • When an incident occurs, there may be a dispute between the parties involved. This is where litigation comes in: Lawsuits are a way to get an impartial assessment of damages and fault.
  • Lawsuits are often lengthy. Wittenstein & Wittenstein is confident we have the patience and experience to see you through. Make sure this is something you, too, are willing to commit to.
  • Lawsuits filed through Wittenstein & Wittenstein are done on a contingency basis.
  • You do not need to be a citizen [link to filing w/green card, visa, etc] to file a lawsuit.
  • Wittenstein & Wittenstein will always prepare for the full trial, but keep in mind that 99% of all lawsuits we have dealt with have ended in a settlement and have not gone to trial.

If you believe you may be eligible to file a lawsuit, we hope you will contact us at 718-261-8114 or law@wittenstein.com so that we can assist you in determining your options and taking the next step.

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What Should I Do If I Find My Parked Car Damaged?2019-01-22T17:22:54+00:00

The law requires that drivers leave a note with name, address and contact information in a visible location if they hit and damage a parked car. It is considered a hit and run if one damages another’s property and leave without providing identifying information.  Unfortunately, in New York it is not usually the case that someone will leave a note after leaving an unattended parked car damaged.

If you find that your parked car is damaged, you have a choice whether or not to report the property damage to your insurance company.  If the damage is minor, you might decide to repair it yourself. This would allow you to avoid paying a deductible and decrease the possibility of your rates going up.  Should you decide to report the damage to your parked car, follow these steps:

  1. Call the police to file a report – If you decide to go through insurance to fix your car, they will ask for it. Calling the police is also beneficial because they may know of surveillance cameras in the area that could’ve captured the incident. Make sure to request the accident report and get the name and badge number of the officer.
  2. Take pictures of the damage – Note the location and time
  3. Look for any possible witnesses – Look around for any possible witnesses. Maybe there’s someone who saw what happened and could provide you with more information about the incident
  4. Call your insurance company to report the accident

 

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What Should I Do If I Get Into an Accident in a Rental Car?2018-07-19T12:32:14+00:00

If you are involved in a car accident with a rental car, you should follow the same initial steps as you would if involved in an accident with your own car:

  • Get your bearings and check to see if everyone is okay- If possible pull over safely to move out of the way of oncoming traffic. Confirm that all of your passengers are generally okay. If someone is badly injured do not attempt to move them, as this can result in further injury. Instead, wait for emergency medical services to arrive to the scene.
  • Call 911-this is especially necessary if someone is seriously injured, if there is significant property damage, and/or if there is a death.
  • Get the information of all other drivers involved- Make sure to get the name, address, number, insurance company and license plates of all of the other driver. If possible, take pictures of all of this information.
  • Write down names and numbers of witnesses- this can be especially helpful later on if you decide to pursue a claim
  • Gather all other information pertaining to accident- Note the weather and traffic condition and make sure to take pictures the scene and of all property damage
  • Take the ambulance to the hospital it is best to make sure everything is okay- though you may not feel pain right away it does not mean that you’re not injured

In addition, you must contact the rental company to report the accident. Most rental companies have a phone number to call in the case of an emergency- typically left in an easily accessible location like the glove department.

Figuring how to file a claim with insurance can be quite confusing when dealing with a rental company.  To better understand all options available to you and know the  proper course of action to take, it is best to contact a NYC personal injury attorney. 

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Did I Experience Disability Discrimination at Work?2018-10-30T15:37:26+00:00

Disability discrimination occurs when an entity under the scope of the American Disability Act (ADA) , treats a person less favorably than others because of their disability. Discrimination of this kind also occurs if unfavorable treatment is also directed to someone who has a relationship with a person with a disability. An example of this would be denying a husband a job because he has a wife with cerebral palsy.

A disability as defined by the ADA is a physical or mental impairment that significantly hinders an individual’s major life activities, record or history of said impairment, or the belief by other individuals that a person has those impairments. Someone who has an illness that is expected to last 6 months or less, would not be considered disabled.

One of the most common areas where disability discrimination comes up is in the workforce. For a practice to be discriminatory, an individual must be otherwise qualified  for the applicable position. Disability discrimination can occur during the hiring process, at the start of employment or even after one has been with a company for a while. During the actual course of employment it can occur when it comes to promotions, getting approved for time off and/or retirement.  Employers from both the private and public sector, with companies of 15 or more employees are required to follow the rules under Title I of the ADA.

Here are some practices that can be considered discriminatory:

  1. Request that you take an aptitude or a medical test- This will not be seen as discriminatory if everyone else in the company has to take the same test. If you are ‘singled out’ to take an exam, that is when it is an issue
  2. Ask about a disability, or if someone close to you has a disability- An employer is only allowed to ask you about a disability if they’re doing so to better meet any accommodations you may need. On many applications you may also see questions regarding veteran status and any associated disabilities- this is an exception as it is required by federal law. An employer generally should not be asking you about the nature of your disability or the duration of your disability.
  3. Refuse to make reasonable accommodations- If you need accommodations, your employer will need to know about your disability. Otherwise, how can they address your request? Individuals need to be qualified for the position. The employer does not need to provide the accommodation if it will result with the employer experiencing  “undue hardship.”

If you believe, you’ve been subjected to disability discrimination on the job, do not hesitate to contact Wittenstein & Wittenstein. Call today for a free consultation.

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When Should You Call an Employment Attorney?2019-01-22T17:22:36+00:00

Wondering whether you should call an Employment Attorney?  There are many different types of employment issues, and therefore different types of employment attorneys.  Here are some of the areas of practice for an Employment Attorney:

  • Employment Discrimination
    • Unequal Pay
    • Failure to Hire
    • Discriminatory Termination
  • Sexual Harassment/Hostile Work Environment
  • Employee Benefits
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Workplace Safety

Before you meet with your Employment Attorney, you should put together all of the documents you have regarding your claim.  For example, if you have papers that show that you are getting paid less than others with similar jobs and qualifications, you should bring that with you.  If your boss has been sending you inappropriate e-mails, bring print-outs when you see your Employment Attorney.

EMPLOYMENT ATTORNEY ACCEPTS CONTINGENCY FEES FOR SOME CASES AND CHARGE HOURLY FOR OTHERS

You should be sure to ask your employment attorney what how they will be charging you for their services.  If they will be charging an hourly rate, make sure that they give you an estimate of how many hours will be required for your case.  Those hours can accumulate quickly if the litigation becomes hotly contested!  If you have a claim that is in the “public interest,” but there are no damages that can be collected, an employment attorney to help you locate the proper organizations to file with.

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What Should I Do If My Child is Injured?2019-01-22T17:25:33+00:00

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SPECIALIZING IN HELPING INJURED CHILDREN

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY CHILD IS INJURED?

DIFFERENT RULES FOR DIFFERENT CASES

If you are wondering “What should I do if my child is injured, ” the first thing to do is get your child medical care.  You must figure which insurance will apply so that your child can get care immediately.  Once the injuries are being addressed, its time to consider whether the injuries were preventable had proper care been taken.  Consider whether the child was injured in:

  1. A Traffic Accident – pedestrian, passenger or bicyclist
  2. Using an unsafe product – a dangerous toy, a harsh soap, etc.
  3. An unsafe condition – poor lighting, a crack in the sidewalk, a swimming pool with no lifeguard or a poorly trained guard.
  4. Medical Malpractice – The care received did not help the child, worsened the child’s condition or failure to correctly diagnose the child.
  5. Other types of negligence

LIABILITY SITUATIONS SPECIFIC TO CHILDREN

The best way to know for sure if you can sue to recover damages for your child’s injuries is to call an experienced personal injury lawyer and discuss the facts of the case.   When a child is involved, things that seem like the child’s fault may actually be something an adult should be responsible for preventing.  For example, New York Law requires a four-foot fence around pools.  If a homeowner doesn’t have a fence the law calls this an “attractive nuisance,” and the owner is responsible if a child trespasses on their property and hurts themselves in their pool.  Another example is a child crossing the street between cars on their way to school, (along with 100 other kids going to that school at that time.)  A driver would be expected to notice that the streets are full of kids and take extra care.  So, if you are wondering, “What should I do if my child is injured,” a good start is to consult with an attorney that specializes in injuries to children.  There may be more that can be done than you think.

Please feel free to call us for a FREE CONSULTATION to find out if you have a case for injuries to your child.  Call 718-261-8114 for an appointment.

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What If I think I’m OK After an Accident, and Realize Later That I’m Injured?2019-01-22T17:18:05+00:00

Personal Injury Attorneys call this type of scenario “delayed injuries.”  It happens all the time.  Right after the shock of an accident, and the police come to the scene and you tell them you’re fine, but then you go home and realize that everything is hurting.  Of course, it is always better for an injury lawsuit if you notice your injuries right away, but it’s not too late to seek medical treatment for “delayed injuries” at any time after the accident when you realize you were hurt.  Even though they are “delayed injuries,”  its still “the sooner the better,” so as you soon as you notice you’re hurt, you should go to the emergency room to get checked out.  Follow the instructions on the discharge sheet for follow-up and call a personal injury attorney for a consultation.  An experienced personal injury attorney will know how to make a case for your delayed injuries.

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SPINAL CORD INJURIES

QUEENS SPINAL CORD INJURIES ATTORNEY WITTENSTEIN & WITTENSTEIN Queens Spinal Cord Injuries Attorney knows that the back and spinal cord are complicated and important structures of bones, ligaments, muscles, joints, and nerves.  Back injuries can cause pain that is so severe that it’s difficult to move around and to enjoy normal activities. Back injuries can be caused by the following: Car accidents Truck accidents Motorcycle accidents Medical malpractice Accidents in nursing homes Workplace accidents (i.e. heavy lifting, overexertion, repetitive lifting or bending motions) If your back injury was caused by somebody else’s negligence or recklessness, you have a right to sue for compensation. It is important that you consult with an [...]

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If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, make sure you hire an experienced NYC Truck Accident Attorney.  Truck Accidents are complicated as they involve Workers Compensation and Commercial Insurance Policies that a general practice attorney or general personal injury attorney may not have enough experience with truck accidents. Right after a Truck Accident, you should: Get out of the truck if you possibly can, as trucks can catch fire or explode after an accident. Call 911 and make sure you are taken from the scene to a hospital to be checked out. While you are waiting for the police and ambulance, take photos and video of all involved vehicles [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX AND IT’S IMPACT ON CHILDREN

Prison conditions in the United States have the lowest standards compared to other highly developed countries, and the neglect and abuse in the for-profit prisons is worst of all.  Most alarming is the situation at Juvenile Detention Centers, where children as young as twelve years old are held.  Thankfully, there are inmate abuse and neglect attorneys bringing cases for these children throughout the country. In 2013, The Huffington Post , in the article “Prisoners for Profit”:reported: In 2001, an 18-year-old committed to a Texas boot camp operated by one of Slattery’s previous companies, Correctional Services Corp., came down with pneumonia and pleaded to see a doctor as he struggled to breathe. Guards [...]

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Should I Hire a Construction Accident Attorney?2018-08-18T10:53:11+00:00

CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT ATTORNEY

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If you have been seriously injured while working at a construction site, the laws are complicated.  You are entitled to Workers Compensation, but you may also meet an exception to the law that bars lawsuits by employees against employers and you may also have a claim against a third party.  This is why you would benefit from hiring a Construction Accident Attorney to help you obtain compensation.

There are many claims to file for benefits, and possibly lawsuits to file against several entities.  Once a settlement is proposed you will also benefit from the advice of an experienced Construction Accident Attorney that knows how much your case is worth.  You should also know that a Construction Accident Attorney usually works on a contingency fee, so you don’t have to pay any money up front.  You certainly have nothing to lose by having a free consultation.

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What’s a Negligence Lawyer?

Lawyers graduate with a degree called a Juris Doctor that is required in New York, and in most other states, as a prerequisite for taking the bar examination and admission to the profession. Whereas doctors usually specialize in a particular area and become certified to practice medicine in that field, lawyers all graduate as generalists after studying many areas of the law in school. One of the major areas of law school study, called “torts” is about civil liability for injurious conduct. A negligence lawyer is an attorney that specializes in collecting money for people that have been injured by the negligent, reckless or intentional acts of others. Wittenstein & Wittenstein is the negligence lawyer in [...]

Catastrophic Injuries Require A Prompt Legal Response

When an accident causes severe or catastrophic injuries, it’s important to take action immediately to preserve your claim. When defendants know that somebody is going to require a large amount of compensation, they are likely to try to destroy evidence and fabricate in an attempt to protect their financial interests. This is why it’s important to contact an experienced New York City catastrophic injury attorney  as soon as possible after any accident or incident that causes serious permanent injuries. Call Wittenstein & Wittenstein at 718-261-8114 for a free consultation. You don’t have to pay until we win. What Is A Catastrophic Injury? 42 USC § 3796b defines a catastrophic injury as one that “permanently prevents an [...]

How To Document Your Car Accident Case

Anybody that’s ever watched TV or gone to the movies understands the importance of evidence in proving any type of legal matter.  Car accident cases are no different. If you’re claiming you’re injured, you lost time from work and that your car was damaged, you’ll need evidence to show that this is true in order to collect compensation. Your subjective testimony may be compelling, but you’ll need documents and experts to back you up in order to prove that what you’re claiming is true. An experienced car Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, Bronx and Brooklyn traffic accident attorney can guide you through the process. Call Wittenstein & Wittenstein at 718-261-8114 for a free consultation. You don’t [...]

Frivolous Cases and Contingency Fees

In order to provide access to people that cannot afford an attorney, personal injury attorneys in NYC are allowed to use contingency fee retainers that forgo payment until the case is settled or a verdict comes in from a jury. The attorney usually pays the expenses of the case in addition to investment time and if the case is dismissed or dropped the attorney collects nothing. This arrangement means that personal injury attorneys in NYC need to be very choosy about the cases they sign up so the chance that they’ll push you into pursuing a frivolous case is pretty slim. That’s why it’s always a good idea to call a Queens, Bronx, Manhattan and Staten [...]

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Catastrophic injuries are life altering, not just for the victim but for the entire family. Hopes and dreams are shattered, replaced with hoping that the next weeks, months and years might bring the ability to sit up, walk or talk. In addition to physical problems, financial worries amount as out of pocket medical expenses and lost earnings drain bank accounts. When tragedy strikes, it’s important to know that there are resources at your disposal that can greatly improve your physical and economic prospects. An experienced Queens, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and Brooklyn catastrophic attorney knows how to turn your lemon of a situation into lemonade by helping you collect the large amount of money you need [...]

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Can I Sue My Boss For Asking Me Out on a Date?2018-07-19T12:29:25+00:00

Sue your boss for harassment? If your boss asks you out on a date, you say “no,” and that’s the end of it, probably not.  There is no law prohibiting your boss from simply asking you out on a date.  On the other hand, if your boss asks you out on a date, you say “no,” and things change in the workplace, then it might be sexual harassment.  Let’s say that after you turn him down for the date, you notice that you are being overlooked for overtime and promotions.  That’s against the law, and action should be taken.  With the same scenario, he doesn’t take no for an answer and keeps asking you out after you’ve clearly and decisively turned him down.  That’s sexual harassment.  It’s a “hostile work environment” when you are constantly plied with requests for dates!  What must be established is that there is a “pattern” of treatment that creates a “hostile work environment.”

Let’s say this boss that asks you out is your manager at a large company.  If isn’t taking no for an answer, the next step is to report the situation to upper management or to the Human Resources Department.  This complaint should be in writing.  Upper management is responsible for making sure that there is not a hostile work environment for employees.  They should reach out to your boss about the complaint and make sure it never happens again.  If, after you’ve made the complaint, the behavior continues, there is an actionable claim against the business.

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What is No-Fault Insurance?2018-07-19T13:37:16+00:00

No-Fault insurance is a term that is commonly used to refer to “first party” benefits that are available to pay for medical bills, lost earnings and some out-pocket-expenses for traffic accidents in New York.  New York is a mandatory “no-fault” state so there is always some type of coverage if you are in a traffic accident, (unless you were working for an employer, then Worker’s Compensation will pay similar benefits.)  In most cases, an application for no-fault insurance coverage must be filed within thirty days of the accident, but there are some exceptions.  You cannot choose to use your health insurance instead, and you must treat with medical providers that accept no-fault rates.  There are no co-payments, so that’s a plus over using health insurance that people like.  You will need to attend Independent Medical Examinations (IME’s) with the insurance company and eventually the benefits will be cut off.  Many doctors are willing to hire lawyers to arbitrate these cut-offs so that you can treat longer if necessary.

If you are a driver or passenger in a vehicle, the no-fault insurance for the car you are in will be primary for no-fault benefits.  If there is no insurance on the car, the passenger can apply through their own car or a car “in their household,” or with MVAIC, but the driver is “out of luck” when driving a car with no insurance.  For pedestrians and bicyclists  the car that hit you is primary, then your own insurance or household insurance, then MVAIC.  There is no no-fault insurance coverage for motorcycle riders.

For more information see our article, “Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know about No-Fault”

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What is a Wrongful Death Lawyer?2019-01-22T17:21:27+00:00

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NEW YORK WRONGFUL DEATH LAWYER

A New York wrongful death lawyer is a personal injury lawyer that has the expertise to handle cases where injuries are fatal.  It must be shown that that carelessness and reckless caused the fatality.  These cases are complicated and deadlines can be short.  If somebody you care about was lost due to negligence, you should consult with a New York wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible.  The Statute of Limitations is shorter for wrongful death claims that for other negligence actions.

New York Wrongful Death Lawyer, Wittenstein & Wittenstein, has been helping families in their time of need for over 60 years.  We are experts at obtaining the maximum amount of compensation, and will also do everything possible to make your comfortable in this time of need.  If you are facing the loss of a breadwinner, lost earnings can be paid so that the family will be able to continue paying its mortgage and other expenses.

Nobody can bring your loved one back, but financial compensation will at least enable the family to survive this crisis.  It won’t help you to wait, there are limits on filing and investigations that should be done as soon as possible.  Please feel free to call us for a free consultation.  We will answer all your questions and address all your concerns.

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New York Estates, Powers, and Trusts Code Part 4  specifies the elements that must be met in a wrongful death action:

  • a death,
  • caused by the wrongful conduct of the defendant,
  • giving rise to a cause of action the deceased could have pursued in court if death had not occurred
  • survival by one or more persons who have suffered a loss as the result of the death, and
  • damages the estate can recover.
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What Do I Do If They Tow My Car To a Shop After an Accident?2019-01-22T17:24:15+00:00

Queens Property Damage Attorneys

We know that you need to get your car out of storage as soon as possible.  The shop doesn’t care why your car is there, they will charge you storage for every day it stays there.  If you have full coverage on your vehicle, you might be able to get it inspected and repaired at the shop quickly.  If you don’t have full coverage, you still might be able to get it inspected and repaired quickly, if the police report clearly gives all the fault to the other vehicle.  If you have a car accident, never leave your car in storage, you will be responsible for the storage charges and will not be reimbursed.

If you don’t have full coverage and/or the police report does not attribute 100% liability to the other vehicle, you need to get your car out of storage.  If it’s drivable, get it right out.  If it’s not drivable and probably totaled, you should get an estimate, take pictures and junk it.

Queens Property Damage Attorneys will help you get money to get your car fixed.   For more information about property damage and car accidents, call Wittenstein & Wittenstein for a FREE CONSULTATION.

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What Can I Do When My Child is Being Bullied at School?2019-01-22T17:22:17+00:00

Parents are very concerned when they ask, “My child is being bullied at school – what can I do?”  There is very much now that can be done, even when a school does not co-operate.  When you tell the school, “My child is being bullied at school,” you may not get much action.  It could be that the school is not aware of their responsibility – they may need to be educated!  There are strong Federal Laws and even stronger New York Laws that require schools to monitor for and eliminate bullying.  It is well-established that bullying can cause depression, anxiety and eating disorders – it can even lead to suicide.

The burden on schools to prevent, notice and eliminate bullying has become very high.  A safe learning environment for all students is now a very high priority in New York, and throughout the country.  Despite the efforts of legislators to put pressure on schools to prevent bullying, it is still up to parents to hold schools responsible when they are lax in eliminating bullying.

There are some factors to consider when you suspect your child is being bullied:

  • Physical abuse is when there is an injury to a child’s a child’s body or to their property
  • Verbal abuse is when there “namecalling” or other types of verbal attacks, out loud or in writing.
  • Social abuse is damage to a child’s relationships or reputation, such as rumors or the intentional exclusion from a group
  • The bullying is more actionable the more often it happens
  • The bullying is more serious if there is a real or perceived power imbalance such as a difference in strength or popularity
  • The bullying causes severe harm, including physical, emotional or psychological harm that requires treatment by a professional

FILING A COMPLAINT WITH THE SCHOOL

When you file a bullying complaint with your child’s school, be sure to include the following information:

  • What you believe the basis of the bullying is, for example, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, lifestyle, etc.
  • Include a description of the type of bullying, such as verbal, physical, sexual, rumors, social exclusion, cyberbullying (online,) etc.
  • List every person that is involved in the bullying.  Is it teachers, students or other personnel.
  • State where the bullying occurs, is it in school, in the schoolyard, after school or on the bus.
  • State how long it’s been happening
  • Explain the harm that this has caused to your child, physical, emotional or psychological
  • List the names of all the people that the child has complained to.

EXAMPLES OF BULLYING THAT ARE ACTIONABLE UNDER FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS

Racial:  When racial slurs, threatening taunts or other actions are based on the race of a student.

National Origin:  When the harassment is based on a real or perceived belief about where the child or their families members were born.

Sexual Harassment: When students, usually girls, are taunted about the size of their breasts or other sexually related characteristics.

Disability: When a student is harassed about a real or perceived disability and called things such as “retard” or “cripple.”

If you know or suspect that your child is being bullied at school, the first step is to speak to the parents of the likely bully and the school.  If nothing is being done to eliminate the bullying, you may need an experienced Child Injury Attorney to help you.  See our blog article on bullying at school and call us for FREE CONSULTATION.

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Here you will find a wealth of useful information for victims of negligence, property owners, and safety buffs.  Negligence is carelessness, and when that carelessness causes an injury, a cause of action for compensation can arise.  Learn what you can for yourself and when an accident lawyer can help you.  We respond quickly to all comments, and will gladly take your phone call if you have any questions.  Our phone is answered by a real live human being who will let you know when an attorney is available to speak to you, not just bleep you over to voicemail.  (Occasionally, if we are very, very busy, our voicemail might pick up, but we’ll call you right back.)

Learn how a top accident lawyer can show compassion for your situation and clearly explain all the options.  Please explore our blog and feel free to CONTACT US.

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From Car Accidents to Police Brutality, you can count on Alyce B. Wittenstein, Esq. to go the extra mile.

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What’s an Ambulance Chaser?2019-01-22T16:16:16+00:00

DEFINING AMBULANCE CHASER

You should avoid at all costs becoming the victim of ambulance chasing.  Ambulance chasing is illegal in the United States and most of the World. In England is also called “barratry,” an offense committed by people who are “overly officious in instigating or encouraging prosecution of groundless litigation” or who bring “repeated or persistent acts of litigation” for the purposes of profit or harassment. It’s well known as an insult to personal injury attorneys, implying that they “chase ambulances” to the emergency room to find clients.  An astute client can tell the difference between a reputable personal injury attorney and an “ambulance chaser.”

HOW CAN YOU SPOT THEM?

So how can you tell if your attorney is an ambulance chaser?  Ambulance chasers use illicit means to solicit clients that have had an accident.  For example, if you are treated in an emergency room, an ambulance chaser may get this data and begin calling you to ask if you would like to sue for your injuries.  You might get 10, 20 or 30 calls like this. The attorneys that engage is this harassing and illegal activity hope to convince you to trust them with your case, but why should you trust an attorney that is unethical?

RUNNERS

Ambulance chasers also employ what’s known as “runners.”  These employees of unethical attorneys use radio scanners to intercept police calls to the scene of an accident.  They show up with the attorney’s cards, trying to solicit business from injured victims who are presently concerned about their health and well being.  They sometimes even bring forms to sign to retain the attorneys they work for. After an accident, people are often in a state of shock, both glad to be alive and concerned about their injuries and the damage to their vehicles.  To solicit clients at this time is reprehensible.

Another tactic is to use “runners” from medical offices that lure clients into treating for their injuries “for free,” with the no-fault insurance from the accident.  The no-fault insurance would cover their treatment at any provider that accepts this insurance, and they are numerous, but the false impression is given that they are getting something “for free.”  The patient is given a stack of forms to fill out, and sometimes those forms include a retainer for a law firm! I have had clients come to my office that did not even know that they had already retained any attorney.  Aside from being illegal and unethical, ambulance chasers often run “mills” with thousands of cases that all get little or no attention.  I have heard horror stories from clients that have worked with this type of firm – calls not returned, filing deadlines missed, and settlements proposed without breakdowns explaining how much money the client will receive.

YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR ATTORNEY AT ANY TIME DURING YOUR CASE

What can you do if you made the mistake of retaining an ambulance chaser?  It’s easy to fix! Clients have a right to change attorneys at any time during their case.  The reputable attorney can have you sign a “Consent to Change Attorney” form that will end your relationship with the ambulance chaser and retain the legitimate attorney.  There are very good reasons why you should end such a relationship, including the fact that the District Attorney’s Office is constantly investigating these illicit operations and you could get swept up in the fraud prosecutions and come under scrutiny yourself.

CHOOSE A REPUTABLE FIRM

At Wittenstein & Wittenstein, clients seek out our services through referrals and searches that lead to our transparent and informational website.  Our goal is to provide excellent service to clients needing representation for injuries sustained through the fault of others. There is no shame in seeking compensation for your pain and suffering when somebody has done you wrong, and this can best be accomplished with the assistance of a reputable personal injury firm.  The reputation of the law firm that represents you is known by the insurance companies and defense law firms. The largest settlements are made to firms that they take seriously. If your attorney is an ambulance chaser, your claim will not strong.  If you don’t have faith in your lawyer, you should consider changing attorneys.

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How Do My Medical Bills Get Paid If I am Hit by a Car?2018-07-19T12:31:48+00:00

New York City No-Fault Lawyers know how to get your bills paid when you are hit by a car.   If you have insurance information for the car that hit you, your medical bills will usually be paid by the insurance company for that vehicle under their “no-fault” coverage.  If you were working when you were hit, you might be covered under workers compensation insurance.  If you are not working, and the accident was a “hit and run,” you will be covered under your own insurance policy, or the policy or a car owner in your household.  Your own insurance or household insurance will also cover you if the car that hit you does not have valid insurance.

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What I Should I Do Immediately After a Car Accident?2018-07-21T14:16:20+00:00

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Queens Car Accident Lawyer, Wittenstein & Wittenstein has been helping victims of car accidents for over 60 years.  We know that even though more than six million car accidents happen each year, it still comes as a shock when it happens to you. It is an emotional and overwhelming time, but Queens Car Accident Lawyer, Wittenstein & Wittenstein is here to help. Below is a checklist of steps to take immediately following an auto accident:

1. Try to remain calm.
2. If you are injured, stay in your car unless it is unsafe to do so.
3. Wait for the police and medical help.
4. Record all witnesses’ names, addresses, and phone numbers, as well as those of any other drivers who were involved.
5. When giving your report of the events for the police report, be sure to confirm whether you were wearing a seatbelt.
6. If you are injured, insist on an ambulance ride to the hospital.
7. Obtain medical treatment immediately, even if you are unsure if you’ve been injured. Tell medical personnel everything that you feel might be physically wrong as a result of the accident.
8. Refrain from accepting legal referrals at hospitals.
9. Do not talk to insurance representatives until you have contacted a lawyer.

Of course, if you are visiting this page, you may have already been in a car accident. If this is the case, Queens Car Accident Lawyer, Wittenstein & Wittenstein can help you seek the justice and compensation you deserve. With over sixty years of experience and a uniquely personalized approach to legal services, we are confident that we can help. Simply call 718-261-8114, and we can be there to help you.

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Wittenstein & Wittenstein knows it takes mere seconds for a car accident to change your life. You may have been lucky enough to walk away, but that does not mean you did not have severe medical bills that might still be piling up today. Combine that with the time you may have been forced to stay home from work while rehabilitating, and you have experienced a serious financial loss. Wittenstein & Wittenstein wants to help right this wrong.

Car crashes occur literally almost every second of the day in the United States alone. As you likely know if you are reading this web page, these car accidents, when not fatal, can cause injuries ranging from the minor to the incredibly severe. Wittenstein & Wittenstein understands that car accidents happen to just about everyone, and we want to make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve for the injuries you have sustained, no matter how small or large. If you have been injured in a car accident and believe you may be eligible to file a lawsuit, contact us at 718-261-8114 or law@wittenstein.com so we can help you determine what your options are and figure out the best next step for you to take.

What is No-Fault? Simply put, it is a type of insurance that covers certain risks regardless of who is at fault when an accident occurs. If you are involved in an accident where you are not at fault, your own insurance must pay for your medical bills. The “No-Fault” name is based on the idea that even though, for example, someone else rear-ended your car while you were stopped at an intersection, your own insurance carrier is the party who must pay the fees for the ambulance, hospital, rehabilitation, and any other medical needs stemming from the incident. This may even extend to financial losses resulting from the injured party’s inability to go to work. However, it is the primary goal of No-Fault insurance to make sure that your health is taken care of without consideration to who is responsible for the accident.

It is important to remember that No-Fault insurance does not cover vehicular damage, only medical bills. Instead, it is the party at fault who may be legally held responsible for paying to fix your vehicle. Additionally, keep in mind that No-Fault has its limits: policies are only required to pay up to $50,000 for legitimate losses.

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The following is important information you should know about the way No-Fault works in New York State:

  • In order to qualify for No-Fault benefits, you must file a No-Fault application (form NF-2) with the insurance carrier of the car you were in.
  • If you were a pedestrian, you should send the No-Fault application form to both the insurance carrier of the car that hit you and the insurance carrier of a car that you own (if you own a car).
  • No-Fault does have time constraints. If you are in an accident, it is especially important to file for the No-Fault Application immediately. You have thirty (30) days from the date of the auto accident to file the form.
  • Don’t put it off thinking that your injuries may get better or that your health insurance will cover the accident. Filing the application does not obligate you to commence a claim. Most health insurance does not cover personal injury resulting from a car accident, so filing the form is a matter of protecting your rights.
  • Make sure that you send the form to the correct insurance company. Even if the accident was the other car’s fault, the No-Fault Application gets sent to the insurance carrier for the car you were in.
  • If you have difficulty getting information from an uncooperative driver, get a copy of the police report. This should have a three digit code which will tell you the insurance carrier. If you still cannot find the insurance company, the new regulations do allow you to provide written proof of a “clear or reasonable” reason for missing the deadline. However, the insurance company is the party that decides if your reasons are sound, so it is not wise to bank on a late application being successful.
  • Send a notice right away to the New York State Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Corporation (MVAIC) if you are having trouble filing. MVAIC is a state run agency which steps into the shoes of the insurance company where there is no insurance. If you find out the identity of the insurance company after you file with MVAIC, you may always withdraw your claim. However, much like insurance companies, MVAIC will not pay without a fight.
  • If you are claiming lost earnings and out of pocket expenses, save all your receipts for car service, personal assistance, etc. and make sure that your employer sends in proof of your wages, disability and loss of income within ninety (90) days of the accident. Under No-Fault you are entitled to receive 80% of your accident-related lost earnings up to $2000 a month paid over a maximum of three years.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding No-Fault regulations and believe you may be eligible to file under No-Fault, please contact us at 718-261-8114 or law@wittenstein.com so we can best assess your options and help you plan your next step.

Our Accident Lawyer Blog

Here you will find a wealth of useful information for victims of negligence, property owners, and safety buffs.  Negligence is carelessness, and when that carelessness causes an injury, a cause of action for compensation can arise.  Learn what you can for yourself and when an accident lawyer can help you.  We respond quickly to all comments, and will gladly take your phone call if you have any questions.  Our phone is answered by a real live human being who will let you know when an attorney is available to speak to you, not just bleep you over to voicemail.  (Occasionally, if we are very, very busy, our voicemail might pick up, but we’ll call you right back.)

Learn how a top accident lawyer can show compassion for your situation and clearly explain all the options.  Please explore our blog and feel free to CONTACT US.

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What Happens If I Get Into an Accident While Driving a Company Car?2019-01-22T17:24:07+00:00

Although you should generally always follow these steps after a car accident, if you get into a car accident while driving a company car, what happens next largely depends on whether or not you were driving the car while in the course of employment. It is important to note that commuting to and from work typically is not considered as being in the course of employment.

Regardless of who may be at fault, as long as you were not involved in reckless or criminal behavior while operating the company vehicle, you should be able to process a worker’s compensation claim. Worker’s compensation will pay for your medical bills, lost earnings, and will reimburse for any other costs related to getting medical treatment.

If the accident is caused by a negligent driver you will be able to process a bodily injury claim against that driver’s liability insurance. This will account for pain and suffering you went through as a result of the accident. If you are at fault for the accident, you and your employer typically is seen as liable under the legal doctrines of respondeat superior. The commercial liability policy held by the employer would pay out third party damages and will also offer protection if any personal lawsuits are brought against you.

If you are not in the scope of employment at the time of an accident in a company vehicle, the commercial insurance policy may not come into play. This can be particularly challenging if you are at fault for the accident.

If involved in an accident in a company car due to another’s negligence, it is important to reach out to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help see to it that you receive fair recovery for your bodily injury claim, and that your workers compensation claim proceeds smoothly. Having an attorney can especially be helpful when trying to understand the implications of a contract you may have signed regarding use of the company vehicle, prior to the accident.

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How Do I Get My Medical Bills Paid?2019-01-22T17:26:16+00:00

HOW DO I GET MY MEDICAL BILLS PAID

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QUEENS NYC PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS HELP YOU GET YOUR MEDICAL BILLS PAID

One of the first questions people have after an accident is “How do I get my medical bills paid?” How medical bills get paid in New York depends on the type of case you have.  Here’s a summary of some different types of cases and how the medical bills can get paid:

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

  1. If you are a driver or a passenger, your medical bills are usually paid by the insurance for the car you are in.  If you are a bicyclist or pedestrian, the medical bills should be paid by the offending vehicle, but problems could come up if they deny involvement in the accident, in which case you might need to file with a “car in your household” or with MVAIC.  You have 30 days to file this application.  You must treat with doctors that accept “no-fault” insurance rates.  Your health insurance will not cover you for medical bills from a car accident.  You will be required to appear for the insurance company at Independent Medical Exams (IME’s) and failure to attend could jeopardize your benefits.  Sometimes the insurance company will refuse to pay for a medical service, deeming it “not medically necessary,” and your doctor can arbitrate this decision.  Most policies provide for $50,000 per person coverage, which can sometimes be expended, especially since the coverage is also for “lost earnings.”  For more information on this topic, see our blog post, “Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About No-Fault.”
  2. If you are working at the time of the accident, your bills are usually covered by worker’s compensation insurance, but there are exceptions, especially for certain types of professional drivers (see TAXI DRIVERS.)  With worker’s compensation insurance many tests and procedures must be “pre-approved,” so there can be a long wait for testing such as MRI’s, but with persistence, you should be able to get the testing and treatment you need.  Workers Compensation will only be entitled to a lien on your case if your medical bills, lost earnings and out-of-pocket expenses total more than $50,000.  It is a good idea to have a Worker’s Compensation Attorney in addition to a Personal Injury Attorney in these cases.  For more information, see our article on Workers Compensation.

ACCIDENTS ON THE JOB

In New York, you generally cannot sue your employer and a limited to collecting Workers Compensation.  There are exceptions especially for Construction Accidents and when a third party is responsible.  In these cases the medical bills and lost earnings are paid by Workers Compensation while the claim proceeds against the third party.  For example, you are working as a receptionist and are injured when a delivery service drops a package on your foot.  Workers Compensation will pay medical bills while the claim proceeds against the delivery service.

OTHER TYPES OF ACCIDENTS AND ACTIONS

There is no automatic coverage for medical bills for accidents other that traffic accidents.  Sometimes the owner’s insurance will have “med pay,” but that will only be paid once they accept responsibility for the accident, which they are not generally willing to do early on when the treatment is needed.  If you have health insurance, you can use it for these cases.  If you do not have any coverage your attorney will try their best to get you treatment by promising a “lien” on your case where the doctors get paid out of the final settlement.

If you are concerned about how your bills will be paid, please call Wittenstein & Wittenstein for a free consultation.  We can apply the law to your specific situation and get you answers.  You can come to our beautiful townhouse office in Forest Hills or we can go to you.  Call 718-261-8114 to make an appointment.

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Do I Have a Case?2019-01-22T17:26:03+00:00

DO YOU HAVE A CASE? LET WITTENSTEIN & WITTENSTEIN HELP YOU DECIDE

When you are thinking about filing a lawsuit, you have lots of factors to consider. There is the money, the time, the energy, and of course, the case itself. How can you determine whether you have a legitimate lawsuit on your hands? Wittenstein & Wittenstein, with our highly qualified attorneys and years of experience, can help you decide whether filing a suit is the right choice for you to make.

Here are a few things to consider before deciding to file a lawsuit:

  • Many people are under the impression that trials are only about determining guilt vs. innocence. This is not always the case. Lawsuits are not about differentiating the good guy from the bad guy; they are about determining what has been lost and what if any compensation is deserved for these losses.
  • When an incident occurs, there may be a dispute between the parties involved. This is where litigation comes in: Lawsuits are a way to get an impartial assessment of damages and fault.
  • Lawsuits are often lengthy. Wittenstein & Wittenstein is confident we have the patience and experience to see you through. Make sure this is something you, too, are willing to commit to.
  • Lawsuits filed through Wittenstein & Wittenstein are done on a contingency fee basis.
  • You do not need to be a citizen [link to filing w/green card, visa, etc] to file a lawsuit.
  • Wittenstein & Wittenstein will always prepare for the full trial, but keep in mind that 99% of all lawsuits we have dealt with have ended in a settlement and have not gone to trial.

If you believe you may be eligible to file a lawsuit, we hope you will contact us at 718-261-8114 or law@wittenstein.com so that we can assist you in determining your options and taking the next step.

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What Should I Do If I Have a Bicycle Accident2018-07-19T13:33:08+00:00

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE A BICYCLE ACCIDENT?

If you are wondering, “What should I do if I have a bicycle accident,?” you should call a bicycle accident attorney for advice for your particular circumstances.  Bicycle Accidents are complex.  Insurance coverage for bicyclists is tricky.

BICYCLE ACCIDENT MEDICAL BILLS

Your no-fault benefits should be paid by the car that hit you.  If that vehicle was uninsured, and you have a “car in your household,” the no-fault benefits will be paid by your insurance company (who is not allowed to raise your rates due to this type of claim.)  If there is no insurance at all, there is a state fund called MVAIC that will pay benefits.

BICYCLE ACCIDENT INJURY CLAIMS

Your primary bodily injury claim will be against the vehicle that hit you.  If that car has no insurance, you will have an uninsured motorist claim against your own company (car in the household.)   If there’s no car in the household, MVAIC will cover the loss.

For more information, see our article on Bicycle Accidents.

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    Alyce Wittenstein has been working on personal injury law cases for over 30 years. She began working as a paralegal for my father, Frederick M. Wittenstein, Esq. in 1988. In 1995 I went to CUNY Law School and was admitted to practice in 1999. In 2000 the name of the firm was changed to Wittenstein & Wittenstein, Esqs as it is today. Now she works with a staff of wonderful paralegals and of-counsel attorneys to bring clients not only the best outcomes, but also the best experience possible during the process.

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    What Are The Time Limits for Filing a Lawsuit in New York?2019-01-22T17:25:24+00:00

    KNOW WHEN YOUR RIGHTS RUN OUT: LEARN ABOUT THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS WHEN FILING A LAWSUIT IN NEW YORK

    NEW YORK CITY DELAYED INJURIES ATTORNEY

    It is not a wise decision to wait when you think you have a case: Act now!  If you are wondering “What are the time limits for filing a lawsuit in New York,?” the best thing to do is immediately contact an attorney who can apply the law to your situation.  That said, here’s an overview of the time limitations for various types of situations.

    Unfortunately, the law does not have infinite patience. Lawsuits cannot be filed whenever it is most convenient to the litigant (you). According to the law, suits must be filed within a certain amount of time after the date of the incident in question. The statute of limitations is a guideline that determines whether your case is still valid or if you have waited too long to file. Its purpose is to set a calendar deadline for litigation based on a given event.
    The start date for the statute of limitations is almost always the date when the incident occurred. There are two exceptions:

    • Date of Discovery: When a person could not have known they were injured, like if a surgical instrument was left inside them after surgery and was not discovered until complications arose, it would be unfair to use the date of the surgery (when the accident took place) as the start date for the statute of limitations. In these cases, the start date is the date of discovery.
    • Delaying (“Tolling”): When the person who incurred the loss is unable to file suit right away because they are (most commonly) a minor, mentally incompetent, or bankrupt, then the statute of limitations is delayed or “tolled.” To cite a common example, if the litigant was a minor on the date of loss and the statute of limitations is two years, then the statute of limitations is delayed until that person can file as an adult. The start date for the two years will then be the day he or she turns eighteen.

    In New York State, the statute of limitations laws are as follows:

    • Defective Products or Devices: An action must be brought within 3 years of the date the injury occurred.
    • Personal Injury & Negligence: An action must be brought within 3 years.
      • Toxic substance exposure is counted under Date of Discovery.
    • Personal Property Damage: An action must be brought within 3 years of date of incident.
    • Professional Malpractice: An action must be brought within 2 ½ years.
      • This statute is delayed when there is a foreign object that may have been left in someone’s body or if there was continuous treatment of the plaintiff. The statute of limitations runs from the time when the foreign object is discovered (up to 1 year) or the last date of the continuous treatment.
      • If it is discovered that the medical practitioner withheld the truth about the malpractice, the statute of limitations runs for 6 years from the date when the fraud occurred or should have been discovered.
      • If an infant is the victim of malpractice, the statute of limitations can be extended by up to 10 years from the date of the act or omission that caused the injury.
    • Wrongful Death: An action must be brought within 2 years of date of death.

    Those whose death came as a result of complications from involvement on September 11th have 2 ½ years from date of death.

    As indicated above, the statute of limitations varies depending on the type of case you have. This is why it is of the utmost importance to pursue litigation as soon as possible after you have incurred a loss of any kind. If you have any questions regarding this matter or believe you may have a case that may expire under the statute of limitations, please feel free to contact us at 718-261-8114 or law@wittenstein.com. We are ready to help you figure out your best options and take the next step.

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    What Should I Do If I Get Into an Accident While Out-of-State?2018-07-19T12:32:37+00:00

    If you get into an accident while out-of-state, follow the same steps you would take if you were involved in a car accident in your home state. Your insurance coverage follows you wherever you go within the United States, so you can be assured that your New York State No-Fault Benefits will cover your medical bills regardless of who is at fault.

    Things can get a bit tricky when it comes to pursuing recovery through a bodily injury claim when in an out-of-state accident. Your personal insurance will adjust to at least meet the minimum coverage requirements of the state where the accident occurred. For example, if you’re a New York resident and have the minimum coverage (25/50/10) and are then involved in an accident in Maine, your policy would adjust to Maine’s minimum of 50/100/25.  This is great for the other driver/pedestrian if you are at fault for the accident. However if you’re pursuing a bodily injury claim because of the other driver’s negligence, your claim can be limited by that person’s insurance coverage which can be drastically lower than New York’s minimum (New Jersey’s minimum is 15/30/5). You are also subject to that state’s law, including their statute of limitations and must meet the threshold set by that state. A New York State attorney can still represent you but only an attorney from the state in which the crash occurred can file a suit if a settlement cannot be reached.

    If you find yourself if an accident while out-of-state, contact NYC Personal Injury Attorney, Wittenstein & Wittenstein right away. We have over 60 years of experience in dealing with these types of cases. Call 718-261-8114 to schedule a free consultation today.

     

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    What Should I Expect From My Attorney?2019-01-22T16:15:14+00:00

    WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MY ATTORNEY?

    This woman speaks out “loud and clear” about what she expects from an attorney.  The “me too” movement has empowered women to let their wishes be known and to refuse to tolerate disrespectful and inappropriate behavior.  Back in “the day,” expectations for the personality of a professional were very low.  Doctors could lord over patients, telling them what to do, not answering questions – just telling them to do what they are told.  People would put up with this, and comment that he “doesn’t have a great bedside manner.”  Well, that’s unacceptable now for any type of professional.

    So, if you’re asking “What should I expect from my attorney?” – the answer is that you should hold an attorney, and any other professional to a high standard.   The client is the consumer, and the client is “the boss,” and they should receive nothing less than excellent service.  Phone calls should be returned, and questions answered.  A client should never be “in the dark.”  Attorneys that don’t get that, will be losing all their clients to firms that know how to treat their clients.

    You should expect your attorney to answer your questions honestly, and clients should be skeptical about “too good to be true claims.”  The attorney that tells you that you sore back case is worth a million dollars is LYING – and if you stopped a minute to think, you’d realize that right away.  How long will my case take?  If the answer is that it will be “very quick,” that attorney is either planning to sell your case short or isn’t being sincere, because there are so many factors that can delay a case, that that type of promise should never be made.  How about just explaining general timetables and things that might come up that could cause a delay?

    If you receive anything less than excellent service, you should know that you have the right to change attorneys at any time during your case.  This right to change attorneys can be used easily, all you need to do is contact another attorney and they will take care of transferring your file.  Don’t just complain under your breath, take action!

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    Can I Sue In New York If I’m Not a Citizen?2019-01-22T17:25:04+00:00

    Can I sue in New York if I'm not a citizen?

    WITTENSTEIN & WITTENSTEIN WILL HELP YOU WHETHER YOU ARE A CITIZEN OR NOT

    If you are wondering, “Can I sue in New York if I’m not a citizen,?” the answer is yes.  TOURISTS AND IMMIGRANTS CAN TAKE A STAND, TOO!  So, if you are a tourist or an immigrant, and in need of legal assistance in the United States, don’t be afraid to fight for your rights! Even if you are in the country illegally, you still have a right to sue.  Attorneys and insurance companies are not required to report immigration status.  Wittenstein & Wittenstein can help you seek compensation for any injustices done to you, just like anybody else.

    Non-native residents and tourists in the United States are hesitant to file lawsuits because they are afraid they do not have the same rights as citizens. But you need not feel fear: let an experienced and highly qualified attorney from Wittenstein & Wittenstein decide the merits of your case. We understand that immigrants face special challenges when filing a lawsuit in the United States. The laws of your home country may not be the same as the laws here. You may not speak English very well, so the idea of sorting through legal jargon—which is difficult even for Americans to understand—is scary. But Wittenstein & Wittenstein is dedicated to helping. With our small size, we are able to give you the individual attention you need to feel comfortable with your litigation. Additionally, we are prepared with translators on staff to assist you in making decisions. This kind of special attention cannot be found at a large firm, which is why Wittenstein & Wittenstein takes pride in its size.

    It is not true that you must be a citizen to file a lawsuit in the United States. Common examples of people who are eligible to file suit are:

    • Students on Student Visas
    • Workers with Work Visas
    • Green Card holders
    • Non-citizen residents
    • Illegal immigrants
    • Tourists

    If you are not from the United States but believe you have a case to file in this country, please call Wittenstein & Wittenstein at 718-261-8114 or email at law@wittenstein.com so we can help you determine what your options are and help you take the next step.

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    When Can You Sue for Sports Injuries?2019-01-22T17:21:55+00:00

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    SPORTS INJURIES LAWYER

    1. When you play sports you “assume the risk” that you may be injured by the “inherent risks of the sport.” A sports injuries lawyer can explain how this relates to your particular sport.
    2. In order to sue for a sports injuries, it is necessary to prove that somebody else’s negligence or recklessness caused the injury.  An experienced sports injuries lawyer will know right away based on the facts at hand.
    3. For children, it could be that the coach, school or camp did not provide proper safety equipment, this claim would be more difficult for an adult, who would have to prove that they were not aware of the need for the equipment.
    4. Improper supervision is a claim for a child, but not an adult.
    5. For beginners of a sport at any age, lack of safety advice and improper coaching can give rise to a claim.  A sports injuries lawyer knows what types of advice and coaching are appropriate for various sports.
    6. A manufacturing defect in safety can give rise to a claim for product liability for a child or an adult.   An experienced sports injuries lawyer can research recalls and defects in equipment for you.
    7. Premises liability rests with owners of sporting fields and schools, who are liable for unsafe playing areas and for the conduct of their staff.

    If you suspect that your sports injury may have been caused by negligence or recklessness, a free consultation with a sports injuries lawyer will help you sort this out.  At Sports Injuries Lawyer, Wittenstein & Wittenstein, we’ve been helping injured people for more than 60 years.  Please don’t hesitate to call if you think you might have a claim.

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    Anybody that’s ever watched TV or gone to the movies understands the importance of evidence in proving any type of legal matter.  Car accident cases are no different. If you’re claiming you’re injured, you lost time from work and that your car was damaged, you’ll need evidence to show that this is true in order to collect compensation. Your subjective testimony may be compelling, but you’ll need documents and experts to back you up in order to prove that what you’re claiming is true. An experienced car Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, Bronx and Brooklyn traffic accident attorney can guide you through the process. Call Wittenstein & Wittenstein at 718-261-8114 for a free consultation. You don’t [...]

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    We’ve Got Your Back

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    What are Contingency Fees?2019-01-22T17:25:38+00:00

    NO WIN, NO FEE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CONTINGENCY FEES WHEN FILING A LAWSUIT

    What are contingency fees?

    Like anyone with financial concerns, you may be wondering if it is even worth it to file a lawsuit. You may be worried that it is too costly to try to fight for your rights, even if you think you likely have a strong case. It seems unfair: How can you try to take a stand when it costs so much money? How will you come up with the finances to file a civil litigation? What if you lose the case and can’t pay the attorney fees? When you choose to work with Wittenstein & Wittenstein, you need not be concerned about such things, because we work on contingency.

    Contingency is an agreement between the attorney and the client wherein the former agrees to be paid only if the client is awarded a sum. If the client gets a favorable verdict or a settlement, then the lawyer will take a normal fee. However, if no money is granted to the plaintiff, then the attorney does not get money, either. By working on contingency, Wittenstein & Wittenstein puts itself at financial risk in order to help you seek justice.

    When you decide to accept a settlement or a verdict comes in from a jury, the expenses of the case are deducted from the total award.  For example, if the settlement or verdict is $100,000 and there are $1000 in expenses, there is $99,000 left.  You would receive $66,000 and the attorney would receive $33,000.  You should always receive a breakdown before signing a release which itemizes the expenses (filing fees, medical reports, experts, etc.).  You should know exactly what you will be receiving before you sign.

    Contingency fee arrangements can vary for different types of cases such as car accidents and medical malpractice.  They are regulated by laws that govern contingency fees.  Contingency fees are a way for people that cannot afford to pay an hourly fee to an attorney to have a way to get justice if they are injured.

    If you believe you have a case and are worried about the financial implications of taking legal action, contact us at 718-261-8114 or law@wittenstein.com so we can help you discuss your options and figure out the next best step.

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    Can an Inmate Sue for Abuse and Neglect?2018-08-18T14:22:42+00:00

    NEW YORK INMATE ABUSE AND NEGLECT ATTORNEYNEW YORK INMATE ABUSE AND NEGLECT ATTORNEY

    Yes, inmates are entitled to rights while in prison which can be asserted as claims for compensation.  A New York inmate abuse and neglect attorney can be hired to represent you.  If you have been a victim of abuse by prison staff or other prisoners, it’s worth investigating whether you have a claim.  If you have been denied proper medical care, disability accommodation, mental health treatment, you may have a compensatable claim.  You assert these rights, you will need the help of a New York inmate abuse and neglect attorney.

    The United States has more people incarcerated that any other country in the World, with conditions much worse than any other developed country.  This is despite the prohibition in the United States Constitution against “cruel and unusual punishment” which prohibits abuse and neglect in prisons.  A New York inmate abuse and neglect attorney is well aware of all the laws that protect inmates and will fight for your rights.

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    Premises Liability – When Can You Sue?

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    Vaccination Laws Upheld Despite Religious Objections

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    Why Can’t I Get a Personal Injury Lawyer to Take My Case?2019-01-22T17:23:59+00:00

    PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS AND CONTINGENCY FEES

    Most personal injury cases are handled with a contingency fee.  This means that the personal injury lawyer is laying out the money to prosecute the case, only getting paid when there is a settlement or a verdict.   For example, if you are involved in a car accident where the other car went through the light, but the other driver is lying and saying you went through the light.  If you are seriously injured, an attorney is likely to be willing to take your case and fight to prove that the accident was the other driver’s fault, but if you have minor injuries and little medical treatment, it wouldn’t be worth it.  On the other hand, if you are hit in the rear by a drunk driver and your injuries don’t seem serious at first, a lawyer might take this case and follow your treatment to see how quickly you heal as it is likely you will be able to collect something with full liability.  That said, it’s always worth it to get a free consultation from a personal injury lawyer to see if they will take the case.  At Wittenstein & Wittenstein we will always take the time to speak with you, and if we can’t take your case, you will completely understand exactly why.

    MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

    Some types of personal injury cases require a very large investment in time and money, so these cases need to be a “slam dunk” on both liability and damages before an attorney will be willing to make an investment.  The most frustrating scenario for clients is usually with medical malpractice cases, especially when there is ample evidence that the doctors did something wrong.  For example, the doctors did not use the proper procedures at the hospital for a 100-year-old woman, and the woman sadly passed away as a result.  It would still be necessary to hire medical experts (doctors) to prepare testimony, which can cost $10,000-$20,000 at a minimum.  The life expectancy of a person that is 100 hundred years old is zero, and there are obviously no lost earnings, etc.  The problem is that it would cost more to prosecute the case than what can be collected in damages.  Another example of a situation where there are not enough damages to prosecute a medical malpractice case is a young healthy person has a procedure that the doctors does wrong, but a second procedure can fix the problem, and the person recovers completely.  Here, even if it easy to prove that the doctor’s fault, there is not enough money to collect to make back the investment.  If a medical error is egregious and it is not practical to bring a malpractice case, there are sometimes other ways of getting justice.  A complaint can be filed with the Department of Health or the Human Rights Commission.  These non-profit governmental organizations have funding to prosecute in the public interest and can prosecute health care providers, taking away licenses and issuing fines.

    DEFAMATION

    Another type of case that is very expensive to prosecute is defamation.  Let’s say a small daycare provider to harassed by somebody calling them a “child molester” which is clearly injurious to their reputation.  Defamation cases are usually not taken on a contingency fee, so it would cost the claimant $300-$400 an hour to pay an attorney to represent them.  It would take years to prosecute this case and meanwhile there is little that could be done to protect the reputation of the daycare.  It would be necessary to prove “damages” in the form of lost earning to the daycare, and a small daycare might not be able to survive this loss long enough for the case to be resolved.  A more effective way to handle this might be to file a criminal complaint for harassment.  If the perpetrator is arrested and convicted of harassment, parents can be advised that the allegations were baseless and in fact, the person making them was arrested for harassment.  This would be a more practical way to put a stop to the defamation and protect the business.

    DISCRIMINATION

    Housing discrimination is another area where public interest organizations can be more effective than a private lawsuit.  New York City’s anti-discrimination laws are very strong, actions can be brought under Federal Law, New York State Law and New York Law.  For example, if you are discriminated against because of race and not shown an apartment by a real estate agent, but you find another apartment the next day.  Even if you can prove the discrimination, there are no damages because you like the apartment that you rented, it’s just as nice as the one you were not shown.  No attorney would take this case on contingency as there is little to no money to collect and nobody’s going to lay out $300-$400 an hour which they will not get back just to make a point.  The solution here is to file a complaint with the New York City Commission on Human Rights, where the lawyers are paid with tax dollars and donations to prosecute discrimination even if there is no money to collect.   There is great protection against many types of discrimination including “families with children,” and transgender persons.

    WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER WILL NOT TAKE YOUR CASE

    There are many more examples of situations where the cost of the case outweighs what is likely to be collected, but it’s not necessary for you to make this determination yourself.  If it’s always worth it to have a free consultation with a personal injury attorney any time you suspect you might have a case.  The personal injury attorney might be able to suggest another remedy, such as a public interest organization or the police.  At Wittenstein & Wittenstein we will go out of our way to help you even if don’t have a case that we can handle for you, so don’t be shy about contacting us.  Call 718-261-8114 for a free consultation any time you think you might have a case.

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    7 Reasons to Hire a Construction Accident Attorney (#5’s a Surprise)2018-12-16T21:13:57+00:00

    Construction Accidents are becoming more frequent as laws and regulations protecting workers are being abolished so that real estate developers can put more money in their pockets.  Sadly, this is causing an increase in the rate of accidents, with serious injuries and fatalities increasing.  If you have been the victim of a construction accident, here are the reasons to hire a construction accident attorney:

    1. Get Workers Compensation Benefits Quickly – an experienced construction accident attorney will know how to process your claim quickly so money is coming into your family as soon as possible.
    2. Investigation of All Exceptions to Workers Compensation that May Allow You to Sue Your Employer – New York State does not allow employees to sue their employers, but there are many exceptions that often apply to construction accidents such as “grave injuries,” falling from a height and failure to employ certain safety standards.
    3. Investigate Applicable Product Liability Claims – If the accident was caused, even partially, by malfunctioning equipment, the manufacturer of the equipment can be held liable.
    4. Investigate Third-Parties – There are often employees of other companies working on a site that may have contributed to the accident.
    5. Public Policy – Trump era deregulation is abolishing laws and regulations that protect worker safety, causing serious injuries and fatalities among construction workers to skyrocket.  Making a claim will hold employers accountable, and could reduce future accidents.
    6. Peace of Mind – Knowing that you have top lawyers at your side will allow you to focus on your recovery/
    7. Money Can’t Buy Happiness, but it Can Help – Collecting a substantial amount of money will help you to rebuild your life financially after the accident.
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    Is Workers Compensation the Exclusive Remedy for Construction Accidents?2019-01-22T20:15:40+00:00

    CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT LAWSUITS – BEYOND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY

    If you are wondering, “Is Workers Compensation the exclusive remedy for constructions accidents,?” the answer is that sometimes there are additional ways to collect compensation.

    EXCEPTIONS TO WORKERS COMPENSATION

    • Grave Injuries – Applies to catastrophic injuries sustained in an accident.  This provision has been interpreted very narrowly by the New York Courts, denying a lawsuit to a worker that lost part of all the fingers of one hand, ruling that it must be the “entire finger,” to qualify as an exception to exclusive remedy.
      • death;
      • permanent and total loss of use or amputation of an arm, leg, hand or foot;
      • loss of multiple fingers;
      • loss of multiple toes;
      • paraplegia or quadriplegia;
      • total and permanent blindness;
      • total and permanent deafness;
      • loss of nose;
      • loss of ear;
      • permanent and severe facial disfigurement;
      • loss of an index finger; or
      • an acquired injury to the brain caused by an external physical force resulting in permanent total disability.
    • Intentional Conduct – The employer does something to intentionally harm the worker.  The New York courts have interpreted this exception narrowly as well.  The employer must have actually wanted the worker to be hurt and did something to hurt this particular worker.  No degree of recklessness would suffice.  There are provisions under the Labor Law that would apply to unsafe conditions.

    LABOR LAW

    1. The Scaffold Law, limited to construction workers, allows lawsuits against employers when injured was caused by a defect in a safety device, “at an elevation.”  This doesn’t mean that you need to be 1,000 feet up in the air.  Courts have upheld the use of a ladder for meeting the requirement of “at an elevation,” but it must be a problem with the ladder that caused the fall.  It’s not enough just to be high up, the fall must be “caused by gravity.”  The right to sue was denied to a worker who hurt is back to due to the design of a harness used at the top of a skyscraper, because the injury was not from falling.  You could sue if you were hit by debris caused by malfunctioning devices “at an elevation, but not because your co-workers dropped their water bottle on you.
    2. Labor law will also allow some suits based on an unsafe work site

    THIRD-PARTIES

    1. If the injury was caused, at least in part, by the acts or omissions of somebody not employed by the company, such a delivery person, a lawsuit can commence against that person and/or entity.

    PRODUCT LIABILITY

    1. If the injury was caused, at least in part, by a defect in a product, a product liability claim would be allowable.

    I doubt you’re still wondering, “Is Worker’s Compensation the Exclusive Remedy for Construction Accidents,” but you might have some follow-up questions.  Feel free to give us a call at 718-261-8114.

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