Buffalo Personal Injury Blog

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Common Bus Accident Cases

Common Bus Accident Cases The Buffalo area is home to numerous bus operators. Tour buses, charter buses, party buses, and city buses all operate in the city, and thousands rely on these operators for safe transportation. In general, there are three ways you can be involved in a bus accident: as a passenger, driver, or pedestrian. Our Buffalo […]

New York Personal Injury Guide

After a serious injury, you might not know how to protect your rights. The New York Personal Injury Guide was written by our experienced Buffalo accident attorneys to help residents obtain maximum compensation for their claims. Accidents happen and sometimes we’re able to brush off and walk away unscathed. Other times, we are left seriously […]

Pedestrian Accident Compensation

Pedestrian Accident Compensation If you have recently been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be wondering if you are eligible to receive compensation. Here are a few important things to know about pedestrian accident compensation. Pedestrian Accident Compensation | What to Do After the Accident The two most important things an injured pedestrian should […]

Truck Accident Compensation

Truck Accident Compensation If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may be wondering if you are eligible to receive compensation. This can often be a tricky situation to navigate, so you will need the assistance of an experienced Buffalo truck accident lawyer to handle your case. Here are some important things to […]

Slip and Fall Accident Location

Slip and Fall Accident Location If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be wondering if you are eligible for compensation. The type of compensation available is largely based on where the slip and fall accident took place. Here are a few important things to know when it comes to […]

3 Things to Know in a Dog Bite Case

3 Things to Know in a Dog Bite Case The Center for Disease Control estimates that almost five million people are bitten by a dog every year. If you have been bitten by a dog, you may be wondering if you are eligible to receive compensation. Here are 3 things to know in a dog […]

New York Bicycle Accident Guide

New York Bicycle Accident Guide After a serious bike accident, you might be confused on what you need to do to hold the negligent party accountable. The New York Bicycle Accident Guide was created by personal injury attorney Richard Nicotra to help residents obtain maximum compensation for their injuries. Riding a bicycle is a great […]

New York Pedestrian Accident Guide

New York Pedestrian Accident Guide If you were struck by a vehicle while walking, you might have a claim. The New York Pedestrian Accident Guide was created by injury lawyer Richard Nicotra to help residents obtain the maximum settlement available for their claim. Motor vehicle accidents are traumatic experiences for drivers or passengers. And if […]

What to Do After a Bicycle Accident

What to Do After a Bicycle Accident Have you been injured in a bicycle accident in Buffalo? You may be eligible for compensation. Here are some important things you should know about what to do after a bicycle accident. What to Do After a Bicycle Accident | Bicycle Accident Liability We get a lot of […]

What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident Are you wondering what to do after a motorcycle accident in Buffalo, New York? Here are some things to know about how you should proceed. What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident | First Steps Following a Motorcycle Accident If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in […]

Suspecting Nursing Home Negligence

Suspecting Nursing Home Negligence Are you suspecting nursing home negligence? There is a chance that you may be able to file a claim to protect your loved one. It is a terribly difficult situation to have to put your parent in a nursing home and entrust that others would care for them as you might. […]

New York Bus Accident Guide

New York Bus Accident Guide Protecting Your Rights If You’ve Been Seriously Injured Whether you were hit by a bus in a motor vehicle or injured as a passenger, the New York Bus Accident guide was created by personal injury attorney Robert Maranto to help residents protect their claim and obtain maximum compensation. Being involved […]

New York Truck Accident Guide

New York Truck Accident Guide Commercial Trucks, Tractor Trailers, 18-Wheelers, and Big Rigs If you were severely injured in a wreck with a commercial vehicle, the New York Truck Accident Guide was created by personal injury attorney Richard Nicotra to provide residents with helpful legal advice. Were you seriously hurt in a collision with a truck? […]

Recovery for Injured Motorcyclists

Recovery for Injured Motorcyclists If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be wondering if and how you can get compensation. Our Buffalo attorney details the possible recovery for injured motorcyclists. Recovery for Injured Motorcyclists | Seeking Full Compensation Injured victims of motorcycle accidents can seek compensation from the at-fault parties […]

Medical Care After a Car Accident

Medical Care After a Car Accident If you have been involved in a crash, you may have questions about medical care after a car accident. It is also suggested you see a medical care professional after a car accident, even if you don’t feel injured because the adrenaline may be masking your pain. Medical Care […]

Slippery Winter Conditions

Slippery Winter Conditions Have you been seriously injured due to slippery winter conditions? You may have a claim if there was negligence that lead to your slip and fall. Here is what you should know. Slippery Winter Conditions | Slip and Fall on Slush at a Store Entryway There are cases and laws on point […]

Steps After Truck Accidents

Steps After Truck Accidents Are you wondering what the steps after truck accidents are? In the immediate aftermath of an accident, you’ll likely be in shock, scared, and unsure of what to do next. You may be fighting for your life. There are steps you can take after an accident to protect your safety and […]

No Fault Application

No Fault Application Have you been seriously injured in an accident? You may be looking to file a no fault application to reap the benefits. Here is what you need to know about no fault and what it does for you after you have been hurt. No Fault Application | Time Limits for Filing After […]

Determining Car Accident Compensation

Determining Car Accident Compensation If you’ve been injured in a collision, you are probably wondering how we go about determining car accident compensation. New York State has no-fault law. No fault law provides for certain benefits from the car, generally from, speaking from the car that you’re in. Determining Car Accident Compensation | Insurance The […]

General Car Accident Questions

General Car Accident Questions Do you have general car accident questions that you want to run by a personal injury lawyer? We can answer your questions in a free consultation. General Car Accident Questions | What are No Fault Benefits? In New York State, everybody who is injured in a car accident is entitled to […]

Winning a Bus Accident Case

Winning a Bus Accident Case Are you hoping to be winning a bus accident case? Our firm has had experience in a jury trial in the New York State Supreme Court against the NFTA. In this case my client was a passenger aboard a metro bus. While she was standing on the metro bus, the […]

Defending a Slip and Fall Claim

Defending a Slip and Fall Claim Do you need help defending a slip and fall claim? Our experienced Buffalo slip and fall lawyers are here to help you. Here is what you need to know. Defending a Slip and Fall Claim | Proving You Weren’t at Fault It all comes down to the credibility of […]

Recovering for a Construction Injury

Recovering for a Construction Injury If you were seriously hurt on the job, you might be worried about how to handle your finances. With the help of an attorney, recovering for a construction injury can ease your financial worries. Recovering for a Construction Injury | Available Benefits After a Construction Accident In New York State, […]

Pedestrian Accident Injury

Pedestrian Accident Injury If you were hit by a car while walking across the street, you might have a pedestrian accident injury claim against the negligent driver. Our personal injury attorney explains what you need to know. Pedestrian Accident Injury | Hit by a Car Unfortunately, accidents in which pedestrians are struck are the ones […]

New Client Files

New Client Files Once contacting our firm, who is going to work on your file? Our Buffalo Injury lawyer explains how new client files are handled in our office. New clients often ask me, “Now that we’ve signed up with you, who is going to work on my file?” I can tell them that we […]

Attorney Client Communication

Attorney Client Communication What type of attorney client communication should you get from your Buffalo injury lawyers? Watch this video to learn what to expect from us. When clients come in for the first intake, when we’re finishing our meeting, some ask, “What can I expect from your firm as far as communication goes?” What […]

How to Get Compensation

How to Get Compensation If you have been seriously injured, you may be wondering how to get compensation. There are many factors that will impact the amount of compensation you get, but the only way you can make sure that you are compensated fairly is to hire a Buffalo personal injury attorney. How to Get […]

Construction Accident Questions

Construction Accident Questions If you were seriously hurt at work or a loved one passed away at a job site, you may have construction accident questions that you want to ask to an attorney. Our Buffalo attorneys can provide you the information you are looking for. Construction Accident Questions | What Protections are for Construction […]

Injured in Downtown Buffalo

Injured in Downtown Buffalo Were you injured in downtown Buffalo? The Queen City these past few years has boomed with growth and is flourishing, but with more people, construction, and activity, there is more chance you could get injured. Here is what you should know. Injured in Downtown Buffalo | Falling Debris from a Building […]

Winning a Motorcycle Accident Case

Winning a Motorcycle Accident Case Winning a motorcycle accident case is a possibility if you are working with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. Here is what you need to know about that. Winning a Motorcycle Accident Case | Common Motorcycle Accidents When someone is in a motorcycle accident, the types of injuries sustained are often […]

Legal Elite Honoree 2018

Legal Elite Honoree 2018 We are pleased to announce our managing partner Robert Maranto has been selected as a winner of the 2018 Legal Elite of Western New York by Business First and Buffalo Law Journal Attorney Robert Maranto has been named by Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal as one of their Legal […]

Personal Injury Case Mistakes

Personal Injury Case Mistakes If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be worried about how to proceed with your case. Here are the top personal injury case mistakes that you want to avoid. This includes cases from car accidents to nursing home negligence. Personal Injury Case Mistakes | Car Accident […]

Lost Wage Reimbursement

Lost Wage Reimbursement Are you strapped financially following a car accident? One of the most important no fault benefits is lost wage reimbursement. The statute provides for an up to 80% lost wage reimbursement and that wage reimbursement is tax free. Whatever you receive from no fault you do not report to on your taxes […]

Winning a Slip and Fall Case

Winning a Slip and Fall Case After you have been seriously injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be thinking about winning a slip and fall case. Here is what you need to know before calling a lawyer. Winning a Slip and Fall Case | The Challenges We get calls from clients regarding slip […]

Court of Appeals Cases

Court of Appeals Cases In some cases, you will come across the need to present to the court of appeals, and when that happens, you want an attorney that has done this before. We have a case that has now established the status of the law on the doctrine of primary assumption of the risk […]

Hit by an Uninsured Driver

Hit by an Uninsured Driver If you have been hit by an uninsured driver, you may be feeling stressed out about how this is going to affect your ability to receive compensation for your injuries. In New York State, you can find solace in something called SUM (Supplementary Uninsured Motorists) coverage. Hit by an Uninsured […]

Product Liability Case

Product Liability Case Were you seriously injured due to a faulty product? You may be eligible for compensation with a product liability case. Here is what you should know before contacting an experienced Buffalo personal injury lawyer. Companies that create products that are dangerous even when used as intended are liable for the injuries their […]

Attacked by a Dog

Attacked by a Dog Were you recently attacked by a dog in Western New York? These injuries can prevent you from going back to work and performing normal daily activities. Here is what you should know about getting injured in a dog attack. Attacked by a Dog | What Should I Do? In a situation […]

Watercraft Accident Injuries

Watercraft Accident Injuries Here in Buffalo, we are rapidly approaching summer which means the warm weather is going to make us want to enjoy the outdoors. In the summer, going on a boat is a leisurely and cherished activity. However, when you are injured on a boat, this can really take the fun out of […]

NFTA Injury Case

NFTA Injury Case When you are hurt in a metro bus, you may be feeling angry and out of control. Our firm has experience winning a NFTA injury case. NFTA Injury Case | The Situation Recently I was involved in a jury trial in the New York State Supreme Court against the NFTA. In this […]

Pool Injury Claim

Pool Injury Claim With the start of summer right around the corner, you may be getting excited about taking your kids to the pools. However, if they slip and fall and seriously injure themselves, you may be feeling angry that the facility did nothing to prevent the accident. Here is a pool injury claim that […]

Nursing Home Neglect Signs

Nursing Home Neglect Signs If you suspect that your parent has been abused or neglected, you should be looking for proof. Here are the nursing home neglect signs that you should document to have a successful case. Nursing Home Neglect Signs | What to Look For Neglect and abuse can take many forms.  It can […]

Insurance Policy Limits

Insurance Policy Limits Being in an auto accident can really mess up your day-to-day life. After a crash, you may be injured or have serious damage to your car. You may be wondering what is covered and what is not. That depends on your insurance policy limits. Insurance Policy Limits | Adequate Coverage My clients […]

Winter Tips for Senior Citizens to Avoid Falling

Winter Tips for Senior Citizens to Avoid Falling These winter months in Buffalo can cause hazards, particularly for senior citizens. If you have trouble with the ice during your commute and are worried about slipping and falling, here are some winter tips to avoid injury and in the event of an injury, help you be […]

First Settlement Offer

First Settlement Offer If you have recently been injured, you may be wondering about your personal injury claim. You may be looking to get compensation. These cases can take a lot of time and often that will leave you impatient. However, when you finally get that first settlement offer, you may be tempted to take […]

Insurance Company Issues

Insurance Company Issues If you have been in an auto accident, you may be feeling angry. If the accident has left you injured, you may be feeling worried about how to manage things finically. Unfortunately, you may experience insurance company issues. Insurance Company Issues: How the Insurance Company Can Undermine Your Claim No-fault insurance carriers […]

Construction Accident Benefits for Injured Workers

Construction Accident Benefits for Injured Workers If you have been injured in a construction accident, you may be feeling angry. A construction accident can have a serious impact on your daily life and your ability to provide for yourself or your family. You may be feeling that your construction accident should make you eligible for […]

Dog Bite Case Tips

Dog Bite Case Tips If you have been attacked and bitten by a dog, you may be feeling angry and wondering what you can do now. You may want to file a personal injury claim. Follow these dog bite case tips and you will have better success. Dog Bite Case Tips: First Steps In a […]

Boat Accident Injury Questions

Boat Accident Injury Questions When the weather starts to break, the boats return to the marina. Unfortunately, you may experience an accident while boating that leaves you injured. You may be feeling angry after such an accident and you may be wondering what can be done. In the meantime, here are answers to commonly asked […]

Car Accident Injury Mistakes

Car Accident Injury Mistakes You may be wondering what the best move is following a car accident. Of course, seeking medical attention for your injuries is essential to your safety. If you are injured from a car accident, you may be feeling angry and worried about what happens next. Here are some car accident injury […]

No-Fault Claim Benefits

No-Fault Claim Benefits Being in a car accident can be scary and leave you in agony. If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be relieved to learn about the benefits of a no-fault claim. Here is what you should know. What is a No-Fault Claim? In New York State, everybody who […]

Investigating Pedestrian Accidents

Investigating Pedestrian Accidents If you were hit by a vehicle, you might be upset and worried about your personal injury case. Our team of Buffalo personal Injury attorneys are experienced investigating pedestrian accidents and won’t stop fighting for you until we get the full compensation. An investigation into a pedestrian knockdown case is critical. In […]

Field Trip Injury

Field Trip Injury If your child suffered from a field trip injury away from school, you might be worried about what to do. Our Buffalo personal injury lawyers have helped parents recover compensation for their children from guilty parties. Contact us today for a free consultation. In New York State, anyone under the age of […]

Injured by Falling Objects

Injured by Falling Objects Store owners are responsible for keeping their shops free from hazards. If you were injured by falling objects in a store, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. Contact our Buffalo personal injury attorneys for a free consultation. Download Our Free Slip and Fall Guide If you are struck because […]

Distracted Driving Injury

Distracted Driving Injury Not everyone who operates a vehicle drives safe, especially if they are using a mobile phone. A distracted driving injury can often occur and are almost all avoidable. If you’ve been injured due to a distracted driver, contact our Buffalo personal injury attorneys for a free consultation. Download Our Free Auto Accident […]

Documenting Nursing Home Injuries

Documenting Nursing Home Injuries If your family member has been injured in a nursing home, you may be feeling angry. You put trust into these facilities to give the best care for your family. When they get hurt, you may suspect negligence. Documenting nursing home injuries can be your ticket to a successful claim. Like […]

Stalling Insurance Companies

Stalling Insurance Companies Some people think that handling an accident case on their own is a smart idea, until they start dealing with stalling insurance companies. If you have been injured, contact our team of Buffalo personal injury lawyers to get you the compensation you deserve. Download Our Free Auto Accident Guide The one thing […]

Liability in Pedestrian Accident Cases

Liability in Pedestrian Accident Cases If you’ve been hurt by a vehicle due to the negligence of a driver or another party you might be concerned about the liability in pedestrian accident cases and who can be sued. The first step is to contact our Buffalo personal injury lawyers for a free consultation on how […]

Pedestrian Hit and Run Injury

Pedestrian Hit and Run Injury A serious pedestrian hit and run injury can result in medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering. Our Buffalo personal injury attorneys have helped residents throughout Western New York recover compensation through pedestrian injury accidents. Contact our accident lawyers today for a free consultation. Read Our Free Pedestrian Accident Guide […]

3 Auto Accident Liability Questions

3 Auto Accident Liability Questions If you have been in an auto accident, you may be wondering who is at fault. It can be very stressful to have to worry about liability. Here are some answers to auto accident liability questions. Auto Accident Liability Questions: Someone Else Crashed My Car; Am I at Fault? In […]

Motorcycle Accident Injury

Motorcycle Accident Injury If you have obtained a motorcycle accident injury, you might be feeling angry and want compensation. Here is what you need to know. Motorcycle Accident Injury: Symptoms to Look For In New York State because motorcyclists are not covered by no-fault, they do not need to prove that they are seriously injured […]

Car Accident Insurance Concerns

Car Accident Insurance Concerns Being involved in an accident can bring up a lot of concerns. Along with being injured, you may be concerned about insurance issues. Here is some information about common car accident insurance concerns. Making a Claim if the Driver Didn’t Have Insurance In every automobile insurance policy in New York State, […]

Pedestrian Partially At Fault

What If You Are A Pedestrian Partially At Fault For The Accident? Pedestrians have a responsibility to watch where they are walking or biking. If you are a pedestrian partially at fault in an accident for walking outside a crosswalk, you can still file an insurance claim for no-fault. Contact our experienced Buffalo auto accident […]

Slip and Fall at Work

Were You Injured In A Slip And Fall At Work? Employers are responsible for keeping their employees safe and free from hazards. If you’ve suffered a slip and fall at work and were seriously injured, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. Contact our Buffalo personal injury lawyers today to arrange a free confidential […]

Legal Protections for Injured Construction Workers

Legal Protections for Injured Construction Workers If you have been involved in a construction accident, you may be feeling frustrated and angry. You want to know what types of legal protections are available for injured construction workers.  If you’ve been injured on a construction site, here is some information you will want to know. Historically, […]

5 Slip and Fall Injuries

5 Slip and Fall Injuries If you have been involved in a slip and fall injury, you may be feeling frustrated. Your lifestyle may have been affected after the incident and you want to know what can be done. Will you be able to file a claim? This is something you might want to ask […]

Examples of Tripping Hazards in Buffalo

Examples of Tripping Hazards Tripping can be embarrassing but it can also cause you some serious injuries. In your day to day environment, you may encounter a tripping hazard that causes you an injury. If you were to fall due to these hazards, you may have a personal injury claim. There is nothing worse than […]

Slip and Fall Injury Due to Faulty Conditions

Slip and Fall Injury Due to Faulty Conditions If you are suffering from a slip and fall injury due to faulty conditions you are probably angry and you may be worried about how you are going to make things work financially. You might be in pain which has prevented you from doing basic tasks. Perhaps […]

NFTA Metro Injuries

Buffalo’s NFTA Metro is more than a mere subway line. Running from University at Buffalo’s South Campus near Eggertsville all the way to the Canalside district along the Buffalo River, the Metro is a lifeline that connects the city’s vibrant downtown area to the very outskirts of town. Because of the Metro’s unique role in […]

Is My Injury Serious Enough to Need a Lawyer?

Some lucky individuals may walk away from automobile accidents completely unscathed, but most survivors of accidents are not nearly so lucky. A common concern among our clients who have been involved in auto accidents concerns the extent of their injuries, and a common questions is “Is my injury serious enough to need a lawyer?” If […]

How Chiropractic Care Can Help After an Accident

A car accident can result in immediate injuries to the human body, injuries that can take days, weeks, or even months to heal properly. Once you receive medical care to treat your most urgent injuries in the hours after your accident, you may consider consulting a specialist to help with your more stubborn wounds. A […]

Buffalo Accident Attorney Examines the Benefits Available for a Construction Site Injury

Buffalo Accident Attorney Examines the Benefits Available for a Construction Site Injury As an experienced Buffalo Accident Attorney, I am often asked about the benefits that someone can collect if they have been seriously injured in a construction site accident.  In New York State, damages are made up of a number of components, the most […]

Financial Recovery for Car Accident Victims

In addition to the emotional toll that a motor vehicle accident can take, there is the equally distressing issue of how to pay for medical bills. Unlike matters of the mind, however, finances are not solved through mere time, patience, and support from loved ones. Early action must be taken to prevent a fresh injury […]

Slip and Fall Injuries at Public Pools

Though summer has winded down and fall is in full swing, public pools will remain open as long as the mild weather lingers. Though pool staff members strive to ensure that their facilities are safe, hygienic, and easy to use, because of the sheer number of weekly patrons at public pools entering and exiting the […]

Legal Elite of Western New York

We are pleased to announce our managing partner Robert Maranto was selected as a winner of the 2017 Legal Elite of Western New York by Buffalo Business First! Attorney Robert Maranto focuses his practice on all areas of personal injury and has achieved several multi-million dollar settlements and jury verdicts throughout his career. A graduate […]

What Makes Our Law Firm Different?

Learn What Sets Our Team of Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys Apart from the Rest The Buffalo-Niagara area has no shortage of law firms, and because every firm is unique, the process of selecting an attorney for a personal injury case can be daunting. How do you know which firm is best? What makes a particular […]

Construction Accidents in New York

Construction Accidents in New York Construction workers have vital roles in maintaining urban infrastructure, restoring those parts of our metropolis that have begun to crumble with age, and raising new buildings that will forge the city’s future. Because of the inherently risky nature of their jobs, though, construction workers must follow strict protocols to ensure […]

Diagnosed With Mesothelioma

What to Do If You Have Been Diagnosed With Mesothelioma If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation that can cover your medical costs and future damages. The use of asbestos in manufacturing and construction during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries has had severe consequences. Once praised for its versatility and […]

3 Boating Accident Tips

The Three Things You Need to Know if You’ve Been in a Boating Accident It is a well-known fact that New Yorkers adore the warmer weather and the longer daylight hours that come with summer. Once June hits, people from Buffalo to Batavia all flock to the water every chance they have. After all, what […]

Holding Owners Accountable for Dog Bites

Dog Bite Injury Lawyers in Buffalo The Center for Disease Control estimates that almost five million people are bitten every year by a dog. A dog owner is responsible for the aggressiveness of their dog if it can be shown that the dog had a prior propensity for aggressive behavior.  Other factors must be considered […]

New York Construction Accident Guide

New York Construction Accident Guide Working on a job site is known to be a dangerous job, that’s why there are so many precautions and laws pertaining to it. The New York Construction Accident Guide was created by Andrews, Bernstein, Maranto & Nicotra, PLLC to help those who have suffered a serious injury on a construction site. […]

New York Motorcycle Accident Guide

New York Motorcycle Accident Guide Navigating the Open Road of a Personal Injury Claim Riding a motorcycle is inherently dangerous. Serious precaution must be taken to avoid injury, especially when other drivers may not see you The New York Motorcycle Accident Guide was created by Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney Richard Nicotra to guide residents that […]

New York Auto Accident Injury Guide

New York Auto Accident Injury Guide What You Should Do if You are Ever in a Motor Vehicle Accident The New York Auto Accident Injury Guide was created by Andrews, Bernstein, Maranto & Nicotra, PLLC to help those who have been injured in a car accident.  If you or a loved one has been injured, contact […]

New York Dog Bite Injury Guide

New York Dog Bite Injury Guide The Actions to Take If You are Attacked by Man’s Best Friend Man’s best friend can sometimes become man’s worst enemy. If you were bitten by a dog, check out The New York Dog Bite Injury Guide. Created by Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney Robert Maranto to help protect residents that […]

New York Nursing Home Negligence Guide

New York Nursing Home Negligence Guide Protecting Your Loved Ones from Injury Not being able to take care of an aging loved one is hard.  You have trusted a facility and its staff to provide care over them and they have failed.  The New York Nursing Home Negligence Guide was created by Andrews, Bernstein, Maranto & […]

The Product Liability Injury Guide

Holding the Manufacturer Liable for Your Injuries The Product Liability Injury Guide was created by Andrews, Bernstein, Maranto & Nicotra, PLLC to help residents who may have been injured due to a faulty product.  We offer free consultations at both of our WNY locations. Download Our Free Product Liability Guide Product Liability Cases Companies that create products that are […]

New York Boat Injury Guide

New York Boat Injury Guide Navigating Negligent Accidents on the Water Life out on the water can be all fun for the whole family, but when safety precautions are not taken then that fun can change to danger very fast.  The New York Boat Injury Guide was created by the Buffalo Personal Injury Attorneys at Andrews, […]

The Mesothelioma Lawsuit Guide

The Mesothelioma Lawsuit Guide was created by Andrews, Bernstein, Maranto & Nicotra, PLLC to help residents who are affected by mesothelioma or lung cancer.  Call our office today for a free consultation. A Legal Guide to Taking Your Mesothelioma Case to Court Mesothelioma cancer is the leading cause of exposure to asbestos fibers or dust. Mesothelioma […]

Pocket Guide to Boating Accidents in Buffalo

Summer is the absolute best in Buffalo. After a long winter that sapped us all of our Vitamin D and made us feel like vampires, summer brings with it an exciting array of water sports and activities. I mean, let’s face it. If you live in Buffalo, as soon as that snow starts melting, you’re […]

Mistakes to Avoid If You Drive a Motorcycle in Buffalo

It sometimes feels as though all the motorcycles that call the streets of Buffalo home seem to go into hibernation during the winter months. Come warm weather, and they’re back again, roaring down the streets, causing older generations to grumble endearingly about “hoodlums” and “noise pollution”. Cruising around cars and traffic that meander lazily along […]

Suing a Drunk Driver for Your Injuries

How to Bring a Civil Suit if you Were Injured by a Drunk Driver New York is a “no fault” state when it comes to auto accidents. That means that in the case of an accident, each driver’s insurance will pay for (at least a part of) the damages, regardless of fault. This is generally […]

The First 8 Steps After an Auto Accident

If you have ever been in an auto accident (and we sincerely hope you have not!), you will likely remember very little of what transpired immediately after the accident. This is normal; it is because of your body’s shock response. However, the minutes leading away from an auto accident are extremely important. All medical emergencies […]

Who’s Legally Responsible in a Personal Assault Case?

An assault almost always comes as a shock. Whether you’ve been mugged, victimized in a hate crime, or drawn into a verbal dispute that turned violent, you didn’t expect the person who attacked you to violate that most basic rule of civil society. Now you have to deal with an injury – anything from a […]

New York Slip and Fall Accident Guide

New York Slip and Fall Accident Guide Dealing with a slip and fall accident while walking or shoping can cause a lot of embarrassment and pain.  You might be confused on your rights as a victim of a negligent person or store.  Learn what you need to know if you have been injured with our […]

Who is Responsible for a Multi-Car Accident that Causes Injury?

Accidents involving multiple cars present really interesting legal responsibility principles. People who look at an accident factually might say, “Well, this car was at fault.” or “That car was at fault.” In our system, however, general obligations laws provide very specific remedies for individuals involved in multi-car accidents. Our system says that, even if a […]

NFTA Injury Case Success Story

Recent NFTA Injury Case Results I recently took a case against the Niagara Falls Transit Authority (NFTA) to trial in the New York State Supreme Court. Prior to that case, we had heard that the NFTA had won a string of victories in cases with other attorneys in this area. The law allows the NFTA […]

Buffalo Accident Lawyer on a Pedestrian Being Injured While Walking Through a Construction Site

As an experienced Buffalo Accident Lawyer, I’ve had calls from potential clients who were injured while passing through construction sites, even though they weren’t employed there. These cases are very fact-specific because some sites have marked pedestrian walkways – or pedestrians are directed to certain areas where it is safe to walk. Download Our Free […]

Buffalo Accident Attorney Discusses Damages that are Recoverable in a Child Injury Case

As an experienced Buffalo Accident Attorney, I often speak to clients who have had a child injured in an injury case.  If your child is seriously injured in an accident, it is important to contact an attorney immediately. Whenever an individual is seriously injured, the first thing that person should do is get medical care. […]

Will You Have To Testify in Court?

In personal injury cases, one question I always receive as a Buffalo Injury Lawyer is, “Will I have to testify in court?” We are often able to negotiate with insurance companies and settle cases rather than actually having to go to trial; however, it is very important that the insurance companies know your attorney is […]

Buffalo Accident Lawyer on Bringing a Claim Forward if a Child Dies

As an experienced Buffalo Accident Lawyer, I speak to people who have been effected by an injury that takes a child’s life.  As in any death case, the deceased person’s estate is permitted to bring a claim on behalf of the  individual – regardless of whether that individual is a child or an adult. In […]

Buffalo Injury Attorney Examines a Car Accident Involving a Drunk Driver

As a dedicated Buffalo Injury Attorney, clients will call after being involved in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, they often ask, “Are there any special circumstances? What is unique about these claims?” In these circumstances, we try to cooperate with the DA’s office and the police investigation. Download Our Free Auto Accident […]

Buffalo Accident Attorney Examines the Benefits Available for a Construction Site Injury

As an experienced Buffalo Accident Attorney, I am often asked about the benefits that someone can collect if they have been seriously injured in a construction site accident.  In New York State, damages are made up of a number of components, the most obvious of which include physical damage, physical injuries, pain and suffering, and […]

Can I Hire A Different Injury Attorney?

New York law allows individuals to change attorneys if they choose to do so. Often, when people are injured, they need an attorney immediately, but have no time to investigate those attorneys thoroughly before making their selection. I encourage people to at least sit down with us before signing a retainer agreement so they can […]

Steps to Take if You Were Seriously Injured by Riding Over a Pothole on a Bicycle

I have gotten calls from bicyclists who were injured while riding along the road because of potholes or other road conditions. We encounter these fact patterns more and more – especially now that bicycling on our city streets is becoming much more popular. Because individuals who ride a bicycle in a city like Buffalo – whose […]

Buffalo Injury Attorney Discusses a Child Bringing Forward a Claim for Negligence

As a dedicated Buffalo Injury Attorney, I often speak to parents who have a child that has suffered an injury caused by another’s negligence.  In New York State, a child has the same opportunity to bring a claim for personal injuries as anybody else. Although most 17-year-olds don’t want to be called an infant, prior […]

Buffalo Accident Attorney Explains if You Have Any Recourse for an Injury While Hiking on State Land

As an experienced Buffalo Accident Attorney, If a client tells me they were injured while participating in a recreational sport – such as hiking on state land – it’s important to know that New York State has specific laws regarding an individual’s assumption of risk when they elect to participate in certain recreational activities. For […]

Buffalo Injury Lawyer Discusses Bringing a Claim Against a Bar for a DWI Accident

In the past, I’ve had clients who called following involvement in an accident with a drunk driver who had been drinking in a local bar or restaurant. They often ask, “Can we make a claim that reaches beyond just that driver? Is the bar responsible for that driver’s activities?” Download Our Free Auto Accident Guide  In […]

Buffalo Accident Lawyer Explains the Advantages and Disadvantages of Going to Trial

The benefits of proceeding to trial – or deciding not to do so – can be innumerable. Obviously, if an insurance company has undervalued your case, taking the case to trial would be one positive approach to getting the money you deserve because of the injuries you sustained. One negative factor to consider in going […]

Buffalo Injury Attorney Discusses the Statute of Limitations for Children

As a dedicated Buffalo Injury Attorney, I often represent children in accident cases.  One of the most common questions I’m asked regarding cases when children are injured is regarding the statute of limitations. In New York State, the statute of limitations for infants and adults is the same. However, the date when the statute of […]

Buffalo Accident Attorney Explains Being Eligible for More than Workers Comp if Injured on a Construction Site

I often represent people who were injured as a result of a construction accident.  One common question I receive from workers who were injured is whether or not they are able to collect more than workman’s compensation when injured on the job. New York State’s Labor Laws were created to protect workers who work on construction […]

Buffalo Injury Lawyer on Your First Steps After Your Child Has Been Injured

Unfortunately, vulnerable children are often injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. There are some very important first steps you should take if your child has been injured. Obviously, if your child is seriously injured, the first thing you should do is make sure they receive the medical attention they need. Secondly, I would […]

Buffalo Accident Lawyer Explains the Statute of Limitations for an Injury Caused by a Boat Accident

Especially in the summer months, I often get calls from people who have been injured in boating accidents. One of the most frequent questions I receive is, “How much time do I have to bring a claim? What is the statute of limitations for a boating accident case?” New York State does not differentiate among […]

Buffalo Injury Attorney on Being Bitten By a Dog You Were Petting

As a dedicated Buffalo Injury Attorney, I often represent clients who have been bitten by dogs. Oftentimes, clients say they were simply petting a friendly looking dog, when all of the sudden he attacked. Petting a dog prior to that dog attacking, or biting you will not preclude your right to bring a claim against […]

Buffalo Accident Attorney Discusses Recovering Damages as a Passenger in a Bus Accident

In Buffalo, many people travel via our mass transit system, both by bus, and subway. As an experienced Buffalo Accident Attorney, I sometimes get phone calls from people who have been injured in a bus accident and  want to know what kind of damages they can recover. One thing we initially attempt to recover for […]

Buffalo Injury Lawyer Discusses the Steps to Take if a Family Member was Killed in a Construction Accident

As an experienced Buffalo Injury Lawyer, I get calls from clients who’ve had a loved one killed at a construction site, their question is, “Can we still bring a claim? If so, what’s the process?” We begin by first setting up an estate to establish an entity that can pursue the claim on behalf of […]

The Differences Between an Auto Accident and a Truck Accident Case

As a Buffalo Injury Attorney, I sometimes get calls from potential clients who have been injured in an accident where the other vehicle is a tractor-trailer. One of their most frequently asked questions is, “Is there anything different or special about this type of claim as opposed to a typical two-car accident?” and our answer is a […]

Buffalo Accident Lawyer Explains What to Do if a Dog Knocked Over a Child Causing Injury

As an experienced Buffalo Accident Lawyer, I am often asked about accidents that involve dogs injuring children.  A dog owner can be held responsible for injuries to an individual even there was no bite. Oftentimes, people think they are permitted to seek compensation under New York law only if the dog bit somebody; however, that’s […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Nursing Home Negligence

As an experienced Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer, I get phone calls on a regular basis from family members or even residents of nursing homes regarding mistreatment or injuries that they, or their loved one has received while in a nursing home. Oftentimes, their first question is, “what can I do about it?”. One of the […]

Buffalo Accident Lawyer Discusses Being Injured on a Motorcycle Without Wearing a Helmet

As an experienced Buffalo Accident Lawyer, I’ve received calls in the past from potential clients who were injured in a motorcycle accident while not wearing a helmet. Although in New York State that’s quite rare because it’s against the law, and it’s obvious to any police officer that you might pass, some states don’t have […]

Buffalo Injury Lawyer Explains the Difference Between a Motorcycle Accident and a Car Accident

As an experienced Buffalo Injury Lawyer, I often receive calls from clients who are involved in motorcycle accidents. Especially in the late spring/early summer, motorcycle accidents become much more common as far as news stories, because the injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident are generally much worse than car accident victims. Motorcycle accident victims are the most […]

Buffalo Accident Attorney Discusses Being Seriously Injured in an Accident While Driving Another Person’s Car

As an experienced Buffalo Accident Attorney, sometimes I have clients call who were involved in a car accident while borrowing a friend’s car, or driving for work. It’s important to know that if you’re in somebody else’s car, the insurance company for that car becomes the primary policy holder for your no-fault benefits. However, we also look […]

Buffalo Injury Lawyer Explains What can be Claimed in an Auto Accident

As an experienced Buffalo Injury Lawyer, a common question I receive from new and existing clients is regarding what they can claim as far as damage goes. There are several different parts that go into most cases for injury components. The most common that they’re aware of is the pain and suffering component. There are […]

Buffalo Injury Attorney Discusses Wrongful Death Cases

As an experienced Buffalo Injury Attorney, sometimes I have the sad circumstance of dealing with the client’s family where the person we represent has passed away because of an accident. These are very emotional, and confusing times for the families and oftentimes they don’t know what to do next. In these types of wrongful death […]

Buffalo Injury Attorney Discusses Being Hit by a Car on a Bike

As an experienced Buffalo Injury Attorney, sometimes I get calls from clients regarding injuries or accidents that occur while they’re a bicycle on a bike path. In the last couple years, Buffalo has become on the cutting edge of this biking trend, and we’re seeing more bicycles on the road, but also the motor vehicle traffic […]

Buffalo Accident Attorney Discusses Injury Symptoms in a Motorcycle Accident

As an experienced Buffalo Accident Attorney, when I get calls from riders who are in motorcycle accidents, one of the things they often ask is what injuries are important and what should they be looking out for as far as physical injuries that might lead to a claim. Download Our Free Motorcycle Accident Guide In […]

Buffalo Accident Lawyer Explains Who is Responsible for Motorcycle Injuries or Deaths

As an experienced Buffalo Accident Lawyer, when I get a call from people who are involved in a motorcycle accident, one of the common questions potential clients ask is “who can be held responsible for what happened to me”, whether it be significant injuries or the death of a loved one. When involved in a […]

Buffalo Accident Attorney Explains How Bad Your Injury Needs to Be to Bring Forward a Claim

As an experienced Buffalo Accident Attorney, sometimes clients will contact us after an accident but may be hesitant to come in and schedule an appointment. Oftentimes, they’re not quite sure that their injuries are serious enough to hire an attorney. Every case is different, and every person is different. Something such as a loss of […]

Buffalo Accident Lawyer Discusses Being Seriously Injured on a Boat

As an experienced Buffalo Accident Lawyer, when I get calls from clients who were injured seriously in a boating accident, we recommend they do a couple things immediately if they haven’t done so already. One, is to seek medical treatment immediately for anything that is bothering you, photo document any bruises or damages or injuries, […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses a No-Fault Claim

As an experienced Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer, I actually have had clients call in the past who were confused about what rights they have in an accident. Oftentimes this stems from their confusion of the terms no-fault and no-fault insurance. Some people simply assume that if there’s a no-fault statute involved, and that they can’t […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney Explains Being Liable for a Dangerous Condition Created by a Contractor

As an experienced Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney, sometimes I get phone calls from clients who were hurt in a home where there was a dangerous condition present. Oftentimes it was caused by a contractor, or somebody working for or with the homeowner. In these situations, the homeowner has the ultimate responsibility for hiring, supervising, and […]

Buffalo Injury Attorney Discusses Being Injured by Falling Debris from a Building

As an experienced Buffalo Injury Attorney, I’ve had some cases where clients have been injured by way of falling debris from a building. In these types of cases, the one thing we need to know from the onset is what happened, how it happened, but as far as the client goes, it’s not your concern. Those […]

Buffalo Accident Attorney Discusses Filing a Claim if Injured as a Passenger on a Boat

As an experienced Buffalo Boat Accident Attorney, I often receive phone calls from people who are injured in boating accidents in Western New York. Frequently, it’s passengers in boats calling to see if there’s a potential case due to an injury they sustained due to the operation of the boat by the driver. Sometimes drinking […]

Buffalo Accident Attorney Discusses Filing a Claim if Injured as a Passenger in a Car

As an experienced Buffalo Accident Attorney, sometimes I receive phone calls from people that are injured as a passenger in a vehicle, and they’d like to know what their options are as far as bringing a claim. Passengers are what we refer to as a pure plaintiff. A passenger cannot have fault in an accident […]

Buffalo Accident Lawyer Discusses Filing a Claim if Injured as a Passenger on a Motorcycle

As an experienced Buffalo Accident Lawyer, sometimes I get calls from people who are passengers on motorcycles who are involved in an accident. One of the most frequent questions people have in these types of situations is what kind of benefits are available to them. Passengers are just along for the ride, so they have no […]

Buffalo Accident Lawyer Discusses Recreational Injuries

As an experienced Buffalo Accident Lawyer, sometimes I get calls from clients who are injured recreationally, whether they be at Canalside or ice skating at Buffalo Place. The answer really depends on what the condition was that caused the fall or the injury, who contributed to creating that dangerous condition, and whether or not you […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney Discusses Falling off a Scaffold

As an experienced Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney, I get a number of calls every year from clients who are construction workers injured while they are working at an elevated height, or on a scaffold. It is called in New York State more commonly the scaffold law, but you have very special and specific rights that […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Being Injured While Working

As an experienced Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer, I often receive phone calls from people involved in accidents while working. In these types of cases, the general rule is that Worker’s Compensation covers any injuries that occur under the course employment; whether or not it’s the fault of the worker, co-worker, boss, or even of somebody […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney Explains if You Can Get Workers Comp if Injured on a Construction Site

As an experienced Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney, I often get calls from people who have injuries on job sites or construction sites, but were working on behalf of their employer. In these types of circumstances, you’re entitled to Workman’s Compensation benefits as an employee. Those benefits cover all expenses pertaining to your medical care, lost […]

Buffalo Accident Lawyer Discusses No-Fault Benefits

As an experienced Buffalo Accident Lawyer I am often asked about no-fault benefits. In New York State everybody who is injured in a car accident is entitled to no-fault benefits. The innocent victim as well as the person who made the mistake or caused the accident, they all get the same initial bundle of benefits […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Injuries Sustained from Faulty Steps

As an experienced Buffalo Injury Lawyer, I am often confronted with situations where someone has been injured due to faulty stairs that were constructed improperly or have become damaged over time.  The stairs can become loose planks of rotten wood, or chunks of concrete from the freezing and thawing of the winter Download Our Free Slip and Fall Guide When […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney Discusses the Cost and Expenses in an Accident Case

This question was asked on Avvo, and can be viewed here.  This answer does not constitute legal advice, and only proper consultation with a competent attorney is highly recommended. Question: Obviously this is an impossible question to answer specifically. Still, I have a Personal Injury case against a DWI convicted driver, and injuries to myself (required […]

Buffalo Accident Lawyer Discusses Talking To The Insurance Company

As an experienced Buffalo Accident Lawyer, one of the most common questions I receive following a car accident is whether talking to the insurance company is in your best interests. The last thing that I recommend people to do after being involved in an car accident that caused injury is to contact their insurance carrier. […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses a Slip and Fall on Another’s Property

As an experienced Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer, I am often asked what to do if you slip and fall on business or residential property.  In the event of a slip and fall on either a commercial or residential property, the owner’s insurance allows for full compensation of any injuries sustained. When handling a premise liability case, we […]

Buffalo Accident Lawyer Discusses When You Should Receive Your Settlement

Question: I am locating in NY on 3/23/16 (2.5 months ago) I agreed on a small settlement amount against a large hospital. My attorney said the hospital lawyers want a letter saying I don’t owe anything to Medicaid before they release the check. I was on medicaid, but they paid no portion relating to this case. […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer Explains if the School is Liable for a Child’s Injury

As an experienced Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer, I often speak to clients whose children have been injured due to an accident at school. When your child is at school, the school and the teachers are supposed to be overseeing the care of your children in place of the parents. This means is that they are […]

Buffalo Accident Attorney Discusses How Long a Personal Injury Case Can Take

One of the most common questions I’m asked as a Buffalo Accident Attorney, is how long my injury case will take. I tell every client the same answer. Every single case has a life of its own. Some clients are injured and have a great recovery within three to six months and are back to pre-accident status. […]

Buffalo Accident Lawyer Discusses Pursuing a Lawsuit if You Didn’t Receive Immediate Medical Care

As an experienced Buffalo Accident Lawyer, sometimes I receive telephone calls from people who have not received immediate care after an accident, and they would like to know if they still have a chance to make a claim for their injuries. The answer is yes. If you are injured in a car accident, and you […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney Discusses Filing a Claim if Assaulted at a Business

As an experienced Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney, I am often asked by clients if they are able to pursue a claim if assaulted at a bar or restaurant. The answer is yes you can, although there are some issues to it. First of all, assault is an intentional act and therefore the claim against the […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer Explains Why You Shouldn’t Take the First Settlement Offer

As an experienced Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer, clients will often ask me if they should accept the first offer that is made by an insurance carrier after being involved in an accident. My answer to that question invariably is absolutely not. In order to maximize recovery, the first thing I tell my clients as a Buffalo […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney Discusses if Plaintiffs Can Recover for Emotional Damages

As an experienced Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney, I am often asked if you can recover for emotional damages in an accident.  In any personal injury case, a plaint is entitled to recover for all injuries that they sustained as a result of the accident. Included in those injuries are emotional injuries. Emotional injuries can come […]

2016 Tourism Volunteer of the Year Award by Visit Buffalo Niagara!

Andrews, Bernstein, Maranto & Nicotra, PLLC would like to congratulate Ann Palmer who was recently awarded the 2016 Tourism Volunteer of the Year Award by Visit Buffalo Niagara! This award celebrates the fact that Ann dedicates much of her time and efforts in the service to Buffalo’s architectural and historical treasures. Ann Palmer is a legal […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Being Injured While Driving an Off-Road Vehicle

As an experienced Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer I’ve received calls in the past from people who were injured as passengers on off-road vehicles such as an ATV, a snowmobile, or a dirt bike. Although they are non-traditional motor vehicles that might not be covered by an automobile insurance policy, sometimes they are covered by their own individual […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney Discusses a Recent Successful Case Involving the NFTA

Recently, I was involved in a jury trial in the New York State Supreme Court against the NFTA. In this case my client was a passenger aboard a metro bus. While she was standing on the metro bus, the bus driver was confronted with what was alleged to have been an emergency situation. A postal […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses If there is a Minimum Amount of Medical Bills Needed to File a Claim

As an experienced Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer, I am sometimes asked if there is an amount of bills in New York State that you have to accumulate in order to prove your claim for injury. The answer really is no. It goes more to the quality, not the quantity of those bills. Oftentimes because of […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney Discusses What You Should Do After a Dog Attack

As an experienced Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney I sometimes have clients call and ask “what is the first thing I should do if attacked by a dog?”.  If they sustain injuries because of the attack, the first thing to do is to seek medical attention. The hospital is going to ask you at that first […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney Discusses If Your Case will Go to Trial

Have you been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident or slip and fall?  Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney Robert Maranto has created a video entitled “Will my Personal Injury Case Go to Trial” to help you learn what can happen if the insurance companies want to take your case to trial. If you have questions regarding […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers Discuss Spring Time Accidents

Spring is here and with spring time comes out the Motorcycles and Boats.  If you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of being injured by the negligence of another; whether you have been injured while riding a motorcycle or on a boat.  Dedicated Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers Andrews, Bernstein, Maranto & Nicotra have years of […]

Buffalo Car Accident Attorney Discusses Receiving Compensation

If you were injured in a vehicle and brought a suit forward, you most likely want to know if you will be compensated for your injuries.  Check out this video “How Do I Determine If I Will Be Compensated For My Auto Accident Injury in New York?” which was created by experienced Buffalo Car Accident […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Attorneys Showcase Their Successful Cases

Have you been severely injured in a car accident or slip and fall at a business?  The experienced Buffalo Personal Injury Attorneys at Andrews, Bernstein, Maranto & Nicotra are dedicated injury lawyers who fight to get the outcome you want and deserve. Check out some of our most recent successful cases in our Result Results video […]

What Should I Do if I Slip and Fall on a Business Property?

I am often asked as a Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer what can happen if you slip and fall on a business property.  If you slip and fall on a commercial or residential property, their insurance allows you to be compensated for any injuries you might sustain. This is called a general proposition premise liability case. In a slip and […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Being Injured on a Public Bus

As an experienced Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer, I’m often asked what happens if you’re injured on a public bus.  If you are injured on a bus, there are certain things that you need to know because these types of cases are very different than a passenger vehicle. Download Our Free Auto Accident Guide New York State No […]

Download Our Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer Apps

Have You Downloaded One of Our Buffalo Injury Lawyer Apps? Andrews, Bernstein, Maranto & Nicotra have created individual mobile apps for their Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers to provide you with quick and helpful resources with easy access to tools that can help you connect to your Injury Attorney at the touch of a button.  Now you can watch all of our helpful Buffalo Personal Injury educational […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney Discusses Qualifying a Dog Bite Case

Experienced Buffalo Dog Bite Lawyers Have you been attacked by a dog in New York State and have questions regarding whether or not your injuries are severe enough to warrant a personal injury case? Contact experienced Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney Richard Nicotra for a free confidential consultation. He is happy to go over the facts of your […]

Buffalo Injury Attorney Discusses Being Injured from a Slip and Fall on Snow

Premises Liability Injury Lawyers Have you been seriously injured from a slip and fall on either ice or snow?  Contact our experienced Buffalo Injury Attorneys for a free confidential consultation. We would be glad to go over the facts of your case, and answer any questions you may have regarding your injury, and the steps you should […]

Download Our Buffalo Personal Injury Mobile Apps

Have you had a chance to download one of Andrews, Bernstein, Maranto & Nicotra’s new Personal Injury apps?     Andrews, Bernstein, Maranto & Nicotra have created three free new mobile apps to provide you with quick and helpful resources with easy access to tools that can help you connect to one of our experienced Buffalo Personal Injury […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Picking the Best Attorney for Your Case

Many times as an experienced Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer, clients will ask “what is the best way to pick an attorney for my personal injury case?”.  When you are selecting a Personal Injury Lawyer to represent you, there are a few things that you should do.  When a client visits an attorney for an attorney client interview, […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney Discusses What You Should Do If Involved in a Fender Bender

Question: This past Friday, January 1, I was driving home from New York City and was at a red light. I was in the furthest left lane out of three lanes. While we were stopped at a red light, I wanted to move over all the way to the right lane. I looked behind me […]

Buffalo Car Accident Attorney Explains No-Fault Benefits

Many times as an experienced Buffalo Car Accident Attorney I am asked what the benefits are to usings New York’s No-Fault Insurance when they are involved in an automobile accident.  The name No-Fault means what it says, no-fault.  It doesn’t matter who caused the accident to get these benefits.  When you hire an experienced Buffalo Car […]

Buffalo Car Accident Attorney Discusses Being Injured when the Other Driver Doesn’t Have Insurance

I advise clients as an experienced Buffalo Car Accident Attorney that in every automobile insurance policy in New York State, an insurance company has to offer what is called SUM coverage, which is an acronym for Supplementary Uninsured Motorists protection. In most cases, it is what we call the unified endorsement which covers people who are injured […]

Buffalo Car Accident Lawyer Discusses Injuries Sustained in a Low Damage Accident

When clients first come to our firm, I explain to them as a Buffalo Car Accident Lawyer that insurance companies will not take you seriously unless they know that your attorney is willing to take the case to trial. A good illustration of that is a case that we just settled. In this case, my client […]

Buffalo Motorcycle Accident Attorney Discusses Compensation for Accident Victims

As an experienced Buffalo Motorcycle Accident Attorney, I am often asked by clients who are involved in a motorcycle wreck what type of compensation they are entitled to as a result of being injured while riding a motorcycle. Initially, of course, the pain and suffering component is important. Also economic loss; any lost wages that were […]

Buffalo Boat Accident Attorney Discusses Holding an Unsafe Driver Accountable

I am often asked as a Buffalo Boat Accident Attorney if you can hold another boat driver accountable if you are injured on the water.  If you are injured in a boating accident due to somebody else’s carelessness or negligence, certainly the owner of that boat or the operator of that boat is legally responsible […]

Buffalo Auto Accident Lawyer Discusses a Successful Case at an Intersection

A recent success story I had as a Buffalo Auto Accident Lawyer involved a long-term client of ours that was involved in a car accident. She had some prior injuries and problems, but sustained aggravation of those problems and some new back concerns in this accident. The other insurance company denied responsibility. It was an intersection […]

Buffalo Car Accident Lawyer Discusses a Recent Success Story at the Court of Claims

I had a case recently go to trial in the New York State Court of Claims. The Court of Claims is a special court that only hears cases where the State of New York is a defendant. In this matter it was a motor vehicle accident. It was tried to conclusion by one of my partners. […]

Buffalo Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Discusses Responsibility for Injuries or Death in an Accident

Clients who have recently been injured in a motorcycle accident often call me and ask, “who is responsible for my injuries if they were caused by another vehicle”.  In New York State, the person who was driving or operating the other vehicle is responsible, as well as the registered and titled owners who are vicariously liable. That […]

Buffalo Slip and Fall Lawyer Discusses a Successful Case Involving Burden of Proof

Recently I settled a case that was very unique in terms of its factual pattern. A client was walking and had slipped and fallen on some ice at a location where we could possibly prove that the ice condition was existing for a period of time. I contacted an expert witness who was a local meteorologist […]

Buffalo Boat Accident Attorney Discusses Injuries that Can Occur on Watercrafts

The most common types of injuries I see as a Buffalo Boat Accident Attorney in watercraft accidents are contusions, bumps, and bruises, but also broken bones, head injuries, and traumatic brain injuries because when the impact or collisions occurs, people typically get thrown about the boat quite seriously. There are not the same protections in a watercraft […]

Buffalo Car Accident Lawyer Discusses a Successful Non-Surgical Accident Case

One of the recent successes I had as a Buffalo Car Accident Lawyer was for a man who was rear ended in a car accident and throughout his treatment he had back and neck injuries but did not have any surgeries or any invasive procedures to correct the disk injuries that he had. I advise clients […]

Buffalo Motorcycle Accident Attorney Discusses Insurance Coverage in a Motorcycle Accident

As a Buffalo Motorcycle Injury Attorney I am often asked what goes on during a motorcycle accident with insurance compared to a car in New York.  When motorcycle accidents occur there are some drastic differences between that and a car accident. When you are either a passenger or a driver of a car that is […]

Buffalo Injury Lawyer Discusses Types of Boats that are Typically Involved in Accidents

During the warmer months, I get calls from clients who were involved in boating accidents. The watercraft accidents at this time of the year consist of leisure boats, fishing boats, jet skis, and party boats. Because in Buffalo the summer is so short, everybody who has a boat is usually out there using it. Weekends […]

Successful Semi Truck Accident Claim

Another recent success story I had as a Buffalo Auto Accident Lawyer was involving a young client of ours who was struck by a semi-truck. The insurance company played hard ball with us for years and simply refused to negotiate on her case at all. We placed her case into suit, performed depositions, and it was about two days […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney Discusses a Rear End Collision in Amherst NY

Question: My son got hit from behind in Amherst, New York and the police were called.  The police were so nasty to my son, they told him to get back in the car or they would arrest him. All my son was trying to do was get the other driver’s information so we can get in contact with […]

Buffalo Injury Lawyer Discusses Common Motorcycle Accidents

I am often asked about the most common types of motorcycle accidents in New York.  When someone is in a motorcycle accident, the types of injuries sustained are often different than those in a typical car accident. Often you get road rash or road burn from your skin in contact with the pavement or concrete as […]

Buffalo Injury Attorney Discusses a Car Accident Lawsuit While Not Using a Seat Belt

Oftentimes clients call and tell us they were injured in an accident due to somebody else’s negligence, but they were not wearing their seat belt.  The person either forgot, they were in a hurry, or were even opposed to it. Even if you were not wearing a seat belt, you are still able to receive compensation […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Motorcycle Accidents

As a Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer I often am asked about motorcycle accidents.  Motorcycle accidents are among the most tragic and serious injury causing events on the roads. Motorcyclists are the most vulnerable because they don’t have the same protections as people driving in cars.  Many times, motorcycles can be less visible than a car […]

WNY Accident Attorney Discusses Common Causes of Boating Injuries

As an experienced Buffalo Boat Accident Attorney I’m often asked what the underlying causes of watercraft accidents are. There are a number of factors that go into the cause of these incidents.  People choose to speed or consume alcohol or operate their vehicle outside of their own comfort level or experience level. The accidents I […]

Buffalo Auto Accident Lawyer Discusses a Recent Success Story with a Motorcycle

As a Buffalo Auto Accident Lawyer I had a recent result with a young man who was involved in a motorcycle accident. Unfortunately, he sustained many of the injuries that we talk about on our other videos for people who are in these types of crashes; road rash, a knee injury, or a shoulder injury […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney Discusses a Childhood Personal Injury

Question: A 14 year old boy threw a bike on top of a 13 year old girl causing scrapes to her leg, a bump on the head and damage to the bike.  I know the kid is too young to be arrested but are there are other consequences for the physical injury, property damage and […]

Burned in a Crowded Hookah Bar

Question: At a crowded hookah bar in NYC, while standing at the bar someone knocked one of the 5 hookahs lined up at the bar which were not mine. The coal landed in my shoe giving me severe burns 2nd/3rd degree on my outer ankle. The bouncer gave a first aid kit an helped bandage […]

Buffalo Personal Injury Attorney Discusses a Car Accident Injury with a Permit

Question: I have a NYS permit.  Yesterday at around 3:30 I was coming home from work about to turn into my block and a lady rear ended my car, I felt a very bad pain in my head and my lower back , and I was taken to the hospital, and had many exams done.  I’m home now […]

Buffalo, NY Lawyer Discusses a Trip and Fall Injury

Question: Today my wife was was pushing a shopping cart in a plaza with our 1 and 3 year old in the cart. She was walking briskly trying to catch up with her mother and hit an uneven part of the pavement tripped and fell, while the cart flipped on its front with the kids […]

The Importance of Insurance Policy Limits

My clients often ask: what’s the importance of insurance limits and how do they interplay with their claims? There are limits of insurance that cover the person who caused the injury or the accident, and when you’re in a car accident you have insurance limits that you own policy to protect you in case that […]

Replacing a Totaled Car

Question: I need my car replaced, my car was parked at work and a driver hit 5 parked cars including mine. Download Our Free Auto Accident Guide Answer: 1. Make a claim immediately with the other driver & his carrier. Make sure to note any important items that may increase the value of your vehicle: […]

Success With a Slip and Fall Case

We had a case that went extremely well despite a very difficult fact pattern and some challenging issues regarding the medical treatment and diagnosis. This was a non-surgical case where we had a client slip and fall on an icy condition which occurred at a property that they were claiming had heated sidewalks and had crews […]

Preventing Low-Ball Settlements

Insurance companies are in the business to make money for their shareholders. I can can tell you based on a lot of experience in these types of cases they aren’t rushing to offer a case’s worth. Generally speaking, I believe that the way to make sure an insurance company doesn’t low ball a case is […]

Success Story from a Buffalo Car Accident Case

Recently as a Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer I got a result at trial recently for a client of ours who was just a really great person. She was 74 years old, involved in a car accident and injured her neck, back, and shoulder. She was already disabled because of prior back and neck problems.  The […]

Changing the Law with a Slip and Fall Case

Recently I was successful in resolving a case on the eve of trial in a matter that was a slip and fall in the Erie County Supreme Court. It just illustrates how insurance companies don’t get serious with resolution of these cases until they know that you’re serious about suing cases, and more importantly, they […]

Insurance Policy Limits in an Injury Case

There are limits of insurance that cover the person who caused the injury or accident. When you’re in a car accident, you have insurance limits that you carry under your own policy to protect you in case that person is either under insured or uninsured. Download Our Free Auto Accident Guide A lot of insurance […]

NYS Supreme Court Slip and Fall Case Win

I recently completed a trial in the New York State Supreme Court  in Erie County in a case where an individual fell at a house that she was renting from a landlord. This insurance company is one of the companies that’s known for not settling cases, and they oftentimes will push you to trial. In this case, […]

We Fight for the Full Value

Recently I had a case against an insurance company that I deal with on a regular basis. In that case, my client was rear-ended in a car accident and my assessment of the injuries was that they were severe and that the injuries were in excess of what the policy limits were. The insurance company […]

New York Law Changing Case

We had a case that has now established the status of the law on the doctrine of primary assumption of the risk throughout all of New York State. The doctrine of primary assumption of the risk is a defense that insurance companies oftentimes will use to prevent and preclude people from recovering when they’re engaged […]

Signing an Insurance Provider’s Release Prematurely

I want to talk to you about what a release is and what happens when you sign one. A release is a document. It is a legally binding contract between you and the insurance company, and it’s used when a case wraps up. They are generated often initiated by the insurance company, and it ends […]

Suing the Owner of a Building After Being Assaulted

An owner of a property can be sued if you are intentionally assaulted on their property, if they knew or should have known that there may be an individual there that would engage in that activity. An owner of a property has the duty to either have that person removed or to provide enough security […]

Allegany County Slip and Fall Win

I recently completed a trial in Allegheny County for a slip and fall case on ice at a farm. The individual was delivering feed to the farm and was walking over an area which was was dirt that had ice built up on top of it. As he was bringing the feed into one of the barns,  he fell down […]

Points to Know about Knee Injuries

The knee is a very complex joint in the body, and it essentially is the space where the femur is joined to the tibia and fibula, which is joined by a series of ligaments and your kneecap. Download Our Free Auto Accident Guide What we find when clients are in a car accident and their knees […]

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic outlet syndrome is really a cluster of symptoms. It is one of those common undiagnosed or missed injuries in a car accident. The result of a brachial-plexus injury, and that occurs where your clavicle and your first rib come together, where there is  an opening. That opening is collectively known as the “thoracic outlet.” […]

Written Notice Statues for Personal Injury Cases

Written notice statutes are an issue with respect to certain municipalities, cities, counties and towns. And what they have done is enacted these local statutes and local rules which require an individual to successfully prosecute a claim against them.  The city must be put on written notice of the alleged condition that caused the individual to fall. Download […]

Chiropractic Assistance After a Serious Auto Accident Injury

Chiropractors are very important with spinal injuries, whether it’s as a result of a motor vehicle accident, a slip-and-fall accident, or just in general in treating neck and back ailments. Chiropractors are involved in the manipulation of the spine to remove “subluxations” which occur when there’s a trauma to the body. Download Our Free Auto Accident […]

Neurologists and your Personal Injury Case

Neurologists are nerve doctors that are engaged in the treatment of disorders caused by the nervous system. Neurologists oftentimes see people that have injuries that cause significant, reoccurring headaches. When there’s an individual who is having migraine headaches, or “discogenic” headaches, they will get referred to a neurologist. A neurologist has a number of treatments – including therapies, […]

Slip and Fall on the College Parking Lot, They Won’t Pay

Question: I fell in my Universities parking lot on January 27th. I was walking to my friends car, took a step off the sidewalk and the slush took my foot causing my ACL to completely tear. I went to the doctor 2 days later, got x-rays, then got referred to a orthopedic specialist. He told […]

Do I Need an Attorney for Being Hit by a Car While Biking?

Question: I was in the bike lane, The driver was making a right on green. I got hit and flew over the handlebars and landed on my hands. I was bleeding and have minor nicks on my face. I got the information of a witness, (name, number) and the name, number and plates of the […]

How Can a General Practitioner Help After an Injury?

General practitioners are doctors who will treat you for ailments and injuries when you are involved in an accident. In the no-fault system with automobile accidents, the system is geared against individuals who are injured. If a primary doctor does not understand the system, they will get eaten alive by the insurance companies. The doctors that […]

What Can I Expect at the Emergency Room upon Being Injured?

Emergency room doctors or immediate care clinics are usually the first doctors we see after an accident.  When an injured individual goes to an emergency room for a back and neck injury, x-rays are taken. While x-rays are typically taken, it is important to know that x-rays only show whether there is a bone pathology.  X-rays […]

NYSTLA Holiday Gala

Recent photo from the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA), Western Region Affiliate Holiday Gala. Date:  December 22, 2014 Honorees:  Supreme Court Justice Ralph A. Boniello, III and Supreme Court Justice Joseph R. Glownia. Here is some brief info on the NYSTLA: The Western Region Affiliate of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association […]

Importance of X-Rays with your Personal Injury Case

X-rays are a diagnostic tool used to determine whether an injured individual has a fractured bone. When an individual goes to the hospital an x-ray is usually done as a precautionary measure.  This is to make sure  that there has not been a fracture to a vertebrae.  The x-ray is a limited diagnostic tool though, […]

Examining the Proposed Workers’ Compensation Fee Schedule in New York State

Attorney Richard Nicotra testifies in front of the New York State Assembly on December 19, 2014 This short informational video was provided by Richard Nicotra, an experienced Buffalo New York Auto Accident Attorney

Physical Therapy and your Personal Injury

Physical therapy is extremely important for injuries sustained in accidents. Physical therapy comes  in two different times – before surgical intervention and post-surgical. This is specifically referring to the extremities (shoulders, arms, knees, ankles, hips).  Physical therapists will engage in a process of strengthening the musculature in the affected areas and increasing range of motion, so the […]

What to know about CAT Scans

CAT scans are a diagnostic tool. They’re often used by doctors in hospitals. It is a form of an X-ray, but it is computed tomography which means it is multiple series of X-rays, performed with the assistance of a computer. They will take slices of body parts  in a series , the doctors examine these […]

Can We Sue Both Drivers in an Accident?

Question: My son was in a car accident with a friend and the impact was on the passenger side where he was sitting. The accident was the fault of his friend because the roads were slippery and his friend was driving faster than permitted by the weather. He is now experiencing a lot of back pain. Can he […]

What Should I Know if I was Injured and Broke my Arm?

There are a number of things that are important to know about fractures and personal injury cases. In a motor vehicle accident, it is necessary for us to show that there is a torque qualifying injury. A fracture of the bone is automatically considered a torque qualifying injury under New York law. If there is […]

Slip and Fall / Negligence / Personal Injury

Question: My grandmother and I live in an apartment complex, this morning she slipped and fell down the steps and on to the sidewalk. This particular staircase has had a huge chunk of marble missing from one of the top steps and I had notified the office several times to get it fixed, both verbally […]

What Legal Recourse Do I Have as a Postal Carrier Against the Owner of a Dog that Bit Me?

Question: I am a postal carrier and I was delivering a package.  I knocked on the door, and the lady opened the door a crack and stuck her hand out. Her two dogs burst through the door into the front yard (They were small dogs).  The lady came outside and I gave her the package, as I turned to walk back to […]

I Slipped and Fell Down a Flight of Stairs at an Apartment Complex at Night, do I have a Case?

Question: I was visiting my sister around 7 pm at her apartment, she lives on the second floor.  It was dark outside, and there were no lights on, so as I was about to hit the last step. I didn’t see the ground and my left foot landed wrong as I fell. I went to the emergency room and […]

Importance of EMGs

An EMG study is often used by doctors to determine whether there is peripheral nerve damage, particularly on an individual’s spine. You can have neuropathy in your fingers, and hands, or feet that starts or originates in the spine. When a disc is damaged, bulged, protrusion, extrusion, or herniation it extends out to the neuroforamen which […]

Bike Hit by Truck

Question: I was taken to the hospital by ambulance and had X-rays taken. There were no fractures so I was released and given pain and swelling medication, but my ribs and back are still hurting. I was released to go back to work on the 14th. I would like to get compensated for the ambulance, […]

Interaction Among Spine Doctors Involving a Serious Spinal Injury

There are two generally types of spine doctors that we see in our cases. The first would be a neurosurgeon; the second will be an orthopedic spinal surgeon. Both doctors are qualified to treat individuals with spinal injuries. The neurosurgeon is an individual who operates on the nervous system, back, neck, and brain. Neurosurgeons have […]

Pain Management Doctors

Pain management doctor are commonly called physiatrist. These are doctors that manage people’s pain. People come into our office on a regular basis and they have a significant amount of pain. Pain management doctors are working constantly with chiropractors or physical therapist, primary doctors and specialist  to  provide you with medication or other types of therapies […]

Hospital Fall, What are My Legal Rights?

Question: My father was taken into the ER with symptoms of pneumonia. When he was admitted to the hospital and transferred to the floor, he apparently fell off the bed. It happened while he was under heavy sedatives and at fault of personnel. No one contacted us when it happened, and when we got to […]

Using the Help of Orthopedic Doctors upon Getting into a Serious Accident

An orthopedic doctor is generally involved with treatment of bone injuries, joint injuries. Download Our Free Auto Accident Guide Many orthopedic doctors may have specialties in the upper extremities (shoulders, elbows, wrists); many in the lower extremities (knees, hips, ankles); and some are even more specialized than that. Some doctors may only deal with hands, […]

Injured Exiting Shopping Mall and Walked into an Unmarked Grey Cement Post. Required Hospital Treatment.

Question: As the owner of a seasonal business, my fall affected me greatly. I had to have others in the company cover my employee training and office setup days. In addition, I missed important family events and am still undergoing follow up treatment. All other posts on site are marked with a bright stripe, with the […]

What should I know about Digital Motion X-Rays (DMX)?

The DMX is a diagnostic tool used by doctors to determine whether there’s been an injury to the cervical region or the neck. The DMX uses fluoroscopy which is a low level X-Ray to allow the doctor to take a moving picture of a person’s neck. The person will be put in front of the […]

Slip and Fall on Ice During a Snow Storm in Buffalo

These situations depend on the timing of the accident, and on how severe the weather was at the time of the injury If the snow stops falling for long enough for the store owner to clear and salt the sidewalks, that exception will fade away Has the property owner had enough time to properly address […]

No Fault Insurance Provider Wants You Medically Examined

You should put forth your best effort when performing tests for these doctors You should complain of any areas of your body that are in pain or hurting you You should provide any available films to make it easier for the doctors Download Our Free Auto Accident Guide This informational blog post was provided by […]

Sagittal Images

Sagittal Images This is a sagittal image of an MRI of lumbar spine. This would be the camera taking a picture in the opposite direction. Meaning, instead of looking from top to bottom, we’re looking at the side of the individual in different cuts. Now what we can see is the area where the spinal […]

What’s Important to Know if was Injured on a Bus in Buffalo

Make sure you let the bus driver know right away that you have been injured You need to apply for No Fault Benefits within 30 days of the Accident No Fault Benefits include medical bills, lost wages, and transportation to and from your doctor An Attorney will assist you with getting paper work completed right […]

Points to know about Nursing Home Injuries

Nursing homes injuries are conditions that we pursue that often result in neglect or abuse of our loved ones in these homes. Anybody who spends any amount of time in nursing homes has probably seen people they know, may not have been cared for as well as they should have. Download Our Free Nursing Home Negligence […]

I Was Seriously Injured by a Drunk Driver in Buffalo

Under these circumstances, the individual that caused the accident was acting in reckless disregard of your rights to be safe on the road When these cases are being prosecuted, you should be a good witness with the DA’s Office You should contact an Attorney for assistance if you receive a notice to appear at a pre-trial conference […]

I Was Injured on a NFTA Metro Subway in Buffalo

Under these circumstances, your medical bills would go through your own insurance company You need to file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of the Accident, in order for the NFTA to conduct an investigation Download Our Free Auto Accident Guide This informational video blog post was provided by Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer – […]

I Severely Injured My Head at a Store in Buffalo

Individuals can get severely injured when stores are overstocked due to the products falling off the shelves and injuring the customer This can be considered negligence because the store is in control of what goes on the shelves As a customer, you should take photographs and obtain information of any witnesses This informational blog post was […]

Buffalo Car Accident Litigation Success Story

Over the course of several years, a case we handled for an injured young lady was able to be litigated in excess of $1,000,000 due to back injuries from an Auto Accident. Download Our Free Auto Accident Guide This short informational video blog was provided by Buffalo Auto Accident Attorney – Andrew Connelly

Buffalo Car Accident Case Success Story

A client was injured in an Auto Accident, which resulted in neck and knee Surgery The client was unable to return to the job as a result of her injuries Initially, $100,000 was secured from the underlying carrier The under insurance carrier for her employer carried an additional $100,000 sum The case was litigated heavily, which […]

Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

Neglect and abuse can take many forms. It can be as obvious as bruising or less obvious such as bed sores that you have to do some investigation because those areas are often the ones that are hidden from you. It can be as sudden as malnutrition and for those residents that can’t communicate that […]

What to do if you suspect Nursing Home Neglect

Oftentimes people asks us what should they do if they suspect one of their love ones is being neglected or abused in a nursing home setting. My response is always the same, take action. Document properly what you perceived it to be happening, whether it be conditions of the nursing home, conditions of the room, of […]

Nursing Home Injury and Neglect Laws

In New York State, there are specific laws that protect the rights of nursing home residents. There’re also federal laws that protect nursing home residents. Download Our Free Nursing Home Negligence Guide We use both of those laws as a sword to make sure that people who have been harmed by nursing homes abuse are […]

Documentation of Nursing Home Injuries

Like all evidence if it’s not collected quickly it can disappear or fade because we are often trying to protect people who are older and may not have same memory skills they had twenty years earlier.  Documenting what you’ve witness or what these people have told you can be critically important. Download Our Free Nursing […]

Point to know about Tripping Hazards

From a home owner or property owners perspective and the victim of the fall, when confronted with a tripping hazard during dangerous conditions can cause very serious injuries. There can be things such as cables, wires, poles, natural hazards, roots, fallen tree branches or things that occur in terrain. Other tripping hazards are man-made, some are […]

Points to Know About Products Liability Cases

Product liability cases involve a product, a wide variety of products. A product is either negligently designed or manufactured and it results in damage to a person. Download Our Free Product Liability Guide That product could be a wide variety of things. It could be a tire on a car, it could be a break […]

A Personal Injury Success Story in Buffalo, NY

In October, 2011, an 81 year old woman went to a small plaza in Kenmore, New York to purchase vitamins. On her way out, she stepped into a pothole, fell down, and suffered a fracture in her non-dominant arm.  Insurance companies for the Plaza claimed that they were not responsible for the woman’s fall because […]

Importance of Your Dog Bite Injury Case

Often time’s clients call after they or their children had been bitten by a dog. New York State has very specific laws regarding liability in dog bite cases. New York State has what is often referred to as the one bite rule. Download Our Free Dog Bite Injury Guide What that essentially means is that […]

Questions to Ask the Owner If You Get Bit By A Dog in Buffalo

If you are unfortunately bit by a dog, you can ask the dog’s owner if their dog has ever bit someone before? They may answer you, they may not, depends on what they know about the law, because you have to prove that the dog has vicious propensity. Download Our Free Dog Bite Injury Guide […]

Buffalo, NY Attorney Explains Mesothelioma Cases

Mesothelioma is a specific diagnosis for people who have been exposed to asbestos. The problem with asbestos exposure is that often times it has a latency period.  This means it could take 30 to 40 years from the time the individual is exposed, to the time that they are actually diagnosed with mesothelioma. As attorneys […]

How does lost wage reimbursement work if I am injured in an accident?

One of the most important No Fault benefits is lost wage reimbursement. The statute provides for up to 80% lost wage reimbursement and that wage reimbursement is tax free. Download Our Free Auto Accident Guide The No Fault system is designed to keep your nose above water while you are healing. If you are disabled from work, […]

What happens if I get injured on ice or snow because of a fall?

There are many issues that need to be address in slip and fall cases on ice or snow. The most important issue obviously is what  the climatological conditions were like at the time when the person slip and fell. Most importantly, its for us to determine whether or not the condition existed for a certain […]

What is important to know if I fall and get injured on a wet floor?

As with all slip and fall cases and premises, we have to show one of three things: one, that the owner of the establishment or the party having responsibility over the area knew of the condition or in exercise of reasonable care they should have known of the condition. In a case such as wet floors, […]

What is good to know if I fall down and get injured due to a faulty handrail?

The most prominent issue that we deal with is a faulty hand railing when people are walking up and down stairs. Hand railings are put into place in order to provide stabilization for people who are using stairways. Oftentimes people that are falling or trip, use the hand rail that is loose or defective, the hand rail will not […]

What Should I know if I Fall and get Injured Due to a Hand Rail

The most prominent issues that we deal with from faulty hand railings are when people are walking up and down stairs. Hand railings are put into place in order to provide stabilization for people who are using stairways. Oftentimes people are falling or trip and use the hand rail that are loose or defective, the hand rail […]

What to know about injuries from faulty steps

We are often confronted with situations where clients of ours have been injured due to stairs that are constructed improperly or overtime have fallen to disrepair. It can be loose planks, it can be a rotten wood, or concrete because of the winters freeze and thaw catching loose chunks of it. Other situations are when […]

Points to know about surface defects in commercial parking lots

Whether you’re a home owner or a business owner, you have a responsibility to those that you invite over within regards to the safety of the surfaces of your property. So for example, there’s a store, a major department store, or a chain and there parking lot needs repair and has big divots, potholes, and areas that are wear […]

What Factors Impact the Value of My Personal Injury Case?

Clients whom we represent eventually get to the point where they ask: what is the value of my case, what is my case worth? That is not something that you can easily put a number particularly early on. It is something that you get to become familiar with over the course of your representation of […]

If I have a pre-existing condition, will that impact my current personal injury case?

Oftentimes clients ask me if they are able to bring claim when they have either a pre-existing condition or injury and the answer is yes. It adds an extra element to the analysis, though. Oftentimes when you do have a pre-existing condition or injury you either are receiving treatment or have received treatment in the […]

What Happens if I am Injured in an Auto Accident that is Partially My Fault?

Even if an accident is mostly your fault, partially your fault, or just a little bit your fault, you should know that you are covered under New York no fault benefits, in terms of your medical treatment, loss wages, mileage and a few other benefits. And even if an accident is mostly your fault you […]

What is important to know if you are injured as a pedestrian or while riding a bike?

What is important to know if you are injured as a pedestrian or while riding a bike? For anyone injured in an accident whether they were a pedestrian or a bicyclist the most important thing for them to know right away is that their medical benefits and treatment will be paid for by the vehicle that […]

Will My Personal Injury Case Go to Trial?

One of the first things that gets asked of us is will my case have to go to trial? Oftentimes what happens in personal injury cases and motor vehicle accident cases is that we are able to resolve those cases prior to trial. However the insurance companies must know that your attorney is willing to take a case to […]

How Important Is Investigation During The Early Stages of An Auto Accident Case?

I can tell you that an investigation is not only important in the early stages of a case. It’s critical. We need your lawyer to be able to preserve evidence so that if we have to go to trial later on we have it available to us. Download Our Free Auto Accident Guide And we hire and […]

What Are The First Things I Should Do If I Get In An Auto Accident?

What Are The First Things I Should Do If I Get In An Auto Accident? If you ever find yourself in auto accident there are certain things that you must do. Download Our Free Auto Accident Guide The first thing is to stay calm, assess the situation, make sure that you and nobody else near […]

What Are The Benefits of No Fault in New York?

One of the first things that’s get asked in any motor vehicle accident is what is going to happen for me with respect to the medical bills and any wage benefits that I might lose as a result of being injured? The response to our clients is that that is handled by no fault. No fault is just […]

Points to know about personal injury cases based on construction accidents

Historically, New York State has provided special protections for people who are involved in the construction trade. Our labor law has two specific sections that are very important to us as attorneys and individuals who work in construction Download Our Free Construction Accident Guide The first is labor law, section 240 subsection 1.Essentially, the statute says […]

What Happens if I am involved in an Auto Accident at Work?

In New York State we have what we call worker’s compensation statute. Download Our Free Auto Accident Guide Workers’ compensation is primary to no fault and essentially what that means is this:  if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident while working, worker’s compensation is required to step into the shoes of the no fault carrier.  However, […]

What is important to know if you injure your shoulder in an auto accident?

I would say that shoulder injury is the second most frequent type of injury that we see as a result of a motor vehicle accident. You can imagine that when a car is jolted or hit, that individual who had their hands on the steering wheel, the shoulder takes the impact of that jolt. Download […]

What Happens if My Car is Totaled?

If you’re involved in a motor vehicle accident and your car is totaled you’re entitled to the fair market value of that vehicle. We have a dedicated paralegal at our office who’s involved in property damage claims from beginning to an end to ensure you are properly compensated for your loss. Download Our Free Auto […]

If I get in an auto accident, who is going to fix my car?

If I get in an auto accident, who is going to fix my car? After a motor vehicle accident, many clients ask who’s going to fix their car. If you are not at fault for the accident the insurance company for the other driver that hit you is responsible for covering the property damage. Download Our Free Auto Accident […]

What is important to know if I slip and fall and get injured on someone else’s property?

In the event that you slip and fall,  your commercial or residential property allows you to be compensated for any injuries you might sustain. We call this a general proposition premise liability case. In a premise liability cases we typically have to show that one of three things has happened with respect to the defendant.  […]

What To Know About IME’s

The term independent, quite honestly, is ironic. Contractually what happens in an independent medical exam is that a no fault carrier is allowed to hire a doctor of their choice to take a look at you to make a determination as to whether or not they think you need more treatment. The no fault insurance company […]

Did You Hurt Your Neck or Back in a Car Accident?

The most frequent injury that we see as a result of a motor vehicle accident is spinal injuries. One of the things that is very important to know about spinal injuries is that your attorney needs to know the spine and the other injuries including the doctors, and the insurance companies lawyers. Download Our Free Auto Accident […]

The Discovery Phase of a Personal Injury Case

When preparing a case to go to court after some of the complaints have been filed, we go through what’s called the discovery process which includes paper discovery and depositions. During the paper discovery phase we advise the other side that the circumstance are severe, as well as the treatment and injuries you sustained. We […]

Will My Case Settle Before Court?

One of the questions people often ask when they come in is whether their case has a chance to settle before court. The short answer to that question is yes. As you are treated for the injuries that you sustained in the accident, we will be gathering the medical records, and evaluate the treatment.  We will develop […]

Incidental Expense Coverage under No Fault insurance

Wherever you’re involved in an accident in New York State while in a vehicle or struck by a vehicle, you get a certain bundle of benefits that has been referred to as no fault benefits. It covers wages if you are disabled but it also covers a special miscellaneous category. Download Our Free Auto Accident Guide […]

Injured As A Passenger On A Bus?

If you are injured on a bus, there are certain things that you need to know because they are a bit different than a passenger in a car. Download Our Free Auto Accident Guide The New York State insurance regulations cover you with no fault benefits while you’re on a bus, because there are common carriers […]

What is SUM Insurance?

SUM insurance or Supplemental Uninsured Motor Vehicle Insurance is extremely important and most folks who end up getting auto insurance, the liability does not pay enough attention to this aspect of coverage.  I feel that insurance agents really do not inform their clients about the significance of this coverage. Download Our Free Auto Accident Guide SUM […]

Compensation Determination for Auto Accidents in New York

You are probably wondering, if you’re injured in a motor vehicle accident if you can be compensated or not. Download Our Free Auto Accident Guide New York State has no-fault law. No fault law provides for certain benefits from the car that you were in. The next question is, can we get you compensation from the […]

Should I Call My Personal Injury Attorney Before Calling My Insurance Company?

The first thing people think they need to do after being involved in a motor vehicle accident that caused an injury is to contact their insurance carrier. Download Our Free Auto Accident Guide Your insurance company’s agendas are different than your own.  Their responsibility is to pay for your no-fault benefits, such as your lost wages, your […]

How Long Do I Have To Fill Out A No Fault Application in New York State?

After being involved in a motor vehicle accident, many clients call and ask how long they have to fill out a no fault application. You can fill out the no fault paper work yourself, but we strongly advised against it.  This is because we do not want you to put anything on the application that […]

Why are Diagnostic Tests Important if you get Seriously Injured?

Diagnostic tests really are the most crucial evidence we have for your case. They represent the gold standard of evidence that we use to prove that you were injured in your accident. Things like MRIs, CT scans, EMG and CV tests are done to check for Radiculopathy down the extremities. These can be crucial to prove that you […]

How To Select The Best Personal Injury Attorney For Your Case

When you are selecting an attorney to help you with your personal injury case, there are certain things that you should do. Often times in the attorney client interview, the focus is on a client.  I think the focus should be more on the attorney. When somebody brings you a stack of papers to sign, you […]

What Are The No-Fault Benefits in New York State?

One of the first things that typically gets asked by a client in any motor vehicle accident is, “What is going to happen for me with respect to the medical bills and any wages that I might lose as a result of being injured?” By law, every auto insurance policy in New York State has to […]