As we approach the presidential election this year, I predict that the issue of tort reform will emerge once again, as it often does in elections.  Tort reform is the disingenuous idea that there is a lawsuit crisis, and reforms are needed to keep America safe from personal injury lawyers and lawsuits arising from accidents.  […]Continue reading

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Hit by a Bicycle Riding a bicycle in New York City can be quite a dangerous endeavor.  I have represented many bicyclists, those hard working souls who make their living delivering the food we take for granted.   The rules of the road are for everyone – motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists.  When a bicycle is […]Continue reading

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What is a “serious” injury? To establish liability in a personal injury action in New York, a plaintiff must show he or she suffered an injury meeting the definition of ‘“serious.”  New York Insurance Law section 5102 defines serious injury to be the result of any of the conditions listed below. While the first few […]Continue reading

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“Sue My Wife, Please!” Can I sue my spouse for injuries sustained in a car accident? Yes. You can always sue. The more important question is – “Would it be covered by insurance?” The answer is “Probably not.” Take a common scenario. You and your spouse go out to dinner. Your spouse is driving. You […]Continue reading

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Nursing Home Abuse Nursing homes are places where we like to think our aging relatives go to be cared for in their golden years.  We place our trust in strangers, hoping that they will treat grandma and grandpa like family.  Many nursing homes are run by competent, caring professionals, who work diligently to maintain the […]Continue reading

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What is an accident? Whether or not a liability insurance policy will cover a claim often comes down to whether or not it is considered an accident. All general liability policies exclude coverage for injuries that are intentional. The public policy rationale is that as a society, we don’t want people to be able to […]Continue reading

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Recent settlement: $150,000 I recently reached a personal injury settlement for $150,000 for a woman who slipped and fell in a pizza parlor. The insurance company initially took a “no pay” position and claimed that it would be impossible for me to prove my case. My client walked into the restaurant just after it had […]Continue reading

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