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The answer to the question posed in the title of this blog post is “yes”.  I will show you how this is true using a recent case I settled as an example. My pedestrian-client was injured while j-walking across East Genesee Street in Auburn, right outside our main office. The pedestrian seemingly did everything wrong:  She chose to cross the street a hundred feet or so from an intersection equipped with a traffic light and…
I have been representing personal injury victims for decades.  No two victims are alike.  They’re kind of like snowflakes: They are each unique.  This goes for how they deal with their injuries, too.  But generally you can think of how they handle their injuries as running along a spectrum, a continuum, which is the subject of my blog post today. At one end of the spectrum is what I call the “tough guy”.  The use…
I am arguing an appeal tomorrow.  I am writing this blog post during a “break” in my preparation.  Let me tell you about the appeal, and how I am preparing to argue it. First, it’s a big case.  We have sued for more than $8,000,000.  Our client is a wealthy trust fund that lent $6,000,0000 to a power company.  The loan went sour when the power company went broke and was unable to repay the…
We get this question a lot.  When we get it early on – while the client is still treating for her injuries, the answer is, “we don’t know”.  It depends on how well and how quickly you heal”.   But once the client is done healing and we can see what her “permanent” prognosis is, including any permanent pain, limitations or scars, we can take a stab at it. Take a stab at it?  Kind of…
You are walking along the shoulder of a road with no sidewalk.  You are facing traffic, as you are supposed to.  To your right, walking with you, is your husband.  Suddenly the car heading towards you veers off the road and onto the shoulder.  You have time to jump to the left and escape injury.  Your husband, on the other hand, is hit and killed. You watch this happen, horrified. Clearly your husband’s estate has…
Several years ago, Lee Michaels, our senior member, was asked and agreed to endow this significant scholarship and award at Syracuse University College of Law recognizing a second-year top trial or appellate advocacy student.  The primary goal in initiating this scholarship/award was to help a worthy student, but it was also aimed at attracting fresh applicants interested in advocacy to the law school. That secondary purpose seems to be working out: The law school has…
Ok, the headline of this blog was over the top.  Just trying to grab your attention!  If you have read this far, it worked! But we really are damn good at what we do.  I don’t usually blog about our firm (too modest!).  We like our results to speak for themselves.  (And do they ever:  Check them out here). If you look back at my past blog posts,  you will see they are about…
My law firm is one of the few – if not the only – law firm in the Syracuse area whose case load includes a significant amount of legal malpractice cases. Unlike some firms, we are not afraid to sue our colleagues when they “mess up”. Here I am going to talk about an important legal malpractice statute-of-limitations issue that we have been arguing. Two times recently, in two different courts, our clients’ legal malpractice…
This has been a snowy February in Upstate, New York, especially in contrast to our January, which was green. More snow is predicted in the Finger Lakes and Syracuse area this week. So it seems like a good time for this New York car accident lawyer to review some safe driving tips for winter weather. In fact, the New York Times just published an article on this very subject. But what do they know?  They’re…
One thing I love about my job as a New York personal injury lawyer is that I am always learning new things. A novel personal injury case walks in my door and I say, “wow, I didn’t know that could happen”!  But then I research it and find out that not only does it happen, it happens repeatedly. And it happens because someone, and not the poor injured guy, but rather a big, fat, rich…