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I get calls and emails all the time from people seeking a New York personal injury lawyer.  One of the first questions I ask them is, “have you talked to any other lawyers”?  Often the answer is yes.  That’s a bad sign.  I am usually going to turn that case down. If other New York personal injury lawyers have rejected the case, chances are there were good reasons. So my next question is:  “Why did…
Not trying to brag or boast or “holier-than-Thou” anyone, but I just need to say how proud I am to be part of a personal injury law firm that doesn’t see money as the be-all-and-end-all of the practice of law.  And yes, there are plenty of personal injury firms that do.  Not us.  Not Michaels & Smolak.  We are damn good at what we do, second to none, in the personal injury litigation field.  Our…
This is an update on the crazy serial hit-and-run dude I talked about in two past blog posts.  Anyone interested in following the story (and believe me, it’s worth it!) who has not read those two prior posts should read them now by clicking here and here. Long story short, a NASCAR-loving nut job had a nasty habit of plowing into other vehicles, always from behind, and always as the victim was moving forward. …
This is an update on the crazy serial hit-and-run dude I talked about in two past blog posts.  Anyone interested in following the story (and believe me, it’s worth it!) who has not read those two prior posts should read them now by clicking here and here. Long story short, a NASCAR-loving nut job had a nasty habit of plowing into other vehicles, always from behind, and always as the victim was moving forward. …
Me finishing up a triathlon race a few years ago Hello fellow cyclists.  Hope you have been as lucky as I have been and have found time dust off that winter-stored bike for your first ride of the season.  Actually, I have already been out three times and logged over 150 miles.  The wind has been a bit stiff – sometimes more than 20 miles per hour – which sure makes it tough going out…
Click on the image above so you can read it.  We honestly don’t do all the pro bono work we do for the recognition.  We do it because we want to give back. Nevertheless, it is nice to be recognized. Thanks to all our wonderful staff who help us do good work. Keep safe! Continue Reading The post Michaels & Smolak Receives Pro Bono Champion Award for Providing Equal Access to Justice to Those in
My last blog post described how I got whacked by a hit-and-run driver and then chased him down.  You can read that blog post here.  Some of my readers commented that I was a stubborn fool for pursuing him at fairly high speeds on a snowy day.  I agree.  As it turns out, though, my stubbornness may have paid off and made the roads safer for my fellow motorists in Wayne, Seneca and Ontario…
This Central New York car accident lawyer was involved in a hit-and-run and a wild chase.  So buckle up and follow my story! Last Tuesday morning, I was heading east on Route 318 through the Town of Tyre, Seneca County, NY, my usual route to get from my home in Geneva to my office in Auburn.  I had been following a slow-moving tractor trailer on the slippery, snow-covered road.  The tractor trailer was going 55…
Last night my wife Alejandra and I attended the Geneva YMCA’s fundraiser, the “Frost Fest”, at Three Brothers Winery right along the eastern shores of Seneca Lake.  Here is a photo of us sitting on the ice thrown: Yes, lots of beautiful ice carvings.  And lots of other great stuff to see and do.  Local wine, beer and restaurant tastings and to top it all off a huge fireworks display. And notice the…
On January 28 of this Year New York’s legislative bodies put the final touches on the “Child Victims Act”.  It’s almost law. All that is needed now is Governor Cuomo’s signature, which is sure to come soon. The new law will extend the statute of limitations for adults who were sexually abused as children from the current 23-years-of-age limit to the victim’s 55th birthday.   And for one year, anyone of any age –…