New York and Pennsylvania are among a handful of states that have enacted “No-Fault” laws to ensure that insurance carriers pay for medical expenses, lost wages, and various incidental costs associated with injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents. Under such laws, injured parties are covered regardless of who was at fault in an accident. These laws are intended to ensure quick payments to injured parties, as well as to avoid costly and time-consuming litigation. Claims under [...]

The impaired may not be the only party you can recover from.             Dram shop acts, named after a historical unit of measurement for liquors, are now present in the vast majority of states. New York’s dram shop law gives those who are harmed by the actions of an intoxicated person a right to recover damages against “any person who shall, by unlawful selling to or unlawfully assisting in procuring liquor for such intoxicated [...]

While the number of auto drivers and passengers in the United States killed in accidents has declined for the third year in a row, dangers to those outside of motor vehicles remains constant. Every day, pedestrians and bicyclists are injured and killed in accidents caused by distracted and negligent drivers. The Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that in 2018, 6,227 pedestrian fatalities occurred in the United States, representing the highest number in nearly thirty years, and a four [...]

Each year, thousands of workers across New York State are injured in construction site accidents. The physical, emotional, and financial costs associated with these accidents can be devastating to workers and their loved ones. Fortunately, New York State Labor Laws give injured workers and their families the chance to obtain full compensation for their injuries. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, construction site accidents are one of the leading causes of workplace [...]

A young laborer working on a state project fell off a scaffold and suffered serious injuries to his leg and back.  Though he returned to his job within a year, he continued to experience pain at the end of a work day.  John L. Perticone, Esq. said that the insurer for the contractor agreed to pay only after losing a motion to dismiss the claim.  The judge ruled that New York State Labor Law 240 (the “scaffold law”) had been violated.

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