New York Construction Accident and Personal Injury Blog

When to Sue for a Construction Accident

Posted by Dennis R. Smith, Esq. | Feb 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

Were you injured in a construction accident and wondering whether you can file a civil lawsuit?  When an employee gets hurt in a construction accident, the employer or state's workers compensation insurance often compensates for the medical bills, lost wages, and any permanent or temporary disabi...

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What Are Punitive Damages?

Posted by Dennis R. Smith, Esq. | Feb 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

After suffering catastrophic injuries at the hands of someone else, you may be entitled to full restitution. Your personal injury lawyer will need to complete a thorough investigation into the incident in question and gather the evidence needed to establish fault. Once the liable party has been u...

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Minimum Auto Insurance Requirements in New York

Posted by Dennis R. Smith, Esq. | Jan 30, 2024 | 0 Comments

The article provides an overview of New York State's minimum auto insurance requirements, highlighting three key types of coverage: No-Fault (Personal Injury Protection, PIP), Liability Insurance, and Uninsured Motorists Coverage. No-Fault coverage offers up to $50,000 per person for medical expenses and lost earnings, applicable regardless of fault, and covers drivers, passengers, and pedestrians, but not vehicle damages. Liability Insurance includes legal defense and covers damages or injuries caused to others by the insured vehicle, with specific minimum coverage limits set by New York law. Uninsured Motorists Coverage protects against injuries from uninsured or hit-and-run drivers within New York State, excluding vehicle damage. The article also notes exceptions to PIP benefits, insurance nuances when renting cars, and the role of the Insurance Information and Enforcement System (IIES) in monitoring vehicle insurance coverage.

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A Battle for Justice Against Insurance Giant GEICO Amidst COVID-19

Posted by Dennis R. Smith, Esq. | Jan 18, 2024 | 0 Comments

The ordeal began on a seemingly ordinary morning, January 23, 2020, when a red light violation led to a serious accident, leaving the plaintiff with a fractured thumb and a torn ulnar collateral ligament. An ambulance in the area witnessed the defendant's vehicle running the red light and T-boning the plaintiff’s vehicle, provided medical aid at the scene, and recorded their observations in the ambulance call report. As a result of the impact, the plaintiff fractured his left thumb, and tore the ulnar collateral ligament, requiring surgery. While such incidents are typically followed by insurance claims and settlements, the plaintiff's journey through the legal and insurance system became anything but typical.

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Top Safety Violations on Construction Sites: How They Lead to Accidents

Posted by Dennis R. Smith, Esq. | Dec 14, 2023 | 0 Comments

This post, aimed at residents of Manhattan, Queens, and Long Island, delves into common safety violations on construction sites, such as inadequate fall protection, scaffolding hazards, electrical risks, poor equipment maintenance, and insufficient training. Highlighting the risks these issues pose to workers, the post emphasizes the need for strict safety adherence and the availability of legal assistance for accident victims.

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How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?

Posted by Dennis R. Smith, Esq. | Sep 26, 2023 | 0 Comments

A personal injury lawyer in New York typically charges a contingency fee, which means you don't pay any upfront fees. Instead, the lawyer gets paid only if they win your case or reach a settlement. Their fee is a percentage of the compensation you receive.  Additionally, we offer free initia...

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Long Island Personal Injury FAQ

Posted by Dennis R. Smith, Esq. | Sep 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

When you're injured, recovering can be a difficult and complex process. You may have more questions than answers in the aftermath of your accident.  If you have questions about your claim, check out the questions we've answered below. Then, give a Long Island personal injury lawyer a call about t...

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What Are the Different Types of Negligence?

Posted by Dennis R. Smith, Esq. | Aug 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

Negligence comes in many forms, from gross negligence as often seen in medical malpractice lawsuits to vicarious forms that result in an employer being held liable for the actions of an employee. Regardless of your situation, filing a claim after being hurt because of someone else's recklessness ...

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Long Island Car Accident Resources

Posted by Dennis R. Smith, Esq. | Jun 08, 2021 | 0 Comments

Being involved in a car accident can leave you feeling scared and confused. The aftermath of a car accident on Long Island can be just as traumatizing. Getting back to your life could prove to be more difficult than you thought.  In the hopes of helping you get through this challenging time, we h...

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Common Causes of Car Accidents

Posted by Dennis R. Smith, Esq. | May 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

For any car accident claim to be successful, your lawyer will need to be able to show the courts, based on a preponderance of the evidence, the accused party is liable for your injuries.  But before we can do that, your car accident lawyer will need to thoroughly investigate the accident to deter...

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How Does Car Insurance Work?

Posted by Dennis R. Smith, Esq. | Jan 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

After you've been involved in a car accident, one of the first things you do is exchange insurance information with the other involved driver. Beyond that, many drivers have no idea how car insurance affects their recovery process after an accident. Some drivers assume their own insurance company...

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