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Gary S. Graifman Awarded 2017 AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell

Posted on May 25, 2017 by Theresa Andre

Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, PC is proud to announce that firm partner Gary S. Graifman has once again received the AV Preeminent rating for 2017, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.  Mr. Graifman was first awarded this designation in 2013. Martindale-Hubbell’s AV® certification is considered the benchmark for measuring an attorney’s exceptional skill, experience, and reputation among peers in the legal profession. The rating reflects the opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary. Gary S. Graifman, Esq. has been a practicing attorney for more than 30 years. He handles the firm’s employment law practice as well as commercial litigation, class action securities and consumer law, copyright and trademark law. He also maintains an entertainment law practice and regularly represents artists, production companies and related entities. Mr. Graifman is admitted to practice before the State Courts of New York and New Jersey, as well as the United States…
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What Are PTSD Personal Injury Claims?

Posted on May 9, 2017 by Dawn Snyder

PTSD, also known as post traumatic stress disorder, is a psychiatric disorder that sometimes affects people who have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event. When a personal injury victim suffers from PTSD as the result of an accident, it can interfere with daily functioning in ways that make physical and mental recovery even tougher. As a personal injury lawyer at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman P.C. can tell you, this type of impairment is compensable under the law but it is not as straightforward as a clearly physical injury. PTSD as a result of personal injury When most people think of PTSD, they probably think of affected soldiers returning from war. In reality, there are many other causes as well, including natural disasters, sexual assault, car accidents, and other types of personal injury. PTSD as a result of a traffic accident, for example, is far more common than most people realize….
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Our Support of the YWCA: Building a Stronger Bergen County

Posted on May 3, 2017 by Jacky Gale

  Since 1920, the YWCA of Bergen County, New Jersey has tirelessly advanced its mission of empowering women and families, supporting social justice, and eliminating racism. Not only is the YWCA the leading destination for health and fitness programs, but it also operates Bergen County’s only Sexual Violence Resource Center, healingSPACE. Here at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, our personal injury lawyers are proud to support the YWCA and the important work they do. Through our legal work, we often see first-hand the harsh consequences of social injustice, and we’re constantly looking for better ways of serving our community. With our sponsorship of the YWCA, we’re privileged to contribute to the strength of Bergen County. The mission of the YWCA of Bergen County Girls, women, and families throughout Bergen County have long relied on the YWCA to provide a safe, supportive space. The YWCA seeks to give women the opportunities they…
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What is the Difference between General Damages and Special Damages in a Car Accident Case?

Posted on May 3, 2017 by Dawn Snyder

If you have been injured in a car accident, you may suffer many kinds of losses – medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of certain functions, even the ability to take part in some of your favorite activities. Even though the losses can take many forms, judges and juries can only compensate them in one way – with a monetary award. To aid the calculation of a monetary award that an injury victim is entitled to, the types of losses are divided into categories known as general damages and special damages. The Rockland County car accident lawyers at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman recognize that understanding the differences between these personal injury award components can take some of the mystery out of a car accident case. What are special damages? Special damages are easier to calculate than general damages. Special damages (also known as economic damages or “specials”) represent…
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How is Loss of Wages Determined in a Personal Injury Case ?

Posted on April 28, 2017 by Sarah May

A personal injury may result in long-term disability that makes resuming prior employment or earning pre-accident income levels an impossibility. When this occurs, the law affords aggrieved parties the opportunity to pursue compensation for those losses. But how can lost wages, reduced earning potential and related damages be accurately assessed? Lost wage calculations Accident victims who enjoyed regular employment by a company, individual or other such entity will have a rather straightforward task ahead in establishing exactly how much income they have lost. By submitting employer-provided and other documentation concerning their typical work schedule, rate of pay and days missed due to injuries sustained, a plaintiff or claimant can quickly prove the income of which they have been deprived by the defendant’s negligence. Those who work on a seasonal or irregular work schedule may find this part of the process a bit more challenging, but could utilize pre-accident bank deposit records, tax returns,…
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How To Avoid Costly College Savings Account Mistakes in Divorce Cases

Posted on April 21, 2017 by Sarah May

A 529 College Savings Account can be a valuable method for parents to set aside funds for their children’s education while also benefiting from significant tax savings. However, when a marriage unravels and financial settlement negotiations begin, these types of investments must be carefully addressed in order to prevent an inequitable support arrangement. The divorce and child support attorneys at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman can help you avoid the potential landmines concerning 529 accounts and can provide the guidance necessary to ensure that such funds are utilized as intended and do not foster additional disputes between the parties. 529 savings account fundamentals Named for the portion of the Internal Revenue Code from which 529 college savings accounts derive their tax-advantaged status, investments of this type offer interested parties the ability to designate financial resources for the educational benefit of beneficiaries of their choice. Earnings have an opportunity to grow on a tax-deferred basis…
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What Are the Different Types of Bone Fractures?

Posted on April 12, 2017 by Ava Lawson

There are 206 bones in the human body, and together they provide many functions that are critical to our health and wellbeing. When bones are fractured, the recovery process can be lengthy and expensive, especially in more severe cases entailing surgery and traction. Motor vehicle accidents, falls and sports injuries are the leading causes of broken bones, which are considered a medical emergency. Even minor hairline fractures should be evaluated and treated promptly to prevent further complications. Improper or delayed treatment of fractures can result in incapacitating changes to your mobility, ongoing pain and loss of bone integrity. X-rays must be taken to diagnosis the injury and provide a clear idea about the type of fracture and the degree of bone displacement. When such personal injury is caused by another party’s negligence, victims may be eligible to seek monetary damages through the courts. The law firm of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman…
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What Can I Do if Hit by a Driver with No Insurance?

Posted on April 5, 2017 by Ava Lawson

An estimated one in every seven motorists in the United States has no auto insurance. If you are unfortunate enough to be hit by a driver with no insurance, the consequences can be financially crippling. Car crashes are traumatic enough, but a collision with an uninsured driver can turn into a living nightmare. So what resources are available to protect yourself against financial ruin in the wake of such an accident? Your first thought may be to sue the at-fault driver, but even if you were to win a personal injury lawsuit, it is highly unlikely that the uninsured driver has enough assets to cover the damage award. Imagine being stuck with paying hospital bills and vehicle repairs out of your own pocket, just because of an uninsured motorist. Whether you live in New York or New Jersey, the best way to protect yourself is by adding Uninsured and Underinsured…
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Can Whiplash After an Auto Accident Cause Permanent Injuries?

Posted on April 5, 2017 by Ava Lawson

Whiplash is a relatively common soft tissue injury that is often caused by a rear-end collision. Some studies have shown that awareness of an impending impact can affect the severity of the whiplash injury, with vehicle passengers more prone to suffering greater injury compared to drivers, who may see an approaching vehicle in his or her rear-view mirror. Other factors that affect whiplash severity include gender (women have less muscular bulk compared to men are more inclined to suffer injury), posture at the time of impact, age, and overall physical condition. Caused by a sudden jolt which throws the head and neck violently back and forth, whiplash stretches ligaments, muscles and tendons beyond their normal range of motion, resulting in stiffness and pain. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misconception about whiplash injuries after car accidents. You might think that recovery is pretty straightforward: just pop some aspirin, take a…
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How Social Media Can Undermine Your Lawsuit

Posted on April 5, 2017 by admin

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are integrated into the fabric of our daily lives. We routinely post pictures of our kids playing soccer, our travels abroad, and our wild birthday bashes. While it’s a natural inclination to want to share our lives with family and friends, social media puts private information out there for the world to see, and can seriously hinder your financial recovery in a personal injury or matrimonial case. At the law firm of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, we always caution about negative consequences of using social media during litigation. Why do we do this? To protect clients from themselves. This means do not publish information about your case or things that contradict the positions that you’re trying to take in court. Social media posts can damage your credibility in court Privacy settings aren’t enough to protect sensitive information, including pictures, video and emails, from being used against you in court….
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