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Potential Outcomes of a Personal Injury Claim

Posted on February 23, 2017 by Ava Lawson

After suffering a serious injury caused by another party’s negligence or wrongdoing, the law affords remedies for seeking compensation. When you are filing a personal injury claim in New York or New Jersey, it’s important to have a basic understanding of possible outcomes. While your personal injury lawyer can provide a rough estimate regarding the value of your case, there is no sure-fire guarantee that plaintiffs will prevail in the court or reach a settlement negotiation with the defendant. If you’ve filed a civil action, or are considering suing after a car accident, workplace injury or because of a defective product, read on to learn about the possible outcomes of a personal injury lawsuit. Your case is settled out of court Less than 5 percent of personal injury claims reach trial in the United States. While your attorney will approach and prepare your case for the possibility of a jury…
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Largest Personal Injury Settlements in New York

Posted on February 14, 2017 by Jenn Fusion

One of the benefits in working with a personal injury attorney is the opportunity to access greater resources and pursue maximum compensation allowable by law. Defendants are notorious for offering low-ball settlements, taking advantage of the plaintiffs’ desires to forego trial and speedily resolve the lawsuit. Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman thrive on the fine art of practicing law, and we never let our clients settle for less. Our 35+ years of experience and in-depth understanding of personal injury settlements in New York guide us in knowing when it’s time to collect or when it’s time to fight. For your reference, here are some of the largest personal injury settlements and verdicts in New York as of 2017: $18M for amputee in medical provider negligence lawsuit It was a long three-year battle for Tabitha Mullings, a Brooklyn mother of three sons, endured what the NY Daily News called a “shocking medical…
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What is Personal Injury Protection (PIP) or No-Fault Insurance?

Posted on February 8, 2017 by Ava Lawson

In order to register and operate your vehicle in New York and New Jersey, you must purchase some basic auto insurance coverages, including Personal Injury Protection (PIP). Personal Injury Protection is also commonly called “No Fault” insurance. No Fault insurance laws were created to ensure that individuals involved in car accidents were promptly compensated by the insurance company, regardless of which party was to blame. Personal Injury Protection not only expedites compensation for legitimate crash-related expenses, it also serves to curb frivolous claims arising from car accident injuries and financial losses. When purchasing an auto insurance policy, you will be able to select the amount of desired PIP coverage. In New Jersey, this could be as low as $15,000 per person/per accident up to $250,000 per person/per accident. In New York, each insured vehicle is required by law to carry a minimum of $50,000.00 in PIP coverage for each occupant. What…
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3 Strategies for Winning a Personal Injury Claim Settlement

Posted on February 8, 2017 by admin

When you hire the law firm of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, you can rest assured we’re preparing your case as if we were going to trial. However, the surprising truth is that approximately 95% of civil lawsuits are resolved through negotiated settlements. In the hands of skilled personal injury attorneys, this is good news for claimants, as it often leads to the fast recovery of substantial sums of cash that can go toward paying medical bills, covering living expenses, and moving on from a traumatic event. If the defendant refuses to make a reasonable offer, we have the resources and expertise to take your case to trial and fight to get you the maximum compensation allowed. Otherwise, there are several strategies we can employ to resolve your case prior to trial. 1. Focus on fact-finding Quality information gathering in the earliest months of preparation is associated with more favorable outcomes. In…
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What is My Personal Injury Claim Worth?

Posted on February 8, 2017 by Ava Lawson

If you’re pursuing litigation after being harmed in an auto collision, a workplace accident, or after falling and getting hurt on another person’s property, you’re probably wondering “What is my personal injury case worth?” How much compensation can you recover from a defendant accused of causing you to suffer physical, emotional and financial damages? Any honest personal injury attorney will explain that attaching an exact figure to your claim is next to impossible without a thorough examination of all evidence and circumstances surrounding your injuries. Even then, your legal counsel can only estimate an approximate value of your case, which can be optimized or reduced depending on various elements. Calculating the total amount of “damages” incurred is an important task for your legal advocate. Besides tangible expenses such as hospital stays, surgery and medication, how do you put a number on things like emotional distress, pain and suffering? What if you…
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How Can I Change Child Support?

Posted on February 1, 2017 by admin

When employment changes and other shifting circumstances affect a parent’s financial situation, it may be time to examine child support payments and increase or decrease them accordingly. Some of the most common reasons to change child support include: A substantial change in income, such as that brought about by job loss or a promotion Change in other support, like increased health care costs or a change in the amount of physical custody and related expenses born by one parent Passage of time Modifying child support can be a very fact-specific endeavor. An experienced child support lawyer can help a parent ensure all of the relevant factors are accounted for. Options for changing child support Child support can be changed by agreement between the parties or by asking the court to decide. In either case, the change needs to be formalized by the judge in a legally-enforceable order. The steps and…
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“Stop! Trains Can’t” Ads Aimed at Reducing Railroad Crossing Accidents

Posted on January 23, 2017 by admin

Recently, a joint effort to end train accidents around the country was announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The effort is a radio, digital video, and digital campaign called “Stop! Trains Can’t.” Messages in each medium will remind drivers to yield to oncoming trains at railroad crossings. Campaign to be Focused on At-Risk Drivers and States The “Stop! Trains Can’t” campaign will be aimed at 18- to 49-year-old men driving in the states determined to have the 15 most dangerous railroad crossings and 75% of crossing accidents in the United States. These states include New York and New Jersey. The other states are California, Illinois, Texas, Louisiana, Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Arizona. Overall, accidents at railroad crossings have fallen over the…
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New Technologies May Be Responsible for Increasing Number of Vehicle Crashes

Posted on January 18, 2017 by admin

New technologies designed to enable drivers to use their smartphones while on the road may be responsible for a dramatic increase in the number of vehicle accidents nationwide, according to experts on traffic safety. At issue is the ability of wi-fi in vehicles to connect to the internet and apps. As a result, both drivers and passengers can do everything from stream Spotify to ask a virtual assistant for navigation. The new technologies may contribute to distracted driving. Startling rise in accidents attributed to tech-related distracted driving The concern is fueled by recent startling increases in the number of vehicle accidents. During the first six months of 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 17,775 fatalities on the nation’s roads, more than 10% above the figure reported for the first six months of 2015. The figure equates to over 296 fatalities monthly. The number of fatalities in 2015 showed…
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NHTSA Rule Heralds Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Technology

Posted on January 13, 2017 by admin

In December, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) came forth with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking centered on the use of Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Communications in new, light-duty vehicles. If approved, the rule would enhance existing Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards by mandating a phase-in period lasting two to four years in which the crash avoidance innovations would have to be integrated by auto manufacturers into key product sectors. The proposal represents the culmination of years of research, collaboration and discussion about the potentially groundbreaking impact on driver and passenger safety on America’s roads. Key facts about V2V technology The primary push behind the development of V2V technology is a desire to prevent as many automobile crashes as possible and an acknowledgment of the fact that over 90 percent of such accidents are attributable, at least in part, to human error. Technological advances in this realm facilitate early vehicle recognition…
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Most Divorce Courts Mandate Parenting Programs for Ex-Spouses

Posted on January 12, 2017 by admin

Most observers agree that working out a co-parenting plan cooperatively after a divorce provides the best scenario for children’s well-being. Because of this, more than 50% of divorce courts in the U.S. mandate co-parenting education for divorcing spouses. A recent study from the University of Missouri, however, indicates that gender plays a large role in individual parental concerns. Educational programs need to be aware of the gender differences to integrate the different concerns into their programs and to try to ensure optimal harmony between spouses. Gender Differences Need to be Taken into Account During Counseling The study found that men are much more concerned than women with the financial and legal impact of divorce. They may, for example, see child support payments as unfair or too large. Women, on the other hand, focus much more on the perceived mental instability of their partners and their parenting skills. Educational programs on…
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