Car Accident Lawyers

Do you need an attorney you can trust in NY that will work with you on your accident case? The NYLD has a list of Law Firms that we work very closely with. Call us at 631-236-9012 immediatly so we can help you for FREE.

A serious car accident can change your life. If you have been severely injured in a car accident in New York, you may be able to sue for compensation for pain and suffering. An experienced New York auto accident attorney can review your case to determine if you should file a lawsuit for your injuries.

People in New York are injured in auto accidents on a daily basis. These accidents come in many different forms, such as:

Rear-end collisions
Head-on collisions
Pedestrian accidents
Motorcycle crashes

Under New York law, you are only able to bring a legal action in court to recover compensation for pain and suffering if you have sustained a serious or permanent injury.(took out a sentence) However, in New York, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and lost wages no matter who was at fault in the accident. To receive this compensation, you do not need to initiate a lawsuit.

A “serious injury” is defined by New York law as one that results in one of the following:

Dismemberment or significant disfigurement
A fracture
Loss of a fetus
Permanent loss of use of a body organ, member, function or system
Permanent consequential limitation of use of a body organ or member
Significant limitation of use of a body function or system
Medically determined injury or impairment that changes your life during the first 90 out of 180 days following the car accident

Call the NYLD today and let us give you the help you need at 631-236-9012. We will point you in the right direction before its to late.

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Fancy Sidewalks Cause Real Injuries

It’s not out of the ordinary these days to see granite or marble sidewalks outside of some of Manhattan’s more luxurious buildings. But while such walkways may be aesthetically pleasing, they also present numerous safety hazards. Not only do these “distinctive” sidewalks present safety concerns, but they also make premise liability cases extremely difficult.

Yes, granite or marble sidewalks can jazz up the exterior of a building, but they can often present dangers that your typical concrete sidewalk may not. For instance, when it rains, you will see that surfaces made of granite and marble become far more slippery than those made of concrete. Because one is often more prone to slip and fall on such surfaces, property owners may be responsible for putting down mats during poor weather conditions.

As you can see, just like your average concrete sidewalk, property owners are liable for maintaining those jazzy granite and marble walkways. What do I mean by the phrase maintain? Well, just like concrete walkways,”distinctive” sidewalks must be even and smooth (free of an excessive bumps, ditches, or cracks), must safely transition into any adjacent pathways, and must have a minimum coefficient of friction that allows for non-slip walking.

It can often be hard to prove that a property owner has been negligent. Often, lawyers must hire engineers in order to test the sidewalk to see if it meets standards of safety. Many cases have been won and lost based on such examinations. Therefore, slip and fall cases often become extremely complicated and difficult.

However, if neglect on behalf of property owners can be proven, then they may be liable for any resulting slip and fall accidents that occur. I have seen many such accidents lead to serious injuries. Accident victims who have suffered injuries as the result of a property owner’s negligence are entitled to full compensation for the injuries that they may have sustained. At Goldstein & Bashner, we have worked with many slip and fall victims and have helped them to attain the compensation that they deserve. If you have sustained injuries as the result of a slip and fall accident please contact us.

Goldstein & Bashner
1778 Hempstead Turnpike
East Meadow, New York 11554
Phone: 516-222-4000
Fax: 516-222-0034

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Avoiding Rotten Receivables: Getting Paid in the Current Economy

By Jonathan M. Stein
Managing Member of Jonathan M. Stein Esq PLLC

Every transaction is a risk. The biggest and most grave risk is the potential damage to your bottom line and, in turn, the financial health of your company. Non-payment is a reality – the fact is, not every customer is going to pay their bill. It is unavoidable. So, how do you protect yourself? Assume that you’re not getting paid.

If you start out with this key assumption – non-payment – then you stand a much better chance of recovering your receivables in the likely event that there is a customer who’s first priority is not you and the money you are owed. So, make yourself a priority. In other words, make not paying you so untenable and costly in the eyes of your client that they would rather pay you and stiff someone else. One way to do this is to draft your contracts, purchase orders, order confirmations, bills of lading, or any other transactional documents you use on a regular basis as if they are going directly to your collections attorney.

In my opinion, a collections attorney is superior to a collections agency for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost, if a client is not answering your letters and phone calls, they are probably not going to answer letters and phone calls from a third-party that doesn’t have the power of the law behind it. And time is of the essence. While letters and phone calls are being sent, made, and ignored, your receivables are aging – and receivables do not age like wine; they rot like fish. A lawyer’s letter, or a summons and complaint, gets immediate attention. Getting their attention is just the first step.

When your client’s attorney reviews the documentation memorializing the transaction or transactions in question, their attorney has to know that your client is going to lose in court – and that a legal battle is going to be costly. A client will typically ask their attorney two key questions… 1) can we win and 2) how much do you think it will cost. The more uncertain the answers, the more likely it is that you will see that money. Reciprocally, your attorney has to know that you are going to win and that a legal battle is worthwhile. Therefore, your documents must be litigation friendly – for your case.

Built in attorney’s fees, jurisdictional and service provisions, waivers, time limits, liquidated damages, and other pertinent language (properly tailored for your unique company and industry, enforceable, and reflecting the current state of the law) will give you and your attorney the ammunition necessary to put you in the dominant litigation position. But, these provisions are useless if your client won’t agree to them – more so if the terms appear so oppressive that they won’t even do business with you. Thus, selecting the right attorney is critical. The right attorney will know how to strike a balance between client comfort and the security of your bottom line. There is no magic formula or standard procedure for striking this critical balance – there is only experience.

Plan ahead; plan to win. Assume the client is not paying and prepare accordingly. Make sure your contracts stack the odds of winning and enforcing a Court case in your favor, but not at the expense of business relationships. Use an attorney who can both draft your documents and litigate your case. Make paying you a priority.

Jonathan M. Stein is the managing member of Jonathan M. Stein Esq. PLLC, a law firm offering debt collections services and other business advisory services including receivables management. Jonathan is a graduate of Brown University and Hosftra Law School.

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Considering a Divorce?

You’ve reached the point of considering a divorce or you’ve come to terms with the decision to file for divorce. Before you even pick up the phone to call an attorney there are some things you need to know before you go forward.

In some marriages one spouse primarily takes responsibility for all the finances, from paying the bills to filing the taxes. We will call this spouse the finance spouse. In these marriages the non-finance spouse hasn’t even thought twice about where documents are located. Well, once the finance spouse gets a letter from your attorney or is served with a summons, many documents will disappear from the home. Of course these documents can be obtained through discovery, but it will make your life and your attorney’s job easier if you already have copies of these documents.

Below are some questions you should ask yourself if you are contemplating a divorce. If you are unsure where documents are it’s something you want to look into. Do not remove documents from the house, just make copies of everything for yourself and keep them in a safe place – probably out of the marital residence. If you don’t know where any of the documents are located, don’t panic just start taking a more active interest in these matters.

Do you know or know where to find…
1.Your marriage license or certificate?
2.Records showing title to the marital residence?
3.How much you paid for the marital residence?
4.What the marital residence’s current market value is?
5.Records showing title to additional real estate owned by you and/or your spouse?
6.Real and personal property tax receipts?
7.Income tax returns for the past four years?
8.Titles to automobiles, boats, etc.?
9.Your social security number?
10.Your spouse’s social security number?
11.Social security numbers of each of your children?
12.Your spouse’s annual income?
13.Does your spouse have a pension?
14.Retirement account information?
15. Your spouse’s and your life insurance policies?
16.What medical, accident, and health insurance covers your family?
17.The life, accident, health and other group insurance from your spouse’s and/or your employer?
18.Stock certificates, corporate bonds, and/or government bonds?
19.The location and number of any safe deposit box in your spouse’s name, your name or joint names?
20.All family and individual bank accounts, including the bank location, the titles of the accounts, and the account numbers?
21.The name and address of the accountant whom you and your spouse employ on personal and/or business affairs?
22.The name and address of the preparer of your tax returns?
23.Your spouse’s various business interests, including percentage of ownership, rights upon death or the death of an associate, and whether such businesses are operated as corporations, partnerships, or sole proprietorship?

If you would like to speak with a NYLD Divorce Attorney please contact us today at 631-236-9012

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