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Wrongful Death

Wrongful death is defined as: The taking of the life of an individual resulting from the willful or negligent act of another person or persons.

Originally, wrongful death statutes were created to provide financial support for widows and orphans and to hopefully discourage people from be careless and causing injuries and death to others. If a criminal defendant is found guilty in causing a death in a criminal proceeding that conviction can be used in a Civil proceeding. Even if a defendant was found not guilty of murder he or she may be sued for wrongful death in a civil action by the victim’s family. 

Today, if a person is killed because of wrongful actions by a person or persons, the decedent’s heirs and other beneficiaries may file a wrongful death action against those responsible for the decedent’s death. It is important to note that wrongful death statutes vary from state to state.

An action for wrongful death may be brought for either an intentional or unintentional act that causes an injury resulting in death. A blow to the head during an altercation that later results in death is an injury that is intentionally caused. The driver of an automobile who unintentionally causes the death of another in an accident may be held liable for Negligence; this negligence therefore resulted in an unintentional, wrongful death.

If you feel that you have lost a loved one to a wrongful death, it is imperative that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible, and Jeffrey S. Wasserman, P.C., is among the best. Jeffrey S. Wasserman, P.C., has successfully litigated wrongful death suits and will carefully access the details and circumstances of the situation. Mr. Wasserman understands the emotional impact of the death of a loved one, and will honestly advise you. If he feels you do not have a case, he will tell you.

Please call the office to set up a consultation which is, as always, free.  

Reach us at (516)747-9300, or by mail at: wassylaw@gmail.com

We endeavor to keep to our 24 hour call return window.

 

Slip & Fall

Slip & Fall injuries are as they sound; an injury sustained from falling or slipping outside or inside a piece of property or building. As simple as they are to define, they are not as easy to litigate. It takes a capable, experienced attorney to handle these types of cases. In his 33 year career as a Personal Injury attorney, Jeffrey S. Wasserman, P.C., has successfully tried many such suits, which fall under the “umbrella” of Personal Injury.

Slip & Fall accidents usually occur on property (premises) owned or maintained by someone else, and the property owner may be held legally responsible. These types of cases are also referred to as “premises liability claims.” It is not the slipping or falling which must be proven, but rather, landlord/owner/municipality responsibility.

The difficulty lies in many aspects of the Slip & Fall case. Proving that the landlord had knowledge of the hazard and ignored resolution, is one reason these cases are difficult. Not too difficult for Jeffrey S. Wasserman, P.C.,. If he determines you have a good case, he will fight to see you through to a settlement. Pursing a Slip & Fall case takes careful preparation with proper evidential backup.

There are many dangerous conditions such as torn carpeting, changes in flooring, poor lighting, narrow stairs, or a wet floor that can cause someone to slip and be injured. A Slip and Fall injury may also occur if someone trips on a broken or cracked public sidewalk, or falls down a flight of stairs. When someone slips or falls outdoors because of rain, ice, snow or a hidden hazard, such as a pothole, and is injured, a Slip and Fall injury has occurred.

None of these aspects of your possible law suit can be properly assessed by you, and a call to our office should be made as soon as possible after getting medical attention. This is what we do, and we would welcome the chance to help you determine your rights. We work for you.

Call with any questions, or to set up an appointment for a free consultation. We strive to keep to a 24 hour return call window, whenever possible. Reach us a (516) 747-9300, or by mail at: wassylaw@gmail.com

Accident

When we hear the word, “accident,” most of us immediately think of motor vehicle accidents. The reality is, there are many incidences which fall under this category. Slip & Falls, faulty machinery, poorly secured building materials; the list goes on.

The following is the “legal” definition of an accident:

An incidental and unplanned event that could have been prevented had circumstances leading up to the accident been recognized, and acted upon, prior to its occurrence. 

The word accident is derived from the Latin word “accidere”. The word signifies fall upon, happen or chance. In order to sue and recover compensation for an accident one must, however, prove that someone else was negligent and caused the accident. Negligence is defined as the omission to do something which a reasonable prudent person, guided by those ordinary human affairs would do or by doing something that a reasonable prudent person would not do. The negligence can be as a result of an act or a failure to act. For example, if a homeowner fails to repair or remove a hole on their property they may be liable to someone if they are injured and fall in the hole. In another example, a mall operator may be liable if they improperly place mats at the entrance to the mall. If someone trips and falls as a result of the improperly placed mat they can recover damages.   

There are also claims and lawsuits that can be brought against School Districts, Villages, Towns, Cities and other Municipalities. This includes cases against the New York City Housing Authority, MTA, LIRR or any quasi government agency. Claims and lawsuits against these defendants have special rules and require that a timely notice of claim is filed.  Such cases include: Police misconduct, false arrest, false imprisonment, excessive use of force by police officers and other law enforcement agencies. 

Therefore, it is important that you contact an experienced lawyer immediately who is familiar with the rules and laws in this area.  We can help you navigate this process. It is important that you contact my office as soon as possible to discuss and protect your rights. Failure to file a timely notice of claim or failure to file a notice of claim in the proper form and manner can derail your lawsuit and prevent you from recovering damages. 

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Medical Malpractice

As much as we do not like to admit it, medical malpractice does occur. Also, many people who love and trust their family doctors or their surgeons, are hesitant to think it is even possible. Furthermore, they do not want to “insult” or question their abilities. The fact is, medical malpractice is very real, as is the impact on your life or the life of a loved one. Those responsible, need to be held accountable.

With over 30 years of practicing law and litigating personal injury cases, Jeffrey S. Wasserman, P.C. has learned the ins and outs and the intricacies of medical malpractice. He knows how important the gathering of information and facts (i.e. evidence) are to the process. He understands what a positive outcome can mean for his clients.

Mr. Wasserman recognizes that this can be a very distressing time for anyone put in the position of sometimes having to litigate against the very person or persons they had trusted to help them. Oftentimes, the Medical Malpractice client is not feeling very well and already has a great deal of physical, and/or, emotional pain.

It is with these factors in mind that Jeffrey S. Wasserman, P.C., and staff strive to take the stress off of you as they guide you through the process, help gather all relevant medical records, and then prepare your case as expeditiously, expertly and efficiently as possible.

A settlement, or award, will not bring back a lost loved one. It cannot replace a damaged limb or heal an infant’s brain damaged by malpractice, however, a monetary resolution will enable the family, or those representing the now disabled individual, to more easily provide the care that individual now needs.

Now, perhaps you are unsure of what can actually be defined as Medical Malpractice, or what your rights are in these cases. We are here to help. Give us a call today with your questions, or to set up a consultation. As always, there is no money up front, and the consultation is free.

Call: (516)747-9300 or email us at: wassylaw@gmail.com. We strive to keep a 24 hour call return window, whenever possible.

 

Traumatic Brain Injury

 

Many years ago we did not hear all that much about Traumatic Brain Injuries. However today, we only need turn on the evening news to hear about someone sustaining such an injury.

At Jeffrey S. Wasserman, P.C., we take instances of Traumatic Brain Injury quite seriously. A Traumatic Brain Injury can be sustained in a number of ways. Although there are many instances of how a TBI can occur, most notable as a result of media coverage, are those related to sports.

Many people walk away from what they may consider to be a minor car accident, or feel satisfied when the concussion sustained from a falling object is healed. Oftentimes a Traumatic Brain Injury is not perceived right away, nor is it easily diagnosed. Sometimes symptoms do not show up for months or longer and the injured person does not connect them to the initial incident. Many times there will not be any visible symptoms manifested in the physical, but rather, emotional or psychological changes are perceived in the victim. And where your car insurance will provide coverage after a Motor Vehicle Accident, they are not prepared or liable for the long-term expenses of living with the results of a TBI.

It is also possible, even when the proper TBI diagnosis is made, you might feel that the “damage” was not all that bad and that you just have to accept it. The truth is you must protect yourself from the possible implications this might have for you in the future. Traumatic Brain Injuries can and often do have changing symptoms and worsen with time. One thing is for sure: the brain cannot heal itself from all types of injuries. A TBI will, with few exceptions, be permanent. If your doctor uses the words “Traumatic Brain Injury” you need to take action. This is when you call us.

What if you are initially able to return to work, but your condition worsens? What if you are no longer able to work? Protecting yourself and your family’s financial future can be one of the most important things you do after seeking and receiving proper medical attention.

Please call our office today and set up a time for a consultation. If you are unable to physically come down, we can make arrangements for an alternative interview. Reach us at: (516)747-9300, or email the office at: wassylaaw@gmail.com

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