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August 2016 Archives

Protecting your trespasser: the impact duty of care has on premises liability

As summer draws to a close, many homeowners may head out of town for one last getaway before the advent of the academic year. An extended weekend may prove relaxing, but if you own property with a pool or trampoline on its premises, you may be concerned about your liabilities when you are away. If you have been following our blog, you may have read our suggestions for promoting pool safety. In addition to remaining cognizant of your responsibilities as a homeowner on the premises, there may be considerations to keep in mind before you leave your home.

Appeals court rules that doctors were not employed by hospital

Hospitals here in New York and elsewhere employ many physicians, but some physicians are merely allowed to use the facilities at the hospital. These doctors are often not employed by the hospital. Therefore, in any medical malpractice claim that arises from the actions of a doctor who only has privileges at the hospital where an alleged error was made, the hospital might not bear any liability in the incident.

Car accident defense needed after accidents in New York

The high number of accidents that occur across the country can make it difficult for car insurance companies and other businesses to handle expensive liability claims. Because of the amount of money that may be at stake, it is imperative that anyone accused of wrongdoing, or who is potentially liable, pursue the benefits of a strong car accident defense. There may be several options and types of claims filed against businesses and individuals in New York, all of which necessitate legal support.

We know the essentials of medical malpractice defense

The practice of medicine involves a certain amount of risk. Every procedure and medication comes with a certain risk of injury or illness, and doctors must be very careful to inform and educate their patients. However, unfortunate circumstances can arise, and doctors may find themselves on the wrong end of a malpractice claim. When this happens, it is critical to act quickly in order to build an appropriate medical malpractice defense.

What is the purpose of an insurance defense attorney?

In New York and elsewhere, it is not uncommon for insurance companies and their clients to be taken to court over policy or coverage issues. For this and other reasons, such companies often employ insurance defense attorneys in order to assist them when legal problems arise. What exactly does an insurance defense attorney do and how would utilizing such a service be of benefit?

Medical debt leads many to bankruptcy

Numerous studies, surveys and polls (from sources as varied as Harvard University to financial site NerdWallet) have found that the leading cause of consumer bankruptcy isn't reckless spending. It also isn't student loans or divorce. It isn't even the death of a breadwinning loved one. No, these studies consistently found that the number one self-reported cause of personal Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 filings in America is medical debt.

Truck accident litigation can get complicated in New York

When an accident occurs involving a truck and another vehicle, the scene can be devastating, chaotic and hard to investigate for any number of reasons. The sheer force of a truck and a car colliding can make the scene even more difficult to investigate. When such a situation leads to truck accident litigation in New York, laws, regulations, technology and other issues may all play a role in the case and need to be explored to ensure a fair outcome because all too often, the truck or driver is blamed before the facts are known.

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