What to expect from your first meeting with an injury attorney

After suffering a serious injury, it’s normal to be stressed. You may be feeling pain and worrying about what comes next. As you consider your recovery, the well-being of your family, and the financial burden that lost work and medical bills will bring, you may be asking yourself whether meeting with a lawyer is the right thing to do. Let me put your mind at ease. The first thing to know is that I do not charge a fee to review your case. The second thing is that just coming in for a consultation doesn’t mean you’ve made a decision…

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Halloween dog bite injuries and how to stay safe

The topic of dog bite injuries is important to me for two reasons. First, because as an injury attorney I have seen the pain and suffering caused from this type of injury. Second, because I am a dog owner, so I understand that your dog is part of your family and it can be difficult to imagine him attacking someone. Halloween creates a unique situation that can increase the chances of an animal attack. I hope these tips for both trick-or-treaters and pet owners can help lower the risk of an injury occurring. In this post I’m focusing on the…

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A newborn baby sitting in a car seat in a hot car.

What to do if you see a child or pet in a hot car.

Children and pets being left in hot cars is a topic which has been getting more attention recently, and for good reason. No one sets out in the morning to put their child or pet at risk in a hot car, and yet in 2018, 52 children died in hot cars. It was the deadliest year on record for the past 20 years, according to The National Safety Council (NSC). When can it get too hot inside a car? We all know that it gets hot inside of a closed vehicle in the summer, just think of when you open…

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Deployed airbags after an accident

Passengers rights in a car accident

Passengers are just as likely to be seriously injured in a car accident as drivers, yet many people are unaware of the rights they have and how they should go about seeking compensation if they are injured while riding as a passenger. Under the law, passengers have the same ability to sue for damages as the driver. In fact, they have even greater rights than the driver as they can seek damages from whichever driver is determined to be at fault, including the driver of the vehicle they were riding in, or both drivers if they are both at fault….

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Man driving while looking at his phone.

Supplemental Spousal Liability Insurance: Is your spouse covered?

If you’ve never heard of Supplemental Spousal Liability Insurance, then you may be unaware of the risk you take every time you drive with your spouse. Many people assume that even if you are found at fault for an accident, your spouse is covered by your own car insurance just as any other passenger would be. That is not the case. In New York State, your spouse can sue you, but the insurance company does not have to defend you or pay the claim for your injuries. This means that if you are at fault for the accident, your spouse…

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Child in a car seat

Bulky coats are a danger for children in a car seat

As we prepare for the cold winter ahead in Putnam County, there is one important issue that doesn’t get as much attention as it should. I’m talking about winter car seat safety. While I’m happy to see so many parents using the proper car seats for their children, the seat can’t do its job in protecting a child if it’s not used properly. The issue I’m talking about is with heavy winter coats. In order to fit a child wearing a heavy coat into his or her car seat, it means loosening the straps. Those loose straps may fail to…

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Attorney Greg Bagen on his motorcycle

No-contact motorcycle accidents

Motorcyclists often face situations in which other drivers’ actions force them to maneuver to avoid a collision. This can be swerving into your lane, making a turn across your path, or any number of other dangerous actions. When you’re able to safely move out of the way or stop in time, you may be annoyed, but you’ll move on with your day. The problem is when the other driver’s actions cause you to hit a different vehicle or wipeout. Serious injuries can occur Injury from a no-contact accident can be just as serious as if there had been a collision….

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Useful tips for talking to your kids about back-to-school safety.

As we approach the beginning of a new school year, it’s easy to get caught up in all the things that you need to do. New clothes and school supplies are important, but even more important is having a talk about safety. I often write about safety, because as a member of the Putnam County community, my first concern is always for my neighbors and friends. If you read through my blog, you’ll find posts on keeping your kids safe on the school bus, bullying, and swimming pool safety, among other topics. In this post, I’m sharing three useful resources…

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Woman with neck injury

Don’t ignore injuries from a “fender-bender”

Most of us know the term “fender-bender,” and many of us have been in one ourselves. The term seems accurate, since on the surface it seems like the only damage from the accident is a small dent. In the 40 years I’ve been helping injured people, I have all too often seen people lose their right to fair compensation because they assumed that it was just a minor accident. Unfortunately, the bodily injury suffered in a minor accident often won’t present its full effects until some time has passed. It’s about fairness Some people have the wrong idea as to…

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Woman wearing a cast, getting into a car.

Preexisting injuries don’t automatically dismiss your accident claim

If you are involved in a car crash and are injured, you may believe that a preexisting injury or health condition means you are not entitled to receive compensation. Insurance companies will often claim that your pain and suffering was due to a preexisting condition in an attempt to avoid paying you fair compensation. It’s important to know that if your existing condition is worsened or aggravated by an accident, you can, and should, seek compensation. Never take the insurance company’s word for it, always talk to an experience personal injury attorney to find out the facts for yourself. Seeking…

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