For some New Yorkers injured in auto accidents, the emotional impact of the crash can be worse than physical injuries like broken bones. Now, a New York appellate court has ruled that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) caused by an auto accident can be diagnosed by a non-doctor.
In the case Vergine v. Phillips, decided on December 20, 2018, the Appellate Division of New York Supreme Court, Third Department (based in Albany), reinstated a lawsuit [...]
Social Security Fast-Tracks Decisions for People with Severe Disabilities
The Social Security Administration announced five new Compassionate Allowance conditions: Fibrolamellar Cancer, Megacystis Microcolon Intestinal Hypoperistalsis Syndrome (MMISH), Megalencephaly Capillary Malformation Syndrome (MCAP), Superficial Siderosis of the Central Nervous Systems, and Tetrasomy 18p.
Compassionate Allowances is a program to quickly identify medical conditions and serious diseases that meet Social [...]
Imagine you are texting a friend, and you know your friend is driving a car while responding to your text messages. Your friend causes a car crash and injures the other driver. Can you be held responsible for the other driver’s injuries because your text messages may have distracted your friend and caused the accident?
A New York appeals court recently considered that very question, and ruled that the person who texted the driver (who then caused the accident) cannot be held [...]
When dealing with legal matters, it’s sometimes difficult to know at what point to look for a legal expert to handle your case. For those who are comfortable with legal knowledge and negotiating for themselves, it may be possible to self-represent. However, there are always risks that one takes when representing themselves. For most all cases, there comes a point when it is best to step back, and let an expert help you out.
You should consider hiring an expert workers’ [...]
When most people hear the words “workers' compensation,” the careers that come to mind usually have to do with construction or another form of manual labor. While its true that careers that involve moving and/or operating heavy equipment see cases of workers' compensation, these are not the only employees who are eligible for workers' compensation benefits.
The three basic requirements to start a workers' compensation claim are:
1. You Must be an Employee: To claim [...]