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July 2014 Archives

Slip and Fall Accident in Queens: The Most Common Scenarios

People often think of car accidents when they imagine a personal injury accident. While car accidents are the most common type of personal injury accident, slip and fall accidents are more common than most people realize as well. In fact, many victims of a compensable slip and fall accident don't even realize they have the basis for a valid personal injury lawsuit. To help you recognize if you have been the victim of a slip and fall accident in Queens, consider some of the following common scenarios:

DWI in Queens: What Happens If I Did Not Take the Breath Test?

When a law enforcement officer stops a motorist and has reason to believe the motorist has been driving while intoxicated, or DWI, the officer will typically ask the motorist to perform a series of field sobriety tests. If the results of those tests further confirm the officer's suspicions, the motorist will be arrested and charged with DWI. Once at the station or jail, the motorist will likely be asked to submit to a chemical breath test that tests the motorist's breath for the presence of alcohol. Because the results of a breath test can be very damning in a criminal prosecution, some motorists refuse to submit to the test. If you were arrested for DWI in Queens and refused the test, what happens if you did not take the breath test?

Different Types of Defective Product Liability Claims in Queens

In the United States, we tend to be lulled into a false sense of security because of the stringent safety standards with regard to products that are manufactured or sold to consumers. While it is true that our safety standards are high, those standards cannot prevent all defective products from entering the marketplace. If you are injured by a defective product you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Only an experienced Queens product liability attorney can evaluate your specific situation and tell you if you have a valid defective product claim; however, understanding what the different types of defective product liability claims in Queens are is a good place to start.

Child Custody in Queens: Who Gets to Decide Where the Kids Go to School?

When a married couple makes the decision to end the marriage there are typically a number of issues that must be settled as part of the divorce. If there are minor children of the marriage, custody of the children is one of those issues. In most divorces, one parent is granted physical custody of the children, meaning that the children will live with that parent and the non-custodial parent will be granted visitation. Aside from the practical issue of where the children live after the divorce, there are also important decisions relating to the children that have to be made, such as where the children will attend school. Who gets to decide where the kids go to school and other similar issues?

Why Does a Queens Litigation Cost So Much?

By most accounts, Americans enjoy one of the best, if not the best, legal systems in the world. Our legal system, however, is complex and navigating it can be difficult. This is why people turn to attorneys - to help explain the laws and in some cases, to enforce the laws. Most people find that they make use of a lawyer's services many times during their lifetime for a wide variety of legal issues and problems. If you have need of an attorney for litigation in Queens, New York, it will likely be costly. Understanding why Queens litigation costs so much may be beneficial when it comes time to pay your legal bill.

How Do I Start the Divorce Process in New York?

If you have made the difficult decision to end your marriage the next step is to begin the legal process of divorce. Because even a seemingly simple divorce can turn complicated rapidly it is always best to consult with an experienced New York divorce attorney before attempting to pursue a divorce. There are, however, some basic steps that everyone needs to take when planning to divorce in New York.

Aggressive Driving

As roads become more congested and people's lives become more hectic, aggressive driving and the dangers associated with it increase. Aggressive driving is the combination of unsafe and unlawful driving actions that show a disregard for safety. An aggressive driver is one who operates his or her vehicle in a selfish, bold, or pushy manner, without regard for the rights or safety of others.

Negligence: Rainy Day Blues

Water and tile floors are a bad combination, as a certain discount department store chain will tell you. It was successfully sued by a shopper who slipped and fell on the store's tile floor one rainy afternoon, injuring herself.

Tick, Tock: What is the "Statute of Limitations"?

We have all heard that "haste makes waste," but this may not be true when you have been injured. Whether your injury was caused by an animal attack, a car accident, or a defective product, you should contact our firm as soon as possible. One reason for this is that your injury starts the ticking of a legal clock, known as the "statute of limitations."

Insurance Company Secrets

When dealing with insurance companies, it is important to understand a few of their secrets so that you can get the settlement you deserve:

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