New SUM Insurance Law – a victory for the consumer

2017-12-20T17:00:35+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

The Supplementary Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (SUM) bill S5644B/ A8519A — also known as the "Driver and Family Protection Act." became law today.  This law protects New Yorkers statewide who are involved in auto accidents with drivers who are either uninsured or underinsured. Unfortunately, few consumers are educated about SUM insurance.  Accident victims suffer because they and their loved ones do not have or know about this proper protection, which protects the accident victim against vehicles/drivers who either [...]

Court of Appeals of the State of New York Clarifies the Statute of Limitations in “Wrongful Birth” Cases

2017-12-14T19:12:08+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|

The Court of Appeals, in 1978, recognized a new, narrow cause of action permitting parents to recover the extraordinary care and treatment expenses of a child with a congenital disability resulting from the failure of their doctor to properly warn of their risk of conceiving or giving birth to a child with serious genetic or congenital abnormalities. (the legal case reference is Becker Schwartz, 46 NY2d 401).  These are referred to as "wrongful birth" cases. The [...]

Sidewalk Laws in New York City

2017-11-06T13:37:47+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

New York City has about 13,000 miles of sidewalks, which are heavily travelled upon by pedestrians.  It is therefore important that the sidewalks are safe and free of defect or dangerous conditions that would cause fall and injury.  Sidewalks are subject to wear and tear and to the effects of the environment and climate.  Sidewalks crack, buckle, collapse; sidewalks slope with downward depressions or upward elevations; sidewalk cracks or holes accumulate moisture that cause deterioration and [...]

Do I Need a Lawyer After an Accident?

2017-11-06T13:37:48+00:00 July 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Do I Need a Lawyer After an Accident?   Absolutely yes, period. If you’ve been injured in an accident, no buts or ifs, you need a lawyer, an experienced personal injury lawyer. You need to understand the fundamental concept here.  Insurance companies are in the business of making money.  The purpose of the insurance business is to maximize its profits – to make tons of money.  Insurance companies are not in the charitable or benevolence business [...]

10 Tips on Courtroom Decorum and Behavior

2017-11-06T13:37:50+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Etiquette is important in making a good impression.  This is particularly true in a court of law, where your behavior and demeanor are judged. Here are 10 tips: Tip 1: Dress appropriately; that means conservatively (dress shirts, dress slacks, dress jacket, dress skirt).  Sunglasses, hats, excessive jewelry, heavy make-up should be avoided and visible tattoos should be covered. Tip 2: Arrive on time; do not be late.  It is an insult to the Court to have [...]

3 Mistakes to Avoid After Being in a Car Accident

2017-11-06T13:38:35+00:00 August 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident With over 8 million people living in New York City it’s inevitable that many will be involved in car accidents and injured. Whether in car or truck accident, motorcycle or bicycle accident, or as a pedestrian, the statistics are telling. Over 15,000 people are yearly taken to the hospital because of a car accident in New York City, equating to generally 80 out of every 100,000 residents. Regardless of [...]

Can You Be Compensated for Your PTSD?

2017-11-06T13:38:35+00:00 August 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Can You Get PTSD from a Car Accident? PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, is a mental health condition that can have a serious impact on someone's well-being. In significant part, this is because of symptoms that range from depression, anxiety, intrusive memories of the traumatic event to negative changes in the accident victim’s thinking. PTSD is serious and it can last for months and years or have permanent residual manifestations. It should come as no surprise [...]

“Never Look Down on Anybody Unless You’re Helping Them Up”

2017-11-06T13:40:12+00:00 July 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Misfortunes, mishaps and mistakes happen. Anyone who has lived enough live knows that there are good times and bad times, ups and downs. That’s life. What’s important to remember – and practice - is that when someone is down on their luck, never look down on them unless you’re helping them up. Accidents compose a large part of life’s mishaps. We at Michael Manoussos & Co PLLC solemnly acknowledge the entrustment of a client’s injury matter [...]