A Good Personal Injury Lawyer.

What’s the job of a personal injury lawyer?  To obtain the maximum monetary recovery for the injured client. This may sound simple or easy; but, be assured that it is not.  It requires defined knowledge and legal practice in the field of personal injury law. A tort is a civil wrong (as opposed to criminal).  A major area within tort law is negligence law, which in and of itself is a vast and complex area [...]

2018-08-27T14:41:48+00:00August 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Trivial Defect ? – Fact Sensitive

The New York State Appellate Court of the Supreme Court for the Second Department reaffirms the principle that whether a defect (in a trip-and-fall personal injury action) is trivial is fact and circumstance specific, quantitatively and qualitatively.  Moreover, it reaffirms the legal mandate that it is the defendant’s burden to establish a trivial defect with evidence before the burden even shifts to the plaintiff. The appellate court cites the recent trilogy of cases of Hutchinson [...]

2018-08-21T11:01:20+00:00August 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Mediation or Arbitration for My Personal Injury Case?

Mediation or Arbitration for My Personal Injury Case? Our three branches of government are the executive (president), legislative (congress) and judicial (courts).  The court system (like the other branches of government) faces real budget restraints and cuts, particularly in major cities like New York.  The legal system is a vital part of our society as the courts decide our legal disputes. But litigation and getting your day in court is a time consuming process, plagued [...]

2018-07-31T19:50:25+00:00July 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|

A List of Cars

The industrial revolution gave birth to the motor vehicle.  The automobile literally transformed society and the way we travel, commute and connect. Cars, if operated safely and properly, are fun and cool (not to mention awesome means of transportation).  There are many makes and models.  For your interest, here is a list (in alphabetical order) of all commercial automobile makes on the market: Acura Alfa Romeo Aston Martin Audi Bentley BMW [...]

2018-08-18T18:28:54+00:00May 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Appellate Court Reaffirms First Hand Knowledge Required for Meritorious Defense In The Acceptance of a Late Answer.

Appellate Court Reaffirms First Hand Knowledge Required for Meritorious Defense In The Acceptance of a Late Answer. The Appellate Division for the Second Department in a Decision on April 11, 2018, pointedly reminds the Bar that “[t]o compel the plaintiff to accept an untimely answer as timely, a defendant must provide a reasonable excuse for the delay and demonstrate a potentially meritorious defense to the action” and that an attorney’s verification of the proposed Answer and [...]

2018-05-12T21:48:17+00:00April 12th, 2018|Law|

Why You Should Get a Lawyer After a Car Accident

Why You Should Get a Lawyer After a Car Accident Conventional wisdom has it that if you're ever in a situation where you are rhetorically contemplating the question "should I call a lawyer?" the answer is invariably "yes." As amusing as that anecdote might be, the truth is there are numerous situations in life where the advice of a qualified attorney can not only be vital to your financial well-being, It can also prevent you from [...]

2018-04-10T21:02:39+00:00April 10th, 2018|Car Accident, Personal Injury Law|

Protecting Yourself with the Right Car Insurance Coverage

Everyone knows that the minimum liability coverage for car insurance in New York is $25,000.  Insurance is protection.  For example, if you are a distracted driver and struck and injured another driver or pedestrian, your car insurance will compensate the accident victim, up to your policy limits ($25,000 is the bare minimum required in New York).  An insurance company is a financially responsible entity, and the public policy behind mandating insurance coverage for motor vehicles is [...]

2018-04-08T15:56:49+00:00April 8th, 2018|Car Accident|

New SUM Insurance Law – a victory for the consumer

New SUM Insurance Law – a victory for the consumer 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 [...]

2018-03-10T22:03:27+00:00December 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

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

Court of Appeals of the State of New York Clarifies the Statute of Limitations in "Wrongful Birth" Cases 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 [...]

2018-03-10T22:30:36+00:00December 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|


QUEENS, NYC - QUEENS 10 BASIC FACTS Queens is largest in area of the five boroughs of New York City. Queens County is the second-most populous county in New York (Brooklyn is first). Queens is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world. Queens is home of 138 spoken languages (probably the most anywhere). Queens has the most diversified economy of the five boroughs of New York City. Queens has the second-largest economy of [...]

2018-03-09T13:34:12+00:00November 16th, 2017|New York City|

Training for the Safety of Construction Workers Now Law in NYC

Training for the Safety of Construction Workers Now Law in NYC Construction work is inherently dangerous.  There are major construction and infrastructure projects ongoing in New York City.  Construction workers are continuing to get injured and even die on construction-site jobs in New York City.   A majority of fatal construction accidents, interestingly, occur at non-unionized sites.   Many accidents, however, can be prevented if workers are informed of and observe basic safety rules and protocols.  This [...]

2018-03-10T19:35:13+00:00November 16th, 2017|Law|

Sidewalk Laws in New York City

Sidewalk Laws in New York City 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 [...]

2018-03-10T22:17:28+00:00September 13th, 2017|Law|


Brooklyn, New York Facts According to the Brooklyn Community Foundation: Brooklyn is the 4th Largest “City” in America With over 2.6 million residents, Brooklyn is NYC’s largest and fastest growing borough. Brooklyn Is Larger than Boston, Atlanta, Washington DC & Minneapolis combined; It has more African Americans than Atlanta, more people with college degrees than Boston, more people living in poverty than Detroit, and more wealthy people than Greenwich. Brooklyn Ranks Third in the State in [...]

2018-03-10T19:32:51+00:00September 13th, 2017|Law|

Do I Need a Lawyer After an Accident?

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 [...]

2018-03-10T22:04:01+00:00July 29th, 2017|Law|

The Sorrow of Personal Injury Cases – A Fight for Dignity

A Fight for Dignity A pedestrian tripped on a cracked and elevated sidewalk in front of a department store in Jamaica, Queens.  The pedestrian broke her elbow, that required open reduction and internal fixation.  A driver was involved in a collision in an intersection controlled by stop signs in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  The driver injured his neck and left shoulder requiring surgery.  A consumer fell when the escalator she was riding in a Queens shopping mall abruptly [...]

2018-03-10T22:17:40+00:00July 27th, 2017|New York City, Personal Injury Law|


PEDESTRIANS – WALK ALERT AND ATTENTIVE! Recent studies find an increase in pedestrian fatalities. The spike in pedestrian deaths and injuries is attributable a few factors.  Distraction by cell phones and electronic devices seems to be a prevailing cause.  Interestingly, it is not only the vehicle drivers distracted by cell phone use while driving but also the pedestrians who engage in the use of cell phones and electronic devices while walking! Pedestrians cannot assume because they [...]

2018-03-10T22:13:34+00:00April 5th, 2017|Law|

Michael Manoussos Featured in Metro News Article

Snowstorm Stella brought icy conditions and while many New Yorkers are looking at their feet to avoid a slip and fall, they might want to look up. A meteor shower of ice cascading down from the roof of a building might surprise you. “As you can imagine an ice particle falling from some height can cause significant injury or even death,” said personal injury attorney Michael Manoussos. “Mythbusters” might have debunked the myth of killing someone [...]

2018-03-09T13:32:06+00:00April 3rd, 2017|New York City|

10 Tips on Courtroom Decorum and Behavior

10 Tips on Courtroom Decorum and Behavior 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 [...]

2018-03-10T19:28:14+00:00March 14th, 2017|Law|

10 Common Mistakes After an Accident

10 Common Mistakes To Avoid After an Accident Accidents can happen at anytime and to anyone; they do not discriminate.  If you are a victim of an accident the last thing you want is to make an innocent mistake after your accident that hurts you even more.  Accident victims usually find out about their mistakes after they have made them when the consequences may not be able to be undone. Here are ten after-an-accident common [...]

2018-03-10T19:34:30+00:00February 7th, 2017|Law, New York City|

The Trucks Are Killing Us

The Opinion Pages | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR The Trucks Are Killing Us By HOWARD ABRAMSONAUG. 21, 2015 CreditHarry Campbell ACCIDENTS like the one that critically injured the comedian Tracy Morgan, killed his friend and fellow comedian James McNair, known as Jimmy Mack, and hurt eight others on the New Jersey Turnpike last year are going to continue to happen unless Congress stops coddling the trucking industry. More people will be killed in traffic accidents involving large trucks this year [...]

2018-03-10T22:18:34+00:00December 29th, 2016|Law, New York City|

A Bifurcated Trial – What it Means for Your Personal Injury Case?

A Bifurcated Trial - What it Means for Your Personal Injury Case? In a personal injury case, depending in which county your case is brought in New York State, your action may have to be tried in two trials.  That is called a bifurcated trial.  Michael Manoussos & Co PLLC, a New York City personal injury law firm understands the ramifications of bifurcated trials and have the experience to maximize your recovery. In a bifurcated [...]

2018-03-10T22:19:00+00:00December 28th, 2016|Law, New York City|

Litigation Coordinating Panel

Litigation Coordinating Panel In certain circumstances, multiple cases that arise from the same occurrence and suited separately, may be consolidated under the ambit of what's is usually termed a Litigation Coordinating Panel.  The Litigation Coordinating Panel of the Unified Court System of the State of New York receives and resolves applications for the coordination of litigation that is pending in more than one judicial district of the State.  The coordination of multiple lawsuits from a [...]

2018-03-10T22:06:27+00:00November 5th, 2016|Law, New York City|

Innocent Victims of Fraud

Innocent Victims of Fraud Insurance fraud is a serious offense and the consequences can be severe, including jail time and fines.  There is not much debate about whether individuals who commit insurance fraud should be punished.  Insurance fraud is a two-way street; that is, individuals who seek to defraud insurance companies and insurance carriers who seek to defraud the consumers and insureds through bad faith or improper practices. Let's take, however,  the example of a [...]

2018-03-10T22:18:48+00:00November 5th, 2016|Law, New York City|

Permanent Scarring from a Motor Vehicle Accident

Permanent Scarring from a Motor Vehicle Accident Section 5102 of the Insurance Law defines one category of "serious injury" as "significant disfigurement".  The Courts have further defined "significant disfigurement" as "a condition which is unattractive, objectionable, or the object of pity and scorn."  In practice, this "serious injury" often is the result of scarring, frequently caused by broken glass or the seat belt suddenly tightening upon vehicle impact. Although it is unclear exactly how large [...]

2018-03-10T22:13:51+00:00October 12th, 2016|Law, New York City|

Landlord’s Duty To Prevent Assaults

Landlord's Duty To Prevent Assaults If you were assaulted by a third party in your apartment building, you of course can sue the perpetrator, but the landlord may also be liable to you to compensate for your injuries and pain and suffering.  Landlords have a duty to take minimal precautions to protect tenants from the reasonably foreseeable criminal conduct of third parties and are liable to an injured tenant if the landlord's conduct caused the [...]

2018-03-10T22:06:54+00:00October 12th, 2016|Law, New York City|

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