Legionnaires’ Disease In New York City

On August 5, 2015, in Litigation, Personal Injury, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

Legionnaire’s disease is a severe form of pneumonia caused by bacteria found in water whose symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, high fever, muscle aches and headaches and in most severe circumstances death. The symptoms can often be confused with other illnesses. As we have seen in the recent news, the number of cases of Legionnaire’s disease in New York has increased exponentially over the past several years due to reasons including lack of regulation. While most healthy adults can recover from the disease with the use of antibiotics, elderly adults and children who have diminished or weakened immune systems are at particular risk from Legionnaire’s disease and should seek medical treatment immediately. The New York Daily News provided a great article authored by Erin Durkin , Erica Pearson , Larry Mcshane on New York City’s current struggle and it can be found here.

If you or a loved one are diagnosed with Legionnaire’s Disease, please call The Law Firm of Vaughn & Weber, PLLC at (516) 858-2620 to speak to a Personal Injury attorney today!

Legionnaires Disease Infects Several People

The disturbing outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease in New York City is a cause for concern.  Since Legionnaire’s Disease is generally preventable, a diagnosis of Legionnaire’s Disease may lead to a claim for wrongful death, medical malpractice or negligence.  The CNN story by David Shortell can be viewed by clicking here.

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If you or a loved one are diagnosed with Legionnaire’s Disease, please call The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at (516) 858-2620 to speak to a Personal Injury attorney today!

Notice of Claim

On June 12, 2014, in Personal Injury, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

notice of claim page 1Filing Notice of Claim in Personal Injury Lawsuit

A Notice of Claim must be served on any Municipality or Department of a Municipality before an action can be commenced against that Municipality.  It is important to remember that The Uniform Notice of Claim Act took effect on June 15, 2013.   Several rules were amended regarding properly serving a Notice of Claim.

There are a few unique aspects of a personal injury lawsuit against a Municipality.  The Notice of Claim and shortened Statute of Limitations however are the most important to know.  Failure to serve a Notice of Claim or serving a Notice of Claim to the wrong entity can permanently preclude your ability to bring the action.  It is therefore in your best interest to discuss the serving of a proper Notice of Claim with an attorney.

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As always, if you or a family member have been injured due to the fault of a Municipality, call (516) 858-2620 to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney today!

Evaluating a Personal Injury Case

There are several factors that need to be considered in determining what the value of a Personal Injury case is.  Multiple attorneys can have varying opinions with regards to the same case.  That is because some attorneys will lend more weight to certain factors that other attorneys decline to.  At the end of the day however, the initial evaluation of the case can determine whether the client obtains the best possible result.

Most attorneys would agree that the multitude of factors that must be considered when evaluating a Personal Injury case can be placed into three groups.  These groups are Liability, Damages and Venue.

Liability is the determination of which litigant was responsible for causing the incident that led to the lawsuit.  Liability can be placed solely on the shoulders of one party, or can be divided between the parties by assigning  percentages of fault based upon the facts of the case.

Damages are the injuries and losses incurred by the Plaintiff.  Severity of the injury, length of time medical treatment is required and loss of wages are some of the prominent damages that are regularly seen in Personal Injury cases.

Venue refers to the location that the case is going to be tried.  Past verdicts play a significant role in determining what a future case will be worth in the same county.

This is an over simplification of what goes into the evaluation process for a Personal Injury case.  It is highly advisable to seek the assistance of an attorney in trying to decide the value of one of these types of cases.

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If you have been injured in an accident of any type, and have questions on how to proceed with your case, please call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC  at (516) 858-2620 to speak with an attorney who can help you.

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