Premises Liability

At Suris & Associates, our New York premises liability attorneys represent clients who have been injured through the fault of property owners, property managers, and commercial business owners. Our law firm has successfully prosecuted claims for adults and children against the owners of private, residential and commercial properties. Our lawyers work with experts to identify and prove fault, and to secure compensation on your behalf.

Whether you are a guest at a private residence or visiting a public place, such as a mall, restaurant or parking lot, you have a right to be safe from injury while on another’s property. Premises liability claims can arise out of injuries on almost any type of property, including:

Private Residences

Supermarkets

Parking Lots & Ramps

Stadiums

Amusement Parks

Shopping Malls

Hotels & Motels

Falling elevators

Bars & Restaurants

We provide a comprehensive premises liability practice in which we represent clients with premises liability claims involving:

Slip & Fall Injuries caused by a broken or cracked sidewalk

Slip & Fall Injuries caused by defective stairs or floors

Slip & Fall Injuries caused by water or other liquid being left on a floor

Falling Objects

Dog Bites

Inadequate Security

Securing financial compensation in premises liability cases can be difficult because of confusing issues of ownership, responsibility, and causation. However, we have developed a successful record of representing clients in premises liability cases. Working with an experienced premises liability lawyer can mean the difference between a favorable result and devastating one.

What You Need to Know If You Were Hurt on Public Property

Slip and fall lawsuits against municipalities were once very common, as injury victims sued for damages after getting hurt on city sidewalks, streets and municipal parking ramps. Over the past several years, however, the city has successfully lobbied to shift liability to the adjoining property owner. To win a premises liability lawsuit in today’s legal and political atmosphere requires a thorough knowledge of property law, municipal regulations, and how judges and juries are likely to interpret laws involving personal injury litigation.

At Suris & Associates, we are fully knowledgeable about municipal laws and how they affect slip and fall claims. If you have been injured in an accident on public property, you have only 90 days to put municipalities and municipal agencies on written notice of an incident and the intent to pursue a claim within 90 days of the incident. We start investigating your case immediately and file all legal motions necessary to preserve evidence from being changed or repaired.

Filing a Notice of Claim in New York: A 90 Day Deadline

New York law gives municipalities and municipal agencies the right to receive a written notice of an incident and the intent to pursue a claim within 90 days of the incident.  This written document is known as the Notice of Claim since you are giving the municipality or the municipal agency a notice that you have a claim.

If you fail to file a Notice of Claim within 90 days, then you lose the right to file a lawsuit.

The Notice of Claim deadline is in addition to the Statute of Limitations deadlines that exist. All motor vehicle accident, slip and fall, medical malpractice, wrongful death and personal injury cases in New York must be filed within a certain amount of time. That deadline is called the Statute of Limitations (click here to learn more about the Statute of Limitations).

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Don’t let a negligent individual get away with inflicting hardship upon you or your family. For sound legal advice and assistance regarding premises liability accidents and injuries, contact the New York premises liability lawyers of Suris & Associates today at (631)423-9700.

Medical Malpractice

When a licensed healthcare professional acts negligently, causing injury or death to a patient, that patient or their loved ones may be entitled to collect damages.

At Suris & Associates, P.C., our experienced team of medical malpractice attorneys handles personal injury cases involving the negligence of physicians, hospitals, and other health care facilities and providers.

Medical professionals have a duty to provide you with reasonable care. If they fail in that duty, they are negligent and have committed malpractice. Medical Negligence can occur in many different ways. It can occur as the result of a delay in diagnosing an illness or condition, a failure to diagnose a problem, a botched surgery, improper or inappropriate treatment, or any other number of scenarios. However, a claim for malpractice can be made only if the unreasonable behavior caused a provable injury.

Proving the connections between negligent care and a resulting injury or death can be difficult. Except for most admissions for childbirth or cosmetic surgery, the vast majority of patients admitted to hospitals have significant pre-existing medical problems where the injury caused by negligence may be impossible to separate from the natural outcome of the underlying medical or disease process. Thus, many relatively clear circumstances of negligence in hospitals can still be defended where the pre-existing or underlying medical problem is itself significant. Where the patient is otherwise young and healthy upon admission to the hospital, a serious injury or death is far more likely to be due to negligence of the hospital staff, including doctors and nurses.

The personal injury attorneys of Suris & Associates are committed to helping you recover the necessary compensation you deserve. At Suris & Associates, we have experience and resources to investigate your case thoroughly and prepare the evidence to win at trial.

For sound legal advice and assistance regarding medical malpractice and personal injuries, contact the New York medical malpractice lawyers of Suris & Associates at (631)423-9700 or by filling out our online form.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Malpractice

1) What is “medical malpractice”?

Medical malpractice is when a health care provider causes an injury or death to a patient by failing to provide a reasonable standard of care. In many instances, medical malpractice is not obvious to a lay-person and requires the review and analysis by medical experts.

Medical malpractice can include:

Permission was not clearly given before your operation.

The doctor misdiagnosed your condition.

Improper treatment.

Failure to treat.

Delay in treatment.

Failure to perform appropriate follow-up.

You operation was performed incorrectly.

A problem arose, which should have been anticipated by the medical provider.

2) What is a reasonable standard of care?

This is the level of care and skill that an average qualified medical provider would provide to a patient seeking medical care for similar symptoms under similar conditions.

3) What must be shown to prevail in a medical malpractice case?

A bad result, a disagreement among different doctors, or even a medical mistake does not necessarily mean a doctor was negligent. While there are various types of medical malpractice claims, generally speaking, a claimant must usually show the following:

The health care provider owed a duty to the patient to provide a reasonable standard of care

The health care provider breached that duty

The patient suffered an injury

The patient’s injury was a proximate cause of the health care provider’s breach

A physician owes a duty to a patient once a “doctor-patient” relationship has been formed. Such a relationship is usually formed when the physician agrees to care for the patient. Nonetheless, even if it is established that a duty existed and the health care provider breached that duty (eg. failed to meet the requisite standard of care), a claimant may not recover unless the claimant suffered injuries that were a direct result of the breach. If the breach resulted in no harm to the patient, a claimant generally has no right to recovery.

4) What is the first step in pursuing a medical malpractice claim?

The first step in pursuing a medical malpractice case is suspecting that one may have been the victim of medical malpractice. While not every bad result is due to medical malpractice, one who develops a “gut feeling” that something was wrong should consult a qualified attorney to review the matter, who often will consult with medical professionals. This process often involves the obtaining and review of medical records and other pertinent information. If it is determined that one has a good case, the next step is usually to give written notice of the claim to the individuals or entities that are believed to have committed the medical malpractice.

5) How do I know if I have a claim against the hospital?

Most injuries or deaths in medical malpractice cases occur in hospitals, and when due to provable negligence, most such cases usually involve multiple doctors and nurses who share the fault. However, it is important to note that while most nurses are employees of the hospital, almost all doctors are not employees of the hospital, thus the hospital is not legally liable for any negligence of the doctors. Patients routinely sign a “Conditions of Admission” form when they enter a hospital for any reason, and these documents clearly state that the doctors, including radiologists, emergency room physicians, and others, are “Independent Contractors,” and not hospital employees. This requires that all doctors who are involved in the care of a patient in a hospital who suffers a significant injury or death be named as defendants, along with the hospital.

6) Will I have to go through a trial in court before my case is finished?

While some cases do require a formal trial proceeding, many of our cases are settled before they go to court.

7) I’ve heard that lawsuits take a long time. Is that true with malpractice cases?

Malpractice cases don’t necessarily take any longer than other cases, but doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies often try to drag them out. Malpractice claims are often delayed because the doctor or hospital knows they will ultimately have to pay. In other words, they know that they made a horrible mistake. We work hard to prevent these delays.

8) I know lawyers can be expensive. How does your firm charge?

WE ONLY GET PAID IF WE WIN!! Our firm does not charge any fee until we win money for you. We share in our client’s success by charging a percentage of the amount recovered. It is a win – win situation.

9) What is my case worth?

A typical medical malpractice claim will include compensation for past, present and future pain and suffering, payment of past and future medical expenses for treating the injury caused by the malpractice, and past and future lost wages you have incurred as a result of the malpractice.

10) How much time do I have to file a lawsuit against my doctor?

“Statutes of limitation” govern the length of time one has to file a lawsuit or be forever barred from pursuing such claim. In New York, the statute of limitations is generally two and one half years 2.5 years from the last date of continuous treatment by the physician to be sued. If the suit is for wrongful death the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of death. If the suit is against a municipality, a notice of claim must be filed within 90 days of the last date of continuous treatment. Different periods of limitation apply to suits against the State of New York and the United States of America. There are many rules that extend the statute of limitations. For example, if an object, not meant to be left in the patient’s body, is left behind in an operation, the time of the statute of limitations is calculated from the date that the foreign body is discovered. Children generally have ten years to start an action.

11) Have I waived my rights because I signed a consent form?

A consent form does not give the health care provider a license to commit malpractice. While the execution of a typical consent form indicates acknowledgment of stated risks and complications associated with a given treatment or procedure, it does not relieve the health care provider from his or her duty of meeting the standard of care associated with such treatment or procedure.

Contracts Drafting

Contract attorney New York: Contract Drafting & Review

We enter into contracts every day for business and personal reasons. Every significant purchase involves a contract. Real estate transactions require contracts. Offering employment or accepting employment often involves a contract. In some cases, even the details of personal relationships are spelled out in contracts.

Some of these contracts are written, while others are oral. In every case, it is important that the terms of the contract are fairly negotiated, properly drafted, and reviewed to ensure the contract meets the intentions of the parties.

The contract attorneys at Suris & Associates provide comprehensive contract drafting and review services to businesses and individuals throughout New York. Our goal is to protect your financial interests while minimizing the risk of future litigation through meticulous attention to detail in the drafting and review of contracts.

Why Do I Need a Contract Lawyer?

Negotiating a contract is very important. By negotiating contract terms, the parties to the contract bargain for their own best interests. Contract negotiations, especially in the context of important financial contracts, can be tolling and difficult. You need an experienced attorney well versed in the legalese of contracts, because even if a comma is out of place it can throw off the entire meaning of a paragraph or sub paragraph.

One of our experienced contract drafting attorneys can assist you with negotiations so your needs and requirements will be met. While negotiating contracts, it is very important that you are aware of the following:

Make certain you are comfortable with your duties and obligations

Make your intentions, needs & expectations of the other party clear from the start

Negotiate for a remedy within the contract if there is a breach by either party

Additionally, our contract attorneys can help you with drafting and reviewing contracts, and explain to you your duties under the contract. Clarity, common sense and precision are essential when drafting contract language. Such efforts will, hopefully, limit later uncertainty and misunderstanding among the parties and the need to refer to some third-party decision maker, court or arbitration to determine how the contract will be interpreted.

Our experienced contract drafting attorneys will look out for your best interests throughout the entire contract process.

Types of Contracts

At Suris & Associates, we negotiate, draft, review, and enforce all types of contracts, including:

Business Contracts

Agreements for the Sale of Goods

Purchase agreements

Agreements for the Sale of a Business

Partnership Agreements

Operating Agreements and Shareholder Agreements

Investment Agreements

Confidentiality Agreements

Employment Agreements and Non-Compete Agreements

Commercial and Residential Lease Agreements

Buy-Sell Agreements

Marketing Agreements

Consulting Agreements

Buy-Out Agreements

Personal Contracts

Employment Agreements

Severance Agreements

Real Estate Purchase and Sales Agreements

Agreements for the purchase or sale of a significant asset

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Real Estate Closing Attorneys

At Suris & Associates, P.C., we represent buyers, sellers, and lenders at residential and commercial real estate closings throughout the State of New York.

New York Real Estate closings require a vast understanding and knowledge of New York Real Estate law as well as sharp attention to detail. Our seasoned and knowledgeable real estate attorneys are here to ensure your New York real estate closing is performed properly and proceeds smoothly. We have handled thousands of closings throughout the state of New York.

Trust the real estate closing attorneys at Suris & Associates, P.C. to negotiate and review your contracts, assist with title examinations and arrange and attend your closing.

Call us today at (631)423-9700 or 877-529-3949 for a free consultation about our ability to help your closing proceed smoothly while we protect you from risk.

Our Real Estate legal services include:

Real Estate Transactions

Real Estate Purchases

Real Estate Refinances

For Sale by Owner Transactions

Commercial Real Estate Transactions

Foreclosure Bailouts

Title Insurance and Escrow Services

Why Hire An Attorney?

Even in relatively simple sales and purchases of single family homes, the best time to engage a real estate attorney is before you sign the purchase agreement.

At Suris & Associates we can help you identify the terms and contingencies that should be addressed in the purchase agreement itself in order to protect your interests if:

The buyer cannot find mortgage financing

The seller cannot deliver an unencumbered title

More time will be necessary to complete repairs or correct building code or zoning violations

Between the execution of the purchase agreement and the closing, our real estate lawyers will monitor the other side’s performance while helping you overcome any difficulties of your own. We can handle problems relating to title, old liens, mortgage financing, subordination, and even environmental issues.

By the time your transaction reaches closing, you will be assured that any problems the other side of the deal encounters in meeting its obligations will not become a problem of your own.

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Whether you are buying your first home, or have worked for years in the real estate or mortgage industry, we can help you close on the purchase, sale or mortgage of real estate anywhere in the State of New York.

For more information about our closing services, contact an experienced real estate attorney at Suris & Associates. Call us today at (631)423-9700 or 877-529-3949 for a free consultation.

Motorcycle Accidents

Accidents involving motorcycles are sometimes a result of the negligence of the motor vehicle driver because oftentimes they fail to see the motorcycle even when their view is not obstructed. Given that motorcycles lack the physical protection that a car affords, the injuries that a motorcyclist can receive from the impact of the crash can be devastating.

Unlike victims of a car accident, New York State law does not require injured motorcyclists to prove a “serious injury” in order to bring a claim against the responsible party.  The lack of this requirement means that whether the injury is “severe” or simply consists of “aches and pains” you have a right to be compensated for your loss.

Let the legal team at Suris & Associates, P.C. protect your rights and make sure that these claims are enforced against the person responsible for your injuries.

What You Should Know About Motorcycle Accidents

Unlike victims of a car accident who need to prove a “serious injury” in order to bring a claim against the responsible party, as a victim of motorcycle accident, you may have the right to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other expenses, regardless of the severity of your injuries.

Despite the fact that people involved in motorcycle accidents are often seriously injured, they are not protected by No-Fault insurance coverage.  Unfortunately, this means that huge medical bills, and time lost from work may go uncompensated without the proper legal protection.

However, if you are the victim of a hit and run, or if you were struck by a defendant that was either uninsured or under-insured, the law allows you to make a claim against your own motorcycle policy.

Furthermore, if you were injured while a pedestrian or occupant of a motorcycle not owned by you, you may be entitled to additional insurance coverage under any insurance policy applicable to a motor vehicle that you own, or that of a motor vehicle owned by a resident (relative) of your household.

Like so many elements of the legal process, determining insurance coverage is essential to maximizing your personal injury recovery, and a mistake in the process can cost you money.

The legal team at Suris & Associates, P.C. will research complex insurance coverage aspects of your case to ensure that you are getting the most money you deserve.

Liability in Motorcycle Accidents

Although we understand that motorcycle accidents often result from the simple failure of car and truck drivers to notice motorcycles in traffic, securing financial compensation in motorcycle accident cases can be difficult because of misperception that bikers are less responsible than other drivers.

Often, the other driver will attempt to minimize liability and resist full compensation for your injuries by raising the comparative negligence defense.

Comparative negligence is a legal rule that states that the plaintiff’s damages must be reduced by the degree of his or her own fault in the accident.

For example, an accident victim with $100,000 in proven damages but who was found to be 40 percent at fault will recover only $60,000. New York law applies an unrestricted form of the comparative negligence rule, so that a plaintiff found to be 80 percent at fault can file a lawsuit against the other driver who was only 20% at fault, and would still recover 20 percent of the damages proved.

Our experience with the investigation and presentation of motorcycle accident claims can not only protect the value of your claim in the face of comparative negligence defenses, but will also focus on presenting complete and accurate proof of your damages demand.

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Slip and Fall Accidents

A slip and fall injury is a common occurrence with thousands of claims made each year. Slip and fall accidents can happen suddenly and unexpectedly, turning your life upside down in an instant. A slip and fall can seem like a minor injury at first, but result in costly medical bills, lost wages from time missed from work, future medical costs, and pain and suffering. Many victims suffer serious, life-altering injuries that can even result in wrongful death.

Whether you are a guest at a private residence or visiting a public place, such as a mall, restaurant or parking lot, you have a right to be safe from injury while on another’s property.

When a slip and fall injury occurs, often there was some hazardous condition present on the property that led to the accident. The property owner or manager may be responsible for not providing safe conditions on the property and may be liable for your accident.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, the slip and fall attorneys of Suris & Associates are committed to helping you recover the necessary compensation. Someone else may be responsible for your accident and you may have grounds to initiate a lawsuit for your injuries and damages.

Slip and fall claims can arise out of injuries on almost any type of property, including:

Private Residences

Supermarkets

Parking Lots & Ramps

Stadiums

Amusement Parks

Shopping Malls

Hotels & Motels

Bars & Restaurants

Slip and fall accidents can result in lasting injuries that disrupt your life for months or years to come. If you have sustained an injury as a result of a slip and fall accident, in addition to the physical pain from your injuries, you may find yourself in a very difficult situation:

unable to work;

unable to pay your bills;

worried about property damage to your vehicle; and

in need of the best medical care possible in order to recover from your injury.

What You Need to Know If You Were Injured on Public Property

Slip and fall lawsuits against municipalities were once very common, as injury victims sued for damages after getting hurt on city sidewalks, streets and municipal parking ramps. Over the past several years, however, the city has successfully lobbied to shift liability to the adjoining property owner. To win a premises liability lawsuit in today’s legal and political atmosphere requires a thorough knowledge of property law, municipal regulations, and how judges and juries are likely to interpret laws involving personal injury litigation.

At Suris & Associates, we are fully knowledgeable about municipal laws and how they affect slip and fall claims. If you have been injured in an accident on public property, you have only 90 days to put municipalities and municipal agencies on written notice of an incident and the intent to pursue a claim within 90 days of the incident. We start investigating your case immediately and file all legal motions necessary to preserve evidence from being changed or repaired.

Filing a Notice of Claim in New York: A 90 Day Deadline

New York law gives municipalities and municipal agencies the right to receive a written notice of an incident and the intent to pursue a claim within 90 days of the incident.  This written document is known as the Notice of Claim since you are giving the municipality or the municipal agency a notice that you have a claim.

If you fail to file a Notice of Claim within 90 days, then you lose the right to file a lawsuit.

The Notice of Claim deadline is in addition to the Statute of Limitations deadlines that exist. All motor vehicle accident, slip and fall, medical malpractice, wrongful death and personal injury cases in New York must be filed within a certain amount of time. That deadline is called the Statute of Limitations (click here to learn more about the Statute of Limitations).

How We Can Help

If someone is liable for your injuries, you have the right to pursue a lawsuit against him or her to recover compensation for your accident-related costs.

Securing financial compensation in slip and fall cases can be difficult because of confusing issues of ownership, responsibility, and causation. To win a premises liability lawsuit in today’s legal and political atmosphere requires a thorough knowledge of property law, municipal regulations, and how judges and juries are likely to interpret laws involving personal injury litigation.

However, the slip and fall lawyers at Suris & Associates have developed a successful record of representing clients in premises liability cases. We will gather all evidence available to determine who is responsible for your accident and will pursue the liable parties to the full extent of the law to recover the injury compensation that you deserve.

What You Should Do After a Slip and Fall Accident

When possible, we recommend the following:

Photos. Take photographs of the scene of the accident, your clothing and shoes and any visible injuries to document your injury.

Witnesses. If someone witnesses your fall, try to get their name, address and telephone number.

Incident Report. If you suffer injuries in a store or restaurant, file an incident report. You can do this by asking for the manager. They will then document your version of the accident. This will prove to be valuable in representing you for your injuries. Unless you are unable, make sure you obtain a copy of the accident report before you leave.

Evidence. We recommend you save the item that caused your fall. For example, if you slipped on a piece of fruit or a vegetable, place the item in a plastic bag and freeze it. You may also want to safeguard the shoes you were wearing at the time of the fall. These can be placed in a plastic bag and taped shut to preserve any matter stuck to your shoe.

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Don’t let a negligent individual get away with inflicting hardship upon you or your family. For sound legal advice and assistance regarding slip and fall accidents and injuries, contact the New York slip and fall lawyers of Suris & Associates today at (631)423-9700.

Pedestrian Accidents Lawyer

In New York, people on foot have the right of way. Crosswalks and sidewalks are designed to give pedestrians some level of protection.

Yet, in New York, cars, trucks, buses and taxis hit pedestrians every day. Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed when negligent or distracted motorists ignore signs, make illegal U-turns, fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians and hurry through intersections without watching for pedestrians in crosswalks.

Whether the injury is severe or simply consists of “aches and pains” you have a right to be compensated for your loss. As an accident victim, you may have the right to receive compensation for:

Past and future lost wages

Past and future medical expenses

Past and future pain and suffering

At Suris & Associates, P.C., our New York pedestrian accident attorneys will help you use that law to recover for the damages that you have suffered, including your emotional, physical and financial damages. Since 1999, our law office has provided vigorous representation to people injured in serious pedestrian accidents in New York.

Contact Suris & Associates, P.C. to schedule a free consultation about your pedestrian or bicycle accident or the wrongful death of your loved one.

What You Need to Know If You Were in a Pedestrian or Bicycle Accident

Call the Police After an Accident: If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident – whether it was a hit-and-run accident or the driver stopped – it is very important that you report the accident to the police. Take time to write down every detail about the accident, including time, place, weather conditions and identity of any witnesses at the scene. Oftentimes, the insurance companies and defense will question the truth of your claim, which is why it is vital to have evidence to support it.

30-Day No-Fault Deadline: In New York, there is a 30 day statute of limitations to file a claim under New York’s no-fault insurance law. The 30-day no-fault deadline is in addition to the Statute of Limitations deadlines that exist.

Statute of Limitations. All motor vehicle accident and personal injury cases in New York must be filed within a certain amount of time. That deadline is called the Statute of Limitations. The statute of limitations limits the amount of time you have to file a claim for compensation, so contact a lawyer as soon as possible to PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS. Suris & Associates handle your case from beginning to end, ensuring deadlines are met and evidence is documented.

Here at Suris & Associates, we will deal with the insurance companies and fight for your rights to ensure that you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries. We work to protect your financial interests. If the insurance company will not make a reasonable offer, we will take your case to trial.

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WE ONLY GET PAID IF WE WIN!! Our personal injury law firm does not charge any fee until we win money for you. We share in our client’s success by charging a percentage of the amount recovered. It is a win – win situation.

Falling Objects Victims

Construction workers are at an increased risk of being struck by falling objects such as tools, building materials and other debris. This is because they often work at elevated construction sites where objects can easily be dropped from great heights. These falling objects can cause brain injuries, spinal cord injuries or even fatalities.

All Construction and Demolition employees in the State of New York have the right to safe working conditions, proper training, and functional equipment.

When construction or demolition workers are physically injured or wrongfully killed while on the job, the negligent party may be held liable for damages. Injured workers are legally entitled to seek damages for their pain, suffering, medical costs, rehabilitation, psychological distress, lost wages, financial hardship, and any other expenses that may arise from the injury or accident.

Owners and general contractors have a legal obligation to maintain a safe work environment for their workers, and implement proper safety regulations and protocols.

Section 240 of the New York Labor Law outlines the safety measures that general contractors or construction site owners must take to prevent construction accidents. General contractors or construction site owners that fail to take these precautions may be held civilly liable by injured workers. Section 240 also protects workers who have been injured by faulty scaffolding or ladders.

Even though your injury occurred at work, depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to compensation above and beyond workers’ compensation benefits.

Drunk Driving Victims

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 11,773 people died in alcohol-related traffic crashes in the United States in 2008.

In New York, nearly 10,000 accidents involved drunk drivers in 2007 – 373 people lost their lives and more than 7,000 were injured.

Drunk drivers make poor decisions. The most common causes of alcohol-related crashes in New York are driver distraction, failure to maintain proper lane, disregarding traffic devices and unsafe speed.

The drunk drivers who are responsible for the injuries and deaths of innocent people need to receive severe consequences for their actions.

At Suris & Associates, we fight drunk drivers. We are dedicated to fighting for people who have been seriously injured or killed by the senseless acts of someone who has gotten behind the wheel of a car after having too much to drink.

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Dog Bites and Animal Attacks

New York dog bite injuries are the most common type of animal injuries handled by the personal injury lawyers and wrongful death attorneys at Suris & Associates.

In addition to decades of experience in fighting for the rights of victims of animal attacks in the courtroom, Suris & Associates has extensive medical knowledge and experience in dealing with a wide variety of injuries resulting from serious and fatal animal attacks, including, scarring issues, disfigurement, amputation injuries, psychological issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and panic attacks; and developmental delays and emotional problems in children.

Suris & Associates assigns a team of lawyers, investigators and support staff to each of its cases. Your team will build the legal and medical case necessary to fight for the compensation you deserve, in the negotiating room … and in the courtroom.

What You Should Know About Dog Attacks

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association:

An estimated 4.7 million Americans are bitten each year. This is 1 in every 50 people.

More than 1,000 people visit the emergency room each day as the result of a dog bite – the fifth most-frequent cause of emergency room visits.

Most of the victims who receive medical attention are children, half of whom are bitten in the face.

In 2007, 33 people were killed by fatal dog attacks in the United States – this number has doubled since the 1980s and 1990s.

Dog bite losses exceed $1 billion per year, with over $300 million paid by homeowners insurance.

The average insurance recovery to pay for medical bills as the result of a dog bite attack has been reported at $15,000 to $25,000.

Unfortunately, children are the frequent victim of dog attacks – those ages 5 to 9 have the highest rate of dog-bite injury in the nation. Recovery in children can be complicated by psychological issues, such as panic attacks and a lack of trust, and by the medical challenges associated with growth and the healing of scars.

Whether the injury is “severe” or simply consists of “aches and pains” you have a right to be compensated for your loss. As a victim of dog bite or attack, you may have the right to receive compensation for medical bills; lost wages; pain and suffering; and other expenses.

Liability in Dog Attacks

New York law makes the owner or keeper of a dog strictly liable for medical and veterinary costs. However, New York does not recognize owner negligence as a cause of action in lawsuits. Dog bite cases therefore must proceed on the grounds of strict liability by proving the owner had knowledge of an animal’s vicious nature.

New York is a “one-bite” state, which means the owner is strictly liable if the victim can prove that the owner should have known of a dog’s vicious propensities – such as a prior instance of the dog biting someone.

Aside from having bitten before, viciousness can be proved by a history of growling; snapping; baring of teeth; if the dog is restrained in a manner that would befit a vicious animal; or if the animal acts in a manner that bespeaks the intent or will to harm.

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