Archive for February, 2012

Dog Injuries in New York

Most dogs are loving and great companions.   Unfortunately some dogs present a risk to the public, and to small children in particular.  The lawyers at James Morris Law have successfully handled a great number of dog bite lawsuits, including the case discussed in the attached video involving a very young girl who suffered severe facial lacerations resulting in scarring when attacked by a neighbor’s dog.  We were able to investigate the laws of New York and develop the necessary proof of the dog’s history of exhibiting a vicious propensity in this dog bite lawsuit.

A significant settlement was achieved on the child’s behalf to provide funds for her future medical care due to her dog injures, and to assist with college costs.  Past results do not guarantee similar outcomes.  The video addresses some of the important issues in handling dog bite cases.

National Trial Lawyer Top 100

We are pleased to announce that the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers has extended an invitation to James Morris. This is an elite group of the top lawyers in New York. Membership in the organization is by invitation only and is extended to individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results and leadership in their respective state. The Top 100 Trial Lawyers list is based on and limited to an average of 100 lawyers in each state. Membership in this organization allows the attorney to attend legal education conferences and share information and tactics with the country’s leading trial lawyers.

Another Victim of Impaired Driving

While the perils of drunk driving are apparent to everyone, the number of people who still commit this act is discouraging. In late December, an impaired driver claimed the life of a South Buffalo man just ten houses from the victim’s home. The driver, a West Seneca native, now faces upwards of seven years in prison, charged with driving while intoxicated and vehicular man slaughter. The victim was crossing a neighborhood intersection that he’d presumably passed an immeasurable number of times when the intoxicated driver struck. Paramedics rushed the man to the Erie County Medical Center where he died early the following morning.

Drunk-driving accidents can be prevented by both impaired drivers and pedestrians. If you’ve been drinking, avoid operating a vehicle at all costs, regardless of whether you’re below the legal limit. As a general rule, if you’ve had anything to drink, find a different ride home. For pedestrians, be aware that drivers do take the risk of driving impaired, so stay alert of your surroundings and avoid walking on roads, especially dim lit roads at night. If you’re interested in testing your BAC purely for informational purposes, consult the sources below:

NYSTLA Speaks About Medical Malpractice

New York State Trial Lawyers Association President Leslie Kelmachter testifies at a city council hearing:

President Kelmachter stressed that there is no malpractice “crisis” in New York, pointing out that since 1991 insurance premiums have risen less than the rate of healthcare cost inflation. President Kelmachter advocated for greater efforts to reduce medical errors, stating that “the biggest driver of malpractice insurance costs is tragic and preventable medical errors themselves.”