Civil Rights Violations

You have constitutionally protected rights when you have been arrested, charged, or found guilty of a crime. Police officers are required to follow and uphold the law, and while most of them do, occasionally officers go too far and violate an individual’s civil rights. These civil rights include freedom of speech, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, and freedom from certain types of discrimination. When pursuing a violation of someone’s civil rights, a claim must be brought as a civil action under 42 U.S.C. section 1983. This statute permits civil actions against law enforcement officers who act “under color of law” Read more

What are Punitive Damages?

When someone is sued for negligence, the goal of the lawsuit is to provide compensation to injured individuals who have been harmed by the unlawful conduct of someone else. The point of a verdict or settlement in a negligence lawsuit is to make the injured person whole again, not necessarily to punish the wrongdoer. There are times, however, when conduct is so egregious that it is appropriate to punish the negligent party. Read more

Boating Accidents

Late summer and early fall are great times to be on a boat, enjoying the outdoors. The benefits of water recreation, however, sometimes come with a cost. Recreational boating accidents can lead to serious injury, drowning, and death more often than people realize.  According to the New York State Parks Department, there were 22 boating accident fatalities in 2016 alone. As the waterways get more crowded, it’s more important than ever to practice boat safety. Read more

Dental Malpractice

Just like other health care providers, dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants can be liable for malpractice. These dental professionals have a duty of care to their patients. They must exercise the same care that a reasonably prudent dental professional with similar training would have done under the circumstances. Dental malpractice can cause serious injury to a patient. Examples of dental malpractice include: Read more