THE TRUSTED NAME IN PERSONAL INJURY & MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAW
for over 25 years
check out our personal injury law news blog
Workplace accidents can be some of the most devastating types of accidents, and in more ways than one. In addition to being physically injured, emotional damages can come into play if wages are no longer being paid. Our experienced Work Accident Lawyers take pride in helping Long Islanders seek restitution for their injuries and assist them in gaining the optimal outcome for their particular workplace injury.
If you live and commute on Long Island, you’ve noticed the increase in motor vehicle traffic over the past several years. With each driving-aged family member often needing their own vehicles, there are now more cars on the road than ever. These facts combined with the threats of Distracted Driving due to mobile devices and other technologies have proven to make car accidents an unfortunate yet common occurrence on Long Island roadways. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you'll need an experienced Car Accident Lawyer to represent you.
Slip & Fall Accidents
A dangerous Slip and Fall accident can occur at any place and at any time. Dangerous situations such as Wet Floors, Poorly Maintained property & Malfunctioning Equipment can all contribute to dangerous slip and fall accidents. When it comes to the negligence of others, you are entitled to fair compensation for your injuries. Our experienced team of Long Island Slip and Fall lawyers will combine their many years of expert knowledge with outstanding legal assistance in order to ensure the best possible outcome for you.
Medical malpractice can occur when a doctor, team of doctors or medical facility fails to perform duties for the patient in a competent manner and in accordance to their professional protocols. When proper medical care is not given to a patient and that patient, as a result, suffers, then there may be a potential Medical Malpractice suit involved.
Call to Schedule a FREE Consultation.
Call to Schedule a Consultation.
EDIT THIS HEADING.
Richard D. Winkler has been a Personal Injury Lawyer for his entire career spanning more than 30 years. Rich understands that his clients have a choice when they hire a personal injury lawyer on Long Island - so it’s his goal that everyone who walks into his office becomes a “client for life.”
Jason W. Hake is a Personal Injury Lawyer who believes that every client is valuable and deserves responsive, compassionate and diligent representation.
David S. Pollack was admitted to the Bar in 1981 and has been trying personal injury and medical malpractice cases exclusively for plaintiffs during his entire career.
the experience you need.
to obtain the results you deserve.
our recent case results
meet our experienced injury attorneys.
long island personal injury law - vehicle vs. pedestrian accidents on the rise
According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA), pedestrian deaths involving motor vehicles are on the rise. A recent report states that there were close to 6,000 pedestrians killed in 2017 in the United States. Once data is collected by the highway safety offices of each individual state, that data is reported on after being analyzed. According to a GHSA Press Release dated February 28, 2018, “Richard Retting of Sam Schwartz Consulting analyzed the data and authored the report.”Source: Governor's Highway Safety Association Press Release 28 February, 2018These numbers reflect some of the highest the country has seen in more than two decades. Overall, pedestrian deaths increased 27 percent between the years 2007 through 2016. Why such an increase?Potential Factors InvolvedWhile it’s important to note that no one specific reason is yet identified in the rise, there are several possibilities as to the increase.SpeedOne of the many factors involved in pedestrian fatalities is speed. In cities like New York, motorists may drive at higher speeds to keep up with the hectic pace, lifestyle, and culture. Unfortunately, the result is injury or fatalities on the streets, sidewalks and even bicycle paths of those communities.Distracted driving (smart phones/technology)With the onset of more and more updates in technology designed to keep us moving at a faster pace, create shortcuts, and keep us connected, distracted driving has also increased. Texting while driving takes your hands off the wheel and your eyes and mind off the road.FatigueFalling asleep behind the wheel is deadly. A weak economy where individuals need to work longer hours for less pay, and higher stress levels can contribute to extreme fatigue.Substance AbuseWhile, currently, a definitive correlation may not be assessed, states with legalized marijuana may be starting to show signs of an increase in pedestrian fatalities. Of course, any type of substance abuse impairment while driving already increases those numbers.Effective Safety MeasuresThe automotive industry continues to make strides toward effective safety measures with the implementation of such features like the backup camera. Sadly, dozens of minor children have been injured or killed in accidents when the driver did not see them while backing up.Community leaders continue to measure the efforts and implement strategies through programs like Vision Zero. Part of the Vision Zero mission is to manage speed and decrease the number of pedestrian fatalities by implementing safety strategies throughout communities.While each state reports its own numbers with some incidents decreasing and others remaining the same, any pedestrian injury or, worse, death by being struck by a motor vehicle is one too many.If you or a loved one has been impacted as a pedestrian in a motor vehicle accident, you know firsthand that dealing with the overwhelming impact of the accident is time-consuming and stressful. There are many factors involved in the discovery process when it comes to uncovering evidence from the accident. If you or a loved one have been involved in a New York pedestrian accident, you will need the aid of an experienced personal injury attorney to gather and present evidence for your case.If you or someone you know has been involved in a motor vehicle vs. pedestrian accident, let your focus be on recovering while our expert legal team concentrates on creating the best possible outcome for you and your family. Give us a call today at (631) 928-8000 to speak with one of our highly skilled and expertly qualified Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. Since 1987, our Long Island Injury Lawyers have been concentrating on Personal Injury Law to get our clients the maximum compensation they deserve.
long island personal injury law - snow & Weather related accidents
January 2018 began with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo declaring a state of emergency due to a massive snowstorm. The first blizzard of the season (also referred to by many as the “bomb cyclone”) shut down major airports, cancelling flights and leaving thousands of travelers stranded in the process. Cars slid off the roadways while stranded motorists elsewhere waited for emergency help.According to statistics recorded by the Federal Highway Administration:Over 70 percent of the nation’s roads are in areas that typically see more than five inches of snow per year70 percent of the population in the nation lives in these snowy regionsAlmost 15 percent of weather-related accidents are those which occur under snowy, winter-weather conditionsOver 116,800 people are injured in vehicle crashes that occur on winter roadways with more than 1,300 fatally injured While roadway accidents account for many of the injuries, other injuries are also common due to the impact of snowy, icy weather. Improper clearing of sidewalks by homeowners, slippery, wet flooring inside establishments or icy conditions on sidewalks in front of store-fronts are just some of the ways injuries occur. Store-owners who have not done their due diligence in properly plowing and salting parking lots contribute to winter-weather accidents, as well.Whether it’s a slip-and-fall, workplace accident or motor vehicle accident, weather related injuries increase every winter. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,470 workers who were injured in 2014 due to falls on the same level where ice, sleet, or snow contributed to the incident. Workers responsible for clearing snow and ice also experience over-extension, slip-and-falls, and back injuries.Contributing Factors for Winter-Weather InjuriesWith the onset of holiday activities, many drivers let maintenance of their vehicles fall by the wayside. They forget to examine the treads on their tires. Tires without proper traction can cause the vehicle to skid, rear-ending another vehicle.During winter weather, visibility severely decreases due to blizzard conditions; worn, old windshield wipers contribute to decreased visibility.According to the Federal Highway Administration, average speeds decrease 30 to 40 percent on snowy or slushy pavement. Some motorists continue to drive as though under normal conditions and don’t decrease their speed, causing accidents. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control gathers statistics on injuries. Slip-and-falls are the main contributing factor for non-fatal injuries. With the onset of wet, slippery conditions and snow fall under way, shoppers tend to rush in a mad frenzy as they enter supermarkets and hardware stores for supplies, adding to the increase of slip-and-fall accidents. It is the responsibility of store owners to make certain these walkways and store-fronts are snow and ice free.Homeowners who do not have a plan of action in place for snow removal run the risk of someone having a slip and fall.Drivers, homeowners, and shop owners – whether they are chain store owners or mom-and-pop stores - must take necessary precautions in order to safeguard their establishments and the safety and well-being of others. If they do not, they run the risk of being liable for the accident or injury of another.If you’ve experienced an accident due to winter weather and are unsure whether negligence was involved, contact the highly skilled Long Island Injury Lawyers at Winkler Kurtz, LLP to set up a free, no obligation consultation.