Paul Giannetti Attorney at Law

June 2011

If you have been injured in a car accident and are not sure whether or not you want to pursue legal action, you are not alone.  Many injury victims are not ready to jump in headfirst, hire a lawyer, and start a lawsuit.  At our firm, we understand that the entire world is not “sue […]

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If you have been denied for Social Security Disability benefits and meet the three criteria listed below, you may be successful when your case is heard before a Law Judge. To be considered a “worn out worker” one must have 35 years experience in an unskilled job; It must be demonstrated that that person is […]

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Surgery And New York State Workers’ Compensation Cases

June 24, 2011

If your doctor has recommended or has already performed surgery as a result of your work related injury in New York State it is probably time to consult with an attorney regarding your legal rights. Undergoing surgery often means that your injury is not just a minor medical problem.  Surgery usually required an extensive recovery […]

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Pedestrian Accidents In Upstate New York

June 21, 2011

People who are injured as pedestrians, struck by motor vehicles, often question whether or not their medical bills will be covered.  If this has happened to you, you should be aware that the driver’s no-fault coverage should be available to pay for some if not all of your medical expenses. Pedestrians injured by negligent auto […]

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How Do Insurance Companies Evaluate Claims For Pain And Suffering?

June 15, 2011

In a personal injury matter the pain and suffering portion of a claim can be significant.  But how do insurance companies evaluate how much should be offered in settlement when pain and suffering is one element of a claim? There is no clear-cut answer on how to quantify pain and suffering.  However, there are relevant […]

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If You Receive “Official” Paperwork From The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, Beware.

June 13, 2011

A relatively new policy enacted by the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board involves reducing claimant’s accessibility to a Workers’ Compensation hearing. By cutting the number of hearings drastically, the Workers’ Compensation Board has chosen to issue written decisions, by mail, which often have a critical impact on a claimant’s legal rights and responsibilities. These […]

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6 Ways Lawyers Use Social Media Against You

June 10, 2011

The following is a guest blog submitted by Peter Nero at Accidents.com If you’re involved in a personal injury case, this may be a great time to give social media a rest. Why? Because more and more lawyers are using social media against the plaintiff in the courtroom. In recent years, personal injury cases are […]

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Are Personal Injury Settlements In New York State Taxable?

June 9, 2011

In most instances once a case is finally settled, the question regarding whether or not those settlement proceeds are taxable arises. The only portion of a settlement which is taxable involves remuneration for lost wages. The portion of a settlement pertaining to pain and suffering is non-taxable. In most instances a general release does not […]

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What Is “Venue” In A Personal Injury Case?

June 7, 2011

Many people have heard the word “venue” in the context of legal matter but are not exactly sure what it means. Venue is simply the location where a lawsuit may be brought. In New York State the Supreme Court has a statewide presence. However, the statewide Supreme Court is divided into counties. Which county is […]

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Denied Social Security After Age 55?: Request A Hearing

June 7, 2011

If you have been denied Social Security Disability benefits and are 55 years of age or older, you may be able to win your case at the hearing level. In fact, if you are 55 years of age or older and meet the criteria outlined below it is highly likely that you will be approved […]

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