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Recognizing the Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be hard to spot — especially since some symptoms do not manifest themselves until days or weeks after you get hurt. It is usually in your best interests to get an MRI done after you hit your head, just to make sure that you did not sustain internal bleeding… Read More »

Paternal Rights for Unwed Fathers: What to Do When There are Doubts

Do not sign a voluntary acknowledgement of paternity if you are unsure whether you are a child’s father. Once you sign, New York allows just 60 days to rescind your acknowledgement. By signing, you waive your right to deny paternity. The only way to get out of the agreement is to retain a lawyer to… Read More »

Understanding New York Scaffold Law

Working construction is a risky business. A lot can go wrong while workers are scaling tall buildings, hoisting heavy materials and preparing tools for use at high elevations. That is why the New York Scaffold Law imposes 100 percent liability on general contractors or subcontractors who allow workers to perform these dangerous tasks without the… Read More »

Co-Parent Adoption for Same-Sex Couples

Legal obstacles make it substantially more difficult for parents to adopt together as a same-sex couple. Prospective parents must elect one person to file the court documents for adoption, while the other must remain anonymous. Problems can arise when one parent has sole custody. Although you plan to raise the child together, the parent with… Read More »

Grounds for Invalidating a Prenup in New York

Invalidating a prenuptial agreement has traditionally been difficult in the state of New York. However, in recent months, former wife of millionaire Peter Petrakis has made it just a little easier. Elizabeth Petrakis alleged that she was fraudulently induced to sign a prenup when her husband-to-be made an oral promise to destroy it once the… Read More »

Fighting Back Against Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

There is no greater tragedy than the knowledge that we have misplaced our trust in a nursing home or a long-term care facility. Our elderly relatives have placed their lives in our hands, and we do our best to afford them the best possible care by sending them to places where they can have companionship… Read More »

Fatal Head-On Collisions: How are Families Compensated?

It was 8:50 pm. Newman Ayeh-Brachie was driving his Nissan north on the Hudson span of the Tappan Zee bridge. His wife Hannah was seated beside him. Everything seemed normal — until a white SUV came barreling south in the northbound lane of traffic. It was going the wrong way. Before Mr. Ayeh-Brachie could react,… Read More »

Workplace Accidents and Workers Compensation Defenses

In New York, a system of workers compensation exists to ensure that employees receive cash benefits and/or paid medical leave when they are injured on the job. Workers may be entitled to temporary or permanent, partial or total disability benefits, depending on the type of injuries sustained. Generally, all an employee should have to do… Read More »

Spousal Support in Same-Sex Divorce

Statistics suggest that the boom in gay and lesbian marriages since the Marriage Equality Act became law in 2011 is likely to be followed by a boom in divorce. It is important to understand and appreciate the financial implications of same-sex divorce. Marriage traditionally created a legal obligation upon a husband to support his wife,… Read More »

School Liability for Bullying

A sophomore college student at Brandeis University launched a lawsuit against an alleged bully and the prestigious Manhattan school he attended for an incident of bullying that took place eight years earlier. Eric Giray, 19, claims he was attacked by Daniel Dworakowski in 2004 after enduring several months of verbal harassment. The incident, in which… Read More »