Why You Should Hire a Local Personal Injury Attorney

If you have ever watched television late at night, you have probably seen ads for personal injury attorneys who represent clients across the country in large class action lawsuits against drug companies and manufacturers. If you have suffered an injury similar to the ones described on television, your choice of a personal injury attorney is very important to the success of your case. For your peace of mind, you want to be sure you are making a choice that will be comfortable, lead to success, and allow you the ability to understand and control your case. Before calling the toll-free number you see on the screen, consider the advantages of hiring an attorney in your own state or city.

State Licensing

 

All states require attorneys who practice within their borders to be licensed. Even though victims may be located throughout the country, any lawsuits on a victim’s behalf should be brought in the state in which the victim resides. Often, law firms who handle multiple lawsuits against a large defendant will have to hire local attorneys to do the actual work involved with filing suit in each state. These local attorneys may work in conjunction with the main firm but are ultimately responsible for the cases within their jurisdictions. By hiring a local attorney to handle your case, you will be able to choose the attorney you want to represent you.

 

Personal Attention

 

If the law firm representing you has thousands of clients, it may be difficult to talk to the attorney handling your case. When you have questions or concerns, it is comforting to have access to someone who can give you answers when you need them. It is also comforting to know that you can talk to your attorney in person.

 

Familiarity with Local Courts

 

When you are involved in litigation, unfamiliarity with local court rules and procedures can lead to delays and could even hurt your chances of success. Choose an attorney who knows your local laws and court rules.

 

The personal injury attorneys at The O’Brien Firm are well equipped to handle any case, large or small, and able to handle the most complex litigation. The O’Brien Firm is also available when you need to talk to see if you should file suit. Do not trust your case to a stranger hundreds of miles away – instead, call us today at 717-907-7777 for a free in-person or virtual consultation. Visit our home page here for more information.

Winter Sports Injuries

Summer is officially over, and soon thousands of New Yorkers will be donning their winter gear and enjoying winter sports like snowboarding, skiing, ice hockey, and football. Many of those who participate in individual and team sports this season may be injured. After a sports injury, one of the first questions you might ask yourself is, “Could this have been prevented?”

Assumption of Risk

All sports carry inherent risks. With ice sports such as skating, curling, and hockey, falls are inevitable. The same is true for skiing and snowboarding. Children playing football can expect to collide with other players, trip and fall, and suffer some minor injuries from overworked muscles. These types of hazards are inherent and expected when participating in any physical activity. Because these risks are well known and expected, participants are considered to assume to risks voluntarily when they engage in the activity.

 

When children or adults participate in organized team sports or engage in any sport that involves renting equipment or using a commercial facility of any kind, they (or their parents) will almost always be required to sign a waiver that explains the inherent risks of the sport they are about to engage in. Furthermore, this waiver lets them know that they assume these risks voluntarily and explains that the organization providing the equipment or facility, or organizing the activity, is not responsible for any injuries sustained by participants.

 

Many people assume that, once they have signed a waiver, they are not eligible to sue a rental agency, facility, or team organizer if they are injured. In most cases, that is probably true, but there are circumstances in which these waivers may be voided.

 

Organized Sports

When a school or team organizer fails to take proper precautions to protect players, they may be held responsible for injuries. Some examples of this may include:

 

  • Failure to properly maintain equipment or facilities.
  • Inadequate supervision.
  • Failure to enforce safety rules, such as rules against bodychecking in hockey, or rules against unnecessary roughness in football.
  • Failure to require players to wear proper safety equipment

 

Commercial Facilities

While the owners of commercial facilities such as ice skating rinks and ski lodges are generally not responsible for the normal injuries one might expect from falls, collisions with other participants, or exposure to cold temperatures, they do owe their patrons a duty of care when it comes to maintaining their facilities and equipment. When an injury is directly related to faulty equipment, such as broken bindings on skis, loose blades on ice skates, or even an unsafe ski lift, the provider of the equipment may be sued for damages.

 

Snowmobile Accidents

Most snowmobile accidents, like most car accidents, are caused by distracted driving, excessive speed, and impaired driving. Like other vehicles, snowmobiles can suffer mechanical failures that may lead to accidents. If you are injured in an accident with a snowmobile driven by someone else that was caused by a mechanical problem, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries.

 

New York Injury Attorneys

If you or a family member have been injured in a winter sport accident, talk to a personal injury expert who can evaluate your case and explore all possible options for compensation. The attorneys at The O’Brien Firm have decades of experience representing injured persons, and will be happy to provide a free consultation. Just call 716-907-777, or visit our website.