Three recent unrelated cases can illustrate just how broad an area the issues facing the personal injury attorney can cover. *(Taken from )
Case 1: Man Sues PetSmart–Says He Slipped on Dog Feces
Case 2: Woman Dies After Getting Stuck in Elevator
Case 3: Teen Sues School Over Stabbing

The attorney receiving these cases will have to analyze a wide variety of issues in making an initial evaluation as tho whether or not  there is a valid, sustainable lawsuit.  In addition, the attorney will have to decide whether or not it makes “economic sense” for his firm to accept the matter.  This latter issue is usually based on two factors: first, what is the extent and nature of the injury incurred; second, is there a realistic source from which monetary damages can be obtained (in most cases, insurance).Let us imagine differing scenarios in the above cases:

Case1: What if the dog feces occurred when another customer’s dog, whose owner was in the  shop to purchase an item for his dog, had just relieved itself a moment before the victim fell?  Would the store owner be liable?

Case 2: What if a woman forgot to take her heart medication that day, the elevator gets stuck for a few minutes, and the women, who is also claustrophobic, begins to panic, and dies?  Is the building owner or elevator company liable?

Case 3:  What if the victim of the stabbing sought refuge in the school but was not permitted inside by a school guard (correct fact in this case)?  And what if this event was part of a gang fight outside the school?  Did the guard have to let this victim back into the school?

These scenarios demonstrate the complexity, at times, that arise with the wide variety of fact patterns Personal Injury Attorneys are confronted with on a daily basis.  In many firms, partners will often meet to digest and contemplate facts surrounding a “difficult” case and decide whether or not that firm can be comfortable in accepting a matter.
When a firm accepts a case, it is understood that a client is depending on that firm to alleviate, in some manner, through the obtaining of monetary compensation, the suffering that client has endured and may continue to endure into the future.  No responsible attorneys would want to have a client depend on them for such an awesome responsibility without being as sure as possible that their firm is in a position where a successful outcome, while never a total guarantee, will be a more than likely outcome.


How Bankruptcy Affects the Ability to Sue for Injury in New York

It is absolutely essential that an individual contemplating a lawsuit for an injury inform his or her lawyer of any bankruptcies, past or present. If there is a pending bankruptcy, then any potential lawsuit becomes an asset of the bankrupt person. As such, the Bankruptcy Court must be appropriately notified and permission must be obtained to pursue the case. If, for any reason, a lawsuit proceeds while there is a pending bankruptcy, and this is done without the permission of the Bankruptcy Court, then upon notification of the bankruptcy proceeding, the court in which the injury lawsuit is pending will automatically dismiss the lawsuit.

This could have dire consequences since the time within which the lawsuit could be started may already have passed so that there might be no chance to bring that suit again once the situation with the Bankruptcy Court is rectified.

At The Orlow Firm you will be dealing with an attorney knowledgeable in personal injury law and the numerous rules, regulations and laws specifically associated with personal injury lawsuits is vital because of highly technical matters such as bankruptcies. Your personal injury lawyer will also work in close consultation with the attorney handling your bankruptcy.


Meet New York Injury Attorney Steve Orlow

Steve Orlow received his law degree from Cornell Law School in 1968. Prior to forming his practice in 1981, Steve was an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County, New York and then Counsel to the county executive of Queens County, New York.

Steven was elected to the City Council in 1980 to the then existing position of “Council Member-At-Large” representing the almost two million people of Queens County in the City Council. During the latter year of his Council membership, Mr. Orlow established his law practice and, soon after establishing the practice, left the City Council to concentrate on his private practice.

Steve is a civil rights and personal injury attorney in New York.

New York Attorney Steve Orlow