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Car Accidents

An Experienced Accident Attorney on Your Side

Car accidents have the potential to result in catastrophic injuries that leave victims to face a lifetime of hardship. When these accidents occur because of another driver’s negligence, victims have the right to be fully compensated for the losses they suffer as a result.

Insurance companies are motivated to settle claims for as little as possible, regardless of the severity of the victim’s injuries. Having a qualified personal injury lawyer can help to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. At The North Shore Injury Lawyer, attorney Mark T. Freeley represents Nassau County, Suffolk County and victims from across Long Island who have been seriously injured in an auto accident.

Seeking The Best Possible Result In Your New York Auto Accident Claim

Mark and his team focus everything they do on protecting the interests of injury victims. They take the time to gain a complete understanding of your injuries and what you will need to recover from them. Mark seeks full and fair compensation for your medical care, future care, loss of income, property damage and any other considerations relevant to your claim.

Mark has experience representing clients in claims involving all types of car accidents, including:

  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
  • Distracted driving accidents
  • Texting while driving accidents
  • Drunk driving accidents
  • Taxi cab and limousine accidents
  • Public transportation accidents
  • Hit-and-run accidents

Speak With Mark About Your Car Accident Injuries

Contact our office to schedule an appointment to meet with Mark about your auto accident. He offers a free initial consultation where you can have your questions answered and learn more about your legal options. You can reach Mark by phone at 631-495-9435 or contact us via email to get started.

I recently attended The 30th Annual Conference on Legal Issues in Brain Injury in New Orleans which was sponsored by the North American Brain Injury Society (www.nabis.org). This was a three day conference and the presenters were nationally recognized neurologists, neuropsychologists, brain injury rehabilitation experts, and life care planners that specialize in brain injury.

There are very few attorneys who have the knowledge to properly litigate and document accident cases involving brain injuries. This was my second brain injury conference and the technology needed to prove the nature and extent of brain injuries is improving. Therefore, if someone has sustained an accident related brain injury, it is crucial to select an attorney who is knowledgeable and sincerely interested in proving the brain injury to the insurance company and their lawyers so that fair and adequate compensation can be obtained.
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury, although it often is not treated as such. Many times a person will be sent for a CT Scan or MRI of the brain after a car accident or a fall and be told it was normal and that they are fine. However, these tests do not show shearing injuries or damage to the white matter in the brain and tests such as DTI-MRI (Diffuse Tensor Imaging MRI) or fMRI (functional MRI) and others are necessary.

Neuropsychological testing can also help to pinpoint the area of the brain affected.
A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) mostly affects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain (even without contact to the skull), and interferes with the connections and pathways between these two lobes. The frontal lobes control our socialization, experience and attention. The temporal lobes control our emotions. If their is damage to the orbital lobes, there may be vision or sensation disturbances, as well as headaches.

Children are more at risk for TBI from rotation/whipping/rocking of their head due to the size of their head compared to the rest of their body and their lack of strong neck muscles. TBI in children is typically progressive and changes over time. Also, in a car accident, the head acceleration for a woman is 50% greater than for a man and they are at a greater risk for a TBI. This means that a 10mph car accident is like a 20mph car accident for a woman.

Here is a list of symptoms often the result of a TBI, many of which people may not associate with their head injury:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Distorted/blurry vision, slower reading, difficulty keeping a gaze, difficulty tracking a target, eye strain, loss of pieces of vision
  • Altered sense of smell, loss of smell, always a bad smell
  • Altered sense of taste, food doesn’t taste the same, things taste metallic
  • Sensory loss, clumsiness, dropping things, operating slower, death grip, using helper hand to guide other hand
  • Memory issues, short-term memory problems, forgetfulness, using notes as reminders, forgetting where you’ve parked the car, leaving the stove on, leaving the refrigerator open, forgetting the names of people/places you know, forgetting how to get somewhere you always went, difficulty finding a word
  • Emotional issues, moody, irritable, loss of patience, people saying you are “different”, anxiety, PTSD (clenching teeth, jaw pain, sleep disturbances, and anxiety are all signs of PTSD).

There is too much information to share in one article about concussions and brain injuries. However, if you have any of the above symptoms after being involved in an accident it is important to speak to a personal injury attorney that understands brain injuries, what you are going through and is committed to guiding you through the legal process.

If you have any questions about an accident where a concussion, post-concussion syndrome, or traumatic brain injury is involved, feel free to call me to discuss how my knowledge can help you.

When a driver hits a pedestrian or bicyclist, the potential for serious injury is extremely high. With nothing between them and the vehicle, victims are forced to absorb the entire impact, which can result in a wide variety of serious injuries. Negligent drivers can and should be held accountable for the harm they cause in these accidents, and an experienced lawyer can help to ensure that your interests are protected.

At The North Shore Injury Lawyer, attorney Mark T. Freeley represents clients from Nassau County, Suffolk County and throughout Long Island who have been seriously injured in a bike accident, crosswalk accident or another type of pedestrian accident. Mark is an avid cyclist who has experienced firsthand the hazards that exist on New York roads.

Committed To Obtaining The Best Possible Outcome For Every Client
Mark’s firm is not a high-volume personal injury practice. He is not an attorney who accepts the first settlement offer and moves on to the next case. Mark prepares every case as if it is going to trial and works hard to keep your case moving toward a positive resolution. If the insurance company is not willing to negotiate in good faith, he is fully prepared to protect your interests in court.

Mark’s understanding of the types of injuries that can occur in bicycle and pedestrian accidents allows him to be much more proactive in the process of securing fair compensation on your behalf. He seeks compensation for all of your losses, including medical care, future care and rehabilitative services, loss of income, loss of enjoyment of life and any other damages that may be appropriate to your case.

Talk To Attorney Freeley About Your Injury Claim
Contact our office to discuss your bicycle or pedestrian accident injuries with Mark. He offers a free initial consultation where you can get an honest assessment of your claim and learn more about your legal options. Please call us at 631-495-9435 or send us an email to schedule an appointment.

Motorcycle riders have all of the same rights and responsibilities as any other driver on the road. In too many cases, however, drivers do not see motorcycles or simply refuse to recognize their rights, leading to serious accidents that result in life-changing or even fatal injuries.

If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident that occurred because of another driver’s negligence, you likely have grounds to seek compensation for any losses you suffered as a result. These are complex cases that require the attention of a qualified personal injury lawyer who knows the law and has the ability to protect your interests.

Working To Accommodate Your Needs And Protect Your Future
At The North Shore Injury Lawyer, attorney Mark T. Freeley understands the impact motorcycle accident injuries can have on victims. Broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and others may never heal completely. In fact, many require a lifetime of care. Mark takes the time to fully understand the extent of your injuries and diligently pursues compensation that is sufficient to accommodate all your needs.

Mark and his team pursue every available option in an effort to protect your future. When appropriate, they bring in medical experts, life-planning specialists, economists and others in an effort to present the strongest possible case in support of your claim for damages. Mark will be there with you at every step, diligently working to secure the best available outcome on your behalf.

Discuss Your Biker Injury With Our New York Personal Injury Lawyer
Mark represents clients in Nassau County, Suffolk County and Long Island. He offers free consultations at our office or another location that is convenient for you. Please call 631-495-9435 or contact us via email to schedule an appointment.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and local New York statutes have established specific regulations that govern truck drivers’ activities. These rules were put in place to ensure the safety of the drivers and the motorists who share the road with them. When these regulations are not followed, it can create dangerous situations that put innocent people at risk.

If you have been injured in an accident that occurred because of a truck driver’s error or misconduct, it is important that you seek the advice of a reliable personal injury attorney. At The North Shore Injury Lawyer, attorney Mark T. Freeley represents clients throughout Nassau County and Suffolk County who have been injured in accidents involving semi trucks and other commercial vehicles.

Ready To Help With Any Truck Accident Claim
Truck accidents can come about in many different ways, and there can often be multiple parties who may share in the liability for your injuries, including the driver and the trucking company, among others. Mark conducts thorough investigations to determine exactly how your accident occurred and who was responsible. He obtains the driver’s logbooks and any other documentation that could help us present a more compelling case on your behalf.

Mark and his team are prepared to represent you in truck accident claims arising from any cause, including:

  • Driver error
  • Driver fatigue
  • Driver impairment by alcohol or drug use
  • Overweight trucks
  • Improperly loaded trucks
  • Decoupling and runaway trailers
  • Failure to provide underride protection

Contact Mark About Your Case
Mark seeks full and fair compensation for your medical care, property damage, wage loss and other considerations in serious truck accident cases. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation. You can reach us by phone at 631-495-9435 or via email to get started. We are located in Woodbury, New York, and provide representation throughout Long Island.

Construction Accidents

Construction workers face some of the most dangerous conditions of any industry in the United States. New York’s Labor Laws 240 and 241 outline specific safety requirements and other regulations designed to ensure the safety of every worker on the job site. Owners, general contractors and subcontractors have a responsibility to comply with these rules. Failure to do so places everyone at risk.

If you have been injured while working on a construction site, or performing any work in the trades on any work site, you may have grounds to seek additional damages beyond any benefits you may be entitled to receive under workers’ compensation. These are complex cases that require the attention of a qualified personal injury lawyer. At The North Shore Injury Lawyer, attorney Mark T. Freeley represents construction accident victims throughout Nassau County, Suffolk County as well as in all five boroughs of New York City.

Seeking Full And Fair Compensation For Injured Construction Workers

Mark and his team represent construction workers in a wide variety of job site injury claims. Mark understands the general contractors’ and subcontractors’ responsibilities in these cases, and he knows how to present a compelling case for damages when the failure to fulfill those responsibilities leads to serious injuries. He conducts a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident while working with professional construction safety engineers to hold all responsible parties accountable.

Mark’s firm represents clients in construction accidents of all trades arising from any cause, including:

  • Ladder and scaffolding collapses
  • Failure to provide ladders, stairways or other vertical passage
  • Uncovered holes
  • Tripping and slipping hazards
  • Trench collapses
  • Falling debris
  • Crane accidents
  • Defective equipment or power tools
  • Electrical injuries

Speak With Mark About Your Construction Site Injury Claim

Contact our office to schedule a free initial consultation to meet with Mark about your construction site accident. He will provide a thorough review of your case and explain your legal options. You can reach us by phone at 631-495-9435 or contact us via email to get started.

Over the last 25 years I have represented many injured Local 3 electricians involved in job site accidents in lawsuits against General Contractors and building owners. The accidents have varied from falling from ladders or scaffolds to tripping on work site debris, from being injured by falling objects to being electrocuted. In fact, I recently obtained a $4 million dollar settlement for a Local 3 electrician who fell when he was forced to pull cable from a reel on a parking garage rooftop in snow and ice conditions.

As most Local 3 electricians know who have been injured on the job at a work site, MagnaComp is the plan that they must deal with for New York State Workers’ Compensation benefits. This plan is the Electrical Employees Self Insured Safety Plan, and is also known as MagnaCare Medical Management. Under MagnaComp injured electricians must notify and update MagnaComp regarding the details of your injuries, all affected body parts, the names of your treating doctors, the date of injury, degree of disability, lost time from work, course of treatment and return to work information.
The MagnaCare PPO network MUST be used for all of your medical treatment, so you must choose doctors that are a part of MagnaCare/MagnaComp. To find a doctor that accepts or participates you can log onto the website, www.magnacare.com. Once on the site click onto “Find a Healthcare Provider”, then choose the Network Plan, EESISP/Local3 and search for doctors near you.

All procedures, surgeries and diagnostic testing must be pre-authorized by MagnaComp if they are over $1,000.00 for a procedure or group of procedures, for example 24 physical therapy visits.

You should contact your MagnaComp assigned nurse for any medical issues. A claims examiner will be assigned to handle your checks and Workers’ Compensation case. It takes 11 working days from the first full day out of work before you can start receiving payments. You are not permitted to be on unemployment or furlough while on Compensation. Checks are mailed out every 2 weeks and they are tax free. After you receive your first check in the mail, you can then contact annuity and apply to take out funds from your account if needed. You should provide the claims examiner with updated medical records every 90 days. In order to receive payments you should have your doctor fax a copy of your medical records and a completed C4 form.

If you have questions about MagnaComp you can call me and I would be happy to help you. I am also able to review the facts of your accident and advise you if you have the right to pursue a lawsuit against the General Contractor and building owner in addition to your MagnaComp benefits.

You can call me anytime at 631-495-9435 for an honest conversation. You can also visit Case Results here to view the impressive results that I have obtained for fellow Local 3 brothers as well as many other trades.

If you have been injured in an on-the-job scaffolding or ladder accident, it is important that you seek the advice of a qualified New York personal injury attorney. While you likely have grounds to seek workers’ compensation benefits, it is possible that you may also be entitled to seek damages in a separate personal injury claim.

At The North Shore Injury Lawyer, clients in Nassau County, Suffolk County and the Long Island area receive the benefit of attorney Mark T. Freeley’s more than 25 years of experience with workplace ladder and scaffolding accidents. Mark understands the types of injuries that can occur in ladder collapses and other types of accidents, and you can rely on him and his team to do everything in their power to secure full compensation on your behalf.

Handling Injuries From Any Type Of Fall Or Other Workplace Accident
There is a strong misconception among workers in the trades that the only people who are able to seek compensation are those who are working on an actual construction site. In fact, any person who is working in the trades can seek compensation from a contractor, subcontractor or property owner in these accidents, regardless of the nature of the workplace, with some exceptions.

Attorney Mark T. Freeley and his firm have extensive experience resolving a wide variety of ladder and scaffolding fall accidents. They conduct thorough investigations to determine the exact cause of the accident, identify the responsible parties and pursue every available option in an effort to obtain the compensation you deserve.

Contact Our Personal Injury Law Firm To Discuss Your Claim With A Lawyer
Mark offers a no-obligation consultation to all new clients. He will conduct a thorough review of your case and explain your legal options. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment. You can reach us by phone at 631-495-9435 or via email to get started.

Protection of Workers in the Trades Under the New York State “Safe Place to Work” Laws
Construction workers in the trades, including carpenters, plumbers, electricians, masons, painters, steam fitters, and steel workers are protected under New York’s “Safe Place to Work” laws. The labor law is favorable to construction workers and the law has many sections dedicated to different work activities and injuries. The building owner and general contractor are liable for specific injuries. Injured construction workers have the right to sue the general contractor and building owner, in addition to their worker’s compensation claims.

Safe Place to Work laws apply to injuries suffered while performing construction work that is covered under the law. The law covers all trade work performed to construct, erect, repair, demolish or alter a structure. For example, a worker hired to paint a building, install HVAC equipment, replace electrical wiring, or install an alarm system, would be covered by the law.

The Safe Place to Work Laws provides protection for workers in the trades from injuries that result from falls from a height, such as ladders and scaffolds. If a worker is injured due to a ladder or scaffold that is inadequate, unstable, defective, or not properly secured, the owner and general contractor are liable, regardless of who owned the ladder or scaffold.

The law requires that building owners and general contractors ensure that proper safety devices are provided to workers that are working at a height. The law provides protection for injuries to the worker due to a fall from the ladder or scaffold, materials falling from a height, and protections for window washers. The law also applies to injuries caused by slipping, tripping, electrocution, unguarded power equipment, lack of eye protection, and other activities.

The New York labor law is complex and requires an experienced construction injury attorney with knowledge of the many sections of labor law. Attorney Mark T. Freeley has successfully represented countless workers in the trades and has the experience to take on building owners, general contractors, and their insurance companies. Please view our large results page to see the settlements our attorney has obtained for injured construction workers.

Learn More By Contacting Our Office
Mark T. Freeley, Esq., The North Shore Injury Lawyer, in Woodbury, New York, helps workers in the trades throughout Suffolk County, Nassau County and Long Island. To contact our law firm, please call 631-495-9435.

Premises Liability

Property owners have a responsibility to maintain a hazard-free environment for every visitor. This includes the prompt repair of known hazards as well as compliance with state and local building codes. When conditions created by unattended hazards or code violations lead to serious injuries, victims have the right to seek full and fair compensation for the losses they suffer as a result.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that occurred on property that was owned by another party, it is important that you seek the advice of a New York lawyer with the ability to protect your rights. At The North Shore Injury Lawyer, attorney Mark T. Freeley works tirelessly to secure full and fair compensation for people who suffer at the hands of another.

Holding Negligent Property Owners Accountable

Mark and his team have successfully represented numerous clients in a wide variety of complex premises liability claims. Property owners will go to great lengths to avoid their responsibility in these matters. Mark knows how to investigate these matters, and he knows how to build a compelling case that shows the property owner’s liability for your injuries. He works to ensure that property owners are held accountable for the harm they cause and seeks full compensation for your injuries.

Mark has experience handling all types of premises liability claims, including:

  • Slip-and-fall injuries
  • Trip-and-fall injuries
  • Stairway accidents
  • Animal attacks, including dog bites and maulings
  • Elevator and escalator accidents
  • Negligent security

Discuss Your Premises Liability Claim With Mark

A Respected Premises Liability Attorney on Your Side
We represent clients throughout Nassau County and Suffolk County and all of Long Island. Contact our office to schedule a free initial consultation with Mark. You can reach us by phone at 631-495-9435 or contact us via email for an appointment.

Slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents can result in extremely serious injuries to victims. Some victims never completely recover and are left with debilitating physical or mental impairments that will be with them for the rest of their lives. Insurance companies are notoriously skeptical of these types of claims, seeing them more as an opportunistic attempt to cash in on what they believe is nothing more than a bump or bruise.

If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident that occurred on property that was owned or operated by another party, it is important that you have a qualified New York personal injury lawyer representing you from the outset. At The North Shore Injury Lawyer, attorney Mark T. Freeley and his team will do everything they can to secure the medical care and financial compensation you need.

Skillful Representation In Complex Premises Liability Claims
When you choose Mark’s firm, you can feel confident that every option will be explored in an effort to obtain the best available result for your case. We understand the duty that property owners have to visitors, and we know the best approach seeing that they are held accountable when their negligence causes visitors to suffer.

We are prepared to represent you in slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents arising from any cause, including:

  • Unattended wet spills
  • Loose carpet or flooring
  • Uneven flooring or pavement
  • Insufficient lighting
  • Accumulated snow or ice
  • Debris in walkways

Talk To Mark About Your Slip-And-Fall Injury
Mark represents clients throughout Nassau County and Suffolk County as well as all of Long Island. He offers a free initial consultation in every case. Mark is available to meet you at his office, at your home, at the hospital or any other location that is convenient for you. Call 631-495-9435 or contact Mark via email to schedule an appointment.

Stairway accidents can result in extremely serious or even fatal injuries. Broken bones, brain injuries and spinal cord injuries are but a few examples of the types of harm victims can suffer in stairway falls. When these accidents occur because of the property owner’s negligence, victims have the right to seek full compensation for their medical care and any losses they suffer as a result.

These are extremely complex cases, and the assistance of a tenured personal injury attorney can help to ensure that your interests are fully protected. If you have been injured in any type of stairway accident that occurred on another party’s property in Nassau County, Suffolk County, or anywhere in Long Island, you should speak to Mark T. Freeley, The North Shore Injury Lawyer.

Experience Resolving A Broad Range Of New York Staircase Injury Claims
Mark’s extensive background with slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall injuries involving unsafe stairs puts him in a strong position to provide the effective representation you need. He has a thorough knowledge of the building codes that apply to stairways, and he presents effective arguments when violations have contributed to your injuries.

Mark has represented clients in stairway accidents arising from all types of causes, including:

  • Broken or missing handrails
  • Nonuniform risers
  • Treads and landings that do not meet width and capacity specifications
  • Insufficient lighting
  • Rotted or defective components

Speak With Mark About Your Premises Liability Case
Contact Mark’s office today to schedule a free initial consultation regarding your stairway accident injuries. Every case Mark accepts is handled on a contingency fee basis, so you will not have to pay any attorney’s fees unless Mark is successful in obtaining compensation on your behalf. Please call 631-495-9435 or contact Mark via email to arrange an appointment.

Wrongful Death

When a loved one has been taken from us in a fatal accident, it is the emotional pain of the loss that is most present. It can be a long time before the reality of the situation settles in and the family members begin to realize the tangible losses their loved one’s death has caused. If your loved one was killed in an accident that occurred because of another person’s negligence, you may have grounds to seek compensation in a wrongful death claim.

At The North Shore Injury Lawyer, attorney Mark T. Freeley and his team know that no amount of compensation can ever make up for the loss of a loved one. However, financial compensation is the only form of justice available under New York law. Our only goal is to try to provide you with the financial support you need as you begin the transition into this new phase of your life.

Seeking Compensation For All The Losses Your Loved One's Death Has Caused

There are a number of types of damages that may be available in a given New York wrongful death case. Mark will take the time to fully understand the contributions your loved one made to your household and your children. He will use that information to present the most compelling possible case in an effort to secure the full measure of compensation available for your case. Among the benefits that surviving family members can seek in a wrongful death claim are the following:
  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Your loved one’s future income
  • Loss of future benefits
  • Your minor children’s loss of guidance and support
  • Compensation for your loved one’s conscious pain and suffering prior to death

Do Not Wait To Speak With Mark About Your Wrongful Death Claim

There is generally a two-year statute of limitations from the date of your loved one’s death for you to file a claim. Mark represents clients throughout Nassau County, Suffolk County and Long Island. He offers a free initial consultation where you can learn more about your rights and legal options. Please call 631-495-9435 or contact Mark via email to schedule an appointment.

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