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As an experienced NYC personal injury attorney, I have used a Hi-Low agreement many times during very difficult personal injury trials to protect my clients’ interests and guarantee they get money even in the event of a loss at trial. Under New York law, a High-Low agreement is an agreement entered into by both parties that states regardless of the jury's verdict, the plaintiff is guaranteed to receive a minimum cash award. Of course, there is also a maximum agreed-upon award which is your upper limit, even if the jury awards more. NYC personal injury lawyers All parties must agree, which is often the challenge. The High / Low limits are always negotiable. It's a great tool used by top NYC personal injury lawyers in difficult cases, because it guarantees some compensation to the client. Insurance companies defending personal injury lawsuits in NYC often agree because it caps their exposure to a huge jury verdict. When negotiating a personal injury high-low agreement in New York City, I always suggest including a “no appeal clause,” a 20-day mandatory payment, and consent to convert the agreement into an interest bearing recordable judgement with interest in the event of non-payment. Remember, it is important that the client is fully aware of the risks and benefits before any agreement is finalized.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, foodborne diseases is the cause for nearly 76 million illnesses each year. About 325,000 cases of hospitalization and nearly 5,000 deaths are caused by food poisoning each year in the United States. Known pathogens account for about 14 million of these illnesses, and 1,800 deaths.

So, what is food poisoning?

People succumb to food poisoning which is also known as foodborne illnesses by consuming food that may contain viruses and bacteria. There are several ways this could happen. The food you eat could get infected at the farm, or during packaging, or get exposed to bacteria and virus en route the stores, or get infected due to improper storage and cooking at either a restaurant or even your home. While the exact cause of food poisoning could be hard to determine – the symptoms begin to rear its ugly head a few days after consuming contaminated food. A few of the symptoms of food poisoning are watery diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, cramps, and in some cases even fever. These symptoms can mimic those of stomach flu and other such ailments and thus make food poisoning hard to detect at times. Most instances of food poisoning are mild and people recover in less than a week’s time. Other more severe cases may lead to serious injuries and need hospitalization too.

Read more: Food Poisoning: A Legal FAQ

The holiday season is around the corner. It is that time of the year when you can enjoy a lot of delicious food and party all night long with friends and family. Amidst all the fun and excitement, a trip to the ER can ruin your fun and happiness, in an instant. Emergency rooms are often the busiest during the holiday season. People suffer from various accidents such as slipping on snow and ice, hurting themselves while putting up decorations and hurting themselves while cooking or working in the kitchen. The kitchen is that part of the home that delivers great food and smiles, but is also a danger zone where traumatic injuries can take place. While you are busy preparing sumptuous meals for your family this Halloween, be sure to bear these kitchen safety tips in mind. After all, you want to spend Halloween with your family and loved ones and not in an ER nursing wounds and injuries.

What are the most common kitchen accidents in New York?

According to several reports, kitchen accidents are most common during the holiday season. Listed below are a few of the most common kitchen accidents:

Read more: Tips to Prevent Kitchen Accidents in New York

A majority of civil litigation in the United States is made up by personal injury lawsuits. According to statistics, some of the most common causes of personal injuries include traffic accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, dog bites, and defective products. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that 6 million automotive collisions occur each year across the US – an average of about 1 car accident every 10 seconds.

Personal Injury FAQs

Q: How do I know if I have a personal injury case?

Read more: FAQs About Personal Injury in New York

According to recent statistics from the US Health and Safety Authority, 18 fatalities were reported in agriculture in 2015 while 30 were reported in 2014. Agriculture holds the record for having the highest fatality numbers above all other sectors for the sixth year in a row. In 2015, 55 deaths were caused by work-related accidents which, according to the HAS, is the exact number as 2014. Across all sectors, vehicle-involved incidents were the main cause of fatal workplace accidents – a total of 21, reports the HAS. All these numbers show that farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States.

Common Questions about Farm Accidents and Claims

Here is a look at more common questions that people in New York have about farm accidents and claims:

Q: I am concerned about my son’s safety while he works on a farm this summer. Are there programs to help prevent farm accidents?

Read more: FAQs about Farm Accidents in New York Part II


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