New York Lawyer Dedicated to Serving Accident Victims
Michael H. Joseph is a New York injury attorney and a Partner at the Law Offices of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC. He has devoted his career to representing people who were hurt in accidents at construction sites and other locations. Many claims that arise in these situations are based on negligence.
This legal theory normally applies when a person or company has a duty to use reasonable care but fails to do so and causes harm to someone else as a result. For example, a motorist has a duty to obey traffic laws when he or she is behind the wheel of a vehicle. If a car or truck driver drives fails to stop at a red light and causes an accident, he or she may be held liable in a lawsuit. An injured person who establishes that a defendant was negligent may be able to get financial compensation for his or her pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, property damages, and other forms of both economic and non-economic harm.
A well-qualified personal injury attorney will have a thorough knowledge of the applicable state and local laws designed to protect accident victims. In New York, liability for negligence is assigned by using a pure comparative fault rule. This means that a person who was hurt in an accident that was caused by someone else may be entitled to collect damages for his or her resulting harm, even if the victim was somehow partially to blame for his or her injuries. Still, the process of pursuing a negligence claim is often far from straightforward. No matter how an accident occurred, it is important for an injured person to retain an attorney with a thorough knowledge of the litigation process. It also is vital to take legal action as soon as possible after an accident, before evidence decays or disappears and before the statute of limitations for the claim expires.
With more than a decade of experience representing clients, Mr. Joseph is an effective advocate in the courtroom, on appeal, at arbitrations, during mediations, and in administrative hearings. Since he understands how stressful and complicated life after an unexpected accident can be, Mr. Joseph vigorously advocates on behalf of injured individuals to seek a favorable outcome for each person in every case he handles. He is a capable negotiator who will work tirelessly to pursue the settlement you deserve based upon the severity of your harm. If a reasonable settlement is unattainable through negotiations, Mr. Joseph has the courtroom experience you need. He is a veteran advocate who appreciates what it takes to succeed at trial and throughout any appeal.
Prior to his legal career, Mr. Joseph received degrees with honors in Political Science and Philosophy from the State University of New York at Oneonta. In 1999, he earned his law degree from Tulane University Law School. Mr. Joseph is admitted to practice law before the state and federal courts of both New York and New Jersey. He also belongs to the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the Westchester County Bar Association.
J.D., Tulane Law School, S.U.N.Y. Oneonta
B.S. (Political Science), S.U.N.Y. Oneonta
B.S. (Philosophy), S.U.N.Y. Oneonta