Kingston Personal Injury Law Firm Serving the Hudson Valley for over 140 Years
A distracted driver fails to look up from his or her phone in time to avoid a rear-end collision. A store manager lets a hazardous spill stay on the floor until a customer slips and falls. A surgical team fails to account for all the instruments used in an operation, leaving clamps and sponges sewn up inside a patient. Failures like these cause serious, painful injuries that involve tremendous expenses and may cause a lifetime or pain, discomfort, loss of quality of life, or permanent disability. Since 1870, the Kingston personal injury attorneys at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP have been helping people injured by the negligence of others recover a full and fair amount of compensation to help them deal with their injuries and the challenges they must now endure.
Our comprehensive Kingston personal injury lawyers can help you when you or a loved one is injured by the negligence of another in any type of accident or injury, including any of the following:
Kingston Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle traffic injuries are the second leading cause of injury-related death, the second leading cause of injury-related hospitalization, and the third leading cause of injury-related emergency department visits in Ulster County. We call them accidents, but nearly every crash that occurs could have been prevented had the at-fault driver used more care. Our experienced Kingston auto accident attorneys help victims of car, truck and motorcycle accidents, as well as pedestrian and bicycle accidents, throughout Kingston and Ulster County. Our lawyers are well-versed in New York no-fault insurance and uninsured motorist laws and can help you achieve the maximum available compensation if you are seriously injured in a crash.
When swimmers or kayakers from Kingston Point Beach run into reckless, speeding or intoxicated boaters, the results can be disastrous. From recreational boating accidents to food poisoning or other injury on Hudson River cruises, our knowledgeable team of boating accident attorneys can help you get the compensation you need to recover from your injuries to the greatest extent possible.
New York Construction Accidents
Powerful New York labor laws like the scaffold safety law are in place to ensure workers are adequately protected on the job, and to hold property owners, employers and contractors liable when they are not. Our experienced courtroom lawyers are adept at law and motion practice in Ulster County courtrooms, where success on summary judgment motions can be critical to establishing liability or keeping a case from being dismissed before it ever gets to trial.
Premises Liability in Ulster County
Property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition for the safety of customers, guests and others invited onto or otherwise lawfully on the property. This duty can include making periodic inspections of the property and promptly repairing dangers known to exist, or providing a warning to the public until repairs can be made. Our Kingston premises liability lawyers represent slip, trip and fall victims in Ulster County grocery stores, restaurants and retail establishments, as well as victims of assault caused by negligent security in parking garages, stairwells, apartment complexes and nightclubs.
Doctors are held to a high standard befitting members of their profession, and they are expected to practice with a high degree of competence, skill, care, ethics and professionalism. Medical mistakes are nevertheless rampant, and one recent study has found medical error to be the third leading cause of death in the U.S. If you have been the victim of a surgical error, birth injury or other medical negligence at a Kingston Health Alliance hospital or other Ulster County healthcare facility, our Kingston medical malpractice attorneys have the knowledge, skills and abilities to uncover the negligence and hold doctors and hospitals accountable for their inexcusable mistakes.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
When it becomes necessary to place a loved one in a skilled nursing home or assisted living facility to see that they get the care they need, you likely research available facilities on Nursing Home Compare, make in-person visits, and do all you can to select a facility you can trust. Unfortunately, high nursing staff and administrative turnover in the industry means that nursing home abuse and neglect can occur anywhere. You want your loved one to be well cared for and treated with dignity and respect. Unfortunately, the unlawful use of restraints, overmedication, and unsanitary practices are common violations of New York nursing home residents’ rights. Our Kingston nursing home negligence attorneys stand up for Ulster County nursing home residents to give them a voice, compensate them for the abuse they have suffered, and stop abuse and neglect in New York nursing homes.
Catastrophic Injury and Wrongful Death
Our Kingston personal injury lawyers are experienced in representing accident victims who have suffered the most serious and catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal injury, third-degree burns and amputations. Experienced injury attorneys know the lifetime of challenges and complications catastrophic injury victims face, and how to evaluate the lifetime of costs involved. In cases of wrongful death, we help surviving family members cover the costs of a loved one’s final medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, and the loss of financial support, household services, love, guidance and companionship.
Full-Service Kingston Law Firm
Our Kingston law firm helps with more than just personal injury cases. With a dozen attorneys excelling in a number of fields, we are able to meet your needs across many different areas of legal practice. Our Kingston estate planning attorneys draft the right combination of wills, trusts and advance directives to meet all your elder law needs for financial stability, health care and asset protection. We provide estate administration services in probate and surrogate court to give effect to the terms of a will, litigate will contests, or represent parties in guardianships. We have family law attorneys who can draft prenuptial agreements or represent you in divorce, and handle family law litigation from paternity to parental alienation. Our lawyers have expertise in a variety of niche family law areas, including divorce mediation, fathers’ rights, high-asset divorce, and LGBT family law matters. We also help individuals and businesses in real estate purchase, sale and closings, quiet title suits and foreclosures, and handle a full range of commercial litigation, including breach of contract lawsuits, business torts, consumer fraud, construction delays and more. Finally, we have experienced and dedicated bankruptcy attorneys who help struggling consumers find effective debt relief with Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy while fighting unfair debt collection and creditor harassment.
Trusted Kingston Attorneys with a Reputation for Success
If you have suffered a serious personal injury due to the negligence of another in Ulster County, or if you have other legal needs that require the advice, assistance and representation of skilled and knowledgeable New York attorneys, call on the most established Hudson Valley law firm and contact Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP for help from a team of experienced and successful Kingston lawyers here to work for you.