Workers’ Compensation Liens in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

A lien is a legal right a person or entity has against the property of another.  Liens can work in a variety of different ways.  Some liens can be placed against property, like a house, which prevents you from selling it until the lien is “satisfied,” or “paid back.”  Other kinds of liens work by… Read More

What is the “Workers’ Compensation Offset” and how will it affect my Social Security case?

If you collect Workers’ Compensation benefits and file for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you may not be able to receive both types of benefits at their maximum amounts.  Your Social Security benefit may be reduced.  This is due to a law that says you can only receive up to 80% of your average current… Read More

Can you file for workers’ compensation and sue a third-party for a work-related injury?

At Segar & Sciortino, we look at your case from every angle to help maximize your benefits and get you the compensation you deserve.  When someone comes to us with a workers’ compensation issue, one of the things we look for is a responsible “third-party” to bring a lawsuit against, or “sue.” for the things… Read More

Suing the Government

A government entity includes everything from the Governor’s office to the police department to the local library.  If it gets paid for by tax dollars, chances are it is a government entity.  This means that any lawsuit one might bring against such an entity would be a lawsuit against the government.   When suing the government… Read More

Construction Accidents and the Scaffold Law

Construction sites are dangerous places.  This is particularly true for construction workers who work on roofs, bridges, ladders, scaffolds or other elevated areas where there is a high risk of falling.  Because injuries resulting from falls on construction sites can be so devastating, New York State carved out special provisions in the Labor Law that… Read More

Can you sue for a sports-related injury?

Everyone has a sports injury story—some worse than others.  Whether you are a life-long athlete, a casual participant, or even a spectator, sports always involve some kind of risk.  In New York, you can’t bring a lawsuit for a sports-related injury if, by participating, you assumed the risk of getting hurt. “Assumption of Risk” means… Read More

What Happens When You Sue Somebody?

The process of suing someone is called “litigation.”  Litigation has several stages, or “phases,” as they are sometimes called.  In this post, we will discuss each stage of litigation and how a lawsuit in the New York State Supreme Court unfolds over time. 1.  Investigatory Stage When you approach a lawyer with a possible case,… Read More

Looking At Your Case From Every Angle – Part 2: How Workers’ Compensation & Personal Injury Work Together

As we talked about in our last post, the Workers’ Compensation Law (WCL) prevents employees from suing their employers for injuries they sustained on the job, with a few exceptions. This means that if you are hurt at work, even if it’s your employer’s fault, you usually can’t sue the company. However, in some circumstances,… Read More

Looking At Your Case From Every Angle – Part 1: Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, or Personal Injury?

At Segar & Sciortino, we help injured people get the compensation they deserve, whether that is through workers’ compensation, social security disability, or a personal injury lawsuit. This post will discuss in some depth the difference between these areas of law. Workers’ Compensation is a benefits system established by law that provides coverage to employees… Read More

Introducing the Blog

Welcome to the first installment of Segar & Sciortino’s blog. To begin, I want to introduce the firm. Segar & Sciortino is a Rochester-based law firm that provides legal services to injured and disabled individuals in Western New York. Our practice concentrates on Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, and Personal Injury (Accident Law). By focusing our practice on these… Read More