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About Elise Langsam

Elise Langsam is a personal injury attorney & partner at Langsam Law LLP in New York, New York.
EMAIL: el@langsamlaw.com
BIO: About Elise
PHONE: 212-742-2700

When Holiday Cheer Is Not Always Cheerful
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When Holiday Cheer Is Not Always Cheerful | Elise Langsam

{1.5 minutes to read} We all know driving and drinking alcohol doesn’t mix and may result in tragedy if a drunk driver causes injuries and death to others. What many of us may not realize is that the drunk driver may not be the only one responsible for these injuries. As the party season heats up, many people don’t realize that restaurants, bars, and even private hosts under some circumstances, have a legal responsibility to stop serving alcoholic beverages to people who are inebriated.

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Store Owners Have a Responsibility to Keep Their Customers Safe
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Store Owners Have a Responsibility to Keep Their Customers Safe | Elise Langsam

{1:30 minutes to read} While it is generally understood that people should exert reasonable caution when out in public, store owners are not absolved from maintaining a safe environment. Business owners look forward to the holiday season because they know it will be a busy time for them. They adjust their inventories and prices accordingly and hope that brisk business in December will make up for slower times experienced earlier in the year.

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When a School Is Negligent
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When a School Is Negligent | Elise Langsam

{2.7 minutes to read} Now that summer is over and children are going back to school, parents should be aware of these common, yet potentially dangerous, situations. Schools have a legal responsibility to provide a safe place for their students, not only with regard to their premises but also with regard to the supervision of the children that we entrust to them. Unfortunately, schools do not always meet their legal obligations and may be found negligent, resulting in psychological and/or physical injuries to their students.

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Summer Fun in the Sun Can Be Dangerous but NOT for the Reasons You May Think
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{Read in 3:20 minutes} Summer is the time of year for fun, not for getting injured because of someone else’s negligence. Summer Fun in the Sun Can Be Dangerous but NOT for the Reasons You May Think Inadequate supervision at swimming pools, improperly maintained soccer fields, faulty sports equipment, and negligent instruction all constitute breaches of the duties owed by businesses to ensure the safety of their patrons. In this post we will discuss two recent cases, one involving a summer camp and the other involving a resort.

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10 Myths About Personal Injury Lawsuits Continued
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10 Myths About Personal Injury Lawsuits Continued| Elise Langsam

Here is the continuation of our prior blog post: Ten Myths Regarding Personal Injury Cases. As I mentioned in our prior post, I frequently get calls from people who are injured because of negligence, but don’t think they have a case. It is important that people understand that only an expert can evaluate their case. In this second of a two-part article, I will deconstruct more myths that people often cite -incorrectly – as why they think they don’t have a case.

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10 Myths About Personal Injury Lawsuits
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10 Myths About Personal Injury Lawsuits | Elise Langsam

I frequently get calls from people who are injured because of negligence but don’t think they have a case. It is important that people understand that only an expert can evaluate their case. In this first of a two-part article, I will deconstruct ten myths people often cite – incorrectly – as why they think they don’t have a case. Myth #1: I was hurt but I didn’t miss work.

  • You may have been forced to work through your pain and injuries because

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Third Party Negligence in Criminal Cases
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Third Party Negligence in Criminal Cases | Elise Langsam

{4:45 minutes to read} Victims of violent crimes are entitled to seek justice in the criminal court system, but depending on the circumstances of the incident, they may also be entitled to civil damages from a negligent third party. In a recent case wherein an assailant was able to gain entry to a premises, there was a good case against the building owner for not maintaining a minimum level of security in the building.

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Hurt On The Job? You May Be Entitled To File a Lawsuit in Addition to Filing a Workers Compensation Claim
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Hurt on the Job? You May Be Entitled to File a Lawsuit in Addition to Filing a Workers Compensation Claim | Elise Langsam

{2:00 minutes to read} If someone is hurt during the course of their employment, he/she is entitled to file a workers compensation claim wherein compensation is limited to medical reimbursement from approved medical providers and a scheduled portion of lost earnings. However, most people do not know that in addition to filing a workers compensation claim, they may also be entitled to file a lawsuit against other entities or persons (“third parties”) who are responsible for their injuries.

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Injured? Don’t Hesitate Because You May Have Been Partly at Fault
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Injured? Don’t Hesitate Because You May Have Been Partly at Fault | Elise Langsam

{3 1/4 minutes to read} A person who is injured by the negligence of another party may still be eligible to receive compensation, even though he or she was also partly responsible for the accident. In New York State, the law allows someone who has suffered damages in an accident to be compensated based upon the negligence of another party, despite evidence pointing to the fact that the injured party may have contributed to, or worsened, the injuries sustained by him or her.

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The Police Officer’s Role in Society: To Protect, Not Abuse
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Recent headlines have highlighted numerous instances in which a police officer abuses his position, violating someone’s civil rights by falsely arresting, imprisoning and even assaulting them. This may even extend to malicious prosecution of the person by the District Attorney. If any of these situations occur, a civil lawsuit to recover monetary compensation may be filed against the wrongdoer, usually the Police Department (NYPD) and the City of New York.

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Contingency Fees: Giving Access To The Injured
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Contingency Fees: Giving Access To The Injured | Elise Langsam

If you have been physically and/or emotionally injured by someone else’s negligence or medical malpractice, you may be concerned that you cannot afford a good lawyer to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Luckily, that is not the case in New York State.

Personal injury attorneys in New York State do not bill for their services. They charge a contingency fee, which means that the client does not pay for any legal fees unless there is a recovery, either by settlement or a monetary award at trial.

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