PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS
GELBER & OCONNELL, LLC
Hours of Operation
- Monday - Friday8:00am - 6:00pm
- Evenings and weekends by appointment
BUFFALO PERSONAL INJURY ACCIDENT ATTORNEYSThe Personal Injury Law Firm of Gelber & O'Connell, LLC serves clients in communities throughout Buffalo and Western New York who have suffered serious personal injuries or lost a loved one in an accident due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of others. The law firm has developed a reputation for maintaining high ethical standards while aggressively representing its clients.
Whether our clients' injuries are caused by an automobile, truck, motorcycle or construction site accident, unsafe products, dangerous drugs (such as Fosamax or Topamax) or medical devices (such as Mirena IUDs, NuvaRing, Transvaginal Mesh, DePuy or Stryker Hip Implants) or a slip and fall, we treat them with care and compassion. Our lawyers take the time to get to know and understand the needs of each client, which allows our clients and their loved ones to focus on their recovery.
Our attorneys are focused on providing the personal attention that injury victims and their families deserve. The lawyers sensitively guide the injured people they serve through the emotional upheaval that follows an accident, while at the same time championing their rights to help them obtain full compensation for the losses they have suffered.
We are tough and thorough litigators, who won't settle for less than what is fair and reasonable for our clients. We are dedicated to excellence in the practice of personal injury law and are also proud to have achieved million and multi-million dollar recoveries for those clients who have suffered the most serious personal injuries or wrongful death.
Partners Herschel Gelber & Timothy O’Connell are proud of their firm’s accomplishments and community initiatives, which include numerous sponsorships with television and radio stations to eradicate drunken and other distracted driving. In addition, we actively support of the Food Bank of WNY, Camp Good Days, local mental health and drug rehabilitation organizations and various children’s literacy programs.
Available as guest speakers on various legal topics.
Free consultation, home & hospital visits.
Free parking and handicap accessibility.
No fee unless we obtain a recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What should you do after an auto accident?
- Stop. Call 911 for police and medical assistance. Protect the accident scene and make an effort to prevent further accidents. If possible, have someone warn approaching traffic until the police arrive. Exchange information with all drivers involved and get the names of all witnesses. Do not forget to get insurance information. File an accident report within ten days. Immediately report the accident to your insurance company and make sure you obtain a no-fault claim form since one must be filed with your own insurance company within 30 days. If you or a loved one has been injured, you should contact us to assist you with the timely filing of a claim and/or lawsuit and to protect your rights.
- Are there timeframes for bringing claims and lawsuits in New York?
- Depending on the type of accident in which you are involved and/or the basis for an injury you have sustained, there are different time periods in which you have to bring claims and lawsuits. As an example, if you are involved in an auto accident, you must file a no-fault claim with your own automobile insurer within 30 days, but generally have 3 years in which to bring a claim against the person whose negligence caused the accident. Another example involves claims against municipalities, against whom an injured party must file a notice of claim within 90 days and commence a lawsuit within 1 year and 90 days. Further, if an accident results in death, an action for wrongful death must be commenced within two years of the date of death. Since there are many variables involved, it is always a good idea to consult with a personal injury attorney if you find yourself the victim of someone else’s negligence. We are happy to answer your specific questions if you call us.
- What are mass tort claims?
- Mass tort claims are a consolidation of individual claims involving numerous plaintiffs from anywhere in the country against one or more defendants to recover damages for harm caused by a particular unsafe drug or product, such as a dangerous medicine or medical device, or an incident such as a plane crash or environmental spill. Each mass tort plaintiff has a unique, individual claim and distinct damages; however, their claim is handled as part of a larger group of claims, the litigation of which can end up in a designated court anywhere in the country. Some of the recent and most noteworthy mass tort/potential mass tort actions involving pharmaceutical or medical device cases are Mirena IUDs, Transvaginal Mesh, DePuy and Stryker Hip Replacements, NuvaRing Birth Control, Topamax and GranuFlo/NaturaLyte. Since many of the law firms handling these matters are located in large cities around the county it is advisable to have experienced local attorneys who, when necessary, have the ability to work in conjunction with national law firms. We will meet with you, evaluate your injuries, and because we have relationships with several national firms who handle mass tort litigation, we can work closely with both you and them, as needed, to protect your interests. Call us at today if you have been injured from the use of dangerous prescription drugs or medical devices.
- How do I choose the right personal injury attorney?
- Choosing an attorney is a very personal experience. You must do research prior to hiring any attorney by asking family and friends who they would recommend. Then do your own research on the internet. Do not simply call an attorney who advertises heavily on television and/or radio. Once you choose a firm, meet with the actual attorney at the firm who will be representing you. Don’t settle for meeting with a paralegal, as only an attorney can give you legal advice. Make sure you have chemistry with the attorney and verify that the attorney with whom you are meeting will, in fact, handle your case. Confirm that the attorney has the precise experience necessary to handle your type of case and the contacts and financial resources to locate and hire the relevant experts and consultants. Ask about the fee arrangement and whether or not you must reimburse the attorney if the case is not successful. We take the time to get to really know our clients and give them the personal attention they deserve, so call us if you have been injured and need legal guidance.
- What is distracted driving and what are the consequences if I am stopped by a police officer for distracted driving?
- Distracted driving is driving while engaged in any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. It does not involve only talking on a cell phone or texting. It includes eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading, using a navigation system (GPS), watching a video, adjusting a radio, iPod, CD player or MP3 player, looking around at sights/rubbernecking, having a pet on your lap or in the front seat, and any other activities which distract you from driving. In New York, it is against the law to drive distracted. If a police officer sees you texting or talking on a phone, even if you don’t get into an accident, you can be pulled over and given a ticket, with a fine of up to $150. If you cause an accident while driving distracted, you can be charged and prosecuted criminally. If you or anyone you know has been involved in an accident with a distracted driver, call us for assistance, since we have extensive experience in this area of law and have been lecturing to local high schools and community organizations on the topic.