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Chiacchia & Fleming, LLP is a litigation law firm servicing clients throughout Buffalo, NY
The Buffalo lawyers at Chiacchia & Fleming, LLP provide our clients with the highest quality legal services. Whether you are facing a sex abuse claim, slip and fall, car accident, sexual harassment, dog bite, or construction accident case, our personal injury attorneys are here to fight for you. If you need legal counsel, make Chiacchia & Fleming, LLP your first call.
Chiacchia & Fleming, LLP was established in 1998. Our lawyers have extensive legal experience in matters related to sex abuse, personal injury, as well as labor and employment. Ninety-five percent of our legal practice in Buffalo is devoted to litigation.
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Below are some common legal questions we hear from our Buffalo, NY clients:
How long to I have to file a claim for sex abuse?
According to the new Child Victims Act enacted on August 14, 2019, you have until your 55th birthday to file a claim against a pastor, coach, scout leader, teacher or the organizations they were affiliated or working with. Even if the perpetrator has passed away, you can still bring a claim against that organization. If you are currently age 55 or over, you will have one year from the enactment date, or until August 14, 2020, to bring a claim for any past sex abuse you endured. This small window of time is to reopen the possibility of bringing claims for those whose statute of limitations expired years ago. Even if you had previously made a claim in the past which was denied, you can now reopen the case under this new law. The Child Victims Act applies to any victim of sexual abuse who was under 18 years old when the abuse occurred.
These older claims require a substantial amount of investigation, so the quicker you can get us involved the better. If you are worried about your name being publicized, we can file your claim in a manner in which you remain anonymous. If you feel like you consented to the abuse, that does not mean you do not have a claim. Under the law you are incapable of consent until you are 18 years old. Consent by a minor is not a defense to sex abuse. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR SEX ABUSE!
How Do You Determine If You Have A Good Dog Bite Case?
A viable dog bite case is one in which it is possible to prove that the dog has demonstrated at least some vicious propensities. It’s even more helpful if the dog also looks vicious. That visual image tends to help the bite victim’s case. I believe it has much more jury appeal when, instead of a little toy poodle that rips into someone’s face, the dog involved is a Rottweiler or a pit bull.
When it comes to setting up the liability for your case, it’s important to be able to show that you, as the client, did nothing wrong that could have caused that dog to act the way it did. In other words, you were just minding your own business, or you just reached down to pet the dog, and the dog attacked you. Showing those two things – the dog’s propensity for viciousness and that you didn’t do anything wrong – are a couple of important factors that we look for when going forward with a dog bite case.
Do I Need a Workers’ Compensation Attorney?
A workers’ compensation lawyer is not necessary in certain situations. If you have lost a finger or shattered your back in an accident, you probably need a workers’ compensation lawyer. If you have a more serious injury, you will need a lawyer to make sure that your rights are protected. However, if you have sustained a simple, routine injury that will keep you out of work for a couple of weeks, the workers’ compensation wages will kick in automatically, and you will not require a lawyer. You will merely receive some workers’ compensation wages through your carrier and place of employment.
Can I Be Fired Because of Social Media Activity?
For the most part, and especially if you are a private sector employee, you can absolutely be fired for anything that is on your social media account. Whether you express your support for a politician whom your boss does not like, post a picture that your supervisor considers offensive, or make a comment that your superior thinks is inappropriate, you can absolutely be fired. For that reason, you should be very careful who you allow to see your social media profile. Even more important, think carefully before putting anything up on your profile that might anger someone with or for whom you work; your boss can fire you and, in that situation, you would have no recourse.