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After the Tragedy, Assessing the Liability

The LaMarche Safranko Law family wishes to extend its deepest sympathies to all those affected by the devastating limousine crash of October 6, 2018. Here we offer some information on the legal issues that inevitably arise from a tragedy of this magnitude, as investigators try to determine what went wrong, and victims’ loved ones struggle […]

Apple Vs. Law Enforcement On iPhone Privacy

As law-enforcement agencies find ever-more-sophisticated ways to hack into iPhones, Apple finds equally sophisticated ways to block them and protect its customers’ privacy. And it doesn’t appear this smartphone tug of war is likely to end soon. The issue came under public scrutiny after a 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., which killed 14 […]

Get Out Of Jail Free?

In January, New York State bail laws came under scrutiny when Governor Andrew Cuomo joined a growing chorus of voices calling for the end of bail as we know it. As part of a larger package of criminal-justice reforms, Cuomo proposed eliminating the cash bail requirement for those in the state facing misdemeanors and nonviolent […]

Interrogation Law: The Cameras Are On

A new state law requiring law enforcement agencies to video record custodial interrogations with individuals accused of serious crimes, including homicides and violent felony sex offenses, went into effect on April 1, 2018. Introduced in 2017 as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s criminal justice reform package, and passed by the state legislature last year, the […]

New Gun Laws in New York State

On March 31, a bill that would require domestic abusers in New York state to turn in all their guns sailed through the Senate and Assembly and was promptly signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The bill expands on previous legislation requiring abusers to turn over only their handguns, and also broadens the scope […]

Move Over: It’s The Law

A local driver’s awareness of New York State’s “move over” law might not have helped state troopers Brent Karow and Shane Swartz all that much. Christopher Neumann was apparently under the influence of alcohol when he plowed into the troopers, as they assisted two tow-truck operators pulling a car out of the median of I-90 […]

New Law Extends Statute of Limitations on Cancer Malpractice

On March 7, 2013, Lavern Wilkinson succumbed to lung cancer at Long Island College Hospital. Wilkinson was only 41, and left behind an autistic daughter, but what made her death more than just an unfortunate family tragedy was that her cancer could have been halted with proper diagnosis when, in 2010, she came to the […]

Safranko Speaks Out On Controversial Troy Police Shooting

On January 30, retired Troy Police Chief John Tedesco published an opinion piece in the Troy Record defending the Troy Police Department in general, and Sgt. Randall French in particular, regarding the April 2016 incident in which French fatally shot motorist Edson Thevenin after a traffic stop. Tedesco’s piece countered recent criticism of the department’s […]

Slipping and Falling on Ice or Snow: Can I Sue for Damages?

Winter in Albany and Upstate NY means there’s always a chance of snow and ice around the corner, and snow and ice mean there’s always a chance someone will slip and fall. And unfortunately, slip-and-fall accidents are all too common, as evidenced by the large number of slip-and-fall personal-injury claims filed each year. Although the […]

Why Does a Personal Injury Case Take So Long to Resolve?

Handling a serious personal injury case can sometimes take years. It’s important for clients of personal injury attorneys to understand why some cases take such a long time to resolve. No two personal injury cases are alike; some are settled relatively quickly, but others drag on for years, frustrating plaintiffs who have suffered injuries (sometimes […]