Archive for October, 2010

Cellino & Barnes Classroom Scholarship Winners – Weeks 5 & 6

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Cellino & Barnes would like to congratulate the Classroom Scholarship Winners for Weeks 5 and 6 of the Buffalo Bills season. 

Week 6 Winners – 2010 

     
Mrs. Linda Kraft 

5th Grade 

Buffalo Academy for V&P Arts 

Buffalo 

Mr. Jeff Miodonski 

3rd Grade 

Armor Elementary 

Hamburg 

Mr. Jerry Balisteri 

6th Grade 

Depew Middle School 

Depew 

Mrs. Fabian 

6th Grade 

Northridge Christian School 

Rochester 

Miss MacDonald 

2nd Grade 

Ivan L. Green Primary School 

East Irondequoit 

Mrs. Tortorici 

5th Grade 

Indian Landing Elementary 

Penfield 

Mrs. Saraf 

2nd Grade 

Washington Hunt Elementary 

Lockport 

Ms. Jennifer Plummer 

7th Grade 

North Tonawanda Middle School 

N Tonawanda 

Mr. Mike Putney 

3rd Grade 

Westfield Elementary 

Westfield 

Ms. Megan Bower 

1st Grade 

Ridge Rd. Elementary School 

Horseheads 

       
Week 5 Winners – 2010 

     
Mrs. Lynn Barnes 

2nd Grade 

School #33 Bilingual Center 

Buffalo 

Mr. Thomas P. Burger 

8th Grade 

St. Margaret 

Buffalo 

Mrs. Guyton 

5th Grade 

Akron Elementary School 

Akron 

Ms. D. Cordovano 

6th Grade 

Potters Road Elementary 

West Seneca 

Mrs. Jamie Klotz 

2nd Grade 

NRCS #3 

Rochester 

Mrs. Lynne Lincourt 

2nd Grade 

Northwood Elementary 

Hilton 

Mr. Pokalsky 

3rd Grade 

Archangel School 

Irondequoit 

Ms. Kate Baker 

6th Grade 

Alfred Almond 

Almond 

Mr. Clark 

3rd Grade 

St. Paul Lutheran School 

Batavia 

Ms. Tamara Coffey-Keller 

4th Grade 

Manchester-Shortsville CSD 

Shortsville 

Personal Injury and Social Media

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Do you actively participate in social networking? Do you Tweet or post updates on Facebook?

If the answer is yes and you have a personal injury case, our advice is that you either limit your involvement or stop it all together.

Recently, a New York State Supreme Court ruled that a woman had to release her private Facebook and MySpace accounts to defense counsel. The purpose was to challenge her injury claims.

This ruling has increased the need for an injury victim to be cautious in what they say and post on social networking sites.

You also need to understand that even if you have privacy settings turned on, attorneys are still permitted, through discovery, to obtain your information. You may think that deleting your posts and photos will solve the problem, but it often looks as though you are trying to hide something.

Advice to Personal Injury Victims

As a personal injury firm, we strongly recommend you think before you post. This holds true regardless of whether you are an accident victim or not. If you don’t want something to come back to bite you, then don’t post it.

Defense counsel will not hold back when trying to harm the reputation of a personal injury victim. What should you do?

  • Hire an experienced personal injury firm with a record of success against the insurance industry.
  • Avoid talking or writing about your case with anyone, except your personal injury attorney.
  • Be honest. It’s important that you tell the truth from the beginning so your attorney can build your case. Discovering something unfavorable later in your case can be a difficult obstacle. If it’s known at the onset, we can prepare for it.
  • Anything you post online can be used to discredit your case. This includes Facebook, My Space, Twitter, online forums and other social media sites.  

Social media is not going away. Smart attorneys know this and will use social media to their advantage. If you have been injured, contact Ross Cellino or Steve Barnes today (800-621-2020). Our attorneys are available 24/7 to help you.

Personal Injury and Social Media

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Do you actively participate in social networking? Do you Tweet or post updates on Facebook?

If the answer is yes and you have a personal injury case, our advice is that you either limit your involvement or stop it all together.

Recently, a New York State Supreme Court ruled that a woman had to release her private Facebook and MySpace accounts to defense counsel. The purpose was to challenge her injury claims.

This ruling has increased the need for an injury victim to be cautious in what they say and post on social networking sites.

You also need to understand that even if you have privacy settings turned on, attorneys are still permitted, through discovery, to obtain your information. You may think that deleting your posts and photos will solve the problem, but it often looks as though you are trying to hide something.

Advice to Personal Injury Victims

As a personal injury firm, we strongly recommend you think before you post. This holds true regardless of whether you are an accident victim or not. If you don’t want something to come back to bite you, then don’t post it.

Defense counsel will not hold back when trying to harm the reputation of a personal injury victim. What should you do?

  • Hire an experienced personal injury firm with a record of success against the insurance industry.
  • Avoid talking or writing about your case with anyone, except your personal injury attorney.
  • Be honest. It’s important that you tell the truth from the beginning so your attorney can build your case. Discovering something unfavorable later in your case can be a difficult obstacle. If it’s known at the onset, we can prepare for it.
  • Anything you post online can be used to discredit your case. This includes Facebook, My Space, Twitter, online forums and other social media sites.

Social media is not going away. Smart attorneys know this and will use social media to their advantage. If you have been injured, contact Ross Cellino or Steve Barnes today (1-716-888-8888). Our attorneys are available 24/7 to help you.

Cellino & Barnes Classroom Scholarship Winners – Week 4

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Cellino & Barnes would like to congratulate the Classroom Scholarship Winners for Week 4 of the Buffalo Bills season. 

Week 4 Winners – 2010 

     
Mr. Christopher Stephens 

6th Grade 

Waterfront Elementary 

Buffalo 

Ms. Theresa O’Connor 

1st Grade 

St. Bernadette School 

Orchard Park 

Ms. Jackie Starks 

2nd Grade 

Heritage Heights Elementary 

Amherst 

Ms. Tracey Routly 

2nd Grade 

St John Neumann 

Rochester 

Mrs. Laurie Ashodian 

5th Grade 

Neil Armstrong Elementary 

Gates-Chili 

Mrs. Lora Pepper 

4th Grade 

Northside Elementary School 

Fairport 

Miss Moritz 

4th Grade 

Sherman Central School District 

Sherman 

Ms. Lisa C. Malpica 

3rd Grade 

Cataract Elementary 

Niagara Falls 

Mr. Jon Armstrong 

3rd Grade 

Newfield Elementary School 

Newfield 

Ms. Dawn Burdick 

7th Grade 

Wayland Cohocton Middle School 

Wayland 

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

We recently received an email from a woman who was playing tag with her kids and bumped her head on a light post. She shared with us the humor of the situation, but later that day she ended up going to see a doctor due to a persistent headache. She had suffered a mild concussion. While this brain injury example is not a severe case, it is important to know exactly what a brain injury is and what to do in case one occurs.

Do you need to speak with a Cellino & Barnes brain injury attorney?

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders, traumatic brain injury or TBI occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. This can be the result of an object suddenly and violently coming into contact with the head, or when an object actually pierces the skull and enters the brain tissue.

Symptoms of a mild TBI include…

  •   Headache
  •   Lightheadedness
  •   Blurred vision or tired eyes
  •   Ringing in the ears
  •   Bad taste in the mouth
  •   Fatigue or lethargy
  •   Behavioral or mood changes
  •   Trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking

People with a moderate or severe TBI display the symptoms listed above but may also include

  •   Headache that gets worse or does not go away
  •   Dilation of one or both pupil
  •   Slurred speech
  •   Weakness or numbness
  •   Loss of coordination
  •   Restlessness or agitation 

The leading cause of TBI’s are falls and motor-vehicle accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The first and most important thing to do in the case of a TBI is to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

If you are in an accident and fear you may have suffered a TBI, seek medical attention immediately. If your accident occurs as a result of someone else’s actions, the personal injury attorneys at Cellino & Barnes can evaluate your case for free. Our lawyers are available 24/7 – 800-621-2020.

Contact Cellino & Barnes, a leading personal injury firm, if you or a loved one has been affected by a traumatic brain injury.

Cellino & Barnes Classroom Scholarship Winners – Week 3

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Cellino & Barnes would like to congratulate the Classroom Scholarship Winners for Week 3 of the Buffalo Bills season.  We would also like to say that we are always grateful when the students take the time to say thank you.  You are most welcome.

Week 3 Winners – 2010

     
Mrs.Morelli

6th Grade

St John the Baptist

Kenmore

Ms. Laura McCann

5th Grade

Woodrow Wilson School

Sloan

Mrs. Margaret Moberg

7th Grade

St. Joseph University School

Buffalo

Ms. Tina Schmatz

3rd Grade

Hoover Middle School

Buffalo

Ms. Heather Crane

3rd Grade

Henry W. Longfellow

Rochester

Ms. Amy Sweeney

1st Grade

Canal View Elementary

Spencerport

Ms. Kelly Ceckowski

2nd Grade

State Road Elementary

Webster

Mrs. Susan Morse

6th Grade

Dundee Elementary School

Dundee

Miss Roll

4th Grade

Cattaraugus Little Valley

Little Valley

Ms. Julie Hillegeer

5th Grade

Williamson Central

Williamson