Archive for the ‘Personal Injury’ Category

Cuisinart Food Processor Recall

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Cuisinart has announced that they will be recalling about 25,000 7-cup Food Processors after receiving a report of a consumer who was hit by a piece of the plastic casing which was shattered by the slicing disc. The shredding blade can come loose and break the cover of the processor, which in turn can pose harm to the consumer.

Those who have purchased any of the following nine models of Cuisinart food processors are encouraged to stop using the product immediately and contact Cuisinart to have replacement parts sent. The recall includes models: MFP-107, MFP-107BC, MFP-107BCWS, MFP-107BK, MFP-107BKWS, MFP-107DCWS, MFP-107MGSLT, MFP-107MR or MFP-107WS. The model number can be found on the underside of the food processor.

Consumers should contact Cuisinart at (877) 339-2534. Lines are open weekdays from 7am to 11pm and 9am to 5pm on weekends. Cuisinart recall information can also be found online at, click on “recall” for additional information.

Baja Mini-Bike Recall

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Baja Motorsports is recalling 23,000 MB200 gas-powered “mini-bikes” because the front fork can become disconnected from the wheel causing danger of fall and crashing to riders. The mini-bike may also be called the WR96 or WR200. The company has received 13 documented reports of this malfunction. Consumers should stop using the recalled vehicles and contact Baja Motorsports for a free repair.

Baja Motorsports can be reached at (888) 863-2252 from 8am to 5pm weekdays, or online at

Cellino & Barnes Attorney, Christian Oliver, Named as “Rising Star” in New York Metro SuperLawyers

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Cellino & Barnes is proud to announce that personal injury attorney Christian R. Oliver has been selected for inclusion into the 2011 Metro edition of New York Super Lawyers as “Rising Star”.

Following law school graduation, Christian declined an offer from one of the nation’s top corporate law firms and  instead decided to pursue his life-long dream  to work as a trial attorney on behalf of injured individuals.

Inspired by his own personal injury accident, Christian experienced the consequences of a life changing injury and understands first-hand how important it is to have an advocate willing to fight for you. (more…)

Teen Driver Safety

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They account for more than one in three deaths among teens, ages 16 to 19.  Luckily, parents can reduce the risks their teens run every time they get behind the wheel by educating them on some safe driving habits.

At the Cellino & Barnes personal injury law firm, we’re here to help educate and keep you and your children safe on the road. (more…)

Cellino & Barnes Welcomes Douglas Shayne

Friday, June 10th, 2011

From the Desk of Ross Cellino

Cellino & Barnes is proud to announce that personal injury attorney Douglas E. Shayne has joined the firm.

Mr. Shayne graduated cum laude from Brooklyn College in 1995, where he obtained his BA. He then went on to obtain his JD at New York Law School.

Mr. Shayne brings over ten years of experience with him and was previously associated with the firm of Brecher, Fishman, Pasternack, Walsh, Tilker & Ziegler, P.C. located in Garden City, New York. (more…)

What is a Free Consultation

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

From the Desk of Ross Cellino

I was recently asked, “Exactly what is a free consultation, anyway?”

A free consultation is when an attorney discusses the facts surrounding your case for free.   The consultation can take place over the phone or in person.

Typically the initial contact is made when a potential client calls our office.   A receptionist will answer the phone, but all calls involving accident cases are then routed to an attorney.   You will be able to confidentially discuss the facts with an attorney – some law firms have paralegals screen their calls but at our firm the attorneys handle each and every call.   If after discussing the facts of the case with the prospective client, we believe there is a legitimate case, we will take the next step and schedule an appointment to meet with the client.  In situations where you are unable to travel to meet us, an attorney in our office can travel to meet you.   At that meeting there is another more in-depth consultation that will take place and of course that is also free. (more…)

Cellino & Barnes – Statement of Client’s Rights

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Ross Cellino and Steve Barnes believe it is important that each client understand their rights.  This is our promise to you.

  1. You are entitled to be treated with courtesy and consideration at all times by your attorney and the other attorneys and personnel in our office.
  2. You are entitled to an attorney capable of handling your case competently and diligently, in accordance with the highest standards of the profession.  If you are not satisfied with how your case is being handled, you have the right to withdraw from the attorney-client relationship at any time (court approval may be required in some cases and your attorney may have a claim against you for the value of services rendered to you up to the point of discharge). (more…)

Fire Hazards in the Home

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Thousands of people die each year in house fires. The most common causes of fires include electrical wiring, heating units and furnaces, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).  Furnace and heating related fires alone make up 11.4 percent of all home fires each year. Most often these fires occur during the winter months.

Learn more from our Personal Injury Lawyers Rochester.

If you are a homeowner, it is important to follow the USFA’s recommendations to avoid potential fire hazards. Call a professional if you notice any of these problem areas and never try to make your own electrical or heating related repairs. If you are a renter, you should contact your landlord immediately and notify them of any hazards or necessary repairs:

  • – Be sure all furnace controls and emergency shutoffs are in proper working condition
  • – Inspect the walls and ceiling near the furnace and along the chimney line. If the wall is hot or discolored, additional pipe insulation or clearance may be required
  • – Check the pipe seams. Are they well supported; free of holes, and cracks? Soot along or around seams may be an indicator of a leak
  • – Look for and replace loose or frayed cords on all electrical devices
  • – If outlets or switches feel warm, shut off the circuit and have them checked by an electrician
  • – Avoid overloading outlets with high-wattage appliances

Talk with Ross Cellino today.

According to the Attorney General’s “Tenants’ Rights Guide”, in the State of New York, the homeowner or landlord is responsible for ensuring that each of their dwellings remain in “good repair”. This includes maintaining and repairing electrical and heating systems.

The Zadroga Bill & The 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Legal Assistance for Rescue/Recovery Workers

Hundreds of tons of asbestos were released when the Twin Towers fell and many rescue and recovery workers are now suffering the effects of breathing in the contaminated air.

The Zagroda Act provides the necessary medical monitoring and treatment to thousands of people who are now sick as a result of the terrorist attacks on 911 and its subsequent clean-up.

In addition, the Zagroda Act provides an opportunity for many individuals who were either ineligible or became sick after the deadline of the original Victim Compensation Fund, to apply for compensation.

Cellino & Barnes can help you navigate the paperwork and documents necessary to file a claim for compensation with the Fund.

Learn More – 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund Information

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.