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Cellino & Barnes Jingle Contest Winner Is…

Monday, October 3rd, 2011
Cellino & Barnes - Jingle Contest Winners

The Midnight Ramblers - Winners Jingle Contest

Congratulations to The Midnight Ramblers out of Rochester, New York for winning our first ever jingle contest. They received the most “thumbs up” on YouTube and will receive $1,000 and their jingle will appear in a Cellino & Barnes commercial.

The Midnight Ramblers is a group of male singers who attend college at the University of Rochester. Their upbeat and fun rendition of the Cellino & Barnes Jingle put them at the top.

We would like to thank everyone who submitted a jingle, especially our finalists. Everyone did an outstanding job. Special thumbs up to Dennis Reed, Jr. and Nick Anderson, who rounded out the top 3. (more…)

Construction Accident and Labor Law Information

Monday, April 11th, 2011

From the Desk of Steve Barnes

In New York State, we have a statute that provides special legal protection to construction workers while working at an elevated height.  This statute is referred to as New York’s Labor Law.

New York’s Labor Law, also know as “Scaffold Law”, puts responsibility on project owners, general contractors, managers and other responsible parties to ensure a safe working environment.

Two reasons for this law are (1) serious and catastrophic injuries often result from elevated falls, and (2) construction workers rely on a third-party (general contractors, managers, etc.) to make sure the elevated work location is safe. (more…)

Terbutaline Warning – Do Not Use for Treatment of Preterm Labor

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Terbutaline (Brethine, Bricanyl, and Bethaire) was put on the market to prevent and treat asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.  However, some healthcare providers have used it for “off-label” treatment.

Terbutaline has been used “off-label” as a fast acting treatment for preterm labor and has been linked to numerous side effects, including birth injuries.

Common birth injuries linked to of Terbutaline, include:

  • Brain damage
  • Developmental problems
  • Birth defects
  • Autism (particularly in twin pregnancies) 
  • Speech and movement defects

Contact Cellino & Barnes with your questions.

Due to this “off-label” use and the dangers involved, the FDA is now requiring a Boxed Warning and Contraindications for this drug. The FDA has notified healthcare professionals that the injectable Terbutaline should not be used on pregnant woman for prevention of prolonged treatment of preterm labor. 

Learn more about Terbutaline

Water Contamination from Hydraulic Fracturing

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

If you live in an area where gas drilling is ongoing, such as Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale, the drilling company may be using a technique referred to as hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

In some wells the fracturing has caused contaminated ground water. Initially, many people living near shale gas drilling reported a nasty odor in their drinking water. Subsequently, independent studies were done and have shown that dangerous chemicals may be used in shale gas drilling, including benzene. Benzene is extremely dangerous and has been linked to health problems where exposure is too high.

Learn more about the effects of hydraulic fracturing

Cellino & Barnes Secures $1.8 Million for Boating Accident Victim

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Richard Amico, a personal injury attorney in our Rochester office, led the legal team that secured the maximum available insurance coverage.

The settlement was reached shortly after the complaint was filed and served on the defendants. The insurers for the defendants agreed to pay the plaintiff the full policy limits ($1.8 million) for the injuries suffered in this boating accident.

“Our client suffered an amputation of her left thumb and a crush injury to her right arm,” explained Attorney Amico, one of our Rochester-based personal injury attorneys. “This young lady’s injuries were extremely serious. Unfortunately, we were limited by the maximum amount of available insurance coverage – which we were successful in securing.”

Read entire Press Release

Cellino & Barnes Attorney, Gregory Pajak, Settles Pedestrian Case

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Buffalo News Article – Updated: February 1, 2011

Gregory Pajak, a car accident attorney at the law firm of Cellino & Barnes, recently settled a case against a Town of Tonawanda police officer.

Our client was crossing Military Road, when he was hit by a police car that wasn’t responding to an emergency.  As a result, our client suffered a compound leg fracture and was hospitalized for 10 days. Case was settled for $149,000.

Read more car accident settlements.

Classroom Scholarship Winners – Weeks 7, 8 and 9

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Congratulations to the Cellino & Barnes Classroom Scholarship Winners for Weeks 7, 8 and 9.

Week 9 Winners

Mrs. Kewley

5th Grade

Wellsville Elementary


Mrs. Mooney

2nd Grade

Alden Intermediate


Ms. Anne Renkas

5th Grade

Buffalo School #33


Mrs. Nancy Lowczys

7th Grade

Our Lady of Hope


Ms. Judy Slade

5th Grade

Winchester Elementary

West Seneca

Ms. Laurie Serpe

3rd Grade

Fairbanks Road School


Mrs. Rhonda Matthews

5th Grade

Allen Creek Elementary


Ms. Alice Lombardo

6th Grade

Chester Dewey School


Mrs. Heather Haynes

2nd Grade

Meadow School

N. Tonawanda

Mrs. Prusha

3rd Grade

Avoca Central School


Week 8 Winners

Lisa Mueller

8th Grade

Dunkirk Middle School


Keren Jennings

8th Grade

Holy Family Middle School


Jean Heyden


Dr. Lydia T. Wright


Caitlin Bogucki

7th Grade

Lovejoy Discovery School #43


Mrs. Bonanno

2nd Grade

Immaculate Conception School

East Aurora

Nina Werner

1st Grade

Global Concepts Charter School


Diane Brooks

2nd Grade

Keshequa Central School


Pat Billone

4th Grade

West Ridge


Andrew Hennigan

5th Grade

Martin Luther King, Jr. School # 9


Mrs. Lazenby

6th Grade

Geneva Middle School


Week 7 Winners

Eric Talbot

4th Grade

Cuba Elementary School


Mrs. Wenke

7th Grade

Olean Middle School


Diane Poliseno

3rd Grade

Blasdell Elementary


Patricia Prokes

5th Grade

Bennett Park Montessori


Claudette Dzieciuch

1st Grade

Trinity Catholic Academy


Dorreen Caldwell

5th Grade

Wolcott Street School


Christa Grant

4th Grade

School of the Holy Childhood


Nancy Ferguson

2nd Grade

adlai e.stevenson #29


Catherine King

3rd Grade

Briarwood Elementary


Sandi Gawlak

6th Grade

Forestville Central School


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 


Mr. Jeff Miodonski 

3rd Grade 

Armor Elementary 


Mr. Jerry Balisteri 

6th Grade 

Depew Middle School 


Mrs. Fabian 

6th Grade 

Northridge Christian School 


Miss MacDonald 

2nd Grade 

Ivan L. Green Primary School 

East Irondequoit 

Mrs. Tortorici 

5th Grade 

Indian Landing Elementary 


Mrs. Saraf 

2nd Grade 

Washington Hunt Elementary 


Ms. Jennifer Plummer 

7th Grade 

North Tonawanda Middle School 

N Tonawanda 

Mr. Mike Putney 

3rd Grade 

Westfield Elementary 


Ms. Megan Bower 

1st Grade 

Ridge Rd. Elementary School 


Week 5 Winners – 2010 

Mrs. Lynn Barnes 

2nd Grade 

School #33 Bilingual Center 


Mr. Thomas P. Burger 

8th Grade 

St. Margaret 


Mrs. Guyton 

5th Grade 

Akron Elementary School 


Ms. D. Cordovano 

6th Grade 

Potters Road Elementary 

West Seneca 

Mrs. Jamie Klotz 

2nd Grade 

NRCS #3 


Mrs. Lynne Lincourt 

2nd Grade 

Northwood Elementary 


Mr. Pokalsky 

3rd Grade 

Archangel School 


Ms. Kate Baker 

6th Grade 

Alfred Almond 


Mr. Clark 

3rd Grade 

St. Paul Lutheran School 


Ms. Tamara Coffey-Keller 

4th Grade 

Manchester-Shortsville CSD 


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.

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 


Ms. Theresa O’Connor 

1st Grade 

St. Bernadette School 

Orchard Park 

Ms. Jackie Starks 

2nd Grade 

Heritage Heights Elementary 


Ms. Tracey Routly 

2nd Grade 

St John Neumann 


Mrs. Laurie Ashodian 

5th Grade 

Neil Armstrong Elementary 


Mrs. Lora Pepper 

4th Grade 

Northside Elementary School 


Miss Moritz 

4th Grade 

Sherman Central School District 


Ms. Lisa C. Malpica 

3rd Grade 

Cataract Elementary 

Niagara Falls 

Mr. Jon Armstrong 

3rd Grade 

Newfield Elementary School 


Ms. Dawn Burdick 

7th Grade 

Wayland Cohocton Middle School