Posts Tagged ‘steve barnes’

A Great Day in American History

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

From the Desk of Steve Barnes

Congratulations to the U.S. Navy SEALS, President Obama and all those who had a hand in the great events of the past 24 hours.    As has been the case for Americans during the entire course of our history, we again owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the bravery of our men and women in uniform.

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…)

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…)

Cellino & Barnes College Scholarship Program

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Cellino & Barnes will begin accepting applications for our 2011 College Scholarship Program on February 1, 2011.
This scholarship fund awards $1,000 to 100 deserving students who live in the 20 counties surrounding Western New York. The application period begins in February and ends on June 15, 2011.  The winners will be notified by mid-July.  To view last year’s winners, click on:  Cellino & Barnes 2010 College Scholarship Winners.
Since the College Scholarship Program began in 2004, Cellino & Barnes has awarded over $700,000 to area high school seniors.
Ross Cellino & Steve Barnes are proud to support our community.

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Darvon Recall – Darvocet Recall

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

The FDA has issued a recall on Darvon and Darvocet after determining that all painkillers that contain propoxyphene create an unreasonable risk to consumers.

The FDA has also informed the generic manufacturers of propoxyphene and requested that they voluntarily remove their products as well.

Health care professionals have been asked to stop prescribing propoxyphene to their patients, and patients who are currently taking the drug are asked to contact their doctor as soon as possible to discuss switching to another pain management therapy.

Darvocet Side Effects

The following types of serious, life-threatening side effects have occurred:|

  • Heart Attack
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Sudden Death
  • Stroke
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Rhythm Distrurbance
  • Arrhythmia
  • Slow Heart Beat
  • Bracycardia
  • Convulsions
  • Overdose
  • Addiction

Cellino & Barnes is accepting cases where any of the above side effects have occurred.  If you or a loved one has taken Darvon, Darvocet, Balacet, Propoxyphene, or Propacet 100 and suffered from any of the above mentioned side effects, contact Ross Cellino or Steve Barnes immediately.

Our Darvocet Recall Attorneys are available to speak with you and to help determine if you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

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 Announces 2010 College Scholarship Winners

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

 The Cellino & Barnes Scholarship Selection Committee has reviewed all of the applications and determined that there were many “highly deserving” applications.

We were extremely impressed with the quality of the student applicants – with their dedication to education, extra-curricular activities and to their community. 

Cellino & Barnes has been successful in personal injury law because we work hard and are dedicated to making a difference. We encourage all students to make the most of your college opportunity, by learning from those around you and trying to make a difference.

The 2010 Scholarship winners are being notified by telephone and their names have been posted on our website. 

2010 College Scholarship Winners

Ross Cellino and Steve Barnes thank you for being outstanding high school seniors. Study hard this fall.

Buffalo Attorneys Cellino & Barnes Ranked #1 by Best Lawyers® in Personal Injury Litigation

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Cellino & Barnes is proud to announce that 6 of its Buffalo attorneys are listed in the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Attorneys Richard J. Barnes and John C. Murrett, Jr. join Stephen E. Barnes, Brian A. Goldstein, Gerald W. Schaffer, Jr. and Robert J. Schreck in what is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

The Best Lawyers in America has ranked Cellino & Barnes #1 in Buffalo, NY in Personal Injury Litigation with 6 attorneys.

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