Are you concerned about what will this mean to you and your family.

What’s going to happen if you can’t pay the bills?

If you can’t work, will you lose your job?

If you need answers to these questions, why not pick up the phone and contact me.

My name is Mike Ranzenhofer, and I’m a Buffalo Injury Lawyer. And for more than 22 years, I’ve been assisting the residents of Buffalo and Western, New York after they’ve been seriously injured in an accident.

If you’ve been involved in an accident, and have been injured by the negligence of someone else or even a business, there are two thing you really should do.

One, document exactly what happened.  Note the date and time, the names and addresses of all parties’ involved.

And secondly, as soon as you are able, please contact an Injury Attorney in Buffalo….before the Insurance Company representing the other party begins the process of aggressively defending the individual or business that caused the injury to your or a family member.

If you think about it, it kind of makes sense. If the person or business has professionals representing them (their insurance company)….shouldn’t you?

And when it’s time to contact an attorney, I’d like to be the one you call. Here’s why…..

For years, my sole focus has been helping accident victims secure the maximum benefits they are entitled to in order to protect them, and their families.

And I am very good at what I do.

These are the promises I will make to you:

  • Promptly return calls
  • Communicate in easy to understand language
  • Protect the legal rights of your and your family while accommodating your needs during this stressful time
  • Keep you abreast of the progress I am making on your behalf
  • Provide the personal attention to detail that Friedman & Ranzenhofer, PC has been noted for since 1955

While you’re here, why don’t you look over to the right where you’ll see a search box. Go ahead and type in a question you have. I have hundreds of detailed answers on this website and it’s likely I can help you a little right now.

If I don’t have your answer here, or you just want to get answers from an experienced attorney on the phone, please call me at 716-631-9999 or 800-729-4571 for a FREE consultation.

I’ll answer your questions, probably ask you a few as well, and then you’ll have a better idea of what your real options are.

Injury & Accident Areas I Can Help With


Many Buffalo residents are already struggling to support themselves under tough economic conditions. When a serious injury after an accident renders someone unable to work, that person’s ability to provide for themselves and their family may be severely impacted. In most cases, someone who is injured as a result of another person’s negligence can pursue lost wages as part of his or her personal injury claim. There are, however, some specific rules regarding when lost wages can be recovered.

The most common limitation on recovery of lost wages occurs when a person is injured in a motor vehicle accident. Under New York’s No Fault law, most injured motorists who cannot work receive compensation for at least part of their lost wages through their own automobile insurance. Because these lost wages have already been paid, the injured person is not allowed to “double dip” and receive damages from the defendant for the same lost wages.

For car accident cases, lost wages cannot actually be recovered from the defendant unless the combined lost wages and medical bills paid by the injured person’s own insurance exceeds $50,000.

If a person suffers injuries that result in long term inability to work, he or she may sue not only for past lost wages, but also for future lost wages based on what his or her earnings would have been. Successfully doing so, however, often requires the injured person to hire an expert who can look at variables such as the person’s work history and age, the likely rate of inflation and likely pay increases to arrive at a number for future losses that is not mere speculation.

If you have suffered a personal injury and need legal help, we can answer your questions at 716-631-9999.


As experienced Buffalo personal injury lawyers, we have seen many cases where a drunk driver causes devastating personal injuries in a car accident. Unfortunately, the drunk driver in these cases rarely has sufficient insurance or other assets to fully reimburse the injured person for his or her damages.

While the person who provided the driver with alcohol may bear some of the responsibility for the driver’s condition, the law limits the circumstances under which an alcohol provider may be sued when a drunk driver causes personal injury.

Private individuals who provide alcohol usually may not be sued if the intoxicated person then drives and causes an accident. As a result, when a drunk driver was served at, for example, a private get together at someone’s residence, the provider can rarely be sued.

There is an exception to this general rule when the drunk driver was a minor and a private individual provided or made available alcohol to that minor. Under such circumstances, the provider may be sued even if he or she is a private individual.

When alcohol was provided by a commercial business such as a bar or restaurant, New York law does allow an injured person to recover damages from that business. To do so, however, the injured person must be able to prove that the business continued serving alcohol to the drunk driver even though the drunk driver was visibly intoxicated. As a result, it may be necessary to speak with eyewitnesses who observed the condition of the drunk driver before leaving the business where he or she was served.

If you have been injured in a car accident, we will explore all possible sources of compensation for your injuries. Call us at 716-631-9999 for legal help.


In many Buffalo personal injury cases, it is not always clear cut who was at fault for the accident. For example, while the defendant may have created the dangerous condition that led to a personal injury, the injured person still may have been able to avoid being injured if he or she had been more careful. Where more than one party, including the injured person, contributed to the happening of an accident, the amount of compensation for any damages is determined under New York’s comparative negligence rules.

Under comparative negligence, it is still possible to recover some damages even when the injured person’s negligence contributed to his or her own injury. In this situation, New York State law provides that the amount of damages recoverable shall be reduced by a percentage equal to the percentage that the conduct of the injured person bears to the overall conduct which caused the damages.

In other words, when compensation is being determined, a “percentage of blame” will be assigned to each of the parties involved, and the damages will be reduced based on this percentage. For example, if an injured person is found to be 25 percent at fault for having caused the accident and the defendant 75 percent at fault, the injured person may recover 75 percent of the total damages awarded.

If you have suffered a personal injury and have questions, please feel free to call us at 716-631-9999. We would be happy to discuss your case.


Determining the proper value of an injury requires the help of an experienced Buffalo personal injury lawyer. In many cases, it can be difficult to place a value on a personal injury because no amount of money can truly compensate the injured person for the harm they have suffered. Nonetheless, the law does provide some guidelines that an experienced lawyer may use when placing a value on the injury for purposes of settling a case.

Some damages, such as the cost of past medical expenses and lost wages, are “hard” numbers that are easily calculated by adding up the total value of the medical bills and missed time from work. It can be much more difficult, however, to determine what is adequate compensation for more subjective damages such as pain and suffering. There are also other variables, such as potential future medical expenses, that may come into play when determining the total value of damages in a case.

When attempting to place a value on these more subjective damages, personal injury lawyers usually research the value that New York State courts have recently placed upon similar injuries. Making such comparisons, however, requires consideration of several variables such as the age of the injured person, how long they will have to live with the injury, prior health and the likelihood of future recovery.

If you have suffered a personal injury and need an experienced attorney, please feel free to contact us at 716-631-9999. We would be happy to help you.


Some Buffalo drivers injured in a motor vehicle accident choose not to speak with a personal injury lawyer. This is especially true when the accident involved a minor collision or the person does not think they are very hurt. For those fortunate people who did not suffer a serious injury, the decision not to consult a personal injury lawyer may work out. In cases where a person’s injuries turn out to be worse than originally thought, however, they may regret their decision.

Because New York law requires a driver’s own car insurance company to pay for the insured’s initial medical bills and lost wages, many injured people feel they do not need a lawyer. Unfortunately, if the funds available from the injured person’s insurer are used up and he or she still needs medical treatment, is unable to work or continues to suffer other damages as a result of the accident, he or she may regret not retaining a personal injury lawyer to seek additional funds from the party who caused the accident.

In some cases, the insurance company of the person who caused the car accident may even offer an injured person some compensation to settle any claim. While it may seem like a good idea to take this money and avoid having to pay any legal fees, it is rarely a good idea to do so. Most people do not have the experience to properly analyze the value of their injuries, while an experienced personal injury lawyer will know how much to seek from the insurance company. Insurance companies usually try to settle claims for as little as possible and frequently offer less than the full value of the injury.

Even if you do not think you are badly injured, we do not charge any fee up front to speak with you and help you determine if you have a personal injury claim. If you want advice regarding your legal rights following a car accident, please feel free to call us at 716-631-9999.


We are experienced Buffalo personal injury lawyers who have represented clients injured under a variety of circumstances. Personal injury lawyers tend to group some types of cases into general categories such as “slip and fall” or “dangerous product” cases. “Premises liability” is one of the terms used to describe a category of cases.

Premises liability is a term used to describe accidents that occur on someone’s property as a result of negligent maintenance of the property or allowing the presence of a dangerous condition. Under New York State law, both business owners and homeowners must maintain their property so that it provides a safe environment for those who may be visiting or using that property.

This includes, for example, making sure a broken sidewalk or step is repaired, keeping walking areas free of ice or other obstacles, and cleaning up any spills or debris that may lead to someone falling or otherwise being injured. If someone is injured on the property because the owner failed to properly maintain it, the owner may be sued for damages arising from that injury.

When attempting to prove the owner’s responsibility, however, it is usually not enough just to prove the dangerous condition existed on the property. Instead, it also must be shown that the owner knew – or at least reasonably should have known – the hazard was present, and the hazard was sufficiently dangerous that it was unreasonable not to correct the problem.

If you have suffered a personal injury on someone’s property, we can help you. Call us at 716-631-9999 for legal help.


Nearly all Buffalo personal injury lawsuits are based upon a claim that someone was “negligent” and, as a result, the person bringing the lawsuit was injured. While most people have an idea of what the term negligence means when applying it to their daily lives, there is a specific meaning that applies in personal injury cases.

In a personal injury case, a person is considered to have been negligent if his or her actions fell below what would be expected of a reasonably prudent person under the same circumstances. The specific negligent act could be anything, with common examples being poor driving or failing to keep a walkway clear of snow and ice.

When attempting to prove legal negligence, however, it is not enough just to prove that the party’s actions fell below those of a reasonably prudent person. It also must be proven that the party being sued had an obligation to act responsibly, did not fulfill that duty and, as a result, an injury occurred.

If the person being sued acted in a negligent manner but his or her negligence was not a cause of the other person’s injury, the injured party is not entitled to compensation from that person. For example, if a person is responsible for cleaning the floor and generally does a poor job, but the injured person slipped on something that had been dropped on the floor only moments before the fall, the person responsible for cleaning the floor may not be responsible for the injury because being more diligent in cleaning the floor would not have prevented the injury.

If you have suffered a personal injury, we can help you. Call us at 716-631-9999.


While an experienced Buffalo personal injury lawyer may be able to successfully recover damages when a dog that has never bitten before causes an injury by biting someone, the fact that the dog has not bitten before does make the case more difficult.

This is because for a dog owner in New York State to be held liable for injuries caused by his or her dog, it must be proven that the owner knew, or should have known, that the dog had “vicious propensities.” While it is not necessary that the dog be shown to have previously bitten someone to prove vicious propensities, a history of biting constitutes proof of vicious propensities that is nearly impossible for the owner to refute.

Even if the dog has no known history of biting, there are other actions by a dog that may be indicative of vicious propensities. These include a history of growling, lunging at people, and snapping or baring its teeth. While these or other behaviors may not provide clear-cut proof of vicious propensities, a jury may consider them when determining whether a dog owner should have known that the dog was likely to attack someone.

When considering whether a dog had vicious propensities, however, New York State law makes no distinction among breeds of dogs. So certain breeds of dogs, such as pit bulls or Doberman Pinschers, may not automatically be considered to have vicious propensities. Instead, the actions of the individual dog must be evaluated.

If you have been bitten by a dog and need legal help, we would be happy to answer your questions. Please feel free to call my office at 716-631-9999.


The length of time a person has to sue following a Buffalo personal injury accident is referred to as the statute of limitations. The length of the statute of limitations varies depending on the manner in which the injury occurred and, in some cases, who caused the injury.

Most personal injury cases involve a claim that the negligence of someone else caused the injury, such as bad driving causing a car accident or failure to remove ice from a sidewalk causing someone to fall. For these type of cases, the statute of limitations is almost always three years in New York State. This is helpful to injured parties because the extent of injury is not always immediately apparent following an accident. It also allows parties time to attempt settling the case without going to court.

Other types of injury cases, however, may have a different statute of limitations. For example, if a person is making a medical malpractice claim, the statute of limitations is two years and six months. The statute of limitations may also be greatly reduced if the party who is accused of causing the injury is the state, a municipality (such as a city or town) or a subdivision thereof.

This generally includes injuries caused by government employees in the course of their duties or by government agencies. Under such circumstances, the statute of limitations for any type of personal injury case is only one year and ninety days.

Following an injury, it is best to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can determine the proper statute of limitations for your case. Call us at 716-631-9999.


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When someone suffers a personal injury in a Buffalo motor vehicle accident, New York State has special requirements that must be met before that person can sue. One of these requirements is that the person not only have suffered an injury, but that the injury meets the standard to be considered a “serious injury” under […]

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