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Seneca Falls, New York

At Michaels & Smolak, we call ourselves “Seneca Falls personal injury lawyers” even though we have no office in Seneca Falls. Why? Because we have an office just east of Seneca Falls, in Auburn, and West of Seneca Falls in Geneva, and thus Seneca Falls is “sandwiched” between our two main offices. Seneca Falls is the “geographic center” of our New York personal injury law practice. Many of our personal injury cases come from Seneca Falls, and we appear often at the Seneca County Courthouse in nearby Waterloo to advance our personal injury cases.

Seneca Falls is located in Seneca County, just east of Waterloo, in the Finger Lakes Region. Although there were once falls here, they were removed long ago. Residents get a kick out of visitors asking for directions to “the falls”! Seneca Falls is famous for giving birth to the Declaration of Sentiments, a document considered to be the founding stone of the Women’s Rights Movement. Local residents are justifiably proud of Seneca Falls’ history. Many residents, and others, believe the fictional village “Bedford Falls” in the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” was modeled after Seneca Falls. It’s a lovely little village for sure!

Seneca Falls thus has a proud history. And the personal injury lawyers of Michaels & Smolak are proud to have represented many, many clients in the Seneca Falls area. Most recently, we successfully concluded a case for a Seneca Falls man who sustained an ankle fracture and other injuries after falling on rutty, icy walkway.

We have a good working relationship with local Seneca Falls lawyers, some who refer their personal injury and medical malpractice cases to Michaels & Smolak. Those lawyers know that Michaels & Smolak has developed an expertise in the field of personal injury and medical malpractice cases by concentrating its practice almost exclusively on those types of cases.

What type of cases does Michaels & Smolak handle? All kinds of injury and malpractice cases, including car accidents, truck accidents, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, trip-and-falls, slip-and-falls, dangerous household goods or products, construction accidents, work place accidents, wrongful death cases, medical malpractice cases, and legal malpractice cases.

At least 90% of Michaels & Smolak’s cases are personal injury or malpractice cases. The firm does also handle some other types of civil litigation such as contract disputes, in which case the firm charges on an hourly rather than a contingency fee basis.

There’s an old expression, “if you want to do something well, do it often”. That’s the reason Michaels & Smolak prefers to handle almost exclusively personal injury and medical malpractice cases. These cases are often complex, both legally and medically, and we believe lawyers who only dabble in these types of cases are following a recipe for disaster. In fact, Michaels & Smolak handles legal malpractice cases against such lawyers who destroy their injured clients’ cases by failing to understand the time limits for filing such actions, or the procedural nuances, or the medicine involved, or the proper techniques for taking depositions or putting the evidence in at trial. Lawyers who want to excel with these kinds of cases must dedicate themselves to them on a daily basis. Experience is the best teacher.

Michaels & Smolak believes it is the only Finger Lakes area law firm which handles almost exclusively medical malpractice and personal injury cases. Other firms that limit their practice to those kinds of cases are located in Rochester and Syracuse, but nowhere in between, except at Michaels & Smolak. And our personal injury lawyers have a proud history of serving Seneca Falls residents.

The firm is ranked among the top-tier personal injury and medical malpractice law firms in all of New York State. To read more about the firm’s top ranking, go to our Honors & Awards page.

Michaels & Smolak’s main office in Auburn, New York is very convenient for Seneca Falls clients. Directions can be found HERE. Mike Bersani, one of the firms’ lawyers, lives in Geneva, New York, and passes through Seneca Falls often on his way to and from Auburn. He stops in to meet with his Seneca Falls clients with personal injury claims on his way to or from Geneva or Auburn. He or any of the Michaels & Smolak Seneca Falls personal injury lawyers make “house calls”.

If you believe you have a personal injury or medical malpractice case, call Michaels & Smolak today to set up a free consultation.

Client Reviews
★★★★★
He is one of the top lawyers in central New York & has the accolades to show for this, but in my book he's the top lawyer in the country. I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with Mr. Bersani & to have had him on my team! Matthew
★★★★★
I admire the amount of background work he did which was instrumental in getting me a very good settlement. Also, having never been involved in a personal injury lawsuit, Michael was very patient explaining the legal issues. You're in good hands with Michael Bersani and the firm of Michaels & Smolak. Richard
★★★★★
Dave took over my wrongful death case after it was badly messed up by another lawyer. He was dogged in his pursuit of all the information needed to make a solid case, and he succeeded in bringing it to a very satisfactory settlement. He was honest and straightforward, kind and compassionate through meetings, depositions, court appearances. I highly recommend him. Christine
★★★★★
Dave has handled our legal matters for over 20 years. Always there when we needed him. We were so happy with his professionalism and results that we referred him to several friends. If we ever need this type of service again, Dave will be the first and only call we make. Jackie