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Andrew Smiley to serve as organization President

Smiley & Smiley, LLP Attorneys at Law are proud to announce that partner Andrew J. Smiley has been elected to serve as the President of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers. The Academy is a professional organization that brings together a cross-functional set of people committed to justice in the civil law system in the state of New York. The organization's mission is to "protect, preserve and enhance the civil justice system."

Defensive driving techniques all drivers should know

Driving in New York can be a challenge. The traffic gets rather heavy and hazards are everywhere. Drivers can make things easier on themselves by learning defensive driving techniques. According to, defensive driving is about keeping safe on the roads and being ready for anything that could happen. It is a proactive approach to driving. A person who drives defensively has been taught how to react better to issues and stay safe on the roads because they have learned to remain calm and make good driving decisions.

What is product liability?

When you buy a product, you expect that it will work properly and pose no risks to you when you use it as directed. Sometimes, though, products are produced that are defective. When used as directed, they could pose a risk to you. Defective products fall under the category of product liability, which, according to the New York State Bar Association, is the responsibility of the manufacturer to ensure its product is safe for consumer use.

Common medical mistakes health care workers make

One reason why so many New Yorkers fear going to see their doctors is the growing number of medical malpractice claims they hear about every day. Health care professionals are expected to maintain and adhere to high standards to ensure they provide their patients with the quality of care they deserve. Instead, many of them are making mistakes that endanger their lives. According to, at least 400,000 people die from medical mistakes that health care professionals make. 

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