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      Consult for FREE with experienced personal injury attorneys who you know and trust. Our local and compassionate attorneys obtain justice for our injured clients. Whether you are hurt in a car or on a motorcycle; or because of a slip and fall, dog bite, or defective product, our attorneys will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve.




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        Mr. Ranzenhofer and his attorneys were great! My case was handled quickly and I got a great result – $300,000. I fell at my doctor’s office, so I knew it was a hard case. Mr. Ranzenhofer developed a strategy that got me a great result. I highly recommend Mr. Ranzenhofer and his team of attorneys.

        – Christine Rush

        Reasonable / Professional / Personable … Very nice man to speak to … He helped me feel safe and took away my fear in my legal situation. If or when needed he is ready to jump in and take over. Thank you, Carol

        – Carol Czosnyka

        We were treated in a respectful, professional and helpful manner while preparing our wills, healthcare proxies and power of attorney. Mr. Friedman took as much time as we needed to answer all of our questions and concerns. His staff was friendly and efficient. We highly recommend him.

        – John

        Highly recommended…Sam handled a case for me with a buffalo tow truck Company, we won our case and a judgment. Sam was highly professional knowledgeable and effective. He knows the local laws and how to get successful outcomes!

        – Mark

        I consulted with Justin Friedman in an effort to obtain reimbursement following damage to my personal property. Justin was diligent, tenacious, professional, and clearly dedicated to assisting me, all of which led to a very positive outcome. I was very impressed with his work and I highly recommend his office.

        – Lisa Kilanowski

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        Consult for FREE with experienced personal injury attorneys who you know and trust. Our local and compassionate attorneys obtain justice for our injured clients. Whether you are hurt in a car or on a motorcycle; or because of a slip and fall, dog bite, or defective product, our attorneys will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve.

        Our Experience

        Mike Ranzenhofer has obtained significant results for injury victims. For over 40 years, Mike Ranzenhofer has taken the time to listen to you and fight for the injury justice to which you are entitled to.

        Our Availability

        We are available seven days a week by telephone at (716) 542-5444 or by our contact form. We will personally meet you at your home, the hospital or at one of our thirteen local offices.

        Our No Fee Guarantee

        You pay no fee unless you win your case. That’s our guarantee to you.

        Our Promise

        Our sole purpose in helping accident victims is to maximize your benefits and protect you and your family.

        • Communicate with you in plain language that is easy to understand.
        • Promptly return your telephone calls.
        • Quickly and thoroughly investigate and analyze your case.
        • Have your case personally handled by an attorney.
        • Keep you informed of the progress of your case at all times.
        • Show you the personal care, concern and attention which have been the hallmark of Friedman & Ranzenhofer, P.C. since 1955.
        • Accommodate the needs of you and your family during the handling of your case.
        • Vigorously protect your legal rights.
        See what the clients of personal injury attorney Mike Ranzenhofer have to say about him.

        Christine Rush via 

        Mr. Ranzenhofer and his attorneys were great! My case was handled quickly and I got a great result – $300,000. I fell at my doctor’s office, so I knew it was a hard case. Mr. Ranzenhofer developed a strategy that got me a great result. I highly recommend Mr. Ranzenhofer and his team of attorneys.

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        I feel I was treated great. Mr. Ranzenhofer responded quickly with call backs and any questions, there were never any doubts of where my case was and he was always reassuring that being patient was the answer. And it was. I want to thank him and his legal team especially with the office personnel always friendly and also quick responses when messages were left. Highly recommended. Thanks for everything

        anonymous via 

        Michael Ranzenhofer was very professional in dealing with my case. He always responded to calls in a timely manner. He was very thorough in handling my case. I would definitely use him again if I needed legal representation, and I would not hesitate to recommend him to others.

         anonymous via 

        I was hit head on in a car accident and had got injured. I contacted Mike Ranzenhofer and he got started the process of getting money for me for my pain and suffering and future medical bills. Every time I called or came to his office he always took his time to help me. And we eventually won the case. He is an amazing lawyer and person himself and I would fully recommend him to anyone.

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        Read the success stories from some of our past cases
        • $2 Million Child Car Accident – A child ends up with a brain injury by a head on collision.
        • $300,000 Settlement – A 52-year-old suffered a broken angle when they slipped and fell on ice in a chiropractor’s parking lot.
        • $275,000 Settlement – A 55-year-old suffered an ankle injury when a car collided with a farm vehicle with no lights or reflectors.
        • $250,000 Settlement – A 65-year-old female suffered a wrist injury when a grate covering a second story window fell and struck her in the head and knocker her to the ground.
        • $217,500 Settlement – A 59-year-old Tim Horton’s employee suffered a broken knee cap when they tripped and fell over a “glob” of ashpalt left by a paving contractor.
        • $195,000 Settlement – A 60-year-old suffered a necck injury from a two car collision.
        • In a defective products case, a 58-year-old East Aurora aerospace worker won $185,000 from Great American Insurance Company, which insured a company which designed and manufactured loading ramps. As he wasdriving his tractor up the loading ramps into his pickup truck, the cable securing the ramps broke and he fell from the ramp and injured his lower back (January 2005).
        • $175,000 Settlement – A 75-year-old suffered a fractured right elbow when they tripped and fell on a low-profile planter at a mall.
        • A 53-year-old heavy equipment operator from Akron won a $165,000 settlement from Harleysville Insurance Company for a fractured ankle and torn ankle tendon that he sustained in a two car intersection accident in Clarence (February 2005).
        • $125,000 Settlement – A 76-year-old suffered an ankle injury when they tripped and fell on a broken concrete sidwalk.
        • $100,000 Settlement – A 56-year-old developmentlly disabled man suffered a fractured jaw and pelvis when he was struck by a motor vehicle while legally walking in the street.
        • $100,000 Settlement – A 67-year-old suffered a neck and back injury in a car accident.
        • Defective Automobile – A woman injures her knee on the lift gate of a defective vehicle.
        • Defective Product – A man is seriously injured when a ramp created to put snowmobiles and ATVs in a truck snaps in half.
        • Car Accident Involving Neck Surgery – A man is seriously injured in a car accident and has to go through neck surgery because physical therapy couldn’t solve the issue caused by the accident.
        • Child Cheerleader Injury – A 15-year-old girl is injured from aerial acrobatics because of the lack of safety mats.
        • Child Knee Injury – A young high school is injured when two rough housing boys fall on top of her.
        • Premises Liability – A woman in her 60’s injures her ankle from a slip and fall on a stairwell.
        • The family of a 57-year-old member of the Buffalo Fire Department received $100,000 from the City of Buffalo and Nationwide Insurance Company when he aggravated a lower back injury during an automobile accident (April 2004)
        • $90,000 Settlement – A 75-year-old passenger in a truck suffered a wrist injury when they were struck from behind.
        • $90,000 Settlement – A 5-year-old suffered scarring on their right arm when they were attacked by a dog with propensity for violence.
        • A 47-year-old Genesee County woman won $90,000 from Healthcare Underwriters Mutual for injuries she sustained when a venetian blind fell on her head while working at United Memorial Hospital (April 2004)
        • $85,000 Settlement –  A 45-year-old suffered a knee injury when they were rear-ended in a car collision which pushed their knee into a dashboard.
        • $75,000 Settlement – A 47-year-old suffered a neck and shoulder injury when a car crossesd the center line and struck another car.
        • $75,000 Settlement – A 58-year-old suffered a back and neck injury in a car accident.
        • A 14-year-old Lockport girl received $58,000 from Tops Supermarkets when her hand was sucked under the conveyor belt at the checkout counter. She sustained burns and scarring to the top of her hand (March 2005).
        • $55,000 Settlement – A 29-year-old suffered a hip injury when they slipped and fell at a store with a wet and slippery entrance.
        • $50,000 Settlement –  A 52-year-old suffered broken hip when they tripped over a “gap” in the front door threshold which the landlord failed to repair after numerous requests.
        • $50,000 Settlement – A 55-year-old suffered a broken knee when they slopped and fell on a slippery store floor.
        • A 32-year-old Genesee County factory worker accepted $50,000 from Allstate Insurance Company for back injuries he sustained in a two-car motor vehicle accident when the other driver turned in front of him.
        • $45,000 Settlement – A 63-year-old suffered an injured hand when they were struck by a vehicle when lawfully crossing the street.
        • $45,000 Settlement – A 54-year-old suffered multiple disc herniations when an SUV struck their rented vehicle that ran a red light while being chased by Buffalo police.
        • $40,000 Settlement – A 51-year-old suffered a neck and back injury in a rear-end motor vehicle collision.
        • $40,000 Settlement – A 76-year-old suffered a broken hip when they fell on a slick Metro Rail platform.
        • A 52-year-old school administrator was awarded $200,000 against State Farm Insurance Company by a three-member arbitration panel for serious leg and elbow injuries he sustained. He was crossing Oak Street in Buffalo, as a pedestrian, when he was struck by a car driven by an 80-year-old Depew man. After the split panel (2 to 1) awarded $200,000, they found the school administrator 80 percent responsible for the accident, which reduced the award to $40,000 (May, 2005).
        • A 58-year-old Orleans County woman won $40,000 after she slipped on ice and broke her leg in a local supermarket parking lot (March 2004)
        • $30,500 Settlement – A 68-year-old suffered a broken ankle when their foot slipped into a hole in a front yard while taking their grandchildren trick or treating.
        • A 48-year-old factory worker received $29,500 from New York Central Mutual Insurance Company for knee injuries she sustained in a two-car accident on High Street in Buffalo, New York. The settlement was reached during jury selection in Supreme Court (June, 2005).
        • A 29-year-old Genesee County nursery school teacher received $25,000 from State Farm Insurance Company for aknee injury she sustained in a two-car accident (April, 2005).
        • $27,000 Settlement – An 8-year-old pedestrian suffered scar on their back when attacked by a dog.
        • A 48-year-old Alden homemaker accepted $25,000 from a local hospital for a broken ankle she sustained when she stepped on broken concrete which was covered with snow (March 2005).
        • A 33-year-old Batavia woman accepts $25,000 from Utica National Insurance Company when she tripped over a broken concrete curb at her daughter’s school and broke her wrist (January 2004).
        • A Genesee County jury returned a $25,000 verdict against State Farm Insurance Company in favor of a 23-year-old nursing assistant from Bergen who injured her back in a two car accident on the New York State Thruway. State Farm, prior to trial, had offered only $3,000 to settle the case (February 2005).
        • A 75-year-old Lancaster woman accepts $20,000 from Federated Insurance Company for a knee injury she sustained when she tripped over torn up flooring at a local supermarket (March 2004).
        • A 50-year-old West Seneca man received $18,000 from the City of Buffalo for a finger injury sustained when his finger became lodged between a loose bleacher plank and a metal post (February 2004).
        • A 63-year-old West Seneca volleyball official obtained $12,000 from Network Adjusters when he injured his knee when a volleyball stand, upon which he was officiating, collapsed (December 2003).
        • An 11-year-old Buffalo boy accepted $15,000 from Travelers Insurance Company when bitten on the arm by a neighbor’s dog (February 2004).
        • In a premises liability case against Flying J Travel Plaza in Pembroke, New York, a 50-year-old North Carolina truck driver won $199,139.67 from the truck stop. As she was walking toward the truck stop restaurant, the sidewalk was blocked by a snow bank, forcing her to proceed along an icy and snow covered foot path, which lead her to an icy grate where she fell and fractured her knee. Her award was reduced by 40 percent after the court balanced the relative culpability of the parties (April, 2005).
        • One Beacon Insurance Company was ordered to pay $25,500 to a 56-year-old Amherst woman for neck and back injuries she sustained in a two-car collision on Main Street in Williamsville.
        • A 66-year-old Cheektowaga man received $18,000 from Nationwide Insurance Company for a rib injury that he sustained in a two-car accident in Canada (April, 2005).
        • An 84-year-old West Seneca woman accepted $15,000 from New York Central Mutual Insurance Company after she injured her wrist when she was T-boned by another motorist on Sheridan Drive in Amherst.
        • A 19-year-old Buffalo pedestrian won $10,000 from Erie Insurance Company when she sustained cuts and bruises to her knees and hands after she was struck by a car.
        Steps to take after an injury

        First, it’s very important to make sure you’ve documented exactly what happened with your accident or injury. The date, the time, the names and addresses of those involved, as well as details of what happened are critical components that you’ll need as you try to work through the problems you’re having. If you’ve been in a car accident, we already have a checklist you can use. You can see the checklist at our Car Accident Checklist page.

        Secondly, you really should contact an Injury Attorney in Buffalo as soon as possible….because the other party’s Insurance Company is probably already working behind the scenes…and preparing to defend its client.

        Contacting an accident attorney is really very simple – and for your case, it’s a Free Consultation. I’ll provide the accident and injury help you need by spending time reviewing the facts with you to be able to tell you what possible remedies you have and make suggestions on how to proceed.

        Personal injury cases arise in many different situations such as car accidents, motorcycle crashes, slip and fall accidents, and dog bites.  If you suffered a personal injury due to the negligence of another person, you are entitled to compensation from the negligent person or business.

        Cases We Represent

        The Buffalo personal injury lawyers at Friedman & Ranzenhofer can help you achieve a successful result in your personal injury case including those involving:

        Until you or a loved one has sustained personal injuries due to the fault of another, you may not understand the necessity of retaining an experienced accident and injury attorney. Suffering personal injuries can be downright ruinous on any number of levels. From a physical and emotional health standpoint, your injuries can be debilitating and permanent. Financially, they can be outright crippling, as huge medical bills tend to accumulate at a time when you are physically unable to work and earn your accustomed living. To top it all off, you have to contend with greedy insurance companies that go to great lengths to deny you the fair and just compensation that your injuries deserve.

        We are a law firm of full-time Buffalo personal injury lawyers who devote our practice to helping those who have suffered personal injuries. We tirelessly work to protect the rights of injured parties to assure that they don’t get duped by greedy insurance companies. We make sure you get the maximum possible compensation for all of your injuries. We have an excellent reputation for procuring top dollar settlements for our clients and for being bulldogs in the courtroom should your case go to trial.

        We regularly represent people injured in car, truck, motorcycle, and bus accidents, along with construction site and work-related accidents. We also handle premises liability cases, such as slip and falls, and product liability cases too. We aggressively tackle medical malpractice claims where people suffer injuries as a result of medical error or negligence. Lastly, we are well-versed in wrongful death cases, nursing home abuse cases, as well as any other cases where personal injuries are incurred due to the fault of another.

        What We Do for You

        We completely take the confusion and worry out of the settlement process so that you can focus on healing from your injuries and you don’t have to stress about any aspect of obtaining compensation for your damages and losses. Once you hire us to handle your personal injury claim, we begin work on your case immediately.

        Notice of our representation goes out to the at-fault parties and their insurance companies right away, which prevents them from making any further direct communications to you outside the presence of counsel. This is of particular importance because it is common practice for insurance carriers to set early traps for unrepresented injured parties. They frequently make premature and excruciatingly low settlement offers at early stages of the case in an effort to induce the injured party to close their case out for a fraction of the compensation they deserve. Additionally if left unchecked, the insurance companies attempt to take recorded statements of the unrepresented party, by informing them that it is something they “must do” in order to get their claim accepted or covered. All the while they secretly use this as an opportunity to manipulate the injured party by soliciting harmful information from them that could significantly impact and undercut the injured party’s ability to prevail on their claim down the road. Once our notices of representation go out, the insurance carriers are immediately precluded from employing these and many other underhanded and deceptive tactics.

        Additionally once we come onboard, we begin investigating your case immediately, gathering all of the necessary physical evidence and witness interviews to ensure that you have the best possible opportunity to receive maximum compensation for your injuries. All too often vital physical evidence is lost or disappears as a result of delay. By getting an early jump on your case, we make sure that all favorable evidence such as photographs, video recordings, and witness testimony is preserved. This puts you in the best possible position to prevail on your claim.

        Finally, when you retain us, we begin to immediately monitor your medical treatment status, requesting all necessary medical records and medical billing statements, and we begin a medical chronology and itemization of all of your medical expenses, which allows us to commence settlement discussions with the insurance carrier as soon as your medical treatment is completed. Simultaneously, we educate our clients on the types of damages, losses, and expenses that are recoverable from the insurance carrier to ensure your settlement or trial award takes into account absolutely all of your injuries and losses.

        Dedicated Injury Attorneys Who Fight For Your Maximum Recovery

        The Buffalo personal injury lawyers at Friedman & Ranzenhofer are dedicated to protecting the rights of people who have suffered severe injuries resulting from negligent, wrongful intent or intentional conduct. Our Lawyers have been guided by fundamental principles which allow us to recover  maximum financial compensation for our clients.

        Facts About New York's Injury Law

        New York law establishes certain filing deadlines, called statutes of limitations that govern how much time an injured party has to initiate their claim for personal injuries. For the majority of personal injury claims such as motor vehicle accidents, premises liability actions, and product liability actions an injured party typically has three years from the date of their injury to file their case in court. In matters involving medical malpractice that time period is typically two years and six months. In cases of injuries where the at-fault party is a governmental entity such as a town, county, or the State of New York, a party may have has little as 90 days to file a notice of claim. Knowing how long you have to initiate your lawsuit or claim is of the utmost importance because the penalty for missing your statute of limitations is the complete dismissal of your case, meaning you can no longer receive compensation for your injuries.

        New York is a “pure comparative fault” state, which means that even if you are deemed to be partially at-fault for your accident and injuries, you may still collect a recovery from the other at-fault parties. However, under New York’s comparative fault law your recovery is reduced in accordance with your percentage of fault. For example, assume you had an accident and the at-fault party is deemed to be 80% at fault, while you are deemed to be only 20% at fault. If you received a $100,000 jury award, it would be reduced by 20%, representing your percentage of fault, and you would be entitled to collect $80,000 of the award.

        Retain One of Our Experienced Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers

        There is a lot on the line when you or a loved one suffer personal injuries due to the fault of another. Both your physical health and your financial well-being are at stake. All the while, the big insurance companies lurk, pulling out all of the punches and stops to keep you from getting the financial compensation you deserve.

        Friedman & Ranzenhofer are knowledgeable Buffalo personal injury lawyers with decades of experience and an impressive track record of leveling the playing field for injured parties through ruthless and aggressive representation. When you meet with us, you will find a dedicated office of attorneys and staff that not only truly care about your well-being, but who are willing to fight for you every step of the way as well. Best of all, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means we only get paid when we win your case. There are absolutely no costs or out-of-pocket expenses to you. Call for a legal consultation so that we can get started working for you right away.

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        “Friedman & Ranzenhofer provided prompt, courteous and professional assistance regarding a current legal issue. We have used the services of this firm repeatedly because of their consistent high quality service levels.”
        – Ed Berowski

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