Attorney at Law Magazine's Cleveland Personal Injury Local Legal Authority.
Andy Goldwasser is a skilled trial lawyer. Andy’s track to becoming a lawyer started more than twenty years ago when he began working as a claims adjuster. In the early years, Andy was on call to investigate accidents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In 1994, Andy enrolled at Cleveland Marshall College of Law as a night student. While attending law school, he continued to adjust claims for a large insurance defense firm and then joined a high-end personal injury firm.
He graduated from a four year night school program in three years. After law school, Andy worked as an associate attorney before co-founding Ciano & Goldwasser in 2000. Andy is not only a partner of Ciano & Goldwasser, he is also the managing partner of Rumizen Weisman Co., Ltd.
Andy’s law practice focuses on complex civil litigation matters with an emphasis on serious injury and wrongful death claims. At the same time, Andy is routinely handling a spectrum of specialty torts, including claims involving financial irregularities, business disputes, professional negligence and employment-related matters.
Andy has represented clients in virtually every forum including State Court, Federal Court, FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), AAA (American Arbitration Association) and private binding arbitration.
Andy is also actively involved in a number of professional organizations. Andy is a former Board member and Chair of the Business Torts section of the Ohio Association of Justice. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. He has been selected by his peers as a “Top 50” lawyer in Cleveland and “Top 100” lawyer in Ohio by Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters company. He has also been recognized by his peers as a “Best Lawyer.”
On the charitable front, Andy is President of the No Pain No Gain Foundation. The No Pain No Gain Foundation is a public charity providing support to children afflicted by cancer. The Foundation’s mission is to provide hope in the face of adversity, courage in the face of fear, and charity in support of children with cancer.
As you go about your daily routine, it’s likely you will come across scenarios where you could suffer an injury. Maybe you are grocery shopping, dining at your favorite restaurant, or driving in your car. A Cleveland personal injury attorney represents those who have been injured because of another party’s carelessness, negligence, or willful disregard of others. These wrongful acts are more formally referred to as torts. When you suffer harm as a result of another party, you shouldn’t have to shoulder the financial burden which often accompanies an injury because of medical expenses and lost wages. A licensed personal injury attorney in Cleveland can help you seek the compensation you deserve in civil court. Although personal injury attorneys deal with tort law, they often specialize in one or more areas. The following list is not exhaustive but includes three broad types of cases Cleveland personal injury lawyers handle on a day-to-day basis.
Each year, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates more than six million traffic collisions are reported to law enforcement, including more than 35,000 fatal crashes, and about 2.5 million injuries. A skilled Cleveland accident attorney can help investigate your accident and build a strong case against the defense to hold at-fault drivers accountable. Traffic accidents can include truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents. When high speeds are involved, victims who are lucky enough to live through an accident, potentially face lifelong complications.
In all 50 U.S. states, property owners have the legal obligation to maintain a safe environment for those who visit their business and home. Although exact laws vary from state to state, when a property owner fails to uphold his legal obligation and someone suffers an injury, courts often find the owner liable for damages in civil court. Premises liability accidents include a wide variety of accidents based on location and the type of injury. Victims might get injured at a swimming pool, a theme park, on an elevator, at a shopping mall, and many other locations. The most common type of premises liability accident is a slip-and-fall injury or a trip-and-fall injury. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries, besides traffic accidents, is unintentional falls.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) records and maintains millions of complaints of injuries caused by defective products each year. A defective product might have a manufacturing defect, a design defect, or a marketing defect, which occurs when companies don’t warn consumers of dangerous products or provide proper instructions. When a known or unknown defect causes injury to a consumer, courts can hold any party in the product’s chain of distribution liable for damages. The CPSC is concerned with all types of household items, sports equipment, toxic and flammable chemicals, toys, and much more, but they do not serve as a watchdog for the automotive industry or the pharmaceutical. Defective airbags and defective tires have been a common cause of injury or death, as well as dangerous drugs.
With how many fatalities and injuries happen every year due to personal injury accidents, it is good to have a Cleveland personal injury attorney on dial in your time of need. Many accidents have a procedure to follow to guarantee you the best results in your case. Don’t trust your knowledge, schedule a free consultation today.