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Personal Injury

Personal Injury Lawyers in Elmira, New York

Welcome to the Personal Injury webpage for Ziff Law Firm, LLP.

If you have suffered injuries or the death of a loved one due to someone else’s careless actions, our attorneys can help evaluate your case and offer winning strategies and advice to prosecute those who caused your suffering. We have a proven track record of achieving great results on behalf of our clients.

The Ziff Law Firm legal team has provided skilled, aggressive and ethical legal services to residents of New York and Pennsylvania for more than 50 years. This webpage was developed to serve as a resource for personal injury victims to gain a basic understanding of the law, the responsibilities of those who caused harm, and to offer information on the types of damages you may receive. While Ziff Law Firm, LLP recognizes that financial compensation cannot alleviate the harm suffered by victims of personal injury, we recognize that monetary consideration may help to ease your burden.


“Personal injury” is the general title given to civil wrongs (torts) that cause bodily injury or harm. A tort assigns responsibility to an individual, group or corporation (defendant) for causing injury to another person (plaintiff). The primary goals of personal injury law are to provide relief (damages) to the plaintiff and to deter the defendant from inflicting further harm to others. Personal injury litigation encompasses a wide variety of claims including:

  • wrongful death
  • birth defects caused by DELAY IN DELIVERY or toxic chemicals
  • cancer caused by toxic chemicals
  • accidents:
    • slip and fall
    • aviation
    • motor vehicle
    • railroad
    • ATV
    • motorcycle accidents
    • boating and watercraft accidents
  • DOG AND animal bites
  • medical malpractice
  • premises
  • product liability (e.g., defect in either manufacturing or design of product; failure to warn)
  • wrongful death: survivor recovers economic value of remainder of decedent’s life
  • nursing home and elder abuse
  • toxic torts — including chemicals & cosmetics, class actions, hazardous waste, pesticides, radiation and electromagnetic energy
  • Class action (several related lawsuits are combined into one to avoid swamping the judicial system with hundreds or thousands of individual cases)
  • medical devices
  • pharmaceutical products


If you have an injury that was caused by someone else’s actions or negligence, you should seek advice on filing a suit to recover damages. According to the law, personal injury victims are entitled to compensation for the plaintiff’s breach of duty or violation of some right. If the jury finds the defendant guilty of negligence or wrongful conduct, then you will be entitled to receive plaintiff damages. Damages can be economic (for lost wages or medical expenses), non-economic (for pain and suffering), and punitive (to punish reckless behavior). Punitive damages are usually awarded only if the defendant’s actions were so heinous that the judge believes it necessary to make an example of the defendant. If your injury was caused by a defect in a product’s design, production or labeling, any or all parties involved in the manufacturing chain can be held liable for damages.

While some personal injury suits may be based on intentional acts such as assault and battery, most claims are due to negligence. To win your case, the four critical components of negligence must be established. These critical elements are:

  1. The defendant had a duty to you;
  2. The defendant failed in that duty (breach of duty);
  3. That you were harmed because of the defendant’s breach of duty; and
  4. That damages resulted from the harm.

Only a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney will be able present and prove these factors and ensure that you receive fair consideration. At Ziff Law Firm, we know the law, the legal system and victim rights, and can effectively represent your case and help to ensure that you receive compensation for any damages you have suffered.

Our firm recognizes the deep trust placed in us by our clients, and we strive to uphold that trust by working hard and fighting hard for our clients. We do the best we possibly can for every client on every case.

Because personal injury claims are subject to the time constraints of a statute of limitations, take action now. Please call Ziff Law Firm, LLP at 1–800-806‑2852, or save time with our online Contact Form.


  • I would like to personally Thank everyone at the Ziff Law Firm, especially Karen Wheadon for all that they have done for me regarding an injury that I sustained during a motor vehicle accident. Karen and Jim were very understanding and thoughtful when it came to my needs. When I needed answers, Karen always found time to answer the call. Mr. Reed is a very knowledgeable person when it comes to injury claims. Without this amazing team I would have been lost, when an injury is sustained and you feel like there is no one there to help you, you don’t know where to turn. I was fortunate enough to find this team who was willing to do what it took to help guide me through this process. I can’t begin to thank them enough for the hard work, long hours and dedication that they put into my case. I would be more than happy to refer anyone whom I know to this law firm, knowing that they would put as much dedication into the next case as they did mine.

    Frank Rugiero, Elmira, NY

  • My sister in law and I were involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident approximtely 1 1/2 years ago. We were broken physically and emotionally. A friend recommended Ziff Law Firm and more specifically Mr. Jim Reed. We hired Mr. Reed and his team and it was the best decision we could have made. Jim Reed is a fantastic attorney. Just as importantly he is a fantastic person. Mr. Reed never promised us the moon. He was careful to advise us of the good and the bad that could happen. Many places will tell you anything to get you as a client. This was not the case with Mr. Reed. I found his approach full of professionalism, kindness and compassion, integrity and patience. We never waited long for an answer to questions we might have and sometimes we got our answer after hours before the weekends start. Just as important, Jim can be a fighter when the time calls for it. Not only did Jim posess these quality’s his paralegal Karen Wheadon has them also.
    If you or your family or friends are in NEED of a stellar attorney and staff, look no further than Elmira NY. Jim Reed and the staff of Ziff Law Firm is the place you want on YOUR side.

    Terri O’Rourke, Big Flats, NY

  • Adam was my attorney for an auto accident I had in 2002. From the very first day I met him I was at ease talking with him. He always called me back with’in the day if I called him for any reason. He also had me in on several occasions to discuss my case. I was also very happy with the amount of settlement he was able to get for me. I would like to Thank Adam and the whole firm for the way I was treated during my suite.

    Mitzi Raymond

  • We just have to send you a note to let you know how pleased we are with the outcome of our case. Christina is a very intelligent lady who exudes professionalism. Her compassion and kindness put us at ease from the very early days of her becoming a part of our case. We felt she truly empathized with our dilemma. She not only understood our pain and fears, she lived it with us. (You, and all of the Ziff employees we came in contact with, made us feel you were there for us because you cared).

    Larry and Diane, NY