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Michael H. Joseph
  • Business Law, Construction Law, Criminal Law...
  • New Jersey, New York
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Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • DUI & DWI
  • Maritime
  • Personal Injury
Additional Practice Area
  • Car Accidents
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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  • Contingent Fees
    Personal injury cases accepted on a contingency fee basis.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Jersey
New York
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
New York Trial Lawyers Association
Westchester County Bar Association
State University of New York - College at Oneonta
B.S. | Political Science
Honors: With Honors
State University of New York - College at Oneonta
B.S. | Philosophy
Honors: With Honors
Tulane University School of Law
Professional Associations
New York State Trial Lawyers Association
Westchester County Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar
New York State Bar # 3015484
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Websites & Blogs
The Law Offices of Michael H. Joseph Website
The Law Offices of Michael H. Joseph Injury Website
Legal Answers
33 Questions Answered

Q. A taxi driver crossed the double yellow and hit me. He then proceeded to hit another vehicle.
A: You need to file a no fault Application with your insurance company right away so they will pay for your medical treatment. You can also sue the taxi driver. His excuses are nonsense because it is his responsibility to drive in a reasonable manner.
Q. I am from TN, work in NY and had a car accident in NJ. Where do I find an Attorney, NY/NJ or TN?
A: New Jersey is probably the best
Q. What can you do to get compensation if you get hurt working on a cruise ship?
A: You are entitled to have your living expenses paid (maintenance) and your medical bills paid (cure). Also if you were injured because of a dangerous condition on a ship or a co-workers negligence, you can sue under the Jones Act for personal injuries and lost wages. More information on the Jones Act is available at :
Q. Does maritime law govern personal injury lawsuits related to boat accidents at sea?
A: If the injured person was employed on the vessel then Federal maritime law applies. If the boat was in state territorial waters both state and federal maritime law apply. If the boat is beyond the state territorial waters when the injury occurs then Federal maritime law applies
Q. My girlfriend came into the US with a tourist visa and we got married after a year.
A: You need to file a petition for alien relative and a petition to adjust status
Q. What should I do?
A: Burn a copy of the footage. Send it to the insurance company. If they don’t pay, sue them. Then forward a complaint to IAD that the cops falsified the report
Q. My husband was injured on the job - we feel the boat was unsafe
A: If your husband was employed on a vessel, he is entitled to maintenance, which is the amount of money that he needs to live (ie, shelter food), while he recovers, as well as Cure, which is the payment of his medical bills, and if there was a dangerous condition aboard a ship, he can sue under the general maritime law doctrine of unseaworthiness. There are a lot of maritime standards which are published by the American Society for Material and Standards (ASTM) which apply to ships. If the employer or a coworker were negligent, he also has a lawsuit against his employer directly (unlike under State Law) under the Jones Act.
Q. How does a seaman sue his employer for the unseaworthiness of the vessel?
A: Typically, a complaint must be filed in federal court under the general maritime law. More information, on the Jones Act and the General Maritime Law Doctrine of unseaworthiness can be found at
Q. I was recently injured while working on a shipping vessel. How soon do I need to sue my boss?
A: It depends on how serious your injuries are and whether they are paying your maintenance
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The Law Offices of Michael H. Joseph
White Plains Office
203 E Post Rd
White Plains, NY 10601
Telephone: (914) 574-8330
The Law Offices of Michael H. Joseph
Queens Office
112-41 Queens Blvd
Queens, NY 11375
Telephone: (917) 698-7490
The Law Offices of Michael H. Joseph
New York Office
535 5th Ave
#2520 25th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (212) 858-0503