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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
    We accept MasterCard, Visa, and Discover
  • 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
26 Questions Answered

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
Q. I completed my work offshore on a vessel three weeks ago, and I still have not been paid. What can I do?
A: If your vessel went to a foreign port, there is a penalty wage statute, which gives you double wages for every date that they are not paid.
Q. I fell in my apartment building and now I have a ankle injury can I sue my landlord
A: It depends on what caused you to fall. If it was a dangerous condition like a broken stairs, then you can sue. Basically you have to provide that the owner was careless or negligent in the maintenance of the building, and that is what caused your fall. But you cannot sue just because you fell.
Q. i am a us citizen in nyc my fiance live in honduras and i would like to bring him to the usa
A: You could file a fiance visa, when he enters the country you have 90 days to get married and submit an application to adjust his status to permanent resident. To have the fiance visa approved, you should gather as much proof as you can to show that the relationship is legitimate, i.e,. photos of you together, emails, etc.
Q. What is the statute of limitations under the Jones Act for injuries at sea?
A: With certain exceptions for government owned vessels, it is three years.
Q. I was assaulted almost 2 years ago by my ex. I still have ongoing neurological issues, as well as ptsd, can I sue?
A: It depends. In New York, the general statute of limitations for an intentional act, like a battery is one year, but there is a crime victim statute, which applies if he was convicted of a crime, allows you to sue up to seven years after the incident.
Q. is it worth filing a civil personal injuries complaint against someone if you already know he doesn´t have the money?
A: Sometimes it is. If they have insurance or a decent job, then you could take it out is their wages.
Q. If I'm injured on a dock, does the Jones Act cover me or is this more the purview of a traditional personal injury
A: It depends. The Jones Act only covers sailors. If you are a dockworker you are covered under the Longshore Harbor Workers Act.
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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