Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Blog

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Bushwick Teen Killed by Police Was Shot 14 Times, Medical Examiner Says

What constitutes “excessive force” in New York?

Many stories have unfortunately made their way into the media about alleged instances of police shootings and other misconduct. Some of these cases center around the use of excessive force by police officers on the job.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

What can I do when the government causes my injury?

What can I do when the government causes my injury?

If you have been injured due to the negligence of a government agency, they can be held liable in certain situations. Some of these scenarios could include slip and fall accidents, accidents on the bus subway, or even an escalator, student injuries on school grounds, or accidents involving a city vehicle. You might be able to bring a claim of injury against a public entity like an agency, department, public corporation, or even against the state itself for

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Elderly New Yorker Struck First By Uber Driver, Then Taxi Cab

What should I do if I am struck by a car while walking in New York?

An elderly woman is lucky to be alive following a double pedestrian accident.  The 84-year-old woman, who resides half of the year in New York and the remainder in the UK, was crossing the street at York Avenue in the evening hours when an Uber driver crashed his vehicle into her, sending her spiraling to the ground.  While she lay there, a yellow taxi struck her.  She was rushed to the hospital with injuries to the head, leg, and elsewhere across her body.  She remembers little about the accident and will require several procedures to mend her injuries.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Family of Deceased Nursing Home Patient Files Medical Malpractice Suit

How can I hold a nursing home accountable for injuries to my loved one?

The family members of a deceased nursing home patient have filed suit against the U.S. government, alleging that the elderly veteran died after falling twice in a government run nursing home in New York City. 

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Friday, February 17, 2017

NY Clinic, Feds Face Med Mal Suit Over Stillborn Birth

How do you prove a medical malpractice case?

A federally funded medical clinic in New York was recently hit with a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging that the hospital was negligent in delivering a baby born to a woman suffering from diabetes.  According to the complaint, the stillborn birth resulted from a series of negligent acts on the part of the doctors and other health care staff, including:

  • Failure to properly manage the mother’s diabetic condition during the pregnancy
  • Ignoring abnormal lab results
  • Missing symptoms
  • Delaying orders for cesarean birth

All of these actions, the woman alleges, are inconsistent with the standard of care and led to the stillborn birth of her child.

Medical Malpractice – Standard of Care

Every negligence case involves some sort of duty to behave according to a standard. In ordinary negligence cases, you would want to show that someone did not behave as a reasonable person under the circumstances. 

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

City Council's construction safety bills divide NYC's real estate industry

What are the main causes of New York construction accidents?

The New York City Council began hearing testimony last month on 21 construction-related bills that are strongly dividing the New York real estate industry. The bills range in issues from crane safety to additional training requirements for construction workers, in an effort to reduce the number of construction accidents in New York City.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Liability for Mass Shootings

Could better airport security have prevented the Fort Lauderdale, Florida shooting?

Lives were lost and the nation left in shock after a shooter opened fire in the Fort Lauderdale airport earlier this month.  Security footage and witness accounts depict Esteban Santiago pulling a handgun from his waistband and opening fire on the unsuspecting travelers who were attempting to collect their bags and greet their loved ones.  Five people were killed in the rampage and several others injured.  As authorities continue to unravel the unfortunate series of events that gave way to this horrific tragedy, questions have arisen concerning the role of the airport in the shooting.  Many are left wondering, would better security in the airport have prevented the shooting?

Mass Shootings and Negligent Security

Mass shootings have become increasingly common in recent years.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

School Bus and NJ Transit Bus Collide, Sending Several to the Hospital

Who is liable for school bus accidents?

Two buses recently collided on Route 18, injuring several children and adults.  A New Jersey Transit bus was stopped in the southbound right lane, when a school bus changing lanes suddenly rear-ended it.  The accident happened shortly after 9 a.m.  Police report that 15 children were transported to the hospital for evaluation, including one four-year-old with a broken leg.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

What are the top personal injury causes in New York?

Personal injury attorneys deal with a wide variety of injuries and causes. We handle cases involving a broad range of injuries, from broken bones to traumatic brain injuries and death, from many different causes. People always ask us what the most common causes are, so we thought we’d break down the numbers for you.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Car Accidents and Traumatic Brain Injuries

What are the signs of a brain injury after a car accident?

Every year, 1.7 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Car accidents are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries.  Due to the force involved in a car accident, both the driver and passengers are at risk of brain injury.  Even if your head does not hit another object during the accident, the sudden back and forth motion of the crash can cause your brain to move within your skull, resulting in a brain injury.

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Seven Injured During Police Chase in Brooklyn

Are innocent travelers at risk during police chases?

Seven people were recently injured, one seriously, during a police chase in Brooklyn’s East Flatbush area.  Police report that a vehicle slammed into an unmarked police car on Farragut Road.  The vehicle took off with police in pursuit.  As the chase continued, the striking vehicle lost control and hit seven vehicles and one pedestrian.  Witnesses report the suspect fled on foot after nearly crashing into a store front.

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