Personal Injury

Monday, May 29, 2017

Do I Have a Personal Injury Claim?

Can I file a claim for damages if I have been injured in an accident in New York?

Unintentional accidents are a leading cause of death and injury across the United States, killing some 136,000 people annually and injuring upwards of 28.1 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  If you have been injured in an accident, you may be wondering whether you have the right to seek compensation for your injury-related damages from the individual or entity that injured you.  Our

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

The 411 on Construction Accidents in NYC

What are my rights if I am injured while working on a construction site in New York?

Construction workers perform vital tasks across New York City, building and repairing homes businesses, roads, bridges, and much more.  While the construction industry is critically important, it can also be dangerous.  The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that over 4,000 employees are killed on the job each year, and approximately 20 percent of these deaths are in construction.  Nearly 1,000 construction workers will die on the job annually due to a

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

NYC Tugboat Worker Loses Arm in Horrific Accident

What are some dangers of working on tugboats?

An urgent situation recently unfolded when a tugboat worker got his arm caught in a rope.  NYPD Harbor Unit responded quickly to find a mariner with his arm disconnected from his body.  The tugboat was operating near the Statue of Liberty in the evening hours when the worker’s arm got snagged on a rope and became severed below the elbow.  Arriving officers applied a tourniquet to stop the flow of blood and the injured worker was transported to the hospital.

This recent New York City tugboat accident serves as a reminder of the dangers that tugboat workers face.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

What Are The Leading Causes Of Pedestrian Deaths In New York?

Every person is a pedestrian at some point during the day. As you cross a road or walk on the sidewalks, you want to feel safe, assured that every road user is aware of New York’s traffic rules and is following them religiously. However, as data shows, that is not always the case.

Out-of-control vehicles and rogue drivers are a dangerous menace on New York roads. If someone you love has been injured or killed while walking the streets of New York, talk to a

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Survey Reveals Most Americans Fear Self-Driving Cars

Are self-driving cars safe modes of transportation?

Self-driving vehicles are widely considered the wave of the future.  Several industry giants have been frantically expanding their technology in a rush to produce the first self-driving car available for mass production.  Despite the nearly universal movement among car makers towards the creation of self-driving vehicles, a recent survey suggests perhaps the public does not share the same focus.  The survey, conducted by AAA, revealed that the majority of Americans, some 78 percent polled, are afraid of traveling in self-driving cars.

The Safety of Self-Driving vehicles

Americans polled by AAA seem to want to embrace some of the technologies that go into self-driving vehicles, with most wanting autonomous technologies in their next vehicle.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

NY Man Indicted for Hit and Run Crash That Killed NBA Player’s Cousin

What are my legal rights if I am injured by a hit and run driver?

Recently, a Hudson County grand jury indicted a New York City man who allegedly struck and killed 21-year-old Zackhary Simmons, the cousin of NBA player Ben Simmons.  Simmons was hit by a black Cadillac Escalade while crossing the street in the afternoon hours. The vehicle, which was traveling at least 70 miles per hour at the time of the crash, never stopped.  Now, a 51-year old from Brooklyn has been charged with Death by Auto and Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Car Accident Resulting in Death.  He could be sentenced to jail time if convicted of these crimes, and may additionally face civil litigation for his actions in the death of a young man revered in the local community.

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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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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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