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Elevator accidents in New York are an infrequent occurrence.  When they occur, they can be extremely scary for passengers as passengers are often helpless and have done nothing to cause the accident.  As reported by the New York Post, a 50-year old woman was trapped inside an elevator for the entire weekend at the premises located on East 65th Street.  The elevator was apparently stuck between floors and the owners were out of town for the weekend.  Upon returning on Monday morning, the owners discovered the woman, who was their maid, trapped in the broken-down elevator.  She was taken to the hospital but no injuries were reported.

This incident raises multiple questions concerning elevator liability in New York.  At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our elevator accident lawyers handle elevator accident cases which result in serious injury or death to passengers, building employees, custodial staff, emergency safety workers and elevator maintenance and inspection personnel. We have the resources and experience necessary to secure fair compensation for individuals who have suffered an unnecessary injury.

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The winter weather season is rapidly approaching. During this season, snow and ice accidents are a major cause of personal injuries. If you have an accident and fall on snow and ice, these are the Top Six things you or someone on your behalf should do as soon as possible:

1. Call for help – you or someone on your behalf should call 911 so that the Police can come and assess the situation and document the happening of the accident. In New York, the police will prepare what is called an Aided Report. Aided Reports record occurrences when an individual is injured (not involving a motor vehicle), becomes sick or lost and service is rendered by the New York City Police Department.

2. See Medical Attention – the police or someone on your behalf should call for an ambulance to transport you to the nearest hospital. This insures that you get prompt medical treatment for your injuries to help achieve the best chance of a good recovery. This also will ensure that your accident is documented in case any potentially responsible party disputes the occurrence.

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The partners and staff at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, LLP would like to wish all of our friends and family a joyous holiday season!

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Happy Holidays from Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, LLP!!

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The United States of America has the highest mortality rate for women during childbirth than any other developed country.  Pregnancy-related deaths in the United States have risen since 2000 while other countries’ rates have gone down.  Recently, the New England Journal of Medicine has called for standardized care for the treatment of women in labor in an attempt to reduce the number of pregnancy-related deaths due primarily to heavy bleeding after delivery, elevated blood pressure, and blood clots before or after delivery as reported in a recent article by NPR.ORG.

The reports and results are disturbing as the birth of a child should be one of the most beautiful moments of a parent’s life. Many people associate medical malpractice during childbirth as causing injuries to the infant.  However, as those familiar with New York Medical Malpractice law know, there are numerous reported cases of injuries sustained by the mother giving birth, with many of those injuries resulting in death.

At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our New York medical malpractice lawyers have decades of experience handling medical malpractice lawsuits involving injuries to woman as a result of medical negligence during the birthing process.  As is evident from the above article, there appears to be a growing disconnect between the medical profession and the proper medical care of woman giving birth.

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U.S. News & World Report released their annual listing of “Best Law Firms” rankings. Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, LLP was included in the New York City rankings in three practice areas – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs and Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs. The partners and staff are truly honored to receive this recognition and wish to thank everyone, especially our satisfied clients and legal peers.

For over 50 years, Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, L.L.P., has served injury victims in New York City and the surrounding area. Today, we focus our practice on complex cases involving catastrophic accidents and injuries, worker injuries, construction accidents, vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, premises liability, police misconduct and wrongful death. Our reputation as one of the premier personal injury and medical malpractice firms in the city remains as strong as ever.

All of the attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool are extremely experienced and well versed in handling all types of personal injury claims. Indeed, personal injury law is the only type of law that we practice. We understand that your individual matter is your only case and the outcome can be critical to the future of yourself and your family. Our attorneys are selective about the cases we take, which allows us to concentrate on representing clients who have been seriously injured or killed in New York.

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Drunk driving continues to plague our country and state.  This time, a drunk driver drove his vehicle into a troop of Boy Scouts on Sunday, September 30, 2018, just before 2:00pm.  The accident occurred in Manorville, New York in Suffolk County on David Terry Road.  According to a report by the Riverhead Patch, Boy Scout Troop 161 out of Shoreham, were hiking along the shoulder of the road, when Thomas Murphy of Holbrook drove into them in his 2016 Mercedes.

Five of the boy scouts were struck in this tragic accident, with a 12-year old Andrew McMorris of Wading River dying as a result.  The 4 other boys were transported to area hospitals, with one of the boys having sustained serious injuries as a result.  Thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families as a result of this senseless and avoidable tragedy.

It is unfathomable as a parent to lose one’s child under these circumstances.  Drunk driving continues to be a source of tragedy and outrage in our society, yet it keeps happening.  From a legal perspective, victims and families of victims have civil legal recourse against the drunk driver, but that does not bring a loved one back nor does it fully heal the injuries sustained as a result.  The criminal justice system seems to provide little deterrence as these types of accidents continue to occur.

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We are proud to announce that tow of our partners, Barry A. Washor and Christopher L. Sallay, have been named to the 2019 Best Lawyers list.  Barry was named to the 2019 Best Lawyers list in the areas of  “Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs” and “Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs”.    Chris was named to the 2019 Best Lawyers list in the areas of “Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs” and “Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs”.

Barry has been included in the New York Best Lawyers list since 2010.  Chris has been included in the New York Best Lawyers list since 2016.

The partners and staff of Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, LLP congratulate both Barry and Chris for this outstanding recognition.

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If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries or death as a result of the negligence of another person or company, the attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool will give you a free consultation to determine your legal options. To see if you have grounds for a claim, call 212-406-1700 or contact us online.

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If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries or death as a result of the negligence of another person or company, the attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool will give you a free consultation to determine your legal options. To see if you have grounds for a claim, call 212-406-1700 or contact us online.

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Many people often assume a motor vehicle accident always involves a car.   While the majority of motor vehicle accidents in New York will involve a car, attorneys practicing in New York understand that motor vehicle accidents can and often do involve any number of different motor vehicles, as well as bicycles, in-line skaters and pedestrians.  Victims of these types of motor vehicle accidents often face severe injuries, such as broken bones, scarring, head trauma, and amputations; in some cases these injuries can prove fatal.

A recent report by the New York Daily News concerning injuries sustained by the famous actor, George Clooney, serves as a perfect illustration for the types of accidents that can occur with vehicles other than a car.  According to the article, Mr. Clooney was operating his scooter in Sardinia and was on his way to a movie set.   A collision occurred between his scooter and another motor vehicle – in this case, a car.  As a result, Mr. Clooney was hospitalized with injuries, the extent of which remain undetermined.

In New York, a proper legal analysis would include an evaluation of the relative fault of each of the parties involved in the accident as well as the nature of the injuries sustained.  Since the reported accident involved a motorized scooter, as well as a car, it must be determined what laws govern the operation of a motorized scooter.  In New York, a motorized scooter is considered to be a motorcycle and is required to be registered as such.  New York attorneys familiar with motorcycle accidents will have a complete understanding of the law associated with motorcycle use and the issues surrounding motorcycle litigation.