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Blog Posts in 2013

  • Bronx Derailing May Have Been the Result of Negligence

    A Metro-North train derailed in the Bronx early Sunday morning. The accident left over 70 people injured and another four dead. The train had been headed toward Grand Central terminal when it careened at high speed around a sharp turn next to the Hudson River and derailed. The crash was the deadliest New York City train derailment in over two decades. Sadly, it appears the accident may have been ...
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  • Horrific Accident Leaves Two Dead on Hutchinson River Parkway

    A tragic car accident occurred on the Hutchinson River Parkway around 7a.m. on Saturday morning, leaving cab driver Ata Noorzi and Wells Fargo banker Patrick Sheehan dead. According to the Daily News , Noorzi had picked up Sheehan earlier that morning at his home in Larchmont, NY. The cab had been traveling toward LaGuardia International Airport as Sheehan was planning to leave town on business ...
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  • Citi Bike Program Faces Trip-and-Fall Lawsuit

    According to the Daily News , New York City’s Citi Bike program may be facing its first round of personal injury lawsuits. Lashonne Shelton, Howard Orlick, and Diane Mathes have all filed notice of claims against the city alleging that the placement of the Citi Bike docking stations are health hazards. All three plaintiffs have alleged that the placement of the bicycle racks caused them to trip, ...
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  • Parents of Crane Accident Victim Reach $1 Million Settlement

    The parents of Michael Simermeyer—a construction worker who was killed in a crane accident last year—have agreed to a $1 million settlement with Liberty Mutual. Simermeyer’s parents filed suit in October of 2012 claiming negligence on the part of Yonker’s Contracting Company—the manager of the construction project. The parents claimed several inspections were missed resulting in the crane being ...
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  • Nonprofit Group Push to End Cap on Pain and Suffering Damages

    California Group Propose Ballot Measure to Raise Limit on Pain and Suffering Compensation Consumer Watchdog California (CWC), a nonprofit organization committed to protecting taxpayers from special interest groups, are pursuing a ballot measure to raise the cap on pain and suffering damages in California medical malpractice cases from $250,000 to $1.1 million. CWC anticipate they will secure the ...
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  • Traffic Accidents

    Traffic Accident Lawsuits Traffic is one of the top causes of accidents in the United States, and can result in injuries to drivers and their passengers. The injuries suffered in a traffic accident can range from minor cuts and bruises to major injuries such as fractures, amputations, and in some cases death. The injuries suffered in traffic accidents can have devastating consequences and force ...
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  • What is a Tort Action?

    New York Tort law New York law considers a tort to be a civil wrong. A “tort” is a wrongful act, not including breach of contract or trust, that results in injury to another person, their property, reputation, or the like, and for which the injured party is entitled to compensation. In other words, a tort is a crime that, while not criminal in nature, may entitle compensation to the party has been ...
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  • New York City Ferry Crash Leaves at Least 57 Injured

    A New York bound ferry crashed into a dock in Lower Manhattan earlier this week, leaving at least 57 injured. The ferry is a daily ferry operated by Seastreak that has a capacity of approximately 400 passengers. The cause of the ferry accident is still unknown at this time, as is the full extent of the damage. However, breaking CNN News reports that there are at least 57-injured as a result of the ...
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  • Elderly Deaths by Bed Rails Prompt Federal Investigation

    New York personal injury attorneys have learned that the Consumer Product Safety Commission has launched a federal investigation into the deaths of dozens of elderly people killed due to problems relating to bed rails. These devices are intended to help prevent people from falling out of the bed. However, what’s often happening is people are getting their heads caught either in between the rails ...
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  • Gas Grill Injury & Burn Injuries in NYC

    In December, ESPN Anchor Hannah Storm was cooking dinner on a propane gas grill in her home when she noticed that the grill had gone out. Storm went to relight the grill, triggering an explosion so loud her neighbor thought a tree had fallen on the house. The grill doors blew off and a ball of fire exploded in Storm’s face, causing her to suffer first and second degree burns on the face and neck. ...
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  • New York City Hospitals: Better Care Not Just About Fewer Malpractice Suits

    Towards the end of December 2012, WNYC published an article indicating that New York City hospitals had been effective at reducing medical malpractice claims and settlement costs. According to the article, the number of lawsuits filed against the city’s public hospitals in the prior 10 years had dropped by 28 percent and the dollar amounts paid out to patients had decreased from $195 million in ...
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  • Murray Hill Ceiling Collapse Injures Three Workers

    On January 8, 2013, NY1 reported that a ceiling collapsed in a historic building in Manhattan’s Murray Hill section. The building was undergoing renovations at the time of the collapse. Unfortunately, this is not the first incident of a ceiling collapse in recent years, but it is the most recent example of the potential dangers presented by older buildings throughout the city. Our New York City ...
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