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Bystander injuries on construction sites

construction site with crane and sunlight

In February 2016, strong gusts of wind caused a crane in Lower Manhattan to crash down onto Worth Street, killing one pedestrian and littering the surrounding blocks with debris. People on their way to work in the area fled in panic, thinking that a bomb had gone off. An investigation by the city’s Buildings Department…

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The weather did it?

cars in rain

Every year in New York State, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of motor vehicle accidents caused by negligent driving practices in poor weather conditions. Collisions are not limited to snowstorms and freezing rain. Even summer has its share of heavy rainfalls that can turn streets and highways into high-risk thoroughfares. The most responsible drivers…

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Suing a child for a personal injury in New York

car and bicycle accident

At first, the thought of an adult suing a child seems ridiculous and even petty, but there are cases where it may be warranted, especially in personal injury law. Imagine you are walking through Central Park on a weekend afternoon, enjoying the fall weather. Suddenly a rock, thrown by a child who looks no older…

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How to have a safe Thanksgiving

cooking with fire and pan

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. With our minds on roast turkey, cornbread, pumpkin pie, and a celebratory family dinner, it’s easy to forget that the Thanksgiving weekend is one of the most dangerous ones for motorists. There are also other risks associated with hot cooking appliances, improper food preparation, and more. Here are some…

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How can a pre-existing condition affect a personal injury claim

pre-existing medical condition

You were rear-ended by another driver recently, leaving you with a dislocated shoulder and terrible back pain. Now, as you file an insurance claim, that driver’s insurer asks you if you suffer from any pre-existing conditions. You do—for years you have been suffering from disc degeneration problems. Although you cannot seek damages for an injury…

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Workers’ compensation for the self-employed

construction job

You’ve achieved your dream of self-employment. At first, you put in long days (and sometimes you still do) but now you’re starting to achieve that work-life balance that you’ve always craved. But when you were establishing your business, did you think about taking out workers’ compensation coverage on yourself?  In New York, there is no…

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Technology that can keep your teen driver safe

driving car with phone

Your son has just turned 16 and is studying to get his driver’s license. He’s psyched. You’re not.  As a parent, it’s normal to worry about the safety of your teen driver. Current statistics are alarming. According to the New York Department of Health, motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death for teenagers in…

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Can you sue a gym for an injury after signing a waiver?

injured woman at gym

Gyms are great places to work out, lose excess weight, and in general keep ourselves in better physical shape. Unfortunately, with all of that heavy equipment being used and liquids being spilled constantly from dropped or overflowing water bottles, they are also the site of frequent injuries like: Sprains Pulled muscles Broken bones Brain and…

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You’ve been catfished! Can you sue for a personal injury?

smartphone online

Even before the Internet, a “fish story” was a common euphemism for a huge lie. Now, the tradition continues in the form of catfishing, which is arguably more malicious than the biggest fish tale. The anonymity of the Internet has allowed dishonest individuals to pretend to be someone else online in order to: Pursue a…

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Spin classes: a hidden danger?

spin class gym

Personal fitness is a key goal for many New Yorkers these days, which is why stationary cycling classes are so popular. Also known as spinning classes, they are group workouts that strengthen the lower body and burn high amounts of calories. According to medical reports, they may also be increasing your risk of kidney damage. …

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Can you sue for falling on a bus?

bus interior

New York City has a huge and convenient public transportation system that includes MTA buses running 24/7. Although bus travel is generally thought of as safe (otherwise we wouldn’t send our children to school on them), accidents do happen to passengers riding the bus. One common accident is unseated passengers falling while the bus is…

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Who pays my medical bills?

medical bill injury concept

You’ve been injured in a car accident and forced to spend time in the hospital. The doctors say that your fractured hip will require you to have months of physical therapy too. You’re grateful to be alive, but you’re also worried about how your medical bills will be covered. Who is going to pay for…

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Is slander a personal injury in New York?

slander concept tongue

Hollywood is currently abuzz about the lawsuit that former Alabama Senate candidate, Roy S. Moore, has just filed against British actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. Mr. Moore is seeking over $95 million in damages for, among other things, defamation after he appeared on Cohen’s Showtime series, “Who Is America?” In the segment, Cohen took a device…

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Grill brush injuries in New York

barbecue brush

They’re not intimidating to look at, but personal injury attorneys, the media, and even the New York Times are all warning people about the hidden dangers of barbecue grill brushes. Although we’re already well into September, there appear to be a few potential outdoor grilling opportunities left, so it’s worth taking a closer look at…

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Distracted doctors?

surgeons in the operating room

It’s common knowledge that distracted driving can cause serious injury and death. What’s not as well known is that you can also be at risk on your way to the operating room—even if you’re not the one distracted by your phone. How many times have you walked into a store or restaurant and seen employees…

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Fireworks and boating safety in New York

boating at night

September is a month of celebration across New York. It starts with the Labor Day weekend, when communities everywhere enjoy barbecues, festivals, and fireworks displays, and continues as tourists and vacationers head out to summer cottages near Lake George, Chautauqua Lake, Skaneateles Lake and other bodies of water for one last “hurrah” before closing for…

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Labor Day accidents to watch for

grill

Holidays are supposed to be fun and games, especially for the kids, but that’s not the way things always turn out. On the Labor Day weekend, in particular, there is ample opportunity for both adults and children to get hurt—from being scarred by an exploding firecracker to falling off a boat and struck by a…

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Pokemon GO and video game accidents

boy playing video games outside

Pokémon Go is arguably the most popular mobile video game of all time. This smartphone game app enables players to hunt down and capture their favorite Pokemon character in the real world using the same technology that powers Google Maps. Although it has been hailed as a way of getting game-obsessed teens out of their…

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How to avoid aggressive driving situations

highway driving

Back in 2009, a marketing and consulting group commissioned a study on aggressive driving across the country. New York City took the top spot for reasons that the state would never acknowledge with pride: New Yorkers were more likely to lean on their horns, make obscene gestures, and wave their fists. Since then, the problem…

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The Jones Act and injuries at sea

man sailing boat

You’re a young person who has always loved the sea, so when you got a summer job as a deckhand, it was a dream come true—until you were struck by a falling piece of poorly secured equipment. Thanks to a dislocated shoulder, you’re going to be unable to work for at least a month. In…

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Compensatory vs. punitive damages

car crash at night

The spring weather has been so beautiful lately that you decided to go for a jog in Central Park. Unfortunately, when you crossed the street to catch the bus, a distracted driver struck you, resulting causing you to break your arm and dislocate your knee. Rather than stop and see if you were hurt, the…

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What is an independent medical examination?

medical exam

If you are injured in a car accident and file a claim, whichever insurance company (the other driver’s or yours if you file a no-fault claim) will be covering your medical costs may ask you to undergo an independent medical examination or IME for short. Although you were likely seen by emergency room physicians and…

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New York’s first automobile fatality

car

On May 3rd, 85-year-old Olimpia Davidovici was struck at West End Avenue and 70th Street by a Jeep traveling north on West End Avenue. She was rushed to the closest hospital, where she died. People living in the area complained that the area was always dangerous for pedestrians, with cars turning south onto West End…

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Top 3 misconceptions about personal injury attorneys

smiling man with money

A lot of New Yorkers will consult a personal injury attorney at some point in their lives. Every day people throughout the state slip and fall in public places, are bitten by dogs, or injured in a car accident. Although this branch of the law is so widespread and has the potential to touch nearly…

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Soft tissue injuries in New York

soft tissue hand

Many types of accidents can result in soft tissue injuries. They include but are not limited to motor vehicle accidents, slips and falls, and pedestrian collisions. These injuries, which affect your ligaments, tendons, and muscles, can be extremely painful and limit your ability to work, especially if you are employed in a field that requires…

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Minors and personal injury settlements

child and nurse

If you are injured in a car accident in New York, then you have the standing to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party or settle with their insurer. A child under the age of 18 is not in the same legal position. They rely on a parent or guardian to protect their rights and…

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Injured by a defective air conditioner?

air conditioner

New York City can be hot in the summertime, but not everyone has central air. If you’re on a budget or your home doesn’t support a central air conditioning system, then you will probably be investing in a window air conditioning unit before the dog days of summer start. When you bring a window air…

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When dirt is dangerous: Toxic mold injuries in New York

mold

Many New Yorkers go apartment-hunting in the spring. It’s also a time when people move into the city from out of state for work reasons, so they arrive ahead of their families to find suitable housing. In either case, they should watch for symptoms of unreported mold contamination. In 2016, a group called the Red…

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Fidget spinners: toy or hazard?

fidget spinner and boy

Fidget spinners—those twirling gadgets that mesmerize us as we watch—were originally designed and marketed as a calming treatment for children with ADHD and autism, but they soon went mainstream and have been so popular 200,000 Instagram users have used the #spinner hashtag and videos featuring spinner tricks have earned millions of page views. Some schools…

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Calculating lost wages if you’re self-employed

accounting expenses and wages

You were walking through Central Park, enjoying the early spring sunshine when suddenly a cyclist who was paying more attention to the music in their headphones than the path in front of them crashes into you. When you fall, you fracture your right wrist and sprain the other, which prevents you from working at your…

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Staying safe during the Memorial Day weekend

amusement park rides

Memorial Day is drawing ever closer, and while most New Yorkers are looking forward to taking a day off from work and spending an enjoyable time with friends and family, the reality is that the holiday weekend is one of the most dangerous times of the year for accidents. DWI accidents are common The U.S.…

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The most common spring personal injuries

bicyclist and car on street

When the weather grows warmer, people spend more time outside. While the fresh spring breezes are both healthy and uplifting, melting snow and ice create damp and slippery conditions that turn indoor and outdoor surfaces into hazards. Increased car and bicycle traffic and the presence of more dog owners walking their pets also contribute to…

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Injured abroad during spring break vacation?

ankle sprained examining

Injuries don’t always happen close to home. They can also occur when we’re traveling for work or pleasure. There’s something about being injured abroad that is especially unsettling. We’re miles from home and possibly dealing with different standards of medical care and even laws that apply to your accident. If you’re planning to go abroad…

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E-bike injuries in New York

bike bicycle

The e-bike phenomenon has been strong in Asia and Europe for a long time, and it’s now catching on here in the United States. Electric bikes, or e-bikes for short, are regular bicycles with built-in electrical systems that consist of a motor, battery, and a means of controlling the resulting power. New Yorkers have a…

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How is a personal injury claim evaluated in New York?

computer program

Being injured in a motor vehicle accident is a traumatic experience. You’re likely in pain and stressed out over how you are going to pay your growing medical costs. For many people seeking compensation, they’re additionally upset to discover that a computer is being used to evaluate their claim and decide how much compensation they…

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Suing a dentist for malpractice in New York

dental malpractice teeth

In October 2017, a Maine jury awarded Stephen Darnell Jr. close to $300,000 in damages in a clear case of dental malpractice. In 2011 Mr. Darnell’s mouth became infected after Dr. Jan Kippax removed two of his molars, forcing doctors to operate on his jaw and implant drains to remove accumulated pus. His attorneys claimed…

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New York’s comparative negligence rule explained

rear end collision

When you’re seeking compensation for car accident injuries, you’re going to hear the term “comparative negligence” used a lot. If settlement negotiations fail and your case proceeds to court, the judge hearing your case will have to determine which party is at fault or, if both share the blame, the extent to which each person…

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Product liability claims in New York

blown out defective tire

We rely on certain goods and products to get us through life. Examples include food, medicine, household appliances, cars, and personal computers. Unfortunately, these are all items that injure and even kill thousands of people in the U.S. every year. When this happens, the manufacturers and producers must be held liable for the damages. When…

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New York State police drone program kicks off

drone

On January 10 New York State launched its inaugural aerial drone program. The stated goal of the new initiative is to help state police facilitate traffic safety, respond to emergencies such as forest fires and multi-vehicle crashes, and complete key law enforcement functions. Four State Police drones are presently in action, covering eight counties in…

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It’s funny until someone gets hurt: YouTube pranks and personal injury

tablet computer

Reality TV shows oriented around pranks have been entertaining us since the early days of Candid Camera. Today, YouTube is full of channels belonging to individuals who startle, frighten, or embarrass people to attract subscribers and increase their video view count. Many of these pranks are harmless, but occasionally they go too far, and victims…

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The “attractive nuisance” doctrine explained

construction site danger

The attractive nuisance doctrine was originally conceived to protect children who may trespass without fully understanding the risks. “Attractive” typically means that children may see the property or object as something to play in or around, such as: Construction sites, with their unfinished buildings, open pits, and trenches. Swimming pools High-voltage lines and towers Abandoned…

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When a romantic getaway goes wrong: hotel injuries in New York

hotel

Valentine’s Day was only a week ago, so you may have just returned from a romantic getaway for you and your significant other at one of New York’s most lavish hotels. It looked amazing on its website, with luxurious rooms, great dining options, an elegant pool, and more. You naturally assumed that the managers of…

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Injured due to stress?

ptsd employee

Once upon a time, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was regarded as a military ailment suffered by shell-shocked veterans. Since 9/11, the courts have recognized that severe and debilitating stress can be experienced by an employee during the course of their work, making them eligible for workers’ compensation. PTSD symptoms In most cases, PTSD symptoms manifest…

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Three things auto insurers may do to limit your compensation

squeeze money

While auto insurance companies are not “bad guys” out to deliberately deprive you of the money you need to recover from a car accident, they are like other businesses in that they are motivated mainly by profit. This aim can, unfortunately, manifest itself by paying out as little as possible when you make a claim.…

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Does your music playlist affect your driving?

car radio driving

Playing our favorite music while we drive improves our mood and creates a sense of contentment. It’s a fact supported by research and our own personal experience. But can it also cause you to get into an accident? In 2013 an Israeli study explored the relationship between your music and your driving abilities. 85 young…

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Traumatic carpal tunnel syndrome

typing motion

When you hear about carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), you tend to think about data entry clerks, computer programmers, factory workers, hairdressers, and other people who use their hands to perform repetitive tasks. Although typically regarded as a repetitive strain injury, carpal tunnel can also be caused by a sudden trauma, such as a motor vehicle…

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Loss of consortium claims in a New York personal injury case

sad man

If your spouse is injured in an accident, then New York law allows you to file a claim for loss of consortium against the at-fault party. This type of action is highly personal and is intended to address the fact that due to the accident, your marital relationship is changed physically, mentally, and or emotionally.…

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Food poisoning injuries in New York

salad

Popular grocery chain Trader Joe’s recently recalled is Kohlrabi Salad blend over fears of listeria contamination. The recall affects salad blend bags with “Best Before” dates of October 14-16, 2017. Although only a small percentage of people who accidentally consume listeria-contaminated products will become sick, those who do fall ill experience symptoms such as neck…

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Smart—and safe—shopping during the holidays

man slip and fall next to sign on floor

The holiday shopping surge doesn’t end after Christmas or even New Year’s. This is because so many retailers discount  their overstock for days  and even weeks after we put away the decorations and resume our daily lives. Unfortunately, with increased traffic comes a greater injury risk. While malls and stores are supposed to keep their…

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New Year’s food poisoning—what to do

bacteria

While many people throughout New York will be celebrating New Year’s Eve at home, others are planning to have a night of it. They will flock to Times Square, attend the all-night dance party at the Ditty in Astoria, or attend a visual extravaganza at the Grand Ball at the 1896. At some point between…

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Wearable technology in personal injury claims

running with smartwatch and cars

From the Apple Watch to the FitBit to the Motorola 360, wearable technology has made rapid inroads into our lives. Depending on the device, we can use it to track our fitness levels, send emails and text messages, call people and more. Now it could help validate your personal injury claim. Smartwatches as evidence Smartwatches…

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How to avoid injury this holiday season

injured man with cast

No one likes to think that injuries can occur during the holiday season, which is supposed to be a family-oriented time of peace on earth and goodwill towards others, but the fact remains that this is one of the most dangerous times of the year in terms of accidents. You don’t even have to go…

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Christmas trees and cars: a dangerous mix

christmas tree on car hazard

Last week, the Sudbury, Massachusetts Police Department made national news when it posted a Christmas tree photo on its Facebook page. The unwrapped tree, which was on top of a Mazda 5 minivan, hung over the sides and rear of the vehicle, covering the windows and even concealing the license plate. Police commented that an…

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Hunting accidents in New York

hunting rifle

Certain areas of New York State are renowned for their abundant hunting options. In November, hundreds of people armed with shotguns head to designated wooded areas to hunt pheasants, wild turkeys, deer, and other game animals. While enthusiasts insist that hunting is no more dangerous than other outdoor sports, the fact is that every year…

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Common Thanksgiving accidents: What they are and how to watch for them

thanksgiving turkey accidents

Every year, we look forward to Thanksgiving. A juicy turkey dinner shared with friends and family is the ideal way to transition to the December holiday spirit. Unfortunately, this is a time period that’s statistically infamous for the number of injuries and accidents that occur while celebrating. Below are four common Thanksgiving accidents and how…

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The permissive use doctrine in New York automobile accidents

car insurance policy

Imagine this scenario. You are driving to the store for a late-night grocery run when another vehicle collides with yours, causing you to suffer significant injuries. When the police arrive, they discover that the other driver, who ran a red light, was not the actual owner of the car. Who can therefore be held liable…

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Elements of a New York wrongful death claim

funeral

When a beloved family member is killed by another person’s act of negligence or malice, your life is never the same afterward. Although holding the responsible party accountable for their actions will never fill the void or bring your loved one back, it can ease the financial burden associated with the loss. Filing a wrongful…

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How does the eggshell skull rule affect a personal injury case?

eggs concert for personal injury eggshell skull rule

Imagine that you’re driving through the Bronx, en route to meet friends at a newly opened cocktail lounge. When you stop at a red light, a distracted driver rear-ends you. Your seat belt prevented you from hitting your head on the windshield, but your injuries are still serious. This is because you have osteogenesis imperfecta,…

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How does “foreseeability” affect a New York personal injury case?

future

Our actions sometimes have unexpected consequences, but to what extent are we liable when these actions cause someone to get hurt? The answer to this question plays a pivotal role in determining whether or not we can be held responsible when an act of negligence on our part results in a personal injury. Determining negligence…

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Roofing accidents in New York

construction roofing accidents

According to the United States Bureau of Labor statistics, roofing is one of the most dangerous occupations in the country. Serious accidents can happen at any time, and because roofers almost invariably work at considerable heights, the resulting injuries can be permanently disabling and even fatal: an estimated 50 roofers are killed on the job…

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Why you should always seek medical treatment in personal injury cases

accident medical records

Medical evidence forms the foundation for all personal injury cases, and its strength and quality can mean the difference between getting the settlement you deserve and being forced to accept a substandard offer. Emergency room records, treatment bills, and doctor’s notes all play a crucial role in assigning liability and determining damages. So why do…

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IVC filters: Risks and injuries

body illustration for vein injury

Lawsuits over IVC filters are continuing to appear in both state and federal courts all over the country. At present, there are nearly 4,000 filings against C.R. Bard and Cook Medical, which are the two largest IVC filter manufacturers, and smaller manufacturers such as B. Braun, Argon Medical, Cordis Corporation, and Rex Medical are facing…

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State of New York pays $22 million to brain-damaged boxer

sports injury

Earlier this month, the State of New York agreed to pay $22 million to 36-year-old former boxer Magomed Abdusalamov and his family. It is the largest since payment that the state has ever made to a single personal injury victim. Abdusalamov experienced extensive brain damage in November 2013, during a heavyweight match at Madison Square.…

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Common Halloween injuries to watch for

Halloween Injuries

As children, we loved Halloween for a number of reasons: the scary costumes, the thrill of stuffing our bags with candy, and the joy of running around the neighborhood with our friends. We also enjoyed being scared by the idea of ghosts, ghouls, and other monsters lurking in the dark. Now that we’re adults, and…

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Misdiagnosis as the basis of a New York medical malpractice claim

We rely on medical practitioners to diagnose our illnesses correctly so that we can receive the treatment we need. When misdiagnosis occurs, our health and even lives can be placed at risk. When this misdiagnosis occurs due to negligence, the medical practitioner could be liable for medical malpractice. What are the different types of misdiagnosis?…

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Bronx road rage injuries

road rage driver

Earlier this month, a furious driver used a baseball bat to fracture the skull of a 22-year-old furniture deliveryman after the latter failed to move his double-parked van. After exchanging angry words with the victim and another delivery driver, the assailant threatened to open fire, but instead grabbed a bat, approached the van on foot,…

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School bullying advice for parents

For many children across the country, going back to school is an exciting prospect. They get to reunite with friends who do not live nearby, make new ones, and settle into another routine of classes and favorite teachers. Unfortunately, for some children, returning to school means another year of being tormented and bullied. The problem…

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School bus injuries in New York: What parents should know

school bus + children + driver

Comparatively few children live within walking distance of their school, making it necessary for them to take the bus. While the majority of trips take place without incident, it is, regrettably, not uncommon for parents to receive a call that their son or daughter has been hurt while riding to or from school.  One of…

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Deadly powder? Johnson & Johnson Faces talcum powder lawsuits

A Los Angeles jury recently awarded a landmark $417 million to California resident Eva Echeverria, who alleged that the talc in Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder caused her to develop ovarian cancer. Ms. Echeverria, who had been using the product for feminine hygiene since she was 11, claimed that the company did not take reasonable…

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Common summertime personal injuries

bicycle and car accident, crosswalk

Although Labor Day has passed and school is in session, temperatures are still warm and people remain in the summer holiday spirit. For some, this means weekends away, hours in the swimming pool, and other continued warm weather fun. Although relaxing and enjoyable, summer activities are not without risks. To lessen the chances of an…

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Mirena IUD lawsuits on the rise

medical devices & injuries

Pharmaceutical giant Bayer is now facing lawsuits from literally thousands of women across the United States. The majority of these plaintiffs are claiming that the intrauterine device (IUD) Mirena has significant and life-threatening side effects that Bayer intentionally declined to make public. Instead of advising doctors of these risks, they allege, the company remained silent…

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How video surveillance is used in personal injury cases

surveillance camera

Until fairly recently, video cameras were expensive and unwieldy pieces of equipment used only by professionals and dedicated hobbyists. Today, with smartphones that take HD-quality images, anyone can be a videographer at any time. This ease of use and accessibility has resulted in video being applied as evidence in defending personal injury cases. Video surveillance…

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Complex regional pain syndrome: The elusive personal injury

injured nerve concept

Complex regional pain syndrome is an insidious condition because it can be so difficult to detect and diagnose. Take the following example. You are leaving a movie theater late at night when another motorist distracted by their cell phone rear-ends your vehicle. You go to the hospital to be checked out, and are discharged a…

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Should I agree to settle my personal injury claim?

claim on clipboard for settlement

If you are pursuing a personal injury claim, you will likely be offered the chance to settle out of court. It would be surprising if you weren’t: an estimated 95 to 96% of such cases are settled pretrial. Whether or not you should accept the other side’s offer or proceed to trial depends on a…

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Jaywalking injuries in New York City

New York City’s streets are chaotic, but laws are still in place. If you are using a crosswalk in proper accordance with the signal being displayed and a motor vehicle hits you, then the driver will most likely be held at fault. Even if a crosswalk lacks signals, drivers are legally obligated to give you…

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Workers’ compensation: When can you claim?

construction site potential injuries concept

If you experience a workplace injury or become ill as a result of work-related duties, then New York law generally does not permit you to sue your employer. Instead, you must file for Workers’ Compensation benefits. If your claim is approved and your occupational injury or disease leaves you unable to work for more than…

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Fireworks injuries in New York

firework sparklers

Late on the evening of July 4, 2015, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was enjoying a holiday party in his Florida hometown. He had purchased $1,100 worth of fireworks to give the entire neighborhood a spectacular show, but when he retrieved one from the parked U-haul where they were being stored and lit…

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How social media can hurt your personal injury case

social media

Social media has transformed the way people interact with one another. We use Facebook to share personal milestones and tweet our happiness and anger for anyone to see. While these social networks have huge advantages when it comes to keeping in touch with friends and family, they also expose us to the danger of oversharing.…

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Pain and suffering in a New York personal injury case

pain shown on face from an injury

To many people, the concept of damages for “pain and suffering” is vague, but if you have been injured in an accident, these damages provide compensation for any severe physical and mental pain and mental anguish that you must live with in the aftermath. Examples include physical pain, anxiety, fear, insomnia, and even loss of…

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Takata files for bankruptcy

accident with airbag deployment

The Japanese company behind one of the worst automobile safety scandals has filed for bankruptcy. Airbags have been instrumental in minimizing the injuries of automobile drivers and passengers, but once the danger presented by Takata airbags became known, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the federal agency responsible for automotive safety in the United…

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Does workers’ compensation include psychological injuries?

psychological injuries concept depressed man

Psychological injuries can be just as traumatizing as physical ones, especially when they are so severe that you cannot eat or sleep. Over time, physical illness can set in. Does this mean that you can collect worker’s compensation for mental stress allegedly experienced on the job? In New York it’s certainly possible, but the success…

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Whiplash injuries in New York

spine injury

If you were recently in a motor vehicle accident—as a driver or passenger- and now suffer from persistent and excruciating neck and / or back pain, then you may have suffered whiplash in the collision. Whiplash is a commonly used term for neck sprains and strains that occur when your neck is suddenly and violently…

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Dog bite liability in New York

dog bite

According to the Center for Disease Control, over four million people are bitten by dogs every year in the U.S. It is an incredibly traumatizing and painful experience, especially for children, who compose a significant percentage of bite victims. Dog bites are actually the second most common injury for children that requires medical intervention, after…

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Accidents and injuries at the swimming pool

pool jump

The weather is warming up, which means that Hamilton Fish Park, the John Jay Public Swimming Pool, Red Hook Swimming Pool, and other public swimming outlets in New York are going to be filled with people of all ages. All of them go to cool off and enjoy themselves, never suspecting that they could be…

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School bullying injuries in New York

Although New York has laws that prohibit bullying in schools, scores of students are threatened, harassed, and terrorized, both in person and online, every year. Schools are responsible for preventing bullying on their property, but it still happens, and to such an extent that some children refuse to go to school and others commit suicide,…

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Summer camp injuries in New York

When the weather turns warm, and schools close, many New York parents send their children to summer camp. These camps, which can be day outings or overnight adventures, are a great way to for kids to meet new friends, enjoy nature, and have fun doing a variety of outdoor activities. Unfortunately, it is also possible…

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Public beach injuries in New York

beach

Summer is here, which means that beach season is also upon us. A trip to Coney Island, Manhattan Beach, Fire Island Beach or Rockaway Beach is an enjoyable way to beat the city heat and catch up on our sun tanning or the latest novel. While most days by the seaside result in nothing worse…

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The rights of injured passengers in New York car accidents

car with driver and passengers

After a collision occurs, passengers have the same rights as drivers when it comes to seeking compensation for their injuries, which may include: Traumatic brain injury and/or facial trauma from striking the dashboard or window Whiplash and back injury from being rear-ended Widespread physical trauma from a side-impact collision Who is legally obligated to provide…

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ATV Safety

atv rider

Over the Memorial Day weekend, a high school teacher was involved in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) crash that led to her death in western New York State. The teacher crashed her ATV on a rural road in Yorkshire. She was only 33 years old. ATV crashes, many of which result in serious injuries, occur regularly…

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Public park injuries in New York

As spring develops into summer, public parks become increasingly popular with New York families. We head out to Central Park to walk along the winding trails and streams or enjoy some sun tanning at Sheep’s Meadow. On weekends we grab the kids and go to Brooklyn Bridge Park to watch the outdoor movies and take…

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Four myths about traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have a catastrophic and permanent effect on your life. Immediately after they occur, you face the financial and emotional challenges of medical bills and struggling with insurance companies. In the long run, depending on their extent, such injuries can impair your personality, mental and physical functioning, and even prevent you…

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Asbestos exposure injuries in New York

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Although there are low levels of asbestos in our food, water, and even the air we breathe, it is seldom in sufficient quantities to make us ill. Certain types of blue collar workers, however are often exposed to asbestos in the course of their daily work. They include: Construction: General construction employees use asbestos-based products…

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Can part-time employees receive workers’ compensation in New York?

Worker’s compensation plays an indispensable role in the nation’s employment system. It ensures that if you are injured while carrying out employment-related duties, your medical costs are covered. Many people, however, wonder if this protection is also extended to part-time employees. The answer is, yes. New York is not an elective state when it comes…

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Slip and fall in stairwells

slip and fall injuries on stairs

In New York City, thousands of people ascend thousands of stairwells every year as they go to work, school, the upper level of a shopping center, and other locations essential to daily life. It is the responsibility of property owners in these buildings to keep the stairs in reasonably safe condition by carrying out regular…

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Compounding pharmacies medical malpractice

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A compounded medication is made when separate ingredients are combined in a specific dosage for a particular patient. While this process allows doctors to customize drugs for their patients, it has also resulted in serious problems that include but are not limited to medical malpractice claims that arise from the following situations: Using the wrong…

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Fire deaths in New York City at 100-year low

In January, Mayor de Blasio confirmed that 48 people died in New York City fires in 2016, which is the lowest number of losses in more than a century. Officials attributed the decline to certain Fire Department initiatives, such as more consistent and stringent fire inspections, faster response times, improved fire education programs, and the…

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Carbon Monoxide injuries in New York

Carbon monoxide is also known as the “‘silent killer.” Its fumes are invisible and have no odor or taste, which can make it hard to know that you are being poisoned until it’s too late. Emitted by cars, furnaces, stoves and gas ranges, it can build up to dangerous levels very quickly. In high concentrations,…

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Takata airbag injuries

Takata Corporation has supplied airbag inflators to several different automobile manufacturers since 2001. These airbags have since been declared defective because they contain solid propellants without a drying agent that can absorb moisture and prevent product degradation. When inflated in older cars or moist/high-humidity environments, they can rupture and spray metal shards into vehicle occupants,…

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When to settle during a personal injury case

If you have been injured due to someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you may be understandably eager to settle the ensuing personal injury lawsuit, especially if your injuries have left you unable to work and the medical bills are mounting. It is important, however, to resist the urge to accept a low offer early in…

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