The tragic death of a 35-year-old woman, who fell to her death while leaning or sitting on an East 57th St. apt balcony, recently could have been prevented if the balcony had been “up to code”. In other words, the building owners (landlords) who had been cited for violations previously could have prevented this death if they had promptly corrected the violations. Instead, a young woman has left a heart broken family and devastated friends behind to mourn her unnecessary loss.
Every balcony at the prewar building on East 57th Street, including the one where the young advertising executive sat, was “deemed defective or not up to code,” a law-enforcement source said. “They weren’t strong enough to hold her up,” said another law-enforcement source. “All of the apartment balconies were defective or not up to code.” Continue reading
Of the many types of accidents that a person can be involved in, by far the most likely is a car accident. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, millions of car accidents happen annually, with around 10.8 million occurring in 2009. In 2010, 32,885 caused fatalities. 32% involved drunk driving, 31% involved speeding, 16 % were caused by “distractions” & 11% by bad weather. 52 % were driver fatalities & 20 % were passenger fatalities.
While some of these car accidents were the result of uncontrollable factors, such as inclement weather, most were automobile accidents that occurred due to the negligence or reckless actions of other drivers. Sadly, many reckless and negligent actions of the other parties cause innocent people to be injured or die in serious auto accidents. Continue reading
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, been hurt on the job or have sustained any sort of personal injury due to an accident that was no fault of your own, it’s important to understand that you are a victim. Having expert legal representation on your side is a protection that is worth your time and energy and will guarantee that you have someone fighting for your rights. Insurance companies are well known for taking advantage of people that are unfamiliar with their rights and different aspects of what the law warrants.
When victims don’t have experienced, knowledgeable lawyers on their side to ensure that they get the maximum compensation and medical care that they deserve, they can easily be shorted through quick, forced settlements. Insurance companies often use intimidating tactics and legal jargon to unsettle victims and scare them into signing quick settlements that aren’t beneficial to them. Don’t become a victim twice over. Protect yourself! Call a car accident lawyer. Continue reading
On April 29 of this year, the New York City building inspectors released their report of safety violations committed in 2012 by construction companies and contractors at worksites across the city. The two-month inspection, which covered 920 construction sites, found that eight fatalities had occurred over the year, an increase from just five in 2011. Seven of these deaths occurred at low-rise construction sites where finished buildings were to be nine stories or less. In addition, construction accidents increased by 37 percent in the 12-month period, of which 43 percent were related to falls.
Increasing the safety level for Workers and Resident New Yorkers
The 879 safety violations uncovered resulted in almost $1 million in fines. While violations pertained to a variety of conditions, the most common were due to missing fences, guardrails, handrails, or fire extinguishers, a lack of proper permits, failure to provide protection to adjoining buildings, unprotected openings, and improper lightweight steel construction. Work was ordered to come to a halt at 34 locations due to such unsafe conditions and a further 75 partial stop-work orders were issued where violations were found to pose an impending threat. Continue reading
Injured due to a tour bus accident or collision? You need an experienced tour bus accident lawyer. Tour bus crashes and collisions can leave victims seriously injured. Some bus operators do not comply with driver fatigue regulations at all times. Innocent passengers and their loved ones suffer the consequences, many of which are serious:
- life-threatening injuries
- permanent disability
- loss of income or potential earnings
- physical pain & discomfort
- emotional or psychological distress Continue reading
What is the value of your personal injury claim? You’ll be surprised how the amount varies depending on your particular circumstances and on who you ask. Insurance company representatives and lawyers are known for reducing or denying the value of your claim. These lawyers are not on your side. Understandably, they’re working for insurance companies that would rather not pay or pay you less than what your claim’s worth. This is where a good Brooklyn personal injury lawyer like Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum comes in. He can expertly represent you. Mr. Kestenbaum is experienced in protecting the rights of the injured and dealing with insurance companies.
Mr. Kestenbaum will protect you from being taken advantage of by the defendents insurance company lawyers. Here’s how you can benefit from retaining him. Remember, his services are free unless he recovers money for you. Continue reading
Getting the justice you deserve when you or a loved one is injured also means getting the full compensation you’re entitled to. The question is, how do you win your lawsuit? It all comes down to these factors: the extent of your injuries (damages), the liability or responsibility of the defendant (person, business or municipality) in your case and having a diligent and experienced personal injury lawyer on your side like Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum.
Brooklyn Personal Injury Lawyer
Will you get full and fair compensation, enough to pay for the medical costs and the lifelong financial , physical & emotional consequences of your injury (pain and suffering)? Or will you settle for an amount that’s not even enough to cover the needs of your family or compensate for your loss of earnings? Of course, you deserve the first. That’s only possible by working with a competent Brooklyn personal injury lawyer who’s willing to fight for your rights. Continue reading
Construction work can be a dangerous job when safety regulations are not rigorously followed. Sadly this seems to be exactly what happens in the NYC metro area as fatal construction accidents rose 61% in 2012. With the fast pace of construction jobs after the economic slow-down and damage from Hurricane Sandy , there is a tremendous amount of construction work to be done and much of it is being rushed. If you or a loved one has been injured on a construction job or work site, don’t hesitate to call Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum, an experienced Brooklyn construction accident lawyer about your case.
For some reason people treat auto accidents differently than they do accidents at a business or work site. Most Americans are fine just exchanging insurance information and not pursuing the matter unless there was obvious negligence involved. Worse is many do not feel the need to get legal advice due to not wanting to be perceived as trying to make a quick buck from an accident. However here are 3 things you may not know about what a Brooklyn car accident lawyer can do for you. Continue reading
Accident Attorney in Brooklyn
The time after an accident can be a very stressful for you and your family. Depending on the severity of the injuries involved, you may be out of work for a long time meaning a loss of income as well as transportation in cases of auto accidents. While insurance or workmen’s compensation will pay some of the bills, there are a host of other costs associated with an accident which invariably fall on the victim. So if you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, it pays to consult with an accident attorney Brooklyn has come to trust: Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum. Continue reading