New York Doctors Sue United Healthcare for being unfairly dropped due to “ObamaCare”


Posted on January 24, 2014 by

There has been much speculation about how “ The Affordable Care Act” or “ObamaCare”, as it is known generally by its critics, will affect the quality of health care provided to patients in the coming years. According to some, the increased number of patients will strain already overburdened health care providers and hospitals. Others, like the American Medical Association, say that it will not create more patients, just extend coverage to those patients who did not have it before.

One consequence is that some medical insurance companies are trying to limit their potential exposure to claims by eliminating doctors from their coverage. An experienced Brooklyn personal injury attorney can help with taking the necessary legal steps in order to get compensation for the injuries sustained in the accident.

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4 Year Old Girl’s Death May Have Been Caused By Dispatcher Cell Phone Use


Posted on January 20, 2014 by

A four-minute delay in an ambulance being dispatched to the scene of an accident involving a four-year old girl may have cost the little girl her life. This is according to a report issued by the New York City Department of Investigation on December 19, 2013. This is not the first tragic consequence of the NYC Emergency Dispatch Center’s slow response to an emergency call. However this one is particularly egregious as it could have been avoided if the Emergency Service operator had been doing her job instead of using her cell phone. Equally bad is that an EMS lieutenant seated next to the operator failed to notice the call on the computer screen because he “was doing paper work”. Hiring a knowledgeable Brooklyn personal injury attorney will not only help you through the legal steps but will also give you peace of mind knowing you are in experienced hands.

The DOI found that on June 4, 2013, a teen driver with no license was attempting to elude police in an SUV. At the intersection of 97th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, the teen struck the girl and her grandmother. A request for an ambulance dispatch was made immediately, but it took the Manhattan EMS Medical Dispatch Center four minutes to respond. It then took the ambulance another four minutes to reach the scene. The little girl succumbed to her injuries shortly after being transported to St. Luke’s Hospital.

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Taxi Accident Victim to Sue City


Posted on December 18, 2013 by

New York may have more mass transit options compared to other cities, but particularly in Manhattan, a significant amount of travel is done in the taxicabs that have become synonymous with the City. And while the vast majority of taxi cab travel occurs without incident, some taxi trips can turn tragic. New Yorkers witnessed how grave the damage can be on August 20th, when a taxi jumped a curb and collided with a woman near Rockefeller Center, causing her to lose her left leg. Now, the woman — Sian Green, a 25-year-old visitor from Great Britain, plans to sue the City of New York, alleging the taxi driver should not have been permitted to drive a cab. Auto accidents are nothing new in New York City. However, the incident that caused the accident included a bicycle messenger with a long history of arrests and a taxi driver with several moving violations and an accident on his record. The question that only the courts can decide is: was the City negligent in issuing a taxi license to a driver with a bad safety record? If you find yourself in a situation involving an auto accident, contact a New York accident attorney that will fight to obtain a full and maximum settlement for you.

According to the woman’s attorney, the taxi cab driver at fault in the incident — Mohammed Faysal Himon, 24 — had seven points on his license and demonstrated a failure to keep pedestrians safe. A computer glitch in the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s system apparently allowed Himon to maintain his license, which ended up being a tragic mistake. Himon was driving near Rockefeller Center when he began jockeying for position with a bike messenger. Himon then lost control of the cab, causing it to lurch over the curb and collide violently with Green. In addition to losing her left leg, Green has severe nerve damage in her right leg and suffered a traumatic brain injury.

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Speed the Main Factor in Metro North Crash


Posted on December 9, 2013 by

On Sunday, December 1st, 2013, a Metro North train derailed, killing 4 passengers and injuring 75. There has been a lot of public attention and speculation regarding the incident and the cause of the accident.

An investigation has revealed that the conductor of the Metro North train was travelling 82 miles per hour, far above the speed limit of 30 miles per hour on that section of the tracks. The train derailed at a turn in the track that historically has been the site of numerous accidents. A New York MTA accident lawyer and other officials will see whether conductor error or a mechanical failure was the official cause of the accident that killed 4 people, injuring more than 70. This was one of the worst accidents in MTA history.

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NYC Traffic Fatalities on the Rise


Posted on November 26, 2013 by

New York City has long held a reputation as a high crime place. But recent statistics show that violent crimes, specifically murders, are on the decline. According to the Mayor’s Office, the city has seen a 26% decrease in murders from this point last year. Whether you believe these statistics or not , most New Yorkers agree that the number of deaths due to violence has definitely decreased from the mid eighties to the early nineties. There is more that can make a city dangerous than the just the murder rate. Car accidents and traffic fatalities continue to be a scary reality in Brooklyn. In the span of one week in October, six people were killed in traffic accidents in NYC- including a 64 year old man, mowed down by a hit and run driver in Brooklyn. A Brooklyn auto accident attorney can protect you and your family and fight for maximum compensation due to the other person’s negligence.

At 64 years old, the victim was a year away from retiring from his job and enjoying a time of financial stability for himself and his family. With his untimely death, so many questions remain for his surviving family- how will they pay for their mortgage? The funeral? College for their children? In situations like these, the importance of having an experienced attorney on your side to answer your questions and fight for your rights is vital. With the number of traffic fatalities on the rise, knowing your options for an auto accident attorney is important to protecting yourself in the event of an accident. What would happen if you were in an auto accident and couldn’t work or pay your bills? Wouldn’t you want a dedicated, aggressive, attorney to fight for you?

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Taxi Cab Accidents: Common in NYC?


Posted on November 4, 2013 by

With more than 8 million people, New York is the city with the largest population in the United States. It is also one of the most popular destinations for tourists in the world as almost 50 million visitors come to the city each year. New York is home to more than 13,000 yellow taxis, but it is not always easy to find one when you need it. Unfortunately, some taxi cab drivers in New York City drive dangerously; therefore, it is important for the city to enforce rules and standards on taxi cab drivers.

New York City taxi accidents occur frequently. The accidents might involve pedestrians, bicycles or other vehicles. Each year, almost 5,000 accidents involving cabs are reported in New York City. Many of these accidents are due to competing taxi cabs, two cabs “dueling” for the same fare, distracted drivers or cell phone usage by drivers which despite it being illegal is still common. Many of these accidents result in serious injury or death. The injury and fatality rate is higher than regular cars because many people who ride in taxi cabs fail to wear a seat belt. If you’ve been in an accident where your taxi driver was driving recklessly, you should contact a New York car accident lawyer. The same is true if you are a pedestrian struck by a recklessly driven cab.

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Inadequate Security in NYC Housing Projects


Posted on October 23, 2013 by

Safety is a necessity, not a luxury that only those who can afford it are entitled to. A recent article in the New York Times, indicated that a large number of New Yorkers are targets of crime in their own apartment buildings. Due to inadequate security in the Housing Authority projects all over New York City, an increasing number of crimes are taking place in the elevators in these apartment complexes. Victims are not only victims of these physical crimes, but also of landlord negligence and inadequate security. People have a right to feel safe in their own building. If you a loved one has been a victim of an assault or rape in a NYC Housing Project or other apartment building , you should contact an inadequate security / Premise Liability attorney who can help you obtain justice and financial compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering ,lost wages or medical bills. Additionally, if you were injured due to a malfunctioning elevator, a slippery or a broken floor, a collapsed ceiling or wall, Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum is experienced in recovering full and fair compensation for those who have suffered serious injuries in these cases.

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Car Fleeing Police Hits MTA Bus, Leaves 38 Injured


Posted on October 7, 2013 by

Residents of major cities such as New York rely on public transportation to get them where they need to go. The millions of trips that are taken every day on New York’s subways and buses are safe and completed uneventfully. On rare occasions, however, accidents and injuries do occur. A recent incident in Brooklyn highlights the risks of injury that can happen while riding public transit. If you have been the victim of an accident involving an MTA vehicle or private bus, contact a New York MTA attorney.

The bus was struck by a Camaro at an intersection in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Two people in the Camaro were fleeing police when they ran a stop sign and broadsided the bus, injuring at least 38 passengers. All were taken to areas hospitals for treatment and 12 of the bus passengers were seriously injured.

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Construction Accident Liability


Posted on September 27, 2013 by

There are immense dangers in working at a construction site. While there has been progress to protect the health and lives of construction workers over the past decade, construction workers are still faced with real injury risk on the job.

There are safety precautions taken into account, such as planning and new equipment, hard hats and steel toe boots, but it is simply not enough. During any given year, there are a multitude of construction related injuries, and in some cases, there are fatalities associated with this line of work as well. If you or a family member has been involved in a construction related work accident, you should contact an experienced construction accident lawyer.

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Reckless Taxi Drivers Endanger New Yorkers and Visitors to NYC


Posted on September 6, 2013 by

A horrific taxi cab accident at 49th Street and Sixth Avenue cost a 23-year-old British tourist her foot. This is a horrible tragedy. How did it happen? What can be learned from this catastrophic event?

Most importantly, always be aware of your surroundings. Even listening to your iPod while walking on a street can prevent you from hearing the squeal of tires or footsteps of someone approaching from behind you. Sometimes your split second reaction to an unexpected sound can save you from bodily harm.

If you’ve been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact a New York personal injury attorney.

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