NYC Scaffolding Accidents Raises Questions about Worker Safety

Posted on April 24, 2014 by

Earlier this month a construction worker fell to his death at the Dream Hotel. According to FDNY, the death occurred in the early afternoon at 55th & Broadway and it is currently being treated as an accident. An experienced New York personal injury attorney can answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding your case.

Less than two weeks later, and only twenty-two blocks south of the Dream Hotel tragedy, another incident occurred in which a worker fell thirteen stories to his death.  The unfortunate man landed atop a sidewalk shed below where workers were completing façade restoration work.  A source of growing concern, the construction site has been discovered to contain over three-dozen violations.  According to the Department of Buildings, violations include:

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British Woman Injured in Taxicab Accident Now Suing City

Posted on April 8, 2014 by

According to news sources, a 24-year old British woman who lost her leg in a gruesome midtown car accident in August, 2013, announced late last year that she is suing the City of New York for $27.5 million.

Sian Green and her family were dismayed when the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced in November 2013, that there would be no criminal charges filed against the taxicab driver who hit Green, due to a lack of evidence that the driver intended to hit the victim.  Sian Green maintains that Himon’s gross negligence caused the accident.  In addition, her lawsuit alleges that the New York  City Taxi and Limousine Commission should have suspended Faysal Himon’s driver’s license before he caused the accident that resulted in the loss of her leg.  Before the accident that injured Green, Faysal Himon had been charged with seven traffic violations and had acquired seven points on his license.  Himon’s history of reckless driving should have resulted in the loss of his driver’s license, but a computer glitch prevented the Taxi and Limousine Commission from responding to Himon’s dangerous driving record and suspending his license.

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Why is the TLC Not Firing Dangerous Cab Drivers?

Posted on March 26, 2014 by

In years past, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission vigorously policed its drivers. The TLC investigated any accusations of reckless driving and prosecuted those individuals when it was warranted. This led to license revocations and suspensions even if the driver was not subject to these disciplinary actions in the court system. Seeking legal guidance from a knowledgeable personal injury attorney in New York can help clear up any confusion or concerns you might have regarding your case.

The TLC’s new way of doing things had the effect of removing dangerous drivers after just one event. For example, two cab drivers were involved in a serious collision in 1998 that left one victim with an amputated leg and another with very serious injuries. The TLC reacted quickly and suspended and then revoked the at-fault driver’s license.

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$15 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Citi Bike

Posted on March 7, 2014 by

New York City has several techniques in place to encourage people to commute via bicycle in order to reduce the strain on traffic clogged streets. According to the New York City Department of Transportation, these efforts have led to an average of 45,300 people utilizing their bikes as opposed to other commuting options during the summer months. Unfortunately, a rise in cyclists also means increased injuries, including the more than 4,200 people who were hurt on a bike in 2012. A recent lawsuit that has been filed by Ronald Corwin alleges that he was the victim of one of these injuries, and he is blaming the city and Citi Bike for the fact that he is now suffering from a permanent case of traumatic nerve palsy.

NYC Citi Bike Bicycle Rack

If you’ve been the victim of a bicycle accident, in which someone else’s recklessness or negligence may be responsible for your injuries, speak with a New York Personal Injury Lawyer, as you may be eligible to receive compensation.

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Haste costs lives on the Upper West Side

Posted on February 28, 2014 by

New Yorkers want to get wherever they are going at maximum speed regardless of the risk involved. This is the city where the word “wait” has become an objectionable four letter word. We have more to accomplish in a shorter period of time than any other civilization since the Pharaohs built their pyramids. Make sure to talk to a qualified personal injury attorney in Brooklyn if you have any questions or concerns regarding the accident and next legal steps to take.

However, in our haste to save a minute here or a minute there, we put our lives at risk. A doctor was the third person killed in the beginning of the year on the Upper West Side on 96th Street in Manhattan. The tragedy occurred on Sunday, January 19, 2014. Columbia University Medical Center anesthesiology resident Samantha Lee, 26, was hit by an ambulance‘s mirror in front of her apartment building on 96th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue. Police reported that Lee was crossing the street around the middle of the block at 4:45 AM and was hit by the driver’s side mirror of an ambulance from the St. Luke’s Hospital that was westbound. The physician fell and landed face down on the eastbound lanes. She was subsequently run over by a red 4 Dodge Charger, according to officials. The young woman was declared dead at the scene and neither driver was charged.

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Premium Deceit

Posted on February 20, 2014 by

In the 1990’s there was a strong push for “tort reform” in response to very high rates of insurance for businesses, medical professionals and other professional practices that require some form of liability insurance. Not only were these rates very high, but policies held by businesses that were deemed as insurance risks were being cancelled suddenly and without much cause. This was considered a crisis, and tort law reformers believed that a legal solution could be sought. In fact this was really motivated by insurance companies and Republican politicians who rely on these companies for a part of their campaign funding. Many republicans are also supported by industries frequently sued in personal injury cases: doctors, pharmaceutical companies, transportation companies, etc. In reality, injured persons are the people who suffer when a limit on damages has been instituted as they cannot recover the full amount necessary to pay their medical bills and financial losses. Contacting an experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Brooklyn can clear up any questions or concerns you might have about premium deceit and the options you may have.

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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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