On February 5, 2016, a devastating accident shook Lower Manhattan Street: a crane collapsed, killing one individual in the area and causing injury to three more persons. As reported by NBC New York, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio, the collapse occurred when the crane was being lowered and secured. It is believed that the crane collapse may have occurred, or was aided by, high speed winds; nine minutes before the collapse, a 37 mile per hour wind gust was recorded.
A 22-year-old man died at a construction site in New York’s Meatpacking District earlier this spring, according to a DNAInfo article. The young construction worker was part of a crew digging below the foundation of the building on the site to reinforce its support. According to reports, as he tried to climb out of the ditch, dirt fell on him and he was buried up to his neck. The man was pronounced dead at the hospital. Continue reading
In what is just the latest of abnormally dangerous construction-related accidents this year in New York, a recent incident in early June resulted in a 12-ton heating and air-conditioning unit plummeting 30 stories onto Madison Avenue. According to a New York Times report, the number of construction accidents has been on the rise. New York City’s Building Department (NYBD) has recorded eight fatal construction-related accidents just in 2015, the highest it has been since the 2008 boom.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a construction-related accident in New York, whether as a worker or an innocent bystander, contact one of the most experienced construction accident attorneys Brooklyn has to offer. Continue reading
Early one Sunday morning, on Madison Avenue between East 38th and 39th streets, an industrial air conditioner that was being transferred by a crane plummeted almost 30 stories after a cable snapped. Ten people were injured, including two construction workers and eight pedestrians, as a result of falling debris, according to a NBC New York report. Mayor de Blasio, who spoke at a press conference at the scene of the accident, announced the City would be conducting a full investigation as to the cause. If you or someone you know has been injured due to the negligence of another in a similar situation, contact the most aggressive accident attorneys Brooklyn has to offer. Continue reading
In April, a Bronx teen tragically died after he fell six stories from a Bronx building apartment. Hakeem Kuta and group of other teenagers had been smoking marijuana in the lobby of a Bronx building. Four New York police officers tried to approach the group, but one member allegedly put his arms out as they tried to come through the door. Immediately after, several kids ran up the stairs of the building to the roof. Continue reading
Given the number of pedestrians and cyclists on the streets of New York, it comes as a pleasant surprise that more accidents do not occur than are currently reported. Nevertheless, accidents unfortunately do happen, and the results can be catastrophic. Often accidents between pedestrians and cyclists are relatively minor and do not involve any injures. But, sometimes these accidents can have deadly consequences, as evidenced by a recent crash involving a pedestrian and bicyclist in New York City’s Central Park. Contacting a Brooklyn accident attorney can help answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding your case.
Whether you suffer an injury playing a recreational sport or working on a job, the initial shock of getting hurt is never enjoyable. A rush of emotions runs through your head, not the least of which being the cost of the injury in terms of dollars and lost work or social productivity that is associated with recovery time. Unlike defense in football, the best defense to an injury is prevention. Accordingly, the New York injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum are here to provide you with five quick tips to help get you on the road to recovery immediately after suffering an injury. The tips are known as the P.R.I.C.E injury protocol, and following steps comprise a tried and true method to avoid aggravation.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
When you are injured due to someone else’s negligence or actions, there are undoubtedly many things racing through your head. Of course, the most important consideration you may face is how long it will take to recover from your accident-related injuries and be back to work and doing the things that you love.
With this, somewhere in the line of questions that will race through your mind will be whether or not to hire a personal injury lawyer to help you recover damages for the injuries that you have suffered. Even if your ultimate goal is to settle the case, it is important to contact an experienced New York personal injury lawyer for a free consultation to help you understand your rights and what options you may have.
Widely available statistics indicate that there is no safe way to text while driving. Nevertheless, many people believe they will not get in an accident and continue to engage in this dangerous behavior. According to a United States Government study, the number of people killed in distraction-affected crashes decreased slightly from 3,360 in 2011 to 3,328 in 2012. However, an estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. This is a staggering number that is far too high. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident where you believe the driver was sending text messages while driving, an experienced New York auto accident attorney can answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding your case.
Why is Texting and Driving So Dangerous?
Simply stated, distracted driving diverts the driver’s attention away from the primary objective of operating the vehicle in a manner that is safe to him or her and other motorists and pedestrians. All such distractions are very dangerous, and pose risks to the safety of motorists, pedestrians, and bystanders in the vicinity of the texting driver.
On March 13, 2014 a gas leak triggered a massive explosion in East Harlem, causing two five-story apartment buildings to collapse. The relatives of one of the victims recently filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against the City. Such an accident serves as a reminder that anything can and may happen at any time. If a loved one is ever involved in an incident that leads to death, an experienced Brooklyn wrongful death attorney can answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding your case.
What is Considered Wrongful Death in New York?
Wrongful death, such as death from an accident or incident like the one described above, is defined as a death that is caused by the wrongful act or negligence of another. Such acts serve as the basis for a civil action for damages on behalf of the decedent’s heirs. The New York State Constitution’s Estate and Powers Trust law provides the basis for New York’s wrongful death statute. It allows a decedent’s heir or representative to sue for whatever amount of money damages on behalf of a person or persons who could recover under the estate.