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May 2013 Archives

New York bowling alley patrons slip and fall after smoking ban

Especially in rainy or snowy conditions, it can be dangerous for people to venture outside in New York. Without proper footwear, business patrons can easily slip and fall, causing serious injury or even death.  Sometimes property owner negligence is to blame for these unfortunate accidents.

Defense helps cabby avoid attempted murder conviction

A defense attorney played an instrumental role in the acquittal of a New York cabby on attempted murder charges in favor of conviction on much lesser reckless assault charges. The cabby reportedly rammed into two potential passengers with his vehicle, resulting in serious injuries and criminal charges.

Do not drink and drive this Memorial Weekend

Many residents across New York are eagerly anticipating the end of the work day and the start of a long weekend in honor of Memorial Day and the beginning of summer. Whether you plan on heading to the beach, a barbecue or just sleeping in, make sure that top of your priority list is safety.

Pool gate may have prevented 3-year-old's death

Summer is the time for New Yorkers to enjoy swimming, biking, and other outdoor activities. However, pool owners must be cautious; dangerous property conditions can cause devastating accidents. For this reason, some pool manufacturers design pools with safety features such as automatically locking gates to protect children from drowning.

Wrongfully convicted NY father laments lost time

A father of five had his life ripped apart when he was wrongfully convicted of the brutal hammer attack against his wife that left her so injured she now has to live in a nursing home. The couple had five young children, ranging in age from just 1-9 years old, at the time of the attack in 1996.

Does the punishment fit the crime?

In some instances, charged individuals can feel like the court is looking to make an example out of them by pursuing aggressive criminal charges and penalties. It appears that the defense for one of two criminally-charged nurse aides feels like his clients is the victim of such a happening. The defense says that the proceedings against the man are harsher than the situation warrants.

Woman killed by two drunk drivers

Although it’s illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol, drunk driving causes thousands of fatalities and injuries each year. Drivers in New York must be careful to avoid ill-fated accidents involving drunk drivers, who are likely to cause deadly car accidents. For this reason, the punishment for drunk driving is severe.

NTSB: states should curtail drunk driving limit to .05 percent

A drunk driving conviction in New York is not a happening looked upon favorably by the state. Drivers can face a range of penalties, including up to a year in prison for even a first-time conviction of driving under the influence.

School bus driver deeply apologetic for drunk driving crash

A hearing was held in New York last week in which lawmakers from across the state gathered to discuss how best to protect children on school buses from being hurt by an impaired bus driver. Up for discussion was the feasibility of installing ignition interlock devices in school buses across the state in order to inhibit drunk drivers from operating a bus. This issue became a more prominent concern after a Long Island school bus driver was recently convicted after crashing into a house while transporting five children on a mini-school bus last fall.

Eltingville accident victim receives $160,000 settlement

When construction crews in New York are at work, they are required to alert residents of potential dangers their work may cause. Failure to do so can lead to dangerous property conditions. Often, construction crews close entire sidewalks or even streets to prevent injuries or fatal accidents. If the construction company failed to follow safety procedures, it is usually to blame for any related accidents.

Domestic violence can twice victimize women protecting themselves

She was in love, at first. Things went well for months until he became violent. His rage and outbursts escalated in severity, but she kept remembering a time when he was not like that. In one of his fits of anger when she was pregnant, he crashed the car in an attempt to kill them all. The couple survived, but she miscarried the child. In another horrific display of his violence, he stabbed her with scissors before forcing himself upon her.

45 years later, authorities find driver responsible for fatal crash

Fleeing the scene of an accident is a serious offense with long-term consequences. Unfortunately, some of these hit-and-run car accidents are deadly. Thankfully, law enforcement works diligently to find hit-and-run drivers so that they can be held responsible for their actions.

Domestic altercation results in death of dog and criminal charges

Some might think that allegations of physical assault are required in order for an individual in the Bronx to be charged with domestic violence. While assault of a family member, spouse, partner or former partner will yield such charges, that is not the only offense that is similarly punishable as domestic violence. An individual can find themselves face-to-face with serious domestic violence charges for stalking, harassment, endangering the welfare of an individual and much more. The consequences of a domestic violence conviction are serious and can have lasting effects that most would like to avoid.

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Frequently Asked Questions Personal Injury In New York City

    • Q: I've been injured — now what? A: First, see an experienced doctor. Your injuries should be taken care of before you even consider making a claim against someone for causing them. Make sure you are receiving top-quality health care. Keep all information from medical visits — good records of your injury and your treatments are vital for your case if you decide to pursue legal action. Then, call us to schedule your free consultation.
    • How long can I wait before I file a claim for my personal injury? You should seek help with your claim immediately. Depending on the state you live in, most cases must be filed within four years of the accident, but the sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help you build a strong legal claim. If you've been denied Social Security or disability benefits, your appeal must be filed soon after you receive your denial notification. Call us for assistance and an assessment of your case.
    • I was in an accident without insurance. Can you help me? We would need to assess your case. Our assessment might lead us to conclude that the vehicle you were driving was at fault, or perhaps the road conditions were hazardous. We would also need to assess all of the claims against you as the alleged negligent driver. Call us today for your free assessment.
    • A giant commercial truck/semi hit me, and I was injured/my children were injured/other people in my car were injured. What can I do? Large trucking companies have teams of lawyers at the ready to help them minimize payment or avoid paying you for the damage their driver caused you. You need to call us to help you get what you deserve from the company for your injuries, pain and suffering, damage to your vehicle, and any injuries to people riding in your car. To protect your rights, an independent investigation must be executed as soon as possible.
    • If I get hurt on the job, what should I do? Tell your supervisor or someone in your human resources department immediately, and then get help with your injuries. It's imperative that you file a report about the accident with your employer, or you may be denied any disability or workers' compensation benefits for your injuries. Then, file your workers' compensation documents according to your company's guidelines. If you are turned down, give us a call to get your case assessed. We'll help you get the compensation you deserve for injuries on the job.
    • What should I do if I was injured on a construction site? You should take the same steps as anyone injured at any other job. File an injury report and file for workers' compensation benefits. If you are denied benefits or mistreated by your employer, contact our law firm immediately. Also, contact us immediately if your injury might have been caused by a party other than your employer such as a product manufacturer or another party on a construction site. You might have an underlying personal injury claim.
    • If medical treatment was unsuccessful or caused my condition to worsen, do I have a medical malpractice case? Not all instances of poor medical outcomes are medical malpractice. It is important to speak with an experienced attorney about your specific circumstances.
    • If injured in a police misconduct/brutality incident, what should be done? Get names of witnesses. Take photos of injuries. Get immediate professional medical attention. Contact our Bronx-based police brutality attorney today.
    • What actions should I NOT take when speaking with a police officer? Don't say, "I know my rights," "I'm going to file a complaint/sue" or "I pay your salary." Don't resist or fight if you're going to be arrested even if the cop is wrong, or he or she doesn't tell you why.
    • What should you do in the event of police misconduct/brutality? Note the date, time and location of the incident. Note — but do not ask for — the name, badge or car number of the officers involved. Note the physical description of the officers.
    • What should you do when confronted by a police officer? Stay calm and be courteous. Don't be rude or curse at the officer. Take off your headset or turn down your music. If asked, give your name and address. You don't have to answer any other questions. Tell the officer(s) that you would like to exercise your right to attorney representation.
    • Contact a civil rights attorney or group immediately. If criminally charged, don't speak until you've consulted a defense attorney. What steps should be taken after experiencing police misconduct/brutality?
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