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NYC Pays $1.5 Million Injury Settlement to Man Struck in Traffic

The New York Daily News recently reported that the city paid a $1.5 million settlement to a pedestrian who had been struck by a vehicle after a traffic signal allegedly changed too soon. At the time of the 2008 accident, the plaintiff, Joseph Mare, had been a senior at C.W. Post and a promising baseball […]

Deadly Crane Collapse Causes Chaos in Lower Manhattan

Once again a tragic crane collapse has occurred in NYC, taking the life of a young man on the sidewalk, and injuring dozens of others. Michael Barasch, managing partner of Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, a NYC personal injury firm that has represented hundreds of people injured at construction sites, stated “When will the construction […]

Construction Worker Critical After Flatiron Fall

Mike Barasch, managing partner at the personal injury law firm of Barasch & McGarry said: “Once again, a NYC construction worker has sustained a tragic life-threatening injury as a result of working on an unsafe construction site. It is sad that lawsuits against negligent building owners and construction companies seem to be the only way […]

Lawsuit Against NY Yankees Tests Baseball’s Assumption of Risk Defense

Thursday, August 25, 2011 was a rainy evening in the Bronx, and many fans at Yankee Stadium had their umbrellas out. While those umbrellas may have protected fans from the rain, they also obscured Andy Zlotnick’s view of home plate from his seat down the first base line. So, when Hideki Matsui ripped a line […]

Despite Vision Zero, NYC Saw 38,000 Hit-and-Run Accidents in 2015

Despite Mayor de Blasio’s ambitious Vision Zero program to eliminate pedestrian fatalities in the five boroughs, New York City saw more than 38,000 hit-and-run accidents in 2015, 48 of which resulted in catastrophic injury or death. The New York Daily News reported that the bulk of the hit-and-runs, some 34,000, caused property damage, most of it minor. […]

Rally with mock funeral procession calls for better safety at NYC’s construction sites

Mike Barasch applauded the construction union members’ demonstration outside his office, by City Hall. The 18 construction deaths in NYC last year should serve as a cruel reminder how dangerous a job these men and women have. “Construction safety must be a paramount concern whenever buildings are erected. We are all happy to see cranes […]

“No” Does Not Have To Mean “No” When it Comes to Health Insurance Companies

Just because your health insurance company says “no” doesn’t mean you have to accept it. You have rights — take advantage of them. Every insurance company gives the insured the right to appeal the insurance company’s denial. There are different levels of appeals. Insurance companies are counting on the fact that you won’t appeal their […]

Common Causes of New York Truck Accidents

In the past two decades, the incidence of accidents involving trucks has increased by nearly 20 percent. These accidents can be more devastating than those involving other motor vehicles because of the size and weight of trucks. When such an accident involves another vehicle, that vehicle is often outmatched and serious injuries or deaths can […]

Texting and Driving: The New Drunk Driving

A new study released by Car and Driver Magazine has frightening news for drivers glued to their cell phones. It showed that texting while driving is actually a far more dangerous activity than drunk driving.  To reach this conclusion, the magazine conducted a study in which a car was rigged with a light to alert […]

Who is at Fault for a Slip and Fall Injury?

When a surface is slippery or uneven, it poses a risk for slipping and falling. Every day people injure themselves due to surfaces that are not safe. Though these injuries can sometimes be as simple as a bruise or abrasion, occasionally they are much more serious and a person can suffer broken bones, a head […]

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