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Getting the Picture: Make Smart Use of Your Smartphone at an Accident Scene

We’ve all heard the old adage: a picture is worth a thousand words. That’s certainly true in the courtroom, where pictures can be invaluable. It is no easy thing for jurors to form a clear understanding of a place or a thing or an event purely from a description. Lawyers can use photographs to help […]

Lawsuit Alleges TSA Assaulted Disabled Woman

Ever since Congress established the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, there have been complaints about the way TSA agents do their job. Accusations of unnecessary searches, groping during searches and other misconduct have plagued the agency since its inception. Now, a disabled patient of St. Jude […]

Phillies’ Pitching Prospect Loses Eye in Freak Accident

In late June, 22-year-old Matt Imhof, a minor league pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies organization, lost his right eye when a resistance band he was training with tore loose from a wall and its metal base was hurled into the player’s face. Imhof suffered a fractured nose, two fractured orbital bones, and complete loss of […]

Is Star Trek Actor’s Death Due to an Auto Defect?

On June 19, actor Anton Yelchin, best known to audiences for his role as Ensign Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek movie series, died outside his home after his car rolled backward down his steep driveway and pinned him against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence. Mr. Yelchin’s 2015 Jeep Cherokee had been […]

Will Surge in Drone Use Lead to Injury Accidents?

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles commonly called drones is proliferating throughout the tri-state area. The ability to get a bird’s-eye view from a camera mounted inside a tiny quadcopter has proved beneficial to numerous industries, including agriculture, construction, energy, real estate, tourism, hospitality, film and television, marketing and advertising, and data collection. Though the […]

Tesla’s Self-Driving “Beta Test” Proves Deadly

Did Elon Musk’s determination to stay ahead of the competition compromise the safety of a Tesla owner who died in a crash while operating his car in self-driving mode? Last year, the tech billionaire announced that Tesla would equip its Model S sedan with Autopilot, an innovative self-driving feature the company was still testing. Then, […]

Personal Injury Defense Attorneys Seek Access to Plaintiffs’ Social Media

In our personal injury practice, we strongly urge our clients not to use social media to post any messages or images that could be interpreted against their interest in litigation. Recently, on the legal blog Lexology, tort defense attorney William A. Ruskin outlined the steps that defense counsel must take to use the discovery process […]

Proposed Law Targets Accident Victims’ Cellphones

In an effort to combat distracted driving, New York State Senator Terrence Murphy and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz have put forth a bill that would empower police at the scene of a vehicle accident to use a textalyzer to search a cellphone or other portable electronic device to see if it was in use at the […]

Can New Texting App Cut Down on Distracted Driving?

The Israeli mobile data technology company Cellebrite has developed a device that may help law enforcement determine whether a driver was illegally using a cellphone prior to an accident. But the device, known as a textalyzer, whose name mirrors that of the breathalyzer used during DUI stops, may be more tech than the task calls […]

Construction Supervisors to Get Separate Trials in Worker’s Death

The New York Post has reported that two construction supervisors on trial for manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and reckless endangerment for the April 6, 2015 death of a worker, will be tried separately now that Justice Thomas Farber has decided their defenses are “antagonistic and irreconcilable.” The decision came over the objections of prosecutors in […]

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