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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, […]

SKETCHES OF COURT: Verdict in favor of electrocuted plaintiff in labor law trial

Plaintiff was a journeyman electrician who was electrocuted at a public middle school construction project in Brooklyn. He claimed that this was because he and his foreman were required to work on wires that could not be traced to an electrical breaker panel in order to shut down the current, and because they were also […]

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 […]

Latino Construction Workers in NYC Face Disproportionate Risk of Injury and Death

In a 2015 report entitled The Price of Life, the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health found that Latino and immigrant workers face a disproportionate number of deadly risks in the construction industry. Although they make up only 25 percent of NYC construction workers, Latinos suffered 38 percent of on-the-job fatalities in 2012. […]

Falling Plank from Scaffold Kills NYC Construction Worker

A 32-year-old construction worker died from severe neck and back injuries Thursday, April 21, when a plank fell from a scaffold that a work crew was dismantling. The accident occurred at the site of the Printing House luxury condominium development, at 421 Hudson Street, in Greenwich Village. The worker, Luis Mata, a Mexican-born Port Chester […]

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