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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. […]

Labor Law §240(1) Allows Injured Construction Worker to Claim $62M Jury Award

In 2014, a Chinese immigrant received the largest personal injury award in the history of Queens, New York, when a jury returned a verdict for $62 million. The worker, who fell 20 feet from a roof where he had been metal siding, sustained numerous severe injuries including traumatic brain injury; multiple spinal fractures; multiple rib […]

Driver Awarded $14M in Bus Collision Despite Questions of Health History

In one of the largest personal injury awards of 2014, a Brooklyn jury ordered the ironically named Careful Bus Service, Inc. to pay an elderly ambulette driver $14 million. The case arose from a February 28, 2008 accident in which a minibus rear-ended a van specially equipped for transporting disabled passengers, crushed the rear of […]

Jury Awards $172M for Girl’s Injuries After 16-Year Court Battle

The largest New York jury award for a personal injury in 2014 was $172,381,728 in the case of Applewhite v. AccuHealth Inc. The case arose from a 1998 incident that left 12-year-old Tiffany Applewhite with severe brain damage, which paralyzed her and rendered her mute. Defendants in the case included a nurse, the nurse’s employer […]

Woman struck and killed by MTA bus while crossing Brooklyn street

There were 125 pedestrian fatalities in 2014, and 120 so far in 2015. Today’s victim was a devoted mother and grandmother carrying groceries to her adult daughter who is raising her children with no help from their father. This was an avoidable, fatal accident that killed a woman and devastated the lives of numerous dependents […]

3 Buried When Ground Gives Way Outside Brooklyn Rowhouse: FDNY

It took just one week for another construction accident to hit the front pages after NYC’s major construction trades held a rally at City Hall to support a new bill to provide additional protection for workers. The bill would obligate all workers on buildings taller than 10 stories to go through state-approved apprenticeships—training programs administered […]

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