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Will the Republican Plan to “Repeal and Replace” Obamacare Limit Malpractice Claims?

Republicans have long viewed medical malpractice litigation as a factor in the escalating cost of healthcare services. Now that the GOP has control of the legislative and executive branches of government, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Tom Price, whom Mr. Trump has nominated as Secretary of Health & Human Services, are considering plans to […]

New Hoosick Falls Law Extends Statute of Limitations for Toxic Personal Injuries

A law passed last year designed to give residents of Hoosick Falls, New York additional time to sue over injuries from toxic groundwater could revive personal injury claims throughout the state that had lapsed due to the statute of limitations and perhaps give new substantive rights to sue for toxic injuries. The Hoosick Falls controversy […]

Epileptic Driver Faces Homicide Charges in 2015 Halloween Crash

Generally speaking, a person with epilepsy cannot be found guilty or held civilly liable for injuries that occur while in the throes of a seizure. However, Howard Unger, 53, has been charged with three counts of second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide for the deaths of three people killed on Halloween 2015, when Mr. Unger […]

Fatal Accident Shows NYC Crossings Still Dangerous for Elderly Pedestrians

At about 6:30 p.m. on October 16, an SUV struck and killed a 79-year-old man who was crossing the intersection of Northern Boulevard and Prince Street in Flushing, Queens. According to the New York Daily News, the driver remained at the scene and likely won’t face charges because police believe the pedestrian was crossing against […]

What to Make of the Central Park “Homemade Firecracker” Explosion?

Officers for NYPD’s Bomb Squad were quick to announce that a teenager injured in a July 3 explosion in Central Park was the victim of discarded “homemade” fireworks. Dismissing any connection with terrorism, Lt. Mark Torre speculated that a hobbyist had made the explosive compound and brought it to Central Park “to test it.” A […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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