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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 […]

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 […]

Doc’s Delayed Treatment of Teen’s Collapsed Lung Garners $22M Jury Award

One of the largest jury verdicts award in New York in 2014 came in the case of 16-year-old Carlos Buri, who, while in hospital care for pneumonia on May 29, 2009, suffered a collapsed lung and severe brain damage due to hypoxia. As a result, Carlos cannot walk or perform everyday tasks. He will never […]

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 […]

Jury Awards Bronx Grandmother $16M for Subway Slip and Fall

In one of New York’s largest personal injury awards of 2014, a jury ordered the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) to pay a 69-year-old woman $16 million for a fall she suffered at the Graham Avenue subway station in Brooklyn. On December 12, 2008, Maria Alcantara, a native of the Dominican Republic, was returning […]

Jury Awards $62M to Brooklyn Mom Who Lost Both Legs in Hospital Malpractice Case

Last year, a jury in New York awarded 34-year-old Stacey Galette $62 million in compensation for hospital negligence that resulted in the loss of both legs below the knees. On October 6, 2009, the young mother from Brooklyn had gone to Winthrop University Hospital for laparoscopic removal of an ectopic pregnancy, a dangerous condition where […]

Understanding the Rules Governing Expert Testimony in NY Courts

Expert testimony is critically important in personal injury cases to prove what caused the accident and the full extent of the victim’s injuries. Our attorneys often use accident reconstruction experts, as well as medical experts. Indeed, many cases turn into a “battle of the experts” with witnesses for each side offering competing theories and conclusions. […]

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