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Elevator Repairman Falls to His Death in Guttenberg, NJ

A 44-year-old elevator repairman is dead after being dragged upward through an elevator shaft in a luxury high-rise condominium building in Guttenberg, New Jersey. The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office issued a press release Tuesday, February 2, explaining that the worker was performing routine monthly maintenance when something went tragically wrong. The worker, a resident of […]

Injured Senior Gains $2.9 M Settlement as Video Exposes Officer’s Lie

New York City paid a $2.9 million settlement to an injured senior just as his personal injury lawsuit was headed for trial. According to the New York Post, the key piece of evidence was video that exposed several lies a police officer told about an incident that occurred in Brooklyn in August 2012. Officer Thomas […]

Candidate Cruz: Tort Reformer or Plaintiff’s Advocate?

Now that Senator Ted Cruz has won the Iowa caucus, many who had written him off as unelectable are starting to wonder if his politicking might overcome an abundance of contradictions between his record and his meticulously crafted public persona. Mr. Cruz would like the electorate to view him as an unwavering champion of conservative […]

Warning: The dirty little secret that your auto insurance company doesn’t want you to know

I want to share a hard lesson learned by one of my clients, Brian, who sustained a career-ending knee injury when his car was hit by a truck. He asked me to share his story with the rest of the 9/11 community to ensure that others learn from his horrible experience with his own insurance […]

What Are “Pain and Suffering” Damages in a Personal Injury Case?

Personal injury damages are divided into “special” damages, or economic damages, and “general” damages, such as “pain and suffering.” Special damages, because they are purely economic, are reasonably easy to calculate. The victim of an accident required medical care, for which there are receipts; the victim missed work, for which there is a basis to […]

Landlord Liability and the “Open and Obvious” Hazard

If you suffered a trip and fall or slip and fall accident on someone’s property, you probably feel you’re entitled to compensation. There was a hazardous condition on the property, and the landlord should have known better! However, the law must also ask whether you, too, should have known better. New York premises liability law […]

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 […]

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