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

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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    Lawsuit Alleges TSA Assaulted Disabled Woman

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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    Will Surge in Drone Use Lead to Injury Accidents?

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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    Personal Injury Defense Attorneys Seek Access to Plaintiffs’ Social Media

    By Michael Barasch

    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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    Elevator Repairman Falls to His Death in Guttenberg, NJ

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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    Candidate Cruz: Tort Reformer or Plaintiff’s Advocate?

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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