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    Every Dog Gets One Free Bite

    By Dominique A. Penson

    In a landmark decision covering two cases, Doerr v. Goldsmith, and Dobinski v. Lockhart, New York’s highest court reaffirmed the vitality of its prior decision in Bard v. Jahnke.  Bard established that in New York a domestic animal owner cannot be held liable on a theory of negligence for injuries caused to someone by a domestic animal, even a breeding […]

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  • Personal InjuryAuto Accidents

    Bus Travelling from New York Catches Fire

    By Dominique A. Penson

    A bus that originated from New York City recently caught fire and eventually exploded outside of Boston on the Massachusetts Turnpike. Video released later showed fire and smoke coming from the Bolt Bus during the evening rush hour. The windows were also blown out in an apparent explosion. No injuries were reported to any of […]

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    When You Bring a Law Suit, You Give Up Certain Rights to Privacy

    By Dominique A. Penson

    When you bring a law suit for personal injuries, you are required to waive privileges you otherwise have to keep certain matters private or confidential. For example, a person’s medical records are ordinarily confidential.  But if you sue someone, claiming that they caused you injury, you waive the right to keep records of treatment for […]

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  • Personal InjuryTrain Accidents

    Amtrak Faces Only Limited Liability for the Crash in Philadelphia

    By Dominique A. Penson

    Regardless of how negligent Amtrak may have been in causing the train derailment and crash in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people and injuring dozens more, its liability for the accident cannot exceed $200 million.  The cap applies to all passenger railroads, and it includes punitive damages, which may come into play if the train […]

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    Common Road Hazards for Motorcycles – The Importance of Defensive Driving

    By Dominique A. Penson

    There are many different hazards to motorcycle riders, which means that these drivers should be prepared for anything that could come their way whenever they take the road. The following are some tips that should help you to avoid common road hazards that could cause an accident while out on your bike: Avoid heavy traffic. […]

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    Studies Show 2014 was the Safest Year for NYC Pedestrians in a Century

    By Dominique A. Penson

    Mayor Bill de Blasio has made curbing the number of pedestrian deaths in New York City a huge priority during his tenure so far. His administration implemented the Vision Zero plan in early 2014 with the goal of bringing the number of pedestrian deaths down to zero over the course of the next decade. So […]

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    Trial of Bus Driver in Fatal Accident to be Delayed

    By Dominique A. Penson

    By now, the case involving a bus driver who was charged with a crime after a fatal accident under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan was supposed to have gone to trial. But that trial was put on hold as of late February, prompting speculation that prosecutors would soon drop it altogether. A Metropolitan […]

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    Questions of Consent in Case of 78-Year-Old Man Having Sex with his Wife

    By Dominique A. Penson

    An elderly married couple has made national news after a 78-year-old man was charged with third-degree felony sexual abuse after he allegedly had sex with his wife, who was living in a nursing home, in May 2014. Staff members had told him eight days earlier they believed that due to her poor mental state caused […]

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    Woman Struck by Cab in New York’s Times Square

    By Dominique A. Penson

    A California woman who was visiting New York City for the funeral of a friend suffered a severe leg injury in a freak accident in Times Square. She was reportedly lifting her luggage into the trunk of a yellow taxicab when suddenly another taxi appeared behind and struck her, sandwiching her and pinning her legs […]

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    New York Workplace Accident Statistics

    By Dominique A. Penson

    Many people have seen some of the national statistics indicating that the construction industry remains the most dangerous and deadly sector in the United States in terms of overall worker death and injury totals. But what do some of these statistics look like in New York City? The following are some numbers from the Big […]

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