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    Court Revives Lawsuit Against Tobacco Companies After Death of Woman’s Mother

    By Michael Barasch

    Kimberly Roden’s mother, Loretta, passed away in spring 2008, just four months after filing a personal injury lawsuit that claimed she was suffering from smoking. The lawsuit targeted companies including R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Philip Morris USA Inc., Lorillard Tobacco Co. and Liggett Group LC. After Loretta died, the companies filed for a case dismissal, […]

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    Child Deaths Caused by Auto Accidents Are on the Rise in NYC

    By Michael Barasch

    Just weeks into the new year, a family of four suffered a devastating loss. Cooper Stock was only 9 years old when he crossed the street holding his father’s hand and was struck and killed by a taxi that failed to yield to the pedestrians.  Dr. Richard Stock and his son were struck by a […]

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  • Personal Injury

    Deadly Negligence: Metro-North Train Crash

    By Michael Barasch

    A speeding Metro-North train carrying 100 passengers derailed in the Bronx on Sunday December 1, killing four people and injuring dozens more. At least 11 passengers remain in critical condition.  However uncommon, tragic accidents like these can change people’s lives forever — and the people and/or company responsible must be held accountable. In legal terms, […]

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    Dying in the Dark: Factors of Structural Fires

    By Michael Barasch

    In July, a fire broke out shortly before 4 a.m. in a three-story building in the Throggs Neck portion of the Bronx, taking the life of a 55-year-old woman and seriously injuring her husband, mother and granddaughter.  As firefighters responded to the fire at the home of Ramon Velez, Jr., son of the late city […]

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  • Auto Accidents

    New York City Streets: A Horror and Some Help

    By Michael Barasch

    Newly arrived in New York on holiday, 23-year-old Sian Green of Leicester, England had just purchased a hot dog with her best friend and sat upon a ledge near Rockefeller Center. Just then, a taxi cab sped through a crosswalk, hit a cyclist and then struck Ms. Green, instantly severing her leg.  Working nearby, 44-year-old […]

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  • Wrongful Death

    Wrongful Death Construction Action Settled for $1 Million

    By Michael Barasch

    On April 3, 2012, a Manhattan construction site became the scene of a fatal accident. Work to extend the No. 7 subway line halted when a 170-foot crane collapsed and showered pieces into the excavated pit below. The crane came down on 30-year-old Burlington resident Michael Simermeyer, who died of his injuries.  The Occupational Safety […]

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  • Personal Injury

    Watch Your Step: Ladder Accidents are No Joke

    By Michael Barasch

    Ladder accidents are relatively common and can lead to serious, even life-threatening injuries. In fact, according the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 500,000 individuals receive treatment every year for ladder-related injuries, while about 300 die from their injuries. Furthermore, construction accidents that lead to ladder falls have an increased potential for serious injuries due to […]

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    How Can Money Compensate for the Death of a Loved One?

    By Michael Barasch

    It goes without saying that no amount of monetary award can compensate for the loss of a loved one. However, money is the only thing our legal system can provide. It is hoped that money helps survivors to move forward with their lives after the devastation of an unexpected death due to the negligence of […]

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    September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Updates — Calculating Compensation Amounts

    By Michael Barasch

    As of October 2012, approximately 14,000 potential claimants have registered through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund’s website. Of those, fewer than 700 claimants submitted eligibility forms, many of which lacked essential information when submitted. A small number of individuals have been informed of their eligibility for compensation from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), […]

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    Helping Your Children with the Loss of a Loved One

    By Michael Barasch

    It is an unfortunate myth that all children don’t understand death and don’t grieve when a loved one dies. The way a child looks at death is closely related to his or her chronological age. Children under five don’t necessarily comprehend the finality of death. They understand that someone they love is gone, but they […]

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