December 7, 2015

The Most Dangerous Toy

Once thought of as among of the hottest toys of the 2015 holiday season, hoverboards are clearly among the most dangerous, but not for the reason that you may think. Instead of causing the usual scrapes and bruises most associate with skateboards, hoverboards have been reported to catch fire and even explode while being charged…

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Posted in: Products Liability

October 21, 2015

Construction Accident In NYC Injures Three People

In a year filled with construction accidents, another serious accident injured three people last Thursday. In this case however, it was regular people rather than construction workers who suffered the injuries. According to the Daily News, a pane of glass fell 17 stories from a Midtown building and struck three individuals on the street below…

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September 17, 2015

Death of 19-Year-Old Construction Worker May Have Been Avoidable

19-year-old Fernando Vanegas died on Thursday in a construction accident according to the New York Times. Vanegas reportedly noticed an issue with the retaining wall a month prior to the accident. Additionally, there is evidence that the construction company did not take proper safety precautions when securing the retaining wall, leaving them potentially liable. Mr…

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September 10, 2015

Public Perception vs. Reality in Slip-and-Fall Cases

Personal injury lawsuits, in particular slip and fall cases, are very different than how they are perceived by the public. For instance, one common misconception widely held is that an injury on another’s property provides an individual grounds to sue the property owner. While in some cases the injured individual may indeed have a lawsuit,..

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Posted in: Slip and Fall

September 4, 2015

How Demonstrative Evidence is Used in Medical Malpractice Cases

The term “Evidence” refers to proof that is legally admissible at trial and is intended to convince the judge and/or jury of alleged facts material to the case. There are two types of evidence typically used in a medical malpractice trial: Testimony by witnesses and experts and demonstrative evidence. Demonstrative evidence, if used correctly, can..

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Posted in: Wrongful Death

September 3, 2015

How Expert Witness Testimony is Used in a Medical Malpractice Case

The term “expert witnesses” is often used in conjunction with medical malpractice litigation. However, the use of these experts is often misunderstood. Expert witnesses are required to prove the essential elements of a medical malpractice case including liability/responsibility, causation and damages. Expert witnesses also serve to educate the jury regarding complicated medical issues that arise..

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Posted in: Medical Malpractice

September 1, 2015

How We Decide Whether an Individual Has a Meritorious Medical Malpractice Case

A common misconception regarding medical malpractice cases is that the process of filing a lawsuit is quick. In television we see an act of negligence occur, a lawsuit be filed and a trial be conducted within one hour. Obviously, in real life, the process is different. In other areas of personal injury law, the commencement..

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Posted in: Medical Malpractice

August 20, 2015

Driver Remains Uncharged After Fatal Pedestrian Accident

According to Newsday, Dimas Debrito, the driver of the Mercedes that struck and killed 24-year-old Mallory Weisbrod on August 10th remains uncharged. The lack of formal charges comes as a surprise to some as the circumstances surrounding the accident are questionable. On August 10, the NYPD responded to reports that a Mercedes-Benz travelling south on..

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Posted in: Car Accidents

August 6, 2015

Police Use of Long Range Acoustic Device May Have Been Excessive Force

July 17 was the one year anniversary of Eric Garner’s death. After the incident that recently occurred in Dallas, regarding the alleged suicide of Sandra Bland, many people gathered in a collective peaceful protest against police brutality. The protest escalated into a sit-in and the police responded by making arrests and utilizing their new crowd-control..

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Posted in: Police Brutality

August 4, 2015

“Lavern’s Law” Could Drastically Change Medical Malpractice Law in New York

A bill currently waiting for a vote in the senate has the ability to completely change the scope of medical malpractice cases in New York. The law is named after Lavern Wilkinson, a 41-year-old Brooklyn mother who died in 2013 from a form of lung cancer that was believed to be curable. Ms. Wilkinson’s passing..

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Posted in: Medical Malpractice