Personal Injury

Woman Trapped by SUV Saved by Good Samaritans

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On the evening of January 26, 2020, as a woman attempted to cross the street at Delancey and Norfolk Street on the City’s Lower East Side, she was suddenly struck by an SUV.  After being struck, the woman became trapped underneath the SUV.  Onlookers immediately came to her rescue and helped free her from underneath the car, once again showing the integrity and compassion that exists amongst the residents of New York City.

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Fire Extinguisher Explosion Results in Construction Site Death

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One construction worker died, and another was seriously injured in a fire extinguisher explosion that occurred at a construction site in Chelsea, early in the morning on May 13. In another unfortunate twist of fate, a police cruiser responding to the call was involved in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in serious injury to the driver of the other vehicle.

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Man Drives Car Through Staten Island Home on Mother’s Day

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An elderly Staten Island woman got an unexpected, and unwanted, Mother’s Day surprise when a man drove his car through her home early in the morning. The man, driving a silver BMW 330i, crashed into her sunroom at high speed, causing significant damage to the structure and the car. Thankfully, however, neither the resident nor the driver was severely injured, although the driver was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

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Strong Winds Blow Over Tree, Damaging Car and Power Lines

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On the evening of February 27, a tree was blown over in Queens as a result of strong winds. As the tree fell over, it collapsed on power lines, causing a localized blackout, while also crushing several cars beneath its mass. Although several homes are left without power and the area needed to be closed off as a result of a damaged utility pole, no injuries were reported as a result of the tree blowing over.

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Six Pedestrians Killed by Drivers Over Two-Day Span in NYC

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Over the course of 48 hours across New York City in late December, six separate pedestrians were slain by drivers. The accidents occurred across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, and involved victims ranging from 28 to 85 years old. While there isn’t a link between the deaths except for their timing, it is indicative of the gradual rise in pedestrian accidents and deaths across New York City over the past few years.

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Two Construction Workers Rescued From Tilted Lift

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Two construction workers at a Harlem worksite were rescued after their crane apparently tilted into a building. The workers were installing siding on a building, located on West 118th Street by 5th Avenue in Manhattan, when their lift, suddenly and without warning, leaned forward and crashed into the building. Eventually, both workers were rescued by the FDNY and taken to Harlem Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Fan Sues Baseball Team After Being Struck in Head by T-Shirt Cannon

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On a summer day in June, a man was attending a Mets game with his kids, when he was suddenly hit in the face by a t-shirt launched from a t-shirt cannon. While this may sound amusing, the injury was anything but funny. The man was struck so hard by the t-shirt that he allegedly fell unconscious and suffered both a concussion and a detached retina as a result of the impact.

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New 2nd Dept Appellate Decision May Mean More Unified Trials

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In a recent decision by the Second Department of the New York Appellate Division, the court unanimously ruled against the presumption that personal injury trials should be bifurcated. This is a reversal from prior precedent, which stated that personal injury trials should be bifurcated, which means splitting up the case into two parts: the liability phase, and the damages phase. However, this does bring it more in line with other Departments around the state, which have been moving away from the presumption of a bifurcated trial for some time.

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Construction Worker Deaths and Injuries on the Rise in New York City

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“Construction has become the deadliest job in New York City,” claims a report from CBS New York, and the statistics show this isn’t just hyperbole. There have been 16 work-related accidents in construction in the past year in New York City, which is more than any other industry, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

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The Perils of Slipping and Falling

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Every year, millions of Americans are sent to the hospital after slipping and falling, whether in their home, at work, out shopping, or elsewhere. While often seen as comical in TV shows and movies, slipping and falling is no laughing matter. It can result in serious injuries, especially for the elderly or people with certain medical conditions. It’s important to take slips and falls seriously, and to understand your legal rights available to you when they occur.

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