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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Brooklyn Jury Awards Driver In A Rear-End Collision A Damages Award In Excess Of $500,000


In September of 2013, a 30 year old male, who was also a vigorous sports and gym enthusiast, was involved in a rear-end collision while his vehicle was stopped on Canal Street. 

The Plaintiff claimed that he injured his neck and body when it lurched back and forth as a result of the impact.  After the accident, the Plaintiff underwent anterior discectomy surgery and fusion to his neck.  This type of procedure involves the removal of herniated disc(s) from the neck and the insertion of an implant or bone graft in the neck in the area of the removed discs to provide the patient with stability.  The Plaintiff had the surgery on his neck performed after conservative treatment failed to alleviate his pain and complaints.


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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Brooklyn Jury Rules For Plaintiff In Motor Vehicle Accident


A Brooklyn jury recently awarded a Plaintiff $130,000 for personal injuries sustained while she was a passenger in her friend’s vehicle.

The subject car accident occurred in November of 2011.  The Plaintiff, age 47 at the time of the accident, and her sister were passengers in their friend’s SUV.  The vehicle was traveling along Ocean Avenue.  When their vehicle reached the intersection of Avenue Y and Ocean Avenue, the vehicle was struck by a second vehicle.


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Saturday, April 1, 2017

What is Copyright Infringement?


In the United States, a Copyright is a legal right that grants the creator of an original work (literary, artistic, musical, or other creative work) exclusive rights for its use and distribution. The owner of the Copyright has the sole right to publish and sell that work.  Copyright owners have the right to control the reproduction of their work, including the right to receive payment for that reproduction. An author may grant (through a license) or sell those rights to others, including publishers, recording companies, or movie/television studios.

What is Copyright Infringement? 

Infringement occurs when the two works are “substantially similar,” proof of which is broadly defined by the courts.


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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Signs That Your Loved One Has Developed Pressure Sores While In A Nursing Home Or Assisted Living Facility


Pressure sores also referred to as bedsores or pressure ulcers. These sores or skin wounds are preventable skin breakdown that look like sores on the skin.  Pressure sores are skin and tissue injuries that are caused by prolonged pressure to the skin.  Typically pressure ulcers are found on the “bony” parts of your body including ankles, heels, hips and buttocks.   Most often times pressure ulcers occur in an elderly patient who is fully bed ridden or who is left in a wheelchair for long periods of time.


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Who can be held liable if your loved one is the subject of abuse or neglect while they are in a nursing home?


The decision to place an elderly loved one into a nursing home or assisted living facility is never an easy decision to make. As we watch our parents grow older, it can often bring up deep emotions for both the beloved parent and the child who is witnessing the transition. While most caretakers have your loved one’s best interests at heart, the fact is that nursing home abuse does happen.  It is important that you do your homework when considering a nursing home or assisted living facility for your family member.  At the same time it is important to know what the signs are of possible nursing home abuse.


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Spinal Cord Injury And The Common Types Of Accidents That Cause Them

The spinal cord is a long, thin, tubular bundle of nervous tissue and support cells that extends from the medulla oblongata in the brainstem to the lumbar region of the vertebral column. The brain and spinal cord together make up the central nervous system.

The human spinal cord is divided into 31 different segments.  The segments are broken down as follows:

  • 8 cervical segments forming 8 pairs of cervical nerves (C1-C8)
  • 12 thoracic segments forming 12 pairs of thoracic nerves (T1–T12)
  • 5 lumbar segments forming 5 pairs of lumbar nerves (L1–L5)
  • 5 sacral segments forming 5 pairs of sacral nerves (S1–S5)
  • 1 coccygeal segment

What is a spinal cord injury? 

Spinal cord injuries occur when trauma to the spinal column causes damage or places pressure on the spinal cord itself. The spinal column in made up of 31 vertebrae that are stacked vertically along the back.


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Saturday, March 18, 2017

A Property Owner Has A Duty To Properly Remove Snow And Ice From Their Property

We just had another snow storm.  Between 4 and 10 inches of snow fell in New York City and Long Island and in areas north of New York City, over a foot of snow fell.  Who is responsible for the removal of snow?  When must the snow be removed?

Property owners and occupants in New York City and many Long Island communities are legally responsible for removing snow and ice from their property.  The areas that need to be cleaned include walkways, entryways, steps, sidewalks, walkways as well as in parking lots affiliated with the property.



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Saturday, March 18, 2017

How To Maximize Your Recovery For Your Personal Injury Claim

If you have been injured in an accident and you are considering filing a personal injury claim, here are seven tips for maximizing your personal injury compensation after an accident.

1. Document Your Accident

Whenever possible, it is best to obtain as many facts as you can regarding the accident. Including taking photographs of the scene, making a note of the contact information of any witnesses, getting pictures of vehicles or instrumentality and preserving evidence (e.g.


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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Reasons To Hire A Personal Injury Attorney

While injury-related accidents are sometimes able to be resolved by private individuals and insurance companies, that is not always the case. And even when it is possible to resolve an injury-causing accident without legal representation, that doesn’t mean it’s in the victim’s best interests.  It does not mean that you will receive the maximum possible value for the injuries that you sustained.

When someone is injured due to another person’s negligence, the victim can potentially recover damages for their medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of wages, and other hardships as a result of the injuries. Statistics show that the best way to recover necessary damages is to hire an injury attorney.


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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Property Owner's Obligation To Maintain Their Property in Compliance With The Building Code

Premises liability deals with the breach of duty that is owed by an owner or occupier of property to protect invitees from dangerous conditions and defects on the property. The owner/occupier has a duty to exercise reasonable care in the management of the premises to ensure persons are protected from an unreasonable risk of harm.  Premises liability laws make the person who is in possession of land or premises liable for injuries suffered by persons who visit the premises. While some premises cases appear simple, knowing the law is essential.



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Saturday, March 11, 2017

How Long Do I Have To File A Claim In New York State?

Every day in New York State a person is injured through the negligent or intentional acts of another person.  The injured party begins to consider whether or not to commence a lawsuit against the party that injured them.  Sometimes the injured party acts quickly and retains a lawyer very quickly and other times the injured party takes their time before they retain a lawyer and start a lawsuit.  However, there are instances where the injured party takes too much time before they decide to retain a lawyer and they lose their opportunity to sue the party that injured them because the applicable statute of limitations expired.



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