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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Brooklyn Jury Rules In Favor Of Driver Seriously Injured In A Rear-End Accident


A Brooklyn jury recently awarded a plaintiff driver $145,000 for personal injuries that were sustained in a rear end collision.

In April of 2014, the plaintiff was sitting in his stopped vehicle.  The plaintiff’s vehicle was struck in the rear by a delivery truck.  As a result of the impact, the plaintiff sustained a rotator cuff tear in his shoulder and pain in his neck and back.  The rotator cuff tear required surgical repair.


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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Brooklyn Jury Awards Plaintiff $50,000 For Injury To Knee In A Rear End Collision


A Brooklyn jury recently awarded a plaintiff passenger $50,000 for personal injuries sustained in a read end motor vehicle accident.

The plaintiff was a passenger in a livery cab that was involved in a collision in March 2014 on Joralemon Street, near its intersection of Court Street. The issue of liability was waived and the issue resolved at trial was the determination of damages.  The plaintiff testified that the impact jolted her back and forth and that her knee struck a magazine rack in front of her, which caused her to sustain a serious personal injury.

The plaintiff further testified that after her accident she started conservative treatment for her right knee.


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Monday, January 29, 2018

Do Your Personal Injury Medical Records Contain Any Red Flags That Will Impact Your Settlement Or Claim?


Medical Records Can Affect Settlements for Personal Injury Victims

You were involved in an accident and were injured as a result of the actions of another party.  As a result of your injuries you seek medical treatment.  Ultimately you commence a lawsuit seeking to recover against the at-fault party for the injuries you sustained. 

Your accident case will have many forms of evidence, but one of the most critical form of evidence is your medical records. Unfortunately, insurance claims adjusters and defense counsel will do whatever they can to lower a plaintiff’s settlement demand.


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Monday, January 29, 2018

Signs That You May Have Been Exposed To Bed Bugs


A lot of people in New York City live in apartments.  A lot of people travel to different destinations all around the United States and the world and stay in a hotel.  You expect that whether you are staying at a hotel or whether you are at home, that the place you are staying at is clean.  Then one morning you wake up to find itchy bite marks on your arm or leg or back. You do not know what caused these bite marks.


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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Common Types Of Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is when a healthcare professional breaches their duty of care to a patient, resulting in injury or death. Fortunately, these cases are fairly rare, but when they do occur the consequences can be devastating.

A variety of situations can lead to a medical malpractice claim.  The situations range from a doctor leaving a sponge or foreign object in a patient’s body during an operation to failing to tell a patient that a prescribed drug might cause heart failure.  Common New York medical malpractice categories include:


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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Do I Have A Valid Risperdal Lawsuit?

Risperdal (risperidone) is commonly prescribed to adolescents who are diagnosed with mental health issues such as bipolar disorder and autism. Risperdal is used to lessen the symptoms associated with schizophrenia, as well as acute mania and mixed episodes associated with Bipolar I Disorder; it has been cleared for use in adults and teenagers older than 13. It has also been prescribed to children aged between 5 and 16 who are dealing with irritability associated with an autistic disorder.


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Friday, January 26, 2018

Brooklyn Jury Awards A 64 Year Old Woman $450,000 In Damages For A Slip And Fall Accident On A New York City Sidewalk

A Brooklyn jury recently awarded a Plaintiff $450,000 in a premises liability action. 

The Plaintiff, age 64 on the date of accident, was out for night with friends in March of 2015.  As the Plaintiff was walking with her friends, her right foot was allegedly caught on the edge of an outdoor rug in front of the entrance of a New York City hotel located in the Theater District.  The Plaintiff fell forward.  As a result of her fall, the Plaintiff claims that she was bloodied and severely injured in the fall.  The Plaintiff’s front teeth were pushed back into her throat and she sustained a fractured right wrist.  At the time of the trial, Plaintiff testified that she still has stiffness and weakness in her right wrist.  She also testified that she has difficulty grasping things.


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Thursday, January 25, 2018

New York Product Liability Claims Involving Dangerous Drugs


Product manufacturers produce goods and products consumers trust are safe for their intended use. This is because manufacturers are not only required abide by various guidelines and safety standards, but also laws that ensure they take appropriate steps in ensuring their products don’t pose unreasonable risks to the consumers who use them. Unfortunately, as we have seen through many newsworthy recalls and reports of injuries and deaths, manufacturers don’t always uphold their legal obligations, and cause harm as a result.

Product liability claims can enable injured consumers to pursue justice and monetary compensation for their damages after being harmed by any number of publicly available goods. These include various drugs and medications that, through the failures of manufacturers, caused consumers to suffer injuries or illnesses that could have otherwise been prevented.


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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Several Good Reasons To Seek Medical Treatment After An Accident

You were involved in an accident.  What should you do?  You don’t appear to be injured?  Should you go to a doctor to get checked out? 

Even if it doesn’t “seem” like you’re hurt, waiting to see a doctor is never a good idea. Most professionals (medical, legal, and insurance) advise that you get checked out medically within three days of your accident. Why 72 hours?  There are several reasons, all of them very sound.



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Thursday, January 25, 2018

12 Tips For Giving A Personal Injury Deposition In New York State

In a New York State personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff seeks to obtain fair compensation for their personal injuries from an at-fault party. One of the components of a personal injury lawsuit is the giving of the deposition by the personal injury victim.  Some personal injury plaintiffs believe that appearing for a deposition is a daunting task and as a result get very nervous and sometimes do not do as well as they thought they could do.

Here are the 12 tips for giving a deposition in a personal injury case in New York State.  Following these tips should help you out.

  1. Tell the truth– the single most important rule for giving sworn testimony is, to tell the truth. The defense hopes to find an untruth in your testimony that they can use against you at trial during cross-examination.
  2. Listen carefully to the question that is being asked – do not anticipate a question and listen closely to what you are asked. Only answer the question that is asked.  Do not volunteer any additional information beyond the question that is being asked.
  3. Do not let the attorney put words in your mouth – leading questions are part of the deposition process. If you do not agree with the leading question or the premise behind it – do not agree with the testimony.
  4. Watch out for continuous yes responses - one technique many defense lawyers use is to start with a series of truthful easy questions requiring a simple yes answer and then sneaking in a damaging question, hoping that you continue with the quick yes response.  Listen carefully to the questions being asked.


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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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