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What to Do If Your Child Is in a NY School Bus Accident?

Buses carrying students and commuters are commonplace, especially in New York. It’s no wonder, then, that buses are involved in about 63,000 crashes annually. Sadly, many of these crashes involve school buses or private carriers contracted to transport students. School bus accidents can run the gamut from minor fender benders to catastrophic accidents with serious injuries and even fatalities. Fortunately, accidents of this magnitude are relatively rare, but any school bus accident is traumatic for […]

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Premises Liability due to Inadequate Lighting

While sometimes overlooked, inadequate lighting in homes or businesses is the cause behind all types of injuries. Even those with 20/20 vision are impaired significantly when a room’s lighting is insufficient. Property owners are required by law to ensure that individuals legally allowed on their property are kept reasonably safe. As such, individuals injured as a result of inadequate lighting may have a claim for compensation from the property owner. Injuries Sustained from Insufficient Lighting: Falls […]

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Starbucks False Arrest and Racial Profiling

After asking to use the bathroom without yet ordering, two black men were arrested for defiant trespassing in a Philadelphia Starbucks on Thursday, April 12. The Starbucks barista called police, despite the men’s explanation that they were waiting for a friend to join them.  The friend joined just in time for them to be taken out of the establishment in handcuffs. Police commissioner Richard Ross, who is reviewing the incident, defended the officers’ actions via […]

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How New York Trucking Accident Cases Work

If you have been in a trucking accident in New York, you will need to prove several elements in your case to receive compensation for your injuries and losses. In this post, we’ll detail what you need to do to have a successful case against a trucking company. Types of Negligence in Truck Accidents To win a trucking accident case, your attorney will need to prove that another individual or entity was negligent in some […]

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Exposure to Mold in your Building

Lurking in the damp nooks and crannies of your building, silently reaping havoc on you and your family…No, this isn’t the swamp monster that you have to scare away from your child’s closet before bed. It’s mold. Mold is much more real than monsters, and can have even worse effects on your health if not dealt with properly and swiftly by your building management. Many types of mold can be hazardous to your health. Additionally, […]

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Safety Inspections on Subway Escalators Reveal Defects

In May of 2017, the New York City Comptroller released a report on the safety inspections on subway escalators for the New York subway system. The results were not pretty. Many of them had significant defects that required a shutdown of the escalator until it was repaired. Every year, about 10,000 people become injured in an escalator accident. Many of them are children. This is fewer than the 12,000 people who die in staircase falls […]

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Bicycle Accidents are Tragically Common in New York

The media is calling this the summer of hell in New York City. Penn Station has been undergoing major repairs since July 10th, making rail travel into the city extremely difficult. The Subway isn’t much better, with people stuck waiting for delayed trains on overcrowded platforms. With all that in mind, it’s easy to see why more New Yorkers are commuting on bicycles than ever. Biking in New York is on the Rise New York […]

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Building Fires and Premise Liabilities

68-year-old art collector Todd Brassner lost his life in the fire that broke out in Trump Tower April 7, 2018. The building had smoke detectors and alarms, to which NYFD quickly responded. Unfortunately, though, it did not have fire sprinklers, thanks to Trump and other high profile developers in 1998.  At the time, Trump played a crucial roll in lobbying against a law proposed by Mayor Giuliani requiring residential buildings to retro-fit sprinklers. Such safety […]

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Vehicle Stuck on Railroad Tracks Violates Railroad Rules

In the early hours of Tuesday, October 24, Uber driver Hugh James found himself in a life or death situation. While trying to cross in his Honda Accord over the railroad tracks near the Bethpage, Long Island Station, his car suddenly became stuck. With the help of a stranger, he tried to move his car off the tracks, but failed to do so before the train arrived. James was able to escape safely, but his […]

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ICE Officials Imprison U.S. Citizen

Ever since Donald Trump’s inauguration, there have been many articles about U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In one case, Rony Chavez Aguilar was in custody and spent three weeks without seeing a judge. The problem? While Aguilar was born in Guatemala, he’s been a legal U.S. citizen since February 2001. He is currently suing the Chicago field office of ICE. So, what legal recourse do Americans, including immigrants, have when detained by government officials? […]

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