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October 2016 Archives

AI may be diagnosing people instead of doctors

Medical errors kill far more people each year in the United States than motor vehicle accidents. Fatal drug interactions and misdiagnoses are just two of those types of errors. Some people believe that artificial intelligence may soon be making a medical diagnosis instead of a doctor. If this happens, doctors in New York and elsewhere might be primarily tasked with comforting the patient and explaining the information that has been discovered.

Data recorders recovered from deadly train crash

New York residents have no doubt heard about the fatal train accident that took place in New Jersey in September. On Sept. 29, a New Jersey Transit train crashed into Hoboken station, killing one woman and injuring more than 100 other people. The question of what caused the train accident has yet to be answered, though data recorders recovered from the train have provided some information.

Department of Transportation proposes new safety initiatives

Some New York drivers may have heard that in 2015, the number of traffic fatalities went up 7.2 percent compared to the previous year. That trend looks likely to continue in 2016 with estimates from the first six months of the year showing another 9 percent increase in deaths. In response to the 2015 figures, on Oct. 5, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a plan to promote the use of seat belts and rumble strips and raise awareness about the dangers of distracted and drunk driving.

Labor department questions federal role in workers' compensation laws

Recently, the Labor Department claimed that workers' compensation laws in several states have essentially become a "race to the bottom." Based on these observations, the Labor Department has recommended that the federal government play a greater role when it comes to state workers' compensation laws. More specifically, the agency has recommended the "exploration" of establishing federal minimum benefits. 

NTSB and FRA both investigating Hoboken train crash

The New York metropolitan area is home to one of the nation's busiest rail networks, and accidents involving serious injury or death may be investigated by both the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Railroad Administration. The engineer behind the controls of the commuter train that crashed in Hoboken on Sept. 29 has spoken to NTSB representatives, and the vice chair of the federal safety agency says that his account of events will be compared to data recovered from the train's black box. The NTSB are also analyzing images of the accident scene captured by drone-mounted cameras to determine how fast the train was moving at the time of the crash.

  • $2.05 Million Settlement Mother of Two Struck and Killed by Motorist

    StolzenbergCortelli LLP recently resolved a heart breaking wrongful death action. The mother of two was struck and killed, while she crossed a roadway.

  • $1.1 Million Settlement StolzenbergCortelli LLP Settles Trip Over Nail Case

    Terrence and Howard settled a trip and fall case for $1,100,000. In this case, our client (a resident of Brooklyn) was a cleaning lady who was hired to clean the newsroom of the Wall Street Journal.

  • $750,000 Verdict Jane and John Doe v. Defendant Driver

    The names are redacted for privacy reasons. In this automobile accident case, the female plaintiff was injured and suffered seriously debilitating injuries.

  • $525,000 Settlement Injured When the Trailer upon which He was Standing Collapsed

    Our client was a teamster, working at a concrete plant in Westchester, when he was seriously injured. At the time, he was standing on a trailer, which is colloquially known as a "low boy", when the wooden slats upon which he was standing, collapsed.

  • $457,500 Settlement Car Accident Victim With Pre-Existing Neck Injury

    Settled a client's case for $457,500. The client suffered a significant cervical spine injury requiring a fusion surgery.He was t-boned by a car exiting Purdy's farmer and the Fish in Somers, New York.

  • $450,000 Settlement StolzenbergCortelli LLP Settles Construction Accident Case

    Howard Stolzenberg settled a case for $450,000 where a construction worker was forced to use an exterior fire escape ladder to access the top of the building all while carrying a one gallon bucket of paint. The worker fell and fractured his ankle.

  • $100,000 Settlement Teenager Hit From Behind

    We just settled a case for a young girl who was injured when she was struck from behind while waiting at a red light at an intersection near the entrance to the Saw Mill in Yonkers. She had hip and shoulder surgery.

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