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April 2017 Archives

Suing for PTSD

New York residents should know that they may be able to pursue financial compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder injuries that occur as a result of a motor vehicle accident caused by another motorist. However, there is a high bar for recovery, as the mental health injury may not be as readily apparent as other injuries, such as bruises or broken bones.

Safe construction sites are best for workers and contractors

If you work in construction in New York, whether in the city proper, or in one of her bedroom communities, then you probably know someone who has suffered an injury on the job. You do not have to search very long to find many reports of preventable injuries or deaths on construction sites, and the state's Department of Buildings is taking notice.

2015 truck accident statistics released

Fatal truck accidents were a more common sight around the country in 2015 according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's annual Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report. The agency's figures reveal that 4,050 large commercial vehicles were involved in 3,598 fatal crashes in 2015, many of which took place in New York. This represents an 8 percent increase from the previous year in deadly truck accidents, and an increase was also observed in the number of fatal collisions per 100 million miles traveled by trucks weighing in excess of 10,000 pounds.

Cell phones and defensive driving

New York residents who use their smartphones while behind the wheel of their car may be unable as a result to practice defensive driving. Even a few moments of glancing at a cellphone could interfere with the cognitive complexities and concentration involved in defensive driving.

Driving while distracted

New York residents may be aware that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. According to AT&T, there are numerous statistics that put into focus just how often drivers operate a motor vehicle while distracted. For instance, 70 percent of those who responded to a poll as part of the AT&T campaign said that they use their smartphones while driving.

  • $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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