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October 2017 Archives

Smartphones and traffic accidents

Most drivers in New York strive to be responsible while on the road. This means obeying traffic laws and refraining from the use of drugs and alcohol which can impair sound judgment and reaction times. However, the use of smartphones may be leading to an increase in accidents and fatalities.

NHTSA releases data on car crash deaths in 2016

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that last year, 37,461 people were killed in car crashes in the U.S., marking a nine-year high from the 41,259 killed in 2007. Residents of New York and the nation are alarmed, and some look to the future of self-driving vehicles as a solution.

Beware of winter weather dangers on the worksite

Warm summer days have largely given way to blustery fall weather. Before we know it, we'll be amid the sub-freezing temperatures of New York winter weather. While many of those who live and work in New York are already looking forward to pulling out their favorite winter coats and scarf collection, those who work in construction are digging through closets for hand and feet warmers or favorite pairs of cold-weather work gloves.

Construction workers' deaths prompt legislative action

Construction workers in New York face a number of hazards on the job that can even be life-threatening. In September 2017, two construction workers fell to their deaths, sparking renewed calls for legislative crackdowns on job sites and developers that fail to provide sufficient protection for workers on the job.

Mental, visual and manual distracted driving

Drivers in New York may hear the term "distracted driving" and think of texting while driving. Though texting behind the wheel has fueled discussion and changed laws about distracted driving, there are other types of distracted driving that people may engage in without even realizing that what they're doing is dangerous. Distracted driving can be broken down into three types: cognitive, manual and visual. All are equally dangerous, and some of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving involve some combination of different types.

Workers' compensation and workplace assault

Most workplace injuries result from some sort of safety hazard causing an accident. However, in some instances, an injury is not from an accident at all, but from a physical altercation. Many employees are not clear on the scope of workers' compensation benefits and whether workers' compensation will cover injuries suffered because of physical assault.

  • $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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