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Manhattan Construction Accident Causes Worker Death on Scaffolding

23685521_S_construction_scaffolding_accident (002).jpgIn a recent Manhattan construction accident, a 51-year old worker was killed while suspended on a scaffold 7 stories from the ground. While working on the 14-story Upper East Side residential building, a heavy stone slab known as a coping stone was dislodged above him. The stone hit the worker on the head and, although he was rescued from the scaffold by firefighters, he later died at a hospital.

Coping stones are flat stones that cap a wall. The workers were part of a project to repair the building's exterior façade. The building itself was damaged in 2008 when a crane collapsed at the construction site next door. That accident killed 6 construction workers and one other individual.

At this time, it is unknown whether the deceased worker had been wearing a harness or a hard hat. A second worker who had been on the scaffold with the victim was unharmed.

New Jersey Nursing Home Found Negligent in Deaths of 11 Children

34101531_S_Adult_Cane_Disability_Elderly_Female_Disabled_Hand_Handicapped_Healthcare_Medical_Sick_Woman_.jpgLast fall, 11 children died due to an outbreak of adenovirus in a New Jersey nursing home. The federal government recently completed its investigation of the incident and, having found the facility negligent, has imposed a fine of $600,000.

The Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, NJ is a privately owned, for-profit business that has a long-term care center specializing in care for those who are medically frail. The fatalities occurred at the Wanaque Center between October 24th and November 16th. In addition to those who died, many others became seriously ill.

Many Injured after Norway Cruise Ends in Ship Evacuation

123059_1920_M_ferry_boat_Ship_cruiseship.jpg36 people were hospitalized as a result of a recent accident where a Viking cruise ship lost engine power in stormy weather. The cruise accident occurred off the coast of Norway and became what passengers called a chaotic 48-hour nightmare.

During a 12-day cruise of Norwegian towns, the Viking Sky's four engines lost power and the ship began to list. At the time, the local weather reported wind gusts up to 43 mph and waves more than 26 feet tall.

Slip and Fall Accidents: 5 Myths that You Should Not Believe

20227163_M_Slip_Fall_floors_wet.jpgIf you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you probably have a lot of questions about your next steps. When researching this type of injury, you may be puzzled by conflicting information that you find on the internet as well as hear from friends and colleagues.

When meeting with clients about slip and fall claims, we get a lot of questions about slip and fall injuries and legal cases. Some of this misinformation boils down to what we call "myths" about slip and fall cases. Here are the top 5 slip and fall myths that we often hear in our office:

Why Did Two Boeing 737 Max 8 Aircraft Crash Within Months of Each Other?

2594469_1920_M_Traveling_Airplane_Inside Plane_passenger_sitting in a plane_isle_flight.jpgThe circumstances are eerily similar. A new Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 jet crashed into the Java Sea in Indonesia last October, killing all 189 people on board. And earlier this month, a new Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed near Addis Ababa in Ethiopia with 157 people aboard. There were no survivors.

Both planes ran into trouble just after take-off as the pilots struggled to maintain control of the aircraft. Review of the black box data from the Indonesia crash revealed that an automatic safety system forced the 737's nose down. The preliminary result of that investigation determined that a faulty sensor caused the plane's software to believe that the aircraft was stalling and therefore compensated by pointing the nose down. There had been prior reports of sensor problems on the same aircraft. A final investigation report is due later this year.

Could Distracted Walking Have Contributed to This Tragic Death?

35897542_S_woman_walking_strolling_sneakers (003).jpgShe was a 27-year old Harrison, NY social studies teacher, a volleyball coach and a dedicated Boston Red Sox fan. But a home heating oil truck struck her in a recent pedestrian accident just a few steps from her home in Murray Hill, Manhattan and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to police sources and witnesses, the victim was wearing headphones when she was hit by the truck. Although the truck driver was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care, the accident investigation is ongoing. Could there be another factor in this tragic death?

Brain Injury Awareness Month: Auto Accidents May Result in Traumatic Brain Injury

1630521-30731112_S_brain_head_injury_bandage.jpgTraumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, occur far more frequently than you may imagine. In fact, every day 153 people die in the U.S. from injuries that include a TBI. Altogether, 2.8 million people annually suffer a TBI in the U.S. (statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC)

A TBI can be mild, such as a concussion, or very severe. This type of injury is caused by a bump, jolt or blow to the head that disturbs the normal brain function. From a headache to serious harm such as memory loss, paralysis and even death, TBIs can result in long-term, life-altering damage.

Deadly Takata Airbag Recall Still Expanding

48071232_S_air_bags_car_crash_windshield_shattered.jpgThe Takata airbag saga continues. Japan's Takata Corporation, which supplies auto safety systems and components, first announced a problem with their airbags in 2013. The defective airbags may spray car occupants with broken metal fragments, resulting in serious injuries and even fatalities.

To date, 15 individuals have been killed in the U.S. with a total of 23 deaths worldwide and more than 300 more who have experienced serious injuries from these defective products.

What Is a T-Bone Collision?

34774682_S_car_crash_two_t-bone_side.jpgUnless you are a vegetarian, you probably relish the idea of a sizzling T-bone steak, grilled to perfection and placed in front of you for dinner. However, there is another type of T-bone that is not so enticing and may even be fatal.

A T-bone collision is one in which a vehicle is hit on its side by the front end of another car or truck. This type of accident is also known as a side impact or broadside accident. Its name is derived from the shape of the two vehicles together after the accident - they form the letter "T" just like a T-bone steak.

New York City Subway: Mother Falls to Death in Station with No Elevator

17432885_S_subway_stairs_NYC.jpgIn a recent accident, a young mother fell to her death in a Manhattan subway station.

The woman was pushing her 1-year old daughter in a stroller when she attempted to carry the baby with the stroller down the stairs. The subway station at Seventh Avenue and 52rd Street had no elevator to access the platform. The 22-year old mother was unconscious when emergency responders arrived, and she was later declared dead at the hospital.

Her daughter was conscious and treated at the scene, and later placed with family members.

At the time of this writing, the New York medical examiner has still not determined the cause of death in the absence of significant trauma. The victim may have had a pre-existing medical condition. Nevertheless, her death demonstrates the dangers of those subway stations that have no elevators for parents with babies or young children as well as for people with disabilities.

  • $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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