April 2015 Archives

Apartment Explosion - Likely caused by Illegal Gas Line Tap

The deadly explosion and apartment fire in New York in early April that left two dead and nearly 20 people injured was likely the result of an illegal gas line tap. The midday blast caused a fiery inferno that caused a significant portion of the east village apartment building to collapse. The injured were pulled from the rubble by emergency workers. The two deceased individuals were recovered after the fire had already been extinguished. Both were inside the first-floor sushi restaurant. One was a young man on a date, the other was a busboy employed by the establishment.

Landlords are Often Liable for Staircase Accidents in New York

Every year there are hundreds of staircase accidents in New York City apartments. Many of these not result in serious injuries. They don't often cause significant interruptions in a person's life and the injuries heal within days. However, some accidents are much more serious and do result in hospitalization and lost time from work. Such kinds of injuries include:

Hit and Run Bicycle Accident in the Bronx Leaves Teen in Critical Condition

A late night bicycle accident in New York City left a 17-year old young man in critical condition and the driver on the run from police. Just after 10:30 PM near the intersection of Jerome Avenue and East 223rd Street, an unnamed 17-year old was struck by a speeding motorist. The motorist left the injured teen lying in the road and sped off. When rescue crews arrived they found the teen in serious condition with head trauma and a number of other injuries. He was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition.

Documenting Slip and Fall Accidents with Photos is Important for Proving Legal Liability

A recent court case highlights the importance of documenting the location of any slip and fall you may have suffered accurately and in a timely fashion. The court case in question centered on the raised lip of a sidewalk cellar door in front of a building owned by East 91 Realty Corp. The victim in the case argued that the lip caught their foot and caused them to fall. This is a classic example of one of the many sidewalk cellar door accidents in New York City which injure hundreds every year.

Construction Trench Collapse Accident Sends Worker to Hospital with Head Trauma

A trench collapse accident in New York sent one man to the hospital with serious head trauma earlier last month. The injured construction worker was part of a team installing new sewer lines under the sidewalk in front of 1455 Grand Concourse. When EMTS arrived they found the man trapped under debris which had fallen from the trench wall. Eyewitnesses report the injured worker was lifted from the trench on a stretcher. He was then rushed to Lincoln Hospital where he was listed in serious condition.

New York City Receives 40+ Warnings About Unsafe Sidewalk Grates

There are an estimated 39,000 sidewalk grates across New York City, some covering holes in the pavement 80 feet deep or deeper. These pose a serious threat to the safety of any New Yorker simply walking down the street. In fact, hundreds of people are injured every year in sidewalk grate accidents in New York City. Many suffer bruises, scrapes, and maybe twisted ankles from simple slip and fall accidents but many are injured much more seriously. Some suffer with broken bones, nerve damage, or even brain damage and some of the victims don't survive their falls.

Bus Accident in New York Sends Two People to Hospital

An early morning bus accident in New York near the George Washington Bridges sent two people to the hospital with leg injuries earlier this month. Police reports show that the jitney bus skidded off the Henry Hudson Parkway ramp in Washington Heights and careened down a snow-covered embankment, barely missing several trees, before smashing through a stone retaining wall and finally coming to a rest as the front of the bus smashed into a pair of trees. When rescue crews arrived at the bus accident in Manhattan, they found the vehicle nearly 100 feet from the roadway, suggesting that speed may have been a factor in the accident.

Window Washer Dies in Fall from Heights in New York

A tragic fall from heights accident in New York claimed the life of a young man on March 3rd in Tribeca. The young man was employed as a window washer and according to one eyewitness, when his hand slipped he plummeted to the street below, landing on the pavement.

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