February 2014 Archives

Man Suffers 14-Year False Imprisonment for a Crime He Didn't Commit

A false arrest in New York 14 years ago has a happy ending for a Long Island man. Johnny O'Neal was falsely imprisoned 14 years ago for a rape, a rape of which he was recently cleared. Mr. O'Neal now plans to sue New York officials (including "those responsible") for mishandling the investigation and stealing 14 years of his life from him.

Are Poorly Maintained Rooftop Water Tanks Ruining NYC Drinking Water?

Millions of New Yorkers get their daily drinking water from rooftop water tanks. But a recent New York Times report shows that these tanks are rarely maintained properly and could be harboring unsafe bacteria as well as other health hazards. New York City landlord laws require testing but the system is poorly designed and many apartments fall through the cracks.

The Times Warns New Yorkers of Slip and Fall Accidents

In New York, slip and fall accidents are one of the most common causes for injury. The number of those accidents dramatically increases in the winter months. By how much? In recent weeks New York emergency rooms have seen a 300 percent increase in winter-related injuries (most from slip and fall accidents involving ice and snow covered surfaces)-well over four hundred during the last week of January and first week of February alone. The danger is so bad that the New York Times ran yet another article warning New Yorkers about the hazards of icy streets, sidewalks, stairwells, and walkways.

Another Fatal Pedestrian Accident at NYC "Problem Intersection"

A recent fatal pedestrian accident in Brooklyn highlights the danger of what local residents call a "problem intersection" in Greenpoint. A 32-year old woman was struck by a BMW as she was crossing the street at the intersection of McGuinness Boulevard and Nassau Ave. just before the New Year. Nicole Detweiller, a Brooklyn resident, was then thrown into the path of an oncoming box truck and killed. The truck, travelling in the next lane over, was operated by a driver who shouldn't have even been on the roads.

New York City Officials Combat Crane Accidents

There have been an alarming number of dramatic and potentially deadly crane accidents in New York City in recent years. The 2008 collapse at 303 East 51st Street, for example, is still making headlines today because investigators uncovered falsified inspection documents.

Are You Eligible for Compensation for Injury & Loss due to in Negligent Security in New York?

Negligent security accidents in New York can result in thousands of dollars in damages, extensive injuries, and even loss of life. But understanding this branch of premises law can be confusing.

On the Job Injuries in New York - Third Party Negligence

On the job injuries can add significant expenses and stress to most households. From doctor's bills, the cost of medical equipment to lost income, the financial impact of on the job injuries can be devastating. Add to that lost wages from missed shifts and you have a dramatic interruption of your daily life.

Family Files Wrongful Death Suit After 37-Year Old Mother Dies in NYPD Custody

The police are facing yet another wrongful death lawsuit in New York City. In July of this year, a 37-year old mother died while in NYPD custody after-her family says-the police refused her medical assistance for at least seven hours. Kyam Livingston was taken into custody by NYPD for violating a specialized order of protection her grandmother had previously filed against her. The two women had gotten into a verbal argument and police were called. When they arrived, Livingston, who had been consuming alcohol, was taken to a holding cell after being escorted to a hospital to "treat" her intoxication.

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