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January 2016 Archives

Filing a Wrongful Death Action

It is devastating to lose a loved one. It can be particularly traumatizing when their death was caused by the wrongful conduct of another. Recently, there has been much news coverage of families who have filed wrongful death lawsuits. In one New York case, a family recently filed suit for $20 million in damages for the loss of their son who spent over two years at Riker's Island without a trial. In that case, the young man was arrested and held in jail where he began to suffer psychological turmoil. The charges against him were eventually dropped, but he continued to suffer from the devastating effects of incarceration and later committed suicide in his home. The suit alleges that the young man was maliciously prosecuted, denied his constitutional rights, and was inhumanely and cruelly punished by the city in addition to being subjected to mental and physical abuse by the city's corrections officers.

With so many auto recalls, NHTSA urges DIY research

New Yorkers are now well aware of the recall scandal involving Takata air bags. According to the New York Times, a 10th person died late last year in an accident that involved an exploding Takata air bag. The scope of the recall in the United States has now expanded to include vehicles made by 14 major auto companies.

Has your landlord shoveled and salted?

New York City has become a winter wonderland as the Weather Channel reports that snowfall totals in Central Park climbed to more than two feet. As snow removal crews work overtime to clear streets and haul away mountains of the fluffy white stuff, city residents were required to have the sidewalks outside their homes shoveled by 11 a.m. yesterday.

As NYC residents brace for winter storm, risks of CO poisoning increase

According to New York State's Department of Health, every year some 200 people are hospitalized throughout the state due to carbon monoxide poisoning. CO is an odorless and colorless gas that is produced when certain fuels are burned. Most CO poisoning cases occur in homes and apartments and are the result of poorly maintained furnaces or water heaters, using gas kitchen ranges as heating sources and portable generators and non-electric space heaters.

NYC mayor backs down on Uber regulations, for now

Many New Yorkers have noticed that the streets of Manhattan seem to be getting more crowded. This, of course, causes problems more serious than a longer commute. Greater traffic congestion is often associated with a higher risk of motor vehicle and pedestrian accidents.

Elevator cited in 25-year-old's death had 3 open violations

In a city like New York City which is full of high rises and skyscrapers, it's difficult to avoid using an elevator. In fact, for many city residents, taking an elevator is likely something they do several times a day. This fact makes the recent tragic elevator accident that resulted in the death of a 25-year-old Bronx man all the more shocking and terrifying.

Health and safety concerns mount over Chipotle's restaurants and food

Many New York City residents are likely familiar with the American-Mexican fast food restaurant chain Chipotle. Started in 1993, before it was in vogue, the company took steps to ensure that its ingredients were fresh and free of chemicals and antibiotics. This commitment made the fast food restaurant a popular choice among many health-conscious consumers and resulted in the company enjoying tremendous growth and success.

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