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The Tiger Woods Accident

Like many people, When I heard the news about Tiger Woods' car accident, I was saddened. Not because of who he was as a person (because let's face it, he has his flaws), but like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, he was a nice looking guy with a winning smile, competitive as one could be, and he rewarded the fans rooting for him ... by doing the impossible and finding ways to win.

But this morning, when I saw a NY Post headline that read "Will We Ever See this Again?" and a picture showed Tiger in his red shirt and black pants, raising his hands in victory as he sinks a putt to win The Masters, all I could think was "not a chance."

Who is responsible for icy sidewalk falls?

A record-breaking winter storm slammed New York City recently, shutting down airports and leaving more than 17 inches of snow in Central Park. Residents and business owners scrambled to dig out from the storm that resulted in a number of deaths in accidents across the state.

While slipping and sliding across a sidewalk can be embarrassing, it can also be deadly. If you were injured in a fall due to a defective or poorly maintained public sidewalk, you may have a viable lawsuit against the property owner.

WORKER'S COMPENSATION DOES NOT ALWAYS PREVENT YOU FROM BRINGING A PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUIT IF YOU ARE INJURED AT WORK

There is a common misconception that if a person gets hurt when they are at work, then they can't sue their employer and they must accept worker's compensation benefits. As a result, many injured parties never attempt to call a lawyer to find out if they can sue someone for injuries they sustained on the job and they lose the opportunity.

The Rule: Workers' compensation insurance was created to protect both the employer and employee. In exchange for purchasing workers' compensation insurance, business owners are protected from civil suits from their workers who become injured on the job, but at the same time the employer needs to provide medical expenses, lost wages, and rehabilitation costs to employees who are injured or become ill "in the course and scope" of their job, and death benefits to families of employees who are killed on the job.

Heavy snow and wind cause 565-foot crane to fall in Manhattan

The winter storms this year have created deadly conditions throughout the city. Icy sidewalks cause falls that can be fatal. Shoveling snow can result in deadly heart attacks. It would seem that the gods have conspired to continue the bad luck from 2020 into 2021.

For construction workers, high winds and snow apparently thwarted their efforts to keep the people of New York safe during the routine act of lowering a crane on February 5.

WHY A PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEY WOULD TAKE THE "GORILLA GLUE IN THE HAIR" CASE

When I first read about Louisiana resident, Tessica Brown spraying Gorilla Spray Adhesive on her hair, my first instinct was to say "unbelievable". But then a friend, making conversation, asked me, as a lawyer specializing in accident and injuries matters in New York, would I pursue her case if she called. That prompted me to do some research and I concluded that if this happened in New York, I would. Yes, those against tort reform will immediately object and say "those darn lawyers will sue anyone to make a buck", but let me explain my analysis.

The consequences of isolation in nursing homes

One of the first mandates following the initial days and weeks of the coronavirus pandemic was protecting the elderly, particularly those who reside in nursing homes. Family visits, a time-honored tradition in these facilities, were placed on pause in an effort to ensure the health of residents. Yet, in spite of those measures, COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes still accounted for more than 35 percent of the fatalities.

While fewer visitors can stem the virus's spread, other factors, when combined, can put nursing home residents at risk of declining health or death.

Questions surround an experienced bus driver following a near-fatal accident

Commuting via city buses is commonplace for many New Yorkers. In addition to enjoying the convenience and affordability of bus travel, they place a great deal of trust that the individual driving the bus maintains the highest standards of safety to avoid accidents.

For passengers traveling through a Bronx neighborhood on a Thursday night, their trip was anything but routine with an experienced driver whose skills, if not his sobriety, were put into question.

Tragic statistics on traffic fatalities in New York City

Traditionally, economic challenges that lead to increased unemployment mean fewer drivers traveling to their respective workplaces. Reduced congestion is a welcome sight for those who remain employed or just want to get to their respective destinations in a reasonable amount of time.

However, the previous year was anything but traditional. A pandemic took common assumptions about traveling on more open roads and turned them upside down. More room on the New York City streets and roads created the proverbial need for speed.

The lack of consequences for a soft drink giant and their driver

Mild to severe motor vehicle accidents can result in significant verdicts and settlements. When the negligent driver works for a large, high-profile corporation, six figures or more are often on the line. In addition to financial losses from an adverse ruling, a brand's image can take a severe hit.

Established in 1892, Coca-Cola has become a dominant force in the beverage industry. In 2019, they enjoyed a market share of nearly 44 percent. The brand name has been associated with everything from Santa Claus to Stranger Things. In some areas of the country, a "Coke" can represent any type of soft drink, regardless of the flavor or brand.

Tragic trends involving senior drivers

A tragic car accident on a late October afternoon took the lives of two people in Geneseo. According to the Livingston County Sheriff's Office, a car pulled into the path of an oncoming farm truck at the intersection of Triphammer Road and Pole Bridge Road.

Killed in the accident were Willard Beardsley, 84, and his wife Mary, 85, who was driving the couple's car. According to the accident report, Mary came to a stop at the intersection, then continued to go south when the collision occurred. Both had to be extricated from their vehicle. Willard died at the scene while Mary was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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