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December 2015 Archives

Why are so many rent-controlled buildings and units falling into disrepair?

Residents of New York City are all too familiar with the rising costs of living in the city. Among the most expensive of all living costs are those related to renting an apartment. According to an April article in Time Out Magazine New York, today a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan rents for an average of $3,100 per month.

Hit-and-run drivers in New York City to face increased fines

In a recent blog post, we discussed the significant number of hit-and-run traffic accidents that occur annually in New York City. We also discussed how the vast majority of these accidents are never even investigated, leaving victims with little hope of ever bringing the drivers who left them to suffer to justice.

What is Article 16 in a Personal Injury Action?

In many instances, there are multiple parties involved in personal injury actions. For example, motor vehicle accidents commonly involve multiple wrongdoers/defendants (also known as tortfeasors). In 1966, a provision called Article 16 was added to the New York CPLR (Civil Procedure Laws and Rules) in order to adjust the liability of tortfeasors in an action. Article 16 does not govern economic damages, and thus items such as lost income or medical expenses are not applicable. Additionally, Article 16 cannot be invoked for wrongful death suits or property damage cases.

Revisiting the 2010 Brooklyn apartment building fire that killed 5, injured 1

In New York City, space is in high demand and landlords readily exploit every opportunity to attract more tenants and increase rent prices. Some landlords have even gone so far as to illegally section off portions of an apartment to create additional living spaces that they then rent out as single units. The practice is not only illegal, but also extremely dangerous as these illegally partitioned units don't comply with legal safety codes and often don't allow tenants access to emergency exits.

What are the Steps to Commencing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in New York?

Litigation can be quite complex and confusing. Navigating through all the paperwork and procedures on the road to get into court alone can seem quite daunting for someone who is not familiar with the process. Additionally, the process can seem overwhelming when you are faced with the other aspects that may be inherent in a personal injury action such as doctor visits, emotional distress, and various injuries. An experienced personal injury attorney can guide you through the process so that you can focus on your recovery.

For holiday shoppers, escalators and elevators pose many dangers

For many New York City retailers, the holiday season is the busiest time. As we discussed in a recent blog post, individuals who choose to journey out shopping on notoriously busy shopping days like Black Friday where aggressive crowds, askew merchandise and general chaos is the norm, may end up getting more than they bargained for.

How to Keep Your Child Safe from Toy Related Injuries

When people think of purchasing toys during the holidays for the children in their lives, they might not think to consider that the toy they are about to purchase could somehow injure the child. Yet, according to statistics provided by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital, a child is injured by a toy every three minutes throughout the U.S.

Hit-and-run accident victims need a legal advocate

Even being involved in a minor fender-bender can disrupt an individual's life and result in expensive vehicle repair costs. In cases where an individual suffers serious injuries in a car accident, both the physical and financial costs can be significant. Perhaps the only thing worse than getting into a traffic accident is getting into an accident where the at-fault driver flees the scene.

New York Times Expose Reveals the Number of Construction Site Accidents to the Rate of Building is Disproportionate and "Completely Avoidable"

A recent New York Times article culminated two years of investigations into construction site accidents calling many of them "completely avoidable." Where the rate of building increased throughout the city by 11% in the last fiscal year, the rate of accidents in the industry had risen 52%. The disproportionality is astounding and led the Times to take a closer look at the reasons behind it.

For deal-seeking shoppers, Black Friday can be downright dangerous

Last week, with turkey and pumpkin pie still heavy in their bellies, millions of shoppers across the country headed to malls and retail stores hoping to take advantage of the price-slashing deals that are readily associated with Black Friday. For retailers, Black Friday signals the official start to the holiday shopping season and provides an excellent opportunity to get customers through the doors.

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