Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz is a New York Plaintiff's personal injury law firm specializing in automobile accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, products liability, police misconduct and all types of New York personal injury litigation.

May 14, 2014

Two young children from Upstate New York suffered severe personal injury after a wind gust sent their bounce house 50 feet in the air

A 5 year old boy broke his arm and suffered facial injuries and a 6 year old boy suffered traumatic brain injury after the inflatable bounce house in which they were playing was swept by the wind. The "flying" bounce house also knocked down a 10 year old girl who suffered minor injuries. The two young boys fell more than 15 feet as the bounce house continued to rise to 50 feet into the sky. One of the boy fell on a car and the other one fell directly on the asphalt. See video below

Inflatable bouncers are a lot fun for children but they can also lead to serious injuries such as broken bones an concussion. According to the Child Injury Prevention Alliance, every day in the US 30 children are treated in hospital emergency department for injuries related to inflatable bouncers. Bump, bruises and broken Bones are the most common as well as concussions and closed head injuries.

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May 13, 2014

A Potential Delay in Air Bag Deployment during Rollover Crashes and Defective Door Handles Prompted Ford Motor to Recall the 2013-2014 Model-year Escapes and C-Max Hybrids

Defective software may delay the deployment of the airbags in case of a rollover accident in the 2013-2014 model-year Escapes. Therefore Ford Motor is recalling 692,487 vehicles in North America to fix the glitch.

Ford also announced the recall of 692,744 2013-2014-MY Escapes because they may have defective handles that may prevent the doors from latching properly, posing a safety risk when the car is in motion. Dealers will inspect the door handles and re-position them if necessary.

The majority of the recalled Escapes are at risk for both problems – the air bag software glitch and the faulty door handle.

Read more in Automotive Fleet

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Photo of 2014 Ford Escape courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

May 13, 2014

Prevent Motorcycle and Bicycle Accidents by learning how to share the road with them

Every year in New York and in the US, motorcycle operators and bicyclists are injured or die during crashes with a motorist. Sometimes the motorcyclist or the bicyclist are at fault and sometimes the accident is due to the motorist's lack of attention. Here is an excellent video on how to share the road safely with motorcycles and bicycles.

May 13, 2014

What can hospitals do to make sure they are fully prepared to face a water emergency?

Hospital%20Sign.pngWhen a water emergency happens, hospitals have to be ready. They need to plan ahead how to deal with the loss of water for consumption, equipment sterilization, laundry and dialysis. Hospitals in West Virginia faced that emergency recently. The Joint Commission staff met with representatives of 7 of the affected hospitals to discuss how they handle this situation and subsequently released a paper about the lessons that can be learned from the week long water emergency that resulted from the chemical spill of the Elk River.

Read the paper from the Joint Commission here

May 12, 2014

40 year old bicyclist died after being struck by two successive hit and run drivers in New York City

Location%20of%20Bicycle%20Accident%20on%20Vision%20Zero%20map.jpgA bicyclist who was riding his bike on Rockaway Boulevard near 90th Street was successively struck by a truck and then by a van and both drivers flew the scene of the accident. The man died of his injuries at the hospital. The police are still looking for the drivers.

The bicycle accident (orange star with arrow on the map) happened in a dangerous area where many pedestrians have been previously injured. On the Vision Zero interactive map it is highlighted as a pedestrian crash corridor (red line on the map). A red square on the map indicates that a pedestrian died recently on the same street a few blocks away.

Read more in the NY Daily News

May 12, 2014

Worker at Gowanus Auto Body Shop killed by Hit and Run Driver

A worker who was repairing a car on the sidewalk in Brooklyn, NYC, was struck by a hit and run driver and died from his injuries at the hospital on Saturday afternoon. Felipe Castro Palacios was repairing a car that was parked halfway on the sidewalk in front of the Gowanus Auto Body Shop when the accident happened. The driver of a black Nissan Altima lost the control of his vehicle and crashed into the car that Felipe was repairing as well as two other cars. The driver took off but according to the New York Daily News a witness was able to write down the plate number. The car was a rental and the police are still looking for the driver.

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Felipe Palacio Castro and the Gowanus Auto Body Shop (Google Street Map)

May 12, 2014

Reckless driver loses his arm in an accident during which he hit a van injuring the 3 passengers and then tries to run away from the scene

Miguel%27s%20flower%20shop.jpg4 people suffered serious personal injury as a result of a car accident that happened at the intersection of the Cross Bronx Expressway and White Plain Road in the Bronx, NYC, on Sunday morning. A 38 old man crashed his car into a van parked by a flower store injuring the 3 passengers inside it. The crash was so strong that the car flipped on his roof and the minivan crashed into another vehicle. The reckless driver who suffered critical injury to his arm managed to get out of the wreckage and tried to flee the scene. He was caught 2 streets away by the police and brought to the hospital where his arm was amputated. The 3 passengers of the van suffered neck and back injuries and were also taken to a hospital for treatment. The accident happened in front of a flower shop (picture) where people were buying flowers for mother's day. Read more in the New York Daily News

The night before a few blocks away a livery cab driver lost the control of her SUV and crashed into a barber shop injuring a child. Read more here

May 9, 2014

New York Mayor de Blasio's executive budget allocates more than $40 million toward measures to reduce traffic fatalities

Mayor de Blasio said that 286 traffic deaths in New York City compared to 333 homicides in 2013 compelled him to take action and launch the Vision Zero program. Last week the mayor announced that close to $30 million of his executive budget would be allocated to DOT initiatives to make the streets safer such as the installation of speed bumps in school zones and the development of additional slow zones as well as speed cameras and street redesign. $13 million were also allocated to NYPD traffic enforcement and $ 1.1 for a Taxi and limousine advertising campaign about safety.

Read more in Streetblog

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May 9, 2014

OSHA says death of 23 year old NY construction worker was entirely preventable

New York Construction worker Kyle Brown died because his contractor MTL Design Inc. failed to provide and ensure the use of fall protection safeguards according to OSHA. In its investigation OSHA discovered that Brown was wearing a fall protection harness but it was useless because the contractor didn't provide workers with a mean to connect to an independent anchorage point to stop a fall.

Brown was installing a metal decking on the top of the roof of an automobile dealership in construction in Pulasky, NY when he was blown off the roof by a wind gust and fell 24 feet to his death.

Read more in the OSHA Press Release

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May 9, 2014

Woman dies after being struck by a school bus in the Upper East Side of Manhattan

A female pedestrian was fatally struck by a school bus with several children on board at the crossing of 93rd street and Second Ave yesterday afternoon. The victim is Jessica Schnieder, a woman in her 40s who was crossing 93rd Street. According to CBS New York, there were a lot of construction going on near the cross street and the bus started to back up because of traffic. The bus struck the woman as she was walking in the crossroad. She died at the scene of severe head trauma. See video below for more