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.

September 2, 2014

What can New York Bicyclists expect from de Blasio?

As bicycling in New York became more and more popular and was recognized as a serious mode of transportation, the Bloomberg administration focused on preventing bicycle accidents and increasing cyclist safety by developing a bigger bike network and safer street designs. Bicycling was also encouraged with the development of the Citi Bike program. What bicyclists are seeing in the streets of New York now are all the results of the projects developed when Janette Sadki-Khan was at the head of the DOT during the Bloomberg administration. The projects developed by the de Blasio administration will start to be implemented this fall but the final results will be seen next spring. In a series of 5 articles that started to be published Today in Street Blog, former New York City Department of Transportation Policy Director, Jon Orcutt provides an overview of what New York cyclists can expect under the de Blasio administration.

Read the first article here

September 2, 2014

High school Football player dies during practice in Staten Island, New York

A 16 year football player from Curtis High School in Long Island, NYC, died after he collapsed on the field during practice. Miles Kirkland-Thomas was a 6.2 feet and 321 pounds defensive tackle. He showed up late at practice and was ordered to do wind springs. He was stopped by coaches after completing two springs. Miles collapsed as he was talking to one of his coaches. The temperature was around 80 degrees with high humidity.

His father told the media that because Monday was a Holiday, there was no bus service to go to practice and because Miles was running late he probably ran up a steep hill that leads to the school. The Department of Education is investigating the death of the young man. More will be known after the autopsy Today.

Read more in the New York Daily News and see video below

August 28, 2014

To prevent potential train accidents in New York a panel of experts recommends that the MTA create a better data system to monitor track conditions, adjust schedules to provide more time for track work and improve the safety culture at Metro North

A blue ribbon panel of transportation experts that was created after the deadly Metro North train Accident in New York to study safety and maintenance practices at MTA's three railroad operations (Metro-North Railroad, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and New York City Transit) released its recommendations yesterday.

Rail conditions are a main concern at all three railroad operations and the panel recommends that the MTA implement a data system that would allow not only the monitoring of all track elements through their life cycle but also the integration of inspection data. The panel also proposed creating a confidential close-call reporting system for the Metro-North and the LIRR.

The panel also recommends improving the safety culture within Metro-North and to adjust schedules to allow more time for track maintenance and repair.

Read the MTA press release

Picture: courtesy of Wikimedia

August 28, 2014

City breaks ground on the second part of a project aimed at reducing pedestrian and bicycle accidents at Fordham Plaza, one of the busiest and most dangerous transit hubs in NYC

The number of pedestrian and bicycle accidents at Fordham Plaza should decrease significantly by next fall as Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg joined community leaders yesterday to break ground on a plan to completely redesign Fordham Plaza.

Fordham Plaza is one of the busiest transit hubs in the city with the third busiest Metro North Station, 12 bus lines and two schools serving thousands of students. According to the DOT the foot traffic at Fordham Plaza is equivalent to the foot traffic at Herald Square or Penn Station with approximately 80,000 pedestrians over 12 hours. The actual configuration of the Plaza has caused hundreds of pedestrians and cyclists to be injured in traffic accidents over the years. The intersection between Fordham Road and Webster Ave is considered the third most dangerous intersection in the city.

To transform Fordham Plaza into a safe and vibrant place, the NYCDOT and the Economic Development Coprporation have developed plans (see pdf) for a major redesign that includes large public spaces, numerous safety improvements for pedestrians and a bike only street.

Read more in News 12 The Bronx

picture source: NYC GOV

August 28, 2014

Surgical complication: Joan Rivers rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York after she stopped breathing during a vocal cord operation

Joan%20Rivers.jpegFamous comedian Joan Rivers suffered a cardiac and respiratory arrest while she was undergoing an operation for a vocal cord at a clinic located at 201 E. 93rd St in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital. According to the comedian's assistant Joan Rivers was not conscious but was stable. The latest news is that she is now resting comfortably.
Read more in the NY Daily News

August 28, 2014

20 month old boy dies after being abused by child care provider who was recommended by the City of New York to the father even though she had 3 citations for lack of CPR and first-aid training

Cardell%20Williamson.jpgA toddler died of his injury in a Bronx day care after 40 year old Athena Skeeter, a child care professional licensed by the state "wrestled" with the boy. The woman was recommended by the city to the father to take care of his baby boy even though she was cited 3 times for lack of CPR and first-aid training (read more in the New York Daily News). She was licensed to run a family based day care for up to 7 children in her Bronx home.

The woman explained to the police that she flipped the boy onto a bed, lifted him by an arm and a leg and threw him onto the floor. She then stepped on his stomach 3 times. She was charged with manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child in the death of Cardel Williamson, who suffered blunt force trauma to the head and torso, authorities said.

Read more on NBC News New York and see video below.

If your child is in a day care center in New York City or if you are looking for a NYC child day care center, you can access here the complete list of the child care services permitted by the Department of Health and, for each of them, the result of the most recent inspections including which rules and regulations have been violated and corrected. You can also find additional resources on how to choose a child care in New York City here.

August 27, 2014

To reduce the number of car crashes and save lives the NHTSA is proposing its first V2V rule for light weight vehicles

The NHTSA released last week an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Communications supported by a comprehensive research report entitled Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications: Readiness of V2V Technology for Application. According to the report V2V technology such as left turn assist and intersection movment assist could save more than 1000 lives and prevent approximately 600,000 vehicle accidents every year in the US.

August 27, 2014

A Bronx boy suffered severe burn injuries after some hot water from a hot dog stand spilled on him

A 4 year old boy was rushed to the hospital after he was severely burned by hot water spilling out of a Hot Dog stand near his home in the Bronx, NYC.

Read more in the New York Daily News

August 26, 2014

The National Safety Council estimates that 400 people will die and 42,300 will suffer personal injury in a car accident during Labor Day week-end

Based on previous statistics of car crashes, The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that car accidents will kill 400 people and injure 42,300 this Labor Day week-end in the US. Here are a few safety tips to make your ride safer this week-end:

  • Buckle up. The NSC estimates that out of the 400 fatalities estimated for this long week-end, 144 could be avoided by buckling up
  • Do not use your cell phone while driving
  • Set up your GPS, radio or any info in-vehicle infotainment systems before you start driving your car
  • Give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination so you don't get frustrated while you are driving
  • If you are planning to drink make sure there is a non drinking designated driver or simply avoid taking your car and plan for a taxi
  • Be cautious and drive defensively especially if the weather is bad.

Read more here


August 25, 2014

New York Personal Injury Attorney Ben Rubinowitz to lecture on Trial Practice at the NYSTLA program "Decisions 2014: Recent Developments in Tort Law

ben%20small.jpgOur managing partner Ben Rubinowitz will be lecturing on Trial Advocacy at the NYC flagship program of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association "Decisions 2014: Recent Developments in Tort Law" on September 13th 2014 at the Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 7th Ave, NY,NY.

Ben will speak about recent developments in the law and provide concrete examples of methods that can be used to deal with these new issues.

Decisions 2014 is a must for personal injury lawyers practicing in New York. The program will cover the following topics: Damages, Discovery, Ethic and professionalism, Evidence, Insurance, Jurisdiction, Labor Law, Legislation, Mass Torts, Medical Malpractice, Medicare & ERISA, Motor Vehicle Liability & Developments in No-fault, Municipal Liability, Pleading & Filing, Premises Liability, Product Liability, Trial Practice, Workers' Compensation.

Click here for more info or to register.