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 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

May 8, 2014

NYPD Motor Vehicle Collision data are now available in friendly format and are updated on a daily basis

A new feed on NYC Open Data portal provides New Yorkers with easy to read data on traffic crashes that are updated on a daily basis. Previously data on traffic accidents were only available monthly on the NYPD website.

This new format allows users to filter the information by date, time, borough, zip code, latitude and longitude, street name and cross street name, number of persons injured and killed including number of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists injured or killed as well as the contributing factors of the accident for each vehicle involved.


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May 8, 2014

In New York City, the number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents last March was 11, the same number as in March 2013

It's too early to say if the first Vision Zero measures to reduce traffic fatalities are effective yet. After a decrease of the number of people injured or killed in vehicle accidents in New York last February, the numbers are up again for March 2014 and are pretty much at the same level as they were a year ago according to the most recent statistics from the NYPD

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The number of pedestriandeaths, 11, is exactly the same in March this year than it was in March last year. 952 pedestrians were injured in auto accident this march compared to 990 in March 2013 and 820 the month before. The number of bicyclists injured was also pretty much the same from one year to the other.

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Bus Accidents were slightly on the rise from one year to the other with 572 accidents in March 2014 compared to 523 in March 2013.

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In New York City, distracted drivers are responsible for the biggest share of accidents as well as drivers following too closely and drivers failing to yield.

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May 7, 2014

28 year old motorcyclist dies after being struck by a truck in Uptown, Manhattan

An accident between a truck and a dirt bike lead to the death of the motorcycle operator yesterday in East Harlem. 28 year old Shamel Jefferson was riding on an unregistered and uninsured dirt bike in the left lane on third Ave when a truck cut in front of him and struck him causing his death.

Read more in the New York Daily News

May 7, 2014

After a botched liposuction procedure lead to the death of a patient, Brooklyn plastic surgeon pleads guilty to criminally negligent homicide in exchange for light punishement

Dr Oleg Davie, A Brooklyn surgeon whose patient died during a botched liposuction procedure will go to jail for two months and will be on probation for 5 years.
A medical examiner changed the manner of death from “undetermined” to “homicide (physician negligence)” after speaking with Brooklyn prosecutors, court records show.

Read more in the New York Daily News

May 6, 2014

Interview with 1996 Hard Hat Hero Nick Pavlou who was crushed by a crane boom shows that construction workers who have been injured in catastrophic accidents will often live a life of continuous pain and suffering

Construction Accident Injuries are often catastrophic and the pain and suffering endured by the victims will last until the end of their life. In her recent blog for the Huffington Post "Astoria Characters; The Forgotten Hero", Nancy Ruhling meets with Nick Pavlou, the construction worker who became known as the Hard-Hat Hero in October 1996 after he risked his life to save a woman's and her son and granddaughter from a crane accident. His partner Paul Foti who was the crane operator died in the accident. Nick was crushed by the 6-ton boom and doctors thought he would never survive and if he would he could never be able to walk again. After 60 surgeries, Nick is alive and on good days he can walk for four blocks.But Nick's life will never be the same again and the pain and suffering is present everyday..

May 5, 2014

19 injured in New York Subway Accident

19 people suffered personal injury after a Subway accident during which the F train derailed on a recently installed track near the Broadway and 65th St Station in Queens, NYC. 4 people were seriously injured and had to be taken to the hospital while another dozen of passengers were treated at the scene. 1000 people were on board.

Read more on the ABC News webiste


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May 5, 2014

To prevent obesity and wrongful death related to drowning in New York City, the nonprofit Waterproofing program teaches hundreds of Bronx kids how to swim

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Photo source: Asphalt Green

Unintentional drowning is the second leading cause of wrongful death among children under 14 and the drowning rate of African American children ages 5 to 14 is 3 times higher than the rate of Caucasian children of the same age. To prevent these type of accidents and also to fight child obesity, Asphalt Green’s Waterproofing, a non profit program, is teaching 427 children from six Bronx schools how to swim and the children love it.

Read more in The New York Daily News
To donate or to learn more about the program visit Asphalt Green