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 20, 2014

20 year old driver and 18 year old passenger killed in car accident in Brooklyn, NYC

A young driver who was speeding through a busy Brooklyn intersection crashed his car into another car killing himself and his 18 year old passenger. A surveillance video shows a Nissan Maxima heading South on Flatbush Ave at a very high speed and slamming into a BMW SUV that was making a left turn. The impact was so strong that the Maxima split in half after it went flying into a utility pole on the other side of the road. The passenger, 18 year old Christina Wipper, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, 20 year old Philbert Martin Williams, was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The two passengers of the BMW suffered minor injuries.

May 19, 2014

Direct Examination of the Economist

ben%20small.jpgIn their Trial Advocacy column, New York Personal Injury Attorneys Ben Rubinowitz from Gair Gair Conason Steigman Mackauf Bloom and Rubinowitz and Evan Torgan from Torgan & Cooper write: Conducting an effective direct examination of an economist presents several challenges, such as maintaining the jury's attention through the presentation of relatively dry subject matter, and conveying the complicated financial terms and calculations to lay jurors in a language that they can understand.

Read more in the New York Law Journal

May 19, 2014

OSHA to host a National Safety Stand-Down for Fall Prevention in Construction from June 2nd to June 6th

In 2012, 300 construction workers died and thousands of them suffered severe personal injury as the result of a fall. Year after year, falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. They can often be prevented by planning ahead to get the job done safely, providing the right equipment to workers and training workers to use equipment and tools safely. To raise awareness about this major safety issue, OSHA will host a National Safety Stand-Down from June 2nd to June 6th. Large and small employers have already committed to voluntary stop work to discuss fall hazards and prevention during this week. OSHA is hoping to reach 25,000 employers and 1 million construction workers.

To learn more about it click here

May 19, 2014

"Click it or Ticket" annual campaign starts Today to remind motorists that seat belts can save lives in the event of a crash

Seat belts reduce the chance of injury or death during a car accident but 13% of the motorists still don't get it. According to recent statistics, 52% of all people who died in a car crash in 2012 were not wearing a seat belt. At night time the situation is worst. In 2012, 61% of the motorists who died in a nighttime crash were not wearing their seat belt.

To remind motorists that seat belts can save lives, the NHTSA launched Today its annual "Click it or Ticket Campaign". Approximately 10,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide will participate in the "Click It or Ticket" mobilization from May 19 through June 1. This year's campaign includes the "Fake-A-Rooney" advertisement that airs nationally through May 26.

Read the press release from the NHTSA

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May 19, 2014

To reduce the number of pedestrian and bicycle accidents on a dangerous stretch of Morningside Ave in Harlem, NYC, CB10's Transportation Committee finally accepted a DOT proposal to redesign the road

31 pedestrians, 10 bicyclists and 70 motor vehicle occupants suffered personal injury between 2007 and 2011 after they were involved in a traffic accident on Morningside Avenue between W 166th and W 126th street. Speeding is a main concern with 58% of northbound vehicles and 66% of southbound vehicles speeding according to a recent speed survey.

Last week after nine months of stalled deliberation, Community Board 10's Transportation Committee accepted a proposal by the NYC Department of Transportation to make the dangerous corridor safer. The DOT proposed the reduction of four traffic lines to three on Morning Side Ave between 116th street and 126th street.

Read more in Street Blog

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May 16, 2014

School custodian suffers serious personal injury after spilling a bottle of nitric acid

A custodian burned his leg after spilling a bottle of nitric acid at Bread and Roses High School in Harlem, NYC. All students had to be evacuated but none of them were injured.

The custodian was moving bottle of chemicals from a classroom when one of them fell on the floor.

It's not clear what a bottle of such a powerful chemical was doing in a classroom. Nitric Acid is a colorless, fuming and highly corrosive liquid that is commonly used in the chemical industry for fertilizers and explosives.

Read more in the New York Daily News

May 16, 2014

General Motors will pay a $35 million fine for failure to report in a timely manner a defective ignition switch

GM.jpgThe defective ignition switch in some GM cars was a widely known issue among GM engineers and executives in 2012 and long before that General Motors had received multiple warning about the defect said David Friedman, the acting administrator of the National Traffic Safety Administration of the Transportation Department Today in a joint news conference with Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox. As part of the settlement GM agreed to pay a record $35 million civil penalty and to take part in unprecedented oversight requirements.

Read more in the New York Time
Read the press release from the US Department of Transportation
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May 15, 2014

The CPSC reached a settlement agreement with Craig Zucker to recall the small Buckyballs that regulators say pose an unreasonable risk of injury to children and teen

Buckyball.jpgIn a previous product liability blog we discussed the unusual use of the "responsible corporate officer" doctrine (Park doctrine) by the CPSC in the Buckyballs recall. Last Monday The CPSC announced that they had reached a settlement agreement with Craig Zucker from Brooklyn, NY, to recall the small Buckyballs and Buckycubes. The settlement calls for Craig Zucker to fund a Recall Trust that will be controlled by the CPSC. The Recall Trust will be used to provide a refund to consumers who return the magnetic sets.

Buckyballs are made of rare-earth magnets. They are described as toys for adults but they pose a swallowing hazard for children and teens. If a child swallows more than one magnet, the powerful balls can pull together inside his or her digestive system, potentially causing internal injuries that the CPSC has described as similar to "a gun shot wound to the gut with no sign of entry or exit."

Read more in the Huffington Post
Read the CPSC press release
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May 15, 2014

Failure to diagnose Limbic Encephalitis

Limbic%20System.jpgPatients suffering from Limbic Encephalitis may be misdiagnosed as having schizophrenia. In a recent article in the Washington Post, Sandra G. Boodman tells the story of a 16 year old girl who was hospitalized for treatment of what seemed to be a severe psychotic break and who went through weeks of hell before a neurologist diagnosed her with Limbic Encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain that can lead to permanent neurological damage or even death if not treated on time.

Read the article here

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May 15, 2014

To prevent abuses that can lead to dangerous truck accidents the FMCSA proposes a Rule that will protect drivers from coercion by carriers, shippers, brokers and other industry party

truck.jpgTruck accidents are more likely to happen when truck drivers are being harassed or coerced to drive in unsafe conditions. For years, unscrupulous dispatchers have been threatening truck drivers with economic penalties such as the loss of their job for refusing to operate under illegal conditions. Often drivers are being pressured to work past the limits of the hours of service rules or to drive trucks with mechanical problems. The new Coercion Rule proposed by the FMCSA prohibits carriers and others from coercing a driver to violate the commercial regulations. The proposal also includes procedures for drivers to report coercion. The penalty for violating the Rule can go up to $11,000 per occurrence. Carriers and brokers can also have their authorities revoked.

The Rule was posted in the federal register and the public has 90 days to comment on this Rule.

Read more in Go By Truck News

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