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.

June 25, 2014

Dangerous working conditions and widespread disregard for basic labor protection put New York City food industry workers at risk of personal injury

42% of NYC food workers have suffered personal injury at work. Cuts and "slip and fall" injuries are the most common injuries followed closely by headaches, back injuries and injuries sustained after being hit by equipment. Dangerous working conditions and the lack of training explain this high rate of personal injury among food workers in New York City according to a recent study entitled FEEDING NEW YORK Challenges and Opportunities for Workers in New York City’s Food Manufacturing Industry and published by Brandworkers and the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center.
The study provides an in-depth look at the difficult working conditions of the 14'000 New Yorkers working in food factories and food warehouses located mostly in Brooklyn and Queens. NYC food industry workers are mostly Hispanic immigrants , many of them undocumented, with limited educations and English skills. Even though they live in one of the most expensive cities in the country, their wages are low, their hours are inconsistent and they are not compensated for overtime. Healthcare coverage is most of the time not available and workers are often forced to work even though they are sick or injured. Discrimination and abuse is widespread among workers of color or undocumented workers. Female workers are unrepresented. They are given the lowest paid tedious jobs and are treated as expendable. Most workers do not belong to a union, they would like to but they fear retaliation from their employers.


June 24, 2014

Making the Most of Omissions: When Critical Facts Are Left Unsaid

Ben%20Rubinowitz%20and%20Evan%20Torgan.jpgIn their latest Trial Advocacy Column, New York Personal Injury Lawyers Ben Rubinowitz from Gair Gair Conason Steigman Mackauf Bloom and Rubinowitz and Evan Torgan from Torgan & Cooper write: Weaknesses in the opposition's case are often not readily apparent in the facts contained in their own record. Nevertheless, powerful and persuasive weaknesses might well be found in what those very records do not say, but, indeed, should say.

Read more in the New York Law Journal

June 20, 2014

2 construction workers rescued in New York scaffold accident

Thankfully nobody was hurt in a scaffold accident that happened early this morning in New York. 2 construction workers were being hoisted up on a scaffold when it apparently became unhinged on one side. The two men were between the 12th and 13th floor of a 20 story building located ner Lexington on 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan. Rescuers were able to pull the workers to safety through the windows.

Read more on NBC New York website

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June 20, 2014

8 people suffer personal injury in an accident between a car and a garbage truck in Brooklyn, NYC

A garbage truck tried to avoid a car which had run a red light and crashed into an open deli injuring 8 people last week in Brooklyn. The accident happened at the intersection of Dekalb Ave and Bedford Ave. The driver of the Metropolitan Recycling garbage truck had the green light and was driving through the intersection when he tried to avoid a black sedan which had ran the red light. He lost control of his vehicle and crashed into an open Deli located at the corner of the intersection. The deli belongs and is operated by a family who lives in the apartment above it. Two of the family members were working in the Deli while the rest of the family was asleep just above the bodega. 8 people were injured in the accident including the two drivers. The deli and the building are severely damaged.
Read more in the NY Daily News

June 19, 2014

To prevent deadly car accidents in school areas the NYC DOT is installing speed bumps near 3 lower Manhattan schools

In New York City, being struck by a vehicle is the leading cause of injury related death for children under 14 years old. Speeding drivers in school areas are of particular concern. As part of the Vision Zero program to improve traffic safety, the City of New York has been working on various initiatives to protect children form being struck by cars in school zones. One of the latest initiative announced by the the NYC DOT is the addition of speed bumps near 3 schools in lower Manhattan.

The bumps will be installed behind Battery Park City’s P.S./I.S. 276, on Little West Street, between First and Second places; in front of the Lower East Side's P.S. 2, at Pike and Rutgers streets; and in front of Chinatown's P.S. 124, on Division Street between Bowery and Market Street.

Read more in DNA Info New York


June 19, 2014

Teenager critically injured in Staten Island Bicycle Accident

A 19 year old cyclist suffered critical personal injury after he lost control of his bike. The teenager was riding his bike downhill in Clove Lakes Park in Staten Island, NYC when he lost tcontrol of his bike and crashed into a parked truck.


June 19, 2014

Elderly pedestrian suffered serious personal injury after being struck by a Tour Bus in Greenwich Village, Manhattan

A 74 year old woman was dragged under a tour bus yesterday in New York and suffered critical injuries to her head and legs. The woman was crossing Seventh Ave at 14th Street when a CitySights NY tour bus struck her while turning =South onto Seventh Ave.

This is the second time this year that a pedestrian was struck by a tour bus. Last January, Alexander Shear, 73, died after being struck by a Tour Bus on the Upper West Side of Manhattan (see previous blog)

June 19, 2014

Night dips can be fun but they are dangerous: a young man nearly drowned last night after jumping off the Steeplechase Pier in Coney Island, New York

Steeplechase_Pier.jpgA young man suffered serious personal injury after he took a dip in the ocean and nearly drowned yesterday night in Coney Island. The weather was very warm last night in New York and according to the New York Daily News the 29 year old man decided to jump off the Steeplechase Pier (picture) at 2:30 am to join two other women who were already in the water. After he jumped, the man went down and didn't emerge. NYPD and the Fire Department searched the area for an hour before finding the man, unconscious 14 blocks away. He was rushed to the Hospital in critical condition.
Picture: courtesy of Wikipedia

June 18, 2014

Judge Douglas McKeon to oversee expansion of the New York State Medical Malpractice Program

To reduce costs of medical malpractice in the Bronx, NYC, Judge Douglas McKeon helped launch in 2002 a pilot program to address lawsuits against municipal hospitals. The program uses judges who are specially trained to negotiate early settlements in medical malpractice cases and decreases the costs associated with trials and appeals.

This program will now be expanded to New York State and Judge Douglas McKeon will supervise the expansion. The program supported by New york City Health and Hospital Corp. will allow plaintiffs and defendant hospitals to go to a judge to mediate disputes in a controlled environment.

In 2010 the Obama Administration said the program contains medical costs and liabilities. If adopted nationwide it could potentially save the country a billion dollars per year.

Read more in the New York Daily News

June 18, 2014

To reduce intravenous medication errors and potential contamination a New York Hospital turns to advance robotic technology

RIVA%20system.jpgTo reduce IV medication errors and possible contamination, the Belmont's St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, NYC, just acquired a high-tech medication machine that uses robots to fill syringes, sanitize intravenous medications and make sure that patients receive the proper medication.

When an error occurs with intravenous medication, harmful effects to the patient may happen faster and be more severe than errors with oral medications, due the direct administration into the bloodstream.

The RIVA system acquired by the hospital is a fully automated IV compounding system used by hospital pharmacies to prepare intravenous medication (syringes and IV bags) for general hospital needs, chemotherapy and pediatric needs.

Read more in the New York Daily News
Picture: courtesy of Intelligent Hospital Systems