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.
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Citi%20Bike.jpg73 year old Ronald Corvin is suing Citi Bike for the traumatic brain injury he suffered after a bicycle accident during which he fell from one of the Citi Bikes he was riding. The Citi Bike lawyer is arguing that the man should have worn an helmet. However Citi Bike stations in New York do not provide the option to rent helmets at their docking station. This option exists in Canada and in Australia where Alta, the Citi Bike operator, has installed helmet rental kiosks for their clients. Read more in the NY Daily News

It will be interesting to follow the evolution of this case as the Citi Bike program doesn’t have any insurance on their bikes. The cyclists using the share program are responsible for the damages incurred while they are using the bike. (read more here)

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Many construction accidents at the World Trade Center have not been reported to OSHA but when they were OSHA investigators ran into roadblocks as they tried to figure out what lead to personal injuries.
Yesterday the NY Daily News looked at the case of Nick Giovinco, a construction worker who suffered two fracture ribs and four lower lumbar fractures after falling 18 feet off a scaffold. Witnesses testified that the tower was shaky and wasn’t braced. Additionally there was no ladder. Witnesses saw the scaffold tipped as Giovinco got to the top but his employer blamed him and said he lost his grip and fell.

Read more in the NY Daily News

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2015_BLF_Silver_Standard.jpgGair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz, a leading New York Personal Injury law firm, announces that it has been listed in six practice areas in the just released 2015 rankings of law firms by U.S. News Media Group, the publishers of U.S. News & World Report, and Best Lawyers®. This is the fifth edition of this highly-anticipated annual analysis. Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz was nationally ranked in the top tier in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs. The firm also ranked in the top tier in five legal specialties in the New York City Metropolitan Area: Legal Malpractice-Plaintiffs, Medical Malpractice-Plaintiffs, Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs, Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Plaintiffs.

Inclusion in the “Best Law Firms” listing is based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes data collection, evaluation and feedback from thousands of clients, lawyers and law firm representatives spanning a wide range of practice areas nationwide.

“We are delighted that our firm has once again received this honor,” says Ben Rubinowitz, Managing Partner at the firm. “To be included in six practice areas is a testament to the hard work and endless dedication we give to our clients. At our firm there is nothing more important than the plight of our clients. We have always worked tirelessly to secure the very best results for those who have been seriously injured through the fault of others. We are honored to be recognized for our dedication and the superb results that we have achieved.”
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Freedoom%20Tower.JPG34 serious personal injuries suffered by workers during construction accidents at the New York Fredoom Tower have not been reported to OSHA according to a NY Daily News investigation that came out Yesterday. Some of the non reported accidents left workers with spinal fractuers, broken limbs and fractured hips.

The study also mentions that for 3 years in a row the injury rates at the WTC were higher than the New York State and the National average rates.

Among the non reported accidents at the New York construction site, the study mentions a worker struck in the head by a 60 pound bundle of rebar, a worker who fell 20 feet after the collapse of a scaffold and another worker struck by a large steel plate.

The study also found that the rate of accidents increased as the building was rising higher.

Starting at the beginning of next year OSHA’s rules will become stricter and any incident during which a single employee is hospitalized will have to be reported to OSHA.

Read more in the New York Daily News

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Drowsy%20driving.jpgDrowsy driving plays a role in 21 % of fatal car accidents, in 13% of the crashes resulting in hospitalization and in 7% of the accidents requiring treatment for personal injuries according to a new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The report based on a representative sample of 14,268 crashes demonstrate that drowsy driving is a serious traffic safety issue and that official statistics from the NHTSA do not provide an accurate picture of the prevalence of the probleme
Download the complete Prevalence of Motor Vehicle Crashes Involving Drowsy Drivers report

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In a recent article in Street Blog NYC, Brad Aaron looks at the fatal accident that killed 8 year old Rylee Ramos and is questioning why the driver wasn’t charged. The driver is a 55 year old woman who backed onto a sidewalk near a school, striking 10 people including two students. Rylee Ramos was one of them, She was hit so hard that she died from her injury.
Read the complete article here

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A pedestrian was hit by a private sanitation truck and dragged on Canal Street until he dislodged from the truck near the intersection of Center Street Friday morning around 9:30 am. The victim died at the scene. The driver continued on his way and the police said it wasn’t clear if he was aware of what happened.
Earlier this month another pedestrian was killed on Canal Street (see previous blog).

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Edgar Torres, 40, had the light and was in the crosswalk when he was hit and killed by a MTA bus that didn’t yield. The accident happened at the dangerous intersection of Myrtle Avenue, Wyckoff Avenue and Palmetto Street, steps away from the location where 23 year old Ella Bandes was struck and killed by a bus in January 2013.

After the death of Ella Bandes, The NYC Department of Transportation added some safety improvements but didn’t change the bus routes. There are 6 bus routes crossing the intersection and 5 of them require drivers to turn around and restart their route in the other direction.

Edgar Torres is the sixth pedestrian to be killed by a MTA Bus this year in New York City.

Read more in Transportation Alternatives

The safety measures recently added by the DOT

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Richard Romano Santos and Gerrard Herbert were both drunk when they crashed into each other on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, NYC, a few months ago. Michelle Mignot who was lying down on the back seat of Herbert’s car was killed during the accident. Both men were charged together for the death of Michelle Mignot and they are facing up to 15 years in jail.
Read more in CBS New York

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drill%20bit.jpgA contractor who was supposed to expand a construction well as part of the MTA East Side Access project used a massive drill bit at the wrong location and pierced a F train tunnel at the same time as the train was passing by. The drill bit cut the top and the side of the train triggering the train’s emergency brakes. It’s a miracle that nobody was injured.

The MTA East Side Access Project is a mega construction project from the MTA to bring Long Island Rail Road trainsto Grand Central Station. The contractor has been identified as Griffin Dewatering New England Inc.

The accident happened near the 21st St subway station In Long Island City, Queens, NYC.

Read more in the NY Daily News
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