Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf 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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dangerous fake e-cigarette products are difficult to identifyDangerous vape products are flooding the US market warns New York Senator Chuck Schumer. These products are counterfeit vape pods that are compatible with the popular Juul e-cigarette devices. Juul e-cigarette devices can be bought everywhere in the US from drugstores to gas stations.  Juul says its products are helping adults to quit smoking cigarettes but at the same time the company is also heavily marketing its products to young people who never smoked before and become addicted to vaping.

HARD TO DIFFERENTIATE THE REAL FROM THE FAKE

Counterfeit Juul vape pods manufactured in China have been invading the US market.  Counterfeit are sometimes difficult to differentiate from real products  and  while the content of  the real Juul vape pods is regulated, the content of the counterfeit is obviously not and can contain higher amount of nicotine or dangerous chemicals. Therefore Juul users might be at risk of vaping toxic products without knowing it. Additionally Chinese counterfeiters are not only copying popular Juul flavors such as Mango but also creating flavor branded with names that are appealing to children such as  “juice box”, “candy cane” or “silky strawberry”. Such branding is illegal in the US.

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hacked150,000 potential victims of medical malpractice who clicked on Facebook ads created by xSocial Media and provided their personal medical records including intimate and personal descriptions of their injuries were exposed in a major data breach. The leaked data included not only the full name, address, email, phone number and IP address of the patient but also the circumstance of the injury and an explanation about the injury. Among the information unveiled by the breach were injuries suffered by veterans during combat, injuries by medical devices or by medication side-effects. Some of the data also contained insights about the employment situation of  medical patients that could ruin their career.

xSocial Media is a Facebook marketing agency that specializes in running ad campaigns for medical malpractice and other personal injury lawsuits to generate leads for their clients. When Facebook users click their adds, they are asked to fill a form to check if they qualify for legal assistance.  These forms generate leads for xSocial Media’s clients. The forms are stored in multiple databases operated by xSocial Media. These databases are not safe and were hacked. After the breach was discovered it took xSocial Media 9 days to act on it and fix the issue. A recent article in VPN mentor demonstrates how easy a hacker could access this data.

Also in addition to leaking medical records, xSocial Media also leaked invoices records containing their own bank account info as well as their clients name, address and phone numbers.  The leak also shows the result of their clients campaigns and how much they paid for it.

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SUV involved in the fatal hit and run accidentA pedestrian was killed in a hit and run accident in NYC on father’s day. Christopher Nieves, a 37 year old dad was struck by a brown 2004 Chevy Tahoe with a New York plate reading CRR 5224 and a sticker that says “Salt Life” on the rear window.  The police are now looking for the person who was behind the wheel of this SUV. The accident occurred a little bit after 6:00 am on father’s day. Christopher Nieves was trying to hail a cab when he was struck by the SUV speeding down the street. The driver never stopped. At the time of the accident, Christopher was with two friends who tried to pull him back when they saw the SUV but it was too late.

Nieves was rushed to the hospital but he couldn’t be saved.

Anyone who has information about the driver can contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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NYC Personal Injury Lawyers Howard Hershenhorn and Diana Carnemolla

Congratulations to our partners NY Personal Injury Lawyers Howard Hershenhorn and Diana Carnemolla as well as their legal assistant Richard Soldano, for obtaining the Highest Jury Verdict in New York State in 2018. This verdict is also the 25th highest jury verdict in the entire country for 2018.

NY #1 Verdict In Sipher v. Twin America LLC, the jury awarded $85 million to a pedestrian who was ran over by a red double decker sightseeing tour bus in New York. The verdict was delivered on December 4th 2018 after a week trial during which Howard Hershenhorn and Diana Carnemolla tried the case on behalf of the injured plaintiff before the Hon. Barbara Jaffe in New York Supreme Court. The jury awarded to the victim $45 million for past pain and suffering and $40 million for future pain and suffering.

The accident occurred on July 3rd 2015 in downtown Manhattan. The victim was crossing 6th Avenue in the crosswalk with  the light in his favor when he was struck by a sightseeing bus making a left turn from West 4th Street onto 6th Avenue.

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Trench and excavation accident prevention infographicConstruction workers who are working in trenching and excavation are exposed to extremely dangerous hazards resulting most of the time from collapse. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 130 hard hats died in trenching and excavation accidents between 2011 and 2016.

Half of these fatalities occurred between 2015 and 2016.

Among the 130 dead workers, 104 were working for the private construction industry and among them 40 died at industrial places and premises, 39 died at private residence sites and 21 died at streets or highways construction sites.

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32 people have been injured in bicycle accidents on Second Ave between 59th street and 68th street in Manhattan, with many accidents occurring at the intersection of 59th street and Second Avenue which is the entrance of the 59th Street Bridge.

Until recently, bicyclists who were riding South on Second Avenue used a protected bike lane until 68th Street and then had to ride through a dangerous gap in front of the 59th Street bridge entrance to then go back on the protected bike lane. The DOT was supposed to fill the bike lane gap last summer but the installation was delayed to this spring. The work is now almost completed.

This is good news for the estimated 3000 cyclists who use the Second Avenue bike lane and the estimated 6000 people crossing the Queensboro bridge by bike every day.  The changes include the addition of a bike lane that would be protected by cars during off-peak hours and that would turn into a curbside buffered bike lane during rush hours. A pedestrian and a bicycle crossing were added at the entrance of the Queensboro bridge to allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross on the East Side of  Second Ave.  An island and a tip extension were also built to shorten the pedestrian and bicycle crossing.

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location of the Staten Island car crash3 people were injured in a car crash in Statent Island, NYC.  Wednesday night around 9:40 pm  when a 20 year-old female driver driving with a suspended license, tried to make a right turn from the center lane of Hylan Boulevard onto Bryant Avenue.

The accident occurred in front of the NYPD 122nd precinct. The young woman who was driving a Dodge Charger collided with a Honda Accord seriously injuring the driver and his two passengers. The driver, a 50 year old man and the two passengers an 8-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl were rushed to the hospital.

The driver was taken into custody and is expected to be charged with driving with a suspended license.

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summer injury preventionDepending on the seasons, emergency room doctors are treating different type of personal injuries. As summer is coming more patients check in the ER for heat related injuries, water related injuries, trampoline and bounce house injuries as well as firework injuries.

Heat Exhaustion

One of the most common injuries that doctors treat is heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion often occurs when someone is doing a strenuous physical activity in hot and often humid weather. It affects a lot of construction workers. Heat exhaustion can be dangerous and if not addressed and treated proprely can lead to heat stroke which can be a life-threatening condition.
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New-York-School-Zone-Speed-CameraIn New York, speed cameras have proven to be one of the most efficient ways to prevent car accidents and save pedestrian lives especially children and seniors. After Governor Cuomo signed a new law allowing the expansion of the school zone speed camera program in New York City (see previous blog), mayor de Blasio recently announced that the number of speed cameras in New York City would gradually increase from 140 now to 750 in 2020.

The number of hours during which the speed cameras will be operating is expected to almost double

Additionally and starting July 11 speed cameras will operate weekdays from 6 AM to 10 PM. They will not only operate during school hours as it was the case before. The new law also expands the distance at which cameras can be installed from the school. As a result additional speed cameras will be installed in dangerous locations such as West End Ave, First Avenue in Manhattan, Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, Hylan Boulevard in Staten Island, Northern Boulevard in Queens and Grand Concourse in the Bronx.
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Two pedestrians were injured in a truck accident in New York City last Friday.  An out of control refrigerated box truck delivering produce jumped the curb at 86th Street and Bay 34th Street in Bath Beach, Brooklyn, NYC. It crashed into a Malaysian restaurant window. As it jumped the curb, it struck a 20-year-old pedestrian. The driver then backed the truck up striking a 24-year-old woman and damaging a parked car then hit a subway pillar. The driver then tried to flee the scene of the accident on foot but the police caught him and he was taken into custody.

The two pedestrians who were injured were taken to the hospital. The 20-year-old pedestrian is in critical condition and still fighting for his life. The 24-year-old woman suffered a head injury but she is in stable condition.

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