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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A pedestrian died from his injuries one day after being the victim of a hit and run accident in Manhattan early Tuesday. The police released a gruesome surveillance video  of the accident (see below). The footage shows the driver heading east E. 14th Street and slamming into the pedestrian while making a left turn onto Union Square East. The victim is 34 year old Adrian Blanc. An executive chef at Hill and Bay, Blanc was planning to get married in Venezuela next month. After the accident he was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, He passed away the following day. Yesterday the police announced that they found the car that hit him.  It is dark-colored Jeep Renegade that belonged to Zip Car. The police now have to find out who was behind the wheel at the time of the accident. There is an epidemic of  hit and run accidents in New York City. On average there is one person every week who dies in a hit and run accident in New York City. Yesterday the City Council passed a bill to crack down on these type of accidents. (see previous blog )

 

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hit and runOn average there is one fatal hit and run accident every week in New York City and too often the police will never be able to identify the driver.  Out of 44,865 hit-and-runs reported to the NYPD in the 2016 fiscal year, there were only 510 arrests. To fight this epidemic, the City Council passed a new bill yesterday. The bill is named after Queens DJ Jinx  Paul who was killed in a hit and tun accident last year in Brooklyn. It was introduced by Coucilman Idanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan). Rodriguez proposes to create a system similar to the existing Amber Alert.  The idea is that the police use the existing Amber Alert technology to send out an alert of hit and run drivers with the available information. The NYPD supports the bill as long as they have an option to op out in case the alert may compromise the investigation or if they don’t have sufficient information.

Read more in the NY Daily News

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Stanton and Ridge where the truck hit the cyclistA cyclist suffered serious personal injury after she was struck by a dump truck in New York on Wednesday night. The bicyclist, a 50 year old registered nurse was riding her bike on Ridge Street in the Lower East Side when she was run over by the truck. The dump truck, a dump Master 10-wheeler was making a right turn from Stanton Street onto Ridge Street when  it hit the cyclist. According to the NY Daily News, the victim was run over by the truck’s front wheels. A medical student who was visiting from Dallas heard the noise of the crash and the nurse screaming. He ran to the rescue. Both her legs were stuck under the wheel but she was still conscious. The medical student identified as Sam Ahn stayed with the victim and comforted  her until the emergency crew arrived. She was rushed to the hospital in serious condition. She may loose a leg according to the police. The truck driver, 45 year old Juan Cosme, stayed at the scene of the accident. The police found out that he was driving with a suspended license. They took him into custody and charged him with driving with a suspended license.

Picture: location of the bicycle accident, courtesy of Google Map

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Victim of Road Rage Christopher MirabaA driver who critically injured a pedestrian in NYC on Halloween Night and was charged with attempted murder  told the NY Daily News he had no idea he hit someone. 50 year old Richard Keith was driving his car in Long Island City on Halloween night when a group of teenage pranksters threw eggs at his car. According to witnesses, the driver became enraged, made a U-turn, jumped the curb and plowed into the teens. He ran over 17 year old Christopher Miraba, the starting quarterback of the Long Island City High School Football Team. Miraba suffered critical injury that included fractures to his pelvis, spine and skull as well as injury to his right lung. Keith said he flipped out because the event happened just hours after the terror attack in Manhattan. He is facing 25 years in prison if convicted.

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New York Personal Injury Attorney Marijo AdimeyNew York Personal Injury Attorney Christopher DonadioNew york City Personal Injury Lawyer LawyerThree of our New York Personal Injury Lawyers visited Cardozo Law School yesterday night. Marijo Adimey, Christopher Donadio and Ben Rubinowitz gave a demonstration of Opening Statements to second and third year students. For more than a dozen years Cardozo Law has invited lawyers from the firm to conduct trial demonstrations to the students.  Cardozo Law has recognized the quality of the trial lawyers at Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf and has made clear to their students that they are among the very best trial lawyers in New York. We have a tradition dating back years of speaking at seminars for law students and lawyers. We believe it is an obligation to share knowledge accumulated over many years so that others will be better prepared to represent their clients. To view videos of some of those seminars click here.

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Crane in New YorkTo reduce the number of crane accidents, OSHA has been working on a new rule that would require crane operators to be certified. The certification requirement was supposed to come into effect on November 10th 2017. However one day before, on November 9th, OSHA published a Final Rule postponing this requirement for an additional year. The  Final Rule indicates that “OSHA is delaying its deadline for employers to ensure that crane operators are certified by one year until November 10, 2018. OSHA is also extending its employer duty to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely for

the same one-year period.”

This is the second time that OSHA postponed this rule since 2014. OSHA indicated that it still needs to address the two following concerns:

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 epilepsyA New York taxi driver who fatally struck two pedestrians in the Bronx after he stopped taking his epilepsy medication pled guilty to one count of assault, a class D felony, and two counts of homicide. On March 20 2015, Emilio Garcia who had been off his epilepsy medications for 3 months, lost control of his taxi and fatally struck 5 year old Tierre Clark and 25 year old Kadeem Brown on the Grand Concourse near 170th Street in the Bronx. Several pedestrians were also injured during the crash. The accident occurred 3 months after a previous collision during which Garcia injured another driver in New York City. Drivers who, like Garcia, are affected by a medical condition that can affect driving, such as epilepsy, are supposed to report their condition to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. Garcia never disclosed his condition. Not even at the time of the first accident. He just continued to drive despite knowing that his negligent behavior was putting road users at risks of dangerous accidents. The Taxi and Limousine Commission also failed to prevent Garcia from continuing to drive after the first accident. The taxi driver is expected to be sentenced in December.

Epilepsy is a serious condition that can be treated. Anyone suffering from this condition and driving a vehicle has to be medicated. Unfortunately Garcia is not the first driver who got off his meds and ended up killing pedestrians in New York City.  In 2015 in the Bronx,  a man who didn’t take his medications had a seizure behind the wheel and killed a 10 year old girl, her grand father and another man. He was charged with manslaughter.  In 2008 a garbage truck driver who was off his meds killed two people after loosing control of his truck. He was convicted of murder.

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Urological Association Meeting ProgrammOur managing partner, New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer Ben Rubinowitz was invited by the New York Section of the American Urological Association Education & Research to participate in their 115th annual meeting. This meeting took place in Havana, Cuba, from November 5th to November 11th. During the meeting participants attended scientific sessions covering:

  • Kidney Cancer
  • Female Urology/Voiding Dysfunction
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accident sceneA pedestrian was killed by a van driver who had previously crashed into his car in a supermarket parking lot in New York City. The 65 year old victim was coming out of Costco on Second Ave and 37th Street in Sunny Park, Brooklyn when he saw a commercial van striking his car and driving off. The victim jumped in his car and started chasing the van.  He followed the van up to Third Ave and 65th Street in Bay Ridge.  At this point he got out of his car and walked to the van to confront the driver. The 55 year old van driver struck him, ran over him and dragged him over two blocks. Witnesses in the street were screaming at the van driver to stop. He was stopped by another motorist who also witnessed the scene and drove his car in front of the van to stop him.  The firefighters had to lift the van to remove the victim who was rushed to the hospital. Unfortunately he couldn’t be saved. The van driver was taken into police custody.

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A college student was fatally run over by a pick up truck driver Thursday around 5 pm in Long Island, NY. 18 year old Taranjit Parmar, a biology student at Adelphi University was driving on Hempstead Turnpike when she was struck by a pick up truck coming out of a gas station. Both drivers pulled off the road and into a gas station parking area. The young woman stepped out of her vehicle and walked toward the pick up truck. The driver of the pick up truck than just ran over her and sped off leaving her to die in the street. Taranjit was rushed to the hospital but she couldn’t be saved. Her family is devastated. The police are still looking for the driver.

Taranjit is the second driver to be fatally run over by a vehicle after a fender-bender. Earlier in the week a man who’s car was struck by a van in a Brooklyn parking lot was fatally run over by the van driver.