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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Pomonok_Houses NYCHAThe New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) not only  failed to do critical lead safety inspections but also falsified paperwork to pretend inspections were done and buildings were meeting requirements according to a report released by the Department of Investigation (DOI).

By mid 2016, Shola Olatoye, the NYCHA chairwoman appointed by Mayor de Blasio in 2014, was aware that lead paint inspections that were supposed to be finalized over four years hadn’t been completed in many of the 180,000 NYCHA apartments. She knew NYSHA was violating federal rules and local law but instead of admitting the problem and trying to fix the issues she and other top managers at NYCHA decided to conceal it.

NYCHA submitted a false certification in October 2016, potentially putting numerous children at risk of lead poisoning. Young children are the most at risk of being poisoned by lead. They can can suffer from developmental delays that can have lifetime consequences. In some cases lead poisoning can be fatal.

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lab experiment with fireFour NYC students suffered personal injury during a science experiment that went wrong at St. Catherine Academy, an all girls catholic high school in the Bronx, NYC. Two of the students were seriously injured, two others suffered minor injuries.

The accident occurred  last Wednesday morning around 8:30 am. Students were participating in an experiment during which they clustered around their teacher who was demonstrating with fire how an atom goes from ground state to excited state. At one point, instead of going up, the flame spread and expanded, reaching students. Four of them were singed on their hands and their faces. They were transported to the hospital to be treated.

The teacher had been teaching chemistry for 3 years at the Bronx high school and never had any accident in the past. Read more in the New York Times.

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A 14 year old cyclist died after being struck by a car in NYC Saturday a little before 6:pm. Edwin Ajacalon from Guatemala was working as a delivery boy for a local restaurant. He was crossing Fifth Ave in Greenwood when he was hit by a BMW. According to the NY Daily News, the BMW had the green light.

A surveillance video shows the car slamming into the bicyclist at full speed. A witness said he saw the cyclist going up in the air and falling onto the windshield. The witness also said the car then continued on its way dragging the boy down the block. An off duty cop saw the scene and was able to block the BMW with his own car forcing the driver to stop. Both the cyclist and the BMW driver were transported to the hospital.Edwin Ajacalon died from his injuries. He arrived in Brooklyn a year ago. His parents are too poor to come to the US to reclaim his body. Edwin was sharing a bedroom with five other delivery boys and was sending money to his parents in Guatemala. The driver of the BMW was cooperating with the police.

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The hit and run driver who critically injured a pedestrian in Queens, NYC on Thanksgiving Day was arrested by the police. 52 year old Carmine Minichino of Queens was charged with driving while intoxicated with a suspended licence and leaving the scene of an accident. Last Thursday Minichino struck 71 year old Paul Sim who was crossing the road at the intersection of Murray Street and 17th Road in Flushing Queens. Sim was coming out of a Thanksgiving dinner with other relatives and friends when the accident happened. Minichino hit him and continued to drive, dragging him as far as 40 feet according to the police. Sim was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. He is expected to survive. The police spotted Minichino’s car abandoned down the block from the accident. He soon appeared with the keys in his hands and was arrested.  Read more on New York CBS website

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New York Personal Injury Lawyer Ben RubinowitzOur managing partner, New York Personal Injury Attorney Ben Rubinowitz is the director of a new program developed by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. NTA Drills is a rapid-fire three-day program that focuses on direct and cross-examination of witnesses, including impeachment and expert witness variations, as well as methods for delivering killer openings and summations. It is designed for both new and experienced trial lawyers who want to improve and refine their skills.

The program will take place from December 11th to December 13th 2017 at the NITA Education Center in Boulder Colorado. Attendees will receive 23 CLE credits for their participation in this program.

The “learning by doing” method used during NITA programs ensures that every participant will learn and master amazing new skills such as how to use memory muscle to formulate great questions on the spot or how to think quickly and effectively inside the Courtroom.

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Scaffold Accident Soho, Manhattan6 people were injured in a scaffold accident in New York on Sunday. The accident occurred at the corner of Prince and Broadway in Soho. The area is a popular tourist shopping and dining destination. It is usually packed with pedestrians all day long.

Soho is also a very windy area of Manhattan. Sunday high gusts of wind that were shooting from the North down Broadway took down a large scaffold located on the sidewalk just at the exit of the subway station. According to the FDNY a large plywood piece on the scaffold acted as a sail and took down the entire structure.

A couple of pedestrians got buried under the pile of metal and wood while other passersby who witnessed the scene ran to the rescue.  People started to frantically move the metal and wood pieces to pull people out of the debris.  Shortly after the firefighters and ambulances were also on the scene of the accident. A woman who suffered critical head injury as well as five other people injured by the debris were rushed to the hospital.

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NYC Fatal car accident locationA man died in a car accident  in Queens, NYC on Saturday night. 18 year old Xylique Lovelace-Loney was driving his car on Sutter Avenue in Ozone Park when he got T-boned by another car coming from 80th Street.  The impact was so intense that Xylique’s car careened into two other parked cars.

People who witnessed or heard the accident ran to the rescue. Xylique was traped in his mangled car and the crowd around him was talking to him and trying to to keep him alive until the arrival of the emergency team.

Firefighters had to cut the car to free the victim who was rushed to the hospital. Unfortunately he couldn’t be saved.

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9 people were injured in  a multiple-vehicle crash in New York City on Saturday afternoon. Two police officers in plain clothes tried to stop a car in Clinton Hill Brooklyn. But instead of stopping, the driver just took off. He drove through a red light at the intersection of Clinton and Lafayette Ave and crashed into a bus and two other cars. As he was fleeing. the driver of the car ditched his passenger in the street. He was badly injured. The driver of the bus as well as other passengers including two children of the various vehicles involved in the accident were all taken to the hospital. One person was arrested and another one is still on the run. Read more in the NY Daily News

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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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