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Woman sues city after sidewalk slip and fall accident

One woman is suing a city after suffering injuries from a fall on city property. The woman was injured in 2015 when she suffered a slip and fall accident while crossing a sidewalk. While this accident did not take place in New York, similar premises liability cases are won in the state each year.

According to the report, the sidewalk had been crumbled or broken for some time before her accident, yet the city had done nothing to fix it. In fact, the city had received a notice that the area was in hazardous and dangerous condition, but it had done nothing to alleviate those issues. The woman says that because of the city's negligence, she was severely injured.

Construction workers' accidents being investigated by OSHA

After a retaining wall fell, causing one worker's injuries and the death of another, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is investigating. The construction workers' accidents took place in New York at a development site where a lumber yard is being made into a commercial area. Both apartments and commercial sites will be moving into the area once it is finished.

According to the report, a partial collapse of the wall allowed a large amount of dirt to be spilled where the two victims were working. Thousands of yards of dirt had been brought in and were being held back by that wall. When it fell, the dirt came pouring in on the workers. At this time, it is unclear what caused the wall to fall. 

Common questions about pedestrian and bicycle laws in NYC

As you know, New Yorkers are always on the go. Every day the streets are littered with cars, taxis, bicycles, tourists as well as pedestrians, all of whom are trying their best to maneuver through crowds of people and busy intersections. Getting where you need to be in a jam-packed city like New York can be very difficult at times.

You don’t have a car, so unless you you’re paying for taxis or riding the subway, you’re either walking or biking to your destination. As a resident of the city, you understand the daily hustle, the short-cuts to work and how the city typically operates on a given day. You feel comfortable crossing the streets quickly to beat oncoming traffic but get angry when drivers don’t give you the right-of-way when they’re supposed to.

Several people injured in taxi car accidents

Two taxis crashed in the state recently and left several people, including a toddler, with injuries. People are injured and killed every day on the streets of New York because of car accidents, and this one involved two taxi cabs. One of those cabs ended up in a restaurant where families were dining.

According to police, one yellow cab was moving west of 85th Street and slammed into another cab that was moving south on 2nd Avenue. The second cab was pushed onto the sidewalk and crashed into Wahlburgers restaurant. A mother, along with her 1-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter, were dining in that establishment at the time. They had to be taken to a nearby hospital for their injuries.

2 killed, several injured in one of state's bad car accidents

A resident of another state is facing serious charges after allegedly causing a wreck that killed two and injured several others. The man was reportedly drinking and driving after leaving a wedding when the accident occurred in Queens, New York. A 34-year-old man and a teenage boy were both killed in that crash. It was just one of the state's bad car accidents this year.

According to the district attorney, the 33-year-old was driving a BMW with five passengers after leaving a wedding in Brooklyn. His car was said to have been traveling 76 miles per hour in a 50-mile-per-hour zone when he attempted to pass another car in the right lane. Instead, he lost control of his car, side-swiping the second car and hitting a third. He and the third car went through the guardrail and ended up in the eastbound lanes, causing more cars to wreck there.

Woman injured in 7-Eleven slip and fall accident

A woman alleges that she suffered injuries in a 7-Eleven store in another state. She filed a complaint against the retail chain after suffering the slip-and-fall accident. The woman's claim is that the retail store failed to provide her with a safe environment in which to shop. In New York, as in other states, a retail store is responsible for making sure that its location is safe for consumers and other business invitees.

Reportedly, the woman entered the store in March 2016 in order make a purchase. While in the store, she claims to have slipped on some liquid that employees had failed to clean up before her arrival. She asserts that she suffered serious injuries, for which she seeks legal recourse. The woman has requested a trial by jury.

July and August are the most dangerous months

Summer has always been the time to get outside and do things. People are more active, whether that means walking and biking city streets or hopping in the car for a road trip. When more people are out and about, the data says that more people also suffer from accidents.

The National Safety Council shared data earlier this summer showing that July and August are the leading months each year in terms of preventable deaths. A preventable death might include car, motorcycle or bicycle accident, or it may come from a house fire or a slip and fall accident. They are defined by the cause-effect relationship where the cause could have been avoided.

Lawsuit approved in young football player's brain injury death

The Supreme Court in a northwestern state recently ruled that the parents of a young football player who was fatally injured on the field have the right to pursue claims for damages in a lawsuit. The student suffered a brain injury during a football game that eventually led to his death. His parents allege that the boy's coach pushed him to play when he was unable to do so.  Although this case did not happen in New York, similar injuries are suffered within the state each year.

The boy took a hit to the head during a game in 2009. He did not see a doctor until three days later when it became apparent that the hit could have caused more injury than anyone realized. At that time, his doctor told him to refrain from playing any contact sport for at least three days. Later in the week, the doctor released him to play, but during the next game that he played in, the boy seemed sluggish and acted a bit confused.

Lawsuit filed over catastrophic injuries from electrocution

A man's parents have filed a lawsuit on his behalf after he suffered terrible burns from a power line. The incident took place at the Gulfport Yacht Club and caused catastrophic injuries to the victim. Although this club is not in New York, similar cases are heard in the state's courtrooms throughout the year.

The man, who is 21 years old, will need to be taken care of for the rest of his life, according to the suit. His parents, who are acting as his conservators, have sued on his behalf in order to seek monetary damages to pay for that care. His right arm and both legs had to be amputated because of the severity of the burns.

Car accidents: Officer accused of hit and run striking pedestrian

An officer of the MTA Bridges and Tunnels police has been accused of hit and run after hitting a pedestrian while in his police car. The report claims that the officer drove several miles with his victim in the car and then dumped him alongside a New York highway. The district attorney in Brooklyn claims that the officer refused to help the victim and then tried to hide the entire episode. It is one of the most controversial reports of car accidents to take place in the state.

The report claims that the officer was on patrol when he hit the victim, causing injury. He then reportedly put the injured victim into his police car and drove him away from the scene of the accident to dump him. The victim then called 911 on his cell, while the officer allegedly drove away, later returning in his personal vehicle. The claim is that the officer then leaned over into the ambulance and threatened the victim.

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