July 2nd, 2019 – Former New York Student Wins $60 Million
A Manhattan jury determined that the New York Department of Education and a plaintiff’s former teacher were at-fault in an accident that caused the former student to become badly burned. The accident happened when the teacher attempted to show how salts react when exposed to methanol. A fireball resulted and engulphed two students. One of the students was burned so badly that he had to spend a full five months in the burn unit.
April 1st, 2019 – Amtrack Supervisor Shot At Work
An Amtrack worker has died and his supervisor was shot on Thursday, March 28th, 2019. According to the officers who arrived on the scene, the worker and his supervisor got into an argument that ended with the employee pulling a gun and shooting the supervisor in the leg. When officers arrived, he barricaded himself in a black SUV. Officers were unable to reach him before he turned the gun on himself and killed himself. The shooting is still being investigated.
March 14th, 2019 – State Trooper Hit By Tractor Trailer
At around 9:00 a.m. on Interstate 86, a state trooper had pulled his car over and put on his emergency lights so that he could assist with a weather-related accident. Instead, he ended up in an accident of his own.
A passing tractor-trailer hit the trooper’s vehicle, sideswiping it. The damage to the car was substantial and the officer had to be taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for his injuries. The driver of the semi was ticketed for failing to move over when he saw the police lights. He is also arrested when it was discovered that he was wanted for theft charges in North Carolina and other charges in Pennsylvania.
February 19th, 2019 – Long Island Construction Worker Loses Both Legs In Accident
A construction worker is adjusting to a new reality after losing both of his legs below the knee. According to the police, the worker fell 10 feet into a hold when he was hit by a massive steel plate. The plate fell into the hole after him, slamming into the lower part of this legs and severing them. He was rushed to the hospital and listed in stable condition. The accident is being investigated.
January 7th, 2019 – Driver Arrested After Deadly Hit & Run Accident
A single mother of twins was killed in Brooklyn while crossing the crosswalk. The driver of the car took off, leaving the victim to suffer and die from her injuries. Later, police arrested the 55-year-old driver and charged with failing to exercise due care, failing to stop for a pedestrian, and leaving the scene of an accident.
December 10th, 2018 – Three Dead In Snowmobile Accidents
Snowmobile riders are out in force taking advantage of the sunshine but for several, the day didn’t end well. In three separate accidents, a snowmobiler lost their life. Officials have stated that the conditions were “icy” and that it is important for riders to pay attention to trail conditions and posted signs.
November 21st, 2018 – One Dead, Four Injured In Car Crash
A total of four cars crashed on the Brooklyn Bridge, causing three of the vehicles to catch fire. The entire bridge had to be shut down so that firefighters could control the blaze. Police have not yet revealed what caused the accident.
August 30, 2018 – Fatal Jet Ski Accident In The Bronx
On Tuesday, August 28, a 30-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were involved in a jet ski accident in Pelham Bay near Evers Marina and Seaplane Base. Around 9:20 pm the jet ski crashed into a boat killing the male passenger and injuring the female. The male was found unconscious in the water with head injuries and the female was taken to Jacobi Medical Center with a leg injury.
July 16, 2018 – NYPD Officers Sue the City Over Injuries From Exposure To Mold
At least four NYPD officers have filed lawsuits against the city alleging that they have suffered health complications or have had their health compromised after being exposed to mold in their Harlem office. One officer claims to have been disabled due to mold exposure while others state they have suffered from symptoms such as shortness of breath, slight memory loss, and chest pains. The city Law Department stated that it would review the complaint.
June 30, 2018 – A Zipline Accident Leaves An 8-Year-Old Boy Seriously Injured
On Tuesday, June 26, an 8-year-old boy from New York City was at Camp Caribou using the zipline with other campers to slide into the water. The zipline is about 50 feet high in the air and starts off in the woods before the rider ends up dropping into the water. According to investigators, the boy was riding the zipline into the water when he hit a boat that could have drifted into the path of the zipline. He was flown to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital with a serious head injury. The accident is under investigation.
April 26, 2018 – Charter Bus Of High Schoolers Crashes Into Overpass
On Sunday, April 8, a charter bus carrying 38 high school students and 5 chaperones was traveling from John F. Kennedy Airport to Huntington to bring the students home from a spring break trip to Eastern Europe. The bus was too large to travel under the overpass on the Long Island Highway and slammed into it ripping the top of the bus off. All of the passengers were taken to the hospital and two girls remained hospitalized on Monday, April 9 in serious condition. The bus driver stated that he was unaware of the height restrictions and was very sorry for the error. No charges have been filed.
March 30, 2018 – Five Dead In NYC Helicopter Crash
On Sunday, March 11, a Liberty Helicopter carrying five young passengers, all between the ages of 26 – 34 years old, crashed into the East River around 7 pm. The 33-year-old pilot was the only survivor of the crash as he was able to free himself from the safety harnesses. This is the company’s third crash in 11 years and has been in business for over 30 years. The crash is being investigated to determine what caused it and during this time the Liberty Helicopter’s FAA operating certificate is suspended.
February 28, 2018 – Former New York Prep School Student Sues School Over Injury
A woman is suing her former Upper West Side prep school for injuries she sustained when she was a student there and forced to play musical chairs “under penalty of disciplinary action”. The plaintiff suffered injuries during the game when another student pulled a chair out from under her. The suit claims that the teacher failed to properly educate students on property safety and the plaintiff is seeking compensation for personal injuries, emotional trauma, medical expenses, distress, and pain and suffering.
January 25, 2018 – Three Men Shot In New York City
On Sunday afternoon, January 21, police were called to the scene of an assault in Manhattan at 31st Street. Two men had been arguing regarding an unknown topic when one of them pulled a gun out and began shooting. Three men suffered gunshot wounds, with one of them being an innocent bystander. The 3 victims were shot in the shoulder, left arm, and the back and taken to local hospitals where they were reported to be in stable condition. Police said they are searching for at least two suspects who fled the scene on foot.
December 28, 2017 – Livery Cab Crashes Injuring Drivers, Cyclist, And Pedestrians
On Thursday, December 7, a livery cab caused a huge chain-reaction crash which injured six people in Lower Manhattan. The scene was very different from most car accidents because after the driver of the cab rear-ended a Ford Explorer which hit a cyclist, the cab continued driving another block hitting another car and then running up onto the sidewalk. The two drivers of the vehicles that were hit were injured as well as the cyclist. Additionally, 3 other pedestrians were injured at intersections and on the sidewalk. All injuries were non-life-threatening, and police are investigating the accident as possibly being caused by road rage.
November 30, 2017 – New Lawsuit Filed In Manhattan Against Harvey Weinstein
As the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal continues to grow, another lawsuit has been filed by an aspiring actress in New York. This suit is a federal lawsuit which was filed under a sex trafficking statute claiming that Weinstein offered the now 31-year-old London resident assistance in her career as a guise for engaging in commercial sex acts. Weinstein denies a non-consensual sex act occurred. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. Yet another lawsuit was filed in London on Monday, November 27 claiming personal injury due to sexual assault by Weinstein.
October 9, 2017 – Lawsuit Filed After Patient Is Paralyzed Due To A Hospital Mistake
On a September evening in 2014, a 54-year-old man was rushed to the ER of Lincoln Hospital arriving around 11:30 pm. The man had been found lying in the street on his back after being hit by a car. Any individual who has been hit by a car should be physically examined within 15 minutes of arrival at the hospital, but this patient was left waiting for over 90 minutes. He was not immobilized the entire time and when he complained of numbness in his feet the surgery he received was too late. His spinal cord had been damaged and he had suffered irreversible paralysis. He has sued the Bronx hospital which is known for having one of the worst records for city ER waits.
September 21, 2017 – New York State Settles Boxer’s Brain Injury Case For Record Amount
An important personal injury case has been settled for a record $22 million, which according to ESPN is thought to be the largest personal injury settlement in the state’s history. A boxer lost a 2013 fight and after the post-fight medicals were completed he was not rushed to the hospital. Instead, he had to take a cab to the hospital and underwent surgery the same night. The complaint alleges that the New York State Athletic Commission was negligent and reckless. Due to this gross negligence, the boxer had a delayed diagnosis of a blood clot in his brain and he suffered several strokes. It has been 4 years since the injury and his speech is only mumbling, he can’t walk, and he is paralyzed on his right side. The New York State inspector general then did a 32-month investigation and the commission has now been overhauled.
August 23, 2017 – Talc Powder Lawsuit Results In Record Verdict
A California woman who filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson over their baby powder will receive $417 million in compensatory and punitive damages. The Los Angeles jury ordered the company to pay the plaintiff, who is currently hospitalized after the verdict was reached on Monday in the lawsuit which claimed that using talc powder regularly for feminine hygiene purposes causes ovarian cancer. Evidence from the suit showed decades old documents that showed J&J knew of the risks of ovarian cancer and talc. This verdict is the largest sum awarded in the several verdicts from talc powder lawsuits against the company in the United States.
July 21, 2017 – Woman Files Personal Injury Lawsuit After Train Derailment
After a train derailed in Harlem on Tuesday, June 27, a woman who was riding it and suffered injuries is planning to sue the MTA and New York City Transit Authority. The train derailed outside of the 125th Street station and at least 34 people were treated for minor injuries. The Hamilton Heights woman filed a claim on Wednesday, June 28, for $5 million which alleges that she suffered psychological and physical injuries as a result of the derailment. She alleges that she was pushed and trampled by people as she attempted to exit the train, passed out for a second and threw up from the smoke.
June 28, 2017 – 14-Year-Old Girl Injured In Fall From Amusement Park Ride
On Saturday, June 24, a 14-year-old girl fell from a gondola-style ride in a Six Flags Park in upstate New York. A video shows the girl, from Greenwood Delaware, hanging 30 feet in the air from the ride above a waiting crowd with open arms trying to catch her. It was unclear why the girl was hanging from the ride and the operator stopped ride when told there was an individual in distress. The girl dropped into the crowd and sustained injuries which she was taken Glen Falls Hospital for treatment and later flown to Albany. A man in the crowd was also treated for a back injury after he tried to catch the girl when she fell from the ride. He was released from the hospital. The ride is currently closed while an internal review is conducted.
May 31, 2017 – Settlement Distribution Nears For Largest Personal Injury Settlement In PA History
It has been about 3 months since a settlement of $227 million was reached for the victims and their families of a 2013 building collapse in Philadelphia. Seven people were killed and twelve were injured when a multiple story building at a demolition site collapsed onto a Salvation Army store at 22nd and Market Streets. This settlement is the largest personal injury settlement in PA history. On May 3rd, families were able to speak in private sessions, held by a Philadelphia arbitrator, about the effects the tragedy had on their families. A decision on the distribution of the settlement is expected to be made 30 days from the May 3rd final hearings. That decision will come on or close to the 4 year anniversary of the collapse of June 5th.
April 28, 2017 – New York City Tourist Injured By Falling Hammock
On Tuesday afternoon, April 25, a 48-year-old tourist from the UK was struck by a large hammock on a wooden stand that fell about 50 feet from a residential building. Witnesses quickly called an ambulance and the injured woman was tended to by medics. The woman had been walking with her husband when she was struck around 5 pm on the corner of Church Street and Park Place. She was rushed to NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue in serious but stable condition and is recovering from head injuries. Police said that they are treating this as an accident since they could find no evidence of criminality. There were no high wind advisories issued that day.
March 21, 2017 – Personal Injury Claims Filed Due To Contaminated Drinking Water
Hundreds of current and former residents of Montgomery and Bucks counties in Pennsylvania have filed personal injury suits which have been added to a mass tort against six firefighting foam manufacturers. Firms in both Pennsylvania and New York are handling the large number of cases which allege that local drinking water has been contaminated with PFOS and PFOA, unregulated chemicals which are ingredients in the foams. Plaintiffs are seeking monetary compensation for injuries suffered allegedly caused by drinking the contaminated water. There are also several class action suits filed which make similar allegations.
February 24, 2017 – Lawsuit Filed Against Company Taking Advantage Of 9/11 Heroes
A lawsuit has been filed against a NJ-based company, RD Legal Funding, who allegedly targeted first responders of the 9/11 terror attacks to scam them out of settlement money. The company would allegedly offer advanced payments on the compensation being given to the first responders, who often suffered from cancer, respiratory ailments, and other illnesses as a result of working at Ground Zero. Yet, rather than helping these heroes, the lawsuit states the contracts were confusing and required repayments larger than the amount received, in some cases rates of repayment equaled up to 250 percent which is in violation of New York law.
January 19, 2017 – Personal Injury Lawsuits May Be Filed After LIRR Train Crash
103 passengers were injured on Thursday, January 4th when a Long Island Rail Road commuter train crashed at the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn New York. The train was going higher than 10 mph when it hit the buffer while the speed limit for trains nearing the platforms is 5 mph. The engineer has stated that he remembers nothing of the crash and the National Transportation Safety Board is awaiting drug and alcohol test results. Several passengers have indicated they will be taking legal action, and one investigator spoke of plans to file a $5 million lawsuit against the commuter line.
December 22, 2016 – Brooklyn Hit And Run Results In Death Of Radio DJ
Police have released video surveillance footage of a deadly hit and run accident which occurred Monday, December 19 just after 4 am at the intersection of Sheffield and Jamaica avenues in Brooklyn. The victim, who was identified as a New York radio station DJ, sustained severe body trauma and was pronounced dead at Brookdale Hospital. The car pictured in the video and involved in the accident is being described as a black Nissan Maxima by police. An investigation is ongoing and police urge anyone with information to contact authorities.
November 16, 2016 – 3rd Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit Lost By Johnson & Johnson
A St. Louis jury recently awarded damages to a California woman who claimed use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder for an extended length of time for feminine hygiene purposes caused her ovarian cancer. The woman was awarded over $70 million which is now the third loss for J&J regarding their talc products. The company is currently facing about 1,700 lawsuits which allege they failed to warn consumers of the risks involved with using their products despite their knowledge of the health risks the products posed. The defeats in court have been costly for the company, with verdicts amounting in the millions for each case, and the company spokesperson has indicated that J&J plans to appeal the verdicts standing by their denial that any link exists between talc use and ovarian cancer.
October 14, 2016 – Personal Injury Lawsuits To Be Filed After New Jersey Train Crash
Last month’s devastating NJ Transit train crash resulted in one fatality and the injury of 100 others. The train sped up for unknown reasons on September 29th before it collided into the station causing massive damage. Investigators are looking into what caused the accident but meanwhile local attorneys have indicated that they have already been contacted by several victims to file personal injury lawsuits seeking compensation for their injuries.
September 9, 2016 – Kayakers Injured In Collision With Ferry On The Hudson
According to New York authorities, 11 kayakers were injured on Tuesday, August 30 when a ferry on the Hudson River hit them. The accident occurred near Pier 79 just before 6 pm. The most serious injury was sustained by an employee of the Manhattan Kayak Company whose arm was partially severed. He is listed at the hospital in stable condition. The other injured people sustained only minor injuries. A spokesperson for the ferry’s operator, NY Waterway, stated that it is cooperating with the Coast Guard and New York Police Department on the investigation.
August 16, 2016 – Tour Bus Accident Injures 13 People
A double-decker tour bus crashed into a tree recently after it ran off the road and over the sidewalk on the edge of Central Park on the Upper East side. Thirteen people were injured including a 70-year-old man and a 71-year-old woman who both sustained head injuries. The injured passengers were all transported to local hospitals and are all expected to survive. The GO New York bus driver stated that he was trying to avoid a taxi that had cut him off. The bus company stated that they were “saddened” by the injuries and that “safety has always been and continues to be our top priority.”
March 23, 2016- Godfrey Quiktrip Sued For Slip And Fall Accident
A man from Madison County alleges that he suffered injuries after he slipped and fell on a puddle of oil at a Godfrey Quiktrip. The man filed his lawsuit on March 11th in Madison County Circuit against Quiktrip Corporation, stating negligence. He alleges that he slipped on an oil spot that led to severe injuries and pain as well as lost wages and medical bills among other things.
February 4, 2016- Johnson & Johnson First Settlement For Vaginal Mesh Injury
Johnson & Johnson has recently started to settle numerous personal injury and product liability lawsuits that were filed by women who allege that the company’s vaginal-mesh inserts caused them serious injuries. Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay over $120 million to settle an initial round of approximately 3,000 lawsuits. The filed lawsuits state that the women suffered severe organ damage due to erosion of the company’s popular line of vaginal mesh surgical inserts.
January 21, 2016- Woman Suing Ingalls Memorial For Medical Malpractice
A Chicago Cook County woman is suing Ingalls Memorial Hospital and an anesthetist because of injuries she allegedly suffered during childbirth. The complainant alleges that the injection of anesthesia into her spinal cord during an epidural analgesia, led to her suffering severe permanent injuries. Her injuries included a subdural hematoma and a collection of blood in the skull outside the brain that led to neurological damage.
December 24, 2015- MTA Bus Hits And Kills Pedestrian In Brooklyn, New York
A 62-year-old woman was hit and killed by a MTA bus in Brooklyn as she was crossing the street. The bus was attempting to make a left turn when it slammed into the woman who was crossing at the same time on a crosswalk. She was rushed to Coney Island Hospital in traumatic arrest. The driver stayed on the scene and was not charged as the police investigate the case. For more details check out our weekly accident report.
December 8, 2015- New York Teen Killed In A Hit-And-Run Accident
A 17-year-old teenager was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Queens. According to police reports, a black Toyota Camry hit the teenager while he was trying to cross the street. Unfortunately, in this case the driver of the Camry did not stay on the scene. For more information about this hit-and-run accident story visit our weekly New York accident round up. In the case that the driver is eventually found, the charges against him are likely going to be high considering he fled the scene and the victim died.
December 4, 2015 – Pedestrian Accident Reported In Springfield Boulevard, New York
Two pedestrians walking on the sidewalk in Springfield Boulevard were struck by a motor vehicle and suffered serious broken leg injuries. The car continued over the sidewalk to crash into a fast food restaurant. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene on foot. For more details on the story, check out our weekly New York accident round up. If the driver of the car did not have insurance or cannot be found, the victims of this accident will likely be able to recover under their own motor insurance policies. We can only speculate as to what caused this accident, however given the driver fled the scene, it is likely that the driver was distracted, which caused him/her to veer off the road and hit these unfortunate pedestrians.