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Aiding Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Efforts From New York

It's the fifth strongest storm to ever hit the United States. On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made a direct hit on Puerto Rico and left widespread destruction behind. The 150 mph winds and flooding rain knocked out power for the entire island and wrecked structures in multiple towns. The entire electrical infrastructure was destroyed, and there are communities where 80 to 90 percent of homes were lost.

2 Bronx Workers Seriously Hurt After Falling Through Gap in Scaffolding

Two workers were seriously injured as a result of plummeting 20 feet through gaps in scaffolding at a Bronx construction site on Tuesday October 3, 2017. As reported by the New York Daily News, the two men were installing stone slabs on the façade of a 12-story apartment building on Third Avenue, near East 167th Street when they fell through the opening in the scaffolding.

Block O'Toole & Murphy Attorneys Recognized in 2017 Super Lawyers List


SEATED (left to right): Daniel O'Toole, Jeffrey Block, Stephen Murphy; STANDING: Frederick Aranki, Ravi Sattiraju, David Scher, Michael Hurwitz, Scott Occhiogrosso, S. Joseph Donahue, Christina (Mark) Mercado 

Once again, over half the attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy have been selected to the prestigious Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers, which uses a patented selection process to determine lawyers in the top 5% of their practice area in each state, assesses candidates against 12 indicators of professional competence and peer recognition. Indicators include verdicts and settlements achieved, awards and honors, scholarly writings or lectures, and more.

Worker Seriously Injured by Falling Beam at Harlem Construction Site

A construction worker was seriously injured after a beam fell on him and pinned him to the ground at a construction site in East Harlem on Friday September 29, 2017, as reported by the New York Post. The incident occurred on Third Avenue near East 125th Street.

The beam that fell was approximately 20 feet above ground, according to an eyewitness who was also an employee. The beam likely came loose after the cable holding it snapped.

According to the Fire Department, the construction worker was taken to Harlem Hospital Center in critical condition.

This is a tragic - and likely preventable - incident. We wish the worker a full and speedy recovery.

Deadly Construction Accidents Inspire Renewed Efforts to Pass Carlos' Law

After the sad deaths of 2 construction workers in New York City, Assemblyman Francisco Moya is pressing lawmakers to pass a construction safety law. The proposed bill is called "Carlos' Law". It is named after deceased construction worker Carlos Moncayo, who died in a construction accident in 2015. The law has lingered up in Albany, passing the Assembly but not getting through the Senate. "Carlos' Law" would increase criminal penalties against construction site managers and employers who continuously fail to follow generally accepted safety rules and regulations that result in serious injury or death.

Construction Worker Killed in Deadly Manhattan Fall at Maiden Avenue Luxury Building

A 44 year-old construction worker fell 29 floors while working during the construction of a new luxury apartment building in lower Manhattan. The unidentified worker was working on Maiden Avenue, at a building called “1 Seaport,” at 9:25 am when he tragically fell. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a report from Eyewitness News.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the now deceased worker. This is a terribly sad story.

What Should You Do When Life Mimics Gilligan's Island?

Fans and passing acquaintances of Gilligan's Island, the popular 1960s television show, are familiar with how quickly things can go from a fun-filled adventure to a life-changing experience. 

The plot of the show centered around seven people who set sail on what was scheduled to be a three-hour sightseeing tour. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other ideas and whipped up a storm that left the group stranded on an uncharted island. Form then on, the entire show focuses on the group's failed attempts at escaping the island and getting back to the lives they once knew. 

Water Taxi Crash in West Midtown Terminal: Get Legal Help Today

At just after 4pm on July 28, 2017, a water taxi crossing the Hudson River from New Jersey crashed into the West Midtown Ferry Terminal on 39th Street, as reported by NBC News New York. Tragically, over 30 people were injured, with some facing serious injuries after the crash.

Tragic MTA Bus & Tour Bus Crash in Flushing Kills 3, Injures At Least 15

At around 6:15AM on Monday, September 18, a Q20 MTA bus and a Dahlia Travel and Tours bus collided at the busy intersection of Northern Boulevard and Main Street in Flushing, Queens, as reported by The New York Times.

Three people were killed and at least 15 were injured, seven of them critically.

August 2017: A Deadly Month For Falls

Sadly, August offered no respite from the string of tragic injuries and deaths that have plagued our city in recent months and years. 

Last month's high profile accidents had a unifying theme: falls. From elevator falls and construction site falls to falling trees, falls were the common ingredient in many of New York City's august incidents.