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Manhattan Bus Crash Injures 18

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A Sunday crash in Manhattan involving a bus carrying several defenseless, disabled patients and two other vehicles injured as many as 18 people. The crash took place late afternoon on the busy FDR Drive, causing massive logjams for weekenders trying to make their way back to New York City. Those involved were rushed by emergency personnel to local hospitals.

New York In The Top Ten For Driving Selfies

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Sometimes it's not good to be among the top 10.

Despite the fines, safety consequences and legal consequences taking cellphone pictures while driving can yield, some drivers in the state just can't seem to resist going for the selfie when behind the wheel. In fact, a recent analysis points to New York being among the states where driving selfies are most common.

The analysis looked at a collection of tens of thousands of Instagram posts that had hashtags related to driving, to see which states had the highest rates of such posts per 100,000 residents. The analysis found New York to have the eighth highest rate in the country. New York was found to have 1.29 such posts for every 100,000 individuals in the state.

Stephen J. Murphy Named to Prestigious 'Best Lawyers' List

'Best Lawyers', the most respected consumer guide to the premier lawyers in the legal profession, has once again recognized Stephen J. Murphy for his outstanding legal skills. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded as a significant honor, given to lawyers who bring honor to their profession and respective field of practice. The award is given to attorneys who receive the highest acclaim from their peers. The list was compiled by conducting an exhaustive evaluation of leading lawyers by surveying their colleagues, adversaries and judges. The list of the "most respected attorneys in practice" has been called the "best" indicator of who the top attorneys are in their area of practice and a "cut above" other lists.

Daniel P. O'Toole Named to Prestigious 'Best Lawyers' List

'Best Lawyers', the most respected consumer guide to the most accomplish lawyers in the legal profession, has once again recognized Daniel P. O'Toole for his outstanding legal work. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded as a significant honor, given to lawyers who bring honor to their profession and respective field of practice. The award is given to attorneys who receive the highest acclaim from their peers. The list was compiled by conducting an exhaustive evaluation of leading lawyers by surveying their colleagues, adversaries and judges. The list of the "most respected attorneys in practice" has been called the "best" indicator of who the top attorneys are in their area of practice and a "cut above" other lists.

Jeffrey A. Block Named To Prestigious 'Best Lawyers' List

'Best Lawyers', the most respected consumer guide to the most accomplish lawyers in the legal profession, has once again recognized Jeffrey A. Block for his outstanding legal work. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded as a significant honor, given to lawyers who bring honor to their profession and respective field of practice. The award is given to attorneys who receive the highest acclaim from their peers. The list was compiled by conducting an exhaustive evaluation of leading lawyers by surveying their colleagues, adversaries and judges. The list of the "most respected attorneys in practice" has been called the "best" indicator of who the attorneys are in their area of practice and a "cut above" other lists.

Uber & Lyft: What You Need To Know

Transportation like Uber and Lyft have revolutionized the industry, changing the way people get a ride.

Their popularity can be traced primarily to their convenience. The process is simple:

  • User requests a ride via their smartphone app
  • Driver comes directly to an agreed upon pick-up location
  • User pays for the ride through the app and moves on with life

Not only are these services more convenient than a traditional taxi, they are also significantly cheaper in most locations.

"So what's the catch? There's always a catch."

Services like Uber and Lyft are not regulated as stringently as traditional sources of for-hire transportation. This can leave injured passengers and motorists unsure of their rights and lacking the resources they need after an unfortunate accident.

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How can you use these services safely? Here's what you need to know before getting in the car:

Summer Heat: What Construction Workers Need To Know

Construction work will often take place during nicer weather. It makes sense. It is much easier to work outside when you don't have to navigate rain, sleet, snow and ice. However, as we make our way through the dog days of summer, it is important to note that construction workers face dangers imposed upon them by 'Mother Nature.' August temperatures in New York have hovered around or above 90°. During the construction boom these elevated temperatures can lead to serious construction accidents. Everyone needs to be careful.

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Looking at New York’s pure comparative negligence doctrine, P.2

We began looking in our last post at the topic of comparative negligence. As we noted, New York uses the minority approach known as pure comparative negligence, which does not bar a plaintiff from recovering damages based on how at fault he or she is determined to be for the accident.

For a plaintiff, pure comparative negligence is a positive thing, of course, because it means that he or she still has the ability to recover damages to the extent that others are at fault for the injuries. It also means, though, that part of building a strong personal injury case is defending against accusations of contributory negligence and presenting strong evidence of the defendant’s contributions to the accident. 

3 Lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy Recognized by 'Best Lawyers'.

3 lawyers at New York City's prestigious law firm Block O'Toole & Murphy have been recognized by 'Best Lawyers' Magazine for their accomplishments in the legal field. The magazine honored named partners Jeffrey Block, Daniel O'Toole and Stephen Murphy.

Construction Worker Hospitalized After Three-Story Fall in Brooklyn

The Construction Accident Lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy (Lawyers Experienced in Helping Construction Workers and their Families) continue to document how construction site falls remain a serious problem in New York City.

Learn more about construction site falls here.

The New York Daily News is reporting that a man was hospitalized and remains in grave condition after a three-story fall at a Brooklyn construction site. The construction worker was working on Nostrand Avenue near Marine Parkway in the Midwood section of Brooklyn during the early morning hours when he fell. The location was previously a car wash but is being converted by a developer into a large condominium. The real question people should be asking is why are these tragic accidents continuing to occur?

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his loved ones. We hope he is able to overcome the obstacles that await him.