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Two Charged with Safety Violations after Harlem Crane Accident

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has levied charges of felony assault and reckless endangerment against two construction company managers for the East Harlem crane accident which left two construction workers with life-altering brain and spinal injuries and occurred on June 25th, 2018.

93% of NYC Private Garbage Trucks Declared Unsafe by NYPD

After numerous serious and fatal accidents involving private garbage trucks, the NYPD ran a week-long crackdown on the industry and pulled 132 of 142 inspected commercial sanitation trucks off the road for dangerous infractions such as malfunctioning brakes, low tire pressure and defective steering columns.

Alberto Leal Killed by Garbage Truck Going Wrong Way in Brooklyn

Alberto Leal was tragically struck and killed by a Department of Sanitation (DSNY) garbage truck driving the wrong way down Brooklyn Avenue, a one-way road, on the morning of Thursday, October 11, 2018 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

12 Block O'Toole & Murphy Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in 2018 List

Block O'Toole & Murphy Attorneys Headshot

SEATED (left to right): David Scher*, Daniel O'Toole*, Jeffrey Block*, Stephen Murphy*, Joseph Donahue*
STANDING (left to right): Javier Solano, Ravi Sattiraju*, Romina Tominovic**, Thomas Brennan, Michael Hurwitz*, Scott Occhiogrosso*, Christina (Mark) Mercado**, Fred Aranki*, Dan Seiden**, George Freitag
*Chosen to 2018 New York Super Lawyers; ** Chosen to 2018 New York Rising Stars

The guiding principle of Block O'Toole & Murphy has stayed consistent: prepare every case as if it's the most important one in the office and treat every client with the utmost compassion. Our dedication to our clients has earned us the honor of having 12 of our attorneys being named to the prestigious Super Lawyers list, 3 of which have been named as Rising Stars.

To determine this exclusive list, Super Lawyers uses a thorough, peer-reviewed selection process. Attorneys are first nominated by other lawyers, and then evaluated using third-party research across 12 key categories of professional excellence, including verdicts and settlements earned, scholarly lectures and writings, and community service. The top 5% of lawyers in their practice area in each state are named Super Lawyers, and 2.5% more are named Rising Stars.

Join Block O'Toole & Murphy and St. Jude in Battling Childhood Cancer

There is no greater tragedy than for a child to be diagnosed with a life-threatening disease in the dawn of their lives, when they have the whole world before them. And yet thousands of families are forced to live this nightmare every year, with no easy answers.

That is why, this Thursday, October 11, 2018, Block O'Toole & Murphy will be hosting the 26th annual Autumn Wine Tasting to benefit The St. Jude Children's Hospital. St. Jude serves as a beacon of hope, supporting the children and families who have been given the dreaded news that no parent should ever have to receive.

20 Killed in Upstate NY Crash After Limo Failed to Stop at Intersection

What should have been a happy occasion has now been irrevocably marred with tragedy. On Saturday October 6, 2018, a group of 17 were en route to a 30th birthday celebration at a Cooperstown brewery when a tragic collision in Schoharie took the lives of the entire party, the limo driver, and two passersby.

The group had been traveling in a 2001 Ford Excursion limousine along State Route 30 in upstate New York, when just before 2pm, the limo failed to stop at the T-junction with State Route 30A, and crashed with an unoccupied 2015 Toyota Highlander at a parking lot for the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe.

Jessica Kirby, the manager at the store, told New York Times that the limo "was coming down that hill probably over 60 miles per hour."

Thomas Cipolla Tragically Killed in Tractor Trailer Crash in Kent, NY

Thomas W. Cipolla tragically lost his life on Monday, October 1st, 2018 after the tractor trailer driving in front of him hit the median guardrail and overturned, leaving Cipolla with no time to react and causing a fiery crash which ultimately claimed his life.

Cipolla, a 52-year-old man from Beacon, New York, was driving eastbound in the left lane on I-84 at about 3:45 a.m. when the accident occurred. The tractor trailer, which was being driven by Sergio Khundiashvili of Brooklyn, struck the median guardrail for unknown reasons, causing the truck to jump the guardrail and overturn, landing on the driver's side. Cipolla's Toyota Camry then collided with the overturned truck, creating a fire which engulfed both vehicles.

Worker Falls, Hits Head at SoHo Construction Site

A construction worker was injured in a fall and hit his head at a construction site in SoHo at around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, September 28th.

The worker fell from the fourth floor to the third causing him to hit his head, according to the New York Daily News. "The medic tried to go up in a tower ladder," said Assane Fall, a private sanitation worker who witnessed emergency personnel rescue the injured worker. "They brought [the worker] down in a basket... He was bleeding from the head when they put him in the ambulance." The injured worker was then brought to Bellevue Hospital for further observation and diagnostics.