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Month: February 2016

The Scourge Of Hit-And-Run Rears Its Ugly Head Again

At Block O'Toole & Murphy we pay close attention to the dangers facing pedestrians in New York City. There has been a rash of recent hit-and-run accidents resulting in the deaths of pedestrians, including one we blogged about this past Friday. The weekend did not...

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Hit-And-Run Accidents: What Are Your Rights?

A hit-and-run accident left one person dead and three more injured in Long Island last week. This was a tragic reminder that bad things can happen to good people and we are never safe from the negligence of others. In the aftermath of this accident, we have an...

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It’s Time We Clean Up Our Own Backyard

You need to clean up your own backyard before you try to clean up your neighbor's backyard. You can barely turn on your television, fire up your tablet or browse your news feed without being bombarded with examples of accidents, disasters, disease and famine around...

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Fake Inspections Can Cost Real Lives

As long as there have been regulations, there have been unscrupulous individuals and organizations cutting corners. When those regulations involve safety, the outcome can be the loss of human life and innocent people suffering serious injuries. This is an unacceptable...

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The NYC Department Of Buildings Failed Us

According to a recent article by Labor Press, the New York City Department of Buildings failed to make needed improvements to crane and worksite safety in our city. In the midst of our construction boom, this has had disastrous consequences as recently as this month,...

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A Hero Walks Among Us

Friday February 5 was a tragic day in Lower Manhattan, as a crane collapsed into a busy street below, endangering the lives of construction workers, motorists, pedestrians and neighborhood residents. The outcome: One person killed. Three more injured. Without the...

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Crane Safety Recommendations Largely Ignored By The DOB

The Tribeca Crane Collapse has again made crane safety in New York City newsworthy. The tragic Crane collapse has brought to light the inexplicable apathy in which the Department of Buildings has prioritized worker safety and keeping people safe in and around...

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Insurance Companies: Inspiring Classic Hits

In 1983, The Police had a smash hit with I'll Be Watching You. The song's lyrics could easily have been written about an insurance company: Every breath you take and every move you make Every bond you break, every step you take, I'll be watching you Every single day...

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If A Tree Falls In The Urban Forest…

...who is responsible for the damage it causes? Can an injured pedestrian or motorist seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost earnings, property damage and other costs associated with the fallen tree? According to NYC Parks:The Department of...

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