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Month: April 2016

Near Deadly Construction Accident In Lower Manhattan

An investigation by the Buildings Department is already underway. What led up to this accident is telling. Residents said that there were concerns about the stability of this machine days before the near tragic accident. Reports indicate that some locals even told the...

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Wrestling With Your Independent Contractor Status

If you are trying to determine your rights as an independent contractor, it may feel like you are involved in a strenuous wrestling match. What? Let Us Explain Professional wrestlers are involved in a demanding profession that combines the rigors of high-impact...

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Evidence Of The Frailties Of Jury Selection

People are stunned reading the details of the Peter Liang juror misconduct hearing but trial lawyers deal with the uncertainties of jury selection every day. Courtroom results are often dictated by how successful one side or the other is during jury selection. Jury...

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Cupcake Crash Injures 5 People

5 people were injured after a marked police car from the 113th precinct and a food delivery truck collided in a violent crash on a residential street in South Ozone Park. The accident made for some newspaper-like fodder with tabloids like the New York Post using the...

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Ambulance Chasers: A Damaging Myth

In New York City and throughout the entire United States we have laws in place to protect people from needless injury and hold negligent parties accountable for causing injuries. Unfortunately, we also have a pervasive belief by many that suing to recover financial...

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What Is Vision Zero?

When announcing the launch of the Vision Zero initiative, Mayor Bill de Blasio said "We will save lives. That work begins in earnest today." At Block O'Toole & Murphy, we have written frequently about fatal accidents and how they pertain to Vision Zero. This begs...

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21 Year-Old Killed In Brooklyn Construction Accident

21 year-old Alex Santizo, a construction worker, fell to his death in a tragic Brooklyn construction accident. The accident occurred in the quiet Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park (pictured below). How did this fatal construction accident unfold? Santizo was...

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