Monthly Archives: October 2013

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Soft tissue injuries are indeed real injuries

Insurance companies try to downplay the severity and sometimes the actual existence of soft tissue injuries caused as a result of motor vehicle accidents. They claim there is no way to definitively prove such injuries. While some less than honest people can fake these types of injuries, that doesn’t mean the injuries don’t exist or can’t be dangerous. First, what is a soft tissue injury (STI)? Read More →

It’s the law: the right to know if the house you’re buying is haunted.

A landmark New York case in 1991 made it requirement to disclose to a potential buyer if the house they are buying is haunted. The case, Stambovsky v. Ackley is considered a landmark case. In 1989, Jeffrey Stambovsky of New York City put a $32,500 down payment on the agreed price of $650,000 for a house in Nyack. Many in the town were aware of the supposed Read More →

Brooklyn family sues Red Bull energy drink maker for wrongful death.

The family of a 33-year old Brooklyn man, Cory Terry have filed an $85 million wrongful death suit against the makers of Red Bull, the caffeine infused energy drink after Terry collapsed and died after downing can during a basketball game. In 2011, he was playing basketball in a gym at Stephen Decatur Middle School. Half way through the game he gulped down a can of Read More →

Weekend’s weird briefs

Employee calls cops to report his Jello snack was stolen from breakroom refrigerator: A Pennsylvania man called cops last night to report that his Strawberry-flavored Jell-O snack was stolen from the break room refrigerator at his workplace. Link: thesmokinggun.com Cop who pepper sprayed UC Davis students gets Workers Comp: The former campus cop seen in a viral video pepper-spraying student protesters will receive workers’ compensation totaling $38,056. Link: Read More →

Wrongful death suit against Sea Isle City for “polar bear” death

A federal judge in New Jersey ruled a family could proceed with their wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of their deceased daughter who died in February of 2009 after attending a charity event called the Polar Bear Plunge in Sea Isle City, New Jersey. Thirty-five year-old Tracy Hottenstein had been drinking after the event and and later that night fell off a dock into the water. Her body Read More →

Too drunk to murder?

The New York Court of Appeals recently heard arguments by defense attorneys in three cases that their clients were too drunk to have committed murder. In all three cases, the drivers were drunk or under the influence of drugs. All were convicted of second-degree murder for showing a depraved indifference to human life. The attorneys argued that their clients’ intoxication rendered them incapable of showing depravity so Read More →

Queens mom sues Con Ed for death of daughter during Sandy

The family of a Queens woman are suing Con Edison after their daughter came into contact with a downed power line and was, according to the suit, burned alive. “The electrical voltage of the line horrifyingly caused Ms. Abraham to burst into flames,” the suit says. “Ms. Abraham, beloved by everyone who met her, then burned alive, writhing and screaming while her neighbors and friends Read More →