Monthly Archives: December 2013

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Ice, snow and sidewalks: What you need to know

As we get deeper into winter, we can expect some snowstorms. What are the rules for clearing snow and ice from sidewalks and what are your rights if you slip and fall on some sidewalk that hasn’t been cleared? NYC administrative code, Section 7-210: Liability of real property owner for failure to maintain sidewalk in a reasonably safe condition states Every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant, Read More →

What 3D printing means for product liability lawsuits

3D printers have finally become affordable to many consumers. With 3D printiing a user can print out actual products like clothing and guitars. But if there is some defect in the product you just printed and you get injured, who do you sue? Nora Freeman Engstrom, associate professor at Stanford University.tackled this question in an essay in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review This analysis Read More →

First TV ad in the scaffolding law war airs

So much nonsense, in so little time. Two hoots in this ad. The first is that jobs will be lost and kids will be forced to go to school in trailers due to a law protecting workers’ safety. The second is that a law designed to protect worker safety somehow makes workplaces less safe.  

How safe are your medical records?

The recent hack of Target which stole millions of credit card numbers shows how the digital age is not 100% bulletproof. But with credit cards, you can cancel them and get replacements which can minimize the damage. But what about data records such as medical records? As doctors and healthcare facilities migrate from paper to digital records, keeping records secure has become a monumental task. Read More →

New “I’m sorry” law in Pa. protects doctors in medical malpractice lawsuits

A new law in Pennsylvania protects doctors who say they’re sorry when something goes wrong with a procedure or treatment. The new law allows doctors to say they are sorry without the fear their apology will be construed as an admission of guilt in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The law doesn’t prevent doctors who are negligent from being sued, but was designed to allow doctors Read More →

Scaffolding law reform ramps up in Albany

For the past year or so, New York State’s so-called Scaffolding law has come under attack. The law, which dates back to 1885 was enacted to insure construction worker safety. In the last six months construction companies, property owners and insurance companies have been lobbying Albany for scaffolding law reform and by reform we mean they want it abolished. They claim the law is antiquated Read More →

Metro North accident is the 5th this year involving MTA trains

Sunday’s MTA Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx was the third derailment of Metro-North trains this year and the second one on that same section of track. The accident occurred near the Spuyten Duyvil station. Back in July, a freight train derailed on that same track damaging 1,500 feet of track. The other was in May when an MTA Metro-North train went off the tracks in Bridgeport, Connecticut Read More →