Author Archives: David Lozner

City Council weighs construction safety reform

Queens councilman Rory Lancman is calling the city council to expedite his bill that would increase worker safety on construction sites. Th Occupational Safety and Health Administration Notification Act, was languishing in the  council until last month’s New York Times article on the increase of deaths on construction sites in New York City. More than 10 workers have died on construction sites since July 2014 Read More →

When dogs attack. What are your options?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and about a one-fifth of those incidents require medical attention. Dog bites occur every 75 seconds in the United States and each day, over 1,000 citizens need emergency medical care to treat these injuries. In 2013 there were 965 dog bite claims in New York State. Read More →

Cash Now pre-settlement loans are a bad bet

You’ve been injured and you’ve filed a lawsuit. You can’t work and bills are piling up. Then you see a commercial on television saying you can get a cash in advance of your settlement.  The spokesman says there is risk to you. Unfortunately, there is. Lawsuit loans seem very attractive to plaintiffs awaiting judgments or settlements in civil lawsuits, like personal injury cases. But read the Read More →

NYC Comptroller releases report on lawsuits against city agencies

An analysis by Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office has found claims against the Health and Hospitals Corporation has increased by 3.5 percent.  It also found personal injury and misconduct claims against the NYPD had dropped dropped 12 percent during the 2015. Stringer’s office created a database called Claimstat which tracks claims against the New York City agencies that get sued the most: the NYPD, Health and Hospitals Corporation, the Department Read More →

Judge reduces woman’s award for injuries sustained in midtown gas explosion

Acting state Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe who presided over 90 cases resulting from a 2007 midtown gas explosion reduced a woman’s $12 million award by two-thirds writing that the ward “deviates materially from what would be reasonable compensation.” In her decision,  she described then 70 year-old Margot Kane as a “chipper, vivacious, fiercely independent [70-year-old] woman”… who as buried under a pile of debris and scalding water Read More →

How common are construction accidents?

In the last month there have been some high profile construction accidents around the country that have garnered some national notice. On October 16, six construction workers were taken to the hospital Friday after scaffolding on the job site collapsed on top of them. Earlier this month a bridge collapse in Corona, California left nine workers injured, three of those workers suffering critical injuries. The leading causes Read More →

B&H Photo in trouble for worker safety

This past Sunday, 200 B&H Photo warehouse workers swarmed into the store to protest alleged discrimination and workplace safety complaints. AlJazeera America reports “We are here today to demand our rights,” declared B&H worker Raul Pedraza, minutes before he, Orellana and dozens of their co-workers flooded into the megastore in Manhattan to deliver a letter listing their demands, which include safer working conditions, fewer hours and Read More →

DOB revokes Brooklyn contractor’s license–permanently

The NYC Department of Buildings took  an unprecedented step and has permanently revoked Brooklyn-based contractor MRMD NY, license over $600,000 in unpaid fees and penalties. The DOB issued a press release saying MRMD continued to allow serious safety violations to exist at its work sites and currently has the most violations issued of any registered general contractor. As of August 31, 2015, MRMD owed over $600,000 in ECB penalties Read More →

Ralph Nader opens “Tort Museum”

Famed consumer advocate, Ralph Nader has opened a very odd museum in Winstead, Connecticut called the American Museum of Tort Law The centerpiece of the museum in the Corvair, the car that brought Nader to national Attention due to his book Unsafe at Any Speed. Nader says it’s the only museum of its in the country. We think there might be a reason for that. Read More →

NYC Housing Authority blames murder victim for her own death

New York City Housing Authority lawyers are trying to get a wrongful death suit dismissed on the grounds the murder victim should have known the risks of living in a public housing project. Twenty three-year old, Olivia Brown, 23, was shot and killed at the Lincoln Houses in July 2013, allegedly by a trespasser on the grounds. Housing Authority lawyers are claiming the shooting was “spontaneous” Read More →