Category Archives: Serious Injuries And Wrongful Death

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 →

Robert Durst sued in “right to sepulcher” lawsuit

Alleged murderer and  real estate firm heir, Robert Durst is being sued by the family of his first wife Kathleen, who claim he murdered her and hid the body. They are suing for $100 million in Nassau County. Durst is suspected of killing three people, including his first wife. He was arrested last March and charged with one of those murders. The suit stems from an HBO series where 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 →

Buffalo woman sues hospital for husband dying twice

An upstate woman, Tammy Cleveland is suing  DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda for malpractice for letting her husband die…twice. WHEC TV reports that  Michael Cleveland was first pronounced dead of a heart attack on October 10, 2014. Cleveland’s husband collapsed of an apparent heart attack in a grocery store just outside of Buffalo. He was rushed to DeGraff Memorial Hospital. When his wife arrived she Read More →

Are ski resorts liable for deaths due to avalanches?

The Colorado Supreme heard oral arguments on this past Tuesday  on a question that could have major impacts on their liability. Are avalanches an inherent risk of skiing, or should resorts be liable for injuries caused by sliding snow within their boundaries? The case involves Colorado’s Ski Safety Act, created in 1979 and revised in 2006. It was enacted to protect Colorado ski areas from excessive Read More →

Connecticut Supreme Court rules expanding Children’s right to sue in the death of a parent

The Connecticut State Supreme Court ruled today that children have the right to sue for the loss of parental consortium when a parent is killed. The decision breaks with precedent over limits as to how much minor children can receive as a result of a lawsuit The ruling is the result of a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Jose Campos who was 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 →

2009 Wrongful death suit against NJ city for “polar bear” death to finally begin

A lawsuit filed in 2009 is finally going to trial. Jury selection began this week in U.S. District Court in Camden in the wrongfful death lawsuit of a thirty-five year old Philadelphia woman whose body was found near a pier in Sea Isle City on Feb. 15, 2009. Thirty-five year-old Tracy Hottenstein had been drinking after the event and and later that night fell off a Read More →

Sister of slain kidnapper files wrongful death suit

The sister of a California murder suspect who was killed in the Idaho wilderness by FBI agents in two years ago has filed a wrongful death and excessive force lawsuit. 40 year-old James Lee DiMaggio was killed a week after he allegedly kidnapped 16-year-old Hannah Anderson after killing her mother and 8-year-old brother near San Diego, California. DiMaggio’s sister, Lora DiMaggio Robinson, called the killing unnecessary, Read More →

Stay safe on construction sites

We’ve written a lot about how dangerous constructions work can be. With that in mind here are some ways to help insure your safety on the job. For those of you who work the construction industry you will be aware of the following but you should also be aware that you have a legal right to a safe workplace. Falls: Falling is a major cause Read More →