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 →

Arbitration clauses: Beware of the fine print

A New York Times investigation has found a disturbing trend. In the last ten years business in the U.S. have turned to arbitration to create an alternate system of justice  where “rules tend to favor businesses, and judges and juries have been replaced by arbitrators who commonly consider the companies their clients.” The change has been swift and virtually unnoticed, even though it has meant that Read More →

Haunted and murder houses for sale?

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that the sellers of a house have no legal obligation to inform the buyers of the fact that murders or other awful things happened in the house. The case was brought by Janet Milliken, who in 2007 bought a home from Kathleen and Joseph Jacono for $610,000. Six months prior to her purchase, the Jacanos bought the house Read More →

Some answers about personal injury claims

The first big question is do I have a case? Well, that’s hard to say until all the facts are gathered. if you are injured through no fault of your own It is hard to say whether you have a case or not until an attorney gathers all the facts. In personal injury cases attorneys usually take injury cases on a contingency basis, which means, 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 →

Indiana City shocked at charges against star doctor

The New York Times reports that 293 patients have filed lawsuits against a heart surgeon and his partners for performing unnecessary operations.  Dr. Arvind Gandhi, is described a star At Community Hospital in Munster, Ind., Dr. Gandhi was a star. For decades, he ran a prominent practice in the bedroom suburb of 23,000 people about 30 miles southeast of Chicago. He and his partners not 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 →

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 →

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 →

Aunt sues 12 year-old nephew for breaking her arm, loses.

A woman who sued her 8 year-old nephew for breaking her wrist in has lost her case. 54 year-old Manhattan resident Jennifer Connell sued her nephew in Connecticut Superior Court in 2013 claiming negligence. She claimed that as she arrived at her then 8 year-old nephew’s birthday party in 2011, he was excited to see her and ran up and jumped into her arms, knocking them Read More →