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Author Archives: Mark Goldsmith

Five-Point Plan Aims to Reduce Texting While Driving in Nassau County

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, in an effort to discourage the dangerous practice of texting while driving, has unveiled a five-point plan just as the new school year has begun and cars full of younger drivers and their passengers take to the road. In seeking the cooperation of phone manufacturers, auto insurance companies, local… Read More »

New York Construction Accident Sends Two Workers to Hospital

Two construction workers were trapped recently when the trench they were working in at a Rye, New York home collapsed. They were buried chest-deep in dirt for 90 minutes before rescue workers were able to free them. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Labor, has launched an investigation… Read More »

Who is Responsible for an Unsafe Property

It is easy to assume that the owner is responsible for an unsafe property condition that leads to injury. In many instances, it may be that simple. However, the truth may be different under some circumstances. It all depends on a variety of factors including the use of the property, the type of injury and… Read More »

Why Just Paying That Traffic Ticket After an Accident Could Be a Mistake

If you were issued a traffic citation stemming from a car accident in which you were also injured, you may be tempted to pay the ticket to save yourself some trouble. After all, between your recovery, your medical bills and making ends meet while you are out of work, you have quite a bit on… Read More »

Dangerous Human Factor: Fatigue

It could be the pilot of your airplane, a bus driver or a trucker — or it could be you. People who operate vehicles while fatigued are dangerous. In August, 2013, an early morning Federal Express cargo flight from Kentucky to Alabama crashed about a mile from its intended runway. The two pilots were killed… Read More »

Distracted Driving is Unsafe for Everyone, but Worse for Novice Drivers

Naturally, any activity that takes a driver’s eyes off the road, even for a few seconds, increases the risk of a crash for that driver. However, a study reported by The New England Journal of Medicine compared the accident risks for newly-licensed drivers versus drivers with an average of 20 years of experience. While the… Read More »

Legal Claims Follow in Wake of New York Commuter Train Accident

On December 1, 2013, drowsy passengers on a Metro-North commuter train nearing New York City were jarred awake by screams and tumbling rail cars as the train derailed just north of the Spuyten Duyvil train station. The devastating wreck left four people dead and more than 70 injured. According to the preliminary report prepared by… Read More »

Injured on the Job — Is Workers Comp Your Only Option?

Employees who have gotten hurt while working at construction sites often believe that workers compensation is the only remedy available to them. After all, workers comp is designed to compensate an injured worker for lost wages and medical expenses in exchange for waiving the right to sue the employer for negligence. Third-party injuries While this… Read More »

New York Nursing Facilities: Not Making the Grade

Choosing a nursing facility for a loved one is a difficult and sometimes dangerous decision. Even families with the best intentions make choices that lead to devastating consequences. Recently, an advocacy group for nursing home residents put together a national report card for nursing facilities — and New York does not make the grade. Elder… Read More »

Dealing With Dog Bites in New York

Most people know or have heard of someone being bitten by a dog. Understanding why dog bites happen might help you avoid a painful altercation with man’s best friend. According to the American Humane Society, nearly 800,000 dog bites per year require medical attention. Given their vulnerability, children and seniors are the most common victims… Read More »