The Law Office of Louis Grandelli, P.C. recently secured a $700,000.00 settlement on behalf of a Brooklyn construction worker who was seriously injured when a personnel hoist dropped on his right foot. His injuries required surgery and resulted in the amputation of his right big toe.
It's been recently reported that the New York City Fire Department has budgeted $1.3 million to send every fire truck and ambulance driver to a one day "refresher" driving course. This safety initiative by the FDNY is part of Mayor DeBlasio's "Vision Zero" action plan to protect the public by reducing traffic accidents and fatalities.
After a three-week trial, a jury in the Bronx recently awarded a brain-damaged woman $172 million on May 28, 2014. The plaintiff, Tiffany Applewhite, suffered severe and life-altering brain injuries in 1998, when she was just a twelve-year old girl, which left her permanently unable to speak, paralyzed, and as her lawyer said, "trapped in her own body." To this day, Tiffany requires the use of a feeding tube, a wheelchair and wears diapers. Prior to the incident, Tiffany was a straight-A student and was applying to the prestigious Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan.
It has long been the law in New York City that if your vehicle is rear-ended by another car, there is a prima facie case of negligence against that vehicle for causing the accident. In other words, the accident is the fault of the car that hit you from behind. This is true whether your vehicle was moving or stopped at the time of impact. This concept has its roots in Vehicle and Traffic Law §1129, which mandates that the driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon and condition of the highway. Often, attorneys can ask the Court to determine that, as a matter of law, the accident was the fault of the car that hit you from behind, limiting the issues in your case to what your injuries and damages are