Recent news reports have shown that over the past two years there have been 1,400 complaints have been received by the New York City Department of Health. The complaints were made on the 311 hot line and its Web site. Complaints came from all across New York with 482 calls coming from Brooklyn, 360 coming from Jamaica, 195 coming from The Bronx, and 183 coming from Manhattan.
It's already become well known that what you post online may have repercussions beyond what you may expect and in personal injury litigation the truth of that is being seen more and more. Indeed, many clients are surprised to learn the variety of ways their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter posts, pictures, and messages can become part of their personal injury litigation.
Toxic mold is a problem facing many New York City residents. There is significant scientific literature regarding the association between an indoor damp and moldy environment with various symptoms, such as headaches, shortness of breath, sinus congestion, and rashes. However, the Court of Appeals, New York's highest state court, significantly curtailed the ability of a tenant living with mold to sue for personal injuries stemming from exposure to the toxin.
There has been a flood of recent stories about claims against General Motors for accidents caused by the automakers' defective ignition switch. Unfortunately, there have been many victims of wrongful deaths and catastrophic injuries resulting from these defects which apparently were not discovered, or properly investigated, by the automaker once they became aware of the potential dangerous condition.