Since 2009, 40 Staten Island pedestrians have been fatally struck by a motor vehicle, including 8 fatalities within 2014, according to a recent Staten Island Advance article. Of the 8 fatalities, only 2 of the drivers responsible for these strikes have faced criminal charges for the wrongful death of their victims. This includes one victim of a drunk driver and another victim of a man who was driving without a license and with heroin in his vehicle. Our office is proud to represent the families of 2 of the victims as they pursue claims for wrongful death.
The Law Office of Louis Grandelli recently obtained a $175,000.00 settlement on behalf of a 41 year old Brooklyn resident who was injured when he fell through a net while performing a stunt on a trapeze in upstate New York. Our office was able to secure this settlement despite the plaintiff's assumption of risk of the anticipated dangers associated with participating in a the trapeze program.
In personal injury actions, the defense have a right to compel the plaintiff to see a doctor of their choosing for an "Independent Medical Examination" (IMEs). While these examinations are so-called "independent," it is no hidden secret that they are not "independent" at all. Rather, the doctor is hired by the defendant for the exclusive purpose to draft a report and testify at trial on behalf of the defense.
Beginning tomorrow, November 7,2014, the New York City Speed Limit will be 25 miles per hour. This law was enacted as part of Mayor Bill DiBlasio's Vision Zero Plan in an effort to reduce fatalities and the severity of injuries resulting from car accidents within the City.