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Howard Raphaelson

Howard A. Raphaelson founded Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm, P.C. in 1992 after graduating from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Established in New York, NY, his personal injury law firm has obtained numerous million-dollar verdicts. With over twenty-five years of experience as a personal injury attorney, he has earned a trusted reputation from his peers, judges, and top leaders, including recognition among the top 5% injury attorneys as a “Super Lawyer” (Thomson Reuters) and “New York’s Best Lawyers” (New York Magazine).

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Thank You Soldiers, We Honor You.

November 11th is a day set aside to honor our Veterans and thank our soldiers. It’s a time we should pause to remember all of the brave, selfless, and heroic acts our service members have done and how they continue to protect and preserve our safety and freedoms every day. While November is a time…

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2019 Black Friday Safety Tips To Avoid Discounting Your Health This Holiday Season

From fist fights to identity theft, shopping on Black Friday brings a few safety risks all holiday gifters should know. Years ago, a Black Friday shopping trip changed the lives of two families forever. For reasons still unknown, two mothers got into an argument which turned deadly. Witnesses reported violence erupted between the two women during a…

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Deadly Manhattan Wall Collapse Accident Occurs at Lower East Side Construction Site

A devastating wall collapse occurred at a construction site on Manhattan’s Lower East Side on Mon., Oct. 21, killing one worker and injuring another. According to NBC New York, the accident occurred at 60 Norfolk St. just before 10 a.m. Workers had been doing work on the wall when, authorities said, one section of the wall…

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26 Spooktacular Halloween Safety Tips For Parents (2019)

It’s almost Halloween! Kids are getting excited and for good reason. This is a holiday where memories are made that last a lifetime – not to mention a chance to unleash the sweet tooth of children all throughout New York. As a parent, you want your kids to have a fun and safe day.  Unfortunately, among…

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Most Common Injuries Sustained Through A Vehicle Collision

Vehicle collisions are, unfortunately, a common occurrence in New York State. According to the New York State Department of Health, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury-related death for New Yorkers. Every year, on average, there are about 12,100 hospitalizations for people with crash-related injuries. These are the most obvious car accident-related injuries, but these…

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NYS Car Seat And Booster Seat Laws

Does New York State Require Child Safety Seats and Restraint Systems? Motor vehicle accidents, unfortunately, occur with more than 136,000 New Yorkers visiting emergency rooms each year to be treated. If children aren’t properly restrained, this increases their risk of injury in the event of a crash. New York State has established strict specifications when it comes to…

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Another Cyclist Death, Mayor De Blasio Vows Changes Through ‘Vision Zero’ Initiative

A young up and coming Brooklyn artist was tragically killed earlier this month after being hit by a cement truck when she was cycling in East Williamsburg on Bushwick Avenue. This accident marks the third New Yorker to be fatally injured in the span of a week’s time while riding a bicycle in the city….

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49-year-old Man Falls 30 Feet To His Death At NYC Construction Site

On Saturday afternoon a construction worker tragically fell to his death at a mid-town Manhattan construction worksite. The fatal accident occurred at a Madison Avenue building project located between 43rd and 44th streets, at a location nearby to Grand Central Terminal. According to media reports of the accident, the incident occurred in the afternoon when a man fell 30…

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Boy Scouts Of America Sexual Abuse Scandal Continues To Grow

In recent years the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have been under increased scrutiny as a growing number of sex abuse victims come forward to tell their horrifying experiences that occurred when they were children. As the scandal widens, various states are looking at ways victims can be protected with the right to come forward after extended…

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Army War Hero And Dad Of Four Killed In Gruesome Soho Construction Accident

A construction worker at a construction site near the Holland Tunnel was tragically killed in the early morning hours of Sat., April 13, after a 7.5-ton counterweight fell from a crane, crushing the 34-year-old worker. Devastating Crane Accident In Soho The devastating crane accident occurred at the corner of Broome and Varick Streets in Soho at 3:15…

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Bus Driver Charged in NYC-Bound Bus Crash That Killed 2, Injured Dozens on I-95 in Virginia.

Raphaelson and Levine Law Firm is saddened by the tragic events of the March 19th bus accident that overturned on the Virginia highway. Raphaelson and Levine Law Firm, a leader in the New York Personal Injury community, is presently representing multiple individuals that were involved in this accident that killed four people and injured more…

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California Jury Orders Johnson & Johnson To Pay $29 Million In Latest Guilty Verdict Over Talc Power

In the latest guilty verdict over its controversial talcum powder, conglomerate Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay more than $29 million to a woman who alleged her terminal cancer was caused by asbestos contained in the popular consumer product. Johnson & Johnson found guilty after a lengthy trial Johnson & Johnson has been the…

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NYC Sanitation Truck Involved In Deadly Hit And Run Accident

A New York City sanitation truck operating in the South Bronx was involved in a fatal hit and run accident early Tuesday at approximately 6:30 a.m. The incident occurred at the intersection of Willis Avenue and 138th Street. Early morning tragedy occurs in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx Police said a sanitation sand…

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10 Steps To Take After A Slip & Fall Accident

No one leaves his or her home in the morning expecting to have a slip and fall accident. When an accident does occur, it may leave you feeling confused and upset. You feel uncertain about who is at fault and what to do next. If you intend to file a personal injury lawsuit against the…

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28-year-old Woman, Killed In Lower Manhattan Bus Crash

28-year-old Kimberly Greer, of Long Island, died Thursday evening around 7:30 p.m. from injuries resulting from a bus crash. Authorities announced the accident occurred at the intersection of Centre St. and Leonard St., the driver of the bus, 50-year-old Xi Chen, of New York, made a left turn off of Centre St. onto Leonard St….

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One Dead, Six Injured As Minivan Hits Pedestrians In Chinatown

Driver loses control of minivan in busy Chinatown neighborhood A horrific pedestrian accident on Nov. 26, 2018, left one 56-year-old man dead and six other people injured. The incident took place in a busy section of Chinatown at the corner of Canal and Forsyth Streets after a man backed up into the sidewalk straight into…

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Brooklyn Bridge Fiery Crash Kills One

Wednesday an auto accident on the Brooklyn Bridge killed one person and sparked a blaze that overwhelmed three vehicles and cut off a vital New York City road at the start of the morning rush hour, on one of the most hectic travel days of the year. Our hearts go out to the victim of…

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Construction Site Safety, A Critical Measure in New York

Construction in New York is on the rise and, unfortunately, construction accidents are on the rise as well. With safety training being phased in slowly, it is too early to tell if new construction safety laws will have a statistical impact on worker safety, however, we remain optimistic about results, will continue providing a voice to those…

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Bicyclist Killed in Wyandanch Motor Vehicle Accident

 NY Bicyclist Killed Motor Vehicle Accident What seemed like a typical day, turned into a tragedy for a Suffolk County man, Alcides Membreno-Vigil, 39, of Wyandanch. The bicyclist was sadly struck by a pickup truck on Grand Boulevard around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Alcides was transported to Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, where he was later…

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Who Pays Medical Bills After A Car Accident In New York?

When you sustain serious injuries in a collision with another motorist, the first thing you may wonder is “who pays medical bills in a car accident?” Considering that you likely have medical expenses to pay and have missed time from work, it’s certainly a legitimate question. It’s also one that doesn’t always have straightforward answers….

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20 People Killed In Deadliest US Transportation Accident In 9 Years

Schoharie, New York — 17 friends recently gathered together to enjoy a birthday party and started their celebration by heading to an upstate New York brewery. The ride to the brewery in a white limousine was supposed to be an enjoyable ride; however, it quickly turned deadly. After careening through an intersection that is notorious…

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Who Can Be Sued For Malpractice?

Imagine waking up from an operation and discovering that your surgeon has amputated your healthy leg and left your diseased leg is still attached. That happened to a 51-year-old Florida man in 1995. The case made national news1 and was the inspiration for surgeons and hospitals across the country to change some of their pre-surgical…

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How Long Does It Take to Settle A Personal Injury Claim?

When you have sustained serious injuries due to the negligence of another party, one of the first things you may wonder is the average time to settle a personal injury case. Although New York is a no-fault state for car accident claims, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the responsible party if…

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Can A Tenant Sue A Landlord For Injury?

According to New York state law, in every oral or written rental agreement for rental property, there is an implied warranty of habitability.1 This means the landlord has a duty to maintain the property for the tenants so that it is not “dangerous, hazardous, or detrimental to their life, health or safety.” When landlords negligently…

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What Happens After You Win A Personal Injury Settlement?

The final step following a successful personal injury claim is receiving the awarded compensation either by a settlement or jury verdict. Like most things in law, there’s no one answer that applies to every situation regarding disbursement, however after your claim has been resolved the settlement check process follows a similar timeline. Read more to…

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Car Accident Scenarios: Who's Fault?

If you have sustained injuries in a car accident in New York and wish to file a personal injury lawsuit against the other party, you must prove that his or her negligent actions caused the accident. While most people involved in a car accident will attempt to argue that the other party bears more responsibility…

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Car Accident: Determining Fault By Location Of Damage

When two or more parties are involved in a car accident, they typically have different versions of what caused it. It’s normal for drivers in an accident to attempt to place the blame on the other driver and accept little to no blame themselves. Even though New York is a no-fault state when it comes…

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Are Personal Injury Settlements Taxable In New York?

When you’re involved in a personal injury lawsuit, the legal process can sometimes feel overwhelming and complicated. Negotiating with an insurance company for fair compensation can take anywhere from weeks to months or even years. Receiving financial compensation is an exciting moment, however, it’s important to look beyond just the amount being offered and into…

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How Much To Expect From A Car Accident Settlement?

How Much Is My Car Accident Settlement Worth? When you have sustained significant injuries in a car crash, it’s natural to wonder how much to expect from a car accident settlement. Many factors help to determine the answer to this question, including the severity of your injuries. Some other factors include the dollar amount of…

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What To Do After A Car Accident That's Not Your Fault?

Imagine you’re driving to work one morning and pull to a stop at the red light a block from your building when suddenly, your chin snaps down to your chest as your body unexpectedly jolts forward to the sounds of crunching steel and cracking glass. Your ears ring as you shake off the initial shock…

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What Is The Medical Malpractice Statute Of Limitations In New York?

Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, nurse, surgeon, anesthesiologist, or other medical professional commits an error that has an adverse effect on the health of the patient. To qualify as medical malpractice, the actions must have deviated significantly from professionally accepted standards. Malpractices claims can be notoriously difficult to prove, and the burden of proof…

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New York Scaffold Law (Labor Law 200, 240, 241)

There is no doubt that construction can be a dangerous line of work. According to a 2016 report released by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 21 New York residents employed in the private construction industry died from on-the-job injuries that year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a federal organization that…

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How Long After An Accident Can You File A Claim?

Sustaining serious injuries in a car accident is a life-changing experience. Regardless of how it happened, you have many new concerns that you didn’t have to think about before the accident. For example, how are you going to pay your medical expenses when you can’t work as you recover? What if you can’t return to…

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The Danger Of Sleep Deprivation – And What It Means For Construction Workers

“Sleep deprivation can kill” was the conclusion of an in-depth study reported on a few years ago by Lesley Stahl on the television program, “60 Minutes.” Researchers told Stahl that getting enough sleep is as vital to survival as getting enough food. The conclusion of the scientists who conducted the study was pretty powerful concerning sleep: “Go without…

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Bus Driver Spokesperson Has Harsh Words For NYC Pedestrians

In 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the Right of Way Law which sought to punish drivers who disregard traffic laws and put the lives of pedestrians in danger. Under the Right of Way Law, a driver who fails to provide a pedestrian the right of way and subsequently hits and injures or kills a…

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Raphaelson & Levine Score Two Victories For Justice

As the Yankees are swinging for the fences in the Bronx this October, Raphaelson & Levine has been fighting for justice in the heart of midtown. Justice came to the plate and batted a perfect 1.000, scoring two victories for injury victims and sending negligent landlords and reckless drivers back to the dugout. Case Result: $175K…

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Bullying Is On The Rise in NYC, Here's How Parents Can Fight Back

A recent study reports that bullying in New York City Schools has increased 10% over the past year. Parents can fight back by knowing their legal rights and what actions they can take to help stop school bullying. Not too long ago, a 17-year-old Manhattan high school student committed suicide by stepping in front of an…

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5 Tips to Enjoy Your Labor Day Holiday Safely

By far, the best thing you can do to enjoy a safe Labor Day weekend is to use common sense on the road. Whether you are staying in New York over the long weekend or traveling out of town, know that Labor Day is one of the deadliest holidays for car accidents. Labor Day averaged 308…

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Can Social Media Affect Your Personal Injury Case?

Personal injury cases often involve an assessment of pain and suffering, not just damages for the other party’s negligence and similar fault-based factors. Courts can also assess damages and give a victim compensation based on pain and suffering as well as emotional distress. Understand that courts making a determination on pain and suffering will look…

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New York Firework Laws (2019)

If you’re like most New Yorkers you love watching fireworks on the Fourth of July — from Macy’s spectacular bursts over the East River to the dazzling displays on Coney Island and throughout the state. While some counties outside of New York City allow individuals to celebrate Independence Day with their own sparklers, nowhere in…

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Cyclist Struck By Bus Marks First Fatal Citi Bike Accident In New York History

Manhattan, N.Y. — We are saddened to hear of the fatal Citi Bike accident that occurred earlier this week in Manhattan, the first such accident of its kind since the introduction of the Citi Bike program to New York four years ago. The bicyclist was a family man with young children and there is obviously nothing…

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New York State Leash Law (And 3 Other Dog Laws Every Owner Should Know)

While New Yorkers may get a reputation as tough-minded, resilient people, it’s clear that New York State has a soft spot for dogs. In fact, there are more than 600,000 dogs in New York City alone. Unfortunately, such a high number of dogs in the city comes with a real risk of dog bites. Nearly…

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May 6: Local Motorcycles Ride For Autism

For the past few years, Raphaelson and Levine have been supporting a group of bikers riding for a good cause, Autism Awareness. Every year, the Chosen Souls New York Motorcycle Club organizes a charity motorcycle run an event, “1 Journey 2 Wheels.” The event, located in Lindenhurst, NY, raises money for autism awareness through a…

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6 Bike Safety Tips For NYC Cyclists

As the weather turns warmer, more and more New Yorkers are taking advantage of the health and economic benefits of bike riding, as seen in a recent cycling trends report from the NYC DOT. Every May, Bicycle Safety Month provides a great opportunity to celebrate safety and raise public awareness of safe cycling best practices. Thanks…

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The Driver’s Guide To Surviving Pothole Season In New York

Spring — the season that brings balmy days, budding trees, and colorful flowers to New York City streets also brings something much less welcome — an increase in the number of potholes, and with it, pothole accidents. If you drive in New York City, you know that potholes are always a problem. In springtime, however,…

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NYC Construction Accident Protections

Construction workers in New York City have one of the most dangerous jobs that any worker can perform. Working at significant heights creates a serious danger that must always be safely protected against with any and all safety equipment and precautions. Safety training for construction workers is a MUST. Not only does work at heights…

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How Do I Hire Your Law Firm?

Being involved in an accident is a traumatic, stressful experience. In the case of serious accidents that leave you injured, you can find yourself overwhelmed with medical expenses, vehicle repair bills, and uncertainty about your ability to work and provide for yourself and your loved ones. Hiring a personal injury law firm can be one…

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What Happens During A Personal Injury Trial?

If someone becomes injured as a result of an accident or other unfortunate event, there may often be pain and suffering which affects the person who was injured. There can also be a financial impact caused by the need to pay for medical treatments or loss of income. A responsible party is often held accountable…

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How To Maximize Your Personal Injury Claim

When pursuing a personal injury claim documentation is critical to a successful outcome. The more evidence and documentation you have, the better your chances of obtaining a successful result. Taking good notes after an accident is the first step toward a maximum recovery. Seemingly unimportant details can be invaluable in proving your case, so it…

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Understanding How Your Personal Injury Case Develops

The Purpose of Investigation It is critical in the beginning stages of your case for an investigator to gather information about the circumstances surrounding your accident, to get witness statements and to determine who the parties are that are responsible for your injuries. Evaluate Your Injuries It is crucial to be examined by a doctor…

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Personal Injury Trial Tactics

To make or break a personal injury case in the courtroom, personal injury law firms use specific techniques to try to convince a jury or judge of their side. While you should ask your lawyer what techniques he or she specifically plans to employ, it’s also useful to have an idea on some of the…

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What Happens After I Hire Your Firm?

The information below will discuss what happens after an injury victim hires our personal injury law firm to represent themselves or a loved one after a serious accident, and steps you can take to help recover a successful personal injury claim. Tips For New Clients Important Info for New Clients Please Provide the Following Critical Advice Personal Diary…

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15 Questions To Ask A Personal Injury Lawyer

You have been injured, are in pain and are losing income because you’re unable to work. You need an attorney but are confused about how to choose one. Attorney advertisements are everywhere, on television, online and on the sides of buses. Choosing the best personal injury law firm to represent your case can be an arduous task. With so many…

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NYC To Require Side Guard Rails On Commercial Trucks By 2024

Densely populated cities like New York City pose many challenges with regard to transportation and safety. With millions of residents, commuters and visitors crowding New York City’s streets on a daily basis, it’s imperative that city planners and administrators work to ensure for the safety of all drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Any time you have…

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1 Dead in Commuter NJ Transit Train Accident at Hoboken Station

Today’s Train accident in Hoboken was a horrible tragedy and reports are that more than 100 people have been injured. There has also sadly been a report of one fatality. Our region has faced some very sad news in the last few weeks. Although we all understand that unfortunately accidents are not something that can…

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Despite new safety technologies, rollover accidents will still occur

While every car or truck accident has the potential to result in those drivers and passengers involved suffering serious, debilitating or fatal injuries; rollover accidents are among the most deadly. This is often particularly true in cases where a vehicle occupant isn’t wearing a seat belt and is ejected from or comes into contact with…

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How Does No-Fault Insurance Work In New York?

The answer to the question, “Is New York a No-Fault state” is yes. The way it works is that New York car owners must register their vehicle with the state in order to obtain a license plate and legally drive their car on public roads. As part of the registration process, owners must provide proof of financial…

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TechRepublic: New York Times botched Tesla tragedy

The front page of the New York Times is revered real estate in journalism. The Grey Lady is famous for it’s taking the time and space to delve into details other publications ignore, butut even the Times gets it wrong sometimes. TechRepublic says the Times whiffed recently on its front-page story on the fatal crash…

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Raphaelson and Levine Lobbying in Albany

Every law in New York is passed in our state capitol in Albany, and every year Raphaelson and Levine travel there to fight for the rights of accident victims. Unfortunately, there are many people and powerful industries that fight to limit accident victims’ rights in New York. The toughest opponents to accident victims rights are…

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Surviving A Rollover Car Accident

When it comes to car accidents, one of the most frightening occurrences is when your car rolls over. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 7,600 people in the U.S. suffer fatal injuries in rollover crashes. In recent years, this number has accounted for 35 percent of reported traffic fatalities, despite the…

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New York motorcycle rally marred by motorcyclist death

The ride north from New York City was nearly a four-hour one, but when motorcyclists arrived at Americade, they found thousands and thousands of kindred spirits. The Lake George motorcycle rally featured concerts, boat cruises, a rodeo, BBQ and beach parties. Unfortunately, the rally also was the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash on the…

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Three lives end in tragic truck crash

If you drive a little more than an hour and a half northwest of New York City, you will come to the modestly sized town of Wawayanda, New York. The quiet of the bucolic setting was shattered recently when a tractor-trailer slammed into the back of a passenger car stalled on the interstate highway. Inside…

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The Fight For Justice

Three years ago, Amar Diarrassouba was described by the New York Times as “brimming with promise.” Of course, that could be said about every 6-year-old. Perhaps you remember Amar’s name. The first grader was killed three years ago as he and his older brother were crossing an East Harlem street on their way to elementary…

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The prevalence of SUV rollover accidents

It might be no surprise to New York drivers that more people died in rollover traffic collisions across the United States when the popularity of SUVs increased. Rollover crashes more commonly involve SUVs than cars and pickup trucks. However, the 2012 rate of driver deaths per million in rollover crashes is far lower than the…

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NYC Police Vehicle Runs Over & Kills Teacher

Raphaelson and Levine aggressively litigated versus the New York Police Department on behalf of the family of a teacher who was tragically struck and killed by a police vehicle. The victim, Felix Coss, was innocently crossing the street in a marked crosswalk with the walk signal when an on-duty police officer recklessly turned her vehicle…

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Challenges with getting the latest auto safety tech in older cars

Given the catastrophic consequences auto accidents can have, how to reduce one’s likelihood of getting into a traffic crash is an important thing to think about. There are many things that influence a driver’s chances of getting into an accident. One is their behavior behind the wheel. Certain driver conduct can open the door to…

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Justice Shined Through the Rain in NY Supreme Court

On a dreary, rainy day in late February, beams of justice shone through. It was a joyous day for the family of a client represented by the firm. Background While attempting to cross the street, our client had been struck by a New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) bus. He sustained a leg fracture that,…

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Supplemental Underinsured Motorist Coverage

New York State requires all owners of motor vehicles to carry bodily injury insurance. However, in NY, the minimum amount the law requires is only $25,000. In most cases we handle, $25,000 is not sufficient to compensate the injured party for his/her injuries. The injured party’s only recourse is to obtain a judgment against the…

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NYC pedestrians advised to thread lightly as 6 are hit and 4 killed in 2 days

During the last three days, six pedestrians throughout the city were hit by motor vehicles-four of whom were killed. The most recent death occurred yesterday at 8:30 a.m. when a 77-year-old woman was hit by a livery cab while attempting to cross the street at the intersection of Madison Ave. and 36th Street. As the…

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Lessons Learned

The power of an excellent attorney-client relationship can never be understated. The following are just a few examples of how our clients work together with us in helping maximize the value of their own case. Case Study #1 Recently, at a client’s deposition, the opposing attorney made every effort to be disarming, and the client…

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NHTSA report: 2013 motorcycle crash data shows amazing risks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) produced a report that detailed motorcycle accident data from the year 2013. It revealed some incredible figures, including just how much greater a chance motorcyclists have at getting hurt or killed in an accident than someone who is in a car. On the surface, this seems obvious. Cars…

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The difference between economic and noneconomic damages

Recently, we shared a blog post about the types of damages car accident victims commonly claim in litigation against the party responsible for the crash. You can read that post here. There are a lot of ways that serious injuries sustained in a traffic collision can affect your life. You may be permanently or temporarily…

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After a car accident, what types of losses can I recover via a personal injury suit?

In matters where an individual decides to move forward and file a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages related to injuries suffered in an accident, it’s important to understand exactly what that means. In general, damages can be recovered for injuries and losses that result from one’s involvement in a car accident. New York State…

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NTSB report focuses on engineer's role in Amtrak train 188 crash

Last May, 258 passengers were traveling from Washington D.C. to New York aboard Amtrak train 188 when tragedy struck. While traveling through Philadelphia, several passengers recall being concerned about the speed at which the train was traveling as it approached a sharp curve in the tracks. As the train entered the curve, which had a…

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Does your insurance company have your best interests in mind?

In our last blog post, we detailed some of the crucial information and documents that your attorney will need after you’ve been injured in a car accident to fight to recover compensation on your behalf. In this post, we’ll provide some helpful information on how to deal with your insurance company in the wake of…

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A Critical To-Do List After Being Involved in an Accident

After an accident, your primary focus should be getting well and returning to your pre-accident way of life. However, in order to help us prove your past, present, and future damages, there are several important things you should communicate to our office. Most importantly, please provide us, on an ongoing basis, a detailed diary of: Your…

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Arctic Cat Inc. Recalls Snowmobiles Due to Loss of Steering Control Hazard

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. Name of Product: Arctic Cat Snowmobiles Units: About 50,500 Manufacturer: Arctic Cat Inc., of Thief River Falls, Minn. Hazard: The steering shaft used on certain 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005…

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1 In 5 Brain Injuries Are The Result Of An Automobile Accident

While today’s motor vehicles are equipped with more safety devices than ever, every year millions of people throughout the U.S. are still involved in motor vehicle accidents. During 2013 alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 30,000 people were killed in traffic accidents and hundreds of thousands more suffered minor to…

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Distracted drivers caused 20 percent of NYC's traffic accidents in October

According to the Department of City Planning, nearly 8.5 million people call New York City home. During the work week, this number swells to include millions of more people and adds to the congested traffic conditions for which the city is so well known. Given the number of cars, buses, trucks, taxis, pedestrians and bicyclists…

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Can a driver's car seat help prevent an accident?

In a recent blog post, we discussed the dangers associated with aggressive driving and how, annually, driving behaviors like tailgating, cutting other drivers off and speeding contribute to thousands of traffic accidents, injuries and deaths. Likewise, national statistics show that each year driving errors made by fatigued drivers are responsible for causing more than 1,500…

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Tracy Morgan returns to TV after horrible accident with semi

Recently, Saturday Night Live viewers were treated to actor and comedian Tracy Morgan’s first extensive televised appearance since a terrible auto accident caused him serious injuries in 2014. Morgan’s performance is a testament to two things: one, that it is possible to recover from brain trauma and other common car accident injuries. And two, it…

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Tips for not letting the sun cause a car accident

Now that it’s mid-October, commuters have probably noticed that the sun is hanging lower in the sky while they drive to and from work. As the days grow shorter, this is going to continue for several weeks, until winter forces us to commute in the dark for a while. For motorists, squinting into the sun…

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Automatic emergency braking systems to become standard in many new vehicles

For many years, motor vehicle manufacturers have focused their efforts on protecting vehicle occupants who were involved in an accident from suffering serious injury or death. Examples of these types of safety technologies include seat belts and airbags. More recently, the focus has shifted to implementing safety features aimed to prevent motor vehicle accidents from…

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NYC DOT initiatives successful at improving overall street safety

Today’s urban dwellers have high standards and expectations with regard to sustainability, safety, and livability. Residents are increasingly demanding more public green spaces, pedestrian, and bicycle only safe zones, better parking options and overall safer streets. Perhaps more than any other U.S. city, New York City is constrained by its geographical location and the fact…

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Dealing with your insurance company after a car accident

In the wake of a traffic accident, many drivers know to exchange insurance information with the other driver and to wait until the police arrive to file an accident report. Additionally, even if injuries aren’t readily apparent, it’s imperative to seek medical care and request that a doctor perform a full-body exam. Once back home,…

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The many and unexpected symptoms associated with a TBI

Last month we wrote a post in which we discussed how roughly 14 percent of all traumatic brain injuries in the U.S. are suffered in motor vehicle accidents. While the initial financial burdens associated with medical care and lost wages are often discussed, damage suffered to the brain is permanent and these types of serious…

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NYC is mourning as an off duty police officer lost his life in a preventable Crash

Royston Ferguson, 35, was off-duty riding his motorcycle along Rockaway Parkway in Canarsie, Brooklyn when he was struck by a 2015 Kia Sorrento Suv. The Kia Sorrento was being operated by an off duty NYC School Safety Agent when it swung a dangerous U Turn across Rockaway Parkway directly into Ferguson’s path. Ferguson had no…

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Raphaelson and Levine's Fighting for Workers' Safety

Raphaelson and Levine lawyers’ visit to Albany this week was to ensure the very protections that the family of today’s killed construction worker will rely upon and need to claim support for the economic loss that his death will cause. This man was unfairly killed by another falling crane. New York’s current law, known as…

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Spinal cord injuries often caused by car wrecks

In New York and around the world, between 250,000 and 500,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year. Most of these injuries are preventable. One of the primary causes of spinal cord injury is motor vehicle accidents. The highest risk categories for spinal cord injury are young adult and elderly males and teen and…

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Symptoms and treatment of a broken or dislocated jaw

A New York driver who becomes involved in a car crash could suffer a wide range of injuries, from brain damage to internal afflictions. If the person suffers an injury to their face, however, they could find themselves with a broken or dislocated jaw. A broken jaw means that the bone has fractured; a dislocated…

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New York woman killed by SUV that crashed through store window

Police in New York have reported that a 66-year-old woman was killed and two other people were injured when an SUV crashed through the window of a cellphone store on the morning of March 30. The fatal accident took place on Northern Boulevard in Great Neck County at approximately 11 a.m. Police say that the…

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New York Post analysis shows Manhattan has angriest drivers

With any big city one can expect a high volume of people traveling on the roads; this is especially true in a city like New York City. The danger of an auto accident is always present, which makes it vital that all drivers be cautious and careful in their actions. According to a New York…

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New York State Police target speeders

Speeding is very often negligence. Careless and aggressive driving is an unfortunate reality in our daily lives, and auto accidents have become a regular occurrence on New York highways and streets. When drivers violate speed limits, their reckless speeding puts everyone else on the road at risk. New York State police recently started a week-long,…

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New York man killed by car while walking dog

Car accidents cause injury and death in New York and across the country on a daily basis. Too often, injuries and deaths in car accidents are caused by reckless driving. When a person is involved in an automobile accident it is required that all parties stop, exchange insurance information and give aid, if necessary. A…

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New York jogger killed in hit-and-run

There is never a good reason for not stopping after being involved in a car accident. A hit and run driver, if caught and arrested, could face severe criminal penalties. Leaving the scene of an accident is considered a crime. Where the accident involves serious bodily injury or death, the crime is categorized as a…

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New York man dies in early morning car crash

Reckless driving is very common today. More and more people are showing carelessness that is resulting in terrible accidents. Reckless driving leads to serious injuries and at times, even death. Speed limits are intended to keep traffic moving at a safe speed. Unfortunately, some drivers see these speed limits as inconvenient or unimportant, ignoring them…

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New York father dies in hit-and-run crash

A New York husband and father was killed in a hit-and-run crash on Long Island. The 50-year-old man was hit and killed while walking from a Long Island restaurant. The motor vehicle accident happened when he left his birthday celebration to move his car. Later, his wife and two daughters found his body on the…

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New York rollover accident injures 6, police investigate

Police from northern New York are reporting that a 17-year-old driver lost control of her vehicle while exiting the highway. She and her five passengers were injured as the vehicle rolled over into a roadside snow bank. Fortunately, the vehicle rollover only caused minor injuries, but all six of the people in the vehicle —…

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Court rules motorcycle helmet traps Constitutionally OK

“Let those who ride decide” is the frequently-heard cry when the topic of mandatory helmets for motorcyclists comes up. In the Empire State, the decision is made for them and a federal court just proclaimed a controversial police enforcement tactic is indeed legal. New York is one of 19 states that requires head protection, and the New…

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