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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 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 create dangers but almost every aspect of construction work involves tools and materials and procedures that potentially can cause serious injury and in some situations grave INJURY.

New York City Mass Transit Safety

Sadly, the news has been flooded over the last year with tragic Train accidents and Bus Accidents. In New York Millions of people every day rely on public transportation to get them back and forth to work, to visit their families and for every aspect of their lives. We take safety for granted and for that reason our train operators, bus operators and conductors must be trained and educated with the best technology and every resource available to insure the public’s safety.

Actonel Femure Fracture Side Effects

Actonel (risedronate sodium) was approved in the United States in 1998 for the treatment of osteoporosis and Paget's disease. While most users are given the drug for many years, recent studies and adverse event reports suggest that long-term use of the drug may increase the risk of low-energy bone fractures, most commonly involving the thigh bone or femur.

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 three deaths. 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 be avoided and although sad are part of everyone’s life, a horrible accident like this morning’s train accident will affect many families and many people in our region.

What Is No Fault Insurance?

If you are riding a bike in New York and get in an accident with a motor vehicle you are entitled to no-fault insurance. No-fault insurance can pay up to $50,000 to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and certain out-of-pocket expenses. You must submit a no-fault application within 30 days of the accident to the insurance company of the vehicle that hit you to receive the no-fault insurance benefits.

LI2day is Helping Make Great Strides!

Our run on Saturday, August 20, named in honor of Andrew Levine's mother and sponsored by the firm, was a huge success! A beautiful day was enjoyed by more than 650 people, which made it the largest attended 5K Charity Run in New York this year.

Raphaelson & Levine's Perseverance

Raphaelson & Levine’s perseverance pays off against the New York City Transit Authority.

We recently represented a bus passenger who was injured when the bus struck an open car door of a parked vehicle. The New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) stalled and delayed (as they are known to do) the case for eight years, the entire time denying fault for the accident.

No-Fault Benefits: Know Your Rights

Anytime someone in New York State is involved in a motor vehicle crash, they are entitled to no-fault benefits. This means, no matter who is at fault for the crash, hence the word “no-fault,” the injured person can immediately receive $50,000 of medical benefits and lost wages (capped at $2,000 per month for wages).

Suffering from a personal injury? Secure compensation for future losses

When your life is turned around by a serious injury, your current financial challenges are only part of the story. While rising medical bills, property damage and loss of wages should all be a part of your personal injury lawsuit, it is also critical to evaluate future losses. Now is the time to develop a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which your personal injury may affect your future prospects, both in the workplace and in your personal life.

Fourth of July drunken driving tragedy

The toll that drunk drivers take is impossible to know fully. After all, we cannot know exactly the value of human lives and the depth of grief over the loss of loved ones. We do know that the damage done to society by drunken drivers is an everyday tragedy that rips apart families.

Another instance took place here in New York on July 4th. A driver with measured blood-alcohol content at twice the legal limit slammed his pick-up truck head on into a vehicle carrying five members of a family. Three members of the family died in the crash and ensuing blaze; two survived, including an 11-month-old baby.

How Can We Better Serve You?

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How Many Children Have to Die for a Furniture Company to Take Action?

Clearly if you are IKEA, the answer is 6 children, all under the age of 4, spanning a nearly 30-year period. The Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman said, "Enough is enough," and noted that the dressers in question are "inherently very dangerous and unstable products if children are around them."

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 its taking the time and space to delve into details other publications ignore. But even the Times gets it wrong sometimes.

TechRepublic says the Times whiffed recently on its front-page story on the fatal crash of a Tesla car in Autopilot mode. The flagship paper missed important context, the website says, and gave readers incomplete reporting.

Speeding New York City SUV strikes, kills woman in crosswalk

It was early evening. A 21-year-old woman was in a Queens crosswalk, making her way across the Horace Harding Expressway service road. Another woman, 26 years old, was nearby riding a bicycle. That is when the driver of a black Porsche sports utility vehicle traveling west on the service road at high speed lost control.

The SUV hit a tree and then slammed into the pedestrian, then struck the bicyclist. The Porsche then ran into two other vehicles, including a cab. The pedestrian was later pronounced dead at a nearby New York City hospital.

New York family shattered by drunk driver crash

People who knew them described them as a "nice" and "beautiful family." Three members of a New York family -- a 56-year-old wife and mother, a 57-year-old husband and father, and their 23-year-old son -- were on their way from Long Island to Virginia to visit the eldest son, who is serving in the military.

They had just set out from their Huntington Station home when the crash occurred Sunday evening just before 9:30 on Jericho Turnpike. The family was sitting in a small SUV at a red light, waiting to make a turn onto Route 110, when a larger SUV, a Ford Explorer, crashed into them. The mother of two was killed on impact. Her husband and son survived with serious injuries.

Consider these tips when driving near semi trucks

Although the majority of accidents involving trucks happen due to the fault of the other driver, there are still many accidents that are caused by the trucker's actions. For example, truck drivers may be fatigued and may swerve into a nearby lane. It makes sense that many drivers try to avoid being on the road next to a semi truck but unfortunately we cannot always avoid that. One of the best ways to stay safe around a semi truck is to be proactive and vigilant. Passenger vehicle drivers have the ability to drive defensively and understand the limitations that come with driving a semi.

In the best-case scenario, it is wise to give trucks a lot of room on the road. There are various reasons for that. For one, trucks are kind of like sails. Because of the large amount of surface area on a truck, harsh winds can push a truck into nearby lanes or even tip them. There is an increased danger of this if the truck is empty.

Motorcycle accidents can happen to the best of riders

Even when a motorcyclist has extensive safety training, an accident can happen. Even when the motorcycle is outfitted with police lights and symbols. Even when the rider is experienced and paired with another seasoned rider, doubling visibility.

Even when all of those factors are present, a motorcycle accident can happen in the blink of an eye. New York State Police are investigating a crash that left a West Haven police officer with serious injuries.

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 greedy insurance companies that want to increase premiums, line their pockets with profits and not pay on claims.

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