Common Causes of Burn Injury

At Levine and Slavit, PLLC, our car accident attorneys protect the rights of those who have been injured due to the fault or actions of another person or party. Burn injuries are one such type of injury that is often preventable. Those who suffer from a burn injury due to the fault or negligence of another are left to deal with the physical, emotional, and financial consequences. Fortunately, our Long Island burn injury attorneys can help our clients obtain the compensation they are due for damages suffered. Examining the cause of the burn and exploring the details of the injury … Read the rest

Car Accidents and Aggressive Driving

As neighbor to a city that has long held a reputation for angry drivers, Long Island is not immune to car accidents caused by aggressive driving.

And, contrary to late night monologues about New York City drivers, aggressive driving is no joke. Any insightful personal injury attorney will tell you, aggressive behavior behind the wheel leads to accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that aggressive driving causes or plays a role in about a third of all traffic accidents.

Aggressive driving accidents result in property damage, injury, and death. And it’s not hard to see the connection between

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Worker Who Did Not Personally Handle Asbestos Products Can Nonetheless Pursue Mesothelioma Claim

A man who worked as a cashier at a diner housed in a trailer on property owned by The Long Island Rail Road (“LIRR”) in the 1970s can proceed with his claim against the LIRR that he got mesothelioma from being exposed to asbestos that railroad workers brought into the eatery on their clothes, even though he did not personally work with asbestos. The LIRR’s motion for summary judgment was denied in Frieder v. Long Island Railroad, 190212/12, in a decision by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Sherry Klein Heitler dated May 17.

The plaintiff Morton Frieder worked at the Dashing … Read the rest

Hempstead Turnpike Most Deadly Road on Long Island for Pedestrians

A study by Newsday of pedestrian accidents reports from 2005 through 2010 published in today’s paper finds that pedestrians are killed an average of more than five times a year on Hempstead Turnpike’s 16 miles through Nassau County, making it Long Island’s most dangerous road. Thirty-two people were killed and at least 427 injured in 457 pedestrian accidents. Three more people have died since last July.

Even crossing at intersections is not safe. More than half of the incidents examined occurred at intersections. Pedestrians were struck far more often by drivers turning left than turning right. Seventy percent of the … Read the rest

Older Pedestrians Are Far More Likely To Be Killed While Walking Than Younger Ones

Between 2006 and 2008, 290 pedestrians aged 60 years and older were killed in motor vehicle accidents on downstate New York roads. Though comprising just over 17 percent of the area’s population, people aged 60 and older accounted for 42 percent of the total pedestrian fatalities during the three-year period. Those aged 75 years and older represent less than 6 percent of the downstate New York’s population, but nearly 20 percent of pedestrian deaths.

Details are contained in a report released earlier this month by Tri-State Transportation Campaign titled The Most Dangerous Roads for Walking. Fatality rates for older pedestrians … Read the rest

Is It Acceptable That No Sprinklers Were Required in Long Island Elementary Schools Destroyed By Fire?

Last month there were two fires in Long Island schools. Just days before there was a fire in Riverhead Charter School, South Bay Elementary School in West Babylon was destroyed by fire, forcing the relocation of its classes to a nearby church.

The school was built in the early 1950s. Fire sprinklers were not required at that time. Since then, updated building codes in New York and other states require sprinklers in school spaces of more than 20,000 square feet. But sprinklers are not required in schools built before the code was changed. In addition, the 20,000 square foot rule … Read the rest

Suffolk County Nation’s First County to Ban Electronic Cigarettes from Minors and From Public Indoor Spaces

On August 18, 2009, the Suffolk County Legislature voted to ban electronic cigarettes from public indoor spaces where ‘traditional forms of smoking are already disallowed,’ but allows adults to use the devices anywhere cigarette smoking is permitted. The bill also bans the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 19. The bill has been described as the first of its kind in the nation. It cites the ‘unknown’ amount of nicotine in the battery-operated devices as presenting a ‘significant risk of rapid addiction or overdose.’ Suffolk’s new law is expected to take effect 90 days after the New … Read the rest