Amazon in Hot Water Over Combustible Hoverboards

Amazon, the popular online shopping company, recently lost a case in the United States Appeals Court for failure to appropriately notify customers about a known defect in a hoverboard it sold. As a result, it may be forced to pay damages to those harmed by the defective hoverboard, which Amazon knew sometimes could catch fire or explode, but failed to adequately notify those who already purchased the hoverboard.… Read the rest

What to Do When Involved in an Auto Accident

car accident lawyer New York CityWith automobiles being the most popular form of transportation, the United States experiences approximately 6 million car accidents a year.  Almost half of these accidents result in injuries to one or more of the occupants of the vehicles.  While we hope you are never involved in a motor vehicle accident, knowing what to do in the situation could be the key to receiving the compensation you deserve.… Read the rest

Claims Against New York City Department of Correction Rose in 2015

Recently, New York Daily News reported that in 2015, there were more than 2,800 personal injury claims filed by inmates in city jails against the New York City Department of Correction. This is a 27 percent increase from 2014, costing 66 percent more in settlements and judgments. The majority of the claims come out of Rikers Island, which comprises 9 out of the 12 New York City inmate facilities.

Rikers Island has a reputation for violence, resulting in the federal government’s monitoring of the facilities. In 2015, it was reported that the number of stabbings and slashings increased 49 percent. … Read the rest

Accidents Involving Children at Swimming Pools Can Be Tragic

swimming pool accident lawyerAfter a long winter, the summer is upon us and it seems like a great time to head out to the pool. Unfortunately, this can be more dangerous than you think. So many swimming pool injuries occur through this season every year, which is why having legal representation from Levine & Slavit is so crucial. We have helped parents throughout the Long Island and Manhattan area deal with various legal matters that relate to children’s safety and the well-being of minors, because we feel that the rights of the young need to be taken very seriously.

The Summertime Can Be

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Types of Neck Injuries

types of neck injuriesNeck injuries are among the most devastating personal injuries a person can suffer in an accident. They are almost always painful and debilitating. In the most severe cases, they can permanently compromise a person’s quality of life, leading to a lifetime of financial, emotional, and physical hardships.

At the law firm of Levine & Slavit, serving residents of and near Long Island, neck injury lawsuits can arise from a variety of accidents, including car, truck, and motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and construction and other workplace accidents. Our personal injury attorneys handle the full range of personal injury cases, … Read the rest

How to Calculate Personal Injury Damages

New York personal injury lawyersPersonal injury lawsuits are filed in order to hold negligent parties responsible for their actions that led to an injury. By doing this, people are able to obtain damages that cover losses and assist with recovery. There are a number of misunderstandings about damages, however, which is what we’re hear to clear up.

Our team of personal injury lawyers would like to take a few moments right now to consider some of the basics with regard to damages in civil cases. We will turn some of this focus on how they are determined.

What are damages in a personal injury

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Police Assertion of Qualified Immunity Insufficient to Gain Dismissal of Civil Rights Claim For Death Resulting from Use of Excessive Force

Plaintiff Leroy Rasanen, in Rasanen v. Brown, — F.Supp.2d —-, 2009 WL 766205 (E.D.N.Y.,2009.) (decided March 25, 2009) brought this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C.1983 (“Section 1983”), alleging that New York State Troopers used excessive force in fatally shooting his son John Rasanen (“Rasanen”) during a search of Rasanen’s home. The plaintiff alleged that the shooting constituted excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment and that the Defendants were negligent in failing to conduct the search and deal with Rasanen’s shooting “in accordance with professional norms and standards.”

The defendants moved for summary judgment dismissing the complaint … Read the rest

Whopping Damage Award Against Private Prison Company for Inmates Death Affirmed by an Angry Court

By August of 1997 Texas had about 5,500 prisoners from other states housed in 22 facilities, generating revenues of more than $1,000,000 for private prison corporations. With such a strong profit motive, is it any wonder that cost-cutting measures such as hiring unqualified prison guards and failing to provide necessary medical care will be undertaken that will lead to problems?

In a searing opinion, the 13th Court of Appeals has upheld $42.5 million in punitive damages against a private prison GEO Group Inc., formerly named Wackenhut, a multinational corrections corporation for the horrific and gruesome death of inmate Gregorio De … Read the rest

Tragic Pedestrian Accident: Mechanical Difficulty or Drunk, Leering Driver?

There are all too many news stories of motor vehicles mounting curbs and striking pedestrians with tragic results. Two incidents like this occurred in Manhattan just this past Friday afternoon. But one of these incidents has an unusual element: according to witnesses, rather than an apparently random occurrence,the driver of the vehicle and his passenger were following the pedestrians just before mounting the sidewalk. At 5P.M., a 28-year-old pregnant woman, Ysemny Ramos, was killed while she was walking west along East 37th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues.

According to the police, the driver, Keston Brown, was apparently intoxicated and … Read the rest

Doctor May be Liable to Infant Strangled by His Mother

In Lizardi v. Westchester County Health Care Corp, 1990/03, a father is seeking to recover damages for the wrongful death of his 7-month infant son Marc Ryan Lizardi who was strangled by his mother, Susan Moody, on February 25th, 2001. The infant’s father is suing Dr. Scott Marder, who was not the treating physician for Ms. Moody during her admission to defendant Stony Lodge Hospital, but had treated her on at least one occasion during that stay during the weeks preceding the tragic event.

The doctor made a pre-answer motion to have the case dismissed against him … Read the rest