Five Reasons Why Construction is the Most Dangerous Industry

There is no industry that is more dangerous to its own workers than construction. No other single profession has more on-the-job injuries or deaths than construction workers, with more than 150,000 construction injuries across the United States last year. Here are just five of the most common reasons why construction is the most dangerous industry:… Read the rest

Five Signs of Personal Injury You Might Miss

No one wants to bring a personal injury suit. After all, it means you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, and that means suffering all the consequences of those injuries. However, what some people do not realize is that the symptoms of an injury may not appear until days or weeks after an accident, but you can still potentially get compensation for them. Here are five signs you need to look out for that might hint at a hidden injury:… Read the rest

Car Accidents: Five Things That Make Them More Likely

Car accidents are among the most common causes of injury in the United States, with thousands of people injured or killed every year in New York alone. While some of these accidents are unavoidable, there are circumstances that can make car accidents significantly more likely. Here are five issues that increase the likelihood of a car accident:… Read the rest

Six Common Slip-and-Fall-Injuries

People slip or trip all the time, and get hurt as a result. Some slip-and-fall injuries are preventable, however, and could be stopped if people took appropriate care to keep their property safe. Unfortunately, some property owners can be negligent about removing hazards from their property, making injuries more likely. Here are six common types of injuries people suffer in slip-and-fall accidents:… Read the rest

Five Common Safety Violations That Cause Construction Accidents

Construction sites are often among the most dangerous places to work, with construction accidents accounting for more than twenty percent of all work-related fatalities across the United States, including in New York. While contractors and work site owners are supposed to take steps to prevent harm to workers on the site, all too often they will cut corners to save time or money, and when they do, it is often workers who must pay the price. Here are five common safety violations found on construction sites that result in injury or death:… Read the rest

Roundup Manufacturer Settles Cancer Suits for $10 Billion

BayerAG, the chemical and pharmaceutical conglomerate, has agreed to pay $10 billion to settle a series of lawsuits brought against it over its signature weed killer, Roundup. The herbicide became the subject of major public controversy after it was discovered that Roundup had carcinogenic properties, a fact that was known by its manufacturer, Monsanto, for decades. The company covered up this fact and continued to sell Roundup to the public, netting billions of dollars from sales of the weed killer in the interim.… Read the rest

Motor Vehicle Fatalities Go Down but Mileage Death Rate Increases

Over the course of the first three months of 2020, the overall number of motor vehicle fatalities across the United States have decreased compared to the same period last year, according to data collected by the National Safety Council. This is attributable to there being fewer people on the road due to the coronavirus and quarantine restrictions. However, in that same period, more people died compared to the number of miles driven, indicating that although people are driving less, they are driving more dangerously.… Read the rest

Ira Slavit on the Tragic Case of Santoro v. Poughkeepsie Crossings

In the most recent issue of the Nassau Lawyer, the Nassau County Bar Association’s newsletter, Ira Slavit of Levine and Slavit, PLLC, wrote about the case of Santoro v. Poughkeepsie Crossings, in which a woman was sued by a nursing home for allegedly causing her mother’s death. Specifically, the nursing home initiated a third-party counterclaim against the woman for allegedly contributing to her mother’s death when she brought a wrongful death suit against the nursing home.

While the nursing home’s claims were ultimately dismissed by the Second Department of the New York State Appellate Division, it is an important case … Read the rest

Ira S. Slavit Published in New York Law Journal

Ira S. Slavit, attorney at Levine & Slavit, PLLC, has recently published an article in the New York Law Journal. The article, titled “Establishing a Private Right of Action in Personal Injury Cases,” discusses the issue of proving a private right of action in a civil lawsuit. This is contrasted against a public right of action, which is the right of a public agency or prosecutorial authority to pursue a lawsuit.

A private right of action is the legal right of a private citizen to sue another party over an alleged injury caused by a violation of the law, such … Read the rest

Limo Safety Bills Signed into Law in NY

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a package of limousine safety bills into law, intended to deal with a series of fatal crashes on Long Island and across the state that resulted in calls to address the problem. The laws specifically address the issue of rented stretch limos, which are commonly hired for formal events like proms, weddings and bar mitzvahs, among other similar events. The hope is that the new measures will reduce the number of fatalities caused by limo crashes every year.… Read the rest