PG&E Corp., one of the largest utility providers in the country, has settled numerous lawsuits related to wildfires allegedly caused by its faulty equipment. The lawsuits arose around so-called “jumper cables,” which have been found to have a high likelihood of breaking or malfunctioning, which have resulted in at least 22 wildfires between 2017 and 2018. A federal judge has approved a settlement for these wildfire suits, resulting in a payout of $13.5 billion to victims, in the form of both cash and PG&E stock.… Read the rest
Attending a concert is among the most popular leisure activities. However, with thousands of people often packing into concert venues, the risk of someone getting hurt is high. With that being said, if you are hurt at a concert venue, you may be wondering if, or who, you may recover compensation from.… Read the rest
In today’s world it is fairly common for most adults to use some kind of social media website. While there is much value to these websites, there can be some drawbacks. When it comes to personal injury lawsuits, it can be a hindrance to receiving the compensation that you deserve. One of the primary things a personal injury attorney will tell you when you commence a lawsuit is to be careful of your social media activity or discontinue using it at all. … Read the rest
Normally, it’s not possible to sue someone simply because they made you feel bad. Most lawsuits are about causing physical injuries, or damaging or stealing property, or impinging on another’s legal rights. However, on some occasions, it is possible to sue someone for intentional infliction of emotional distress, if their conduct matches certain specific criteria.… Read the rest
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
September is here and the Major League Baseball’s (MLB) regular season will soon be coming to a close. Lest not forget a severe accident that happened almost a year ago at the New York Yankee’s stadium; a toddler was struck in the head by a 105 MPH line-drive foul ball. Thankfully, the little girl is doing rather well, considering the circumstances. In the wake of the incident, there has been a push to create more safety regulations in all MLB parks.… Read the rest
Each year, fall festivals are held where patrons are able to enjoy food, music, and rides such as the Ferris wheel. While many believe these fall festivals are family-friendly and safe events, there have been a growing number of incidents resulting in death or serious injuries. In 2016, a study conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USPC), found that 31,000 people were injured on rides at festivals and fairs. Many of these injuries occurred due to ride malfunctions.… Read the rest
Recently, a New York statute has been created to safeguard the interest of those who put themselves at risk of injury in the interest of public safety. Even though law enforcement officers are eligible to receive benefits while injured in the line of duty, this will now provide additional protections to these public servants as well as to their families. According to reports, the New York Police Department (NYPD) has had more officers injured and killed on the job than any other police department in the country. While those injured may be entitled to disability and medical care, often times … Read the rest
Train accidents have taken the lives of many, whether by a train derailing or at a railroad crossing. In 2015, there were 11,762 train accidents in the United States. These accidents caused approximately 9,013 injuries and 752 fatalities. The Federal Railroad Administration indicated that 96 percent of injuries and deaths are related to train accidents that occur at railroad crossings and by trespassing. Furthermore, railroad crossing accidents are the second leading cause of rail-related fatalities in the United States.
The New York County Supreme Court awarded $29.3 million to a New York University student who fell from a faulty East Village fire escape in 2008. After a four-week long trial to ascertain damages, Anastasia Klupchak succeeded in her claim against the owner and managing agent of 82 Second Avenue. The complaint alleged that the owner and managing agent were negligent in their failure to update the outdated fire escape.
In 2008, the 22-year-old Klupchak was visiting her friend in the East Village apartment when she stepped out onto a vertical ladder fire escape platform that only had railings on … Read the rest