Personal injury attorney, Steve Fils-Aime, Esq., recently settled a lawsuit arising out of a trip and fall incident.
The client, an elderly grandmother, had traveled to the defendant’s premises, a supermarket, to go grocery shopping with her husband. While entering the supermarket, the client tripped and fell on a broken portion of the curb attached to the sidewalk of the premises. As a result...Read More
A New York City Firefighter broke his leg when he fell down a staircase during firefighting operations at one of the Co-Op City buildings in the Bronx. As he started to fall, he reached out to grab for a handrail he expected to be on his right but there was no handrail on that side to grab onto. That’s because this staircase had only a handrail on the left side instead of two handrails that...Read More
The recent controversy involving New York City Housing Authority developments has placed lead paint poisoning back at the forefront of public attention. However, lead paint exposure is still a prevalent concern for young children living in any older home or apartment.
While lead-based paints were banned for use over 35 years ago, leaded paint that was used prior to that time was not removed....Read More
Bicyclists deal with unique risks on NYC streets. They share the roadway with cars, buses, and trucks, but their small size and slower speeds mean they are not always seen and are not protected in crashes like the occupants of motor vehicles. Those are the normal risks, but sometimes those are compounded when motor vehicles don’t follow the rules of the road. In a news story from last year, a...Read More
Spring is here and it might seem that car accidents are less likely because there is no more snow and ice. However, the reality is that rain is much more dangerous. According to data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, approximately 22% of car crashes are weather-related. And of these crashes, 73% happen on wet pavement and 46% during rainfall. That’s a lot more...Read More
New York residents likely know that pedestrian accidents can be very serious. A recent study shows that such accidents are more often fatal when individuals in wheelchairs are involved. The researchers questioned why this disparity occurred and hoped that with greater understanding the wheelchair users may be able to travel about with a higher degree of safety.
The study was performed by...Read More
Many motorists in New York are well aware that teen drivers present a greater risk for getting into a motor vehicle accident. Driving under the influence and texting and driving dramatically increase the hazards. Some statistics point out the gravity of the situation.
It has been found that drivers under 21 are at fault in around 17 percent of all fatal accidents involving alcohol use in the...Read More
New York businesses owe a duty of care to provide a hazard-free environment to everyone who steps inside their premises, regardless of whether the business owns or rents the premises in which it is located. When a person that is visiting the business is injured as a result of a safety hazard about which the business knew or should have known about, the business may be held to be responsible...Read More
In such a busy state as New York, car accidents are all but uncommon. Distracted driving often plays a significant role in many of these wrecks; on average, nine people are killed each day due to distractions on the road. This amounts to over 3000 fatalities in 2012, notably a decrease from the previous year. Injuries due to distracted drivers, however, reached upwards of 400,000.
Forms of...Read More
Whiplash generally occurs when the head is forced in one direction and then suddenly forced to go in the other direction. While there are a variety of ways in which whiplash can occur, it occurs more often than not in car crashes. Typically, the neck muscles will become strained or sprained, which can lead to stiffness and soreness of the neck. Although this type of injury can result from a...Read More