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Personal Injury Update- February, 2017

February 6, 2017
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The first week of February has proven to be a deadly week, with a number of tragic car accidents in the Bronx. Our New York City wrongful death and car accident lawyers know all to well how dramatically a car accident can affect someone’s life.

An off-duty New York City Police Officer suffered an unfortunate wrongful death in a car accident in the Bronx this week. The passenger in the vehicle,who was a housing officer, also suffered serious personal injuries. The officer’s car flipped over and then caught fire in a traffic circle in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx. While, the NYPD’s highway investigation unit is investigating to determine if the car was speeding, that is usually the most common cause of a vehicle flipping over, although the design of the vehicle itself may be a contributing factor. There have been a number of successful products liability lawsuits against car manufacturer’s for negligent design where the car is prone to tip over at foreseeable speeds. Usually, if the vehicle is too top heavy or is tall, but not wide, the design can contribute to a roll over type of accident during a turning maneuver.

In another motor vehicle accident, a two-car crash at occurred at the intersection of Colgate and Westchester avenues, in the Bronx, which caused one of the vehicles to collide with and get stuck under the side of a school bus. Thankfully all of the children are reported to have not suffered any injuries.

Also this week, lead was found in the water of P.S. 41 and in P.S. 189 in Brooklyn. Lead is a known neuro-inhibitor and can cause brain damage in children. All parents with students at PS 41 and P.S. 189 should have their children undergo blood tests to determine if they have lead in their blood. The New York City Board of Education has admitted that it found lead in 10 of 63 samples taken around the school at PS 41 from classrooms, bathrooms, water fountains and offices. This indicates that there is a significant risk that students in the school were exposed to lead. In general a lead level of 5 or above is considered dangerous. Some of the signs of lead poisoning include hyperactivty, diminished cognitive abilities, lack of focus and other neurologic symptoms. Our New York and Westchester lead poisoning lawyers have handled many lead cases for children who have sustained lead poisoning. Remember, under New York State law, to present a claim against the New York Board of Education, a notice of claim must be filed within 90 days of the last date of exposure.

This week, a Long Island Corrections officer sustained an injury, after being poked by a needle while searching an inmate at the Nassau County Jail. The needles are used by Armor Correctional Health Service, at the jail and this is not the first time where an inmate has been found to have a medical needle from Armor Correctional Health Service. This strongly implies that Armor may be acting negligently in failing to secure their medical equipment an in allowing dangerous instruments to fall into the hands of inmates. Our Jail injury lawyers know that this poses a risk to both inmates and officers.

 
The Law Offices of Michael H. Joseph