It’s unfortunately a high school tradition. The drinking parties. I have seen several invitations already on Facebook in my school district. In fact, right on Facebook one of the teenagers promised plenty of “drinks and stuff.” Do you know what goes on at the parties your child attends?
Alcohol and drugs have always been a big problem on Long Island, and it seems to just get worse and worse. These days, cheaper and accessible drugs like molly and heroin are destroying lives. What’s worse, these parties may take place in “the safety of a home,” but the kids need to eventually get back to their home and many drive under the influence. Others stagger around the neighborhood, putting themselves at high risk for an accident or assault. Add in alcohol poisoning and drug overdoses, and you can understand the concern many have for these parties.
We know all too well the danger, as we get many calls from distraught parents whose teenagers were seriously injured in accidents after attending drinking parties.
What can you do?
MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) suggests 7 tips to help your teenager make wise and safe decisions:
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We understand how difficult it can be if your teen is injured or hurt in any way at a house party. In addition to the concern you have for your child, you may be angry and disappointed in them, as well as at the parents where the party took place or maybe another child who drove your child while drunk or assaulted them under the influence. It’s important to know in these situations you have rights. You may be facing high medical bills and other expenses due to the accident and you can sue the homeowners where the party took place. In fact, those parents can be held liable for any injuries or accidents that occur to anyone at any time during or after the party due to an underage drunk guest.
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Our client went to a popular nightclub in Island Park with a group of her friends. She was looking forward to a carefree night of dancing with her friends. Unfortunately, while dancing she slipped and fell on a spilled beer and ended her night in the emergency room at South Nassau Community Hospital.
Our investigation, which included witness testimony and pictures, helped us gather proof that the beer was on the dance floor for at least an hour before she fell. The client had a very bad broken ankle which required surgery and extensive physical therapy.
We were able to successfully resolve her claims at a mediation. She was very happy with the generous compensation we were able to get to cover her medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
In this railroad claim, our 39 year old client slipped and fell in a rail yard that was unkept and leaking water had frozen over. He sustained injuries to his knee. We were successful in obtaining a resolution for the client, after providing evidence of the conditions of the yard that the railroad should have cleaned and repaired the leak.
In this case, we acted as a co-counsel for a client who had a very serious accident in San Francisco. At the time of the accident he was attempting to descend from a scaffold and fell from a significant height. Unfortunately, the client who is married and had two children suffered significant brain damage. Prior to the case going to trial there was a twelve hour mediation which resulted in a settlement for the client and his family that paid the client and his family necessary monies over his lifetime.
In this railroad case, a 39 year old Long Island Railroad lineman sustained severe burns after he cut energized cables as part of a demolition and modification of a substation. Our office had evidence that the foreman did not take the appropriate actions in making sure that all the cables were de-energized prior to anybody cutting. As a result of the explosion the client received third degree burns to his upper extremities as well as back injuries. Although the client should have preformed his own tests before cutting the cables and has since resumed work full time we were able to resolve his case to his satisfaction.
In this case, our client was a 40 year old Long Island Railroad lineman who fell from a communication pole he was working on. Our office claimed that the Long Island Railroad should have used a bucket truck for the client which would have prevented the accident. The client injured his back and had surgical injections to alleviate the pain from his herniated discs. The client went back to work and the case settled during trial to the client’s satisfaction.
Our client was coming off the ramp of the Triboro Bridge (now known as the Robert Kennedy Bridge) in Astoria when another car went through a stop sign. Our client, a sanitation worker tried to avoid the accident but was struck by the other vehicle and then lost control and slammed his sanitation truck into the side of a building. He damaged several of his fingers which required surgery. We were successful in obtaining the full insurance policy limits of the other vehicle.
Our client was a patient of a dental clinic in Brooklyn. On the date of the accident she was about to be seated in the dental chair when the arm collapsed and she fell out of the chair. We were able to show through the deposition of former employees that complaints were made, to the owners of the dental clinic, to fix the chair in question. The client sustained lower back injuries that resulted in back surgery. We were able to get a significant sum of money for the client. Of importance is that the moneys were paid directly from the owner of the clinic as there was no insurance.
In this case, we represented a 46 year old railroad employee who was trapped in an escalator motor pit. Our office was able to show that the door to the pit was improper. The door should have been easy to open and close. The door in question got stuck and it was jammed shut. The railroad had already replaced some of the doors but not where the client was working. The client was injured in his attempt to free himself from the dark and hot pit. He claimed back injuries with some surgical procedures. We were successful in obtaining a resolution for the client, even though he went back to work full time.
Our client was a vibrant seventy year old working for the County of Nassau. While getting off the elevator she tripped and fell as it misleveled. She was brought to the emergency room with a very bad broken shoulder. In fact there would have been surgery had it not been for her age and other non-related health issues. As a result of the injury she could no longer work and the evidence would have pointed to an employee who would have worked another five years. Indeed she had worked for almost forty years without many absences. The parties agreed to a six figure settlement which was to everybody’s satisfaction. We believe that had the case gone to trial there would have been evidence that this elevator, which had been around a very, very long time had numerous problems. Although the client was older the insurance company settled, we believe, because of the evidence that would have been presented at trial.
In this case, our client who was 39 years old at the time slipped and fell on an oil spill at a major construction site in Brooklyn. Through the testimony of several witnesses, we were prepared to show at trial that the spill was there for an extended period of time. We were able to resolve this case for a significant amount of money even though the client has a back injury which did not require surgery and he had a previous accident where his back was injured.
Our client was a 58 year female who was struck after the defendant , a 20 year old college student from Woodbury Long Island, ran a red light and struck our client’s vehicle. Client’s car was totaled and she was brought to Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow. She was in Intensive Care for about one week with a fractured hip, fractured ribs and a transverse process fracture. She remained in the hospital for about ten days and then was under the care of private physicians. Depositions were taken of all parties and the defendant acknowledged that he may have passed the red light. The defendant also testified that he did not recall the name of the streets where the accident occured. It is because the testimnony of the defendant was weak that we were able to secure a six figure settlement for our client who is now back to work as a teacher.
Our client was a 47 year old school teacher from Holbrook, New York when she was rear ended by another vehicle on Route 112 in Brookhaven. As a result from the accident she sustained lumbar and cervical herniations which resulted in her getting epidural steroid injections. Prior to the settlement she underwent a fusion because of the severity of her injuries. The plaintiff was unable to take time off from work which complicated her rehabilitation. We were able to obtain a six figure settlement for the client which was due in part to our persistent in negotiation with the insurance company.
This case was a big triumph for our client after Allstate tried to play hardball tactics that backfired in court.
Our client, a 58-year-old self-employed mother, was a passenger in a car going straight through a green light when it was hit by vehicle making a left turn in front of them. She suffered a fractured wrist that required surgery. Her injury and discomfort was exacerbated by a recent diagnosis of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (now called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome), a rare disorder that is characterized by chronic, severe pain.
Allstate refused to offer any money on the case until three months before trial, at which time a low five figure offer was made. We felt this offer was unreasonably low. We believed the circumstances had a minimum six figure value.
It was not until the middle of the trial that the attorneys representing the other vehicle and on the directions of Allstate raised the offer to a mid-five-figure number. The accident victim, in an effort to stop the trauma of the trial, lowered her demand to a high five figure settlement. At this time Allstate shockingly withdrew its offer completely. The case therefore went to the jury and after several hours of deliberation returned a verdict for the plaintiff. Allstate settled the case immediately for a six figure settlement. Our client was thrilled.
Our client, a motercyclist, while riding on Montauk Highway in Suffolk County, was injured when the offending vehicle made a left hand turn in front of our client. The client’s motorcycle was struck causing him to be thrown from his cycle onto the ground. Our client 28 at the time fractured his wrists, hand, pelvis, knee, leg and had multiple surgeries. If you looked at his x-ray you would see that metal pins were holding him together. Unfortunately, the owner of the offending vehicle had a limited policy (that generally means limited funds from the policy). Clearly we could not accept that and we prepared the case for trial. Many lawyers would have advised their client to take the policy and suffer the loss. We felt our obligation to the client and to get justly compensation. In the end the owners of the vehicle paid, out of their pocket, an enormous amount of money. In fact, the Judge of the case said he did not remember another case where so much money was personally paid from the defendants. This occurred because of our tenacity and unwillingness to abandon the client and take the “easy” way out.
Our client was leaving her friend’s house when she fell over a concrete platform and steps which were abutting the side entrance door. There were no rails. We were able to show through our expert engineer that the steps were not in compliance with the New York City Building Code. The client fractured her arm with required surgery. We were able to successfully resolve her case because of the evidence we obtained.
Our client, a female student who was a minor at the time of the accident, won close to a 7-figure settlement from a well-known seaford bar and restaurant in Deer Park. She was traveling westbound on Grand Blvd. in Deer Park when an eastbound car driven by a drunken driver drifted into her lane. She suffered numerous fractures that required surgery as well as 2 rods and plating.Although the driver of the operating vehicle was negligent, we were also able to establish that the restaurant that served him alcohol was also partially negligent.The key to the settlement was video surveillance we obtained that showed the restaurant’s bartender continuing to provide drinks to the driver after he was drunk.
By showing that the Budget Rent-a-Car had created a hazard for the safety of the neighbors by using the sidewalk to move its trucks, we were able to help our client collect a sizable settlement for the serious injuries our client suffered.
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Our lawyers believed this client had a strong case and serious injuries as a result of the church’s negligence. We appealed the decision and, with the help of our engineers, we were able to show that the sidewalk defect was a “substantial defect.” We also had our client testify that the condition had been present for a period of time, and we provided photographic evidence that demonstrated the defect was visible. She won and was thrilled to receive the compensation to help pay her bills and recover without the added financial stress.
Her specific injuries included:
As a new mom, our client did not want to go through a long trial. Our lawyers worked quickly and thoroughly to establish the details of the accident and determine her injury costs, including lost wages, future medical costs and pain and suffering. She was thrilled with the 6-figure settlement, which she hopes to partially invest in her new baby’s future.
We worked diligently with experts to provide detailed reports and photographs that helped us prove the door was defective. This allowed our lawyers to resolve the case to our client’s advantage at mediation, and our evidence enabled her to settle for a 6-figure award that she greatly appreciated.
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This elevator door is extremely heavy and was not secure. After several minutes of holding the door, our client felt a shift and then the door came slamming down on him, aggravating a preexisting condition to his back. Our client was severely injured and will not be able to ever return to this job.
Our lawyers were able to show that his injuries were due to the negligence of the elevator company brought in to fix the elevator. We showed that they failed to bring in enough manpower to complete the job, did not provide proper supervision and safety measures, did not provide proper training and failed to keep the area safe for others. We were also able to show that our client’s injuries seriously limited his activities and negatively affected his quality of life, which allowed him to collect a significant payment to compensate for his difficulties.
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In addition, the boy kept a journal he wrote for an English class in which he mentioned the bullying and how it made him feel. The teacher’s only comment was “I’m sorry you went through this.”
By collecting all the communications with the school over a three-year period, the medical records and journal entries, we made a strong case that the school’s staff and administrators did not do enough to protect our client and put a stop to the bullying. We were able to settle with the district for a confidential amount, but our client was very happy with the results.
This case illustrates how it is possible to get compensation for bullying from a school and we hope it inspires other families to know they have recourse.
Noted partner attorney Robert Bashner, “His medical history made his recovery time longer and caused added pain and suffering. We were able to get him a sizable settlement.” He was very satisfied with the results of his case and is thankfully making a full recovery.”
Our construction site injury lawyers were were able to show that labor laws were violated. There were several safety issues. Our client should have had another worker with him for this job. In addition, there was too much concrete on the forklift and the pellets were not properly secured.
Said partner Neal Goldstein “Our client has been out of work and confined to his bed. We fought and got him a settlement that would help take care of his living expenses and family while he recovered.”
Luckily our client survived, but he suffered multiple skull fractures as well as multiple fractures and lacerations throughout his body. The young boy continues to suffer–he is in pain and has trouble with prolonged sitting, standing, walking, climbing stairs and other daily activities most kids take for granted. He will never fully recover and will require extensive therapy and special education.
In addition, his young sister was in the “zone of danger,” which means she was close enough to him to see the accident and has been traumatized.
In addition to getting a sizable settlement for the boy, our accident lawyers were also able to get money for the sister for the trauma she suffered.
Our client was extremely happy with the outcome and wrote us a note, “From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for all the hard work, hours and years you put into my case and believed in me. Your professionalism, dedication, efforts and patience are much appreciated. I am so happy I chose you as my lawyer.”
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