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Four NYPD Officers Died in the Line of Duty in 2015

Since the New York City Police Department (NYPD) was established, a total of 841 officers have died in the line of duty. Not everyone on this list was killed by a criminal act, however. The total of those whose fatal injuries were suffered while they worked includes cops killed by gunfire, in auto accidents, in… Read More »

New York City Construction Injuries Jumped 34 Percent Last Year

Contractors and regulators are looking to pinpoint the reason why New York City saw a 34 percent increase in construction-related injuries in the past year. There were 283 such injuries — a steep jump from 211 injuries in 2014 and 187 injuries in each of the two previous years. According to the city Department of… Read More »

New York City’s Public Hospitals Spent Millions on Medical Malpractice in 2015

The agency responsible for New York City’s public hospitals, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), is reported to have settled at least 221 medical malpractice lawsuits in 2015, leading to $124 million in payouts. Settlements are often seen as a cheaper and easier alternative than litigation, where hospitals open themselves up to… Read More »

DOT Releases Borough Maps to Show Speed Limit Changes

The New York City Department of Transportation, DOT, has released a new series of maps in response to recent changes in road speed limits. The maps show previous speed limits for each borough, along with the new limits put in place by Mayor de Blasio in 2014 as part of New York City’s Vision Zero… Read More »

After Crane Collapse, New York City Quadruples Fines for Serious Construction Violations

After an uptick in dangerous construction site accidents, New York City is drastically increasing fines for serious workplace safety violations. Fines will jump from $2,400 to a much more consequential $10,000. The city hopes that raising these fines by more than four times will reduce or eliminate the economic incentive for contractors and property owners… Read More »

New York State Passes Paid Family Leave Law

A bill recently passed by the New York State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo will provide historic reform for the state’s workers. The bill mandates paid family leave benefits for New York workers. The United States is currently the only developed nation that does not guarantee paid parental leave to all… Read More »

Occupational Illnesses Could Qualify for Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation claims are often associated with accidents like falls, equipment malfunctions, motor vehicle accidents and anything else that leads to physical injury. However, certain workplace-related conditions may lead to occupational illnesses, which could also quality you for these benefits. The following are some of the most common occupational illnesses in the United States: Lung… Read More »

Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim Against the VA

Over the past year, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been embroiled in significant controversy related to the timeliness of its responses to veterans in need of health benefits and medical treatment. Many veterans died or saw their conditions worsen while waiting for the VA to respond to their requests. If you are a… Read More »

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries may be divided into two main categories: incomplete and complete. Complete spinal cord injuries are those that result in total paraplegia or tetraplegia. Complete paraplegia is a permanent loss of nerve function at or below T1 level, which manifests itself in the loss of sensation and movement of the legs, bladder, bowel… Read More »

Knowing Your Rights: What is a False Arrest?

In most jurisdictions across the country, the rules for what makes a lawful arrest are similar. Officers must inform suspects that they are being arrested. This can be accomplished with a visible badge or uniform. Additionally, the officer must inform individuals on what crime they are being arrested for, unless revealing that information could lead… Read More »

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Scott Rynecki was selected a 2013 Super Lawyer by other injury attorneys. This honor is only given to the top 5% of attorneys.