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How Much Does Police Misconduct Cost the Public?

Both in New York City and across the United States, taxpayers are increasingly seeing public funds used to pay huge settlements and verdicts as a result of police misconduct, violence and abuse. In 2014, the 10 American cities with the largest police departments spent $248.7 million on verdicts and settlements resulting from police misconduct. Those… Read More »

Vision Zero Has No Obvious Impact on Reducing Taxi Crashes

Over the past few years, New York City has implemented a variety of measures aimed at reducing the number of injuries and fatalities caused by traffic crashes. These steps, taken as part of an initiative called Vision Zero, are meant to make accidents less likely by changing the way that people use roads and reducing… Read More »

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 »

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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.