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New York Lawmaker Pushes for Emphasis on Outlaw of Chokeholds by Police

In early summer of 2014, a story from Staten Island made national news when a New York Police Department officer put civilian Eric Garner into a chokehold while arresting him for a petty crime. The officer kept the hold locked in too tightly and too long, and it led to Garner’s death. This was not… Read More »

Premises Liability Cases on Rental Property

Premises liability cases can occasionally become complicated if the property owner is different than the occupier, such as in residential and commercial rental properties. So who is liable if there is an accident on a property owned by someone other than the occupier? There are varying rules to determine potential liability based on the type… Read More »

When Are Dog Owners Liable for Injuries Caused By Bites?

Dog bites can result in serious injuries, and depending on the circumstances of the bite or attack, the owner of the dog could be held liable in an injury case. Consider the following situations in which the owner could be considered liable: The owner let the dog run free despite existing leash laws in the… Read More »

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Wrongful death claims typically occur when a person dies as a result of another person or party’s negligence. These legal actions must be filed by a person who acts as a representative of survivors who suffer as a result of the death of their loved one (most commonly the decedent’s family members). Often, the person… Read More »

Why You Should Collect Witness Information After a Car Accident

While speaking to witnesses might be one of the last things on your mind after a car accident, doing so can actually be helpful to a future injury case. So many car accident cases come down to pitting one driver’s word against the other’s, so having a witness available could provide some much-needed third-party insight… Read More »

FAA Investigates Potentially Faulty Parachute in Skydiving Accident

After a man died in a skydiving accident on July 30, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reportedly launched an investigation into whether his parachute was properly packed and deployed. Gary Messina, a 25-year old New York City corrections officer, was killed in the accident, and his instructor, Christopher Scott, was seriously injured. The FAA… Read More »

Brooklyn Hospital Fined for Failure to Create Safe Work Environment

Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn has been fined $78,000 after a federal investigation uncovered that the facility was failing to provide sufficient protection to its employees from falling equipment and patients exhibiting violent tendencies. An investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that from just February to May of 2014, more than… Read More »

Allegations of Police Cover-up in Long Island City Wrongful Death Case

Late one night in February 2013, 24-year old Japanese student Ryo Oyamada was struck and killed by a police car while crossing a street in Long Island City. Now, his family’s legal team is working on the case and claims to have obtained new videos that indicate a police cover-up of the circumstances surrounding Oyamada’s… Read More »

Court Rules Family of Incarcerated Woman Who Died of Asthma Attack Can Sue for Negligence

In recent news regarding the embattled Rikers Island correctional facility, a Manhattan appellate court determined that the family of Eva Luckey, a woman who died 12 years ago of an asthma attack while imprisoned in the facility may sue the facility for negligence. In this decision, the court restored the negligence claim Ms. Luckey’s family… Read More »

Diabetic Prisoner Dies After Being Denied Medical Treatment for Two Days

A new lawsuit against the Rikers Island correctional facility alleges that a diabetic man incarcerated in the facility died after being denied medical treatment for a full two days. Linda Mercado, the sister of inmate Carlos Mercado, claims that her brother fell into a diabetic coma and died after guards failed to respond properly to… 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.