Bronx Personal Injury & Real Estate Blog

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A Look at Real Estate Contracts

What should I look for in a real estate purchase contract?

For many New Yorkers, buying a home can be a dream come true, but one that can become a nightmare without a well thought-out purchase contract. While many real estate agents, whose interest is to close the deal, will provide standard form agreements, you should never sign a contract before speaking to an experienced real estate attorney.

What to Look for in a Real Estate Contract

The first consideration in buying a home is said to be location, location, location, however, you should also be concerned with the condition of the home. Before you even sign a contract, it is vitally important to have the home inspected. You need to know that the structure is sound, and that the heating, electrical, plumbing and other systems are working properly.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Your Real Estate Closing Supply List, No Crayons or Markers Required

This summer has gone by so quickly that it is almost back to school time. The stores already have the shelves chock full of crayons, notebooks, and binders so that parents can pick up everything on their child’s school supply list.

Wouldn’t it be great if there were more things in life like back to school shopping? Someone else makes out a list and you go to one place and get everything you need so that you are perfectly prepared for the tasks ahead.

Well, my friends, today is your lucky day! Below you will find a handy-dandy list of all the stuff you need to gather together and bring to your residential real estate closing so that you are ready for the task at hand. Unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to get everything in the same place, but hey, it’s a start!

Stuff You Don’t Need to Worry About

If you

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Homeowner's Liability for Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents

What can I do if I am injured on my neighbor's property?

Getting along with your neighbors is a good idea, but sometimes things can wrong. For instance, you can be visiting a neighbor just to say hello, and while you were there, slip and fall and suffer a serious injury. What will you do?  If your neighbor was negligent in keeping the property safe, you may be able to bring a lawsuit based on premise liability.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Injury Lawsuit Against 'LA Fitness' to Proceed, Plaintiff Claims Defective Basketball Floor

The gym is a place meant to enhance one’s health, wellness and vitality – not cause crippling injuries and long-term damage. Unfortunately for one Levitttown-area resident, however, his experience at the local L.A. Fitness center was anything but revitalizing, and his recent lawsuit has alleged serious injuries possibly caused by a defective basketball court floor.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was engaged in a competitive basketball game in January, 2014 when he suddenly injured his knee after falling onto the court floor.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Is the Bronx the Next Brooklyn?

How many times have you heard a real estate agent say that you better buy now because such and such area is going to be the next Brooklyn? It happens so frequently that it has become cliché. I always used to laugh when I heard agents spouting such nonsense about my home borough, the Bronx, but a recent article from the New York Times has me taking this sales puffery a bit more seriously.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Lavern's Law Stalled in NY State Senate

When does the statute of limitations start in medical malpractice claim in New York?

A consortium of advocacy groups is pressing NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders to take action on Lavern's Law, legislation that would alter the landscape of medical malpractice law in New York. The bill, which was approved by the Assembly last year, would revise the statute of limitations.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Bronx Woman Sues Obstetrician for Medical Malpractice and Wins Large Verdict

What type of childbirth related injuries are compensable in a medical malpractice action?

Giving birth to a child is supposed to be one of the happiest moments of a woman’s life. Although most women are inclined to worry, they are urged to place their trust in the medical team they have chosen. Most of the time things run smoothly. But, sometimes women are injured due to medical malpractice that arises during a childbirth related medical procedure. That is exactly what happened to one New York woman in 2009.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

A Crash Course in New York’s “No-Fault” Law for Car Accident Victims

What happens if I get hurt in a car accident?

As you probably know, New York car owners must maintain liability insurance for their automobiles. Car accident medical claims are governed by the New York Insurance Law, a/k/a the “No-Fault” Law, which holds that, regardless of who was at fault in an accident, the medical bills of an injured driver or passenger will be paid by the insurance company covering the vehicle in which the injured occupant was travelling.
It’s important to know that your doctors won’t put claims for injuries sustained in a car accident through your private medical insurance unless and until the “No-Fault” benefits have been

It’s important to know that your doctors won’t put claims for injuries sustained in a car accident through your private medical insurance unless and until the “No-Fault” benefits have been

Am I limited to recovering only “No-Fault” benefits?

In certain cases, such as when you’ve sustained a serious injury or have incurred over $50,000
in damages, you may be entitled to seek additional compensation for physical and psychological pain, lost income, and property damage, through a private personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit once you’ve exhausted your “No-Fault” benefits.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Police Forces Expanding Use of Body Cameras

Will the use of body cameras reduce incidents of police misconduct?

Incidents of police misconduct have become a growing concern in the wake of a number of high-profile deaths at the hands of police across the country. Most notable were the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri in 2014, and the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore Maryland in April 2015, deaths that touched off a wave of riots and an ongoing protest movement. While the officer in the Ferguson incident was subsequently vindicated, and trials are pending for 6 Baltimore police officers, these deaths and other incidents of brutality and misconduct have led to demands for the use of body cameras.

Now, many police department's across the Nation say that they intend to expand the use of these devices in the coming summer, when crime rates typically rise. Proponents argue that body cameras will deter misconduct and help to document shootings and other altercations between police and citizens.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Dealing With Lead Paint in Your NYC Rental

What can you do if you find that your apartment has lead paint?

Most of us are aware that earlier in this century lead was used as a main ingredient in all types of paint. This practice went on for decades until the public became aware of the adverse effects of lead exposure. In 1978, the use of lead in paint was banned in the United States. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that you don’t have it in your rental or house.

The exposure to lead can cause severe health issues.
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Friday, April 15, 2016

Personal Injury Claims Spike in New York City Prisons

What are the reasons for personal injury claims in prisons?

As calls to close Rikers Island grow louder, the epidemic of violence in New York City prisons continues to be a serious problem. The violent episodes, either between inmates, or between guards and prisoners, has also led to a surge of personal injury claims against the city. While lawsuits also arise from routine slips and falls, transport vehicle accidents, medical malpractice and infections from unsanitary conditions, violence is the leading cause of injury and death among the prison population.

Grounds for a Personal Injury Claim against a Prison

Prison and corrections officials have a legal duty to protect the safety and wellbeing of inmates and a prisoner who has been injured because of a breach of this duty can bring a lawsuit. In the cases involving the City's prisons, this requires filing a Notice of Claim with the city's comptrollers' office within 90 days of the injury.
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