Long Island DWI Crash

On March 13, 2016, in Criminal, Litigation, Motor Vehicle Accident, Personal Injury, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

 

Long Island DWI Crash

A motor vehicle accident in Kings Park seriously injured a passenger and resulted in a DWI charge for the driver.  The passenger was taken to the hospital by helicopter.  The driver’s arraignment will take place in Central Islip’s First District Court today.  DWI’s remain a very serious problem on Long Island.

The passenger injured in the accident will be permitted to file a No Fault insurance claim through the insurance of the vehicle he was riding inside.  This passenger may also be able to recover compensation for his injuries in a personal injury lawsuit.  Compensation for such an accident will require litigation.  In motor vehicle accident cases, it is also necessary to explore umbrella insurance coverage because often times the policy limits for the vehicle are insufficient to make the victim whole again.  Asset searches should be explored in the event that all insurance coverage options are lacking.  Although the well being of the victim is always the primary concern, it is important to know your rights if you are unfortunate enough to be the victim of a DWI or DUI related accident.

To get a fuller perspective, this story is available on Newsday.com authored by Lisa Irizarry, and News 12 Long Island.  The epidemic of DWI and DUI incidents on Long Island does not seem to be subsiding and injuries and fatalities are still a concern.  Personal injury and wrongful death actions are regularly commenced in Nassau and Suffolk County Courts because Long Island roads are still filled with drivers who have had too much to drink before getting behind the wheel.  Hopefully, this will change in the near future; but for now, knowing your rights are the best we can settle for.

DWI Attorney in Long Island

If you are arrested for a DWI or injured in a DWI related crash, please call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at 516-858-2620 to speak to an attorney who can help you today!

Assumption of Risk in Personal Injury

On November 12, 2015, in Message/News Board, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

In the world of Personal Injury and General Tort Litigation, there is a concept referred to as “Assumption of Risk.”  This concept is a defense to the plaintiff’s claim that can defeat the entire claim.  Certain activities have inherent risks.  These risks are well known or should be known to the possible claimant.  In some scenarios, the plaintiff’s skill and experience in participating in a certain activity can form the basis of the defense.  The defense actually works to negate the duty of care owed by the defendant to the plaintiff.  The New York case law is flooded with cases where the assumption of risk defense is raised.  Although a common misconception is that this defense is only applicable for sporting events and recreational activities, it is also applicable to other scenarios.

Personal Injury Attorney in Long Island

If you or a loved one are involved in an accident where you believe the assumption of risk doctrine could be asserted, please call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at (516) 858-2620 to speak with a personal injury attorney today!

Legionnaires’ Disease In New York City

On August 5, 2015, in Litigation, Personal Injury, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

Legionnaire’s disease is a severe form of pneumonia caused by bacteria found in water whose symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, high fever, muscle aches and headaches and in most severe circumstances death. The symptoms can often be confused with other illnesses. As we have seen in the recent news, the number of cases of Legionnaire’s disease in New York has increased exponentially over the past several years due to reasons including lack of regulation. While most healthy adults can recover from the disease with the use of antibiotics, elderly adults and children who have diminished or weakened immune systems are at particular risk from Legionnaire’s disease and should seek medical treatment immediately. The New York Daily News provided a great article authored by Erin Durkin , Erica Pearson , Larry Mcshane on New York City’s current struggle and it can be found here.

If you or a loved one are diagnosed with Legionnaire’s Disease, please call The Law Firm of Vaughn & Weber, PLLC at (516) 858-2620 to speak to a Personal Injury attorney today!

Dangers of Gravity on Construction Sites

On July 30, 2015, in Litigation, Personal Injury, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

Gravity and Construction Sites

The obvious thought that comes to mind when thinking about how gravity can play an important role in construction site injuries is a construction worker falling to the ground from an elevated position.  An equally important and equally dangerous scenario arises when objects fall from an elevated position.  The New York Courts have placed an emphasis in ensuring that adequate safety devices are employed when hoisting or lifting materials so that the materials remain secure and the danger to the workers below is decreased significantly.  Rocovich v. Consolidated Edison Co., 78 N.Y.2d 509, 577 N.Y.S.2d 219 (1991).

In a perfect world, proper safety devices would always be used on construction sites.  In the real world, however, construction companies are focused on maximizing profits.  This means that timelines must be followed and deadlines must be met.  Sometimes in all the haste, safety protocol and procedures are ignored.  The New York Courts have taken an interesting perspective on the harm caused by falling objects on a job site.  In Runner v. N.Y. Stock Exch., Inc., 13 N.Y.3d 599, 604, 895 N.Y.S.2d 279, 282 (2009), the Court of Appeals turns the focus of whether “..the harm flows directly from the application of the force of gravity to the object.”  Under these guidelines, actually being struck by the object may not even be a prerequisite to a cause of action.

Labor Law Attorneys

If you or a loved one have been injured in a construction accident, please call The Law Firm of Vaughn & Weber, PLLC at (516) 858-2620 to speak with a Labor Law attorney today!

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