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Construction sites are often sources of accidents. These accidents can result in the instant death of the victim. However, even if the victim somehow manages to survive the accident, the nature of the injuries suffered can turn their life upside-down. This means the victim is left with no choice but to file a lawsuit and hope for compensation.

An incident like this happened in New York. A man paralyzed in an MTA accident has been awarded over $100 million in compensation, by the court.

The whole incident in detail:

Robert Liciaga filed a lawsuit against the New York City Transit Authority after a railroad tie was dropped on him by construction site workers. The injuries suffered by in this construction accident paralyzed Liciaga from the waist down. Therefore, a Brooklyn jury has awarded Robert Liciaga $110,174,972.38 in compensation on Tuesday.

How did it happen?

The verdict was announced by the jury after a trial that continued for three weeks. According to testimony by Liciaga, he was riding his bike along Broadway in Bushwick below the elevated J and M Subway Line. One of the construction site workers waved, indicating it was okay to pass under the construction site.

What does Robert’s attorney have to say about it?

“Robert remembers biking straight ahead; he doesn’t remember anything after this. The next thing Robert remembers is waking up in the hospital,” says Mr. Scott Occhiogrosso, Robert Liciaga’s attorney.

Liciaga, who is now 26, was escorted back to the nursing facility while the jury announced the verdict in his favor on Tuesday afternoon. He now lives permanently in a nursing facility. Robert was a healthy, strong, 23-year-old when this tragic accident occurred. He enjoyed basketball and rode his bicycle regularly.

What went in Robert’s favor?

A number of factors went in his favor. The court blamed the NYC Transit Authority for carrying out subway maintenance without installing barricades for the public’s safety. In this way, NYC Transit authority failed to carry out safety measures required to inform the public to stay away from the construction area.  Moreover, the court also held a supervisor responsible for allegedly instructing two workers to drag a 10-foot railroad tie to the edge of a girder and drop it over the side. As a result, the tie fell on Robert Liciaga and fractured his spine, leaving his body paralyzed permanently. 

The Severity of the Injuries?

The impact of these injuries, suffered by Liciaga in this construction site accident, are permanent. He is now confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Liciaga may heal spiritually from the injuries, but not physically. However, it is hoped that the amount of compensation awarded will provide him some relief.

According to Mr. Scott Occhiogrosso, New York City Transit Authority tried their best to argue the verdict that Robert should not have entered the construction site.

What does the NYC Transit Authority have to say about the verdict?

According to Mr. Maxwell Young, the amount of compensation awarded by the jury is excessively high. The NYC Transit authority plans on appealing the verdict and requesting the court reduce the award.

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The Role of the Contract in Simple Asset Transfer Agreement

On November 12, 2019, in Corporate, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

Buying and selling a business requires the handling of several legalities. Simple Asset Transfer Agreement signing is one of those key legalities. Both buyer and seller sign this agreement for the following purposes:

  • Transaction completion
  • For transferring the ownership of an organization’s business operations into the buyer’s name.
  • To help sellers transfer the ownership of a company’s assets into the buyer’s name.
  • To ensure payment and security of the same for seller.

To get to closing, it is necessary to have knowledge about the structure of a Simple Asset Transfer Agreement including various things such as:

  • The types of assets and liabilities involved in the sale.
  • The payment structure for the sale.
  • The ancillary documents required to be filed (i.e. deeds, lease extensions, tax forms, etc.).

The objective of this post is to explain to you the role of the Contract in a Simple Asset Transfer Agreement.


Contract creation is important for selling even a portion of your company’s assets. The creation of a contract, outlining all the details related to the agreement, is recommended. This contract sets the terms for the buyer and seller and delegates their respective rights and obligations relating to the impending transaction.

Remember, preparing and signing a contract is a complex process. This process should only be performed by an experienced lawyer for a simple asset transfer agreement. We at the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC can make the difference. Our team of experienced lawyers can make it easy for you to prepare a legally correct Simple Asset Transfer Agreement. Contact us at (516) 858-2620 to discuss what we can do for you.

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The job of a construction worker is always full of unpredictable, life-threatening challenges. Many construction workers in New York meet the inevitable prematurely, because of the life-threatening situations they deal with while working on construction sites. The death of a New York-based construction worker in Manhattan is an example that has come to light on Saturday.

The Cause of Accident:

This horrible construction-site accident happened just after 3:00 a.m. near the Holland Tunnel. A piece from a 7-ton crane fell on, and resulted in the immediate death of, Gregory Echavarria, 34. He hailed from Bushwick, Brooklyn.

A counterweight came crashing down on his body while he was trying to help assemble the 7-ton crane in wet conditions. Keith, Gregory’s brother, was also working at the same construction site at the time of the accident. However, he did not witness the accident. 

Anyone injured?

Two more people suffered minor injuries in this accident. Both of them were taken immediately to Lennox Hill, a nearby hospital, for medical help and observation.

Construction site accidents in New York are increasing:

Gregory’s case is just the latest example. He has become the third casualty in such accidents in less than a week’s time in New York. Meaning, two more construction workers have lost their lives in accidents this week.

The two were Nelson Salinas, 51, and Erik Mendoza, 23. Nelson was working on external repairs for a building in Manhattan, whereas Erik met his death due to a fall from a 13-story building in Brooklyn.

Some information about Gregory Echavarria:

Gregory was a former U.S military soldier. He served the U.S. military, doing three tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He has left behind a three-month-old infant named Garrison, and three more kids from his ex-wife.

What else?

Multiple complaints had been lodged to The Department of Buildings on April 2nd. According to these complaints, the building involved in the accident did not meet the required safety standards. Taking these complaints into account, The Department of Buildings took action and put a PSWO (Partial Stop Work Order) on the property

This order was lifted last Monday after the issues mentioned in the complaints were addressed.             

Once again, Gregory is now the third construction worker to be killed while working on a construction site in New York.

It is a developing story and you should keep coming back to our website to receive future updates about it.

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Why You Should Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

On October 29, 2019, in Personal Injury, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

Have you been the victim of an accident that caused a personal injury? Are you trying to recover from those injuries and lead a normal life, but the injuries and stress are holding you back? The trauma of a personal injury is devastating, and it not only affects victims, but their families too. If you or a loved one has been the victim of someone else’s negligence, the thought of being compensated must be on your mind.  Our personal injury lawyers on Long Island and other neighbouring areas, can help you receive the compensation you deserve.

Filing a claim for the loss of consortium

This is actually a claim filed by the accident victim’s family members, including their spouse, children, parents, or others. According to personal injury lawyers on Long Island, this type of claim can be filed by the family of the victim who is suffering from personal injuries because of another’s negligence.

However, if you are going to file a claim for loss of consortium, it is important to be informed about certain things, which include:  

•             How to calculate loss of consortium?

•             Who can file a claim for loss of consortium?

•             Appropriate steps involved in filing a claim.

•             Can a victim’s parents or children file for loss of consortium?

•             The nature and status of your relationship with the victim.

How can a Personal Injury Lawyer help you?

These are some things you should be aware of, before filing a claim for loss of consortium. By hiring a professional personal injury attorney, you can get the compensation you deserve.

Being knowledgeable about various personal injury cases, an experienced personal injury lawyer is well-versed with your rights and knows how to protect them.     

Has someone in your family died or suffered serious injuries due to an accident? The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber and Prakope, PLLC can represent you effectively in the courtroom.

Do you have questions about personal injury cases? Just drop us a line and our professional personal injury lawyers in Nassau County, or any other part of New York, will get in touch with you right away. 

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