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Monday, April 11, 2016

Bus Driver Wins $487,000


 Mr. Chin was a bus driver when he was struck broadside by another vehicle. The question put to the jury was only damages. He suffered two lumbar herniations, and a fracture and a ligament tear on his non-dominant hand. He missed approximately eight months on the job, which was a past lost wage claim of $59,000.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

#visionzeroisntzero: Woman Struck Dead by MTA Bus While Crossing Brooklyn Street

The attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty are very familiar with the terrible tolls of vehicles striking pedestrians in New York City. We have observed, on numerous occasions, how despite the CIty's continued efforts to prevent these terrible accidents, they still keep occurring. The only way that the attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty have learned to deal with negligent drivers is to hold them accountable for the pain and suffering that they cause, including the MTA.

A woman was fatally struck by an MTA bus driver as she crossed a Sheepshead Bay intersection Monday afternoon, police said. Eleonora Shulkina, 62, was crossing East 17th Street and Avenue Z when a B36 bus driver making a left turn onto East 17th hit her at 5:55 p.m. Ms. Shulkina is not the first, or the last, pedestrian who will be killed by inattentive drivers.

If you, or a loved one, has been a pedestrian who has been injured by negligent and inattentive drivers, you can contact the experienced motor vehicle collision attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty for a free consultation at (212) 425-0230 or at info@fkbeatty.com.


Monday, December 14, 2015

Three Workers Partially Buried at Williamsburg Construction Site

The experienced construction injury trial attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty work night and day to protect the safety of construction workers as they do their jobs. Because New York has one of the toughest construction safety laws in the country, it should be enough to keep people safe. However, it's not. Everyday people are still being harmed by the careless and negligence of building owners and general contractors. Last month, a building collapsed, killing a construction worker. Reports abound about how inconsistent safety standards and insufficient Department of Building inspectors are putting lives at risk.

This morning at around 9 AM, at 146 Wilson Street in Brooklyn, three workers were buried under dirt and rubble when a retaining wall collapsed at their excavation site. They had to be rescued from the yard. One of the workers was so injured he had to be taken to Bellevue Hospital, while the others were lucky enough to have only minor injuries. There are no construction permits filed for that site, and the FDNY had to put in a complaint on its own.

Since the Department of Buildings is not doing their job, we have to step in to protect construction workers and help them and their families if they are injured. If you, or a loved one, is injured on the job at a construction site, you can contact us at (212) 425-0230 or at info@fkbeatty.com for a free consultation.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

#visionzeroisntzero: MTA Bus Kills Pedestrian in Brooklyn

The attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty are very familiar with the terrible tolls of vehicles striking pedestrians in New York City. We have observed, on numerous occasions, how despite the CIty's continued efforts to prevent these terrible accidents, they still keep occurring. The only way that the attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty have learned to deal with negligent drivers is to hold them accountable for the pain and suffering that they cause.

More tragedies have come as inattentive MTA bus drivers hit pedestrians. On Wednesday, a woman was killed on Ocean Avenue around J Avenue when she was struck by the BM1 express bus. A Hatzolah ambulance took the woman to New York Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. And last Monday, a 64-year-old man was struck in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, around Madison and Jackson Streets, by the M22 bus. He was taken to the hospital with a serious arm injury. 

If you, or a loved one, has been a pedestrian who has been injured by negligent and inattentive drivers, you can contact the experienced motor vehicle collision attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty for a free consultation at (212) 425-0230 or at info@fkbeatty.com.


Monday, November 30, 2015

Deliveryman on Bicycle Killed By Falling Tree Branch in Red Hook Due to Negligent Parks Department Contractor

The attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty understand the dangers of falling tree branches. Our attorneys have worked with ISA-certified arborists as experts and we are well aware of the dangers improperly maintained trees can be for the everyday New Yorker. In September, we discussed the London plane trees in Bryant Park suffering from crown rot, causing the branch to fall and breaking a woman's arm. Unfortunately, another tragedy has occurred.

John Liu was working as a deliveryman last Monday around the corner of the intersection of Pioneer Street and Richards Street. At the same time, a two-man pruning crew working with RML, which had contracted with the Department of Parks and Recreation to help with the City's post-Hurricane Sandy tree work, was working to bring down a branch of a 4,000 pound London plane tree in Coffey Park. Department of Parks and Recreation regulations state that, when pruning, a four-man crew is required, the area be roped off, and there be a flagger to watch for pedestrians. The tree branch that the crew was pruning fell directly on Mr. Liu, sending him to Methodist Hospital in critical condition where he later died. The City has cancelled all contracts with RML while an investigation is pending.

If you or a loved one has been hurt or injured by a falling branch or tree, the attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty, working with certified arborists, can help you understand your rights and potential claims. You can contact the attorneys for a free consultation at (212) 425-0230 or at info@fkbeatty.com.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Brain-Dead Elementary School Child Choked on School Lunch, Administrators May Be Responsible

As the Daily News and the Post reports, last Wednesday afternoon at P.S. 250 in Williamsburg, 7-year-old N.E. was sitting down to lunch. She was eating a sandwich and began to choke. Her mother said that, on previous occasions, her daughter had complained to her that teachers had rushed her during lunch to finish her meal. As N.E. choked, the school authorities called N.E.'s mother, who dispatched her brother, N.E.'s uncle, to the school. He found N.E. on the "lying on the floor of a school hallway, covered in blood, surrounded by confused school staffers who wouldn't touch the girl." An EMT who was flagged down (and later was suspended from his job being flagged down), found N.E. blue and cleared her airway. The EMT thinks she had been choking for at least five minutes before he responded, and that "people were screaming, but no one was doing anything." N.E. is now on life support, and reports are mixed as to whether she'll survive.

A child's injury is a tragedy. We here at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty, members of the community and family members, share in the grief and dismay when a child is hurt by others' negligence. At Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty, we represent children and parents who have been injured by others' negligence, even against the New York Department of Education. Call (212) 425-0230 for a free consultation, or contact us at info@fkbeatty.com.


Monday, October 5, 2015

Explosion in Brooklyn: Another Gas Explosion in NYC Claims at Least One Life

On Saturday afternoon, an explosion ripped through a building on 13th Avenue and 42nd Street, killing a woman. It is being reported that the previous tenants had removed an appliance from the apartment, a stove, without properly disconnecting the gas line. Three others, including a 10-year old boy, have been taken to Maimonides Hospital with injuries. One of the injured may have serious, debilitating injuries to his leg and feet.

Gas explosions, like the one that occurred in March at 121 Second Avenue which killed two, should not occur. For example, the 121 Second Avenue explosion was caused by one or more gas lines being illegally and improperly tapped. Sometimes people only have moments between the times they smell gas and the explosion. In 2014, eight people were killed when 1644 and 1646 Park Avenue in East Harlem were obliterated by a gas leak caused by faulty welding of two ConEd pipes and a large hole in a nearby sewer main that New York City failed to fix, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

According to ConEd, if you smell a distinctive, strong odor like rotten eggs, if you see a white cloud, mist, fog, bubbles in standing water, or blowing dust or vegetation that appears to be dead or dying for no reason, or hear roaring, hissing, or whistling, leave the area immediately and call 911 or ConEd to report a gas leak.

Gas explosions are almost always the cause of negligence. If you, or a loved one, is injured in a gas explosion, you should talk to an experienced trial lawyer immediately to determine your rights and potential claims. The experienced trial lawyers at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty are available at (212) 425-0230 or at info@fkbeatty.com to discuss with you any injuries that you may have suffered due to a gas explosion.


Friday, October 2, 2015

Elevator Horror: Man Trapped Between Elevator and Lobby, Killed

This morning, another horrible accident that could only be the result of a building owner's or elevator operator's negligence occurred: a man was trapped between an elevator and the lobby of his apartment building and killed. He and his roommate lived in The Espoir building in Williamsburg, on Hope Street near Union Avenue. As the elevator went down, the elevator's doors never closed.  When he tried to jump out of the elevator, it suddenly shot upwards, trapping his body inside the elevator and his head outside the elevator. Worst of all, he wasn't killed immediately: his roommate, who was with him as he died, reported that she actually felt his pulse slow and stop nearly a minute after the accident occurred.

Deaths by elevator accidents in the city are rare, but they do happen. In 2011, an advertising executive named Suzanne Hart was killed by an elevator that suddenly shot up; the Department of Buildings later learned that workers for Transel bypassed a door safety circuit with a jumper cable and allowed people to use that elevator.

Elevator accidents are uncommon, but they can sometimes cause terribly and long-lasting injuries. Whether it's as minor as misleveling or as major as catching people as they enter or exit, anyone who is the victim of an elevator accident should call an experienced trial lawyer to discuss their rights or possible claims. It should be noted that courts in New York consider misleveling elevators and some other elevator accidents to be so extreme that any injury that comes from such accidents must be the elevator's fault, under the theory of res ipsa loquitur. The attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty are available at (212) 425-0230 or at info@fkbeatty.com to discuss with you potential claims you may have if you are injured by an elevator.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Dangers to Brooklyn's Elderly: NYPD & DOT Warn that South Brooklyn Elderly Are in Danger From Motor Vehicles

Of the 15 pedestrians who have been killed in auto accidents in the police command known as "Brooklyn South", which stretches from Coney Island to Crown Heights and Red Hook to East Flatbush, eight of them have been 65 or older. 

Just for the month of August alone, 5 pedestrians in Brooklyn have lost their lives to auto accidents. 228 have been injured. Each of those deaths or injuries may have been prevented. Each of those deaths or injuries may have been the cause of negligence on the motor vehicle driver's part. It is imperative that, although each and every case is different, that if you are injured as a pedestrian you immediately contact a trial lawyer to discuss your rights and any potential claims you might have.


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