Tuesday, March 29, 2016

NYCHA Tenant Killed by Mislevelled Elevator that NYCHA Knew was Faulty

On Christmas Eve, Olegario Pabon tripped over a mislevelled elevator in his apartment building. Instead of stopping flush to the floor, the elevator wasn't level and Mr. Pabon tripped over the lip. He fell and hit his head. He crawled from the elevator to an apartment of another tenant, who called 911.
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

FDNY Firefighters Awarded $183 Million

On January 23, 2005, on 236 East 178th Street, a fire began on the fourth floor. Six firefighters, including Lt. Curtis Meyran, and John Bellow, responded to the call. On the fourth floor, the firefighters became trapped in a warren of rooms caused by two tenants, Caridad Coste and Rafaele Castillo. All six were forced to jump out of a window, and Curtis and John plunged to their deaths. Joseph DiBernardo, another, whose heels and feet were crushed by the impact, died six years later. The other three suffered injuries that will haunt them for the rest of their life.

On Monday, in one of the largest verdicts ever against New York City, a Bronx jury found it and the landlord of the building responsible, and ordered them to pay $183 million. The jury assigned 80% of the blame to the city, which means New York City will have to pay the families of those two firefighters $146 million for its failure to equip the firefighters with personal safety ropes that would have let the men escape from the burning building.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Mother Killed at 138th Street and Bruckner Boulevard: A Fatal Intersection

At the end of her shift at Dufour Pastry, Sheniqua Silva was crushed to death by a Coca-Cola truck that jumped the curb and slammed into her and four others at 138th Street and Bruckner Boulevard in Port Morris in the Bronx on Monday. A Nissan sedan, which was trying to get onto the Bruckner Expressway, tried to pass the truck and crashed into it, causing the chain reaction that killed the mother of five.

These accidents, and others, are all too common in New York City. The NYPD tracks these accidents, and the intersection of East 138th Street and Bruckner Boulevard is extremely dangerous. In August 2015, there were 20 collisions at that intersection, including with a pedestrian who was injured. Five people were injured at that intersection in July of this year. Another two people suffered the same fate in June. 

The attorneys of Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty, who handle Bronx cases every day, have vast experience with pedestrians who have been injured by vehicles. If you are injured by a vehicle, please discuss with experienced trial attorneys your rights and potential claims you might have. The attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty are available for a free consultation for pedestrian accidents at (212) 425-0230 or at

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