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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Spa Beauty Treatment Burns Customer's Cornea

The New York Post reported today about a beauty parlor treatment gone awry. A customer wanted to have his eyelashes tinted. The esthetician, who worked at Benefit Cosmetics Brows-A-Go-Go on Lexington Avenue and East 63rd Street, had never been trained to use the product and should have first tested it on his skin, court papers said. The man noticed the next day that his eyes were read and full of pus, and he noticed what appeared to be a burn mark under his cornea.
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Monday, April 4, 2016

High Winds Can Cause Injuries

The weather report for this weekend read that gusts of up to 60 miles per hour were to be expected for the New York City area. The Department of Buildings issued a warning for crane operators, contractors, and property owners that the high winds could cause hazardous conditions. High winds this year have caused cranes to collapse, windows to fall of buildings, and sometimes actually caused people to lose balance and fall. People have been injured or killed in these foreseeable accidents. If you, or a family member, have been injured as a result of high winds in the New York City area, please call the experienced personal injury trial lawyers at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty at (212) 425-0230 or at info@fkbeatty.
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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.


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Bricks and Debris Plummet from East 63rd and 1st Avenue

Imagine if, as you were walking down the street, a building on the Upper East Side tore itself apart and rained bricks down upon you. That's what happened last night on the corner of First Avenue and East 63rd street, where a two-story by 100-foot section of facade tore itself off, throwing debris out on the street.

Unfortunately, this has become a too-common occurrence in New York. Greta Greene, a 2-year-old, was killed by bricks raining down on her and her grandmother from a building at 305 West End Avenue back in May. The investigation into the death lead to the arrest of a licensed building engineer and detailed recommendations that the Department of Buildings must undertake to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening. But again, as we see, the facades of buildings of New York continue to be dangerous to passers-by.

If you, or a loved one, have been injured by falling bricks and debris from buildings, the experienced premises liability and building attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty may be able to help. You can contact us at (212) 425-0230 or at for a free consultation.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Happy (Safe) Holidays from Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty!

The diverse and community-oriented attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty want to wish you a safe and happy holiday season. In preparation for what will be a time to spend with family and friends, decorating your home and enjoying the spirit of the holiday season, we ask that you practice good safety while you are in the holiday season.

Tree Tips: Preventing a Fir Forest Fire

  • A tree should be selected two weeks prior to Christmas, and no earlier. Dry trees are a fire hazard.
  • When selecting a tree for Christmas, needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches. The needles should not break if the tree had been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch. You can tell old trees by bouncing the tree trunk on the ground; if a significant amount of needles are shed, the tree was cut too long ago.
  • Do not place a tree close to a heat source, such as a fireplace, radiator, or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, making it more susceptible to fires. Do not light candles or cigarettes near the tree.
  • Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.
  • Dispose your tree by taking it to a recycling center or having it hauled away by a community pick up service.

Decoration Tips: Keep Those Lights Burning Bright, Not Your Curtains

  • READ THE MANUALS before installing decorations. The warnings that trial lawyers insist come with retail products like Christmas lights are there for a reason!
  • Always check to see if Christmas decorations are fire resistant or flame-retardant.
  • If string lights have worn, frayed, or broken cords or loose bulb connections, then it should be discarded.
  • Candles, like Channukah menorah candles, must be in stable holders and placed where they cannot be easily knocked over, and away from flammable materials. DO NOT LEAVE LIT CANDLES UNATTENDED.
  • Never dispose of gift wrapping in a fireplace.

Have a safe and happy holidays everyone!

Monday, November 9, 2015

ClaimStat Computes the Real Personal Injury Numbers . . . and They're Huge

As being one of the largest employers and landowners of in the region, the City of New York is also responsible for keeping its employees working safely and its property in proper condition. Like any landowner or employer, the failure to do so can be negligence, and if that negligence causes someone to be injured, then the City of New York, like anyone else, can expect legal liability. In fact, the City has set aside $710 million to pay settlement and judgments from lawsuit, "ranging from falling tree limbs and unfilled potholes, to medical malpractice and civil rights violations."

Comptroller Scott Stringer has initiated a new program called "ClaimStat: a data-driven approach to claims management." What this does, in short, is tell us where the negligence is being caught and where trial lawyers are doing their best to help people who have been injured by the City of New York.

Nearly 2,600 cases of trip-and-falls on city sidewalks were filed against the City, and because of the law, most of those were in front of residential buildings - there are thousands of trip and falls due to defective sidewalks that would be against the building owner, not the City, and would not be reported under this number.

The vast majority of the more than 5,000 claims against the New York Police Department were in the Bronx, with the 44th and 46th precincts making the vast majority.

More than 500 medical malpractice claims were filed against the hospitals of New York City, with Bellevue Hospital and Coney Island Hospitals being the hospitals with the most medical malpractice claims, with an annual cost to the City of more than $100 million. 80 claims of medical malpractice were filed against Bellevue., although medical malpractice claims against Kings County Hospital, by far, had to pay the most, with more than $25 million in judgments against them.

Department of Sanitation trucks have "soared" from under 2000 in 2012 to nearly 3000 in 2015. Most of the property damage claims were on Staten Island, Eastern Queens, and Brooklyn and Manhattan. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Manhattan Building Collapses, Killing a Construction Worker

At about 10:30 in the morning last Friday, nineteen workers were demolishing a building at 25 West 38th Street in Manhattan. The workers were on the fourth floor of the building, taking the bricks down and stacking them on the floor. The owners, Fortuna Realty Group, had recently fired Metro Industrial Wrecking for the demolition project and hired Northeast Service Interiors, which held the Department of Building permit.

Nearby residents and office workers heard a loud crash, as if lots of scaffolding was collapsing on top of each other as the rear of the building collapsed. One of the workers was killed when a wooden joist crushed his head against a dumpster. Another was trapped for more than three hours inside the collapsed building before he was transported to Bellevue Hospital.

Last Tuesday, we wrote on this blog about the dangers of inconsistent safety standards and the dearth of DOB inspectors to keep workers safe. Organizations like the Law Reform Alliance of New York seek to end protections for construction workers on dangerous projects because they believe that New York doesn't need it. Organizations like the New York State Trial Lawyers Association fight to protect construction workers from dangerous projects and general contractors who seek to cut corners.

The attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty work to help those who have been hurt on the job, especially construction and demolition workers. Se habla espanol, and have more than two decades' of experience as trial lawyers. Contact us at (212) 425-0230 or at

Friday, October 30, 2015

2d Judicial Department, Appellate Division Roundup: October 21, 2015 Edition

In this edition of the Roundup, we explore the voiding of a jury verdict for $0 for future pain and suffering for a slip-and-fall in a grocery store, and the defeat of defendants' summary judgment motion in a case involving an elementary school teacher abusing his pupils. We also explore some more slip-and-fall cases, some automobile threshold actions, and an interesting note regarding preclusion and the bill of particulars. More, after the jump . . .

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Dangers Under Your Feet: Falling Into Sidewalk Vaults

The offices of Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty have been located in lower Manhattan for twenty five years. In those times, and as the lawyers and staff use the subways, buses, and taxis of New York City to get to court, to depositions, to interview clients, and to inspect accident sites, sometimes we pass over sidewalk vaults. And, as we learned this week, and as the clients of Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty know from personal experience, sidewalk grates are dangerous.

CBS New York reported that on Thursday, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 34th Street, a man fell into a sidewalk grate. However, we know many people who have fallen into sidewalk vaults and sidewalk grates, and there is a significant difference between the two. Sidewalk grates are located in the sidewalk, away from the building, and they are usually part of ConEd's or another utility's access points. A sidewalk vault is part of the premises, which allows street-level access directly to the basement, and is often used to transport goods into the basement or trash from above. In either case, it is unlikely that someone is falling into a sidewalk vault or grate at 3PM in midtown Manhattan without there being some likelihood that the owners and/or managers of the grate or sidewalk are negligent.

In this case, the man fell 12 feet into that open sidewalk vault and hit his head, sustaining a laceration and according to a witness "bleeding all over the place." He was taken to Bellevue Hospital but according to the report, appears to be in stable condition and will recover. Others, however, may not be so lucky.

If you or a loved one has fallen into a sidewalk vault or grate and is injured, you should speak to an experienced trial lawyer to discuss your rights and potential claims. The attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty are available for a free consultation at (212) 425-0230 and at

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Sky Is Falling: Three Injured From Falling Glass at 245 Fifth Avenue

When Chicken Little warned everybody that the sky was falling, no one believed her. Sometimes, trial lawyers can feel like Chicken Littles, warning the City and State government that protections for pedestrians and construction workers are too lax. When people are injured due to defects, mistakes, or plain old negligence in construction, trial lawyers can be the scaffold that protects everyday New Yorkers from the falling sky.

On Wednesday, at 245 Fifth Avenue at the corner of 28th Street, panes of glass began to fall on pedestrians below from the 17th floor of a commercial building at that corner. Three were injured and taken to NYU Langone hospital. The building, owned by the Moinian Group, boasts that it is a "newly built, high-end space with glass front offices."

If you are injured by pieces of falling glass, please consult experienced trial lawyers as to your rights and potential claims. The attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty are available for a free consultation at (212) 425-0230 or at

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Better or Worse: Motor Vehicle Accidents Still Claim Lives

Yesterday, the Department of Transportation testified before the New York City Council on the progress of their "Vision Zero" program introduced by Mayor de Blasio. In the last twelve months, no police cars, fire trucks, garbage trucks or snow plows were involved in a fatal crash. Last year, eight people were killed. The City is claiming that new training programs and sideguards on 250 city trucks have prevented the deaths. However, the Comptroller's introduction of ClaimStat to make city agencies accountable for the lawsuits and payouts they have had to make from injured New Yorkers are likely also involved.

But by no means is the City still safe. On Monday, a mother was killed, and her toddler critically injured, when an SUV ran a red light at Atlantic Avenue and 108th Street, striking a Kia and sending the car into four people. The mother heroically tried to push the toddler out of the way. That same day, a pregnant mother leaving her work as a waitress in Staten Island was trying to catch the bus and killed.

These everyday New Yorkers, caught in horrible and preventable accidents, deserve to be represented by a neighborhood law firm who cares to get them the most that they can for their injures. If you, or a loved one, has been hurt in an automobile accident or struck while in the street, call the experienced trial lawyers at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty at (212) 425-0230 or at

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