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Category Archives: NY Personal Injury

Study: Insurers create “crises” to increase profits, push for tort reform

The Raleigh (NC) News & Observer (12/19, Jarvis, Frank) reported, “A new study produced by consumer and public-interest groups claims insurance companies create periodic crises to drive up profits. The Americans for Insurance Reform study says these crises, where coverage becomes unaffordable or unavailable, are known as ‘hard markets,’ sending premiums sky-high.” In addition, the -->

Distracted Driving Not Getting Better

For all the criticism and bans, texting by drivers just keeps increasing, especially among younger motorists. About half of American drivers ages 21 to 24 say they’ve thumbed messages or emailed from the driver’s seat. And what’s more, many drivers don’t think it’s dangerous when they do it — only when others do. A national -->

Low-Cost Buses Found To Have High Fatality Rate

A recent article in the New York Times addressed the high incidence of fatal accidents and safety violations on low cost bus tours. Read the full article for findings from the federal government’s recent study of the curbside motor coach industry.  The study is the most extensive ever undertaken, and was prompted by a bus -->

What Are Your Rights to Recovery When That Bad Driver’s Car Insurance Is Not Enough to Pay For Your Damages?

Steven Cohen is a Partner with Finkelstein & Partners, LLP, where on a daily basis he litigates and resolves insurance disputes. You are in a car crash and you are badly injured. You file a claim with your own insurance company for no-fault benefits. These benefits will cover your lost wages and medical expenses, to -->

Texting & Driving: Deadly and Illegal

New York State means business with violators of the new anti-texting and driving law. Law officers now have the right to stop and cite offenders of the state’s electronic distracted driving laws.  The new law, passed in July 2011, will help ensure that drives keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the -->

Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Irene: What’s in a name? The Difference May Cost You Thousands.

Mr. Fromson is a Partner with Finkelstein & Partners, LLP, and he participates in the firm’s class action litigation. Fortunately, Irene is gone, albeit not without causing havoc along the east coast as well as into many other areas of the northeast.  Homeowners have no doubt placed insurance claims regarding the extensive damage to their -->

Treating Diabetes with Actos and Risk of Bladder Cancer

Mr. Fromson is a Partner with Finkelstein & Partners, LLP, and he participates in the firm’s litigation involving dangerous drugs. Being a diabetic is tough enough and monitoring your blood sugar just got tougher.  Users of the drug, Actos, who already have to confront its association with heart failure, now confront another concern:  bladder cancer.  -->

FDA Reports Excess Radiation from PET scan

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now alerting healthcare professionals to stop using CardioGen-82 (manufactured by Bracco Diagnostics, Inc.) for cardiac positron emission tomography (PET) scans. The FDA reports that patients undergoing a CardioGen-82 PET scan are being exposed to excess radiation. A PET scan is a unique type of imaging test that -->

Estate Planning: Prepare Now to Avoid Significant Consequences Later

A recent Wall Street Journal article noted that the financial consequences of failing to keep your documents in order can be significant.  While planning for the end of life can seem like something for another day, preparing for your death or untimely demise in event of an accident can help avoid unnecessary stress and financial -->

Personal Watercrafts: Potentially Deadly Fun

Personal watercrafts can be highly dangerous vehicles, even for trained professionals. In 2008, the U.S. Coast Guard counted 4,789 boating accidents involving 709 deaths, 3,331 injuries and $54 million in property damage. Watercraft accidents accounted for 23% of that total. The U.S. Coast Guard noted that the top causes of accidents were operator related: carelessness, -->