For the past few years Raphaelson and Levine has been supporting a group of bikers riding for a good cause, Autism Awareness. Every year, the Chosen Souls New York Motorcycle Club organizes a charity motorcycle run and event, “1 Journey 2 Wheels.” The event, located in Lindenhurst, NY, raises money for autism awareness through a motorcycle run, after party and a raffle-style charity auction. Individuals in the club come from all walks of life, many of whom are members of the law enforcement community in New York. The common denominator of its members is their desire to help people and their love for motorcycles.
As the weather turns warmer, more and more New Yorkers are taking advantage of the health and economic benefits of bike riding, as seen in a recent cycling trends report from the NYC DOT. Every May, Bicycle Safety Month provides a great opportunity to celebrate safety and raise public awareness of safe cycling best practices.
After being struck by a large vehicle on the way to work, a bicyclist hired Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm seeking justice and compensation for their injuries. Thanks to the uncompromising representation of Andrew Levine and Narciso Garcia, we are proud to announce that the bicycle injury claim has been successfully resolved for over half a million dollars.
Spring — the season that brings balmy days, budding trees, and colorful flowers to New York City streets also brings something much less welcome — an increase in the number of potholes, and with it, pothole accidents. If you drive in New York City, you know that potholes are always a problem. In springtime, however, the situation is worse than usual. Year after year, winter’s gift of snow and ice leaves its unforgiving toll on our sidewalks and streets. If you think you’re seeing more potholes in New York City this spring, it’s not your imagination.
Construction workers on NYC roads make much-needed repairs and improvements that help keep us all safe. Yet the workers themselves face danger from motorists who drive carelessly through their work zones. More than 32,000 people are injured each year in the U.S. in motor vehicle work zone accidents. On average, every 16 minutes there is another work zone injury, and every 15 hours, another fatality. In New York City alone, 22 Department of Transportation (DOT) workers have been injured in work zone accidents since 2009.
We are proud to announce that last week, justice was delivered for a young Manhattan boy and his parents after they suffered due to their landlord’s negligence during an apartment fire in the Spring of 2015. Today, we are happy to disclose that both parents and the young child have made a full recovery from this incident!
Construction workers in New York City have one of the most dangerous jobs that any worker can perform. Working at significant heights creates serious danger that must always be safely protected against with any and all safety equipment and precautions. Safety training for construction workers is a MUST. Not only does work at heights create dangers but almost every aspect of construction work involves tools and materials and procedures that potentially can cause serious injury and in some situations grave INJURY.
Raphaelson and Levine is proud to report that we have obtained a 4.5 MILLION DOLLAR RECOVERY for an injured construction worker. Our client was injured in the notorious 125th street building collapse. He fell nearly three stories when the building he was working on suddenly collapsed, propelling him to the ground. He was seriously injured, breaking multiple bones and requiring extensive surgeries to his foot and ankle. He was fortunate to be alive.
The case was prepared and ready for trial. Three orthopedic surgeons concluded our client, a 50-year old female resident of the Bronx and home nursing aid, would never return to work and would require an ankle fusion for her surgically repaired ankle fractures caused by a road supervisors failure to stop at a stop sign by Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx.
Labor Law 240-241 Is Often Misrepresented By Opponents Of The Statute, Says Top New York Construction Accident Lawyer Labor laws in New York State, in particular sections 240 and 241, commonly referred to as the “Safe Place to Work Law,” or the “Scaffolding Law,” are under constant assault by contractors and developers to weaken them further or repeal them altogether. Therefore, it’s important to study personal injury construction job site accidents laws, in order to know your rights.
The Raphaelson and Levine Law Firm has been representing New York City pedestrians for the past 20 years. Over that time period we have unfortunately seen many pedestrians struck by speeding cars on the streets of New York City. Many of these accidents could have been avoided and lives saved if cars were traveling at safer speeds.
Raphaelson and Levine’s slogan represents the goals that we have always had for ourselves and the people we represent. The slogan is based on the core principles the firm was founded upon. Listen and Understand the Voice of our Injured Clients We always understand and appreciate the needs of our clients and the frustrations and difficulties that they encounter in all aspects of their lives after an accident.
Raphaelson and Levine recently represented a chef who was injured while working at Hofstra University. Our client tripped and fell over an exposed drain. This drain created an unsafe tripping hazard and exposed our client to a workplace hazard. Our firm brought suit against Hofstra, who in turn brought a lawsuit against multiple contractors who designed, installed and placed the drain. We worked closely with our engineering expert to establish that the drain was dangerous, violated applicable codes, and in fact was installed contrary to the drain manufacturer’s specifications.
Sadly, the news has been flooded over the last year with tragic train accidents and bus accidents. In New York, millions of people every day rely on public transportation to get them back and forth to work, to visit their families and for every aspect of their lives. We take safety for granted and for that reason our train operators, bus operators and conductors must be trained and educated with the best technology and every resource available to insure the public’s safety.
As we begin the fall season, we’d like to take a look back at some of our summer success stories. We look back on each case and continue to develop new cutting edge strategies to best achieve compensation for our clients. A look back is often the best way to see ahead and achieve justice. A motor vehicle accident resulted in a $650,000 reward in Nassau County Supreme Court. The firm successfully litigated a claim for damages for a client who was injured in a car crash in Nassau County.
Actonel (risedronate sodium) was approved in the United States in 1998 for the treatment of osteoporosis and Paget's disease. While most users are given the drug for many years, recent studies and adverse event reports suggest that long-term use of the drug may increase the risk of low-energy bone fractures, most commonly involving the thigh bone or femur.
When you go to get car insurance in New York, it can be difficult to understand what your options are, and you may not always get a full explanation on what type of car insurance you can get from the insurance company. Uninsured and Supplementary Underinsured (UIM/SUM) Provisions All New York automobile policies require uninsured and supplementary underinsured (UIM/SUM) provisions.
Densely populated cities like New York City pose many challenges with regard to transportation and safety. With millions of residents, commuters and visitors crowding New York City’s streets on a daily basis, it’s imperative that city planners and administrators work to ensure for the safety of all drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.
We’re happy to share a recent success story from one of our clients: Our client, an elderly woman from Brooklyn, fell in front of a bank due to a defective sidewalk. She sustained injuries to her ankle and both shoulders. The defendants in the case initially denied any wrongdoing. We sued them in court, and over the course of extensive litigation, we were able to prove that the defendants were negligent.
Today’s Train accident in Hoboken was a horrible tragedy and reports are that more than 100 people have been injured. There has also sadly been a report of three deaths. Our region has faced some very sad news in the last few weeks. Although we all understand that unfortunately accidents are not something that can be avoided and although sad are part of everyone’s life, a horrible accident like this morning’s train accident will affect many families and many people in our region.
When admitting a loved one to a nursing home, we enter into a sacred trust with the facility and its caretakers. We fully expect that our loved ones will be properly cared for and always treated with dignity and respect. Unfortunately, negligence and outright abuse in nursing homes is far too common. Although many state and federal regulations have been established to protect nursing home residents, gross violations occur every single day, tragically compromising the health, well-being, and dignity of some of our society's most vulnerable members.
If you are riding a bike in New York and get in an accident with a motor vehicle you are entitled to no-fault insurance. No-fault insurance can pay up to $50,000 to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and certain out-of-pocket expenses. You must submit a no-fault application within 30 days of the accident to the insurance company of the vehicle that hit you to receive the no-fault insurance benefits.
Our run on Saturday, August 20, named in honor of Andrew Levine's mother and sponsored by the firm, was a huge success! A beautiful day was enjoyed by more than 650 people, which made it the largest attended 5K Charity Run in New York this year. What a great honor and privilege for the firm and the Levine family to be part of this great organization and to have this run named in the honor of Bonnie Levine. The LI2day is helping make great strides in the fight against breast cancer and in supporting individuals and families that are affected.
Raphaelson & Levine’s perseverance pays off against the New York City Transit Authority. We recently represented a bus passenger who was injured when the bus struck an open car door of a parked vehicle. The New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) stalled and delayed (as they are known to do) the case for eight years, the entire time denying fault for the accident.
Anytime someone in New York State is involved in a motor vehicle crash, they are entitled to no-fault benefits. This means, no matter who is at fault for the crash, hence the word "no-fault," the injured person can immediately receive $50,000 of medical benefits and lost wages (capped at $2,000 per month for wages).
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Clearly if you are IKEA, the answer is 6 children, all under the age of 4, spanning a nearly 30-year period. The Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman said, "Enough is enough," and noted that the dressers in question are "inherently very dangerous and unstable products if children are around them."
Every law in New York is passed in our state capitol in Albany, and every year Raphaelson and Levine travel there to fight for the rights of accident victims. Unfortunately, there are many people and powerful industries that fight to limit accident victims' rights in New York. The toughest opponents to accident victims rights are greedy insurance companies that want to increase premiums, line their pockets with profits and not pay on claims.
Toyota Automobiles have an unintended acceleration problem. This defect is dangerous and can lead to an uncontrolled acceleration by the car. This is another example of profits over safety. Toyota should recall these vehicles and either fix them, replace them or give the owners of said vehicles their money back.
The cause of brain-injured babies may be linked to toxins in the workplace of the mother or father. In Long Island and throughout New York, female and male workers are being regularly exposed to toxins in manufacturing plants and in agricultural fields. Metals, toxins, pesticide sprays, and other materials that workers are in contact with either directly or indirectly enter the blood stream and may be the cause of brain injuries and heart defects found in newborn babies.