What are Punitive Damages?

When someone is sued for negligence, the goal of the lawsuit is to provide compensation to injured individuals who have been harmed by the unlawful conduct of someone else. The point of a verdict or settlement in a negligence lawsuit is to make the injured person whole again, not necessarily to punish the wrongdoer. There are times, however, when conduct is so egregious that it is appropriate to punish the negligent party. Read more

Ferry Accidents

Thousands of New Yorkers take a ferry as part of their daily commute. Nearly 3 million people rode a ferry in 2017 alone. With multiple ferry lines in New York City connecting the five boroughs, ferries are seen as a relatively safe and reliable form of transportation. But accidents do happen and there is great potential for serious injury. Unlike car and small boat accidents, there is greater potential for injury in a ferry accident because ferries are large and typically carry hundreds of passengers. There is an increased likelihood of severe injuries and even death in a ferry boat crash Read more

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury can be devastating and have long-lasting effects on an individual and his or her loved ones. Traumatic brain injury contributes to about 30% of all injury deaths and can happen to anyone at any time. If you’re dealing with a traumatic brain injury or helping to care for a loved one who is suffering, then you have first-hand knowledge of the physical, psychological, and social effects such an injury can have. Read more

Comparative Negligence in New York

Not all accidents or acts of negligence are entirely the fault of one person or entity. Sometimes a victim holds some degree of responsibility for their own injury. But should this prevent someone from recovering damages from the party that is mostly at fault for their injury? In New York, the answer is no. Even if you have some responsibility for your own injury, you may still be able to recover under the rule of comparative negligence. Read more