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Why You Should Never Sleep on a NYC Subway Ride

Q: Can I recover for fire and burn injuries caused by someone else? It's something out of your worst nightmare and the kind of story that gives the New York subway system a bad name. Imagine dozing off on a subway train in the wee hours of the morning only to awaken to the sounds of a "maniacal teen" laughing and staring at you as your arm is engulfed in flames. The gruesome reality reportedly happened recently around 2:30 am on the G train subway line as it was entering its last stop in Queens. The teen who reportedly has a history of arson arrests - - and the victim were the only ones in the subway car. In addition to staring and laughing at the victim, he reportedly took out his cell phone to record a video of the burning man. Had it not been for two nearby transit workers' actions the teen might not have been apprehended. They realized something was awry and that this wasn't a regular track fire when they saw feathers from the victim's coat as well as a pair of gloves slightly on fire. It was then they overheard the teen "laughing and bragging" about the attack on his phone. Rather than running away, the teen approached responding police officers asking what was going on. It was then that the transit workers tipped off the police and the teen was arrested for "arson, reckless endangerment, and assault". He reportedly has a history of arrests, including two as recently as October 19 and December 6. The victim was immediately rushed to the hospital, suffering second and third degree burns to his right hand and arm. Fire and burn accident injuries can be devastatingly painful and life altering. If you have been injured as a result of the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. In addition to proving your damages, you need to prove that another person or entity was responsible for your injuries. Recoverable damages may include current and future medical expenses, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and in the case of particularly egregious or intentional actions--like perhaps setting someone on fire-- punitive damages may also be awarded. If you've been the victim of a fire or burn injury, the personal injury attorneys at Jaroslawicz & Jaros in Manhattan will review and evaluate your claim for free. Call 212-227-2780 today or email us at [email protected]. We have a 45-year track record of successful verdicts and settlements in a variety of personal injury and accident cases and represent clients throughout the state of New York and nationwide.

The High Price of a Pot House Blast

Q: Who is responsible for injuries caused by a dangerous condition like a gas leak or house explosion?

The legal doctrine of premises liability provides that a homeowner or a person in possession of the premises, such as a tenant, is legally responsible to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition for people who are on the property. Failure to do so will result in them being held liable for injuries that occur as a result of dangerous conditions they knew or should have known existed at the premises. While some premises liability cases can be straightforward, many are not as clear cut. In those cases, an investigation will ensue to determine, among other things, what dangerous condition caused the injury, who was responsible for the condition, who knew or should have known that the condition existed, and more. When a tenant is in possession of the premises, rather than the owner, the question of responsibility can be more complicated. Take the recent Bronx, New York house explosion that tragically killed one beloved NYC firefighter and injured 20 other fire fighters, police officers, and civilians. The house was rented to tenants who allegedly operated a marijuana growing operation on the premises. Apparently there was a foul odor, possibly a gas leak, reported shortly before the explosion. Many of the injured were hit by flying debris, including bricks, wood, roof shingles, and pot plants. It was not immediately known whether the explosion was due to a gas leak, the alleged pot operation, or another factor. The homeowner denied knowing the tenants or about any "weed operation" at the premises. An investigation by the NYPD arson and explosion squad followed. While not specified in the above case, fire and burn injuries are also common in cities like New York where multiple occupancy apartments and the negligence of a landlord or scores of tenants can impact the lives of other renters or visitors in the building. There are issues of properly working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire safety doors, numbers of clearly marked and accessible building exits, and more, to consider when determining who is at fault for fire and burn injuries. If you have been injured or a loved one has been injured or killed in any kind of accident that was the fault of someone else, you should seek the advice of a skilled personal injury and wrongful death attorney. Each case is different, but you may be entitled to monetary damages for medical bills, future medical bills and treatment, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. Of course, nothing will bring back a loved one, but getting the compensation you deserve will relieve the financial burden and help you begin to put the pieces of your life back together. The New York personal injury firm of Jaroslawicz & Jaros will to work diligently for you. Someone is available 24/7 so call (212) 227-2780 today to schedule your free initial consultation or contact us here.

Can I Sue for Compensation if I was Injured Due to Snow or Ice?

By Abraham Jaros - New York City has had a winter with cold weather and much snow and ice. Unfortunately, with snow and ice there is an increased risk of falling and suffering an injury. At Jaroslawicz and Jaros we have received many calls from clients asking what rights you have to be compensated for your injuries if you slipped and fell due to snow and/or ice. One minute you are walking to or from work, school or shopping and the next moment you are lying on the sidewalk with back pain or with a fractured arm, wrist or leg. When you slip and fall on steps or sidewalks covered with snow and ice you may suffer from serious and disabling injuries. One of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents are ice and snow conditions. Surfaces covered with snow and ice, whether on sidewalks, outdoor steps or parking lots, are hazardous for pedestrians. What is known as "black ice", which is often difficult to see and avoid, is especially dangerous and often causes falls resulting in serious injuries. Accidents like these typically happen on sidewalks or steps in front of residential buildings or businesses or in parking lots. Property owners have a duty to exercise reasonable care when it comes to maintaining these areas and promptly removing the snow and ice to reduce the risk of falls and injuries. After a snowstorm, property owners are expected to remove snow and treat icy patches in a "timely" manner. The New York City Administrative Code requires that property owners be responsible for cleaning snow and ice from their sidewalks. When adjoining property owners ignore snow and ice accumulations, or in some cases even make things worse, they may be held responsible to compensate anyone who suffers an injury due to that snow and ice condition. As in every personal injury negligence case the question or issue is always-what was "reasonable" to expect of the property owner? Did the property owner act reasonably? What is a reasonable time to clear snow and ice? In New York City property owners have four hours to clear snow from public sidewalks after a daytime snowfall and if the snowfall stops during the evening or nighttime they must clear the sidewalks by 11 a.m. the next morning. What is reasonable for snow or ice conditions in parking lots or on steps on commercial or residential property? Were reasonable steps taken to make the area safe? Did they have enough time to clean and clear the area? Was salt or sand used? Was snow piled up and then caused to melt and re-freeze into "black ice? Is there a depression that causes water to accumulate and become "black ice"? These are just some of the questions your attorney needs to answer in determining what is called "liability"-is the owner of the property responsible to compensate you for your injury? Many property owners have contracts with companies that perform snow and ice removal to keep their parking lots and sidewalks clean. Whether the owner hires a company to maintain and clean the snow and ice or the owner has his own employees do the work the question is always whether the property owner's conduct was "reasonable" under the circumstances. In helping you to determine if you have a viable case your attorney will need to obtain the weather reports to see when it last rained or snowed before your accident and what the temperatures were. If you can obtain photos of the area as it looked around the time of the accident it would be helpful to your case as snow and ice conditions change so rapidly. If you or someone you know was injured as a result of slipping or falling on a sidewalk, steps, or parking lot due to snow and ice you may be entitled to recover for your medical bills, lost earnings as well as for your pain and suffering. An experienced personal injury attorney at Jaroslawicz and Jaros can explain your rights and help you determine whether you have a valid claim to be compensated for your injuries.

Road & Weather Conditions: Today in New York City

Although NYC's weather has been characteristically rainy, it will clear up and be a mostly sunny day, according to The New York Times. During rainy and wet months like January, New York drivers are at an increased risk of getting involved in weather-related car accidents. The roads can become slick, resulting in a high number of hydroplaning accidents. Be sure your tires' tread isn't worn down and ensure that your windshield wipers are in good working order. Yesterday, in Greenwich Village, a water main burst and consequently flooded some tunnels that overflowed into the street. This caused some road closures that have persisted into today because construction workers are still working on fixing the broken pipe. These street closures will likely cause some heavy traffic, particularly in the area of Broadway and Seventh. Experts say that the Greenwich Village traffic will cause a domino effect leading to traffic in Manhattan as well. The city is still unsure of why the pipe failed. They're not even sure if it cracked, leaked or burst completely open. City buses have also been rerouted due to the pipe burst. Today's New York Times update on the goings-on in New York City is extremely typical of the city. Pipe burst, road closures because of construction, traffic jams, rerouted buses and wet roads. All of these are common causes of accidents in the city. If you were involved in one of these types of accidents, contact a New York City personal injury attorney at Jaroslawicz & Jaros, PLLC. We'll fight for maximum financial compensation on your behalf.

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