New York Personal Injury Blog

We Haven’t Chosen Our Scholarship Finalists Just Yet

By WRSH on August 15, 2018 - Comments off

The response to our Foundation For Your Future 2018 scholarship has been overwhelming! We received over 700 applications and essays, and the competition is fierce. The team at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, is sad to say we need more time to review your outstanding responses before coming up with finalists.

Please check back with us on our blog and Facebook page on August 29th to meet our five finalists! The winner will still be announced on September 5th, 2018. Thank you!

Posted in: Firm News


Elevators: a Risk to Maintenance and Construction Workers

By WRSH on July 26, 2018 - Comments off

Many people use elevators every single day, especially in New York, where going to work in a high-rise would otherwise leave us winded and exhausted. Our lawyers and staff at WRSH usually hop on the elevator at the Graybar Building to get to our office, rather than trotting up and down the stairs.

We all trust that when we step onto an elevator, it will be there, properly aligned; take us up or down at a reasonable speed; and stop correctly for us to get off again. In other words, that it will work. Read the rest »

Posted in: Work Injury


How Buildings Collapse Due to Neglect

By WRSH on July 19, 2018 - Comments off

At the end of a long day, most of us want to relax and enjoy a little Netflix or a good book in the warmth and safety of our own home. If you live in an apartment or condo, you probably assume that the building owners are taking proper precautions and paying for necessary maintenance to ensure you’re safe where you live. But sometimes, a ceiling, wall, or debris can come crashing down onto you and your loved ones – especially in New York’s older housing complexes. Read the rest »

Posted in: Building Collapse


Engineering Disasters in the 21st Century

By WRSH on July 6, 2018 - Comments off

When we think of engineering disasters, we often picture black-and-white photographs or films of dams that have burst open, bridges writhing in the wind, or buildings collapsing decades ago. However, despite advances in technology and a greater collective understanding of engineering than ever before, mistakes are still made and disasters still occur. Read the rest »


Window Washers Risk Their Lives to Keep the City Sparkling

By WRSH on June 22, 2018 - Comments off

What would New York City be without the towering skyscrapers that dominate so much of the city’s skyline? And how much duller would those architectural achievements look if their windows didn’t shine brightly throughout the day? High-rise window washers keep those windows clean and clear for people inside to look out and for others to see the beauty of the city shining off their glass. But this work presents very real dangers, both for the window washers who brave such terrifying heights and for pedestrians below. Read the rest »

Posted in: Work Injury


Driver Risks in New York Construction Zones

By WRSH on June 15, 2018 - Comments off

Driving in New York, whether you’re in the city or out on the highways, means encountering construction areas—it’s just a part of life. Now that summer is here, construction will also heat up in the City. However, these construction zones present very real dangers: not only for construction workers, but also for drivers passing through the area. Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Accident


Is a Ferry Disaster on the Horizon?

By WRSH on June 7, 2018 - Comments off

There have been many ferry accidents over the past decade or so; the most notable and tragic being the one in 2003 that cost the lives of 11 people and injured over 100 others. After that disaster, many new regulations were put in place and the entire system was seemingly overhauled to improve passenger safety. Yet at least one captain within the industry has warned that it was not enough, and that New York ferries are another catastrophe waiting to happen. Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury


New Requirements for Construction Safety Training in New York

By WRSH on May 25, 2018 - Comments off

Construction is one of the most dangerous jobs in New York City, and construction deaths have been on the rise over the last few years. After months of debate and revision, a law was passed last year that instituted new requirements for construction worker safety training. As this law goes into effect this year, construction companies need to provide their workers with necessary training to ensure they can stay safe on the job. Failing to make sure workers receive this training will not only open construction companies up to large fines, but could also be considered an act of negligence in civil court if an accident does occur. Read the rest »


Structural Flaws at Amusement Parks Can Be Costly

By WRSH on May 18, 2018 - Comments off

Most of us take amusement park safety for granted when we sit down on a roller coaster or get into a towering water slide. Surely such attractions would not be open to the public if they were not safe; after all, government regulators can shut down restaurants and roads, they must be able to do the same to amusement parks.

Yet there is no actual federal oversight or regulation of “fixed-site” amusement parks. Such things are under the supervision of state laws, and in New York, there is a pretty low standard for inspections and safety. Read the rest »

Posted in: Premises Liability


How the FIU Bridge Collapse Could Change the Construction Industry

By WRSH on May 11, 2018 - Comments off

The recent collapse of a pedestrian bridge still under construction in Florida was a terrible tragedy that cost the lives of six people. It also demonstrated how errors in construction or design can still make it through planning and development, with real-world consequences. While the exact cause of the collapse is still under investigation, this tragedy may end up changing construction and bridge design across the country. Read the rest »

Posted in: Building Collapse


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