The Long Island Rail Road train crash in Brooklyn this week injured over 100 passengers, many with neck and back injuries as well as injured arms and legs. Governor Cuomo has described this as a “minor” crash. Scores of people may be left with debilitating conditions. Although government officials try to downplay the effects of this negligence by the Long Island Railroad, a governmental subsidiary, nevertheless neck and back injuries can result in lifelong disability, pain, surgeries and therapy with significant loss of earnings and enjoyment of life.
In our experience helping victims of serious accidents we know that neck, back and limb injuries are not always so “minor.” For example, one of our clients was in a MetroNorth train crash and had to have back surgery and has been left permanently disabled even though no bones were broken. We understand that the government would like to minimize people’s suffering with words like “minor” because ultimately the MTA and Long Island Railroad will be called upon to compensate these innocent victims.
It is important for injured people to know that any one injured in this train crash must file a claim promptly because there is a short statute of limitations for lawsuits against government agencies. And these agencies will defend themselves by seeking to minimize any payments they will have to make to victims.
It is also very important for any injured victim of this train crash to obtain legal counsel, sooner rather than later, so that his or her rights may be fully protected. The government has an interest in reducing any potential claims to avoid paying money to innocent victims. We at Tomkiel & Tomkiel have many years of experience handling injury claims for these kinds of injuries, and stand ready to help innocent injury victims obtain full, fair and just monetary compensation.
The crane collapse on the Tappan Zee Bridge construction project highlights the dangers of construction work, both for the construction workers as well as members of the public passing by, in this case motorists. Thankfully it seems that no one was killed, but several injuries were reported. Governor Cuomo was quoted in the NY Daily News as saying that “sometimes accidents happen.” This sounds like a defense lawyer talking to a jury, and we suppose that the Governor is worried about having to pay money compensation to the injured workers and travelers if it turns out that the State or its contractors were negligent in causing the crane to fall onto the bridge.
We see this kind of defensive strategy employed regularly by insurance companies and their hired attorneys seeking to minimize, or even avoid altogether, their accountability to the injured victims of negligent companies. Yes, “sometimes accidents happen,” but they always happen for a reason, and when a construction crane falls onto a bridge roadway, injuring workers and motorists alike, we can confidently say that this didn’t just happen by some odd chance, but that there was negligence involved. The State and the contractors responsible were obviously not careful enough when dealing with tons of steel high in the air above a roadway. Some accidents shouldn’t “just happen. “ When they do, the negligent parties should fully compensate the injured victims for their losses.
Congratulations to Hon. Janet DiFiore! She was just invested as Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state. Judge DiFiore is a life-long Westchester resident who has a long history of public legal service including serving as Westchester County District Attorney and as a Westchester County Court Judge as well as a Justice of the New York Supreme Court. At her investiture to the highest judicial position in New York in Albany on Feb. 8th, she announced an Excellance Initiative to improve all aspects of the court system. Her remarks are available here: http://www.nycourts.gov/whatsnew/pdf/investiture-remarks.pdf
We wish Judge DiFiore great success in her new position and we are sure that she will serve the judicial system with integrity, distinction and honor.
News12 reports that a crane has collapsed killing one person and seriously injuring two others in Manhattan Friday, according to the FDNY. The cause of the accident is currently unknown. Unfortunate construction accidents are all too common in New York. Our sympathies go out to the families and loved ones of those injured and killed. <br/><br/>Source: <br/>http://bronx.news12.com/news/fdny-crane-collapses-kills-1-in-tribeca-injuries-2-1.11432458?qr=1<br/><br/>