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NYC Passengers Hurt in Manhattan Train Derailment

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NEW YORK – A pair of subway trains derailed Tuesday morning in Manhattan. It is the latest incident that has affected New York commuters this year.

Authorities said a southbound train scraped against the tunnel wall shortly before 10 a.m., causing the two cars to shift off the tracks in Harlem. According to CBS New York, at least seven passengers suffered injuries.

An MTA spokesperson downplayed the injuries as ‘minor,’ but similar incidents have resulted in long lasting pain and frustration for passengers.

An experienced train accident lawyer said a legal investigation could help many passengers recover costs to help pay for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Future medical care
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • And other associated costs

In many cases, passengers may not experience pain associated with an injury for days – even weeks following a New York City train derailment. Attorneys say the collisions and sudden jolts can often cause injuries to the head, neck and spine.

One passenger told CBS2 that the accident felt like “a runaway roller coaster — like a bucking horse.”

“I don’t want to get back on the train – for a long time,” Michelle Ayoub told CBS reporter Emily Smith.

Another passenger added that the derailment was the “worst experience of my whole life.”

It is unclear how fast the train was going, or what caused it to scrape against the side of the tunnel, but these are facts that could be answered with an extensive legal investigation.

A New York train accident lawyer says there are often a variety of factors that lead to a derailment, and every possible piece of evidence should be examined to help injured passengers recover the best results possible.

  • Pieces of evidence attorneys will be looking at include:
  • Potential flaws in the track
  • Structural faults with the tunnel
  • Operator error
  • Mechanical malfunctions on the train
  • History of accidents along this line
  • Maintenance records
  • Engineer experience and qualifications
  • Eye-witness statements, and photo/video evidence

New York train derailment attorneys say when an injured passenger files a claim, it can also place pressure on the railroad companies to make structural or mechanical changes that can improve the safety of future passengers.

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33 Injured in NJ Bus Accident

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NEW YORK – Dozens were injured on the New Jersey Turnpike in the overnight hours when a tractor-trailer and a tour bus collided near West Deptford, New Jersey.

Officials told ABC 6 News in Philadelphia that the crash happened at 12:30 a.m. Friday morning in the southbound lanes. Destined for Atlanta, there were 50 people on the Panda Tour Bus that departed from New York. Current reports estimate that over 30 of those passengers were injured, and taken to area hospitals.

It is unclear what caused the crash, but many riders told reporters about their experience, including Dwight Baylor of Brooklyn and Lucy Mongy of Harlem.

“The bus started flipping, then flipped over,” Dwight Baylor told reporters with ABC 6. “I fell on my back, and they were trying to help me up.”

Lucy Mongy said she heard several ‘booms’ before the bus rolled over.

“I felt like it was correcting direction,” Lucy Mongy said. “And then I heard another boom, and then we started tipping.”

An accident investigation should determine what caused the crash, but a New York bus accident attorney says there are many other factors that need to be evaluated, including:

Driver records for both the bus driver and the truck driver.

An analysis of the vehicles involved. Sometimes faulty brakes, poorly inspected tires or other defects can be factors in crashes like this.

Poor road conditions or unsafe infrastructure can also contribute to an accident.

Expert medical analysis are also important records that can help those who were injured in the crash obtain fair compensation.

An experienced New York bus accident lawyer can immediately start a legal investigation to cover these possible factors, and more. A complete analysis of the vehicles involved, driver records, road conditions, and expert statements can be extremely useful for passengers seeking compensation after a New Jersey bus crash.

In other New Jersey bus accidents, families have been able to recover compensation that can help pay for expenses like:

  • Hospital bills
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain & Suffering
  • Extended care
  • Future treatments
  • And more

Many victims of a New Jersey bus crash can also have unanswered questions. Although not every question has a clear-cut answer, an intensive legal investigation can help get answers to many of the unknowns:

  • Did the truck pass safety inspections?
  • Was there anything wrong with the bus?
  • Were the drivers well trained?
  • Were headlights functioning properly?
  • Did the truck or bus pass safety inspections?

Recent studies have found that fatigue can play a major role in many truck and bus accidents. New York bus accident attorneys say this possible factor should be considered due to the timing and location of Friday’s accident.

New York bus accident lawyers will not only help injured passengers and their families obtain compensation – they can also analyze the crash and uncover ways that future accidents can be minimized or prevented.

The Most Common Nursing Home Injury Is…

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The Most Common Nursing Home Injury Is...BUFFALO, N.Y. – A new study has uncovered shocking data on nursing home care: premature deaths have spiked by over 400-percent in recent years, and nearly all of these accidents are preventable.

According to the research, conducted by Monash University, more than 80-percent of the deaths were from slips and falls. A common cause of injury in U.S. care facilities, a nursing home injury lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says the accidents are often preventable with the proper tools, staff and training.

“We’ve all heard terrible stories about how some nursing homes are poorly managed, understaffed and sometimes unsanitary,” nursing home injury attorney Steve Barnes said. “The facilities with good ratings often have compassionate staff members and infrastructure that can improve a family member’s quality of life; but not all facilities are the same – and some have a history of accidents.”

Not only are accidents common in some nursing homes, violence is rampant. Monash researchers found that 1 in 18 of the recorded preventable deaths listed ‘assault’ or ‘suicide’ as a contributing factor.

The lead author also pointed out that the numbers are likely underestimated, since nursing homes often misclassify residents’ deaths as “natural causes.”

“If a family member suspects a nursing home is abusive or negligent, it needs to be taken seriously and investigated,” Barnes said. “Our attorneys are trained and experienced with cases of nursing home neglect, and an extensive legal investigation could uncover problems others might have missed or looked over.”

While falls are the most common nursing home injury, there are many other accidents that can cause severe harm or death. From assault to providing the wrong medication, almost all accidents are preventable.

Nursing homes have a duty to provide a safe environment for its residents, and most have excellent safety records. However, the quality of care can be shockingly different from one facility to another.

“When admitting a family member to a long-term care facility, you want to make sure you’re doing your research and making the right choice for them,” Barnes said. “That can be tough task when the information you need isn’t easily accessible, or it’s outdated. That’s why we created the Parent Care app – to help families with the difficult task of finding the right nursing home.”

Cellino & Barnes developed the Parent Care app, which can be downloaded on the Apple App Store or on Google Play, to help families research and compare nearby nursing homes. The app collects real-time data, and analyzes each facility for key safety factors.

The firm also assists families who have suffered an injury or loss due to nursing home negligence. With offices across New York, the nursing home injury lawyers at Cellino & Barnes have handled cases in all 50 states, and they’ve helped their clients recover over $2 billion in settlements and verdicts.

If you believe a family member could be the victim of nursing home negligence or abuse, call the nursing home attorneys at Cellino & Barnes for a FREE case evaluation.

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