NEW YORK – A string of recent accidents — including one that killed Kevin Flores, 13, of Queens — highlights the need for more stringent criminal penalties against drivers who are operating trucks without a license, but it also puts a spotlight on the companies that pay them to do it, neighborhood watchdogs say.
Police reports suggest that Philip Monfoletto, 28, was at the wheel of an oil tanker truck with a suspended license when the big rig slammed into Kevin Flores, who was riding his bicycle on Lewis Avenue in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn.
A New York truck accident lawyer says while unlicensed drivers often face criminal charges after accidents like the one that killed Kevin Flores, the companies that employ drivers may not be charged with anything; but they can be held responsible for an accident in civil court.
A wrongful death claim allows family members of truck accident victims to receive compensation from those responsible for their family member’s untimely death, including the company the driver was working for. This compensation can help families recover the costs associated with a truck crash:
Loss of companionship
Expected loss in income of the person who died;
Expected loss of care, which the person who died provided to his or her family
Pain & Suffering
The law can be complex when it comes to filing a wrongful death or other personal injury claim, but a New York truck accident lawyer can help victims and their families get the best result possible from these claims. In fact, studies have found that when a New York truck accident lawyer gets involved in a case, the value of that case jumps by four times or more.
A wrongful death claim will not only seek financial compensation for a victim’s family — it can also spur more important changes to prevent similar accidents from happening in the future.
Neighborhood leaders are already examining the hiring processes of some New York companies that had unlicensed drivers operating trucks and other heavy machinery. A successful lawsuit could force these companies to create new policies that would prevent dangerous drivers from getting the keys in the first place.
Many community leaders would welcome these policies, particularly after a heartbreaking accident that could have been prevented with simple background checks and training.
According to the Daily News, Monfoletto’s license has been suspended seven times, and he has a lengthy criminal history on and off the road. He currently charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.
NEW YORK – A 31-year-old man is fighting for his life at a New York City hospital after he was ran over and pinned under the rear wheels of a tractor trailer, police said.
According to the Daily News, city officials said the man was jogging alongside the truck around 1 a.m. Monday morning.
At some point, the jogger attempted to cross Amsterdam Ave. on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, resulting in the serious collision. He was taken to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s hospital where he underwent surgery for his injuries, police reported.
These are some of the most serious injuries a victim can experience as a result of an accident; and they’re some of the most costly injuries to treat.
For many Manhattan truck accident victims, they will not have to bear this burden alone. In 2017, victims of car and truck accidents who sought legal counsel obtained four-times more compensation on average than their counterparts who dealt with insurance companies alone.
The compensation these victims ultimately receive not only helps pay for medical bills – it can also cover lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of a family member or companion, transportation costs, and more.
A Manhattan truck accident lawyer says talking with an experienced attorney is a crucial step that victims and their families should take in the hours and days following an accident. In some cases, a personal injury law firm, like Cellino & Barnes, will provide victims with a FREE consultation, and guarantee no fees unless they win your case.
Since most New Yorkers don’t have to deal with truck accidents and injuries regularly, many are not familiar with the complexities of personal injury litigation, and the challenges a person may face when trying to obtain fair compensation from the insurance company. A FREE consultation can provide victims with important information and insights about this process.
Every Manhattan truck accident has a set of unique circumstances that the insurance company will be looking at; it’s only fair to have professionals in your corner whose goal is to make sure you get the best result possible, lawyers said.
The jogger who was pinned under the tractor trailer early Monday morning suffered extensive upper body and leg injuries, police reported.
The truck driver remained at the accident scene and was not charged.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – New York State Police have confirmed that one man was killed, and several others injured in a massive pileup accident on the New York State Thruway near Buffalo.
At least 20 vehicles were involved in the chain-reaction crash as a blizzard created white-out conditions in the area Tuesday afternoon. Authorities say as many as 75 vehicles may have been damaged in the massive pile-up in Cheektowaga, a suburb of Buffalo.
A Buffalo car accident lawyer says many drivers and passengers may be entitled to significant compensation if they were injured or killed in the pileup accident. This compensation can cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
In accidents like this one, which closed the NYS Thruway for hours, having a personal injury firm in your corner is crucial. The law offices of Cellino & Barnes, for example, often obtains settlements and verdicts for their clients that are worth significantly more than what insurance companies offer victims without representation.
Some of the injuries reported in the pileup are considered ‘minor,’ but a Buffalo car accident attorney says an aching neck could be a sign of more severe damage, and it should not go unaddressed. A Buffalo car accident lawyer suggests every ache and pain – minor or severe – be documented and analyzed by a doctor.
Unfortunately, accidents like these also come with more severe injuries — and even death. According to State Police, Edward Torres, 64, of Elba died in the pileup accident, and another traveler was seriously injured.
Police said Edward Torres was unable to stop on the slick roads, and his vehicle crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer.
Other drivers had similar experiences, as dozens of cars became ensnared in the weather conditions and the accident scene. Current reports suggest Edward Torres was the only fatality in the massive pile-up but dozens of other drivers and passengers suffered injuries.
Whether you are a victim or a family member, a FREE CONSULTATION with an experienced personal injury lawyer could help determine the proper course of legal action after an accident.
At Cellino & Barnes, Buffalo car accident attorneys will provide victims of any type of accident with a FREE CASE EVALUATION; information which could be extremely valuable for those injured in a car crash. If you or a family member has suffered a sudden injury or accidental death, call an experienced Buffalo car accident attorney now:
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – A New York motorcyclist was rushed to the hospital this week after being dragged 150 feet by a tractor trailer outside Syracuse, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office said.
According to CNYCentral, the crash happened Tuesday evening just after 6:30 on Vine Street near Oswego Street in the town of Liverpool, New York.
Deputies say the motorcyclist, Steven McGill, 27, was on his motorcycle when the tractor trailer hit him from behind. Authorities said the truck driver, John Ries, didn’t see Steven McGill, and the truck continued to push the motorcycle 150 feet before another driver alerted the truck operator of the accident.
Unfortunately, Steven McGIll was unable to get off his bike because it was jammed underneath the front of the truck, deputies said.
The rider was taken to Upstate University Hospital where he was treated for leg and abdominal injuries, CNYCentral reported.
A New York motorcycle accident lawyer says truck drivers have to be alert when driving in the cities, towns and villages of Western and Central New York. There are also other factors that should be looked at when a motorcyclist is injured by a tractor trailer or other large vehicle.
Every year, hundreds of New Yorkers are injured or killed in motorcycle-truck accidents that can be linked back to a negligent or inattentive driver. An extensive legal investigation could look at a trucker’s driving record and the number of hours the he has spent behind the wheel.
Fatigue is often a common cause of a New York truck crash, and drivers are required to the log their time operating these large vehicles. Unfortunately, many drivers are pushing their bodies to the limit, and in some cases, they’re breaking the law. An experienced New York motorcycle accident lawyer can collect these logs as evidence that could help an injured victim get the best result possible from an injury claim.
Although driving records can be important in an accident investigation, a New York truck accident attorney could uncover additional pieces of evidence that could help maximize a victim’s compensation. This evidence could include:
Truck maintenance records
Overall road safety
Dashcam video from the truck itself or other drivers in the area
This year has already been a dangerous year for motorcycle riders in New York State. Many other bikers have been hit by speeding cars, inattentive drivers and tractor trailers in places like Syracuse, Buffalo and Rochester. Many of those victims have suffered life-altering injuries as a result of a New York truck accident, and some could receive significant compensation for their injury or loss, which helps cover the following costs:
Expenses from hospitalization
Lost time at work
Loss of protection or care
Pain and suffering
A successful case can also pave the way for meaningful changes in our communities that could improve the safety for other motorcyclists, bicycle riders and pedestrians in Western and Central New York towns and cities like Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Families are enjoying the summer weather any way they can this month: walking in the park, riding their bicycles and taking summer road trips on their motorcycles. Sadly, there have already been several accidents this summer, including one that killed a woman and injured three others after an alleged drugged driver crossed over the center line.
More motorcyclists are getting hurt each year, more pedestrians are getting hurt and more bicyclists are ending up in hospitals after run-ins with negligent drivers. New research has found that up-to-date bike lanes often have lower accident rates for bicyclists, but accidents are rising across the board.
In Erie County alone, car accidents involving pedestrians, bicyclists and riders are on the rise. Last year, there were over 230 motorcycle accidents – a 23% spike over previous years. Bicyclists face similar challenges, and there have been nearly a thousand more reported incidents involving bicycles last year than years prior.
“Drivers need to be more careful on the roads in Buffalo,” car accident attorney Steve Barnes said. “Bicycles and motorcycles are becoming more popular, especially during the summer months, and when they’re involved in a car accident, the injuries can be catastrophic.”
According to the data, drivers are at fault roughly 80-percent of the time in multi-vehicle accidents involving a motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian. These crashes often result in serious injuries that require hospitalization or medical treatments.
“These are very costly injuries, and in many cases, they’re life-changing,” Barnes said. “Some victims may not be able to work after a motorcycle accident; and without a source of income, they’ll have no way to pay their medical bills, their mortgage or their day-to-day expenses. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced Buffalo car accident lawyer on your side to help you get the best result possible from an injury claim.”
WHAT TO DO AFTER BEING HIT BY A CAR
The first (and most important) aspect is getting medical attention. Many injuries need to be treated immediately, or they won’t heal properly which can cause more issues in the future.
It’s also important to keep all records from the accident. These include police reports, witness statements, medical records, and photo or video evidence. If you do not have these, an experienced Buffalo motorcycle accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes can conduct a thorough investigation and obtain these pieces of evidence, which could help you and your family get more compensation after an accident.
Whether the accident was truly your fault or not, NEVER admit fault. There are many factors that must be evaluated, including road conditions, weather, the mental and physical conditions of other people involved in the accident, and more.
Call the Buffalo car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes. The firm has helped Western New Yorkers get the best results possible from their injury claims for over 50 years, and their bicycle accident attorneys are thorough with their investigations. They will make sure that you have the proper evidence and meet the necessary legal deadlines in order to help you maximize your compensation.
Cellino & Barnes offers FREE case evaluations, so if you are unsure if the legal process is right for you, it won’t cost a thing to find out. Our experienced Buffalo motorcycle accident lawyers have helped other clients obtain over $2 billion in settlements and verdicts. Find out how they could help you get fair compensation for your injuries.
NEW YORK – Patients across the United States, Canada and Europe have filed thousands of lawsuits against big pharmaceutical companies like Johnson & Johnson (and other manufacturers) for their pelvic and vaginal mesh implants, which can cause devastating pain and, in some cases, ruin a woman’s life.
Add Australia to the mix.
More than 700 Australian women recently filed a class-action suit against J&J, arguing that the company’s pelvic mesh caused chronic and debilitating pain, infections and other serious injuries.
The trial began on Tuesday and it’s expected to last six months.
Similar to their U.S. counterparts, the victims argue that pelvic mesh manufacturers did not properly warn doctors and their patients about the risks associated with the product and the procedure. The suit also accuses manufacturers of failing to adequately test the devices before selling them.
A pelvic mesh attorney at Cellino & Barnes is currently accepting cases brought by victims from across the U.S., and says the defective products could affect millions of women.
“The major problem with defective pelvic mesh is that they can irritate surrounding tissue and organs, causing an extremely painful inflammatory reaction,” pelvic mesh lawyer Steve Barnes said. “This causes strains on a person’s body, on their relationships, and in some cases, it has resulted in correctional surgeries, which can be very costly.”
In a statement, Johnson & Johnson claimed that its pelvic mesh has helped millions of women around the world, and that the majority of these surgeries were successful without major side-effects.
However, the mesh-maker has voluntarily pulled several devices off the market, and in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration reclassified all pelvic mesh implants as “high risk” devices, subjecting them to further regulations and testing. However, one of the devices have been recalled.
Despite the “high risk” designation, pelvic mesh attorneys at Cellino & Barnes say these devices continue to be used in hospitals around the country. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of pelvic or vaginal mesh implants, it’s not too late to file a claim.
Recently, another medical device maker agreed to pay more than $800 million to settle the thousands of personal injury lawsuits stemming from injuries incurred as a result of its vaginal mesh implants.
If you believe these products have had a negative impact on your life, or relationships with your family members, contact a pelvic mesh lawyer at Cellino & Barnes for a FREE case evaluation.
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:
Future medical care
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.
“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
Mechanical malfunctions on the train
History of accidents along this line
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.
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:
Pain & Suffering
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.
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.
NEW YORK – A new bipartisan measure aims to create uniform safety regulations and protect the health of all Americans who use personal care products.
Introduced by U.S. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), The Personal Care Products Safety Act is a bipartisan bill that would set rules and guidelines for pharmaceutical companies and other industries creating personal care items such as baby powder, lotions and hair products.
Market experts now estimate that the industry collects over $60 billion in revenue, but a New York talcum powder attorney at Cellino & Barnes says federal rules haven’t been updated since before World War II.
According to New York talcum powder attorneys, there are questions surrounding many personal care products and the ingredients they contain. Over the last 80 years, there have been few official studies on these ingredients, and testing is rare.
Under the new bill, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would be required to evaluate at least five ingredients per year to determine whether they are safe, and how these ingredients can be used appropriately.
The bill also outlines a process in which consumers are warned about dangerous ingredients, if federal researchers find evidence of negative health impacts.
Sens. Feinstein and Collins hope to pass their bill this year, as it could provide important information and resources to both consumers and companies.
Recently, several Johnson & Johnson products containing talc have been linked to ovarian cancer. Independent studies on this connection have been conducted with mixed results, but several women who filed complaints have won large jury verdicts.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and you suspect talc may have played a role in its development, a New York talcum powder lawyer at Cellino & Barnes could help. Our attorneys are former physicians and legal advocates with years of experience handling cases involving medicines, dangerous products and more.
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