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Understanding Wrongful Death in New York

This blog is designed to educate and inform you about recent news and how it may impact your legal case in New York. I have provided commentary and opinion and welcome your comments to keep the conversation going.

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4/7/2015
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New study exposes how to live a longer life

Experts found that based on self-reports of physical activity, people who did less exercise than minimum activity were still around 20 percent less likely

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1/8/2015
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Life Expectancy for Type 1 Diabetes Patients Improving

Type 1 diabetes patients constantly go through a grueling process of trying to control and count their sugar intake daily while also staying in line with their

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12/12/2014
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Joan River's Wrongful Death Lawsuit-News Media is Wrong

News media report that Joan Rivers' wrongful death lawsuit will seek millions as compensation. They're reporting something that is impossible to know yet.

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10/23/2014
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Where's my damn money! Client wants to know

Her NY wrongful death case settled many months ago. She wants to know what's taking so long. She wants to know where her money is. She is rightfully upset.

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10/8/2014
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Joan Rivers Autopsy Report "Inconclusive"...I say "Nonsense"

News reports indicated that Joan's cause of death according to the medical examiner was inconclusive. I disagree. Cause of death is never inconclusive.

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4/30/2014
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Are Antidepressants Helping or Hurting your Children?

Are Antidepressants Helping or Hurting your Children?

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4/1/2014
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Pedestrian Hit & Killed By Careless Driver...What We Have to Prove in a NY Wrongful Death Case

Pedestrian Hit & Killed By Careless Driver...What We Have to Prove in a NY Wrongful Death Case

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2/12/2014
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Your Spouse Was Killed By a Careless Driver- A Life Taken From You. How Much is Their Life Worth?

Your Spouse Was Killed By a Careless Driver- A Life Taken From You. How Much is Their Life Worth?

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12/23/2013
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Girl Dies After Pharmacist Refuses to Give EpiPen

Girl Dies After Pharmacist Refuses to Give EpiPen

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11/17/2012
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Patient Dies of Sepsis When Feeding Tube Put Back in Wrong Place

The feeding tube was removed and cleaned out. Unfortunately for this patient, when the tube was reinserted, it was not put back into the correct position.

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10/8/2012
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NYPD police car hit and killed a man. Dead man was then billed for the car damage

27-year-old Mr. Tamon Robinson was an employee working as a cashier at a muffin shop. To supplement his income, he “dug up cobblestones and sold them to scrap dealers.”

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10/16/2011
Gerry Oginski
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Kidney Dialysis Leads to Bloodbath & Death

You would think going to dialysis is a routine thing. You have to go every other day to “wash your blood” of contaminants. Your kidneys are not working well

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5/21/2011
Gerry Oginski
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Player's Death at Ole Miss Results in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the University of Mississippi, football coach Houston Nutt, and the NCAA for the death of Bennie Abram, 20,

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11/30/2010
Gerry Oginski
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911 caller gives correct address. Dispatcher doesn’t get it right. Patient dies.

That’s what happened November 14 when a frantic woman called 911 after her husband was gasping for breath in Wainscott on the East End of Long Island. The dispatcher failed to ask the caller for the nearest cross-street and also failed to recognize the address that popped up on the computer screen. Newsday reported today that since the emergency call was made from a landline, the caller’s address immediately showed up on the computer. The dispatcher ignored it. Here’s where the problem arose: That address, 419 Montauk Highway is the same address for four different adjacent towns on the East End of Long Island. Those four towns are Wainscott, East Hampton, Montauk and Amagansett.

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8/4/2009
Gerry Oginski
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The New York Times reported today that the horrific crash involving a woman who drove the wrong way on the Taconic highway in Westchester, New York, kill herself, her two year old daughter and three nieces, together with three men who were driving the correct way, was caused because this woman was drunk at the time of the accident.

Reading this article, you can't help but wonder how someone could do this to her kids, her brother's kids and to unsuspecting drivers going about their business. It's just shocking and absolutely stunning. The autopsy reported a blood alcohol level of 0.19 and that it was fresh, with some alcohol still remaining in her stomach. 

Investigators couldn't figure out what would have caused this woman to cause such a tragedy. Now, we know that it was her own decision to drink and drive causing the needless deaths of seven people and herself.

Negligence is carelessness. The facts, as reported in Newsday and the New York Times would clearly suggest that these deaths were caused by this woman's carelessness. What a tragedy. My heart goes out to their families.

Read the full article here. 

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