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Should I Get Cash for My Structured Settlement?

Last week, this blog focused on the utility of structured settlements. Today's post will focus on the danger of selling your structured settlement in return for some quick money through a ...
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The "what" and "why" behind Structured Settlements

You were injured, and you are thinking about settling with the defendant. What is a structured settlement, and why is it a good tool to use during settlement? The vast majority of personal injury ...
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Fast Food Workers Scheduled to Strike in NYC

Today, fast food workers are scheduled to go on strike. Everyone knows they’re paid poverty wages. They are striking for higher wages and we support their demands. The striking workers have said ...
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NYC Police Commissioner Fails to Enforce Findings of Police Misconduct in 25% of Civilian Complaint Review Board Cases

In January 2014 William J. Bratton became the Police Commissioner in New York City. Commissioner Bratton indicated that one of his priorities was to fix the broken disciplinary system that he ...
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CDC Allocates $4 Million for Injury Research

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy $4 million dollars to support projects on car ignition lock laws, bicyle helment ...
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Grand Jury Investigation Commenced in Staten Island Chokehold Case

In early July 2014, Eric Garner died as a result of an altercation with an NYPD officer. Initially, the cause of death could not be determined and it was unclear whether legal action would be taken ...
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Fire Engulfs NYC Building

Earlier this week, the New York Times reported that a fire engulfed a six-story apartment building on West 136 th street in Manhattan, killing one person and injuring several others. NYC Fire ...
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Pay Less For Car Insurance, But At What Cost?

We have all seen commercials advertising reduced rates on car insurance for safe drivers who allow their insurance companies to track their driving. Recently, Ron Lieber of the New York Times explored ...
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Gun Violence in NYC on the Rise

On August 12, 2014 Newsday reported that shootings in New York City have reached triple digit increases in parts of the Bronx and Brooklyn. Overall, shootings in the entire city have increased 13 ...
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Police Choke hold is Almost Never Warranted

On July 17, 2014 Eric Garner, a 350-pound man, died after a confrontation with NYPD officers. While the direct cause of Garner's death has yet to be determined, this incident has ignited a ...
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Poorly Designed Roads Bring About Pedestrian Deaths at Higher Rates

A tragic accident on the Hempstead Turnpike this weekend left a 13 year old girl with Down Syndrome dead. Bryanna Soplin was struck and killed by a minivan while crossing north on Hempstead Turnpike. ...
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Gas! Gas! Gas!

In March 2014, a gas leak in Harlem caused an explosion which collapsed two buildings. The explosion killed eight people and injured seventy others. While the investigation is still underway, the ...
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Was the Tracy Morgan Crash Caused by a Drowsy Driver?

On June 7, 2014 a tractor trailer accident on the New Jersey Turnpike left four people injured and one dead. One of the individuals injured was actor and comedian Tracy Morgan. In the wake of the ...
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School Shooting Prompts the Question: Who's Responsible For Gun Injuries?

On June 10, 2014 a gunman opened fire in an Oregon high school killing one student before committing suicide. According to the Daily News, this marks the 74 th school shooting nationwide since the ...
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Injured on The Job

Over the last six years, the use of temporary workers has increased drastically, particularly among companies that use factories and warehouses. Large companies hire temporary workers for dangerous ...
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Shootings Raise Legal Issues

The Santa Barbara Shooting in California and the shooting at the Jewish Museum in the Belgian capital bring up the painful legal, political, and social issues surrounding guns. Each shooting attracts ...
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Window Guards Save Lives

For some reason, the window in an apartment in Brooklyn did not have bars or a gate. So when a toddler did what toddlers are wont to do--crawl around and experiment-- he fell through the open window. ...
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What If You Bought a Defective Used Car?

Recently, the New York Times reported that " Recalled Used Cars Roam as Federal Legislation Stalls." The article opens with the story of a driver whose truck's rear axle locked up as he ...
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Do you think we need strong safety laws for workers or "reformed" ones?

Recently, New York workers went on strike to protest exploitation on non-union job sites. Unionized iron workers supported the non-union workers by decrying low pay, exploitation, and unsafe ...
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Blaming the Worker Means Blaming the Victim

"You should have been more careful." "Well, what did you expect when you're walking around dressed like that?" "He was obviously an idiot, not looking where he was ...
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How Much Does a Lawyer Cost?

(Skip to the bottom where it says "the bottom line" if you'd rather not read the story) I Imagine Jury Selection: In a full courtroom, a smart juror asked, "isn't it true you ...
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Cost to save your life? 57 Cents.

Fantasy doesn't always line up with reality. Which brings me to GM..... I. Fantasy at GM dealership : Here's a conversation that never happened at any car dealership: Car salesman: "Hey, ...
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No One Likes Watching the Sausage Get Made

We need to watch what our government is doing because it is so powerful and because we live in a democracy. It acts in our name. That said, the legislative process is often complex and opaque and no ...
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Our Elderly are Needlessly Killed and Injured Where They Should be Safe

The Problem: Our Elderly are Needlessly Killed and Injured Where They Should be Safe PruPublica has reported on the atrocious conditions in assisted living facilities in the United States. Watch the ...
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Temp Workers are Treated Like Rental Property

Temporary workers are at the bottom fringes of our working economy. They are hired for a specific task then are terminated. White collar and blue collar temporary jobs are outsourced labor. Even ...
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