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Compensatory Vs Punitive Damages

How Much Is My Case Worth? People in New York often turn to a civil court to recoup losses for medical bills and treatments, or to get compensation for pain and suffering after being injured in an accident. If the court finds in favor of the plaintiff (the victim), they’ll receive a monetary award for…

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Compensatory Vs Punitive Damages

How Much Is My Case Worth? People in New York often turn to a civil court to recoup losses for medical bills and treatments, or to get compensation for pain and suffering after being injured in an accident. If the court finds in favor of the plaintiff (the victim), they’ll receive a monetary award for…
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Stop Work Authority – A New York Guide

What is Stop Work Authority? Stop Work Authority (SWA) is a program structured to help prevent accidents from occurring on the job by creating a “safety first” culture. Its design encourages employees and contract workers to step forward and halt working on a job if an unsafe condition is perceived to be present. It is a…
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NY Scaffold Law (Labor Law 200, 240, 241)

It’s no secret construction is one of the most dangerous fields to work in, but what might be less known is workers in New York have specific legal protection under specific sections of the state’s labor law. Unfortunately, construction accidents happen more often than we’d like to hear about. In 2017, the U.S. Bureau of…
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Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in New York?

When filing a wrongful death claim in New York, it is imperative to know the laws that govern the process. When someone dies as a result of someone else’s negligence, it is possible to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the party responsible for the incident. There are a number of situations that can lead…
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Types of traumatic brain injuries

As many as 125,000 people in the United States are rendered permanently disabled due to a traumatic brain injury every year. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 14 percent of all brain injuries that happen in the United States are the result of motor vehicle accidents. New York residents…
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Property owners in NYC have a responsibility to keep elevators safe

Elevators are convenient, but can be deadly when they are not properly maintained. Thousands of people are injured every year in elevator accidents. New York City residents should have a reasonable expectation that the buildings they live and work in are safe. Unfortunately, the opposite is often true. Improper maintenance, negligent property owners and lax…
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Settlement, Closure, For Murdered Union Official’s FamilyBy Irish Echo Staff

The Irish Echo – August 25, 2015 Attorney Brian O’Dwyer. By Irish Echo Staff New York City will pay $1.75 million to the family of Jim Bishop, a former painter’s union official who was murdered on May 17, 1990. Brian O’Dwyer and Cody McCone of the law firm of O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP announced that…
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Payments for Injuries to Workers Here Illegally

By Simon Akam NY Times – June 18, 2009 Three illegal immigrants injured in construction accidents in New York were awarded settlements totaling $3.85 million in the past two weeks, lawyers said on Wednesday. Lawyers representing the three men said that the settlements demonstrated that illegal workers should not be afraid to sue their employers…
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Undocumented Workers Awarded $3.85 Million in Accidents

By Mythili Rao NEW YORK (CNN) — Two undocumented workers from Mexico and one from Ecuador have reached court settlements in recent weeks for a total of $3.85 million in damages for New York construction-site accidents, an attorney for the men announced Wednesday. “All three cases involve construction and terribly unsafe working conditions,” the attorney,…
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“O’Dwyer & Bernstien has helped me in several different situations over the last 12 years that I’ve lived in NYC. They’re my go-to firm because they always obtain the results that I need and deserve. They’re also located in downtown Manhattan, which makes them very convenient. The office and people that work there are exactly what you’d expect from a top tier law firm in the world’s greatest city.”

“When I got hurt in a traffic accident while riding my bike in New York City, my friend suggested I speak to O’Dwyer & Bernstien. Upon my initial phone conversation with a lawyer from the firm I was impressed by his courtesy, quick return phone calls and concise explanation of the legal tactics available to me. After meeting face to face with him, I decided immediately to retain O’Dwyer & Bernstien to represent me in my personal injury case. I was very happy with my attorney and with the outcome of my case. I highly recommend O’Dwyer & Bernstien to anyone seeking legal representation.”

“I retained O’Dwyer & Bernstien on the recommendation of a friend. I was immediately impressed by the firm’s experience and reputation in personal injury law. From the start, my ODB attorney walked me through the process, answered all my questions, explained everything clearly, kept me updated regularly and always promptly returned my telephone calls and emails. My attorney was knowledgeable, professional, courteous and diligent. My case moved through the court system quickly. As trial neared, the insurance company saw that my attorney was experienced and thoroughly prepared to try my case to verdict. As a result, the insurance company caved and settled my case for the full limits of the insurance policy. I love my ODB attorney!”

“When I was hurt on the job I had nowhere to turn for help. I had been working as an electrician’s helper, but my boss was not insured and he had no license to do electrical work. I had just had a new baby girl and Con Ed was going to shut off my lights. A friend told me to call O’Dwyer & Bernstien. They took action right away and got great money for my case. ODB helped me get my life back on track. I will always be grateful.”