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Bullying and School Districts

Bullying is a common problem that occurs in our nation’s school systems. Bullying can be defined as using physical strength and action or words to intimidate another and instill a sense of discomfort and fear. Bullying can be done in person, over the phone, or via the internet. There isn’t an age limit for bullying; it occurs throughout all stages of life, yet peaks when enrolled in an elementary or secondary educational institution. Over time, the question that has been posed is, “what can school districts do to prevent bullying?” Continue reading “Bullying and School Districts”

Court of Appeals Rules Plaintiff Can Be Granted Partial Summary Judgment, Regardless of Own Liability

On April 3, 2018, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that, in accordance with the CPLR, a plaintiff need not “demonstrate the absence of his comparative negligence to be entitled to partial summary judgment as to a defendant’s liability.” Continue reading “Court of Appeals Rules Plaintiff Can Be Granted Partial Summary Judgment, Regardless of Own Liability”

IG: Husband and Wife Fraudulently Collected Workers’ Compensation Benefits After Smashing Customer’s Car

The owner of a window tinting business in Rockland County, New York, and his wife were arrested for allegedly defrauding the state Workers’ Compensation system after his wife took out a customer’s car on a joyride, getting into an accident, then claiming the crash happened while she was working. Continue reading “IG: Husband and Wife Fraudulently Collected Workers’ Compensation Benefits After Smashing Customer’s Car”

Court of Appeals Rules: Specific Contract Language Governs Reinsurance Liability Cap

The issue that has recently plagued the insurance world is the question of whether New York State law requires in its insurance contracts a rule of construction or presumption regarding the contract’s liability limitations and caps on the reinsurance available to cover defense costs. Continue reading “Court of Appeals Rules: Specific Contract Language Governs Reinsurance Liability Cap”

Facebook Posts Can Serve as Important Information in Head Injury Case

The New York State Court of Appeals recently ruled that information from an injury victim’s private Facebook account can be treated as information used in a legal action and, as such, the victim may have to offer that information to the opposing party in court. Continue reading “Facebook Posts Can Serve as Important Information in Head Injury Case”

New York Court of Appeals Says No to Physician-Assisted Suicide

On September 7th, the New York State Court of Appeals determined that the New York State Constitution does not provide an individual the right to a physician-assisted suicide.  The decision restricts a mentally competent and terminally ill person from obtaining a prescription for a lethal dose of drugs from a physician intended to be taken to cause death. Continue reading “New York Court of Appeals Says No to Physician-Assisted Suicide”

First Department Finds Case Not Time-Barred Because of Continuous Treatment

In the case of Lewis v. Rutkovsky, the First Department was asked to review the continuous treatment doctrine as it applied to a patient who brought a lawsuit against her primary care physician.  The plaintiff alleged that her primary care physician failed to detect, diagnose, and treat her brain tumor.  As a result of the doctor’s failure to diagnose, the plaintiff underwent brain surgery that left her legally blind.  The First Department reviewed the continuous treatment doctrine in determining whether or not the lawsuit should be time-barred.

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Second Department Denies Facebook Evidence in Medical Malpractice Case

On April 26th, the Second Department decided that evidence from the defendant’s Facebook page was not admissible unless the person who discovered it was available to be deposed. The case involved a medical malpractice action against an orthopedist that was filed in 2004. During the discovery portion of the case, the plaintiff was deposed three times, after which the plaintiff filed a note of issue.

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Nassau Supreme Court Hears Case Regarding “Necessary Emergency Health Services”

The Nassau Supreme Court case involved an individual injured in an accident in which their blood-alcohol content was .15%. The toxicology report taken by the hospital also showed the individual had THC in her system at the time of admission to the hospital room. The Hospital submitted a bill for hospital services to the insurer in the amount of $43,212.59. After learning of the toxicology report, the insurer requested verification in the form of a breakdown of which hospital services constituted emergency health services.

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Court of Appeals Reviews New York ‘Scaffold Law’

A divided New York State Court of Appeals ruled 4-3 that New York’s “scaffold law” does not automatically make employers liable for injuries their workers suffer an on-the-job fall. The state’s highest court reversed the lower court’s summary judgment ruling in favor of a crane operator who fell down a temporary steel staircase at the World Trade Center Freedom Tower construction project in 2010. Continue reading “Court of Appeals Reviews New York ‘Scaffold Law’”