Friedman & Simon - April 2020

Over the years, our firm has represented thousands of injured clients throughout Long Island and New York City. Many of our clients have been commuters who live on Long Island and work in the city. Getting around the city can be challenging for these commuters. Every day, they brave subway lines, traffic, and crowded sidewalks, and we feel strongly that they should not have to risk injury to do so. Those moving around New York City should consider the following safety and practical concerns. SUBWAY INJURIES With faulty escalators, damaged subway car doors, broken platforms, and unreliable stairs, plenty can go wrong in an underground terminal. Factor in other areas of inadequate facility maintenance and fatigued operators, and it’s obvious the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) can potentially be held liable in many ways for negligence leading to bodily harm. Depending on the specifics of an accident, holding the MTA responsible can be complex. For example, in cases where someone is struck by a subway car, a thorough knowledge of the dynamics of such an accident (e.g., the subway car’s speed, time, and distance characteristics in the moments leading up to the accident and the procedures taken or not taken to avoid the impact) is critically important. As with municipal and public authority cases in general, a claimant must serve a notice of claim within 90 days of the accident and attend a hearing before a lawsuit is commenced. These requirements don’t apply to cases with private parties (for example, a case against WHEN THE CITY OF NEW YORK OR OTHER PUBLIC AGENCY CAUSES YOU TO BE INJURED

a private bus company), and since they give the municipal/public authority multiple opportunities to interrogate the claimant, it is best to have skilled legal counsel guiding the injured claimant. BUS INJURIES Holding the MTA accountable for injuries sustained

due to poor maintenance or negligent operation of a city bus can be just as fraught with potential obstacles as subway lawsuits. On top of the added filing requirements detailed above, bus accidents have the potential to involve many at-fault parties. For example, it is possible the manufacturer of the bus may have liability for the accident. Maybe other passengers distracted the driver, or maybe a third party outside the bus caused the accident. Thorough investigation of such variables is the foundation of a properly prepared lawsuit. PEDESTRIAN INJURIES With over 12,000 miles of sidewalk in this city, not every inch of pavement is going to be perfect. Potholes, cracked or uncovered manholes, and unmarked areas of maintenance can all lead to disastrous injuries. Claims of liability for falls on broken sidewalks can have very different outcomes depending upon whether a private person or business is legally responsible or if the city is legally responsible. As a local firm with decades of experience litigating these complex municipal cases, we know the unique challenges they present. If you or someone you care about has been hurt using public transportation or by falling anywhere in New York City, they may have a case. Let them know they can reach us at 516-800-8000.

Easy Deviled Eggs


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While the kids hunt for Easter eggs in the yard, whip up this easy deviled egg recipe for a hearty snack that’s sure to satisfy any craving.


• 1/2 cup mayonnaise • 2 tbsp milk • 1 tsp dried parsley flakes • 1/2 tsp dill weed • 1/2 tsp fresh chives, minced • 1/2 tsp ground mustard

• Salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper, to taste • 12 large eggs, hard-boiled • Fresh parsley, minced, and paprika for garnish


1. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, milk, parsley flakes, dill, chives, mustard, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper. Mix well and set aside. 2. Cut eggs lengthwise and remove yolks carefully to preserve egg whites. 3. In a small bowl, mash yolks. 4. Mix mashed yolks with mayonnaise mixture. 5. Spoon or pipe the mixture back into the egg whites. 6. Garnish with fresh parsley and paprika. Refrigerate before serving.



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