Areas of Practice
There are well over 5 million driving accidents that take place every year. Approximately 43,000 people are killed and some 2.9 million people are injured in motor vehicle collisions. They make up the highest percentage of negligence cases in the United States. Transportation accidents involve types of moving vehicles including:
- Motorcycles and mopeds
- Trucks, tractor trailers, vans, SUVs
- Buses and commuter vans
- Ambulances, police cars, fire and sanitation trucks
- Utility repair vehicles (TV, gas, electric, telephone)
- Bicycles and Segways
- Planes, helicopters
- Tractors, cranes and other construction vehicles
- Farm vehicles and riding equipment
- Boats, ferries and jet skis
- ATVs, RVs and other “”off road” vehicles
- Trains and trams
Accidents involving automobiles, trucks, buses, motorcycles, and other motor vehicles (i.e., construction equipment) that use our roads and highways make up the largest percentage of personal injury and wrongful death cases in American courts.
Our firm has successfully prosecuted hundreds of such cases and, as a result, we are prepared to investigate these cases quickly and to retain accident reconstruction experts whenever necessary.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile related accident, please contact us today.
Construction Accidents, in most states, especially in New York, occur despite the specific laws in place to protect construction workers. This is for two reasons; (1) construction work is extremely dangerous, and (2) workers are very often forced to work under unsafe conditions and without proper safety devices. Construction projects usually run on tight schedules. Delays cost money and, sometimes, safety precautions slow down the work or lower the profit margin. In any event, it is usually the worker who suffers because he needs his job and is no position to challenge his boss. The reality of the situation is that on many construction sites, the most dangerous work is done by men and women who labor in constant fear of losing their jobs if they complain about working conditions or the lack of proper safety equipment or procedures.
In order to give construction workers the “extraordinary” protection they are rightly entitled to, the New York Legislature has passed (and the courts have enforced) sections of the New York State Labor Law where property/building owners as well as their general contractors are “absolutely liable” for injuries or deaths to workers caused by a violation of one of those provisions. In fact, the worker, or his estate, can recover even if the worker was negligent, so long as he or she was not the “sole” cause of the accident or was a “recalcitrant worker,” who disregarded specific safety instructions or procedures or refused to use available safety devices.
The types of construction accidents most commonly associated with “absolute liability” under the Labor Law involve:
- Scaffolds of all types, sizes and heights
- Ladders of all kinds
- Cranes, hoists and pulleys
- Falling objects
- Safety devices that fail
- Excavation work
- Blasting or the use of explosives for demolition
- Objects falling through unguarded shaftways or other unprotected openings
- Falls from rooftops, through skylights, through unguarded openings or shaftways
- Window washing accidents
- Demolition work
- Various types of collapses
- Failure to provide a “safe place to work”
- Defective safety devices (broken or improperly placed ladders, scaffolds)
- Missing safety devices (nets, safety harnesses, safety railings)
- Improper safety devices
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction related accident, please contact us today.
Slip & Fall Accidents
“Slip and Fall” simply put, refers to any accident occurring on property. Every year, close to 30,000 deaths in the United States are caused by household accidents alone. This amounts to a death every 18 minutes. However, there is also one disabling injury every four seconds as a result of household mishaps. These statistics are an indication of how dangerous even familiar surroundings can be. Broken steps, torn carpeting, poor lighting, slippery floors, falling ceilings, mis-leveling elevators, overcrowding, and other hazards are far more common than the average person even imagines. While not as numerous as transportation-related accidents, thousands of premises liability (Slip and Fall ) cases are brought in NYC involving the following:
Typical Locations for Slip and Fall Accidents
- Private homes, apartment buildings and other dwellings
- Shopping malls and stores
- Commercial (office) buildings
- Garages and parking lots
- Theatres of all kinds
- Sports stadiums and arenas
- Swimming pools
- Abandoned property
- Inadequate security
- Restaurants, bars and nightclubs
- Stairways, ramps and driveways
- Elevators and escalators
Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident (premises related accident) , please contact us today for Devon Reiff, NYC slip and fall accident lawyer.
Municipal Employee Liability
Municipal Employee Liability
Municipal Employee Liability refers to any type of government entity or agency that can be sued for the negligence of its employees (police officers, firemen, teachers, EMTs, etc.), accidents on its property (parks, courthouses, housing developments, etc.), or involving any of its vehicles (police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, buses, subways, etc.).
Municipal employees include:
- Police officers
- Public School Teachers
- Sanitation department employees
- Parks department employees
- Emergency medical technicians (EMTs)
- Department of transportation employees
- Zoo employees
- Museum employees
- Traffic agents
If you or a loved one has been injured by the negligence of a municipal employee, please contact us today.
Negligence & Wrongful Death
Negligence and Wrongful Death
In New York City, negligence is the general and broadest category into which most personal injury cases fall. Simply stated, all “negligence” cases involve injuries (to a person or property) that come about through the carelessness or neglect of a third party. If the negligent party owed a “duty” of reasonable care to the injured person, any conduct that falls short of that standard may result in compensatory damages being awarded to the injured party by a court, a jury, or in a settlement.
Since only a small percentage of personal injury and wrongful death cases are based on intentional acts of third parties, the vast majority of cases where someone sues for damages resulting from injuries to themselves or a relative or as a result of the death of a loved one are based on one of the many types of negligence recognized by the law, and required a skilled negligence lawyer.
Negligence cases seek to make a “plaintiff” whole for his or her injuries by awarding money damages for past and future; (1) pain and suffering, (2) lost earnings, (3) medical expenses, and (4) provable damages caused by those injuries. Of course, no amount of money can ever make a person “whole” once they have suffered a serious injury and a damage award or settlement is truly a poor substitute for such things as the loss of a leg, blindness, paralysis, disfiguring burns, or brain damage. However, monetary compensation is designed to allow injured parties to resume their lives with some measure of sameness while also recognizing they have suffered the “loss of enjoyment of life” to some extent or another.
In a wrongful death case, the law seeks to award damages to the estate of the person who died by attempting to approximate the “pecuniary loss to the distributees.” In plain language, this means the amount of money (from the date of death) lost by the people the law recognizes as members of the “estate” of the deceased person. Accordingly, wives, husbands, children, parents, etc. may all be entitled to share in the estate based on the proof of how much the death of the person deprived them of in the future. Again, the award or settlement can never be exact or truly represent what has been lost in terms of a parent, child, husband or wife but it is the law’s attempt to allow the remaining dependants to live their lives with as little disruption as possible.
Since each of our clients has only one chance to secure a settlement or verdict which will be their full compensation, it is always our goal to obtain the maximum amount possible in every case. Mr. Reiff is committed to this goal and that’s the reason why our motto is, “When it’s serious, we’re here…”
While every other type of personal injury or property damage litigation is based on unintentional or negligent acts by a third-party, there are many situations where the responsible party actually intended to commit the act that injured or killed the plaintiff. Those situations of intentional injuries are more commonly referred to in litigation as “intentional torts.” The law has very different rules for plaintiffs to follow when an intentional act caused their damages. Types of intentional torts include:
- Battery: Intentionally touching of a person, without consent, causing injury. Sexual battery, or rape are the most common
- Assault: Intentionally putting a person in fear of a battery (no touching required)
- Unlawful Imprisonment: Intentionally and wrongfully depriving someone of their freedom
- Malicious Prosecution: Intentionally and wrongfully pursuing a criminal action
- Libel: Damaging defamatory remarks that are written
- Slander: Damaging defamatory remarks that are spoken
- Intentional Infliction or Emotional Distress: Purposely causing psychological harm to a person
If you or a loved one has been injured by intentional abuse of any kind, please contact us today.
Devon Reiff on “Ask The Lawyerz”
On July 6, 2016 Devon Reiff was the special guest on “Ask The Lawyerz” a new webinar hosted by Dan Abrams on LawNewz.com featuring “the nation’s top legal experts tackling your legal questions.”
Devon Reiff is part of SuperLawyers 2017, the 12th consecutive year he was bestowed this prestigious ranking. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected through a rigorous system of balloting, peer evaluation and internal research. The distinction of being named a New York Super Lawyer is reserved for the top five percent of New York lawyers.