Year: 2017

Greenberg Minasian, LLC Announce $990,000 Personal Injury Settlement

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Greenberg Minasian, LLC, a personal injury law firm located in Essex County, New Jersey, has announced a settlement case of $990,000 stemming from catastrophic injuries sustained by its client at a construction jobsite.

The accident, which occurred in early 2012, resulted in the client’s inability to return to work, as well as the inability to continue multiple outdoor activities that were previously enjoyed.

“We’re pleased by the resolution of this case,” said Larry Minasian, attorney and partner at Greenberg Minasian, LLC.

“Our client suffered serious injuries, which resulted in a diminished quality of life and a substantial reduction in income. The proceeds from this case will help compensate for those losses,” he added.

On the day of the accident, the client lost his footing on an unstable work ramp, causing him to fall backwards, striking his head and neck. The impact resulted in significant injuries that required multiple surgeries, including a cervical fusion. The fall also resulted in neural motor and sensory issues of the wrists.

The settlement is yet another another successful outcome for the firm, which has earned a reputation for high value settlements and verdicts for its clients, including a $17 million verdict in 2014 (Baker v. New Jersey Transit).

Based in West Orange, Greenberg Minasian represents clients who have been seriously injured as the result of negligence by others. The firm handles cases in West Orange, Jersey City, Newark, Essex County and all surrounding areas.

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Charter Bus Driver In Deadly Queens Crash Had Previous Conviction

The charter bus driver involved in this past Monday’s fatal bus crash in Queens should have been prohibited from driving buses in New York due to a previous Operating Under the Influence (OUI) conviction in Connecticut.

Raymond Mong was charged with drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident in a 2015 incident. He, along with 2 others, were tragically killed this past Monday when his speeding tour bus plowed into an MTA bus.

Anyone convicted of leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in injuries is barred in New York from driving a bus for five years.

Questions also have been raised as to how Mong was able to remain employed as a bus driver when he was previously required by the courts to use a breathalizer device to start his private car.

The investigation to the Queens crash is still ongoing and results of a toxicology test on Mong have yet to be released.


Recent Railway Accidents Cited as Need for Sleep Apnea Testing

By AnnDenn (Self-photographed) [Public Domain]
Earlier this week, several congressional officials in both New Jersey and New York asked the US Department of Transportation to reconsider its decision to discontinue testing of train and truck operators for sleep apnea.

The proposed reinstatement stems from recent fatal crashes at the Hoboken Terminal and the Metro-North in the Bronx where both engineers were later diagnosed with sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or periods of shallow breathing during sleep. The condition causes drowsiness and fatigue during the day, which can result in loss of concentration and accidents by those operating heavy machinery.

In their letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the senators called the proposed screening rule “a modest, common-sense approach to combating fatigue on our roads and rails.”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been screening pilots for sleep apnea since 2015 and with their call for a reinstatement in testing, congressional officials are seeking to avoid any additional tragic railway incidents in the future.

Read the full story here.