New York Uber Lawsuit Filed by Sexual Assault Victim

Uber Passenger’s Sexual Assault Leads to New York Lawsuit Against Uber

Uber is no stranger to controversies related to sexual assault. Last year, after growing pressure, Uber acknowledged that in 2017 and 2018, approximately 6,000 people in the US filed sexual assault reports with the rideshare giant.

On September 28, 2020, an unnamed woman filed a lawsuit against Uber in New York. This lawsuit against Uber, like more than 200 others filed in a variety of states, alleges Uber failed to prevent the sexual assault of a passenger by an Uber driver.

The complaint filed in New York Supreme Court contains scathing allegations against Uber’s policies and practices, claiming the rideshare company has been negligent and deceptive, putting passengers at risk.

New York Lawsuit Against Uber Claims They Failed to Screen and Monitor Drivers

Tyler Sonnemaker, writing for Business Insider, reported on some of the lawsuit’s details. The complaint alleges that Uber’s negligent monitoring and supervising of drivers’ interactions with passengers resulted in the victim’s sexual assault by an Uber driver in New York in 2018. The complaint also alleges that Uber’s failure to adequately screen its drivers was a factor that contributed to injuries.

The complaint further claims that Uber has taken systemic steps to hide a “clear pattern” of sexual assault committed by its drivers. Court documents allege that Uber has deceptively promised and marketed safe rides, especially for women, despite the thousands of assaults on record. The lawsuit also claims that with full knowledge of the potential dangers to riders, Uber has taken no steps to protect the safety of its passengers. The complaint states,

“Despite providing minimal background checks and no oversight or monitoring of its drivers, Uber nonetheless affirmatively induces passengers, particularly young, unaccompanied, vulnerable women, to use its services with the false expectation of safety.”

Uber Lawsuit Alleges Uber Knew There Was a Sexual Assault Problem

Uber has a controversial history when it comes to sexual assault reports.

Before 2018 Uber forced passengers to pursue sexual assault cases through arbitration instead of seeking relief in court. Victims of Uber sexual assaults were also allegedly coerced into signing non-disclosure agreements, preventing Uber sexual assault survivors from discussing their experiences.

It was only after pressure that Uber acknowledged the receipt of thousands of sexual assault reports from Uber passengers. The reports made in 2017 and 2018 were finally disclosed to the public in 2019.

Victim of Sexual Assault By Uber Driver in New York Seeks Compensation

It is not unusual for employers to be held liable when their workers cause trouble. For example, a nursing home might be liable when an aide abuses a nursing home resident, or a trucking company might be liable when a driver causes an accident. A business can be held liable when one of its employees harasses or sexually assaults a customer.

Liability in this context is often due to negligent hiring or negligent supervision. In the case of an Uber sexual assault victim, or victims of other injuries caused by Uber drivers, these are some questions that might be considered:

  • Did Uber conduct a background check?
  • Did the Uber driver have a history of sexual assault?
  • Did Uber know about the history of sexual assault?
  • Did Uber negligently hire the driver?
  • Did Uber have a responsibility to protect the passenger?
  • Should Uber have known that passengers could be in danger?
  • Did Uber negligently supervise the driver?
  • Could Uber have done something reasonable to make it safer for the sexual assault victim?

In this Uber sexual assault lawsuit, the victim has asked a jury to award “compensatory and statutory damages from Uber for all physical and economic harm she suffered as a result of its negligence.”

It is possible this Uber will settle this and the hundreds of other sexual assault lawsuits before juries get to determine whether or not the company was negligent. It should be noted that according to Business Insider, Uber declined to comment on the writer’s request for a comment regarding the sexual assault litigation.

Contact Our New York Rideshare Injury Lawyers at Alonso Krangle

If you were injured in an Uber accident or were the victim of an Uber sexual assault, please call our Uber injury lawyers for help.

We provide free case evaluations with no obligation—Call 800-403-6191 or 516-350-5555 to speak with our New York rideshare injury lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP.

 

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Alonso Krangle, LLP, Shares Child Safety Tips For the Winter

At Alonso Krangle, LLP, We Want Your Children To Be Safe During The Winter

The winter season is upon us, and with it might come spending time with family, presents for the kids, and festive decorations inside and outside the house. We want the holidays to be special and the winter to be fun. For many, it is a season we look forward to all year long.

At Alonso Krangle, LLP, our personal injury lawyers want your winter to be filled with joy. For this reason, we want to remind you that safety is an important factor in the memories you will be making this year.

The unfortunate truth is that some of the most cherished aspects of the winter can cause injuries to children. Annually, thousands of children get treatment in emergency rooms for injuries that are related to defective or dangerous toys, broken or defective holiday decorations, fires, sports injuries, and burns. While these injuries can occur at any time during the year, the danger can increase during the winter months.

We want you and your families to be safe this season.

Here are some tips to help ensure your winter activities are happy and healthy.

  • Consider the age and developmental skills of children when choosing toys for them to play with. If you engage in family games and activities, don’t forget that everyone might not be the same age. Plan accordingly.
  • Be especially aware of toys and gifts with small pieces like buttons, batteries, or other little parts. Even if toys are age-appropriate, consider any small children in the home who can possibly choke on little pieces.
  • Do not leave children alone in any room with lit candles, matches, lighters, space heaters, fireplaces, or any open flame.
  • Avoid overloading outlets. With so many activities taking place indoors, use power strips with built-in circuit breakers. Keep electrical cords and hanging cords out of the way to avoid trip and fall accidents and asphyxiation/hanging injuries. Use outlet safety covers.
  • Do not leave children unattended with glasses or open bottles of alcohol. Clean up drinks quickly. Even small amounts of alcohol can severely harm a small child.
  • Make sure your holiday decorations are put away and are out of reach of young children. The Mayo Clinic reminds parents that “Any object small enough to fit through a toilet paper tube can obstruct the airway of a child.” Keep this in mind at all times.
  • Keep poisonous plants out of reach from children and pets. Don’t keep mistletoe, poinsettias, and holly berries around after the holidays.
  • Make sure your children are dressed for the weather if you are going out to play. Cover your kids’ hands, feet, and head. If you are going sledding, ice-skating, snowboarding, or skiing, make sure everyone wears proper safety gear like helmets.
  • Never leave children unattended in the kitchen.

At Alonso Krangle, LLP, it is our sincere hope that you and your children remain safe and injury-free this holiday season and always. But, as we all know, accidents can happen.

If you or someone you love is injured this holiday season, call our experienced New York personal injury lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP. You can reach our child injury lawyers at 516-350-5555 or 800-403-6191.

 

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Paragard IUD – Do You Have a Claim?

Paragard IUD Claims – Alonso Krangle, LLP is Reviewing Claims By Women Injured by the IUD

Paragard is now a well-known medical device that is the subject of litigation and controversy. If you have received a Paragard copper IUD implant and suffered injuries, call our experienced dangerous medical device lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP.

We are reviewing claims for women who have had complications and surgery because of Paragard to determine if they are eligible to seek compensation from the makers of this defective device.

Paragard is The First Approved Non-Hormonal IUD

Paragard is an IUD – intrauterine device- designed to prevent pregnancy. It is marketed as safe and effective to use as birth control for years and designed to be removed when the patient no longer wants it.

Paragard is the first non-hormonal IUD, something that makes it very attractive to many of its users. Paragard is made from copper. The copper makes the uterus inhospitable to fertilization, preventing unintended pregnancy.

The Paragard IUD Can Cause Injuries to Women, Lawsuits Claim

Women across the country, however, claim that the Paragard IUD implant has caused more harm than good and that Teva Pharmaceuticals, its maker, owes them compensation for their injuries caused by the IUD.

Many of these injured victims have filed lawsuits alleging that the Paragard IUD can migrate or break upon removal, resulting in severe injuries to the uterus and nearby organs. In many of these cases, surgery was required to both repair the damage caused by the IUD, to remove broken pieces or to remove the entire IUD.

How Do You Know if You Can File a Paragard IUD Claim for Damages?

Speaking with our experienced medical device lawyers is a good first step to determine if you might have a claim. We have seen thousands of cases in which women and men have been injured by defective medical devices. If you have been injured by a medical device, you are not alone.

There are a few steps you can take to ensure you have information that can help with the legal review and claim process.

Get The Operative Report

Obtain your operative report to confirm that you have a Paragard IUD implant. There are many different IUDs on the market. Be sure yours is the brand you believe it to be.

Ask your doctor for the operative report to learn the specific make, model and serial number of your IUD implant to be certain you received what you believe you did.

Your report should have a sticker that came on the box with your IUD. It should give all the information about your IUD and confirm that it was a Paragard IUD. If you cannot get this information, seek help from our lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP.

Identify the Nature of Your Injury

You will need to identify your injury. How did the Paragard IUD harm you? Despite being marketed as safe and effective, lawsuits claim it can cause serious complications and injuries to unsuspecting women.

Some women claim the Paragard IUD can migrate away from the implant site and embed in other parts of the uterus and body.

Others allege that the Paragard IUD can break and perforate or tear nearby tissue and organs. This can make the device impossible to retrieve without surgery. Surgery can also be necessary to repair the damage it causes to vital organs.

There are also women who have reported needing to have hysterectomies because of Paragard IUD injuries. It may also be linked to ectopic pregnancies, which can be extremely dangerous to women and can cause permanent infertility.

Ask for your medical records to obtain additional details about complications, injuries, and any treatment you received because of your IUD.

Contact Our Lawyers to Determine Your Eligibility for a Paragard Claim

If you think you are eligible to file a claim because of injuries from a Paragard IUD, call our dangerous medical device lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP.

You want to ensure that you hire experienced, knowledgeable lawyers who understand the complexities of medical device cases. Alonso Krangle, LLP has those lawyers.

You can call at any step in the process to determine if you qualify to file a Paragard IUD lawsuit. There are time limits to file claims, and you don’t want to miss your window. Call our experienced dangerous medical device lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP today at 800-403-6191 to find out if you can file a claim for compensation against the makers of the Paragard IUD.

Nursing Home Neglect Deaths Increase in the Wake of Pandemic

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Nursing Home Neglect Has Caused “Excess” Deaths Since the Start of the Pandemic

In a recent article, Fox News reported that it is not just Covid-19 that has resulted in an alarming number of deaths in nursing homes.

The piece published November 19, 2020, claims that one nursing home expert analyzed data from 15,000 US facilities. This expert estimates that for “every two COVID-19 victims in long-term care, there is another who died prematurely of other causes. Those “excess deaths” beyond the normal rate of fatalities in nursing homes could total more than 40,000 since March.”

The number of “extra” nursing home deaths not related to COVID is approximately 15% more than what is considered normal.

Many of these deaths, according to this article, might be the result of nursing home neglect. The increased rate of non-Covid-19 patient deaths in a given nursing home may be directly related to the number of Covid-19 positive cases it experienced.

Daughter Attributes Mother’s Death in Nursing Home to Neglect

On Long Island, at Gurwin Jewish Nursing Home, 59 residents have died from Covid-19. Carolyn Best, whose mother was a resident there, never got Covid-19. She did, however, die from what Best strongly believes was nursing home neglect. While the staff was caring for Covid-19 patients, her mother was dying.

Best noticed her mother looked terrible over a FaceTime call and was surprised. Until the pandemic arrived, she had been receiving excellent care. Now, her mother’s eyes were closed, and she was moaning. Best said her hands were flailing, and she kept repeating the word, “no.”
It was then that Best insisted the doctor check on her mother.

The doctor called Best, who remembers her saying in a manner she described as “frantically,” “The COVID is everywhere,” “It’s in every unit. The doctors have it, the nurses have it, and your mother may have it.”

Best’s mother did not have Covid-19. But she was dead three weeks later from dehydration. Amidst all of the chaos, people calling in sick, and residents battling Covid-19, no one made sure she was drinking.

Stories of Severe Nursing Home Neglect Are Being Reported

This story is one of too many that have emerged since nursing homes closed their doors to visitors at the start of the pandemic. Families across the country have revealed horrifying situations in which their loved ones suffered needlessly in days and weeks, leading to their avoidable deaths. Unchanged diapers, uncut fingernails, infected bedsores, and unwashed bodies and linens are part of many reports.

Lack of supervision has been reported as well. Some families claim that their loved ones died because no one was paying attention to them. At least one person alleges that her father died while choking during an unsupervised meal. Others report loved ones dying from dehydration, malnourishment, untreated infections, and wasting. Nursing homes often suffer from short-staffing and negligent supervision.

Covid-19 appears to have worsened an existing problem.

It has often been the task of visitors, family members, inspectors, and volunteers to ensure nursing home residents are receiving proper care and attention. They are often the ones to report abuse and neglect and fill in the holes where nursing home care fails to follow through. With doors closed to the outside world, it has become apparent just how large a role these outsiders might play in caring for nursing home residents.

What Happens When Nursing Home Neglect Causes Injuries or Death?

Families of residents who experience injuries or death for nursing home neglect might be able to collect damages by filing a lawsuit against the nursing home. Proving nursing home neglect usually involves demonstrating that an employee, administrator, or owner of the nursing home failed to provide reasonable care to the victim of neglect.

Some states have recently enacted laws to limit the ability to file lawsuits against nursing homes during the pandemic. However, it is important to speak with lawyers who can tell you what your options are. You don’t want to forfeit any legal right you might have to hold the nursing home accountable for your loved one’s injuries or death.

Call Our Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers At Alonso Krangle, LLP.

If you have a loved one who died or suffered because of nursing home neglect, please call our lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP. Our lawyers have experience representing victims of nursing home neglect and can ensure that your legal rights are protected. Call us at 800-403-6191 or 516-350-5555 to schedule a free evaluation of your nursing home neglect case.

 

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