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This blog by the six-time published author Jonathan Cooper, is intended to educate the general public about issues of interest, particularly innovations and changes in the law, in the areas of non-compete agreements, breach of contract matters, school negligence (and/or negligent supervision), construction accidentsslip and/or trip and fall accidentsauto accidents, and, of course, defective or dangerous products

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2/6/2010
Jonathan Cooper
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Foster Parents Cannot Be Sued For Negligent Supervision By Their Kids, NY Court Holds

In a case of first impression that was handed down on February 2, 2010, New York's Appellate Division, Second Department held that foster parents, just like biological parents, cannot be sued by their children on a negligent supervision theory. For additional information on negligent supervision claims, and other legal issues pertaining to child safety, please visit www.JonathanCooperLaw.com, or contact Long Island, New York child accident attorney Jonathan Cooper directly at 516.791.5700.

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6/5/2009
Jonathan Cooper
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Sometimes those of us who litigate and try cases for a living, whether in the context of small business litigation, personal injury or defective products lawsuits,  tend to get "tunnel vision," and fail to see the forest for the trees. That's why an otherwise unremarkable jury verdict out of the Federal Court in Brooklyn, New York is important: it is a potent reminder to trial lawyers everywhere to remain mindful of the credibility of your witnesses in evaluating the viability and value your case.

In this particular case, there was a stark factual discrepancy between the plaintiff, who alleged that he was pushed off the roof of a 3 story apartment building by a police officer that was chasing him, and the police officer's claim that the plaintiff was in the process of running away from the police when the plaintiff lost his grip on the roof's ledge.

The jury sided with the plaintiff, finding more credible the claim by plaintiff. I suspect that the reason they bought plaintiff's version of events is because he conceded that the police officer did not intend to push him off the roof; according to the plaintiff, the police officer merely intended to push him off of a short 2 foot high paparet wall. And by conceding that small point, or "giving a little," he got a lot: the jury awarded him $4.6 million in damages for his personal injuries, which were quite severe: a fractured spine which resulted in paralysis.

 



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5/22/2009
Jonathan Cooper
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Earlier today, an upper school picture shoot went terribly awry when the grating covering a cellar window by Brooklyn private girls school Shaarei Torah collapsed, causing several girls to fall down a 15 foot shaft, and sustain personal injuries including possible fractures. Volunteer EMS organization Hatzolah, as well as NYPD and Fire Department immediately responded to the accident scene, which was located at the intersection of Ocean Parkway and Church Avenue, and took the injured students to several different local area hospitals including Methodist Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center and Lutheran Hospital.

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2/23/2009
Jonathan Cooper
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Play At Your Own Risk: A Valid Legal Concept Under New York Law?

In this article, published author and Long Island, New York child accident and personal injury lawyer Jonathan Cooper discusses whether those signs declaring 'play at your own risk' have any validity under New York law. For additional information on how accident cases are generally evaluated and handled in New York, you can order a FREE copy of Jonathan Cooper's book Why Most Accident Victims Do Not Recover the Full Value of Their Claim by filling out the contact form at www.TheNewYorkAccidentBook.com or at his website at www.JonathanCooperLaw.com.

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