Some industries are inherently dangerous. But no industry should be so dangerous that individuals die in service of it. Unfortunately, Americans perish too often as a result of construction accidents, maritime accidents, commercial carrier accidents and other workplace perils. However, the Labor Department recently announced that fewer American workers perished in 2011 than in 2010. It is up to employees and employers to help ensure that this trend continues.
While insuring the health and safety of their children is always in the forefront of every parent's mind, most parents don't think too much about the legal issues surrounding child injuries. The personal injuries that children suffer run the gamut in terms of both type and seriousness, but at some point most children are bound to suffer some kind of injury no matter what their caretakers do to try to prevent that from happening. Knowing your child's legal rights and the best path to take following a personal injury is of the utmost importance in obtaining justice and a large personal injury settlement for you and your family, so here is a primer meant to familiarize parents with the basics.
The roads of New York City have never been as crowded as they are right now. The rapidly growing number of cyclists in Manhattan and Brooklyn has greatly contributed to this congestion, and in order to make the roads safer the New York Police Department launched a new program earlier this month that will help track and better understand accidents between cyclists and pedestrians. The NYPD’s new bike tracking system will track the continually growing number of accidents between bikers and pedestrians by requiring city residents to report bicycle accidents to the NYPD and fill out the same form that they use for other motor vehicle accidents.
Two elevator-related deaths in the past 5 months prompted the New York City Council to hold an oversight hearing on elevator safety - the first since 2003 - and the response couldn’t have been stronger: New York City residents packed the hearing room and the overflow room in order to participate. The jarring wrongful deaths of Suzanne Hart and Ed Bradley in fatal elevator accidents has alarmed many of the people who rely on New York City’s 60,000 elevators, and the two new elevator safety bills proposed by the council are attracting much more attention than they would have under normal circumstances.
Even though construction has resumed following a deadly crane accident that left a 30-year-old worker from New Jersey dead and three of his fellow workers with severe personal injuries, questions still persist about exactly what went wrong. The NYC Department of Buildings announced last week that engineers found defects in the hoisting system of the crane that crashed on the night of Tuesday, April 3rd. That fatal construction accident at the construction site of the 7 Train extension, located on 11th Avenue and 34th Street on the West Side of Manhattan, caused the wrongful death of the aforementioned construction worker, and the ongoing investigation is examining whether the crane was properly maintained.
While Apple has received much recognition for the all-glass exteriors that make their stores stand out from the rest, that distinctive design has a downside too, because it has now resulted in a premises liability lawsuit. Evelyn Paswall, a New York City grandmother, is suing the Calif.-based company for $1 million after she walked into the glass door at one of Apple’s Long Island locations and broke her nose. The 83-year-old was returning an iPhone at the company’s Manhasset store on Dec. 13, 2011, when she suffered the personal injury.
The family of a New York City construction worker killed in a construction accident that may have been the result of labor law violations has hired a New York City lawyer after identifying his battered body on Saturday. “The family wants accountability, they want answers, and they want it done publicly,” said the family’s attorney. Juan Ruiz, a 69-year-old construction worker, died Thursday when the Columbia University-owned warehouse on 131st Street he was working on collapsed, and a wrongful death lawsuit is very likely to follow. Columbia is in the midst of building a $6.4 billion new campus in the Manhattanville neighborhood of New York City.
In the heat of the moment it can be very difficult to take the best course of action after getting into a car accident, especially on the busy streets of New York City. Motor vehicle accidents are always a surprise, and even if no one is harmed, knowing what to do in order to minimize your personal injuries and the personal injuries of other people involved in the accident. If you're involved in a car accident in New York City, here are the key steps to remember.
In the latest of a series of recent motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians in New York City, two people were hospitalized Monday afternoon after a cab jumped a curb on a busy Midtown sidewalk before slamming into a Duane Reade, fire officials said. The taxi crashed into a pedestrian at 43rd Street and Third Avenue and then into the drug store about 1:13 p.m. on Monday afternoon, according to the fire department. In light of the fact that a recent study found that New York City cab drivers average around 70 hours of work per week, it’s no wonder that motor vehicle accidents like this are becoming more frequent.
In a dangerous construction accident in New York City, a construction worker was working in a trench on an East Harlem construction site when the trench collapsed, burying him up to his waist in dirt. First responders and the FDNY worked for about an hour before they successfully rescued the 30-year-old construction worker from the accident, but he still suffered personal injuries as a result of the accident. To make matters worse, there were numerous labor law violations, because the construction site did not have a permit for work, nor did it have any of the required safety precautions necessary for the job.