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Personal Injury

What are the ‘fatal four’ causes of construction site accidents?

One of the pillars of the economy in New York is the ongoing construction of roads, homes and buildings. Those who work in the construction industry face many dangers, including the threat of on-the-job injuries. Sometimes these injuries lead to fatalities that leave the victim’s loved ones not only with emotional losses but also financial damages in the form of medical expenses incurred prior to death, lost wages and lost companionship. It is important to understand the basics of fatal construction injuries. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has identified what it...

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Hurt by a defective product? You deserve support

When a product is defective and causes injuries to yourself or others, you have every right to ask that the designer, manufacturer or seller is held responsible. For example, if you buy a bicycle from a local shop and are told it's new, you would be shocked if the middle bars snapped from rust. You could be thrown, cut and badly injured by that kind of defect, and you would deserve the right to file a complaint and to seek compensation. No matter what kind of item is defective, you can seek compensation if you're hurt. From medications that were not manufactured properly to toys for children...

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Do you need surgery for a broken hand?

One personal injury that is a shock to those who suffer from it is a broken hand. Broken hands can range from having a single broken bone to having several shattered bones throughout. Hand breaks usually do require a visit to the doctor or the hospital. In some cases, you may need surgery to secure the bones. In other cases, splints might be used to reduce the likelihood of further damage and movement. Hand injuries can be handicapping. There is a real potential that your hand may not work the same as it used to as a result of a break. Another serious risk is that an infection could take...

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Woman sues New York police after falling in a haunted house

Injuries can happen anywhere, even when you go to a haunted house. Not surprisingly, Halloween is a fun time of year with lots of exciting haunted houses to go to in the Bronx and beyond. Unfortunately, they aren't always safe. Take, for example, this case involving a mother from the Bronx who is now suing the New York Police Department after breaking her ankle in the precinct's haunted house. It is her claim that an officer jumped out to scare her and knocked her down, leaving her with a broken ankle as a result. The woman claims that she was visiting the 41st station house with her...

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What are 3 tips for better pedestrian safety in construction?

You live in New York, which means that you're likely to come across a construction zone at one time or another. It might be in the way on your morning commute or blocking the path to your favorite coffee shop. If you do need to be around a construction site, there are some safety tips you should remember as a pedestrian. Here are three that can help keep you safe. 1. Don't hang around in a construction zone The first tip is to make sure you move through the area quickly. Sometimes, younger teens and adults think it's fun to go into construction sites when workers aren't present. This is...

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Don’t forget the risk of a delayed-onset injury

Of the injuries you can suffer in a crash, one of the most unusual is the delayed injury. Delayed-onset injuries are special since they can take many hours or days to emerge. From slow bleeds to pain from broken bones or other significant injuries, delayed injuries can take many forms. At the scene of a car accident, you're in shock. You've been through a traumatic event, and you may not be thinking straight. Though you feel fine, the reality is that adrenaline is coursing through your veins. Adrenaline and other chemicals are released by your body to help you stay alert and active in a time...

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Do women have access to good personal protective equipment?

New York City's construction field is strong, and it has begun to pull in more female contractors. As a female in a primarily male field, you already have some interesting challenges. A more important challenge to address is the need for specialized safety equipment. As a female who may be asked to perform the same tasks as men, people may believe that you can use the same safety equipment. That's not necessarily the truth. You may need to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) that fits you correctly, or you could face the dire consequences of using ill-fitted gear. What happens when...

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Construction is dangerous: Be cautious, alert and safe

The construction industry is not very safe, even though many steps have been taken to make it safer over time. People who work in this industry find that they're exposed to a greater number of hazards, which can mean that they're put at risk of injuries more often. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that over 9 percent of 3.3 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses were suffered by people in the construction industry. Many of these injuries were due to falls, falling objects, equipment-related accidents and repetitive-motion injuries. As the summer approaches, one...

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A fight with a bouncer can lead to a personal injury claim

You love going out to dance with friends, and you often go to local bars and nightclubs to do so. Last week, you and a friend went to a local nightclub to meet up with some people you were acquainted with. During the visit, a small fight broke out between some other people who were there. Trying to be helpful, you and your friend stepped in to break up the fight. By then, it was too late because the bouncers got involved. You tried to explain that you were also trying to help break up the fight, but you ended up getting thrown out after having the bouncer throw, and land, a punch. You...

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Damages you can seek in a personal injury claim

Suffering an injury in any type of accident (construction, motor vehicle, violent attacks, etc) can change your life forever. You might not be able to return to work or school. You might not be able to care for yourself anymore. You also might need a lot of medical care in order to recover from said injury. Today, we will take a look at the damages you can seek in a personal injury claim. Any victim of a personal injury accident is entitled to file a claim for lost wages, both current and future. You will need to provide your current employment information, including salary and other data to...

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