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These 3 work zone hazards affect pedestrians and workers

There are many kinds of accidents that can happen on construction sites, which is why people should not be on a construction site without permission. Sometimes, especially in New York, you may have to walk through an area that is under construction. Doing that, you could be exposed to many of the hazards that workers face. You could also be an independent contractor working for a company and end up suffering an injury, which then requires you to make a personal injury claim instead of workers’ compensation…

What should you do if you’re hit by falling debris?

There are many different reasons that someone could get hurt while working on a construction site. From falling from scaffolding to getting hit by a falling object, there are various accidents that could happen. While construction workers have protections like hardhats and safety glasses, people walking near or around a construction site may not have anything to protect them. A construction site should be designed to keep all hazards within its bounds, but uneven walkways and debris could impact others. What should you do if you’re hit…

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…

Filing a dram shop liability claim

If someone gets behind the wheel of a car after drinking and ends up causing an accident, many people wonder if the bar that served the driver alcohol is partially responsible for the injuries and/or deaths resulting from that accident. Under New York dram shop laws, New York businesses are not allowed to serve alcohol to people who are visibly intoxicated, under the age of 21, or habitual drunkards. By violating state liquor laws, bars and restaurants can open themselves up to liability in cases involving drunk…

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…

What if I have kids in the car when driving under the influence?

Driving under the influence is an issue that continues to plague jurisdictions across the country, especially New York. Even if you have a clean driving and criminal record, the penalties are steep for a first-time DUI offender. You may already know about the consequences of a DUI, but if you get caught operating a vehicle while under the influence with minor passengers, you could face additional criminal charges in addition to a DUI. DUI cases that involve child passengers are more complex and can immediately change lives.…

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…

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…

Common injuries that develop after a car crash

New York is a hub of activity, and the roads often pay the price in terms of overloading and traffic. An accident is something that can sideline others aside from the crash victims. You may believe you know how to handle the aftermath of an accident. However, you need to watch out for injuries that may lurk below the surface. Familiarize yourself with these three major problems that may start as something much less. Internal bleedingA serious side effect of hitting something hard in the vehicle during…

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. Don’t hang around in a construction zoneThe first tip is to make sure you move through the…

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