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Attacked at an ATM? Who is responsible?

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Today, practically everyone does their banking online. We pay our bills using a bank app or website, and when we need money, we head to the nearest ATM to enter a code and receive the cash. This practice may be routine, but it’s not always safe. A year ago this month, a 50-year-old man attacked…

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Manhole cover accidents in New York

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The manhole covers that dot the streets of New York City are supposed to keep pedestrians and road workers safe, but they also cause injury every year. Now that snow and ice are melting to make way for spring, people walking or working around them should take extra precautions. Below is an overview of common…

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Springtime injuries to watch out for


At the first sign of spring, we start making some lifestyle changes. The heavy winter clothing goes back in the closet for another year. If a destination is within walking distance, then the car stays home. Public parks become busier. Like winter, however, spring has dangerous conditions. There are accidents that appear to occur or…

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Hearing loss injuries in New York

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Few things are more traumatic than losing your hearing. Along with vision, it is one of the senses that allows you to experience the world and live life to the fullest. When you lose this precious ability due to the reckless or negligent conduct of someone else, you have the right to file a personal…

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Are you a government employee injured on the job? Learn about FECA

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In New York, most workplace injuries are covered by state workers’ compensation laws. Federal employees, however, are covered by a different law when they are injured on the job. If you slip and fall, are struck by a falling object, or suffer any kind of injury while carrying out duties related to your government job,…

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Snowstorm injuries in New York

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For more than 24 hours, New York has been fast in the grip of a fierce northeast snowstorm. Ten inches of snow fell in the 24 hours ending 8:00 a.m. today… In Broadway and all the avenues and cross-streets… the snow was piled six feet high (and) transit in the remote sections of Brooklyn was…

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Can interns get workers’ compensation in New York?

Intern Job

New York university and college students participate in internships to acquire practical experience and a better understanding of the industry in which they would like to work after graduation. None of them hope that their experience will include a personal injury, but like regular salaried workers, interns can be hurt on the job. Employers in…

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Falling ice injuries in New York


When you see a huge icicle hanging off the edge of a tall, stately building, you can’t help but be awed. There’s a certain frozen majesty about them, and some icicles look like they belong on a snow-themed movie set instead of Lower Manhattan or the Bronx. Unfortunately, large icicles can be just as deadly…

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Hurt at a concert? Can you sue the artist?

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What did you do on New Year’s Eve? If you’re like a lot of New Yorkers, you may have caught Phish at Madison Square Garden, Post Malone at Barclays Center in Prospect Heights, or another one of the concerts taking place at various music venues across the city. When a popular band or artist puts…

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Bystander injuries on construction sites

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In February 2016, strong gusts of wind caused a crane in Lower Manhattan to crash down onto Worth Street, killing one pedestrian and littering the surrounding blocks with debris. People on their way to work in the area fled in panic, thinking that a bomb had gone off. An investigation by the city’s Buildings Department…

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How to have a safe Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner. With our minds on roast turkey, cornbread, pumpkin pie, and a celebratory family dinner, it’s easy to forget that the Thanksgiving weekend is one of the most dangerous ones for motorists. There are also other risks associated with hot cooking appliances, improper food preparation, and more. Here are some…

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Labor Day accidents to watch for


Holidays are supposed to be fun and games, especially for the kids, but that’s not the way things always turn out. On the Labor Day weekend, in particular, there is ample opportunity for both adults and children to get hurt—from being scarred by an exploding firecracker to falling off a boat and struck by a…

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Reasons why a personal injury attorney might decline your case

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You slipped and fell at your neighbor’s pool party, and now want to sue them. To your surprise, the first personal injury attorney you met with declined your case. Does this mean that you don’t have a case at all? Possibly, but not necessarily. Personal injury attorneys decline cases for any one of a number…

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When dirt is dangerous: Toxic mold injuries in New York


Many New Yorkers go apartment-hunting in the spring. It’s also a time when people move into the city from out of state for work reasons, so they arrive ahead of their families to find suitable housing. In either case, they should watch for symptoms of unreported mold contamination. In 2016, a group called the Red…

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Staying safe during the Memorial Day weekend

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Memorial Day is drawing ever closer, and while most New Yorkers are looking forward to taking a day off from work and spending an enjoyable time with friends and family, the reality is that the holiday weekend is one of the most dangerous times of the year for accidents. DWI accidents are common The U.S.…

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The most common spring personal injuries

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When the weather grows warmer, people spend more time outside. While the fresh spring breezes are both healthy and uplifting, melting snow and ice create damp and slippery conditions that turn indoor and outdoor surfaces into hazards. Increased car and bicycle traffic and the presence of more dog owners walking their pets also contribute to…

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New York State police drone program kicks off


On January 10 New York State launched its inaugural aerial drone program. The stated goal of the new initiative is to help state police facilitate traffic safety, respond to emergencies such as forest fires and multi-vehicle crashes, and complete key law enforcement functions. Four State Police drones are presently in action, covering eight counties in…

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The “attractive nuisance” doctrine explained

construction site danger

The attractive nuisance doctrine was originally conceived to protect children who may trespass without fully understanding the risks. “Attractive” typically means that children may see the property or object as something to play in or around, such as: Construction sites, with their unfinished buildings, open pits, and trenches. Swimming pools High-voltage lines and towers Abandoned…

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When a romantic getaway goes wrong: hotel injuries in New York


Valentine’s Day was only a week ago, so you may have just returned from a romantic getaway for you and your significant other at one of New York’s most lavish hotels. It looked amazing on its website, with luxurious rooms, great dining options, an elegant pool, and more. You naturally assumed that the managers of…

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Smart—and safe—shopping during the holidays

man slip and fall next to sign on floor

The holiday shopping surge doesn’t end after Christmas or even New Year’s. This is because so many retailers discount  their overstock for days  and even weeks after we put away the decorations and resume our daily lives. Unfortunately, with increased traffic comes a greater injury risk. While malls and stores are supposed to keep their…

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Roofing accidents in New York

construction roofing accidents

According to the United States Bureau of Labor statistics, roofing is one of the most dangerous occupations in the country. Serious accidents can happen at any time, and because roofers almost invariably work at considerable heights, the resulting injuries can be permanently disabling and even fatal: an estimated 50 roofers are killed on the job…

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How video surveillance is used in personal injury cases

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Until fairly recently, video cameras were expensive and unwieldy pieces of equipment used only by professionals and dedicated hobbyists. Today, with smartphones that take HD-quality images, anyone can be a videographer at any time. This ease of use and accessibility has resulted in video being applied as evidence in defending personal injury cases. Video surveillance…

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Workers’ compensation: When can you claim?

construction site potential injuries concept

If you experience a workplace injury or become ill as a result of work-related duties, then New York law generally does not permit you to sue your employer. Instead, you must file for Workers’ Compensation benefits. If your claim is approved and your occupational injury or disease leaves you unable to work for more than…

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Does workers’ compensation include psychological injuries?

psychological injuries concept depressed man

Psychological injuries can be just as traumatizing as physical ones, especially when they are so severe that you cannot eat or sleep. Over time, physical illness can set in. Does this mean that you can collect worker’s compensation for mental stress allegedly experienced on the job? In New York it’s certainly possible, but the success…

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Accidents and injuries at the swimming pool

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The weather is warming up, which means that Hamilton Fish Park, the John Jay Public Swimming Pool, Red Hook Swimming Pool, and other public swimming outlets in New York are going to be filled with people of all ages. All of them go to cool off and enjoy themselves, never suspecting that they could be…

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Summer camp injuries in New York

When the weather turns warm, and schools close, many New York parents send their children to summer camp. These camps, which can be day outings or overnight adventures, are a great way to for kids to meet new friends, enjoy nature, and have fun doing a variety of outdoor activities. Unfortunately, it is also possible…

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Public beach injuries in New York


Summer is here, which means that beach season is also upon us. A trip to Coney Island, Manhattan Beach, Fire Island Beach or Rockaway Beach is an enjoyable way to beat the city heat and catch up on our sun tanning or the latest novel. While most days by the seaside result in nothing worse…

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Public park injuries in New York

As spring develops into summer, public parks become increasingly popular with New York families. We head out to Central Park to walk along the winding trails and streams or enjoy some sun tanning at Sheep’s Meadow. On weekends we grab the kids and go to Brooklyn Bridge Park to watch the outdoor movies and take…

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Asbestos exposure injuries in New York

asbestos roof

Although there are low levels of asbestos in our food, water, and even the air we breathe, it is seldom in sufficient quantities to make us ill. Certain types of blue collar workers, however are often exposed to asbestos in the course of their daily work. They include: Construction: General construction employees use asbestos-based products…

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Can part-time employees receive workers’ compensation in New York?

Worker’s compensation plays an indispensable role in the nation’s employment system. It ensures that if you are injured while carrying out employment-related duties, your medical costs are covered. Many people, however, wonder if this protection is also extended to part-time employees. The answer is, yes. New York is not an elective state when it comes…

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Slip and fall in stairwells

slip and fall injuries on stairs

In New York City, thousands of people ascend thousands of stairwells every year as they go to work, school, the upper level of a shopping center, and other locations essential to daily life. It is the responsibility of property owners in these buildings to keep the stairs in reasonably safe condition by carrying out regular…

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Fire deaths in New York City at 100-year low

In January, Mayor de Blasio confirmed that 48 people died in New York City fires in 2016, which is the lowest number of losses in more than a century. Officials attributed the decline to certain Fire Department initiatives, such as more consistent and stringent fire inspections, faster response times, improved fire education programs, and the…

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Carbon Monoxide injuries in New York

Carbon monoxide is also known as the “‘silent killer.” Its fumes are invisible and have no odor or taste, which can make it hard to know that you are being poisoned until it’s too late. Emitted by cars, furnaces, stoves and gas ranges, it can build up to dangerous levels very quickly. In high concentrations,…

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Drone injury in New York

drone injuries

Drones, which are also known as unmanned civilian vehicles or UCVs, have been a focus of public interest since the military started using them overseas as a lower-cost and effective form of warfare.  People buy them for personal entertainment, photographers use them to take beautiful aerial photos and videos, and property developers, engineers, and architects…

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Bringing a personal injury claim against the government

court case scales of justice

All kinds of injuries occur on public property. People trip on defective sidewalks, vehicles collide when traffic lights malfunction, and pedestrians stumble into excavation sites that are poorly marked, especially at night. In these cases, the agency responsible for maintaining the sidewalks or traffic signals should be held legally responsible, and they can be, under…

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Requesting your medical records in a personal injury case

medical records for personal injury case

When you are embarking on a personal injury claim, you will have to request your medical records, as these documents will serve as key evidence in any settlement demand or offer. These records confirm details such as: Proof of your physical injuries Assessment of the injuries Medical treatment costs, which can help to calculate any…

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Fire escape collapse injuries in New York

fire accidents

Thousands, if not millions, of New York residents rent apartments, many of them in older buildings with fire escapes that might not be completely up to code. This is a serious concern, as fire escapes are intended to provide an emergency exit to safety in the event of a fire. While collapses are rare, the…

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Skiing accidents in New York

Winter is here, and for the thousands of alpine sport fans all over the country, it also means that ski season has arrived. In New York State there are world-renowned ski resorts and slopes that are perfect for both weekend getaways and destination vacations. Skiing is an exhilarating sport that can involve high speeds, steep…

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Ice skating accidents in New York

sports injuries

When you live in or around New York City, the cold weather season gives the idea of ice skating in Central Park or Rockefeller Center a decided appeal. When you skate on a crowded rink, however, you run the risk of slips, falls, and even serious injury like the following: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) Spinal…

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Shopping mall injuries in New York

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New York City is a mecca for shoppers. It is packed with shopping malls with stores that range in scope from luxury retail to urban chic to affordable family-oriented outlets. Like all public venues that host crowds, however, shopping malls have potential dangers that can cause injury and even death. They include: Slips and falls…

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Apartment fire injuries in New York

Bronx apartment

Apartment fires injure thousands of people throughout the State of New York every year and leave many more homeless. A lot of these incidents can be attributed to causes beyond the building management’s control, such as negligent residents leaving burning candles unattended, smoking in bed, and other careless activities. Other mishaps, however, could have been…

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Social host liability in New York

During the holiday season, bars and private homes are going to be packed with merrymakers. Unfortunately, some of those revelers are going to drive while intoxicated and injure themselves or someone else. The New York dram shop laws impose liability on bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and other public locations that serve liquor to a minor or…

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Crane accidents in New York

crane accident

Crane accidents easily rank among the most catastrophic events on construction sites. Their height and weight represent serious potential for accidental falls and collapses, and the possibility of hoisted cargo being dropped from high above the ground adds to the element of risk. In July 2016 hundreds of New Yorkers witnessed first-hand how dangerous cranes…

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Bridge collapse accidents in New York

New York City contains some of the world’s most famous and picturesque bridges. Every day thousands of people cross them on their way to home, work, and other destinations. Bridges are a vital transport link, but unfortunately, they also pose certain risks. In 2014 the American Road and Transportation Builders Association published a report stating…

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Failed security injuries in New York

If you rent an apartment in New York, you have the right to expect your landlord to take certain security precautions to keep you and the other tenants safe. The law states that landlords must provide a reasonably safe environment for building residents by taking all steps necessary to prevent foreseeable crimes. In New York…

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Fallen tree injuries

injuries from fallen trees in NYC

Trees are a beautiful example of nature’s decor. They are lovely, relaxing to look at, and contribute to a healthy environment by eliminating carbon dioxide from the air and replacing it with fresh oxygen produced by photosynthesis. In certain circumstances, however, trees can cause serious injuries and even death. In September 2015 a large tree…

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Amusement park injuries in New York

dangerous roller coaster

We go to amusement parks to spend an enjoyable day with family and friends. The majority of these venues are generally safe and leave scores of visitors with happy memories. However, accidents can, and do happen, and when they do, the outcome can be devastating because the typical ride involves sudden turns, extreme spinning, fast…

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New York police officer line of duty injuries

Officers with the NYPD have dangerous jobs. During every minute they spend protecting the property and citizenry of New York, they face death or personal injury due to: Motor vehicle accidents during high-speed chases or even on patrol Confrontations with armed suspects Defective police equipment Dangerous station house premises (e.g. wet locker room floors, obstructions…

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Elevator and escalator injuries in New York

Millions of New Yorkers use elevators and escalators on a daily basis to get to the office, travel through a shopping center, or move through multi-floor buildings. Most times, the conveyors we use operate properly and deliver us safely to our destination. When they malfunction, however, the results can be catastrophic and even life-threatening. Elevator…

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Paraplegia and quadriplegia injuries in New York

Personal injuries that result in paraplegia or quadriplegia are both physically and emotionally devastating. Once you lose the ability to move some or all of your limbs, your life will never be the same. You will never be able to play with your children, participate in sports and other forms of invigorating exercise, or even…

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Construction accidents in New York

The New York construction industry employs thousands of workers, from architects to engineers to site workers. While it is a lucrative field for many, construction also happens to be one of the most dangerous areas in which to work. Although state labor laws mandate that construction sites be inspected by safety engineers and observe stringent…

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Explosion accidents in New York

pipes accident

While they may not happen as often as car accidents or slips and falls, explosions rank among the most catastrophic personal injury events. They are overwhelmingly violent, with a typical outcome being property destruction, serious burns, permanent scars, loss of one or more limbs, and even death. Every year, firefighters and other rescuers join the…

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Sidewalk trip and fall accidents in New York City

dangerous stairs can cause accident

Sidewalk trip and fall accidents are, unfortunately, common in cities the size of New York. Any one of a number of factors can make a sidewalk dangerous: Substandard construction Uneven or cracked surface Obstructions such as trash or debris Potholes Trips and falls on New York sidewalks can result in serious injuries such as broken…

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Who can I hold liable for a catastrophic injury in New York?

If you have been seriously hurt in a personal injury accident in New York, then there may be multiple parties who can be held liable. To determine whether one or more individuals is liable for the accident, you need to communicate with your New York personal injury attorney as soon as possible. In certain complex…

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What Is negligence and why does it matter for my personal injury case?

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In order to have a viable personal injury claim in which you are fighting for compensation, you must be able to demonstrate that the injuries you sustained were associated with another individual’s negligence. When you can demonstrate that the injuries you sustained were tied to another’s reckless actions, you open up the possibility of recovering…

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Three key steps to take post-car accident

There is no doubt that it is an unfamiliar and scary experience to go through a car accident. Even if you are generally an organized person, it is normal to feel like things are chaotic and hectic post-accident. One of the most critical things you can do in this dizzying time is to consult with…

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Avoiding haunted house injuries

haunted house premises liability

It is that time of year again when haunted attractions might be at the top of the list for your weekend plans. Even if you have exciting trips planned to a haunted house, it is worth a reminder about how to stay safe at these locations in order to avoid injuries and accidents. Did you…

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Staying safe getting to and at the stadium: tips for football season

Since 2003, more than two dozen falls have happened at football stadiums around the country. Sprains, broken bones, and fractures are some of the most common outcomes of these accidents. Injuries can also happen in the parking lot or in your vehicle getting to and from the stadium. To fully enjoy the game, keep safety…

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Escalators and elevators: accidents put passengers at risk

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Elevators and escalators certainly make life much more convenient, but it is a mistake to overlook the risks they pose to passengers. When used properly, these forms of transportation can provide a safe alternative to walking or climbing stairs, but misuse or poor manufacturing or improper design or maintenance could cause critical injuries. Three of…

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New York Scaffolding Law is surrounded by controversy

scaffolds law and accidents

The New York Scaffolding Law, or the New York Labor Law, NY Code Section 240 is a law that has been put into place for many years. Basically, it protects workers from gravity-related accidents. This law states that both contactors and property owners can be held liable for gravity-related accidents. As with any popular law,…

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Subcontractors can also be found liable under Labor Law § 240

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In Nascimentov v. Bridgehampton Construction Corporation and Bayview Building and Framing Corporation (2011), the plaintiff filed a claim against the defendant, the City of New York (“NY”) under Labor Law § 240 (1), more commonly known as the scaffolding law. This case was eventually appealed because there were several questions that came up regarding the…

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Reforms to the Scaffolding Law takes dramatic turn

scaffolding workers accident

The New York Scaffolding Law, or the New York Labor Law, NY Code Section 240, has been a source of political arguments for years. The good news is that lawmakers are open to talking about how to resolve the arguments once and for all. Whatever comes out of the talks won’t make everyone happy, but…

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What is New York’s Scaffolding Law and whom does it protect?

scaffolding accident

New York City is known for its beautiful skyline. That distinct skyline wouldn’t be there without the hard work of the state’s construction workers. Unfortunately, this type of work sometimes brings about workplace accidents. The State of New York takes the issue of construction site safety very seriously. In a recent article in the Wall…

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Man proves he is not negligent for ladder accident under New York Labor Law

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New York Labor Law Section 240 deals with workers who work (often in construction-related jobs) on an elevated surface. The law provides legal protection to these types of contractors who work on, “scaffolding, hoists, stays, ladders, slings, hangers, blocks, pulleys, braces, irons, ropes, and other devices which shall be so constructed, placed and operated as…

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Injured worker who fell off ladder deals with dismissed case

workplace ladder accident fall

A man was hired to renovate bathrooms in a home. He was also going to investigate a leaky skylight. The owner of the home gave him an extension ladder to use to reach the house’s roof according to a July 1, 2014 New York Law Journal article. The worker conducted a “safety check” of the…

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Electrician allowed to sue NYC after accident on the job

electrician accident nyc

An electrician allegedly fell off a ladder while he was working on the ceiling of a New York City bus depot. The man sued the City of New York basing his lawsuit on the Labor Law’s Sections 240 and 241 according to a recent New York Law Journal article. The city tried to get this…

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Tort reform law is invalid

To learn more the basics about torts, read this recent blog: What is a “tort?” Tort reform is when there changes in the current tort laws and the changes are aimed at reducing the number of cases that are brought for tort claims or damages.  Moreover, tort reform laws vary by state.  About three years…

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What is a “tort?”

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Many people are unaware of what the term tort entails. A tort is an injury or harm that one sustains and it can either be private or civil as reported by the Western Producer in an April 17, 2014 article.  Moreover, the injury can be unintentional, meaning that it was caused by an accident, or…

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Ignoring a sidewalk defect can increase one’s liability

An actress while in Greenwich Village, New York, injured both of her wrists and had to undergo surgery and physical therapy when she tripped and fell on a defective sidewalk as reported by the New York Law Journal in an April 22, 2013 article. As a result, she sued the owner of the premises and…

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Landlord is not responsible for tenant’s fall

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A landlord failed to properly install a window in one of his tenants’ apartment and, as a result, she fell through the window and down three stories and landed on the lawn. The tenant fractured each of her legs, her spine, and she became partially paralyzed as reported by the New York Law Journal in…

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Jurisdiction is significant in an accident case

case jurisdiction

A plaintiff, who is in his late twenties and is a New Yorker, brought suit against the defendants, a hotel owner, a management company and a cleaning company,  when he was cleaning a kitchen stove, and he tripped and fell into a deep fryer, as reported by the New York Law Journal in a September…

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Elevator company might be responsible for decedent’s death

elevator injuries

Family of decedent brought suit against New York Elevator and Electrical when decedent “fell to his death in an empty freight elevator shaft” as reported by the New York Law Journal in a May 21, 2013 news article. The family claims that New York Elevator and Electric, who had examined, maintained and fixed the elevator…

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New York City not responsible for fall

A passenger who took a taxi was dropped off in Brooklyn where he claimed that he tripped and fell on the elevated sidewalk which resulted in back, neck, and rib injuries as reported by the New York Law Journal in a January 22, 2013. The injured passenger claimed that he was is unable to walk,…

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Bronx accident attoney on a homeowners ignored rotten stairway

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Maintaining real property has always been aesthetically pleasing. In modern day New York, it may prove to be financially prudent, as well. As in a January 28, 2013, New York Law Journal article, neglecting to preserve one’s real property may lead to accidents. Accidents may cause severe injury, which can be extremely costly. In Russo…

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Overlooking a dangerous condition can put one in harm’s way

slip and fall at pool

Many people go to spas or fitness facilities to relax and get rid of all their tension and problems for a short period of time. A school principal went to a fitness center where she tripped on the ice build-up near the swimming pool and fell on her left side. She injured her left shoulder…

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Worker struck by beam is compensated

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A laborer while undergoing training on a renovation project was injured when he was struck with an aluminum beam as reported by the New York Law Journal in a June 10, 2013 news article. The laborer sued the owner of the site, the person supervising the project, and the site’s general contractor claiming that they…

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Rain fall increases one’s liability

slip and fall accident

While at a resort, a magazine’s project manager slipped due to a puddle of rain and she fell on the patio and injured her knee. The magazine manager then sued the resort owner, operator and the resort as an entity. She claimed that they failed to keep their premises in a safe condition and they…

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Family of New Yorker killed in elevator last year sues

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In December 2011, a woman who worked for a Manhattan advertising firm was killed in an elevator accident. While on her way back to her office, the elevator moved a few floors upwards and unfortunately killed the woman. Just before the accident, Transel Elevator and Electric was working on the elevator. The family of the…

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New York apartment building’s elevator crushes man’s legs

Residents of a New York City Housing Authority building that is 20 stories high have dealt with faulty elevators for at least fifteen years. On the evening of December 30, 2012, an elderly man was hospitalized after an elevator accident, according to DNAinfo.com, a local New York news site. One building resident says that an…

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Fire injury suit denied to state court

In an article published in the New York Law Journal dated July 2, 2012, a New Yorker was injured in a fire in a Queens building. Deutsche Bank happened to be the trustee for the owner of the building. The New Yorker filed a $100 million lawsuit stating severe physical and emotional injuries. The case…

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