New York Personal Injury Blog

Who Is Liable for Faulty Materials?

By WRSH on October 14, 2017 - Comments off

abstract-1854005_1920In any civil case, liability comes down to many different factors, which is why you should always hire a knowledgeable attorney to handle a lawsuit rather than try to do it yourself.

With that in mind, however, there are some basic, general considerations that can be explored. If cheap materials are used at a worksite and someone is injured, liability could potentially rest on either the company that made the material, or whoever chose to use it over a superior product. Perhaps both. Read the rest »

Posted in: Building Collapse

 

Are Baseball Stadiums Safe?

By WRSH on October 13, 2017 - Comments off

When we go to a baseball game, the last thing we want to have to worry about is safety. We go to cheer, meet other fans, and have a good time, not think about whether a stray ball might hit us in the face. (Or if a safety railing might give out.) Read the rest »

Posted in: Premises Liability

 

Lawmakers Push for New Penalties Against Bus Companies

By WRSH on October 11, 2017 - Comments off

After a tragic bus accident in Queens last month, lawmakers in New York have focused in on bus companies, with an eye toward particularly reckless or dangerous ones. Read the rest »

Posted in: Bus Accident

 

New Rules Regarding Silica at Construction Sites

By WRSH on October 10, 2017 - Comments off

stones-1844560_1920This year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, finally passed new standards involving silica inhalation, which it had been working on for several years.

To date, many contractors and construction companies in New York will need to revise their practices involving silica to avoid fines and ensure their workers remain safe. Read the rest »

Posted in: Work Injury

 

Deaths from Trench Collapses Increase (So Do Fines)

By WRSH on October 6, 2017 - Comments off

trench-2750948_1920The number of fatalities due to trench collapses at worksites more than doubled from 2015 to 2016. (Though falls remain the most dangerous type of workplace injury.) Trench collapses at New York construction sites are usually caused by improper safety techniques, lack of training, or a failure by those in charge to keep the site safe. Read the rest »

 

Another Never Event in New York

By WRSH on October 2, 2017 - Comments off

surgery-688380_1920There’s a reason misdiagnoses cause medical malpractice claims so commonly. Because of things like this…

Just this year a woman from Harlem underwent a mastectomy to treat what she was told was very serious breast cancer, only to learn after that she never had cancer to begin with. She said, “I didn’t know whether to smile and thank God I didn’t have cancer or cry because I’ve been through so much.” Read the rest »

Posted in: Medical Malpractice

 

Sidewalk Sheds: Safety Precaution or Threat to Health and Safety?

By WRSH on September 30, 2017 - Comments off

construction-1210677_1920Ever-present sidewalk sheds, or sidewalk scaffolds, have become a contentious issue in New York over the past decade. While city laws require scaffolds to protect citizens from crumbling facades and potential dangers, many building owners have left them up for extended periods of time. Read the rest »

 

The Danger of Hearing Loss in Construction Work

By WRSH on September 27, 2017 - Comments off

earmuffs-2755553_1920There is not only a correlation between hearing loss and working in construction, but a direct cause and effect. Hearing loss is often caused by lengthy exposure to loud noises that damage the ears, and construction sites routinely produce noises well above safe levels. Working at such sites without ear protection has a very high chance of giving a worker permanent hearing loss.

As many as 2 in 3 construction workers will experience hearing loss by the age of 50, compared to only about 10% of the population that works without exposure to dangerous noises. Read the rest »

Posted in: Work Injury

 

Cranes Present a Looming Danger in New York

By WRSH on September 24, 2017 - Comments off

crane-1650920_1920Crane accidents are, thankfully, among the rarest accidents that occur at construction sites, but when they do happen, the damage can be tremendous. Massive cranes falling from great heights pose a risk not only to the workers of construction sites but also to innocent pedestrians and other bystanders on New York streets. Crane accidents pose a threat not only to people but also to property; even in situations where deaths and injuries have been mercifully low, the property damage has still been immense. After any accident, it is important to make sure those responsible are held accountable for what happened. Read the rest »

 

New York Construction Deaths Are on the Rise

By WRSH on September 20, 2017 - Comments off

waldorf-astoria-169387_1920Construction jobs continue to be the most dangerous workplaces in New York in terms of injuries and fatalities. While overall numbers of workplace fatalities in the city are on the decline, the number of construction fatalities in New York has gone up over the last few years. This may, in part, be due to a reduction in the number of workplace inspections occurring in New York, increasing the chance of a dangerous situation going unnoticed. Since the number of OSHA workers has also decreased in recent years, it is entirely possible that these numbers will continue to rise. Read the rest »

 


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