Though we often do not realize it in New York, power lines run throughout our city in an underground series of wires. This utility system supplies power to everything in our daily lives, from our apartment’s appliances to major construction sites to even our cars now. With so much energy around us, it is almost inevitable that someone can become injured due to an electric shock, but oftentimes it is the fault of a negligent property owner, dangerous product, or poor building planning.
Whether you were in a vehicle collision or construction accident, you are likely dealing with a great deal of pain, both physical and mental. It is not uncommon for a traumatic event to lead to a serious mental illness such as severe anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you had a mental illness prior to an accident, your condition may in fact worsen because of the event and as a result of your physical injuries.
Almost every process in our body, from how we view colors to our breathing patterns, is determined by our brain. This single organ handles so many different aspects of our everyday life, that we often take it for granted. That is why traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can be so devastating. Beyond sometimes being fatal, they can also unsuspectingly influence our basic functions, including our ability to speak. It is not uncommon for victims of head injuries to suffer from stutters or slurred speech after an accident.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are disruptions in the normal function of the brain caused by trauma. A TBI can be the result of a blow or jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury, such as a bullet wound. Severe TBI can dramatically affect the way the body functions, including mobility, memory, and cognitive ability. But it can also significantly impact a victim’s psychological and emotional health, both of which can be included in a claim for damages.
Bicycle accidents can be devastating, often leading to long-term trauma like brain damage and spinal cord injuries. Because of how costly treatment for bicyclist injuries are, many cyclists worry about how high their medical bills will be after an accident. While you may be able to pursue an auto accident claim against the driver who injured you, it is possible that your own auto insurance might come into play as well.
Trench collapses are among the greatest dangers that construction workers face. If not properly secured or reviewed after rainfall, a cave-in can occur, leading to serious or fatal injuries to workers in it and even those standing around it. This is also a major issue as New York construction ramps up again. If a property owner or supervisor failed to ensure a trench is safe to work in or failed to close down their job site safely, then workers could be put in serious danger of suffering traumatic injuries.
During a motorcycle collision, most riders are forced onto their sides, causing severe trauma to their lower extremities. While some cases may only end in a broken ankle or torn hamstring, many suffer from catastrophic injuries to their hips. This can involve damage to the pelvic muscles, as well as fractures in the hip’s three bones: the ilium, the ischium, and the pubis. Recovering from such injuries can be extremely difficult for a motorcyclist, and an accident will often leave them with mobility issues for years to come.
The construction industry is extremely dangerous for New York workers, especially those that handle our city’s infrastructure. Not only do road crews work with powerful and often dangerous equipment, but they must also contend with great heights, complicated projects, and negligent drivers. While everyone knows they should slow down in a construction zone and strictly follow all traffic laws, in addition to road crew directions, many drivers still choose to recklessly endanger road crews.
As we steadily enter Autumn, it is hard for the team at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, to not look back at what an extraordinary year we have had. Through all the tribulations, we must also count our blessings and the amazing achievements our attorneys have reached. On that note, we are incredibly proud to announce that 15 of our attorneys have been named to the 2020 Super Lawyers listing and four have been ranked among the Rising Stars!
Summertime in New York comes with heatwaves, power outages, and, often only to our annoyance, tire pressure issues. The more our vehicles are on the road when temperatures spike, the more likely that our tires’ pressure will increase. Now sometimes this only amounts to a quick pit stop at a gas station to fix the issue, but sometimes it can lead to devastating accidents.