Personal Injury

How to Avoid the Most Common Preventable Deaths by Age

By WRSH on June 28, 2017 - Comments off

safety-firstWhile life is full of risks and rewards, there are certain preventable injuries that you can avoid. Tragically, preventable injuries are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, claiming hundreds of lives each day. Walking down the street in New York, you might not think to look both ways before stepping into an intersection or avoid unlit areas late at night, but a few extra precautions can make a big difference. Read the rest »

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Definition of Service at Camp Lejeune

By WRSH on March 6, 2017 - Comments off

American-flagIf you or a family member has served in the Marine Corp. or Navy, you’re likely to have heard about the chemically tainted drinking water servicemen and their families were exposed to at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune for almost 35 years. If you actually served or trained at Camp Lejeune, you’re probably aware that the federal government has allocated approximately 2.2 billion dollars in benefits to veterans who were exposed to the contaminated water. But the government has also instituted strict guidelines over who, exactly, is eligible for these benefits and who is not. Let’s look at what qualifies a person for this compensation.

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What Are Volatile Organic Compounds?

By WRSH on March 2, 2017 - Comments off

water cupIf you live in North Carolina or have served in the Marines or Navy, you’re probably familiar with the Camp Lejeune contaminated water scandal. If not, here’s a brief synopsis. In the early 1980s, it was discovered that the base’s water supply contained dangerously high levels of chemicals called Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs. What’s worse is that it’s believed that Camp Lejeune’s water supply has been polluted with VOCs as far back as 1953. This means that around 750,000 servicemen, their families, and base workers may have had extensive exposure to these harmful chemicals. But what exactly are VOCs and why don’t we want them in our drinking or bathing water?

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Former Lejeune Marine Base Residents to Receive Government Benefits for Toxic Water Mishap

By WRSH on February 16, 2017 - Comments off

WaterWater has been referred to as “the elixir of life,” which makes sense, considering that the human body is made up of about 60 percent water. But water may have been an elixir of death for generations of servicemen and their families at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune Marine Base. In the early 1980s, it was discovered that the base’s water system was contaminated with more than 70 chemicals, including high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which have been linked to various types of cancer and other diseases. Unfortunately, it’s suspected that between 1953 and 1987, people who lived and worked at Camp Lejeune drank and bathed in the water daily. Since the revelation of the pollutants in the camp’s water, a number of lawsuits have been filed. In response, the government passed the Janey Ensminger Act in 2012, named for a little girl who was born on the base and died of cancer at the age of nine. This Act, which is expected to apply to more than 750,000 people, will provide health care for former residents of the camp who have been stricken with any of the following 15 ailments associated with the contaminants in the water system:

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Stay Safe This New Year’s Eve in New York

By WRSH on December 29, 2016 - Comments off

new-years-2017Ringing in the New Year in New York is an unforgettable experience that celebrates the last 365 days while looking ahead to a new year full of opportunities and joy. With that in mind, you should still take certain precautions to make sure your celebration is safe and enjoyable, since there are certain dangers to consider. If you choose to visit Times Square for the New Year’s celebration, then be extra careful and make sure you dress warmly and know who you are going with, especially if you have children with you.

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I Was Injured at an Ice Skating Rink, What Can I do?

By WRSH on December 12, 2016 - Comments off

ice-rinkIf you were injured while ice skating at a rink in New York, then the owners or operators of that facility might be liable for your injuries and you may deserve financial compensation for your injuries and suffering. Liability and negligence can be difficult and complicated to prove, so you definitely want an experienced personal injury attorney on your side to examine the facts in your case and work to make sure your rights are protected. What it ultimately comes down to is if negligence was at play and if that negligence ultimately caused your injury.

Ice skating rinks in New York are a great, safe way to have fun all throughout the year, though especially in winter when the weather is perfect for skates and hot chocolate. There is always the potential for injuries while ice skating, especially due to a slip on the ice. In general, such accidents are just that: accidents and no one is likely to be liable for them. You know when you are on the ice that it is slippery and you should demonstrate caution.

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Plan a Safe Visit to Rockefeller Center This Winter

By WRSH on December 9, 2016 - Comments off

new-york-christmasRockefeller Center is one of the most famous and visited locations in New York City. Every year, millions of visitors come to see the plaza, eat at the fantastic restaurants, and of course see the magnificent tree and skate on the ice in winter. Planning ahead not only helps make your visit easier, but can also keep you safe while enjoying everything the Center has to offer. Buy tickets ahead of time to attractions you might want to see, come early for ice skating, and make sure to walk safely on winter sidewalks and always be aware of your possessions.

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How to Enjoy Your Holiday Travel to New York City While Remaining Safe

By WRSH on November 23, 2016 - Comments off

new-york-christmasNew York City is home to world-renowned restaurants, high fashion, groundbreaking museums and art, and dozens of plays and musicals. Each year, over 55 million tourists from around the world visit New York City to soak in its charm, history, and culture. If you are one of the many tourists who will flock to the city to see the dazzling storefront displays on 5th Avenue, experience the lighting of the Christmas tree, or ice skate under the stars this holiday season, we hope you enjoy your time in our hometown. We also want to urge you to practice safety in order to make your trip memorable without involving a hospital visit. Read the rest »

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With Lockout/Tagout Rules in Place, How Do Accidents Still Occur?

By WRSH on September 14, 2016 - Comments off

safety-firstLockout/tagout regulations and policies have been in use in New York for decades, and many accidents, injuries, and deaths have been avoided through their use. Accidents still occur, however, and the root cause for many of these situations is simple ignorance on behalf of those involved. Too often, proper lockout/tagout rules are not followed, or not taught to those using and maintaining heavy, powerful machines, which results in an avoidable accident.

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Lower East Side Man Killed in Elevator Accident

By WRSH on January 5, 2016 - Comments off

New York AccidentA crashing elevator on the Lower East Side killed a 25-year-old man moments after he pushed a woman to safety. The elevator accident occurred at the Grand Street Guild Apartments on Broome Street in Manhattan on New Year’s Eve. Officials say the elevator began to move after getting stuck. The man was visiting friends in the building when the stuck elevator started to move. He shoved the woman out of harm’s way before suffering fatal injuries. Read the rest »

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