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Train Accidents

Posted On Apr 24, 2017 @ 08:00 AM by Ira Slavit

Train accidents have taken the lives of many, whether by a train derailing or at a railroad crossing. In 2015, there were 11,762 train accidents in the United States. These accidents caused approximately 9,013 injuries and 752 fatalities. The Federal Railroad Administration indicated that 96 percent of injuries and deaths are related to train accidents that occur at railroad crossings and by trespassing. Furthermore, railroad crossing accidents are the second leading cause of rail-related fatalities in the United States.

Fire Escape Fall Leads to 29-Million Dollar Settlement

Posted On Apr 19, 2017 @ 12:00 PM by Ira Slavit

The New York County Supreme Court awarded $29.3 million to a New York University student who fell from a faulty East Village fire escape in 2008. After a four-week long trial to ascertain damages, Anastasia Klupchak succeeded in her claim against the owner and managing agent of 82 Second Avenue. The complaint alleged that the owner and managing agent were negligent in their failure to update the outdated fire escape.

Motorcycle Accidents

Posted On Apr 15, 2017 @ 01:00 PM by Ira Slavit

As the warm weather is approaching, many people are beginning to dust off their motorcycles. While riding a motorcycle can be exhilarating, it also exposes an individual to a high risk of injury. According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are five times more likely to be injured than people in passenger motor vehicles due to the lack of enclosure around a person while riding a motorcycle.

Are Millennial Drivers Hazardous?

Posted On Feb 27, 2017 @ 06:00 PM by Ira Slavit

This week the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a report revealing that millennial drivers engage in risky behavior at a disturbingly high rate. The report was issued after the foundation surveyed 2,511 millennial drivers from August 25th to September 6th of 2016. The survey compiled not only the driver’s habits but also their reactions to dangerous driving behaviors.

Slip-and-Falls Named One of the Top Contributor to Workplace Fatality

Posted On Jan 24, 2017 @ 09:00 AM by Ira Slavit

In 1992 the first workplace fatalities census was conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to provide insight into insight into the safety of workplaces in America and reveal professions of people most at risk for fatal workplace injuries. Although the census revealed a steady, downward trend in on-the-job fatalities since the 1990s, the the annual total of fatal workplace injuries in 2015 was the highest number reported since 2008. The data also revealed that in 2015 slips, trips and falls accounted for the second-highest common cause of workplace fatalities and men accounted for 93 percent of workplace deaths overall.

General Contractor Subject to Pay Fine in Avoidable Death of Worker

Posted On Jan 15, 2017 @ 10:00 AM by Ira Slavit

In April 2015, 22-year-old Carlos Moncayo was killed when a 14-foot deep, unshored trench collapsed. Mr. Moncayo was an undocumented laborer from Ecuador who worked for Sky Materials, which is an excavation subcontractor based in Calverton, Long Island, New York.

Single-Engine Plane Crashes in New York Residential Neighborhood

Posted On Jan 5, 2017 @ 12:00 PM by Ira Slavit

On April 10, 2016 a small Piper 28 plane crashed in a residential neighborhood on Long Island, injuring both the pilot and passenger. The plane was heading to Upstate New York from the Bayport Aerodrome, and hit the tops of trees and utility lines, causing the crash to occur.

Understaffing May Contribute to Nursing Home Neglect

Posted On Dec 14, 2016 @ 12:00 PM by Ira Slavit

NBC recently reported that a family filed a nursing home neglect lawsuit on behalf of their elderly loved one against Woodcrest Health Center in New Milford, New Jersey and its parent company, Care One. The claimants released graphic photos alleging that the nursing home staff ignored the elder's calls to use the restroom, so the resident — who suffers from Alzheimer's disease — used her hands to wipe herself, inadvertently smearing excrement on her face, body, bed and tray of food. The family cites understaffing as a contributing factor in the elderly resident's neglect. The family also claims that there were not enough nurse's aides to answer call bells to assist the senior resident out of her bed and, in one instance, she fractured her hip trying to get out of bed by herself. Another photo revealed the elderly resident had sustained a black eye and the family was not informed of her injury or how it occurred. The lawsuit is currently pending.

Construction Groups File a Lawsuit Over New Crane Regulations

Posted On Dec 1, 2016 @ 01:00 PM by Ira Slavit

On February 5, 2016 a 500-foot crawler crane collapsed during an approaching winter storm. The crane damaged buildings in Tribeca and killed 30-year old David Wichs. Following the incident, the Department of Buildings temporarily banned the use of crawler crane's around the five boroughs.
 

Additionally, the Department of Buildings drafted new regulations to make crane operations safer. However, the construction industry groups were not given a seat at the table during the drafting process.

Cell Phone Pictures and Your Personal Injury Case

Posted On Nov 25, 2016 @ 01:00 PM by Ira Slavit

With cell phones being available at a moment’s notice, they may be one of the most valuable ways to gather evidence for your personal injury claim. Capturing pictures of your accident can help provide an indication as to who was at fault, preserve and document evidence, and show damages as they were at the time of the accident. While physical evidence of an accident is always the preferred method, if you do not have access or cannot preserve it, taking a picture on your cell phone may be the next best alternative.

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