The personal injury and car accident attorneys of Levine & Slavit explain what punitive damages are and why they are so rarely awarded, especially in the state of New York.
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An article appeared recently on the website caremom.com titled, “9 Lifesaving Car Seat Rules You’re Probably Ignoring". The article reminded that car seats are installed and used correctly to avoid unnecessary personal injuries and even death of children. Another way that parents and caregivers can monitor the safety of a car seat it to sign up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to receive automatic e-mail alerts when there is a government recall of defective tires or child restraint safety seats.
Cases of delayed or improper diagnosis need to be taken very seriously. Read on to learn more about these kinds of medical malpractice cases.
Injuries to the spinal cord can be very serious, resulting in loss of mobility and paralysis. Read on to learn more about some of the common causes of these injuries.
Statutes of limitations are in place in order to ensure that the legal system functions properly. Read on to find out more about this legal topic.
When it comes to brain injury accidents, it's important for attorneys to prove fault in order for clients to receive just compensation. Read on for more information.
National Teen Driver Safety Week Provides High Schools With Chance to Win Private Kelly Clarkson Concert and Cash
This week, October 18 – 26, is National Teen Driver Safety Week, which was established by Congress in 2007 after a series of tragic crashes involving Pennsylvania high school students. As part of the event, State Farm sponsors a competition called "Celebrate My Drive," where teens are encouraged to practice safe habits on the roadways. All residents, whether they have a driver’s license or not, are encouraged to log on to the site, www.celebratemydrive.com, and make a commitment to safe driving. The more commitments in a particular school’s name, the better that school’s chances for winning cash prizes. The two high schools in the country with the most commitments to safe driving will win a private concert from Kelly Clarkson. The ten highest scores nationwide will receive $100,000 grants from State Farm. The school districts with the next 90 highest scores win $25,000.00.
On September 24, 2013, safety advocates and two parents who unintentionally hit their children when backing up sued the DOT, asking a court to order the agency to promptly issue a safety rule mandated by Congress in 2008 to set federal standards on vehicles’ rear visibility through backup cameras or other means. Each year, more than 200 individuals are killed and 18,000 injured in “backover” crashes. Each week, on average, 50 children are injured, two fatally, by backover crashes. Drivers using all three mirrors cannot see a blind zone several feet high directly behind their vehicles. Forty-four percent of those killed in backover incidents are children under 5 years old. By DOT’s own estimates, its delay past the three-year statutory deadline has so far allowed between 237 and 280 preventable deaths – almost half of which have befallen young children – along with thousands of preventable injuries.
New York received a failing grade and was ranked 45th in the nation on the nursing home report card published by Families for Better Care, a Florida based nursing home resident advocacy group. New York was the only state on the eastern seaboard that received a failing grade. The state failed half of the measures and mustered only one above average grade. Direct care staff hours and professional nurse services graded particularly poorly. New York's nationwide nursing home standing is similar to its 46th place finish in the 20th Annual Report on the Performance of State Highway Systems of Reason Foundation.
U.S. Labor Statistics Show 12 Workers A Day Died On The Job In 2012; New York Region Leads Country in Work Fatalities
Preliminary results from the recently released Bureau of Labor Statistics' National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) show a reduction in the number of fatal work injuries in 2012 compared with 2011. The 2012 total represents the second lowest preliminary total since CFOI was first conducted in 1992. The statistics are analyzed by different categories: worker characteristics, type of incident, industry, occupation, state and metropolitan statistical area ( MSA). The MSAs with the most fatal occupational injuries in 2012 were New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island with 178. Fatal work injuries in construction and extraction occupations rose for the second year in a row. The prevalence of fatal occupational injuries in New York and the increase in fatal wok injuries in construction and extraction occupations should go a long way to debunking the current push in Albany to ease the protections of the Labor Law.