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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As many as 1.4 million American seniors are residents of nursing homes, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although the vast majority assisted living facilities are committed to providing optimal care for their patients, others subject their residents to abuse and neglect. Many may be surprised to learn that 30 percent of all nursing homes are the site of some form of resident abuse. Nursing home abuse can include, but is not limited to, malnutrition, physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological distress, neglect and exploitation. One of the most prevalent forms of nursing home abuse that occurs is overmedication of residents.
After having two New Jersey lawsuits previously dismissed against the company in September, Johnson & Johnson is now facing a verdict handed down by a St. Louis jury for $70 million. Similar to the two New Jersey lawsuits, the claim against the baby powder company was that the use of the company’s product caused a woman to develop ovarian cancer. While the Plaintiff was arguing for more than $285 million total, the jury awarded $575,000 in economic damages, $2 million in compensatory damages, and $65 million in punitive damages to her. Additionally, Johnson & Johnson was required to pay $65 million in punitive damages. Following the decision, Johnson & Johnson announced it would appeal.
Samsung is currently facing a class-action lawsuit in the United States after angry customers filed the first claims against the company over its exploding Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. The three plaintiffs – from Nevada, Pennsylvania, and California – are accusing Samsung Electronics America of fraud and breach of warranty and good faith. The suit itself does not seek any damages over the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that actually caught fire, but rather Samsung’s mistreatment of customers. It claims that the customers had to keep paying on their contracts during the weeks after Samsung recalled the phones, but before any replacements had become available for use. Customers are waiting several days to several weeks for replacement phones while they continue to incur monthly device charges for phones they cannot safely use.
September is Baby Safety Month and this year’s theme, “Baby Safety Right Out of the Box,” focuses on the importance of product registration cards and product recalls. The theme is designed to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of filling out the registration cards included with most baby and toddler products. For many parents, it can be overwhelming to think about registering the seemingly endless amount of baby gear. However, this is a good way to stay informed about recent product recalls and to ensure that these products for the baby are safe.