Long Island is home to a long stretch of beautiful beaches, boardwalks, and parks. Moving away from these quaint characteristics of our Island, you’ll find the harsh truth of our significantly dangerous roads. The ugly truth has been revealed in a study released in 2016 by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign (TSTC). The publication categorizes fatalities by year, from 2012 to 2014, and by county. It is no surprise that both Nassau and Suffolk counties are among the most dangerous counties in the state for pedestrians.… Read the rest
The Long Island Railroad (LIRR) has served as an integral part of daily life for many Long Islanders. Passengers often opt to travel via the railroad over traveling via the roads because of traffic conditions, ease of travel, and the cost of commuting by car. However, growing ridership can lead to more injuries and other safety concerns.… Read the rest
Many people visit a bar, lounge, or nightclub to relax and spend time with their family and friends. With patrons often consuming alcohol, a major concern among restaurant owners is the potential for fights to occur in their establishment. With that being said, oftentimes, these establishments will hire security personnel to ensure the safety of its staff members and customers. While security personnel are required to take the necessary steps to mitigate risk and ensure peace, there are times that these individuals end up harming a customer.… Read the rest
The volume of traffic accidents at intersections are not only becoming more common but are also resulting in more serious injuries and fatalities. An intersection is the crossing over of two roads with cars traveling in different directions at the same time. Ordinarily, accidents that occur in an intersection are the result of one driver failing to yield to traffic, due to violating a law or ignoring a traffic sign or signal, among other things. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that almost half of the automobile accidents that occur each year involved a driver failing to yield … Read the rest
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.
The plane reportedly contained a single engine which had some sort of failure. Luckily the plane crashed onto an intersection of two streets in a residential area, instead of crashing into a home or other structure in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, the pilot suffered serious injuries including two broken legs and a … Read the rest
A study conducted by researchers from one of Long Island’s largest health care entities discovered that fewer than 1 in 5 nurses comply with guidelines for standard precautions for infection prevention. The study conducted by researchers from Northwell Health (formerly North Shore Long Island Jewish Health Systems) surveyed 116 ambulatory care nurses to measure self-reported compliance with standard precautions, knowledge of hepatitis C virus and the behavioral factors that influenced their compliance. The inconsistency associated with nurses’ behavior to adhere to standard precautions put them and their patients at risk for acquiring a blood-borne infection.
Standard precautions are the minimum … Read the rest
Hoverboards have become very popular among the pre-teen and teenage population, and have been given as many holiday gifts this year. However, safety concerns have arisen concerning hoverboards, which require the user to balance as the board moves at a rate of over ten miles per hour. In many instances, users fail to wear helmets. With the rate of how quickly the hoverboards can move, this can create a dangerous situation for the user. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 29 emergency room visits related to hoverboard use were reported since August 2015.
Long Island Rail Road officials said they did not set aside enough space to fit federally mandated positive train control (“PTC”) equipment into the railroad’s next generation of trains. The railroad’s specifications for designated 8 cubic feet per car for PTC, but the hardware requires 17 cubic feet per car. Rather than PTC equipment being seamlessly integrated into their design, 256 new M9 trains will have to be retrofitted, an error that could increase costs and delay the arrival of the new M9 electric trains, set to roll out in 2018.
The LIRR’s explanation for the failure to have enough
At Levine & Slavit, our team of attorneys are committed to accident victims throughout Long Island and Manhattan. We have a strong belief that their legal rights and entitlements need to be respected, particularly after a catastrophic injury of some kind. A spinal cord injury cannot be taken lightly given the long-term effects, such as paralysis of the lower limbs or all of an accident victim’s limbs. We’ve previously discussed the seriousness of quadriplegia injury lawsuits on this blog, and we’d like to turn our attention to paraplegia, another form of paralysis.
Paraplegia refers to the loss of