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
Recently, a New York statute has been created to safeguard the interest of those who put themselves at risk of injury in the interest of public safety. Even though law enforcement officers are eligible to receive benefits while injured in the line of duty, this will now provide additional protections to these public servants as well as to their families. According to reports, the New York Police Department (NYPD) has had more officers injured and killed on the job than any other police department in the country. While those injured may be entitled to disability and medical care, often times … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
According to Politico New York, construction worker injuries in New York City have increased 34 percent from the 2014 fiscal year (July 2013-June 2014) to the last fiscal year which ended on June 30, 2015. This increased the number of injuries to 283, and the amount of fatalities to 11. In 2014, the total value of construction projects was $26.2 billion. By June of 2015, the estimated value has already reached $22.2 billion. With the number of construction projectsin New York City increasing, it is no surprise that resulting construction worker injuries are on the rise as well.
Recently, … Read the rest
New York City sidewalk sheds (the open scaffolds you walk under) are well on their way to becoming as synonymous with the Big Apple as hot-dog carts and yellow-taxi cabs. With the influx of construction, NYC sidewalk sheds and scaffolding have devoured thousands of streets and have become more than just an eyesore for residents; they’re safety hazards.
According to the Department of Building, there are currently 9,000 sheds on the city’s streets, up from 3,500 in 2003. Although many attribute the rise in sheds and scaffolding to the boom in construction, the underlying reason lies within city legislation. Thirty-six … 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.
August of this year was marked by the worst outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York City history. Twelve people died and more than 100 people got sick. This prompted the City to pass a law requiring the registration of cooling towers, fluid coolers and evaporative condensers with the City. The deadline for registering just passed this Thursday, September 17, 2015. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled similar statewide regulations requiring building owners to register, test, inspect and disinfect all cooling towers when necessary.
The New York City Buildings Department is developing a registry of buildings with cooling towers and … Read the rest
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
Just two days after eight people in New York City’s East Village on Wednesday (June 19, 2013) morning were injured when a motor vehicle allegedly being driven by a drunk driver mounted a sidewalk and struck them, the New York State Senate failed to pass a bill that would have required disclosure to purchaser’s of insurance of the availability of coverage that could have provided additional insurance to the victims. Called Supplementary Uninsured Motorist’s (“SUM”) coverage, this coverage can potentially provide compensation where the wrongdoer either has no insurance or has less insurance than the victim. In the recent motor … Read the rest
In Rivera v. Outstanding Transp., Inc., a handicapped person who was supposed to be transported to his home from F.E.G.S. Manhattan Day Habilitation Program in lower Manhattan was, instead of being returned home, remained in the bus as it was taken to a depot in Brooklyn where he remained overnight, unattended and unsupervised, in frigid temperatures. The bus driver subsequently pled guilty to Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person. The bus driver and owner moved for summary judgment dismissing the complaint, and the motion was denied by Justice David I. Schmidt of Supreme Court, Kings County. … Read the rest