Dangers Construction Workers Face When Working on Tall Buildings

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.

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Avoiding Slip and Fall Accidents During the Holidays

The holidays are a time for enjoying the festivities with friends and family.  Many people are busy shopping, decorating, and completing their holiday tasks.  At such a busy time, nothing can ruin the season more than an accident.  However, 1.9 million slip and fall accidents occur each holiday season with falls from roofs and ladders being responsible for 56% of injuries.

Slip and fall accidents can arise under a number of circumstances during the holidays.  For example, they can occur at shopping malls, while decorating, at holiday parties, outdoors, etc.  Liability arises depending on where the accident occurred and who … Read the rest

Deadline Passes to Register Cooling Towers Under New Law Passed After Worst Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease in NYC History

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

Slip and Fall Accidents Caused by Wet Floors

slip and fall lawyerEvery year, nearly nine million Americans are sent to the emergency room due to an unexpected fall. Of these injuries, over 25,000 accounted for fatalities in 2009, with elderly Americans facing a risk four times greater than others of a fatal fall. While the conditions surrounding these accidents vary, it is particularly unfortunate when such events could have easily been avoided by an owner or employer taking proper preventative measures. A wet floor is one example of a hazardous environment that can usually be fixed or at least clearly identified before an accident occurs.

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Types of Neck Injuries

types of neck injuriesNeck injuries are among the most devastating personal injuries a person can suffer in an accident. They are almost always painful and debilitating. In the most severe cases, they can permanently compromise a person’s quality of life, leading to a lifetime of financial, emotional, and physical hardships.

At the law firm of Levine & Slavit, serving residents of and near Long Island, neck injury lawsuits can arise from a variety of accidents, including car, truck, and motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and construction and other workplace accidents. Our personal injury attorneys handle the full range of personal injury cases, … Read the rest

How to Calculate Personal Injury Damages

New York personal injury lawyersPersonal injury lawsuits are filed in order to hold negligent parties responsible for their actions that led to an injury. By doing this, people are able to obtain damages that cover losses and assist with recovery. There are a number of misunderstandings about damages, however, which is what we’re hear to clear up.

Our team of personal injury lawyers would like to take a few moments right now to consider some of the basics with regard to damages in civil cases. We will turn some of this focus on how they are determined.

What are damages in a personal injury

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What Are Compensatory Damages?

What are compensatory damages?There are many issues to consider when it comes to personal injury lawsuits. These can be somewhat daunting for people who are unfamiliar with the legal profession. That’s why speaking with skilled personal injury attorneysis so crucial for you and your loved ones in a legal proceeding.

One such topic that may confuse some clients is the issue of compensation and damages and how those are assessed. Right now, we’d like to consider the nature of compensatodamages and what they may mean for you and your legal needs.

About Compensatory Damages

Compensatory damages refer to damages that are sought to … Read the rest

What Are Punitive Damages?

What are punitive damages?The term “damages” refers to the monetary award granted to victims of injury as compensation for their losses and expenses. There are two basic types of damages: compensatory and punitive. Compensatory damages are the most commonly awarded type of damages; this represents the compensation that the defendant must pay to the plaintiff to cover demonstrable losses and expenses, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Punitive damages, on the other hand, are awarded quite rarely. As the personal injury attorneys of Levine & Slavit tell clients of our firm in Long Island, punitive damages should not be … Read the rest

Dont Drink and Ride (a Bicycle), And Make Sure To Wear a Helmet

21 percent of autopsies of New York City bicyclists who died within three hours of their accidents detected alcohol in the body, according to a Department of Health and Mental Hygiene study that examined fatal bicycle accidents in New York City from 1996 to 2005, as reported in The New York Times. 176 out of 225 bicyclists who died in fatal accidents during the 10-year time period were tested for alcohol. Because alcohol is metabolized with time, only 84 of those cases the bicyclist had died within three hours of the crash were considered to have valid tests. 18 of … Read the rest

Scaffold Law (Labor Law 240(1)) Held Not Applicable to Lessee Where Window Washer is Injured

In Ferluckaj v. Goldman Sachs & Co., — N.E.2d —-, 2009 WL 856304, 2009 N.Y. Slip Op. 02483(decided April 02, 2009), the Court of Appeals declined to apply the New York Scaffold Law(Labor Law 240(1)) to a worker who was injured while cleaning an interior window as part of the preparation of new office space leased by Goldman Sachs & Co. The worker fell off a desk on which she was standing while cleaning the inside of an office building window.

The Court found that Goldman did not hire plaintiffs employer to clean the window and that Goldman exercised … Read the rest