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 … 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 … Read the rest

Special Efforts Undertaken to Reduce Combat Veterans’ Motor Vehicle Crashes

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of deaths among combat veterans during the first years after their return home.  Several studies have reported an increase in post-deployment deaths among military personnel who served in a combat zone compared to their non-deployed counterparts, who are in the military but not deployed to a war, after both the Vietnam War and … Read the rest

Injuries from Laser Hair Removal: There Ought to Be a Law

Our office is currently representing a client who sustained what appears to be permanent scarring as a result of undergoing laser hair removal. However, the laser hair removal center involved has gone out of business to the chagrin of, as readily apparent from the internet, many former customers of the facility.

An apparent owner of the laser hair removal facility, … Read the rest

3 LIRR Train Accidents So Far This Year Isolated Incidents or a Pattern to Beware?

There have been three accidents thus far in 2008 at Jamaica Station, the Long Island Rail Road’s busiest station. Two of the train accidents have occurred within the last week, including one on November 23, 2008 that is being considered the worst accident in 15 years.

In that accident, an eastbound train entering Jamaica Station derailed as the eighth car … Read the rest

Falls: A Common Occurrence with Wildly Different Outcomes

Common falls can have an unpredictable impact on the bodies of older people. Falls are now recognized as complex, often preventable events with multiple causes and consequences, calling for a wide range of interventions, both psychological and physiological, that many patients never receive. Even falls that cause only minor can be a real warning sign that something serious is wrong.… Read the rest

Safer Subways Report Finds Severe Maintenance Flaws In NYCs Subway System

A 14-year-old fell off the platform after the rotted wooden rubbing board at the edge of the platform gave way beneath him, launching him into the path of an incoming train. Fortunately, he pulled himself to safety just in time.

A senior citizen was sitting in her vehicle when a piece of the rail from the elevated subway tracks plunged … Read the rest

New Federal and State Laws Attempt to Reduce Swimming Pool Drownings

Summer always seems to fill newspapers and news reports with heart wrenching stories of young children drowning in their family’s or a neighbors swimming pool. On Long Island through July 14 of this year there have been six residential swimming pool drownings, including three children younger than 4. Accidental drownings in swimming pools and spas are most commonly caused by … Read the rest

NHTSA Special Crash Investigations: Protecting Children In and Around Cars; Backover and Non-Crash Events

The Special Crash Investigations unit of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has, since October 2006, been collecting detailed data on back-over and non-crash events to support the agency’s efforts to mitigate these kinds of incidents.

The types of cases investigated include: Back-over; backing-up light passenger vehicle strikes a person from the rear or approaching from the side; certified … Read the rest

A New Fire Code and an Improved Building Code For New York City Effective July 1, 2008

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has signed legislation establishing a new Fire Code for the City of New York, effective July 1, 2008. It is the first comprehensive revision since the City’s Fire Code was adopted in 1913. The Fire Code, enforced by the Fire Department, governs emergency preparedness and planning and more specifically the permit and inspection process for the … Read the rest