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New York City Construction Accidents: Labor Law 240 Cases

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Under the New York Labor Law Section 240, also known as the “Scaffold Law,” New York construction workers are provided certain protections while working at elevated heights. The Scaffold Law protects construction workers who are injured as a result of a fall from an elevated height or are hit by a falling object. 

Who is protected under Labor Law 240?

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Defective Hard Hats May Cause a Traumatic Brain Injury

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) contributes to 50,000 deaths each year and 282,000 hospitalizations. According to the Mayo Clinic, a TBI happens when the skull is penetrated from a blow to the head. According to the CDCP, one of the leading causes of TBIs is being stuck in the head by an object. The CDCP estimates that approximately fifteen percent of those struck in the head by an object will die as a result of the TBI.

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Be Careful When Driving in the Rain

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Rainy weather can make it difficult to navigate the roadways. Here are tips to decrease the risk of an accident during the rain:

  • Ensure that your headlights are working and are on at all times. 

According to New York State law, if your windshield wipers are being used then your headlights must be on to increase visibility.

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Body of Construction Worker Recovered after Retaining Wall Collapses

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Rescue workers recovered the body of a construction worker who died after being trapped in a trench when a retaining wall collapsed at a worksite. The New York Times reported that the accident happened on September 12 at approximately 1:30 p.m. A group of construction workers was digging a trench 30 feet below street level at the site, located at 39th Street and Seventh Avenue in Sunset Park, when part of the wall started to fall down. As a result, rubble had fallen into the trench and on top of the workers. The Times said approximately one-third of the wall came down.

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Be Aware of Dogs

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In the United States, there are approximately 4.7 million incidents involving dog bites each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), most dog bite victims are children. In addition, emergency room visits for dog bites cost an average of $3,000 per person per visit.  Furthermore, individuals under the age of 17 are two times more likely to sustain a dog bite. In accordance with the New York City Health Code 311, animal bites must be reported within 24 hours of the event.

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New York State Statute Of Limitations in Personal Injury Cases

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When a person is injured in an automobile accident or a slip and fall, it takes time to mentally and physically recover. However, it is important to be aware that the law provides time limits for which a personal injury claim may be filed against the defendant in order to recover compensation for your injuries.  If the statute of limitations has expired, then a plaintiff will be precluded from filing an action to recover damages.  

 

What is a Personal Injury Claim?

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Children are a Common Distraction When Driving

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claims the lives of more than 3,500 people each year. Distracted driving is defined as anything that takes a person’s attention away from the road, which includes talking on the phone or in person, changing the radio station, or using the navigation system. According to a recent article by ABC News, driving with children in the backseat of a car is also one of the most common and potential distractions.

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Traumatic Brain Injuries

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries contribute to 50,000 deaths each year and 282,000 hospitalizations. According to the Mayo Clinic, a traumatic brain injury happens when the skull is penetrated from a blow to the head. According to the CDC, the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries are slip and falls, being struck with an object, and motor vehicle accidents.

 

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Cuomo Urged to Include Child Victims Act into Upcoming State Budget

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Advocates for sexually abused children are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to include the Child Victims Act into the upcoming 2018-19 budget, according to the New York Daily News. The advocates argue that it is the right thing to do for the survivors and it will save the state a quarter of a billion dollars in Medicaid spending.

 

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Comply with Dog Laws or Deal with the Consequences

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New York City is home to more than 600,000 dogs. Each year, more than 4,000 dog bites are reported in the city. Children and the elderly are the most at risk of being the victim of a dog bite. Due to the high number of incidents, New York State has implemented laws to mitigate the risk of dog bite incidents and improve public safety. Dog owners in New York State should be aware of the following:

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