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Falling Object Law in New York

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When working on a construction site, workers are subject to many dangers.  With this in mind, New York has enacted strong laws to ensure the safety of its construction workers.  One of the more common dangers to construction workers is being struck by a falling object on the construction site.  Under New York State law, you may be entitled to compensation for these injuries.

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Why a Slip and Fall is No Joke

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When most people think about slipping and falling, they think about silly accidents that can be easily laughed off, or pratfalls in comedies. At worst, they may get concerned about the elderly or people with certain medical conditions falling. However, slipping and falling can cause severe injuries to people of any age or health, and if you are injured, you may be entitled to compensation as a result.

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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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