Personal Injury

Fan Sues Baseball Team After Being Struck in Head by T-Shirt Cannon

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On a summer day in June, a man was attending a Mets game with his kids, when he was suddenly hit in the face by a t-shirt launched from a t-shirt cannon. While this may sound amusing, the injury was anything but funny. The man was struck so hard by the t-shirt that he allegedly fell unconscious and suffered both a concussion and a detached retina as a result of the impact.

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New 2nd Dept Appellate Decision May Mean More Unified Trials

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In a recent decision by the Second Department of the New York Appellate Division, the court unanimously ruled against the presumption that personal injury trials should be bifurcated. This is a reversal from prior precedent, which stated that personal injury trials should be bifurcated, which means splitting up the case into two parts: the liability phase, and the damages phase. However, this does bring it more in line with other Departments around the state, which have been moving away from the presumption of a bifurcated trial for some time.

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Construction Worker Deaths and Injuries on the Rise in New York City

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“Construction has become the deadliest job in New York City,” claims a report from CBS New York, and the statistics show this isn’t just hyperbole. There have been 16 work-related accidents in construction in the past year in New York City, which is more than any other industry, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

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The Perils of Slipping and Falling

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Every year, millions of Americans are sent to the hospital after slipping and falling, whether in their home, at work, out shopping, or elsewhere. While often seen as comical in TV shows and movies, slipping and falling is no laughing matter. It can result in serious injuries, especially for the elderly or people with certain medical conditions. It’s important to take slips and falls seriously, and to understand your legal rights available to you when they occur.

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Scaffold Injuries in New York City

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When people think of New York City, a few images come to mind: skyscrapers, hot dog carts, and sidewalks crowded with pedestrians. In recent years, scaffolding has also become synonymous with the Big Apple. Scaffolds, also known as “sidewalk sheds,” are temporary structures on the outside of buildings, usually made of wood or metal poles, that are used by workers while building, repairing, or cleaning. Upwards of 7,000 buildings in New York City have sidewalk sheds, according to the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB).

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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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