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Who pays the bill for a subcontractor's injury?

If you hire someone to replace your windows or your roof, what happens if one of the workers takes a tumble or falls from a ladder?

Once the immediate emergency has been handled, the panic over who is going to cover the hospital bills is likely to settle in -- and there may be no quick or easy answer.

On workers' compensation? Be guarded on social media

Workers' comp insurance fraud costs insurers more than $7 billion each year -- so they have good economic reasons for being suspicious of some claims. Unfortunately, it's easy for legitimately injured workers to get caught up in an investigation where you're presumed to be faking until proven injured.

These days, social media is one of a workers' comp investigator's best tools -- and the nemesis of anyone receiving benefits. Before you put up that next post, make sure that it doesn't fall into either of these categories:

More construction equals more danger for New Yorkers

The city of New York is having a construction boom -- but there's also a booming list of accidents and injuries to go along with it.

The whole city seems plagued with construction-related accidents over the last year:

  • A crane lost control of a multi-ton heating/cooling unit and dropped it 30 stories onto the street below, injuring 10.
  • A worker died after falling off a ladder and tumbling to the ground below from less than a story up.
  • A construction fence blew loose in the city's notorious winds -- hitting and killing a pedestrian.
  • One construction worker died in a fall off a scaffold inside a Times Square building.
  • Yet another died after falling through an actual hole in the floor of the scaffold he was on.
  • Nine employees were injured when the interior demolition of a building went wrong.

Parking lots and car accidents: A quick guide

Believe it or not, the holiday season is already starting for a lot of shoppers -- it will kick off in earnest probably early in October.

For a lot of people, that means a lot of trips to stores -- which also means contending with parking lots that are overcrowded and complicated to navigate.

Please help the animals affected by the texas floods

The North Shore Injury Lawyer (www.NorthShoreInjuryLawyer.com) is teaming up with Last Chance Animal Rescue (www.LCARescue.org) and fellow volunteer, Jeff Segal, (owner of www.BoomEventSource.com) , to help the thousands of animals affected and displaced by the Texas floods.We have a truck leaving next Wednesday, September 6th, being driven by Jeff's friend transporting all needed supplies to Texas.There is a desperate need for donations of the following items:

The purpose of a neuropsychologist's evaluation

Ultimately, workers who suffer from head injuries that affect their ability to think clearly react in a timely manner, keep their emotions in check and communicate efficiently are often at a disadvantage if there's no medical way to prove that their conditions are real. However, a perfectly normal-looking brain may still function abnormally for any number of reasons. This can open the injured worker up to allegations that he or she is feigning an illness to get out of work.

If you're in this situation, consider a consultation with a neuropsychologist. How can this help you with your workers' compensation claim?

  1. The neuropsychologist is a highly-trained professional who performs standardized testing to evaluate your mental functioning. The results, if they show your impaired cognitive levels, are valuable evidence for your case.
  2. Neuropsychologists are experts at detecting malingering, which means their report can put an end to any doubts your employer or insurer may have about the validity of your symptoms. This alone is often a huge benefit to those seeking compensation for problems that aren't easy to see on a lab test.
  3. The thoroughness of the neuropsychologist's report can help draw a distinction between the effects of previous injuries, the effects of recent injuries and aggravation of pre-existing conditions. That can end the debate over whether or not you are entitled to compensation due to recent injuries.
  4. The neuropsychologist is capable of making an educated prediction about your likelihood of recovery and what that recovery will look like in the future.
  5. He or she may be able to suggest forms of treatment that haven't yet been tried, such as specific types of therapy or referrals to a different specialty.
  6. He or she is also often able to form an opinion about whether or not you can return to work with your present symptoms. If so, he or she can help determine what limitations or modifications you may need. For example, will you need an assistant? Do you need additional time to complete certain tasks? Will this likely be permanent or something you will eventually no longer need?

New safety proposal has both fans and detractors

It's a hard argument to make that New York City construction laborers shouldn't receive more than the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) bare minimum of 10 hours of safety training. Yet that is what some open-shop construction industry leaders did when presented with the New York City Council's draft legislation to require additional safety training for workers.

Once referred to as an apprenticeship mandate, proposed bill 447-A is just one component of the Construction Safety Act legislative package. Should it pass, one requirement is that each laborer at every rank on the job site undergo a minimum of 59 hours of additional safety training.

Airline passenger seriously injured but the flight goes on

What happens when an airline passenger is critically injured during takeoff by an unsecured, beverage cart that weighs 300 pounds?

You'd probably expect the plane to promptly return to the airport so that the passenger could receive the immediate medical care that he or she needed -- however, that's not what happened when a New York man was recently injured that way aboard an American Airline's flight.

Can I sue my employer instead of filing workers' compensation?

Usually, workers' compensation is meant to be the "exclusive option" available to injured workers. Essentially, in order to have coverage under workers' compensation -- which will cover your injuries even if you are at fault for the accident that caused them --- you legally give up you ability to sue your employer for negligence instead.

The idea is to keep cases out of the courtroom whenever possible. Of course, it doesn't always work out that way because it is possible to sue your employer directly in some cases. You may also have a good reason to bring a lawsuit against a third party, if another person or company is partially at fault for your injuries.

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