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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.

Construction noise and hearing loss are related

If you work in construction, whether you're a roofer or a welder, your job may be making you deaf.

Noise-induced hearing loss is a preventable condition, but once it occurs, there's no cure and no readily available treatment. Noise-induced hearing loss causes cellular death inside the ear -- something that even hearing aids often cannot help.

Victims of head trauma need to be on alert for eye problems

There are a lot of things that can go wrong when you experience head trauma in a car accident -- including serious damage to your vision.

Broken glass in your eyes and wounds from flying debris are, obviously, a risk to your sight. However, victims of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can also suffer serious damage to their vision even without any outward trauma to their eyes.

New Yorkers battle scaffolding hazards by the mile

New York City is famous for landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. It's also famous for its scaffolding, which has gradually become a distinctive feature of the city -- so much so that residents have become used to looking at the more than 7,700 individual structures alongside commercial and residential buildings alike.

Measured end to end, New York City has 280 miles of wood and steel-framed structures dotting its landscape. The scaffolding has become so permanent that at least one has stood in place for a solid 11 years and the Buildings Department has taken the unusual step of issuing a map that is designed to help people route their commute by foot, bike or vehicle around the structures.

How Do I Change Personal Injury Lawyers in New York?

With the recent news of Cellino suing Barnes to dissolve their injury attorney firm, people with accident cases in Nassau and Suffolk County on Long Island may have questions about changing lawyers. Although I am not encouraging people to change attorneys, they should be aware of what their options and rights are.In New York, regardless of what retainer you signed with an attorney, you are free to change attorneys at any time and for any reason. Changing lawyers will have no effect on your share of the settlement proceeds, and will not harm or delay your case.The process is easy and can be accomplished quickly. You would simply sign Change of Attorney forms which your new lawyer would send to your former lawyer. The new lawyer would reimburse your former lawyer for any expenses which were incurred to that point, and have your file transferred to your new lawyer's office. The lawyers would agree upon what part of the legal fee each lawyer would be entitled to typically after the case settles. Again, the division of legal fees will in no way affect your share of the settlement or cause any delay in you receiving your settlement proceeds.There are many reasons why people decide to change injury attorneys. Often they hired their lawyer quickly, soon after an accident, without really researching who they were hiring. Many times the communication breaks down, and the lawyer doesn't return phone calls, or the person only gets to speak to a secretary. More often than not, they are not kept up to date on the status of their case so they feel like they don't know what is going on. It could also be that the lawyer is simply not pushing their case quickly enough through the court system.If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to call me for a no pressure, friendly and honest opinion. I will even look up your case on the court computer and tell you exactly what is happening (or not happening) on your case.
Remember, you only have one chance to get the results that you truly deserve, so you need to have confidence in the lawyer handling your case.Take a look at my reviews and results and call me today at 631-495-9435 so that I can answer all of your questions.

How can you avoid a wrong-way collision on the highway?

Wrong-way collisions aren't the most frequent form of highway accidents that you can encounter -- but they may be among the most deadly.

According to studies by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), wrong-way accidents account for only about 3 percent of motor vehicle accidents -- but they can be up to 27 times more deadly.

How can you reduce job-made wooden ladder falls?

The best way to reduce the possibility of a severe injury on the job is to be conscious of the risk -- and then take carefully considered measures to reduce that risk.

Falling, whether it comes from missing a step, lost footing or just tripping over something, accounts for 16 percent of workplace injuries -- often leading to contusions, fractures, sprains and strains. A worker who experiences a sprained or strained muscle can expect to be off the job for an average of 57 work days. If a worker breaks a bone, the time missed from work goes up to 78 work days.

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