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When Amazon opened its first New York City warehouse in September 2018, it was hailed as a major economic boost. With over 350,000 full-time employees across the globe and a lot more working part-time or seasonally, Amazon is a leading and high-profile employer. For those who work in a warehouse, a typical day involves a…

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The holiday season in New York involves a lot of decorating, cooking, gift exchanges, and overall good cheer. It can also involve some injuries that include falling while setting up the Christmas tree, burns from electrical equipment or candles, stepping on broken ornaments, and slipping on icy walkways leading to your house or apartment building.…

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Shopping malls are chaotic places all year round, but during the weeks leading up to Christmas, The Mall at Bay Plaza and other locations are packed with holiday shoppers, increasing the risk of injury. Black Friday is especially notorious for causing injury and even death when too many bargain hunters converge on the same location…

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Today, practically everyone does their banking online. We pay our bills using a bank app or website, and when we need money, we head to the nearest ATM to enter a code and receive the cash. This practice may be routine, but it’s not always safe. A year ago this month, a 50-year-old man attacked…

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The manhole covers that dot the streets of New York City are supposed to keep pedestrians and road workers safe, but they also cause injury every year. Now that snow and ice are melting to make way for spring, people walking or working around them should take extra precautions. Below is an overview of common…

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At the first sign of spring, we start making some lifestyle changes. The heavy winter clothing goes back in the closet for another year. If a destination is within walking distance, then the car stays home. Public parks become busier. Like winter, however, spring has dangerous conditions. There are accidents that appear to occur or…

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Few things are more traumatic than losing your hearing. Along with vision, it is one of the senses that allows you to experience the world and live life to the fullest. When you lose this precious ability due to the reckless or negligent conduct of someone else, you have the right to file a personal…

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For more than 24 hours, New York has been fast in the grip of a fierce northeast snowstorm. Ten inches of snow fell in the 24 hours ending 8:00 a.m. today… In Broadway and all the avenues and cross-streets… the snow was piled six feet high (and) transit in the remote sections of Brooklyn was…

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New York university and college students participate in internships to acquire practical experience and a better understanding of the industry in which they would like to work after graduation. None of them hope that their experience will include a personal injury, but like regular salaried workers, interns can be hurt on the job. Employers in…

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When you see a huge icicle hanging off the edge of a tall, stately building, you can’t help but be awed. There’s a certain frozen majesty about them, and some icicles look like they belong on a snow-themed movie set instead of Lower Manhattan or the Bronx. Unfortunately, large icicles can be just as deadly…

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What did you do on New Year’s Eve? If you’re like a lot of New Yorkers, you may have caught Phish at Madison Square Garden, Post Malone at Barclays Center in Prospect Heights, or another one of the concerts taking place at various music venues across the city. When a popular band or artist puts…

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In February 2016, strong gusts of wind caused a crane in Lower Manhattan to crash down onto Worth Street, killing one pedestrian and littering the surrounding blocks with debris. People on their way to work in the area fled in panic, thinking that a bomb had gone off. An investigation by the city’s Buildings Department…

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner. With our minds on roast turkey, cornbread, pumpkin pie, and a celebratory family dinner, it’s easy to forget that the Thanksgiving weekend is one of the most dangerous ones for motorists. There are also other risks associated with hot cooking appliances, improper food preparation, and more. Here are some…

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Holidays are supposed to be fun and games, especially for the kids, but that’s not the way things always turn out. On the Labor Day weekend, in particular, there is ample opportunity for both adults and children to get hurt—from being scarred by an exploding firecracker to falling off a boat and struck by a…

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When the weather grows warmer, people spend more time outside. While the fresh spring breezes are both healthy and uplifting, melting snow and ice create damp and slippery conditions that turn indoor and outdoor surfaces into hazards. Increased car and bicycle traffic and the presence of more dog owners walking their pets also contribute to…

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On January 10 New York State launched its inaugural aerial drone program. The stated goal of the new initiative is to help state police facilitate traffic safety, respond to emergencies such as forest fires and multi-vehicle crashes, and complete key law enforcement functions. Four State Police drones are presently in action, covering eight counties in…

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The attractive nuisance doctrine was originally conceived to protect children who may trespass without fully understanding the risks. “Attractive” typically means that children may see the property or object as something to play in or around, such as: Construction sites, with their unfinished buildings, open pits, and trenches. Swimming pools High-voltage lines and towers Abandoned…

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The holiday shopping surge doesn’t end after Christmas or even New Year’s. This is because so many retailers discount  their overstock for days  and even weeks after we put away the decorations and resume our daily lives. Unfortunately, with increased traffic comes a greater injury risk. While malls and stores are supposed to keep their…

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According to the United States Bureau of Labor statistics, roofing is one of the most dangerous occupations in the country. Serious accidents can happen at any time, and because roofers almost invariably work at considerable heights, the resulting injuries can be permanently disabling and even fatal: an estimated 50 roofers are killed on the job…

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Until fairly recently, video cameras were expensive and unwieldy pieces of equipment used only by professionals and dedicated hobbyists. Today, with smartphones that take HD-quality images, anyone can be a videographer at any time. This ease of use and accessibility has resulted in video being applied as evidence in defending personal injury cases. Video surveillance…

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If you experience a workplace injury or become ill as a result of work-related duties, then New York law generally does not permit you to sue your employer. Instead, you must file for Workers’ Compensation benefits. If your claim is approved and your occupational injury or disease leaves you unable to work for more than…

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When the weather turns warm, and schools close, many New York parents send their children to summer camp. These camps, which can be day outings or overnight adventures, are a great way to for kids to meet new friends, enjoy nature, and have fun doing a variety of outdoor activities. Unfortunately, it is also possible…

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Summer is here, which means that beach season is also upon us. A trip to Coney Island, Manhattan Beach, Fire Island Beach or Rockaway Beach is an enjoyable way to beat the city heat and catch up on our sun tanning or the latest novel. While most days by the seaside result in nothing worse…

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As spring develops into summer, public parks become increasingly popular with New York families. We head out to Central Park to walk along the winding trails and streams or enjoy some sun tanning at Sheep’s Meadow. On weekends we grab the kids and go to Brooklyn Bridge Park to watch the outdoor movies and take…

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Although there are low levels of asbestos in our food, water, and even the air we breathe, it is seldom in sufficient quantities to make us ill. Certain types of blue collar workers, however are often exposed to asbestos in the course of their daily work. They include: Construction: General construction employees use asbestos-based products…

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Worker’s compensation plays an indispensable role in the nation’s employment system. It ensures that if you are injured while carrying out employment-related duties, your medical costs are covered. Many people, however, wonder if this protection is also extended to part-time employees. The answer is, yes. New York is not an elective state when it comes…

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In New York City, thousands of people ascend thousands of stairwells every year as they go to work, school, the upper level of a shopping center, and other locations essential to daily life. It is the responsibility of property owners in these buildings to keep the stairs in reasonably safe condition by carrying out regular…

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In January, Mayor de Blasio confirmed that 48 people died in New York City fires in 2016, which is the lowest number of losses in more than a century. Officials attributed the decline to certain Fire Department initiatives, such as more consistent and stringent fire inspections, faster response times, improved fire education programs, and the…

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Carbon monoxide is also known as the “‘silent killer.” Its fumes are invisible and have no odor or taste, which can make it hard to know that you are being poisoned until it’s too late. Emitted by cars, furnaces, stoves and gas ranges, it can build up to dangerous levels very quickly. In high concentrations,…

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Drones, which are also known as unmanned civilian vehicles or UCVs, have been a focus of public interest since the military started using them overseas as a lower-cost and effective form of warfare.  People buy them for personal entertainment, photographers use them to take beautiful aerial photos and videos, and property developers, engineers, and architects…

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All kinds of injuries occur on public property. People trip on defective sidewalks, vehicles collide when traffic lights malfunction, and pedestrians stumble into excavation sites that are poorly marked, especially at night. In these cases, the agency responsible for maintaining the sidewalks or traffic signals should be held legally responsible, and they can be, under…

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Thousands, if not millions, of New York residents rent apartments, many of them in older buildings with fire escapes that might not be completely up to code. This is a serious concern, as fire escapes are intended to provide an emergency exit to safety in the event of a fire. While collapses are rare, the…

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Winter is here, and for the thousands of alpine sport fans all over the country, it also means that ski season has arrived. In New York State there are world-renowned ski resorts and slopes that are perfect for both weekend getaways and destination vacations. Skiing is an exhilarating sport that can involve high speeds, steep…

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When you live in or around New York City, the cold weather season gives the idea of ice skating in Central Park or Rockefeller Center a decided appeal. When you skate on a crowded rink, however, you run the risk of slips, falls, and even serious injury like the following: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) Spinal…

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New York City is a mecca for shoppers. It is packed with shopping malls with stores that range in scope from luxury retail to urban chic to affordable family-oriented outlets. Like all public venues that host crowds, however, shopping malls have potential dangers that can cause injury and even death. They include: Slips and falls…

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Apartment fires injure thousands of people throughout the State of New York every year and leave many more homeless. A lot of these incidents can be attributed to causes beyond the building management’s control, such as negligent residents leaving burning candles unattended, smoking in bed, and other careless activities. Other mishaps, however, could have been…

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During the holiday season, bars and private homes are going to be packed with merrymakers. Unfortunately, some of those revelers are going to drive while intoxicated and injure themselves or someone else. The New York dram shop laws impose liability on bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and other public locations that serve liquor to a minor or…

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Crane accidents easily rank among the most catastrophic events on construction sites. Their height and weight represent serious potential for accidental falls and collapses, and the possibility of hoisted cargo being dropped from high above the ground adds to the element of risk. In July 2016 hundreds of New Yorkers witnessed first-hand how dangerous cranes…

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New York City contains some of the world’s most famous and picturesque bridges. Every day thousands of people cross them on their way to home, work, and other destinations. Bridges are a vital transport link, but unfortunately, they also pose certain risks. In 2014 the American Road and Transportation Builders Association published a report stating…

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If you rent an apartment in New York, you have the right to expect your landlord to take certain security precautions to keep you and the other tenants safe. The law states that landlords must provide a reasonably safe environment for building residents by taking all steps necessary to prevent foreseeable crimes. In New York…

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Trees are a beautiful example of nature’s decor. They are lovely, relaxing to look at, and contribute to a healthy environment by eliminating carbon dioxide from the air and replacing it with fresh oxygen produced by photosynthesis. In certain circumstances, however, trees can cause serious injuries and even death. In September 2015 a large tree…

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We go to amusement parks to spend an enjoyable day with family and friends. The majority of these venues are generally safe and leave scores of visitors with happy memories. However, accidents can, and do happen, and when they do, the outcome can be devastating because the typical ride involves sudden turns, extreme spinning, fast…

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Officers with the NYPD have dangerous jobs. During every minute they spend protecting the property and citizenry of New York, they face death or personal injury due to: Motor vehicle accidents during high-speed chases or even on patrol Confrontations with armed suspects Defective police equipment Dangerous station house premises (e.g. wet locker room floors, obstructions…

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Millions of New Yorkers use elevators and escalators on a daily basis to get to the office, travel through a shopping center, or move through multi-floor buildings. Most times, the conveyors we use operate properly and deliver us safely to our destination. When they malfunction, however, the results can be catastrophic and even life-threatening. Elevator…

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Personal injuries that result in paraplegia or quadriplegia are both physically and emotionally devastating. Once you lose the ability to move some or all of your limbs, your life will never be the same. You will never be able to play with your children, participate in sports and other forms of invigorating exercise, or even…

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The New York construction industry employs thousands of workers, from architects to engineers to site workers. While it is a lucrative field for many, construction also happens to be one of the most dangerous areas in which to work. Although state labor laws mandate that construction sites be inspected by safety engineers and observe stringent…

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While they may not happen as often as car accidents or slips and falls, explosions rank among the most catastrophic personal injury events. They are overwhelmingly violent, with a typical outcome being property destruction, serious burns, permanent scars, loss of one or more limbs, and even death. Every year, firefighters and other rescuers join the…

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Sidewalk trip and fall accidents are, unfortunately, common in cities the size of New York. Any one of a number of factors can make a sidewalk dangerous: Substandard construction Uneven or cracked surface Obstructions such as trash or debris Potholes Trips and falls on New York sidewalks can result in serious injuries such as broken…

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There is no doubt that it is an unfamiliar and scary experience to go through a car accident. Even if you are generally an organized person, it is normal to feel like things are chaotic and hectic post-accident. One of the most critical things you can do in this dizzying time is to consult with…

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It is that time of year again when haunted attractions might be at the top of the list for your weekend plans. Even if you have exciting trips planned to a haunted house, it is worth a reminder about how to stay safe at these locations in order to avoid injuries and accidents. Did you…

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In Nascimentov v. Bridgehampton Construction Corporation and Bayview Building and Framing Corporation (2011), the plaintiff filed a claim against the defendant, the City of New York (“NY”) under Labor Law § 240 (1), more commonly known as the scaffolding law. This case was eventually appealed because there were several questions that came up regarding the…

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New York Labor Law Section 240 deals with workers who work (often in construction-related jobs) on an elevated surface. The law provides legal protection to these types of contractors who work on, “scaffolding, hoists, stays, ladders, slings, hangers, blocks, pulleys, braces, irons, ropes, and other devices which shall be so constructed, placed and operated as…

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To learn more the basics about torts, read this recent blog: What is a “tort?” Tort reform is when there changes in the current tort laws and the changes are aimed at reducing the number of cases that are brought for tort claims or damages.  Moreover, tort reform laws vary by state.  About three years…

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Many people are unaware of what the term tort entails. A tort is an injury or harm that one sustains and it can either be private or civil as reported by the Western Producer in an April 17, 2014 article.  Moreover, the injury can be unintentional, meaning that it was caused by an accident, or…

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A passenger who took a taxi was dropped off in Brooklyn where he claimed that he tripped and fell on the elevated sidewalk which resulted in back, neck, and rib injuries as reported by the New York Law Journal in a January 22, 2013. The injured passenger claimed that he was is unable to walk,…

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A laborer while undergoing training on a renovation project was injured when he was struck with an aluminum beam as reported by the New York Law Journal in a June 10, 2013 news article. The laborer sued the owner of the site, the person supervising the project, and the site’s general contractor claiming that they…

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While at a resort, a magazine’s project manager slipped due to a puddle of rain and she fell on the patio and injured her knee. The magazine manager then sued the resort owner, operator and the resort as an entity. She claimed that they failed to keep their premises in a safe condition and they…

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