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What Does The City Cyclist Boom Mean for NYC?

Posted on September 22, 2017 by

The Summer of Hell ended for New Yorkers on September 5, after eight weeks spent repairing train tracks at Penn Station. During this time, commuters had to find new routes to work including multiple train transfers, and for some even resorting to ferrying to work, adding an extra hour or two to commute times.

Before the Summer of Hell started, MTA officials urged commuters to try alternative transportation options, including ferries and buses. With the City’s increased focus on bike lanes and the institution of Citi Bike, some commuters ditched the subway and started riding their bike to work.

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Electrocution Accidents at NYC Construction Sites

Posted on September 14, 2017 by

When you think of construction accidents, the things that come to mind may include machinery accidents, power tool injuries or falls. However, one of the most common construction accidents is electrocution. In the United States, electrocution is the fourth most common cause of death among construction workers.

Electrocution often leads to critical injuries and even death. Read on to learn how electrocution affects construction workers in New York.

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Is There a Light At The End of Our Summer of Hell?

Posted on August 17, 2017 by

July 10 marked the beginning of Summer of Hell in New York City. Originally the Summer of Hell was coined to describe line shut downs, schedule changes, and Penn Station chaos that’s the result of a long overdue 8-week repair project to many commuter rail lines that use Penn as a hub. These upgrades are slated to end on September 1, and so far, there looks to be a light at the end of the tunnel. In recent weeks, however, citizens have been woefully aware of the horrible conditions of their city’s subway system and a new Summer of Hell has begun to take shape.

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What is Comparative Negligence?

Posted on August 15, 2017 by

If you have been injured in a New York car accident, the amount of compensation you can expect to receive will come down to one word: negligence. Basically, negligence refers to someone acting in a careless manner and causing injury to another person. While it seems so simple, it’s much more complicated in the eyes of the law.

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Who are the Possible Negligent Parties in a Brooklyn Bus Accident?

Posted on July 24, 2017 by

Driving a bus is no easy task, especially in a crowded urban neighborhood like New York City. While buses are larger than passenger vehicles and offer added protection to passengers in the event of a crash, passengers can still suffer serious injuries—sometimes even fatalities.

Bus accidents are common in the Brooklyn area with two major ones occurring just in the past few months. In May, 15 people were injured in Brooklyn when an MTA bus and garbage truck collided and then crashed into a car. In June, an MTA bus sped down a Brooklyn street in reverse when the driver exited the bus and forgot to set the parking brake. The bus hit 10 vehicles and injured a pedestrian before slamming into a church.

Passengers expect to travel on a bus in safety. If you suffered serious injuries in a bus accident, it’s important to identify the liable parties so you can file a claim for compensation. Read on to learn more about common bus accidents and how to determine the possible negligent parties.

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Slip and Fall Injuries at Brooklyn Playgrounds

Posted on July 14, 2017 by

New York parents take their kids to the local playgrounds to release pent-up energy and play with friends. Unfortunately, what is supposed to be a fun day sometimes ends up as a scary visit to the emergency room.

Playgrounds are often the scene of childhood accidents such as slip and fall injuries. Falls are the leading cause of injuries among children. Children can fall off slides and other equipment, causing head trauma and other serious injuries.

Depending on how the accident occurred, your child could be at fault for his or her injuries. If this is the case, then you likely would not be able to recover compensation. However, if a third party caused your child’s injuries, then you have a possible lawsuit. Learn more about common playground dangers and what you can do if your child is injured.

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Car and Bicycle Accidents in Brooklyn

Posted on June 22, 2017 by

A car accident can potentially cause one or more victims to suffer severe injuries. These injuries can lead to permanent disability or death. In less dramatic cases, an injury can keep the victim from working for a prolonged period and require him or her to undergo extensive medical treatment.

If you drive or ride a bicycle in Brooklyn, know the laws that apply to your case and how personal injury claims work. You could find yourself facing financial expenses after an accident and considering filing a personal injury claim to seek compensation for them.

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Occupational Exposure to Lead in the Construction Industry

Posted on June 14, 2017 by

Working in the construction industry is the leading cause of lead poisoning in adults. In New York, many buildings are older and contain lead paint, lead pipes, lead in the glaze of ceramic floor tiles, and lead in items around the building, such as ceramic products and jewelry.

OSHA has guidelines in place to protect construction industry workers from lead exposure on the job. When an employer violates these guidelines, workers can suffer from the effects of lead poisoning. Those who suffer from financial damages as a result of their exposure can seek compensation for their damages through construction accident claims.

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Auto Accidents Caused by Negligent Car Maintenance

Posted on May 23, 2017 by

As you know, speeding and text messaging while driving are types of driver negligence that can put the driver and others on the road at risk of being injured in an accident. These types of negligence are often mentioned in discussions about car accidents, but they are not the only types of negligence that can lead to car accidents. Vehicle owners have the responsibility to safely maintain their vehicles. When a car owner fails to do this, he or she becomes more likely to cause an accident and potentially injure another motorist, a passenger, a bicyclist, or a pedestrian.

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Keep Safe with New York City’s New Sidewalk Shed Map

Posted on May 16, 2017 by

The New York City Building Department recently released a new map – included below – showing the location, age, size, and type of each piece of scaffolding in the city. The types listed on the map include construction scaffolding, maintenance scaffolding, and scaffolding on buildings designated as Safe with a Repair and Maintenance Program (SWARMP). Pedestrians and cyclists can use this map to plan their routes to avoid scaffolding when they can and when they cannot, to traverse through these areas safely.

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