Every day, people get into accidents. They may slip and fall in a grocery store. They may take their medicine and suffer serious side effects. Some are injured by their doctor during surgery. Many get into serious car accidents and see their lives changed forever.
Construction is one of the most dangerous job industries. There are so many elements involved, such as electricity, heights, tools and machinery. One of the most dangerous is heights, particularly roofing. Working on a roof is no easy task, especially when inclement weather is involved. One of the biggest concerns for roofers is traumatic brain injuries.
This time of year is dangerous when it comes to walking and driving. Winter weather conditions can lead to icy sidewalks and roads. These can be dangerous for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. Cars and bicycles have no traction on ice, while pedestrians can slip and fall on ice and suffer back and head injuries and even die.
Not everyone can see black ice, which makes it especially dangerous. Black ice forms in rainy weather, when the air’s surface is at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The rain freezes once it hits the ground, creating ice. When the ice or snow melts and then freezes again, it creates black ice.
Read on to learn about where to find black ice, how to stay safe and what the law says about liability for slipping on ice injuries.
Chipotle – best known for providing high-quality, fresh ingredients in its nation-wide burrito chain stores – was linked to several food-borne illness cases in 2015. According to a BuzzFeed news report, the problems occurred in its California and Minnesota stores in addition to those located in Washington and Oregon. Chipotle has experienced as many as three outbreaks over the course of a few months.
Chipotle is not alone in experiencing food-borne illness problems. Indeed, the strain of e. coli affecting its Pacific Northwest stores is the same one that affected Jimmy John’s restaurants in 2012. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the number of foodborne outbreaks has been steadily increasing since 2011.
If you or someone you know believes he or she has been contaminated with a food-borne illness as a result of the wrongdoing of another, contact a seasoned Brooklyn personal injury attorney right away.
Top Food-borne Illnesses
There are several types of food-borne illnesses, commonly referred to as “food poisoning,” which can make a person sick. The most common, however, are E.coli, norovirus, salmonella, shigella, and hepatitis A. The first three are the top food-borne illnesses, according to research.
- E.coli – this is a bacterium that produces a deadly toxin and is found in undercooked or raw meat (particularly hamburger meat) produce, and raw milk. E.coli is responsible for about 73,000 cases of foodborne illnesses annually in the U.S. Symptoms include cramping, dehydration and severe diarrhea.
- Norovirus – the leading cause of diarrhea in the nation, this highly infectious virus transfers to any type of food if it is handled by someone who has norovirus. Symptoms include nausea, fever, vomiting and cramps.
- Salmonella – the most common cause of foodborne deaths, salmonella causes millions of cases of foodborne illnesses and can be found in raw or undercooked eggs, seafood, dairy products, undercooked meat or poultry, as well as fruits and vegetables. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, cramps and fever.
- Shigella – poor hygiene allows shigella to be easily passed from person to person, and accounts for approximately 300,000 cases of diarrhea. Sources of shigella consist of unclean water, milk and dairy products as well as salads. Symptoms beyond diarrhea include fever, chills and dehydration.
- Hepatitis A – a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus, which can affect anyone and can consist of isolated cases or a widespread epidemic. Symptoms include jaundice, loss of appetite, cramps, diarrhea, fever and fatigue.
Personal Injury Attorneys & Help in New York
Foodborne illnesses are a costly, yet preventable, public health risk. The CDC estimates that each year 1 in 6 Americans get sick from food poisoning. As many as 250 different foodborne illnesses have been recognized. If you or someone you know is experiencing any or all of the symptoms listed above and resides in New York, food poisoning may be the cause. Accordingly, an experienced Brooklyn personal injury attorney should be contacted immediately. The legal professionals at the Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum serves all of New York, including Brooklyn and the Bronx. Call (718) 237-5586 or click here today for your initial case evaluation.
Tackled by undercover law enforcement, slammed on the ground, handcuffed and detained – this was not the experience former tennis star James Blake was expecting when he was en route to attend a U.S. Open event in Flushing. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened, according to a recent Time Magazine report. Mistaken for an identity theft suspect, 35-year-old Blake reports not one of the plain-clothed Caucasian officers identified themselves when they tackled him in front of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Midtown. The Harvard-educated former professional athlete was waiting for a car ride and had just finished an interview with a magazine writer. Continue reading
Two patient deaths at a UCLA hospital have been linked to two medical scopes that still carried deadly bacteria, despite being properly disinfected, according to a recent CNN News report. Seven hospital patients have been infected with the superbug, known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (“CRE”), at the hospital including the most recent deaths. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CRE can kill up to half of the patients who contract this deadly bacterium.
Playgrounds in New York provide children and their families with a healthy, enjoyable form of outdoor entertainment. Playgrounds, however, can also pose significant safety and health risks for children if they are not properly maintained. For example, injuries can occur from improperly maintained surfaces or protruding nails from playground equipment. Notably, injuries at playgrounds in New York have become an increasing problem. Continue reading
Construction sites can pose significant dangers for construction workers, especially when adequate safety precautions are not taken. There is, however, another group that also faces dangers from construction sites: pedestrians. A recent online article in the Wall Street Journal looked into the dangers that pedestrians throughout New York City face from construction sites.
According to the article, at least once a month, a pedestrian walking the streets of New York City is injured by something at a construction site. The culprit? New York City pedestrians are injured by a variety of different objects that fall from a construction site or that are improperly maintained. Examples include falling bricks or tools, windblown fences, and collapsing sidewalks. Continue reading
There are about 6.5 million construction workers employed at about 250,000 different worksites across the United States. And every year, thousands of construction workers are injured or killed at these worksites, often as a result of negligence on behalf of the construction site owner, contractor or sub-contractor. Some of the most dangerous hazards at construction sites include scaffolding, excavations, ladders, falling objects, and electrical wiring. Construction sites present precarious situations and even the most innocuous objects can be deadly.
A concrete wall recently fell on and killed a 47-year-old construction worker who had been working at a construction site at a Long Island home.
According to authorities, the worker and two other men had been installing a staircase in a basement apartment that was under renovation in Huntington Station. The workers had built two retaining walls for an outside entrance. When they were in the process of installing steps for the staircase, one of the retaining walls unexpectedly fell and killed one of the workers. Emergency personnel responding to the scene pronounced the man dead at the construction site. Fortunately, the other construction workers did not suffer any injuries.