Across our great nation, approximately 94 percent of employees – about 140 million workers – are covered by workers’ compensation insurance. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) as of November 2015, New York workers’ compensation has paid more than $412 million in compensation to claimants. Medical expenses were more than $17 million in addition to this prior number. Approximately 12,000 workers’ compensation claims are filed each year by claimants living in New York while worksites located in New York accounted for tens of thousands of additional claims.
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.
In what is just the latest of abnormally dangerous construction-related accidents this year in New York, a recent incident in early June resulted in a 12-ton heating and air-conditioning unit plummeting 30 stories onto Madison Avenue. According to a New York Times report, the number of construction accidents has been on the rise. New York City’s Building Department (NYBD) has recorded eight fatal construction-related accidents just in 2015, the highest it has been since the 2008 boom.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a construction-related accident in New York, whether as a worker or an innocent bystander, contact one of the most experienced construction accident attorneys Brooklyn has to offer. Continue reading
Given the number of pedestrians and cyclists on the streets of New York, it comes as a pleasant surprise that more accidents do not occur than are currently reported. Nevertheless, accidents unfortunately do happen, and the results can be catastrophic. Often accidents between pedestrians and cyclists are relatively minor and do not involve any injures. But, sometimes these accidents can have deadly consequences, as evidenced by a recent crash involving a pedestrian and bicyclist in New York City’s Central Park. Contacting a Brooklyn accident attorney can help answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding your case.
According to a 2012 report from the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, construction is one of the deadliest industries for workers. Construction accidents accounted for 19 percent of occupational fatalities in New York. Transportation was the second most deadly sector in New York.
New York construction accidents are far too common and can cause serious injuries. The New York office of OSHA believes that many construction accidents in New York can be prevented by making work sites safer and by enforcing health and safety regulations.
According to the New York Daily News, a passenger in a car was killed early in the morning on August 17th when a drunk driver slammed into the car she was riding in near Crown Heights. As the Altima the passenger was riding in attempted to make a left turn, the driver of a Chevrolet Camaro slammed into the Altima, tearing off its back portion and sending it careening into parked cars. Although the victim was transferred to Kings County Hospital, she was pronounced dead upon arrival. Both drivers were arrested and charged with drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter.
The sad story discussed above unfortunately is all too common on New York City roads, especially late at night. When individuals choose to operate vehicles while intoxicated, they are taking an extreme risk of injuring themselves, their passengers, or the occupants of other vehicles. Such behavior is not only criminal in nature, it is morally reprehensible and can subject the guilty to substantial civil liability should the families of the victims choose to file a lawsuit. If you or someone you love has been injured by a drunk driver, do not hesitate to contact an auto accident lawyer in Brooklyn at the Law Offices of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum for a free evaluation of your case.
According to a recent report, a jackhammer chisel flew through a window adjacent to an Asphalt Green construction site that also borders a children’s facility where 400 children play outside daily. Current construction at the site involves the installation of manholes and telecommunications equipment. Although members of the community have urged the company to relocate this work or find a safer alternative, work has continued, and a woman suffered cuts and bruises from shattered glass after the chisel flew through the window.
This incident is yet another example of construction companies failing to adequately protect the safety of the environment surrounding their work. If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident, let the Brooklyn construction accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum help you understand how you may be able to recover compensation.
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When you are injured due to someone else’s negligence or actions, there are undoubtedly many things racing through your head. Of course, the most important consideration you may face is how long it will take to recover from your accident-related injuries and be back to work and doing the things that you love.
With this, somewhere in the line of questions that will race through your mind will be whether or not to hire a personal injury lawyer to help you recover damages for the injuries that you have suffered. Even if your ultimate goal is to settle the case, it is important to contact an experienced New York personal injury lawyer for a free consultation to help you understand your rights and what options you may have.
New York may have more mass transit options compared to other cities, but particularly in Manhattan, a significant amount of travel is done in the taxicabs that have become synonymous with the City. And while the vast majority of taxi cab travel occurs without incident, some taxi trips can turn tragic. New Yorkers witnessed how grave the damage can be on August 20th, when a taxi jumped a curb and collided with a woman near Rockefeller Center, causing her to lose her left leg. Now, the woman — Sian Green, a 25-year-old visitor from Great Britain, plans to sue the City of New York, alleging the taxi driver should not have been permitted to drive a cab. Auto accidents are nothing new in New York City. However, the incident that caused the accident included a bicycle messenger with a long history of arrests and a taxi driver with several moving violations and an accident on his record. The question that only the courts can decide is: was the City negligent in issuing a taxi license to a driver with a bad safety record? If you find yourself in a situation involving an auto accident, contact a New York accident attorney that will fight to obtain a full and maximum settlement for you.
According to the woman’s attorney, the taxi cab driver at fault in the incident — Mohammed Faysal Himon, 24 — had seven points on his license and demonstrated a failure to keep pedestrians safe. A computer glitch in the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s system apparently allowed Himon to maintain his license, which ended up being a tragic mistake. Himon was driving near Rockefeller Center when he began jockeying for position with a bike messenger. Himon then lost control of the cab, causing it to lurch over the curb and collide violently with Green. In addition to losing her left leg, Green has severe nerve damage in her right leg and suffered a traumatic brain injury.
With more than 8 million people, New York is the city with the largest population in the United States. It is also one of the most popular destinations for tourists in the world as almost 50 million visitors come to the city each year. New York is home to more than 13,000 yellow taxis, but it is not always easy to find one when you need it. Unfortunately, some taxi cab drivers in New York City drive dangerously; therefore, it is important for the city to enforce rules and standards on taxi cab drivers.
New York City taxi accidents occur frequently. The accidents might involve pedestrians, bicycles or other vehicles. Each year, almost 5,000 accidents involving cabs are reported in New York City. Many of these accidents are due to competing taxi cabs, two cabs “dueling” for the same fare, distracted drivers or cell phone usage by drivers which despite it being illegal is still common. Many of these accidents result in serious injury or death. The injury and fatality rate is higher than regular cars because many people who ride in taxi cabs fail to wear a seat belt. If you’ve been in an accident where your taxi driver was driving recklessly, you should contact a New York car accident lawyer. The same is true if you are a pedestrian struck by a recklessly driven cab.