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IMG_0191.JPG El martes, día 2 de febrero me invitaron de nuevo para enseñar una clase en a Compensación de Trabajadores, Demandas de Lesiones Personales, y las leyes de Discapacidad del Seguro Social en el auditorio principal del Hospital Lincoln. Es un privilegio apoderar a los hombres y mujeres que trabajan con el conocimiento de cómo proteger sus beneficios si se lesionan la espalda, el cuello, los hombros, las rodillas, o si se desarrolla el síndrome del túnel carpiano mientras se trabaja en la construcción, o en un andamio o escalera, o en un ascensor accidente, o cuando el techo se derrumba, o en un accidente de ascensor, o en cuidando los ancianos y discapacitados. Con Elizabeth Ríos, mi Asistente Legal Principal, y el recipiente de un Certificado en Liderazgo Latino de Trabajo de la Universidad de Cornell, yo era capaz de enseñar a los trabajadores hispanohablantes que estaban presiente. A finales de este mes estaré enseñando en el Hospital Presbiteriano de Alto Manhattan, y por un grupo de trabajadores de la construcción en Queens: no puedo estar más emocionado y agradecido de poder compartir mis conocimientos con los hombres y mujeres trabajadores de la ciudad de Nueva York.


IMG_0191.JPG  On Tuesday, February 2nd, I was again invited to teach Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury, and Social Security Disability laws in the main auditorium at Lincoln Hospital. It's a privilege to empower working men and women with knowledge how to protect their benefits if they injure their back or neck, or shoulders or knees, or develop carpal tunnel syndrome, while working in construction or on a scaffold or ladder, or in an elevator accident, or when a roof collapses, or in a construction hole, or in caring for the elderly and disabled. With Elizabeth Rios, my Chief Paralegal and recipient of a Certificate in Latino Labor Leadership from Cornell University, I was able to teach the Spanish-speaking workers in attendance. Later this month I will be teaching at Presbyterian Hospital in upper Manhattan, and for a group of construction workers in Queens: I cannot be more excited and gratified to be sharing my knowledge with the working men and women of New York City.  

How can New Yorkers protect themselves from medical mistakes?

People in New York, and elsewhere, depend on their medical providers to look out for their health and well-being. Unfortunately, however, medical errors commonly happen, putting patients at risk. In fact, U.S. News & World Report LP, reports that over 200,000 people die each year as a result of preventable medical mistakes. However, there are some things that patients can do to help protect themselves.

One of the most common types of errors that result in patient injuries are medication-related mistakes. In order to prevent these types of errors, it may be helpful for patients to ensure that all of their doctors know about all of the medications that they are taking. Furthermore, they should ensure that their health care providers know about any adverse reactions or allergies that they have had to medications. People should not be afraid to ask questions to ensure they know what they are taking, for how long they will be on it and what the potential side effects are.

New York flight attendants may be injured on turbulent flights

Nearly every passenger flight that departs from the airports in New York, and elsewhere, are staffed with flight attendants. According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, having flight attendants on such flights is required by law. While performing their duties, which include providing routine services and responding to emergency situations that may arise in-flight, flight attendants are at risk of suffering injuries due to turbulence.

Turbulence is a type of air movement. It may be created by a number of factors, including jet streams, atmospheric pressure, thunderstorms, air around mountains or weather fronts. Often, turbulence occurs unexpectedly, which puts flight attendants at risk. In fact, 216 crew members were injured on turbulent flights between 2002 and 2013.

Darren Rumack Admitted to Washington D.C. Bar

We are very proud to announce that Darren Rumack has been admitted to the Washington, D.C. bar. Darren has had great success representing our clients who have been victimized by unscrupulous employers who commit wage theft and other illegal workplace abuses. He has secured justice for our clients who have been paid less than the legal minimum wage, who have been cheated out of their overtime pay and proper lunch and dinner breaks, and whose employers have refused to pay them their earned wages.

Do New York truckers spend too much time on the road?

According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, there were more than 11,000 collisions involving large trucks in 2014. In some cases, trucking accidents are the result of trucker fatigue. This is the case despite regulations, which are aimed at limiting the amount of time that truckers spend on the road.

In order to ensure their safety, as well as that of you and the other drivers with whom they share the road, there are regulations that specify when and how long truckers are allowed to drive. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, these limitations are meant to ensure that truckers stay alert and awake while they are behind the wheel. This may help to reduce the number of commercial vehicle-related collisions.

New York man crushed, killed in faulty elevator accident

Property owners in New York, and elsewhere, have a responsibility to ensure people’s safety when they are on their premises. This includes maintaining their buildings, elevators and sidewalks to ensure that dangerous conditions do not exist. Failing to do so could contribute to causing accidents, which may result in serious injuries or death.

One New York family entered into the New Year grieving the loss of a young man who was killed in an elevator accident. He was on his way to a New Year’s Eve party in the building. According to reports, there are a number of complaints about the building’s elevators on file with the Department of Buildings. The 25-year-old man was crushed when his body became lodged between the elevator and the third floor of the building.

Avoiding drunk driving accidents in New York

According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, there were more than 7,800 alcohol-related auto accidents in 2014 alone. As a result of such accidents, the drunk drivers themselves, you or the occupants in your vehicle may suffer serious injuries or death. At the Klein Law Group, P.C., we are often asked how people can avoid drunk driving collisions. In this post, we will discuss how to spot potential drunk drivers, which may help ensure their safety on the roads.

The effects that alcohol can have on the human body may make it difficult for drivers to focus and safely operate vehicles. Consequently, drivers who are under the influence often drive erratically. Some of the most common signs that a driver is under the influence include the following:

  •          Weaving in and out of traffic
  •          Swerving across the road
  •          Driving on the wrong side of the road
  •          Failing to use the appropriate driving signals
  •          Neglecting to turn on the vehicle’s headlights at night
  •          Having delayed reactions to traffic signals

What are CLASBIs and how can they be prevented?

Unfortunately, doctor errors and substandard care often occur in New York, and elsewhere. In some cases, this leads to serious medical ailments, including the development of central line-associated bloodstream infections, which may cause patients’ conditions to worsen or become deadly. In fact, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that central line-associated bloodstream infections, or CLASBIs, result in between 10,426 and 25,145 deaths each year. Despite the serious issue posed by these serious infections, however, there are things that health care providers and patients can do to reduce the occurrence of CLASBIs.

A type of bloodstream infection, CLASBIs generally develop due to bacteria or germs entering the bloodstream through central venous catheters. Also known as central lines, central venous catheters are sometimes inserted into the large veins in patients’ necks, groins or chests to collect blood, administer medications or provide patients with fluids.

Repetitive stress injuries and New York workers’ compensation

Workers in nearly every field and occupation have some risk of suffering work-related injuries or deaths. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 78 workers died on the job in New York City in 2014 alone, and many more suffered occupational injuries. While bumps, bruises and broken bones are all common on the job injuries, many people also develop repetitive motion injuries on the job.

In general, repetitive motion injuries, or repetitive stress injuries, are a type of tissue injury. They commonly develop due to repeated motions, such as using a scanner, typing, lifting items or operating a jackhammer, which workers may perform as a part of their regular job duties. There are a number of conditions, which may be categorized as repetitive motion injuries. The most common of these are tendonitis and bursitis.

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