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A driver could lose focus, cause a pedestrian accident

As a driver, you understand that you could be operating your vehicle in close proximity to pedestrians. For example, this typically comes into play if you're driving through a busy city.

Conversely, as a pedestrian, you realize that you need to take extra caution to avoid trouble. You never want to find yourself in a situation where you've been struck by a vehicle.

Tips for preventing slips and trips in the workplace

Regardless of your position, responsibilities or place of business, nothing changes the fact that you could suffer an injury on the job at some point. While most workers are able to avoid this, there is no guarantee that you can do the same.

Slips and trips are among the most common workplace accidents. You need to understand the common causes of these accidents, as this knowledge will help you avoid trouble.

ARE WORKERS' COMP & PERSONAL INJURY SEPARATE CASES?

Many workers who get hurt on the job have as many as THREE different cases they can bring.  Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury, and Social Security Disability. 

RECENT WAGE THEFT SUCCESSES

A working man or woman in New York who puts in an honest day's work expects and deserves an honest--and legal--day's pay.  It's unforgiveable when employers fail--or outright refuse--to pay at least the legal minimum wage, or overtime, or who abuse break time and other workers' rights.  We fight against this illegal and immoral behaviour, and we don't let our defendants off the hook until we have satisfaction for our clients. 

ONE MILLION DOLLARS PLUS IN SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS!

I am proud to announce that last year we recovered more than one million dollars in Social Security Disability benefits for our clients. 

Do you ever forget these ladder safety tips?

Using ladders on the job can increase efficiency while carrying out various tasks. Unfortunately, using a ladder is also dangerous if you don't know exactly what you're doing. Even if you use this tool every day of the week, it's still possible you could make a mistake that leads to a serious injury.

While it sounds simple enough to safely use a ladder, here are some safety tips you can never afford to overlook:

  • Inspect the ladder for damage or defects before use
  • Always keep three points of contact
  • Make sure the ladder is placed on firm and level ground
  • Don't attempt to reach when standing on a ladder
  • Don't carry a heavy load up or down a ladder
  • Make sure you use the right ladder for the job
  • Don't use a ladder in inclement weather, such as heavy rain or strong winds
  • Avoid setting the ladder in high traffic areas, such as next to a door, street or busy sidewalk

Medical conditions caused by construction accidents

As a construction worker, you know there is more than one type of accident that could result in serious injury or even death.

However, what you may not realize is the type of medical conditions that could result from a construction site accident. Here is a short list of some of the most common:

  • Fractures or broken bones
  • Amputation of a limb, such as a toe or finger
  • Lacerations or cuts
  • Burns
  • Eye injuries, including full or partial blindness
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Loss of hearing
  • Shoulder, ankle or knee injuries
  • Toxic exposure
  • Spinal cord trauma
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Concussion

Support for workers who experienced occupational hearing loss

Hearing loss is one of the most common occupational hazards that New York workers may face. Long-term exposure to loud noises can lead to the eventual loss of some or all of your hearing. Despite the fact that it is one of the most common occupational hazards, many people do not understand that if they experience this, they could qualify for workers' compensation benefits.

The loss of your hearing can affect your life on a permanent basis. It can leave you unable to perform the functions of your job and perhaps require you to find employment in another area. Whether your hearing loss is permanent or temporary, partial or complete, you may find it beneficial to seek a full understanding of your legal options and rights.

WORKERS COMP EMPLOYER PENALTY SUCCESS STORY

A family-owned bodega in the Bronx contacted me because they had a very serious and complicated workers' compensation no-insurance employer's penalty that they could not afford to pay.

Disorganization and chemicals can pose work-related safety risks

Workplace injuries present a serious threat to many people. Even if you believe you work in a relatively safe environment, you may only have this belief because you have not recognized potential risks at your worksite. Unfortunately, overlooking potential hazards or having an employer who does not provide proper safety equipment and training could result in a serious accident.

If you work in the construction industry or another occupation that often has considerable work-related risks, you may know that certain issues such as having to work high off the ground or with machinery could pose safety hazards. However, numerous other hazards may prove less obvious, though common.

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