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June 2018 Archives

East Harlem crane fall injures 3 construction workers

Despite the large number of high-rise buildings here in New York City, not all serious construction accidents occur at high altitudes. Case in point is an accident that sent three construction workers to Harlem Hospital on June 25. One of them was reported to be in critical condition. Another was described as suffering nonlife-threatening, but nonetheless serious, injuries. The third reportedly suffered minor injuries.

DAILY LIVING ACTIVITY AND YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY CASE

The Social Security Administration or Law Judge must determine whether you are able to perform any gainful employment-not just the job you are trained for. How you get through your day-the tasks and errands you can do for yourself, and those you can't-are an important part of your case. Can you fix your own meals? Do your own laundry and clean your house? Do you travel to buy groceries, or to spend time socializing with friends or other groups of people? All these questions, and more, are part of the case you will present to the judge.

A Midtown construction site worker dies after a glass panel falls

A construction site near the intersection of 57th Street and Seventh Avenue in Midtown Manhattan was the scene of a fatal incident on Saturday, May 26. That morning, a large glass panel fell from the first floor of one of the city's largest skyscrapers, the Central Park Tower, killing a security guard and injuring a worker standing beneath it.

Workers' comp does not justify employer retaliation

Employers enjoy a significant amount of protection from workers' compensation insurance, in addition to the protections that it offers to employees. In most cases, employees receive benefits from their workers' compensation claim, but they may not pursue another lawsuit against the employer, shielding the employer from a much larger potential loss.

WORKERS' COMPENSATION WIDOW'S BENEFITS IN A HIGHLY UNUSUAL CASE

In 1999 I won lifetime benefits for a dye and ink mixer named Jimmy Blackwell (not his real name) who had hurt his back in 1993. In 2017, Jimmy's wife visited me to report that he had died of pulmonary fibrosis. Jimmy hadn't worked in many decades, so I advised his wife that it would be a long-shot, at best, to relate his pulmonary fibrosis to his occupational exposure as an ink mixer decades earlier for the purpose of winning benefits for her. Nevertheless, I took on the case, warning Mrs. Blackwell that it would take years for a decision.

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