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Safety Inspections on Subway Escalators Reveal Defects

In May of 2017, the New York City Comptroller released a report on the safety inspections on subway escalators for the New York subway system. The results were not pretty. Many of them had significant defects that required a shutdown of the escalator until it was repaired. Every year, about 10,000 people become injured in an escalator accident. Many of them are children. This is fewer than the 12,000 people who die in staircase falls […]

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Getting Litigious about Food Poisoning

Recently, the San Francisco Department of Public Health made a public announcement concerning food poisoning. The department warned the public against purchasing herbal tea at a shop called the Sun Wing Wo Trading Company. The reason for the warning was due to two victims suffering illnesses –  one even dying – after drinking a toxic cup of tea. The herbal tea at the shop contained Aconite, a lethal poison. Unfortunately, there is no antidote for Aconite […]

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Ladder Accidents

Ladders are great tools for climbing to hard to reach places, but can be extremely dangerous. In the United States, 20% of fall accidents involve a ladder, but on construction sites, ladders are involved in 81% of fall accidents. How Does a Ladder Accident Occur? Ladders come in all shapes and sizes, and as a result have their own unique possibilities for failure. Even when used correctly, a defective ladder can lead to serious injury. […]

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How Workplace Injury Compensation Works in New York

  When an employee suffers an injury in the workplace, in addition to the physical pain and emotional distress, they also often encounter financial problems.   Treatment for the injury can result in high medical bills, and a serious injury may make the employee unable to work for an extended amount of time, resulting in lost wages. A debilitating injury may even affect the employee’s ability to work and earn income in the future.   […]

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You Just Got into an Accident in NY – Who Should You Call?

  Getting in a car accident always comes as a shock – even a minor accident can leave you shaken up for a few days, not to mention the possibility of injuries that could be life-changing.   What you do immediately following a car accident is crucial both for your safety and to ensure that you will be able to recover damages from your insurance company, and potentially from the responsible driver, who could be […]

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Pedestrian Accidents in New York: What You Can Do to Prevent Them

  Pedestrian accidents are happening more and more often.   In 2014, there were 4,884 pedestrian fatalities across the U.S. This number rose to 5,375 pedestrian fatalities in 2015, the latest year for which numbers are available.   Why is this happening? While there are probably a number of factors, one of the biggest is that both pedestrians and drivers are distracted by their phones. Additionally, pedestrians don’t use crosswalks as often as they should, […]

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Here's Why Most Burn Injuries Happen in New York

Recently, a fire started on the first floor of an apartment building around 10:40 p.m. in Long Island City. Eight people were injured, including one with serious injuries.   What happened?   One resident said a “wall of smoke” was near her door, and another resident said the smoke prevented her from exiting down the hall.   Firefighters responded to the call and worked on rescuing a man who was unable to move. The man […]

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Here’s Why Most Burn Injuries Happen in New York

Recently, a fire started on the first floor of an apartment building around 10:40 p.m. in Long Island City. Eight people were injured, including one with serious injuries. What happened? One resident said a “wall of smoke” was near her door, and another resident said the smoke prevented her from exiting down the hall. Firefighters responded to the call and worked on rescuing a man who was trapped by clutter and unable to move. The […]

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How Opioid Injury Lawsuits Work in New York

  Major manufacturers of opioids are facing class action suits across the country and here in New York. The claims say that several major manufacturers were negligent and deceptive in their marketing and distribution of opioids. Manufacturers knew the drugs were unsafe and misrepresented the risks.   Among the claimants are the states of New Mexico and Michigan, as well as the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, as American Indians have disproportionately experienced many detrimental […]

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New Yorkers Can Sue for These Types of Damages Due to Asbestos

  It was only a few decades ago that people everywhere were singing the praises of asbestos. After all, it was naturally occurring, strong, a good insulator, and resistant to heat. Because of this, asbestos was used just about everywhere – in pipe wrappings, roof coatings, for brake pads, and more. There was particularly heavy use in building construction.   Now, of course, we know better. When dust from asbestos gets into our lungs, it […]

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