In Manhattan, new skyscrapers gleam against the original structures of New York’s heritage. As fresh developments change the landscape, however, many older buildings are being forgotten. The rising issue of poor structural maintenance threatens the safety of New York residents. In some cases, the building could collapse, causing serious injury to you and your family.
Whether you accept the consensus of weather scientists about climate change, one thing is not in dispute. Winter in the United States is shorter than it used to be. This fact has made headlines recently. Data from more than 100 years of record keeping and compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration proves that first frosts are happening about one month later than a century ago. At the same time, the last frosts of spring are coming earlier than they did in 1916.
For nearly a decade, it looked like the number of motor vehicle-related deaths in the United States was decreasing and would steadily continue. That isn't bearing out.
"This is an epidemic that must end now." That declaration comes from a leader in New York's construction trades after two workers plunged to their deaths at separate sites in Manhattan in recent days.
Everybody knows that distracted driving is a significant problem nationwide, despite the obvious dangers this activity entails and efforts to educate the public the risks. Texting and driving, like other forms of addiction, is a hard habit to break, even if the potential harm is clear.
In any personal injury case, gathering as much and as accurate information as possible about the accident is important for a couple reasons. For one thing, it allows accident victims to get a sense of what specific factors or causes are behind the accident and to determine who may be responsible for causing or contributing to the accident. Thorough and accurate information about a crash also helps accident victims determine the extent to which each party contributed to the accident for purposes of comparative liability.
As a pedestrian, there are times when you slip and fall without any external cause. For example, this may be the result of your clumsiness or an untied shoelace.
Readers may remember that it was over two years ago that actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was involved in a serious truck accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. That crash proved fatal to fellow comedian James McNair, and seriously injurious for Morgan. It was, according to reports, over a year after the accident before Morgan was able to return to work.
In a previous post, we looked briefly at the issue of fall protection on construction sites, nothing that employers are required under federal regulations to take certain steps to protect their workers from falls on construction sites. For construction workers who do become injured, of course, the big question is: what are my options for compensation?
New York City can be a hazardous place to walk. Uneven sidewalks, slippery pavement, spills on floors, poor lighting and other hazards can make a slip-and-fall fairly easy for anyone walking our city's streets. However, many of these types of injuries are preventable, and you can take action against negligent property owners when you are injured on their property.