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Effect of New York safety training on construction work accidents

In 2018, ABC News reported that the New York City construction training was far too easy to cheat. To combat the ongoing problem of construction site fatalities, the city made 10 to 30 hours of safety training mandatory for construction workers. Laws stipulated that the training should be monitored to ensure workers do not cheat. However, the website-served training was often not monitored at all. In fact, people were able to get an OSHA certification for Fred Flintstone the cartoon character just to prove a point.

Less than a year later, CBS reported that construction had become New York City’s deadliest occupation. And, even worse, construction accidents and the resulting deaths and injuries are all on the rise. City data shows that injuries are up by 221% compared to five years ago, while construction work fatalities increased by 33% during the same period. This further begs the question of whether or not the safety training is at all effective for preventing construction work accidents, especially those that lead to disability or death.

What to do if you only have minor injuries after a car accident

News outlets tend to only focus on major car accidents. Recently near New York, nine people suffered injuries from a multi-car crash that occurred on the Garden State Parkway. 

The majority of auto accidents that occur are relatively minor. They may only entail small fender benders where no substantial damage transpired. Many people think they can settle these small matters quickly, but the truth is that you want to follow all the same steps as if you had suffered significant injuries. 

Common nursing home injuries may indicate abuse

Many New York residents prefer to care for their elderly family members themselves, but sometimes health issues require medical care and equipment that is only available in a nursing home. While most nursing homes provide exceptional care, there are some instances of neglect and abuse. Nursing home injuries are usually related to simple accidents, but they are sometimes indicators of substandard care. Knowing the most common signs of abuse and neglect may help people protect their loved ones.

The National Center on Elder Abuse provides resources to help prevent the mistreatment of elderly people. According to the NCEA, some of the common signs of physical abuse include bruises, broken bones and abrasions. Sexual abuse may cause bruising or other injuries to genital areas. Nursing home injuries may also affect a resident's emotional and/or mental state. Some warning signs of mental or emotional abuse include depression, unusual behavior, anxiety or refusal to participate in standard activities. Weight loss, poor hygiene and bedsores may indicate neglect or insufficient care.

What are bedsores?

You expect New York nursing homes to provide the best care possible. This is especially important for people with limited mobility, who must be helped in and out of bed to ensure they don't injure themselves. Bedsores are a significant concern in this case, as these injuries can be quite severe for older people and those with compromised immune systems. The Mayo Clinic explains more about bedsores and why they happen. 

Bedsores occur when an area of the skin is subject to pressure over an extended period of time. This stops blood from flowing properly to the area and when combined with other factors can lead to a sore that never properly heals. Along with pressure, there are two other factors that contribute to the development of bedsores. Shearing happens when the skin is pulled in the opposite direction, which is common when a person moves around a bed. Friction is another serious issue. This happens when fabric, such as clothing or bedding, moves against the skin. 

The pros and cons of settling with a trucking company

Injuries you suffer as the result of a collision with a commercial truck can be serious and have ramifications for the rest of your life. While a New York civil trial may take some time, pursuing the compensation you deserve for your pains remains your right. However, some trucking companies may try to persuade injury victims to settle a collision claim through alternative means. While an injury victim can benefit from settling with a trucking company, there are still drawbacks to watch out for.

Per FindLaw, the obvious benefit to avoiding a trial is that you save money in legal costs and do not have to wait as long to receive compensation. An alternate method of resolution, like mediation or negotiation, can also induce a trucking company to be more forthcoming about the facts of the accident since they do not have to publicly admit guilt. Also, the proceedings can be calmer and more pleasant than a trial, which may help the parties come to an agreement.

What damages can you seek in a New York wrongful death claim?

If you have suffered the death of a loved one in New York due to the negligent or reckless actions of others, you may consider filing a wrongful death claim. Although such an action will not bring back the person you lost, it may provide you and the others he or she left behind with some financial relief as you grieve and adjust. Therefore, it may be helpful for you to understand the types of damages that may be awarded in wrongful death actions.

New York state law dictates that juries or judges in wrongful death cases may award pecuniary damages in an amount that they deem just and fair for the related losses. These types of damages cover those losses that can be measured in financial terms. This includes any medical bills incurred prior to your loved one’s death as a result of the injuries he or she suffered, as well as any reasonable funerary expenses that you were responsible for.

When you are hurt in a car accident caused by a pothole

Numerous potholes plague New York streets. The recent winter storm has brought a new batch of potholes, and this spells danger for any motorists out there. 

A pothole can contribute to a crash with another vehicle. However, it can also cause damage to only one car, and that damage comes with any injuries the people inside sustain. Many wonder what their options are when a pothole clearly shares some of the blame. Above all else, it is vital to have professional assistance to help guide you through this process. 

When a passenger is hurt in a motorcycle crash

There are a number of considerations when it comes to motorcycle collisions, from factors which cause crashes to the consequences of a wreck. Sometimes, these accidents are the result of negligence on behalf of someone operating a passenger vehicle or a truck, while other accidents may be caused by a motorcyclist’s error or recklessness. Moreover, some accidents can be especially tough, such as those which involve a passenger riding along on a motorcycle.

When it comes to the consequences of a crash, motorcycle passengers face the same risks. Some may feel as if they do not have any control over the situation and it can be extremely devastating when a motorcycle passenger is involved in a collision. Passengers may be thrown from the motorcycle or struck by another vehicle. These accidents can claim the lives of passengers, as well as those operating motorcycles, and they can also lead to massive injuries such as brain trauma, a broken back, spinal cord injuries and so on.

E-cigarettes and driving

When it comes to e-cigarettes, there are a number of potential reasons why they can be dangerous behind the wheel. First, these devices can be very distracting, and distracted driving has claimed countless lives over the years. Aside from taking a driver’s attention off of the road, they can also result in intoxication. For example, someone who is inexperienced with these devices may become dizzy or feel lightheaded behind the wheel, which can be very dangerous too.

The use of e-cigarettes, also known as vape pens, is especially prominent among young adults and teenagers, some of whom may be inexperienced drivers as well. As a result, the potentially distracting and intoxicating effects of e-cigarettes can be especially dangerous for younger drivers. If you have a child who likes to vape, it is important to discuss these risks with them and make sure that they stay safe and focused while driving.

Safely sharing the roads with big rigs

With more vehicles on New York highways than ever before, sharing the road is critical. The trucking industry is a vital part of the U.S. economy, and safely sharing the road requires extra precautions. The team at Brenna Boyce PLLC Attorney at Law often represents clients catastrophically injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer truck.

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company reports that driving near big trucks is different than when traveling alongside passenger vehicles. Due to their size, their blind spot is bigger; they need more time to stop and require more space to maneuver.  It also takes more time to pass them. As a result, you must take appropriate action:

  • Maintain a steady speed.
  • Make sure you can see the cab of the truck in your rearview mirror before pulling back into their lane.
  • Passing on the left maximizes visibility.
  • When an 18-wheeler passes you, reduce your speed slightly. This makes it easier for the truck to get around your car.
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