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Changing weather means more hazardous public areas

As we speed toward the holiday season, it is wise to consider some of the hazards that come with winter weather so that you can avoid injury. While poorly maintained public areas are always a hazard, they pose far greater risk to pedestrians when combined with winter weather elements like snow and ice.

If you or someone you love do slip and fall in a public area, you may have grounds to file a personal injury suit against the municipality that owns the property where you suffered the injury. In these instances, it is always wise to consult with an experienced attorney as you build your case. This crucial assistance can ensure you use every tool available to build a strong claim while protecting your rights.

What if I’m injured by a public bus?

Recently, very sad news broke throughout New York that an MTA bus and a private tour bus collided in Queens, killing three people and injuring another 16. The driver of the private bus was among those killed. Unfortunately, this type of accident is more common than you might think. If you suffer an injury due to a public bus, do you know how to proceed with a personal injury lawsuit, or even if such a thing is allowed?

This particular accident illustrates how complex personal injury suits can become, depending on which party is ultimately deemed responsible for the accident. Not only are both of the vehicles involved passenger vehicles, they are operated by completely different entities, one public, one private. Should victims learn that both drivers share fault, the matter only gains complexity.

Can I sue the city if I am injured by something it owns?

Injuries can happen anywhere, but in some cases it's not always easy to know who is responsible. This is particularly true for those who suffer an injury because of something owned or operated by a municipality or in a space owned by a municipality. This could mean slipping and falling on a poorly maintained sidewalk or being struck by a public transportation bus, and many things in between.

If you are such an individual, there's good news and complicated news. The good news is that it is possible to sue a city or other municipal entity. However, the more complicated part is that suing municipalities requires following a complicated set of guidelines and often leads to lengthy legal battles.

What if I get hurt at a festival?

Here in Garden City and the rest of Long Island, there are many festivals for locals or tourists to attend, and, for the most part, participants get exactly what they pay for. However, every festival holds the potential to contain some accident that leaves attendees injured.

If you recently suffered injuries while attending a festival, you may want to file a personal injury claim to cover the costs of your recovery and address any other losses you suffer because the injury. This is an excellent approach, and every festival that takes place should have insurance policies to address this sort of possibility.

Do know your rights under labor law 240?

For the last several years, New York has tightened regulations around construction sites, especially commercial construction sites that use scaffolding — which, in New York, is most of them. Labor law 240, commonly known as the Scaffold law, creates vicarious liability to add layers of protection to any workers who might suffer a fall from scaffolding. However, while it does theoretically add greater protection, it also creates a more complicated path to resolving claims.

If you recently suffered an injury related to scaffolding, you should absolutely consult with an experienced attorney who understands how to pursue fair compensation using labor law 240. The expansion of this law does offer some additional assurances to victims, but it does not make the process of pursuing a claim any easier. In fact, because a claim under labor law 240 potentially involves multiple defendants, the situation may get quite complicated.

Don’t settle for less after a construction collapse

There are many kinds of injuries a worker may face on the job, but a roof collapse holds the potential to be devastating or even fatal. Throughout the construction or demolition process, there are numerous ways that circumstances and faults in the structure can align at just the wrong moment to bring a crushing blow down on workers.

If you or someone you love recently suffered an injury in a roof collapse, you should not hesitate to reach out to an experienced attorney who understands the nuances of pursuing justice in the New York legal system. With proper legal guidance, you can ensure that you do not settle for less than you deserve after a roof collapse injury.

You can get compensation needed after a catastrophic injury

When you woke up in the hospital, you didn't know what happened. The last thing you remembered was driving your car and seeing someone else coming toward you. The doctor approaches and discusses with you the extent of your injuries. They boil down to one phrase: catastrophic injuries.

When you hear this, you immediately know that your condition is not good. Your life has been in danger, and although you're now out of the woods, you still have a long road ahead of you including months or years of rehabilitation and medical treatment. You may never be the same.

Serious back injuries can change your life forever

Back and spinal injuries can drastically alter your life. From pain and nerve damage to complete paralysis, these injuries can have a profound impact on your quality of life and ability to support and care for yourself.

Whether your back injury was the result of an accident at your place of work or a motor vehicle collision, you could face lifelong challenges. From medical bills and lost wages to the need for nursing care or home remodel work to make it accessible, a lot of expenses can come from a back injury.

Drunk drivers can cause catastrophic losses in accidents

Drunk drivers often cause serious accidents that result in lifelong injuries or even the death of people riding in their cars or in another vehicle. In the days leading up to Saint Patrick's Day, a New York resident from Williamsburg tragically died after an allegedly drunk driver tried to drive her home on her 21st birthday.

The driver in this particular accident is now facing driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges, as well as manslaughter and several other criminal charges. A conviction in this case will not undue the losses experienced by the victim's family.

Smaller buildings pose greater risk to construction workers

When people think of how construction workers become seriously injured, they probably imagine those brave workers welding on skyscrapers. In reality, however, shorter buildings actually pose a bigger threat to construction workers. The reason why is simple: Buildings under 10 stories are subject to fewer safety laws and regulations.

In fact, 30 out of 40 construction deaths between the years of 2010 to 2015 happened at buildings that were fewer than 10 stories tall. Construction employers, not required by law to adhere to the same safety measures as skyscrapers, may neglect safety requirements.

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