Although generally not thought of as a dangerous job, construction sites can be very dangerous when they are not properly controlled. New York law requires that construction sites be maintained free of unreasonable dangers. If there is a failure to follow the required precautions and practices, construction accident injuries involving both workers and pedestrians could be the result. It is the responsibility of the construction site owner or general contractor to keep the construction site safe and danger-free.
Nevertheless, there are numerous construction workers that are involved in accidents, such as falls from ladders, scaffoldings or other significant heights. Some are caused by a walkway obstruction, others can occur as a result of faulty machinery, crane accidents or trench collapses. These accidents can lead to serious injuries, such as complex bone fractures, severe neck and back injuries, and even death.
A common type of construction injury occurs when debris or other hazardous material standard is violated, causing a worker to trip and fall, or slip and fall. Additionally, New York requires that scaffold and ladder construction workers receive an elevated level of protection. Some of which include, safety harnesses, spotters or bracing for ladders. Should there be a construction site where the safety codes are violated or disregarded, it can create an unreasonable risk resulting in serious injury.
Tripping and falling can be a dangerous and startling occurrence. Often times the result can lead to serious injuries that are costly and require a period of recovery. When a trip or fall incident has occurred, a crucial component is to establish that a property owner has failed to maintain the premises to be safe and hazard-free. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can help to evaluate the situation and evaluate the potential to recover compensation by pursuing a premises liability lawsuit.
Premise liability actions can result from hazardous conditions such as:
- Broken stairs or railings
- Uneven surfaces such as parking lots, poorly maintained entrance-way mats
- Cracked sidewalks and flooring
- Spilled debris, merchandise or other objects that have not been properly cleared
- Failing to issue a warning for a hazardous area
- Holes that are not marked or patched in a timely manner
If you suffer from an injury that result in permanent damage such as head, neck and back injuries or brain injuries or scarring, it is essential that a medical professional properly documents the injuries and the required follow-up care is provided.
Automobile vs. Automobile vs. Trucks and other motor vehicles can cause severe injuries, such as bone fractures, burns, brain trauma, lost limbs, and neck and back injuries. Often times, these types of injuries can lead to a significant amount of time away from work and alter a person’s livelihood. After a car accident, it is important to take some time to learn about your rights as soon as possible and make an informed decision about how to proceed with a claim for the injuries and possible damages.
Legal claims that arise from motor vehicle accidents are typically governed by the law of negligence. Generally, people who operate automobiles must exercise “reasonable care under the circumstances” and when there is a lack of reasonable care arise to the level of negligence. As a result, a person who negligently operates a vehicle may be required to pay for any damages, either to a person or property for the accident caused by his or her negligence.
Additionally, it is necessary to calculate the damages lost as a result of pain, suffering, and loss of future wages based on figuring out who was negligent in the car accident. Often times although it may be known that a specific person is at fault, having an attorney will help in determining the rule(s) that were violated. There are a number of sources to help determine who was at fault, such as police reports, state traffic laws, and witnesses. Other factors included, but are not limited to:
- Disobeying traffic signs or signals
- Failing to signal when turning
- Driving above or below the posted speed limit
- Disregard of weather or traffic conditions
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Car accidents can cause severe injuries, such as bone fractures, burns, brain trauma, lost limbs, and neck and back injuries. Often times, these types of injuries can lead to a significant amount of time away from work and alter a person’s livelihood. After a car accident, it is important to take time to learn about your rights as soon as possible to make an informed decision about how to proceed. Prompt action could make a difference in the potential outcome of your case.
While all deaths provide families with a difficult time, if the death occurred as a result of action or the negligence of another there may be a circumstance of wrongful death. If this is the case, it is important to know that in New York, there is a short time frame available to file a wrongful death claim.
Some of the possible scenarios of when a wrongful death has occurred includes:
Injuries that effect the neck, back or spinal cord often times lead to permanent physical issues and constraints. In some cases, back and neck injuries require physical therapy, pain management, chiropractic care or surgery. Additionally, neck and back injuries can be particularly disabling, resulting in lost work or the inability to perform everyday normal activities. Unfortunately, because spinal cords can be especially painful, there are some instances that even sleeping at night becomes difficult.
Often times motor vehicle accidents, slips and falls and construction accidents can be the cause of serious trauma to the back, neck or spinal cord. It is important to hire an attorney that is familiar with the wide range of complications and injuries that can result from these accidents, including:
In the event that you or a loved one suffers from a fractured vertebra, skull fracture or another serious broken bone, it may be difficult to determine the extent of the damage immediately. This is because some fractures require surgeries that typically involve a metal plate and screws to repair the fracture. While there are others that unfortunately never recover from these life-changing injuries.
Some of the most common injuries occur from a motor vehicle accident, falls, and construction mishaps. As a result, it is important to contact an attorney to help determine the extent of lost earnings, compensation for pain, suffering, past and future medical bills. Some of these injuries that can lead to a personally injury case includes:
Injuries to the head that include a brain injury, can be a devastating experience. Head injuries are complex and emotionally difficult, not only for the victim, but also for the family members. Some head injuries include severe brain bleeds and skull fractures.
Some of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur in car and motorcycle accidents. Additional causes can include falls, sporting accidents falling on hazardous property and injuries from construction work. Often times, there are distinct symptoms of a concussion or other head injury occurred can be determined from:
Similar to a motor vehicle accident, bicycle accidents can result in serious personal injury. In the event that there is an accident or a crash, cyclists are not provided with adequate safety. Because bicycle use is rapidly growing for transportation and leisure, accidents and crashes are also increasing.
There are two common forms of a bicycle accident: (1) the cyclist being hit by a motor vehicle, and (2) the roadways has a defect or hazard that caused the accident. Although the first scenario is more common, the roadway conditions can pose risk equally damaging to the cyclist.
Often times, motorists are injured or killed from the poor design or maintenance (or both) of a roadway. A large number of bridges, overpasses, ramps and intersections need updating and repairs. In these instances, the entity that designed, constructed and maintains the road, may be accountable for any dangerous and defective conditions that cause a serious accident.