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May 2016 Archives

Scaffolding and a contractor's responsibility, Part 1

As many New York residents are aware, the Scaffold Law in this state is very controversial even though it benefits construction workers who have been injured due to a fall at a construction site. The law states that contractors, property owners and even municipalities are liable for all damages due to a "gravity-related" site accident.

What are the distracted driving laws in New York?

It's astonishing how many times you will see a vehicle up ahead of swerving around in their lane. You probably immediately think that the driver must be intoxicated in some way, but as you pull up along the side of them to make your passing move, you notice a ghostly white glow illuminating the driver's seat. And, of course, the driver's head is down, only occasionally popping up for a brief moment to check on the traffic in front of them.

Memorial Mass For Fallen New York City Construction Workers

Construction workers, who are members of the Building Trade Unions, gathered in attendance at annual memorial Mass held at Saint Patrick's Cathedral on Thursday April 28, 2016. The Mass was held to Honor the 17 fallen victims of construction accidents that occurred in New York City in 2015. The figure is derived from records maintained by the office of Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It represents an increase from the eight fatalities in 2014.

Study: 3rd leading cause of death in US is medical errors

Heart disease and cancer are the top two causes of death in the United States. But immediately after them, the leading cause of death is medical errors. That's according to a new report which indicates that 251,454 people die every year as a result of a medical error.

Taxi Cab and Uber Accidents: Is There Enough Insurance?

Drivers of New York taxi cabs, Uber cars and for-hire service cars are required, by law, to carry a minimum amount of insurance to protect passengers in the case of an accident. Yet, while it may be comforting to know that you are protected should an accident occur while you are riding in a cab, the amount of insurance required is not as comforting.

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