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How to Recover Damages After a Fall

If you have been hurt in a New Jersey or New York slip and fall, then you likely have questions about your potential recovery. It is important to take the steps necessary to protect your right to potential damages so that your physical injuries are not compounded by life changing financial injuries.There are three things that you can do after a fall to maximize your potential damages.First, get prompt medical attention. Seek medical care from qualified doctors and follow doctors orders regarding follow up treatment.Second, preserve any evidence of the accident. This may include taking pictures where you fell, getting the names of witnesses, or taking notes of what happened while the accident details are fresh in your mind.Third, call an experienced New York and New Jersey fall attorney. Your attorney will guide you and take all of the steps necessary to safeguard your potential recovery while you concentrate on healing. The New Jersey and New York fall lawyers of Hofmann & Schweitzer have been representing people who have been hurt on other people's property for more than three decades. We would be pleased to provide you with a free consultation and our honest opinion about your case. Contact us today at 1-800-362-9329 for more information. 

How to Recover Damages After a Fall

If you have been hurt in a New Jersey or New York slip and fall, then you likely have questions about your potential recovery. It is important to take the steps necessary to protect your right to potential damages so that your physical injuries are not compounded by life changing financial injuries.There are three things that you can do after a fall to maximize your potential damages.First, get prompt medical attention. Seek medical care from qualified doctors and follow doctors orders regarding follow up treatment.Second, preserve any evidence of the accident. This may include taking pictures where you fell, getting the names of witnesses, or taking notes of what happened while the accident details are fresh in your mind.Third, call an experienced New York and New Jersey fall attorney. Your attorney will guide you and take all of the steps necessary to safeguard your potential recovery while you concentrate on healing. The New Jersey and New York fall lawyers of Hofmann & Schweitzer have been representing people who have been hurt on other people's property for more than three decades. We would be pleased to provide you with a free consultation and our honest opinion about your case. Contact us today at 1-800-362-9329 for more information. 

Identifying the Proper Defendant After a New York City Sidewalk Fall

The time following a New York City sidewalk slip and fall accident can be confusing. There is often a lot of commotion immediately following the fall, and there are a lot of decisions to be made in the weeks and months ahead if you sustained injuries in the fall.One of the important decisions that will need to be made is whether you are going to pursue legal damages against someone for the injuries that you sustained. In 2003, New York City enacted new and specific rules about slip and falls that effect whether the City or the adjoining property owner will be responsible for your injury. A New York City fall injury lawyer can help you determine how the rules apply to your case and whether the potential defendant is liable for your injuries. In order to help your New York fall attorneyidentify the proper defendant for your case, it is important to provide your lawyer with:

How Cruise Ship Workers Get Hurt

If you are a cruise ship worker, then you know that life is not always as glamorous as it appeared on the popular 1970's TV program The Love Boat. Romance can be difficult to fit into a long work day that often occurs in difficult conditions and can result in injuries.

Common Reasons for Cruise Ship Crew Member Injuries


It can be difficult for a cruise worker to prevent his or her own injury because so much of the potential for harm is controlled by the cruise ship employer. Common cruise ship crew injuries occur because of:

How Do Construction Injuries Happen?

Last month the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the 2009 construction fatality statistics. According to the BLS, 54 percent of construction fatalities occurred because of falls, highway accidents, and being struck by objects. While the number of construction workers injured in 2009 was not included in the BLS numbers, it is reasonable to think that many more construction workers were injured in falls, highway accidents and struck by object accidents during 2009. Yet, the BLS numbers only tell half the story.

What Happened to the Other Construction Workers Who Were Hurt or Killed in 2009?
A review of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Program indicates other reasons have lead to construction worker fatalities in the past. It is reasonable to assume that the cause of these past fatalities led to injuries and deaths during 2009.* Some of those causes include:

How Do Construction Injuries Happen?

Last month the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the 2009 construction fatality statistics. According to the BLS, 54 percent of construction fatalities occurred because of falls, highway accidents, and being struck by objects. While the number of construction workers injured in 2009 was not included in the BLS numbers, it is reasonable to think that many more construction workers were injured in falls, highway accidents and struck by object accidents during 2009. Yet, the BLS numbers only tell half the story.

What Happened to the Other Construction Workers Who Were Hurt or Killed in 2009?
A review of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Program indicates other reasons have lead to construction worker fatalities in the past. It is reasonable to assume that the cause of these past fatalities led to injuries and deaths during 2009.* Some of those causes include:

What to Expect After a Spinal Cord Injury

If you have incurred a spinal cord injury after a fall, then you already know that the short term affects on your life are dramatic. Less than one percent of people who sustain a spinal cord injury make a complete recovery by the time they leave the hospital.* Things that you were once able to do for yourself now require help. You may be unable to work or even to live on your own. Understanding what to expect after a spinal cord injury and how to recover is important so that you can create a realistic recovery plan.Employment After a Spinal Cord Injury
It is important to remember that you are an individual and the statistics provided do not sentence you to a certain fate. However, the statistics do provide a realistic picture of what it is like to live with a spinal cord injury. Approximately 57% of spinal cord injury victims are employed at the time of their accident. Ten years later, approximately 32% of paraplegics and 24% of quadriplegics are employed.Cost of a Spinal Cord Injury
It is estimated that the lifetime medical costs of a spinal cord injury victim range anywhere from half a million dollars to more than three million dollars depending on the age of the victim and the extent of the injury. Those figures do not include lost wages and other expenses.If you have suffered a spinal cord injury in a New York or New Jersey slip and fall accident, call theNew Jersey and New York spinal cord injury lawyers of Hofmann & Schweitzer for more information about your potential recovery.*Source: National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, Birmingham, Alabama Spinal Cord Injury Facts & Figures at a Glance 2008

Insurance Companies Crack Down on Fraudulent Slip and Fall Claims - How to Protect Your Right to Recovery if You've Been Hurt

The National Insurance Crime Bureau has announced that it will be cracking down on fraudulent slip and fall insurance claims. Read more about how to protect your potential recovery if you have been injured in a legitimate slip and fall accident, and learn how the experienced New Jersey and New York slip and fall attorneys of Hofmann & Schweitzer can help you with your claim. 

Insurance Companies Crack Down on Fraudulent Slip and Fall Claims - How to Protect Your Right to Recovery if You've Been Hurt

On August 24, 2010, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) issued a press release indicating that it will be scrutinizing slip and fall cases for fraud more closely in the future. Joe Wehrle, the president and chief executive officer of the NICB says that while many people have legitimate claims, many others do not. Fraudulent slip and falls in New York City ranked in the top five cities in the country with this problem. New York state slip and falls were among the top five states in the country with this problem, which was later proven false.What Does This Mean if You Have a Legitimate New York Slip and Fall Injury?It means that the insurance company is going to be taking a closer look at your claim. However, it does not mean that you will be unable to recover the damages to which you are legally entitled.In order to maximize your chances of recovering damages, it will be important to consult an experienced New York slip and fall lawyer who knows what the insurance company is looking for and how to accurately and effectively present your claim.The New York premises liability lawyers of Hofmann & Schweitzer will provide you with a free case evaluation after a slip and fall accident. Call us at 1-800-362-9329 for more information about your rights. 

What You Need to Know About Mold in New York City Apartments

In New York City, mold is both preventable and dangerous*. Property owners and managers have a legal obligation to keep buildings in good condition so that mold will not form and endanger the health of tenants. As a tenant, it is important to recognize the signs that mold might be present and to know what you should do if you suspect mold in your apartment.

Is There Mold in My Apartment?
Mold may be present in your apartment if you:

WTC SITE DEVELOPMENT

The 104-story One World Trade Center (formerly known as the Freedom Tower) has reached 36 floors and is rising at a rate of about one floor every 8-10 days. 

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