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How Cruise Ships Can Prevent Nororvirus Injuries

Noroviruses spread fast. Yet, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have identified steps that cruise ships can, in many cases must, take to prevent the spread of noroviruses.The CDC's Vessel Sanitation Program requires cruise lines to develop Outbreak Prevention and Response Plans to prevent and contain norovirus outbreaks*. A few of the measures cruise ships can take to prevent passengers from getting sick include:

How Cruise Ships Can Prevent Nororvirus Injuries

Noroviruses spread fast. Yet, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have identified steps that cruise ships can, in many cases must, take to prevent the spread of noroviruses.The CDC's Vessel Sanitation Program requires cruise lines to develop Outbreak Prevention and Response Plans to prevent and contain norovirus outbreaks*. A few of the measures cruise ships can take to prevent passengers from getting sick include:

Life After a Railroad Toxic Spill

Before the accident, living by the railroad was not a big deal. Sure, there was the occasional sounding of a horn or rattle of the train wheels, but those were just momentary annoyances. We know that all of that changed the day that the train derailed in your community. That was the day that the toxic substances being carried by the train were spilled near your home or business. That was the day that your family was evacuated so that specially trained teams could clean up the spill.You may have been told that everything would go back to normal quickly and that there would be no long term consequences from the spill. The railroad may have been quick to reimburse you for the expenses related to your evacuation and inconvenience, but is that enough?It might not be. As New York and New Jersey railroad accident lawyers, we encourage you to think about the possible long term consequences of the train's toxic spill. Will your water be safe to drink? Will there be an increase in diseases such as cancer in your neighborhood? Will you be able to sell your land?The consequences of every New Jersey and New York train derailment are different. You need not be a passenger on the train or a train employee to recover damages. If you have been hurt by theshort or long term consequences of a railroad toxic spill, then you also may be entitled to damages. Call an experienced New York City train accident attorney at Hofmann & Schweitzer today for more information about your rights. We can be reached at 1-800-362-9329. 

Protecting Shipbreakers From Falls

Shipbreakers work in an extremely perilous profession and face many dangers each day when they go to work. Shipbreaking employers are required to take specific steps to protect workers from many dangers. Below are some of the steps required to protect shipbreakers from the dangers of falls. It is important to remember that other requirements exist to protect workers from a myriad of other dangers. Fall Protection

Part of shipbreaking involves cutting away portions of the ship to move them to dry land for further disassembly. That means that new openings are continuously created on a structure that may be unstable. OSHA, therefore, recommends that all workers wear safety harnesses Employers are also urged to guard deck edges and other openings whenever possible to prevent falls. Injured Workers May Have Rights to Recovery

If you, or a loved one, have been hurt in a shipbreaking accident, then you may be entitled to recovery. Contact a shipbreaking accident lawyer as soon as possible after your injury to discuss your specific case. The experienced New York City maritime injury lawyers of Hofmann & Schweitzer represent injured maritime workers nationwide. Contact us today at 1-800-3-MAY-DAY or via our online contact form for more information.

Why You Need to Tell Your Premises Liability Lawyer Everything

As an experienced New York and New Jersey premises liability attorney, there is something that I can tell all potential clients with certainty. You need to tell your premises liability lawyer about any pre-existing conditions that you had at the time of your injury.Here's why we need to know. The insurance company that is looking to pay you as little as possible for your slip and fall claim or other premises liability injuries will find out about your pre-existing condition and will try to use it against you. Predictably, the insurance company will argue that your injuries were the result of whatever pre-existing condition you have and that you would've suffered the same fate whether or not you were injured on the insured's property.Rather than take what the insurance company says at face value, a New York City premises liability lawyer will take the time to learn about your condition, accident, and whether the accident contributed to your injuries. If it did, we will fight hard for your recovery of damages.So, call the New Jersey and New York slip and fall lawyers of Hofmann & Schweitzer today at 1-800-362-9329 or via our online contact form, and tell us everything so that we can effectively represent your interests and fight hard for your just recovery. 

Should I Trust My Railroad Claims Agent?

Everyone has a job to do. Unfortunately, it is the job of a railroad claims agent to prevent you from recovering the maximum possible amount for your railroad related injury. In order to understand why you can't trust a railroad claims agent, you must first understand the job of a railroad claims agent.

The Job of the Railroad Claims Agent
It is the railroad claims agent's responsibility to pay you as little as possible. That way, the railroad claims agent's employer keeps more money and stays profitable. In order to do his or her job, the claims agent will try to build trust and play on your financial fears in the hopes that you will settle for less than a fair settlement. Don't trust what the railroad claim agent says. Remember that he or she has an agenda different from your own. Instead, consult with an experienced New York or New Jersey railroad injury lawyerwho can help you truly understand your potential legal recovery and fight hard for your recovery. Paul T. Hofmann, Esq and Tim Schweitzer, Esq each have years of valuable railroad legal experience that is important to your recovery. For more information about how these New York City FELA attorneys can help you if you've been injured in a New Jersey or New York railroad accident, please contact us at 1.770.518.1133 or via our online contact form. 

Why Cell Phones are Dangerous for Railroad Workers

Train accidents may not happen as often as car crashes and truck wrecks, but train accidents do occur and the injuries can be significant. As with other drivers, train operators owe a duty of care to passengers and others to act with reasonable care. Cell Phone Use Can Interfere with That ResponsibilityIf a train operator, conductor, engineer or other railroad worker is distracted by a cell phone or other electronic device, then a train crash, derailment or other accident can occur. In 2008, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued an Emergency Order No. 26 to address this problem and significantly limit the use of electronic devices by duty railroad workers.New Rule Coming in 2011In March 2011, much of Emergency Order No. 26 will become an official FRA rule. Railroad workers who are caught using a cell phone or other electronic device while on duty may face significant consequences whether or not an accident occurs.People who are injured by distracted railroad workers may be entitled to damages. If you have been involved in a train accident caused by a cell phone or other device, please contact the experiencedNew Jersey and New York railroad injury lawyers of Hofmann & Schweitzer for a free consultation at 1-800-362-9329 or via our online contact form. 

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