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Senate vote on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, or Dream, Act:

The debate on immigration as it affects our economy and unemployment is complex. While we take no position on the politics of the Dream Act, we thought that the analysis by the current United States Secretary of Labor about what could be the benefit of the Dream Act should be considered. Would passage be a reward for illegal behavior, or would passage be recognition that the youngsters involved should not be caused to suffer for the sins of their parents?

What to Do If You've Been Injured by a Toxic Substance at Home or at Work

It is important to know what to do if you've been injured by a toxic substance at home or at work, whether the symptoms associated with your toxic substance exposure start gradually or come on suddenly. If you've been hurt by a toxic substance, it is important to seek medical attention, notify your landlord or employer, and seek the advice of a New Jersey injury lawyer at Hofmann & Schweitzer by contacting us at 1-800-362-9329 or via our online contact form. 

What to Do If You've Been Injured by a Toxic Substance at Home or at Work

Sometimes the symptoms of exposure to a toxic substance are immediate. Exposure to carbon monoxide, for example, can quickly become lethal. However, other times, the symptoms of exposure to toxic substances are slow to develop. Your symptoms may start with a cough or a feeling of lethargy. Whether you notice the sudden onset of symptoms or a more gradual onset of symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.Your doctor may conduct tests to determine if you have been exposed to a toxic substance. If the test comes back positive, then it is important to immediately report it to your landlord and/or employer so that they can conduct the appropriate tests to determine where you were exposed to the toxins and to protect others from similar complications.After that, we encourage you to contact a New York and New Jersey injury lawyer at Hofmann & Schweitzer. Our New Jersey and New York personal injury attorneys believe that you should not have to suffer financial damages along with your physical damages if someone else was responsible for your injuries. We will fight hard for your just recovery. Please contact us at 1-800-362-9329 or via our online contact form

What to Know Before You Get in a Trench

While the fatality rate for excavation workers is 112% higher than that of general construction workers, injuries and fatalities are not inevitable for excavation workers*. There are important safety measures that employers can take to protect excavation workers from serious injury and death, and we believe that employers have both legal and ethical responsibilities to take appropriate measures to protect the safety of their workers.Specific Safety Steps That Can Protect Trench and Excavation Construction Workers

OSHA recommends that construction employers take the following seven steps to protect trench and excavation workers from injuries and fatalities. Construction employers should:

How to Recover Damages for a Cruise Injury

If you have been hurt on a cruise ship, you may be entitled to damages if the cruise operator was at fault for your injuries. However, recovering damages for injuries sustained in a New York or New Jersey cruise accident can be more difficult than recovering damages for an accident that happens on dry land.Ensure That Evidence is Preserved Since there are no police or impartial investigators available to help, it is important that you specifically request that evidence related to your case be preserved. Additionally, you should collect your own evidence. You can take pictures of your injury or anything related to your accident, and write down the names of witnesses, for example. This type of evidence may prove critical to your ultimate recovery.Hire a New Jersey and New York Cruise Injury Lawyer Contact a New York and New Jersey injury lawyer as soon as possible after your injury. The sooner you contact a lawyer at Hofmann & Schweitzer, the sooner we can get to work making sure that your evidence is preserved and filing your lawsuit in the right jurisdiction. Let us help you protect your rights to recovery. Contact us today at 1-800-362-9329 or via our online contact form for more information. 

3 Things that May Ruin Your New York Maritime Accident Recovery - and How to Avoid Them

Did you know that the actions you delay taking after a serious New York maritime accident can impact your ability to recover damages for your injuries? In some cases inaction can preclude you from a financial recovery.Accordingly, our New York Jones Act Lawyers want you to avoid these three common mistakes:

3 Reasons to Hire a Construction Attorney After a Demolition Accident

If you've been hurt in a demolition accident, then it is important to contact a New Jersey or New York injury lawyer as soon as possible. When deciding which attorney to call, it is important to consider the benefits of hiring an experienced New Jersey or New York construction accident attorney. It is our opinion that New York and New Jersey construction injury lawyers offer three important benefits to people injured in demolition accidents. First, Construction Injury Lawyers Understand the Industry. Construction accident lawyers understand how demolition accidents occur. Many demolition accidents happen for the same reason as other types of construction accidents. Thus, construction injury lawyers understand how to investigate the accidents and understand the safety standards of the industry. Second, Construction Accident Attorneys Understand Your Injuries. Construction injury lawyers know how significantly you suffer when you've been hurt in a demolition accident. We sympathize with how much pain you are in and how significantly your life has been changed. Third, Construction Injury Attorneys Understand the Importance of Your Financial Recovery. We know that in order to recover physically and in order to protect your family's future, you need a financial recovery after your New York or New Jersey demolition accident. Contact a New York construction accident attorney at Hofmann & Schweitzer for more information about how we can help you after a New Jersey or New York demolition accident. We can be reached at 1-800-362-9329 or via our online contact form. 

How to Recover Damages for a Cruise Injury

If you have been hurt on a cruise ship, you may be entitled to damages if the cruise operator was at fault for your injuries. However, recovering damages for injuries sustained in a New York or New Jersey cruise accident can be more difficult than recovering damages for an accident that happens on dry land.Ensure That Evidence is Preserved Since there are no police or impartial investigators available to help, it is important that you specifically request that evidence related to your case be preserved. Additionally, you should collect your own evidence. You can take pictures of your injury or anything related to your accident, and write down the names of witnesses, for example. This type of evidence may prove critical to your ultimate recovery.Hire a New Jersey and New York Cruise Injury Lawyer Contact a New York and New Jersey injury lawyer as soon as possible after your injury. The sooner you contact a lawyer at Hofmann & Schweitzer, the sooner we can get to work making sure that your evidence is preserved and filing your lawsuit in the right jurisdiction. Let us help you protect your rights to recovery. Contact us today at 1-800-362-9329 or via our online contact form for more information.

How Insurance Companies Try to Prevent Your Recovery - and What You Can Do About It

You know you've been hurt. You know that you should receive damages for your injuries. However, the insurance company which is responsible for paying you those damages is unlikely to just hand them over.Why the Insurance Company is InvolvedIn most cases, the owner of the property on which you fell carries property insurance. For example, if you fell at a friend's home then that friend likely has homeowner's insurance. In many cases, homeowner's insurance is responsible for paying the damages related to your injuries.Why the Insurance Companies Fight Your New York Slip and Fall ClaimWhile the insurance company may be legally obligated to pay your claim, it is unlikely to do so without a fight. Insurance companies make money by taking in premiums and paying out as little as possible in insurance claims. In other words, every dollar that they don't pay you becomes profit for them.What You Can Do About ItThe best way to protect your rights is to contact a New York accident attorney who has experience negotiating with insurance companies and who is committed to fighting hard for what you deserve.Contact an experienced New York injury lawyer at Hofmann & Schweitzer at 1-800-362-9329 or via our online contact form for more information about how we can help you, even if the insurance company won't. 

Recovering Damages for a Fractured Wrist

In the days following a New York or New Jersey slip and fall, you may feel lucky. While you are hurt and suffering the consequences of a fractured wrist, you were able to recognize the symptoms of a fractured wrist and get proper treatment. You did not suffer a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or other life threatening injury, and that is something to be grateful for. However, it does not mean that you have not suffered or that you are not entitled to damages for your injuries. Each New Jersey injury lawyer at Hofmann & Schweitzer is committed to understanding how an individual person's injuries affect them. Many of our clients who have suffered a fractured wrist have incurred significant medical bills and require extensive physical therapy to regain movement in their wrists. Many of our clients have lost time from work for surgery or because they were unable to perform their job responsibilities with a fractured wrist. Many of our clients have been in physical pain and have suffered emotionally. We work hard to get all our clients the recovery that they deserve when they are hurt in a New York or New Jersey fall accident. We will work hard for you if you've been hurt. Please contact us at 1-800-362-9329 or via our online contact form for more information. 

Protecting the Rights of New York and New Jersey Injured Construction Workers

Accidents happen. However, many accidents that result in construction worker traumatic brain injuries are avoidable. Every New Jersey construction accident attorney at Hofmann & Schweitzer has the greatest respect for the hard and dangerous work done every day by construction workers. We take seriously the legal obligations that construction employers and manufacturers of construction equipment have to keep you safe. Sometimes construction employers and equipment manufacturers fail to take certain steps for your safety, and you become injured as a result. These failures include the following:

How to Recover Construction Accident Injuries Through Workers Compensation

New Jersey and New York workers compensation insurance programs are meant to protect injured workers. However, like all types of insurance providers, workers comp wants to pay each claimant as little as possible for their injuries.Each New York construction accident attorney and New Jersey construction accident attorney at Hofmann & Schweitzer disagrees with that way of thinking.Our New York City construction injury attorneys believe that injured construction workers should receive fair compensation for their injuries. To that end, we encourage all injured construction workers to do the following:

How to Recover Construction Accident Injuries Through Workers Compensation

New Jersey and New York workers compensation insurance programs are meant to protect injured workers. However, like all types of insurance providers, workers comp wants to pay each claimant as little as possible for their injuries.Each New York construction accident attorney and New Jersey construction accident attorney at Hofmann & Schweitzer disagrees with that way of thinking.Our New York City construction injury attorneys believe that injured construction workers should receive fair compensation for their injuries. To that end, we encourage all injured construction workers to do the following:

How to Recover Construction Accident Injuries Through Workers Compensation

Most insurance providers, including workers compensation providers, want to pay claimants as little as possible on their claims. At Hofmann & Schweitzer, our New York and New Jersey construction accident attorneys disagree with that position and work hard to get our clients the recoveries that they deserve. If you've been injured, please contact us at 1-800-362-9329 for more information. 

Fighting To Protect What Matters Most

You are not the only one who suffers after a serious accident. Crushing medical bills and lost wages can be devastating to your family for years.

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