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February 2011 Archives

Recovering Damages for a New York or New Jersey Slip and Fall Head Injury

The complications of a New York or New Jersey slip and fall injury can be significant. Your recovery depends in large part on the medical and rehabilitation services that you receive. For most of our clients, the ability to get the necessary medical care and rehabilitation therapies and the ability to maintain their lifestyle when they can't work is dependent on the recovery of damages from their slip and fall accident. If you have suffered a head injury or traumatic brain injury in a New Jersey or New York slip and fall, then our experienced New York and New Jersey slip and fall lawyers will work hard to help you recover damages for:

Recovering From Cold Weather Related New Jersey and New York Railroad Accident Injuries

Many people in New York and New Jersey depend on trains and railroad workers. Whether we commute or travel by train, the railroad is an important part of our transportation network. We expect the trains to run in almost any kind of weather; thus, we expect railroad workers to work in almost any kind of weather. However, that expectation does not protect railroad employers from liability if a worker is injured in a weather related work accident. Many cold-weather related accidents can be prevented if workers are provided with warm clothes, the chance to warm up in heated areas, and if their exposure to the elements is limited. Call an Attorney if You've Suffered a New York or New Jersey Railroad injury If you have been hurt in a cold-weather-related New Jersey or New York railroad accident, you may be entitled to damages. FELA allows railroad workers to compensation if their injuries were the result of their employers' negligence. Potential damages may include compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. If you've been injured in a New York or New Jersey railroad accident, please contact our experienced lawyers for more information. Our experienced attorneys can be reached at 1-800-362-9329 or via our online contact form. 

Recovering Damages for Crane and Derrick Accidents

In November 2010, a new standard was issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The standard was written to help prevent construction related crane and derrick accidents, injuries, and fatalities. Our New Jersey and New York construction accident attorneys know that the new standard took a long time to develop; we are hopeful that it will lead to fewer injuries and deaths. However, our experience also teaches us that not all crane and derrick dangers can be prevented by a new standard. Sometimes injuries and fatalities occur because of negligence or defective equipment that the new standard did not, or could not, prevent. If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a New York or New Jersey crane or derrick accident, you may be entitled to damages. Damages may include compensation for medical expenses, lost income, out of pocket expenses, and pain and suffering. Recovering damages can make a meaningful difference in your life and in the lives of your family after a construction accident has occurred. We encourage you to contact an experienced New York and New Jersey injury attorney at 1-800-362-9329 or via our online contact form to discuss your case and your potential recovery.

OSHA Announces New Directive for Residential Fall Protection

As New Jersey and New York construction accident attorneys, we were pleased to learn about an important OSHA directive issued at the end of 2010. On December 22, 2010, OSHA took action to protect residential roofers from fall injuries. The directive replaced a 1995 directive that exempted residential builders from fall protection requirements. The 1995 directive was meant to be in place only temporarily while issues of feasibility could be worked out. However, it remained in effect for 15 years. Why the New Directive is Necessary

During those 15 years, there were a high number of fall-related deaths in residential construction. According to OSHA, falls are the number one cause of construction fatalities, and a worker is killed by falling off a residential roof almost every week in this country. OSHA hopes to reduce the number of residential construction fall fatalities with this new directive. Getting Help After a Residential Construction Fall

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a New York or New Jersey construction accident, then you may be entitled to damages. Contact a New York and New Jersey construction lawyer today at 1-800-362-9329 or via our online contact form for more information.

7 Symptoms of a Potential Slip and Fall Head Injury

Some head injury symptoms occur immediately after a slip and fall accident while other symptoms may not occur for weeks. If you have hit your head in a New York or New Jersey slip and fall accident, then it is important to see a doctor for a prompt diagnosis of any injuries. However, if you experience any of the following head injury symptoms, then it is especially important to get prompt treatment.Some of the symptoms of a head or traumatic brain injury include*:

Survivors Equality Act: a February 2011 Update

In 2010, we reported that important changes to the Death on the High Seas Act were being considered by Congress. In the aftermath of the BP Gulf Oil spill crisis, it appeared that there was support for changes to the century old law that does not currently allow surviving family members to recover for pain and suffering or loss of care and companionship as other wrongful death laws allow. Now, the proposed law seems to be stalled in the Senate and the law has not been changed. What Changes Will 2011 Bring for Maritime Families?

While no action has been taken on the law yet, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont remains dedicated to pursuing changes and amending the law. Senator Leahy has explained that families of workers who die at sea should be entitled to the same benefits as the families of workers who die on land. Our New Jersey and New York maritime accident lawyers will continue to monitor the progress of the Survivors Equality Act, also known as the Rockefeller-Leahy Amendment throughout 2011, and we hope to be able to provide some good news to the families of workers who are killed in maritime accidents

Potential Damages for Lack of Adequate Personal Safety Equipment

Often, seamen do not know that there is a lack of adequate and necessary safety gear aboard a vessel until an emergency occurs, at which time it is too late to do much about it. As New York and New Jersey maritime lawyers, we know that proper safety gear is critically important in an emergency. If the safety gear is not adequate, not working, or if seamen do not know how to use it, then an accident may result in injuries or fatalities. The lack of appropriate safety equipment, or the lack of training on such equipment, may render a vessel unseaworthy and provide seamen with the protections of the Jones Act. Potential damages pursuant to the Jones Act include compensation for maintenance, or daily living expenses while not onboard the vessel, and cure, or medical treatment until the maximum medical cure has been reached. These financial damages can be significant and may allow you to get the treatment that you need to make as full a recovery as possible. If you have been injured because of a lack functioning safety gear that you knew how to use then you may be entitled to Jones Act damages. Contact an experienced New Jersey and New York Jones Act lawyer for more information about your rights. We can be reached at 1-800-3-MAY-DAY or via our online contact form for a free consultation. 

Potential Damages After a Tanker Accident

If you've been hurt in a tanker accident, then you may be entitled to damages. In many cases, your potential recovery will be covered by the federal Jones Act since many tanker workers are seamen pursuant to the law. A New Jersey or New York Jones Act attorney will review your case, determine if the Jones Act applies to your tanker accident injuries and zealously advocate for your full and fair recovery. The Jones Act may allow you to recover damages for things such as:

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