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Report a New York or New Jersey Construction Safety Violation and Keep Your Job

Some construction employers don't want to hear about alleged safety violations because they are unwilling to spend the money necessary to keep their workers safe. Instead they are willing to take risks with the lives of their workers. As New Jersey and New York construction injury lawyers, we find this unacceptable. The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH) also recognizes this problem and gives construction workers and others the right to protect themselves by reporting the alleged safety violations to their employers or to government agencies without fear of retaliation. Despite this protection, some construction employers do retaliate against workers. For instance, they may deny a worker a raise in pay, fire a worker, or change a worker's working conditions. When a worker has reported an alleged safety violation, retaliation by employers is both unacceptable and illegal, according to the requirements of the law. If you have been retaliated against for trying to keep yourself and your coworkers safe, you may have the legal right to recovery, just as you may have the legal right to damages if you have been hurt in a New Jersey or New York construction accident. For more information about your rights, please contact a New York or New Jersey construction accident lawyer at 1-800-362-9329. 

What to Do When an Insurance Agent Calls After a New York Slip and Fall

If you've been hurt in a New York or New Jersey accident on someone else's property, your phone is likely to ring within a few days of your injury. When you answer the phone, the insurance agent placing the call to you is likely to be pleasant. The agent is likely to be interested in your accident, your injuries, and your recovery; he may even be sympathetic to your pain, financial loss, and inconvenience. But make no mistake. The insurance agent is not on your side; it is not the insurance agent's job to look out for your best interests. Instead, it is the insurance agent's job to save money for the insurance company, which employs him by paying out the least amount of money possible to you. It is the job of a New York accident lawyer to protect your rights, to be on your side, and to look out for your best interests.While you should not interfere with the insurance company's investigation and resolution of your claim, the law does not require you to speak directly with the insurance agent. If you have retained aNew York injury lawyer to represent you after your slip and fall or other accident, you can refer the insurance agent to your attorney and your attorney will handle all communication with the insurance company.In the end, this can prove to be very important for your legal and financial recovery. For more information about how a New York or New Jersey accident attorney can help you, please call 1-800-362-9329 for more information. 

3 Essential Elements to a Good Maritime Training

There is no one right way to train maritime employees. Employers are provided with significant discretion about how to train their own crew members. However, with that discretion comes a responsibility to train crew members in a way that results in a seaworthy voyage and compliance with the law. As a New Jersey and New York maritime attorney, I believe that there are many ways to properly train maritime workers. But, I also believe that all trainings must be:

How a New York Construction Injury Lawyer May Help You Recover for a Spinal Cord injury

Spinal cord injuries are currently incurable. Construction workers who suffer spinal cord injuries may be living with the effects of their injuries for the rest of their lives. However, that does not mean that they will not benefit from treatment, and it does not mean that their lives are over. A New York construction lawyer can help an accident victim get the treatment and resources that he needs to move on with his life.You Deserve a New York Accident Attorney Who Fights Hard for Your Just Recovery A New York or New Jersey construction injury attorney will zealously advocate for your full recovery of damages, which may include compensation for past, current and future:

How a New York Construction Injury Lawyer May Help You Recover for a Spinal Cord injury

Spinal cord injuries are currently incurable. Construction workers who suffer spinal cord injuries may be living with the effects of their injuries for the rest of their lives. However, that does not mean that they will not benefit from treatment, and it does not mean that their lives are over. A New York construction lawyer can help an accident victim get the treatment and resources that he needs to move on with his life.You Deserve a New York Accident Attorney Who Fights Hard for Your Just Recovery A New York or New Jersey construction injury attorney will zealously advocate for your full recovery of damages, which may include compensation for past, current and future:

How to Recover Damages for Boarding and Exiting Train Accident Injuries

The good news is that the vast majority of boarding and exiting train accident injuries are not fatal. The bad news is that the injuries that result from getting on and off a train can be significant. As each New York railroad attorney at our office understands, each injury is unique and each injured victim deserves damages if the injury was caused by the railroad's negligence.Our New York train injury lawyers fight hard for victims who have been hurt in New York or New Jersey train accidents. Typically, we strongly advocate for our clients recovery of:

3 What Ifs to Consider Before You Get on an Atlantic Fishing Boat

Whether you are fishing for lobster off the coast of New England, scallops off the coast of New Jersey, or other fish off the Atlantic coast you have a risky job. You can't anticipate everything that is going to happen out on the Atlantic Ocean, but you can be prepared for some potential disasters.

The Dangers of Cold Water Maritime Accidents

Hypothermia kills and it kills quickly. However, if you fall overboard into cold water, hypothermia may not be the biggest threat to your life. Within the first minute that you fall overboard, your breathing will begin to change. It is possible to drown in that first minute if your head does not stay above water and there is little that can be done to save you, even though hypothermia has not yet set in. If hypothermia does occur, you may begin to feel it within ten minutes of falling overboard. Your muscles may stop working and you may be unable to move. Within an hour, your body temperature may begin to fall and you may be confused or unconsciousness. If you are not treated appropriately, then hypothermia may be your cause of death. Each New York and New Jersey maritime lawyer understands the risks of cold water maritime work and understands the devastation that a maritime injury or death can have on a family. When you call Hofmann & Schweitzer, your New York Jones Act attorney will work hard to get you the recovery that you deserve. Please contact us at 1-800-362-9329 for more information about your rights and potential recovery. 

How to Recover Damages for Boarding and Exiting Train Accident Injuries

The good news is that the vast majority of boarding and exiting train accident injuries are not fatal. The bad news is that the injuries that result from getting on and off a train can be significant. As each New York railroad attorney at our office understands, each injury is unique and each injured victim deserves damages if the injury was caused by the railroad's negligence.Our New York train injury lawyers fight hard for victims who have been hurt in New York or New Jersey train accidents. Typically, we strongly advocate for our clients recovery of:

How a New Jersey Construction Accident Lawyer Will Help You After a Hand Injury

It can be difficult to imagine what your life will be like after a significant construction hand injury. Not only do you have to adjust to life without the full use of your hand, you may no longer be able to do the things that you once enjoyed. You may no longer be able to work as a construction worker.As a New Jersey construction accident attorney, I am concerned about what you have lost and I am ready to fight hard to get you the damages that you deserve for your injuries. If you have suffered from a construction-related hand injury, then I will fight to make sure that you are compensated for your past and reasonably anticipated future:

How to Recognize Symptoms of PTSD After a Construction Accident

Injured construction workers who recognize the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and get prompt treatment may be at lower risk for substance abuse, depression and anxiety.* However, in order to get treatment, you must first recognize the signs or symptoms of PTSD.Some of the common symptoms of PTSD include:

How to Recognize Symptoms of PTSD After a Construction Accident

Injured construction workers who recognize the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and get prompt treatment may be at lower risk for substance abuse, depression and anxiety.* However, in order to get treatment, you must first recognize the signs or symptoms of PTSD.Some of the common symptoms of PTSD include:

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