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Daniel O'Toole Honored by 'City and State.'

Daniel O'Toole, a partner at law firm of Block O'Toole & Murphy and one of New York's leading construction accident and personal injury trial lawyers, was recently honored by City & State New York receiving the 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Award in the category of Labor, Law & Lobbying. O'Toole received the award for his tireless efforts on behalf of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, in particular his constant fight to preserve and strengthen New York's worker safety laws. He serves as the co-chair of the powerful Organization's Labor Law Committee and Task Force .

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Proving entitlement to punitive damages in truck accident litigation

We’ve been looking in recent posts at the federal Hours of Service rules and their potential role in personal injury claims. As we noted last time, a truck driver’s failure to comply with the rules, including tampering with their logbook, can result in increased penalties and potentially additional damages for accident victims at trial.

Ordinarily, personal injury damages are primarily compensatory in nature, covering losses such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. In cases involving particularly egregious conduct, however, punitive damages may also be available. Proving entitlement to punitive damages is not easy, as the standard of proof is quite high. 

How are commercial vehicle drivers held accountable for fatigued driving? P.2

Previously, we began looking at the topic of the Hours of Service rules, which govern the amount of time commercial vehicle drivers may spend behind the wheel and how frequently they must take rest breaks. Compliance with the Hours of Service rules is obligatory, and penalties may be imposed for violations. Drivers and companies that engage in serious violations can face significant penalties, including fines, for each offense.

Obviously, compliance with the Hours of Service Rules is not a given, and accidents do occur as a direct result of drivers failing to take required rest and break time before getting behind the wheel. Companies may overlook such violations in order to increase their bottom line, at the expense of the rest of us. Those who are harmed as a result of these violations have the right to receive fair compensation for their injuries. 

IN NYC, Some Construction Worker Deaths Loom in Anonymity

How does a family feel when their mother or father is killed in a construction site accident but New York City agencies fail to recognize the death in their statistics? Unfortunately, several families in the New York area are currently wrestling with this very painful irony, according to an article recently published in Crains magazine. The article charges that construction site deaths that were actually probed by our federal government for worksite safety violations failed to register on the city's tally of construction site deaths last year. Six different construction site deaths to workers out of a total of 17 were not included in the City ledger.

New York City's Deadly Streets

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The streets are a tough place to be. When you venture out for the day, there's a chance you won't make it back home to your family.

Is it because of dangerous murderers?

How about drug dealers?

Is it because of terrorists?

The truth is that most deaths on our streets are entirely preventable and are the result of motor vehicle accidents.

Make Every Day Labor Day

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We hope you had a wonderful Labor Day filled with friends, family and food. We also hope you took a moment to think about the real meaning of Labor Day, celebrating the American labor movement and the contributions workers have made to the greatness of our country.

It's easy to fall back into old habits, but it is important to think about workers throughout the year. How can you keep the spirit of Labor Day going as the calendar moves into October and beyond? 

Big Weekend For Injuries In The NFL

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Professional football often seems like a modern day gladiator sport, providing fans the opportunity to be entertained by large men colliding with one another at high speeds for three hours.

This past weekend was a demonstration of the risks facing NFL athletes, as a number of prominent players suffered injuries.

Crashes Involving City Vehicles Are Increasing

Crashes involving city vehicles are up - - and not by just a little.

Accidents involving city agency vehicles, not including the Police Department, soared by more than 10%. In 2015 there were 5726 crashes involving non-police city vehicles. Unfortunately, 2016 has been much worse. There have been 6,344 crashes involving city vehicles in 2016. 

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Deadly Midtown Manhattan Construction Site Sparks Construction Accident Prevention Discussion

Yesterday, a 52-year-old worker fell to his death while working at a construction site located at a Midtown Manhattan high rise building. The male subcontractor was working on the 47th story of a building located at W. 52nd St. between 6th and 7th avenues. He crashed down onto an unforgiving 2nd floor deck at the site. The victim, according to reports, was the owner of Crowne Architectural Systems, one of the companies retained to work at the site. An investigation has ensued. There has been no cause cited for the deadly fall but their focus will zero in on whether the worker was given appropriate fall protection equipment.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the victim's family and friends. 

2016: Open Season on NYC Cyclists

New York City continues to talk tough about making our streets safer when it comes to crashes. But an alarming study reveals that NYC cyclists have never been in greater danger. So far this year there have been 17 cyclists killed in New York City. 17 people! The figure is staggering, and all too sad.