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Elevator Accident In Washington Heights Kills Worker

People often feel uneasy when riding in elevator and this tragic accident may explain why. A 43-year-old man was killed in a freight elevator over the weekend and the Elevator Accident Lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy

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A worker at a Washington Heights store was killed in a random elevator accident. The man, a 43-year-old, was loading merchandise onto a freight elevator at a store located at 552 W. 182nd St., in Manhattan. The elevator made a sudden and unexpected move, lurching upward. This caused the worker to be pinned to the ceiling. Locals who knew the victim were shocked, according to an article in the New York Post).

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his family. He went to work that morning and because of dangerous working conditions he never made it home to his loved ones. Tragic.

New Yorkers may take elevators for granted, blindly believing that they will function without failure. However, recent history tells us that elevator accidents, while uncommon, can happen and usually have severe consequences when they do.


Cause For Fear: NYC Crane Mishaps Continue To Mount


The Construction Accident Lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy have oft discussed the perils associated with crane work at construction sites. The obvious dangers of crane work were further illuminated this week.

Shortly after noon on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, a crane collapsed on the Tappan Zee Bridge, injuring five people, shutting down traffic, and trapping motorists for hours. 

Construction Site Accident Injuries Pedestrian On 5th Avenue

This definitely was not the casual summer afternoon stroll on Manhattan's posh Fifth Avenue that this pedestrian likely envisioned.

The Construction Accident Lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy are bringing you details of a reported serious accident at a construction site that injured an unwary pedestrian in Manhattan today.

According to reports, a man was seriously injured when a wooden panel apparently fell on him at a construction site along Fifth Avenue. The location is an area where a developer is in the midst of erecting a 50 story building. The man was walking past the work site in the vicinity of Fifth Avenue and 30th St. when a tall green panel fell on top of him. The panel, which had "post no bills" printed in white on it, was being used as part of a wall to ward off the construction site from the sidewalk. It was intended to keep the public separated from and safe from the dangerous construction work that was going on. This well-intended goal obviously fell far short of meeting expectations. The victim was rushed to nearby Bellevue Hospital where he is being treated for serious injuries.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and those who love him.

Crane crashes down onto Tappan Zee Bridge with only minor injuries to several

Only three people suffered minor injuries in a crane collapse on Tuesday involving the Tappan Zee Bridge. A 256-foot tall crane was reportedly using a vibratory pile-driving hammer to set up piles for the new bridge when the crane crashed down onto the existing bridge, which has been around for 62 years. The project has been going on for three years at this point, and is expected to be finish by 2018.

In addition to the three individuals who were injured in the accident, one construction worker also suffered injuries, though minor ones. Obviously, the crash could have been a lot worse than it was. According to reports, wind was not to blame for the crash. It remains to be seen whether the crash was caused by the crane, the hammer or by the crane operator. 

Pokemon Go craze results in at least one roadway accident in New York

Many of our readers have, by now, heard of the current craze over the game “Pokemon Go.” The game, for those who are unfamiliar with it, is a so-called augmented reality mobile game which has users to interact with their environment through virtual characters. The game has drawn a lot of attention because of some of the bizarre mishaps that have occurred with users.

Of course, another risk of the game is that, like any mobile device use, it increases the risk of accidents caused by distraction. Here in New York, there has been at least one car accident reported to have been caused by using Pokémon Go. The driver in this case reportedly crashed into a tree, totaling the vehicle and causing injuries to himself, though fortunately nobody else was hurt. 

Looking at death benefits entitlement in New York, P.2

When a worker dies on the job, those who stand to lose the most are the workers’ surviving family members. Workers’ compensation death benefits are an important way family can obtain compensation for their loss, despite its limitations. As we noted last time, a surviving spouse and any minor children are entitled under the law to weekly cash benefits equal to two-thirds of the worker’s average weekly wage in the year preceding the accident.

There is a ceiling on the benefits, though. Weekly compensation may not be greater than the so-called weekly maximum. This is a fixed amount based on the date of the accident and is updated annually. The current weekly maximum amount, for accidents which occur between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, is set at $864.32. That amount is split between all survivors. 

Looking at death benefits entitlement in New York, P.1

Last time, we began looking at a construction accident that occurred last year in Coney Island. As we noted, the owner of the construction company now faces manslaughter charges for allowing safety violations which contributed to a worker’s death.

Although the surviving family members in this case are not living in the United States, ordinarily the surviving family of a deceased worker would have the right to seek workers’ compensation death benefits, and possibly to pursue litigation against third parties who are liable for the accident. Only in rare cases would the surviving family members of a deceased worker have the ability to sue the employer for the death of a worker—though failure to obtain workers’ compensation is one such circumstance. 

New York crash results in pedestrian death and injuries to others

A recent tragedy occurred on a New York street that resulted in injuries to several people and one death. The crash involved a sport utility vehicle, a pedestrian, a bicyclist and several other motorists. Police reported the tragedy on a recent Thursday in Queens.

Apparently, the sport utility vehicle was traveling at excessive speeds when it careened out of control, hit a tree and went onto a nearby sidewalk. Two young women were reportedly hit by the out-of-control SUV. A 21-year-old woman was in a crosswalk area when she was struck. Another woman, age 26, was riding a bicycle when the vehicle crashed into her.

Scaffold Collapse Study Highlights Safety Concerns

The Construction Accident Lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy are often asked to advise clients who were involved in a construction accident involving a scaffold. Today we talk about an accident that occurred far away from the gritty streets of New York City, yet with implications for all workers in the metropolitan area. Why? The case may help all of us to better understand how construction work can be performed in a safer way.

A construction accident in the State of Washington was critically analyzed by an organization focused on reducing the number of worker related injuries and fatalities at construction sites. The findings of the study are revealing and offer a roadmap for scaffold safety. The case involved a 54-year-old carpenter who suffered 2 broken legs when the scaffold he was working from collapsed. The collapse caused the worker, who had more than 10 years of experience in the field, to fall 13 feet and injure himself. The man was working on an aluminum scaffold called a pump Jack scaffold. The scaffold was owned by his employer and had been assembled about 5 days prior to the frightening collapse.

Things you need to know about Scaffold Safety at a Construction Site

The accident occurred while the injured worker was standing on a scaffold plank about 13 feet off of the ground. The scaffold poles separated and caused the scaffold to collapse. This led to the carpenter crashing to the ground. He sustained two broken legs and was compelled to endure multiple surgeries. According to reports, he underwent nearly a year of rehabilitation and has been unable to return to the work force. 


Pursuing justice after motor vehicle accident in New York

Being involved in a New York car accident caused by a negligent driver is emotionally traumatic. When a physical injury is suffered in a motor vehicle accident, the devastation of the situation is intensified. In worst cases, families may suffer the untimely deaths of loved ones because of reckless or distracted drivers.

Recovering accident victims often face financial difficulties when medical bills and other accident-related expenses start piling up. Depending on the severity of an injury, long-term medical treatment and living assistance may be needed during recovery. This type of care is quite expensive, and an accident victim may not be prepared to meet the cost.