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Fatal Construction Accident Leads to Homicide Charges

Two construction managers are now facing homicide charges in the death of a Queens construction worker who was crushed by a collapsing wall in a deadly accident in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. The construction managers, Wilmer Cuevas and Alfonso Prestia, inexplicably refused to shut down a construction site on 9th Avenue earlier this year despite the pointed warnings of an engineer who recently inspected the work. The engineer, according to the indictment warned the man that continuing work at the site was too dangerous. The engineers pleas were completely ignored.

Who Is Responsible for Legionnaire's Outbreak in the Bronx?

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Legionnaire's disease, so called because the illness was first identified at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia in 1976, is back in the news. Four people have died and many dozens have become ill in the South Bronx. Legionnaire's Disease is a respiratory illness caused by waterborne bacteria that are spread through air-conditioning systems, hot tubs, humidifiers, showers and cooling towers.

More Construction Accidents At Tishman Construction Sites

The construction boom in New York City has brought with it numerous worker accidents that result in injury and death. Fortunately, no one was killed at a Midtown building near Grand Central on Madison Avenue when a wall fell on them during demolition of a building. Two workers were injured and were transported to Bellevue Hospital.

Right of Way Law May Have Reduced Pedestrian Accidents, Despite Daily News

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The Daily News editorial board has recently taken on the Right of Way Law, enacted about a year ago, that was intended to reduce injuries and deaths among pedestrians and bike riders. The idea was to require law enforcement to investigate such accidents and issue misdemeanor charges when required. Crashes that involved driving into a person who had the right of way were no longer to be classified as "accidents" and cleared quickly to keep traffic moving.

Prevent Drowning and Boating Accidents in NYC This Summer

It's summertime in New York City. Although it is one of the biggest cities in the world, New York also has plenty of opportunities to get out on the water. Whether swimming in the Rockaways, splashing in a pool or boating on the rivers, there are numerous ways to get cool and enjoy summer in the city.

Two Months of Crane Accidents in the U.S.

There were two crane accidents within 30 minutes of each other last month at the New Jersey container shipping port. News coverage was spotty, at least in part because there were no fatalities or serious injuries. The workers in New jersey were lucky. Many crane accidents result in serious or fatal injuries.

Reasons for Car Accidents in Upstate New York

Patterns emerge when studying car crashes in New York State. The causes of car crashes vary by roadway, time of day, day of week and time of year. Common causes of car accidents in the Hudson Valley north of New York City include:

  • Following too closely
  • Cutting across lanes to exit
  • Being distracted by cell phones or other devices

One of the most dangerous roads in the state is in Putnam County. I-684 is listed by the state Department of Transportation as among the most accident-prone in New York.

Tallest Crane in NYC Will Help Build Tower on 57th Street

The tallest crane to ever grace the crowded, gritty streets of Manhattan has arrived to put the finishing touches on a posh building located in midtown. Work has been ongoing at the construction of an exclusive residential building and now the city's tallest free-standing crane ever is on the scene to assist in constructing this complex architectural masterpiece.

Is Settling a Personal Injury Case a Good Idea?

Generally speaking, the answer to this question is, "Yes." There are many advantages to settling a personal injury case rather than going to trial. In fact, around 95 percent of all personal injury cases are resolved before going to court. Why do so many cases settle?

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