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Are Free Consultations Really Free?

Many people are reluctant to consult an attorney after being injured in an accident because of the negligence of another person. They think that the insurance company will take care of their expenses. They may feel awkward about suing someone or believe that they can't afford legal representation. This post will discuss the third reason for not talking with a lawyer: "I can't afford it."

The bottom line is that you can afford to talk with an attorney about your case. Most personal injury lawyers do not charge for an initial consultation. This is an opportunity for you to tell a lawyer about your accident or injury and find out if you have a case - at no cost.

Not all accidents are the result of negligence; sometimes they are just accidents and no one is to blame. In some cases, the damages are small - maybe a few days lost from work - and it really is not worth taking legal action. In these cases, your best bet probably is the insurance company. Isn't it worth your time to learn this from an experienced counsellor? You have nothing to lose.

You may be asking yourself why a lawyer would be willing to speak with you at no charge. The answer is pretty simple. By offering free consultations, attorneys learn about possible cases that might be successful and could mean business for them.

Ladder Accidents Both Common and Expensive, Part 2

ladder.jpg Our previous post discussed the frequency and causes of ladder accidents. This post continues the theme, listing tips that government and private organizations offer to ensure safe use of ladders at home and on the job.

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Many insurance companies and ladder manufacturers also produce information about the safe use of ladders. Additionally, most state labor and health agencies, including those in New York, provide tips about safe ladder use.

One agency has gone a step further in trying to ensure safety among ladder users. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has developed a smartphone application that helps users position ladders correctly based on visuals, sound and vibration. The app also offers interactive safety materials and a checklist for ladder selection.

Ladder Accidents Both Common and Expensive, Part 1

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Ladder accidents are among the most common causes of construction-related injuries in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ladder falls accounted for 113 work fatalities in 2011, or about 15 percent of the total number of occupational fatalities. Falls from ladders were 43 percent of all fatal fall injuries between 2001 and 2011. An additional 34,000 non-fatal ladder injuries were treated in hospital emergency rooms in 2011. Of these, 15,500 injuries ladder-related injuries resulted in at least one lost workday.

Benefits of Right-of-Way Traffic Law Still Uncertain

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Has the new right of way law in New York City made a difference? The law that went into effect last August has been used 31 times since then, according to a story in a Daily News article last week. It is one of the few ways that sober drivers who injure or kill while committing traffic violations can be held accountable.

Even Minor NYC Construction Accidents Have Costs

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Spectacular and serious construction accidents get the most press in the New York City media. The press highlights the crane accidents, the trench collapses and scaffolding failures. However, the alarming growth in the number of construction accidents in NYC is not limited to the mishaps that draw media attention. Construction workers face danger every day. The dangers cause injuries that may not show up on the evening news, but they could be life-changing nevertheless.

New Laws Passed to Reduce NYC Traffic Fatalities

The New York City Council approved 11 bills at the end of May designed to reduce accidents and improve safety, according to the Daily News. They are part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero plan, an ambitious proposal to eliminate traffic deaths in New York City.

Fatalities Among Immigrant Workers: Who's At Fault? Part 2 of 2.

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A previous blog post discussed the higher rates of on-the-job deaths among immigrant workers.  This post explores the specific instances of on-the-job fatalities among Latino workers in particular. 

Latino Workers Have A Greater Risk Of Being Killed On The Job

A variety of factors result in higher rates of on-the-job accidents and fatalities for immigrant workers. A 2015 AFL-CIO report on job safety, titled Death on the Job, shows that Latino workers in particular - both documented and undocumented - are at greater risk of on-the-job fatalities. And the rate is increasing. Between 2012 and 2013, the rate (deaths per 100,000 workers) grew from 3.7 percent to 3.9 percent. Sixty-six percent of the 2013 fatalities were Latino workers born outside the U.S.

Fatalities Among Immigrant Workers: Who's At Fault? Part 1 of 2.

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This blog and many other media outlets have discussed the seeming epidemic of construction accidents in New York City. Most sources agree that an important reason for this significant increase is the construction boom underway throughout the city. As the economy has improved since the downturn in 2008, delayed projects have been approved and started, making more business for contractors and more jobs for workers in the construction trades.

One aspect of this has received less attention: A disproportionate number of immigrant workers in the construction trades and other sectors of the economy have been injured or killed in recent years. There have been a few thoughtful articles about this phenomenon, and the remainder of this blog post will summarize the information provided by these writers and researchers.

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