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October 2013 Archives

¿Cuales Son Los Derechos de una Persona Indocumentada? ¿ Puede Presentar una Demanda?

Con frecuencia trabajadores de construcción y trabajadores que se encargan en mano de obra, les preguntan a los abogados de casos graves de Block O'Toole & Murphy, si se puede presentar una demanda por heridas personales por personas indocumentadas. Por lo general, se les ha dicho por un jefe o compañero de trabajo que no tienen derecho a presentar una demanda o que - si lo intentan - perderían su trabajo. A veces estas amenazas descaradas incluyen una advertencia de que el indocumentado será deportado si presentan una reclamación. Block O'Toole & Murphy tiene el orgullo de decir que hemos representado a trabajadores documentados e indocumentados por sus lesiones graves. Estamos muy contentos con la oportunidad de defender a alguien que necesita una voz. A continuación, vamos a acabar con el mito de que una persona indocumentado no puede presentar una demanda. Simplemente no es cierto.

Fatal NYC Construction Accidents More Likely to Kill Immigrant Workers

According to a recent Daily News article, just 41% of construction workers in New York City identify themselves as Latino, but they account for a staggering 74% of fatalities from construction accidents. The Center for Popular Democracy compiled the report, which drew data from census figures and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) statistics. Some attribute this disparity to safety violations being more common on job sites run by small, non-union contractors, which typically employ more immigrant day laborers. Further compounding the problem, immigrant workers may understandably be more reluctant to complain about safety hazards on the job site because they feel they could lose their job without repercussion or may even fear deportation. As a result, accidents and injuries occur. As Connie Razza, a representative of the group that released this report said, "Contractors aren't taking simple steps to protect their workers... They are not providing the training and the safety equipment that are required by law".

Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP Are Following Two Major Accidents And A Truck Fire - All Occurring This Morning On Interstate 87

Two major accidents on I-87 this morning affected the morning commute. Facts are only starting to emerge, and we hope that everyone involved is ok, but indications are that these accidents were very significant. A van overturned on northbound Interstate 87 in New York around 6am this morning near the Spring Valley tolls. Reportedly, the van was involved in a collision with a tractor trailer.

Construction Accident Lawyers Follow Fatal San Fran Stadium Accident

The New York City construction accident lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy frequently discuss topics related to worker safety. Below, we tackle a tragic story of sports transcending the construction world. It is a truly sad story that has gripped the nation's sports fans and worker safety advocates alike. It should be a warning to all that safety in the workplace must remain as important as ever.

OSHA Cites Four NYC Companies for Workplace Safety Violations, Part I

A construction industry magazine recently reported on fines levied by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) against four Manhattan contractors involved in the construction of a New York City hotel. The proposed fines total $272,720 and are based on OSHA inspections that occurred in March of this year at the 323 West 33rd Street worksite.

Can an Undocumented Worker File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

The serious New York injury lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy are frequently asked by undocumented persons, usually construction workers and laborers, whether they can bring a personal injury lawsuit. Usually they have been told by a boss or co-worker that they have no right to bring a lawsuit or that -- if they try -- they will lose their jobs. Sometimes these shameless threats include a warning that the undocumented person will be deported if they file a claim. Block O'Toole & Murphy is proud to say that we have represented documented and undocumented workers for their serious injuries. We relish the chance to stand up for someone that needs a voice. Below, we will dispel the myth that an undocumented person cannot bring a lawsuit. It's simply not true.

If I Was Injured on the Job, Do I Have to Use the Union Lawyer?

Block O'Toole & Murphy has a long and proud history of fighting for union workers. They have obtained some very significant multi-million dollar results on behalf of hardworking union member. Often, union members will call the Injured Worker Attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy and ask whether they are required to utilize the services of the "union lawyer." The frequency of this question suggests that there is some confusion about the issue. Below, the Injured Worker Attorneys clear up the misconception.

I was in a Workplace Accident . . . 7 Steps Every Worker Should Know About

The New York City work injury lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP have a long and proud tradition of helping obtain justice for injured workers. Frequently, The work injury lawyers are asked what should be done in the event that you are injured in an accident at work. This is a natural question for any worker, particularly one that is involved with construction or labor. However, few injured workers feel comfortable with the process. If you have been hurt on the job, whether it be on a construction site or anywhere else, these are certain steps you should take:

If I Fell From a Ladder or Scaffold That Belongs To My Boss, Does That Affect My Legal Situation?

The New York construction accident lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy have a long and proud history of helping injured construction workers. Frequently, injured workers ask some very thoughtful questions. One of the most common questions comes after a worker is injured when the ladder or scaffold they were on falls or collapses. The ladder or scaffold they were using belongs to their boss or employer. The worker wonders, how does the fact that the ladder or scaffold belonged to my boss impact his or her ability to pursue a case?

A Step by Step Guide for Pedestrian Accident Victims

Pedestrian accident attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy have been helping innocent pedestrian victims for decades, including a $32,756,156 verdict and a $12,000,000 settlement for New York pedestrians. As a result, pedestrian victims frequently seek out the advice of our pedestrian accident lawyers, usually asking, "What should I be doing and thinking about, if, god forbid, I am in a pedestrian accident again?" Below is our 16 point bulletin for any pedestrian looking for guidance.

I Had a Rear-End Accident. Another Driver Rear-Ended Me, and Then Told the Police I Stopped Short. Am I Responsible?

The experienced car accident attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy listen to accident victims share their concerns every day. Car accident victims often wonder who is legally responsible for an accident. Frequently the rear-end collision is a source of confusion for New York City drivers. The experienced car accident attorneys separate myth from reality.

Q: I Was Involved in a NYC Truck Accident. Should I Take Photographs at the Scene?

The truck accident lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy are well versed in helping victims of truck accidents. Victims frequently have questions in the aftermath of a crash involving a truck in New York City, wondering if they should have done anything differently. One of the most common questions: Should I take photographs at the scene of the accident? Our attorneys offer our perspective below.

Many NYC car accidents still not being investigated

The personal injury lawyers at Block O'Toiole & Murphy have commented frequently about the apparent unwillingness of NYPD to investigate traffic accidents – even accidents in which someone was injured. The NYC City Council recently held a hearing to find out whether the police department had made any progress since the last hearing on the subject, held more than a year ago.