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December 2013 Archives

Temps Have Greater Chance of Workplace Accident, Says ProPublica

The most dangerous sector of the U.S. labor market is blue-collar temporary work. And there are now 2.8 million temporary workers in the country, according to a story in ProPublica. The journal's analysis of workers compensation claims shows that in the five states studied, temporary workers face a much greater risk of workplace accident, injury and death.

Info. About NYC Car Crashes Hard to Get

The New York Police Department appears to be reluctant to provide information about car accidents to the public, even after the City Council passed a law requiring NYC law enforcement to make accident data available. In contrast, the department has enthusiastically embraced providing information about car thefts.

Motor Vehicle Accidents Caused by Ice and Snow in NYC

Winter has come to New York, and the lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy urge all NYC motorists to drive carefully, especially during bad weather. A massive pileup last Sunday on the Bronx River Parkway illustrates how ice and snow can quickly lead to serious motor vehicle accidents.

Stop a Workplace Accident: Get a Good Night's Sleep

Train accidents like the recent Metro North disaster in the Bronx are most frequently caused by operator error. Sleepiness is often a co-culprit. Research increasingly shows that fatigue - even if one doesn't feel tired - can be a precipitating factor a workplace accident.

Construction Accident Attorneys Comment on Safety Violations Issued To Turner Construction

The attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy are frequently asked about the causes of New York construction accidents. Generally, the perception is that the accidents are confined to smaller, non-union jobs. The bigger companies, the theory goes, are not the culprits when it comes to taking shortcuts with worker safety. It is the smaller outfits, working on less profitable jobs, that exploit workers and ignore safety, people think.

Could Cameras Prevent Train Accidents?

U.S. senators have called for cameras to monitor engineers on trains throughout the country in the wake of the deadly train accident in the Bronx last week. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and New York senator Charles Schumer held a press conference at Grand Central calling for monitoring of train engineers.

Partner Jeffrey Block of Block O'Toole & Murphy Offers Expert Commentary In Crains Article About Metro North Train Derailment

Top New York personal injury lawyer Jeffrey A. Block was asked by Crains to offer expert commentary on the Metro North train accident. Block, the founding member of leading New York City personal injury law firm Block O'Toole & Murphy, offered his perspective on the likelihood of litigation aimed at the MTA - - opining that there will be a significant number of lawsuits. He also lamented how devastating this accident will be for victims and their loved ones, "those are the people who are going to have to live the rest of their lives suffering daily," said Block. Block, a legendary trial lawyer, knows there will be difficult times ahead for the helpless victims of this tragedy.