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August 2014 Archives

Labor Day: More Than a Day at the Beach

Labor Day, often marked by taking the last trip to the beach, was actually created by the labor movement in the 19th century, dedicated to celebrating the social and economic achievements of American workers.  Who was behind the movement to establish Labor Day is still contested more than 125 years after the first parade the United States, held in New York City in 1882.

Accident Stats Show Times, Dates and Driver Gender and Age

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles publishes motor vehicle accident statistics that provide detail about car accidents and other crashes that occur in New York City.  The most recent year available, 2012, provides data about the days and times when  crashes are most likely to occur.

News You Can Use: Construction Activity in New York City

Anyone who lives, visits or works in New York City knows that construction is booming. But looks can be deceiving, even to seasoned New Yorkers. Some statistics provided by the New York City Economic Development Commission tell the more nuanced story.

Injury and Death Causes from the New York Department of Health

The City of New York tracks the reasons for hospitalizations from injuries in the city.  Statistics from 2009 to 2011 provided by the Department of Health and Hygiene show that in all age groups, the most frequent type of accident is an unintentional fall. The most common outcome of falls is traumatic brain injury, with the second being fractures. In addition, falls were the cause of 130 deaths in New York in 2008, according to the Department of Health website.

Construction Worker Sustains Broken Leg in Second Avenue Subway Tunnel Accident

The lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy are bringing you details about a recent construction accident that took place in the bowels of the Second Avenue subway tunnel project. The victim was rescued by firefighters after a harrowing and grueling rescue effort.

Pedestrian Accidents More Common Among New Jersey Seniors

The Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a regional non-profit, has released the results of a study that reveals the disparity between pedestrian accidents among the elderly in New Jersey and those in other states. Elderly pedestrians in New Jersey are more likely to be involved in fatal accidents than both older people in other states.

Another NYC Bike-Car Accident Along Viaduct

There have been three bicycle fatalities at the intersection of Park Avenue and East 108th Street under the Metro-North viaduct in East Harlem in the past two years. After the most recent incident, which happened early this morning, a driver of a livery cab was taken into police custody. Reporters were told that he would probably be charged with driving with a suspended license. A news update reported that he was actually charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, careless driving and a right of way violation.

Our Law Firm Also Practices Employment Law

Block O'Toole & Murphy provides legal representation to clients who have experienced all types of injuries on the job -- both physical injuries and other harms that cause damage to our clients. These types of cases involve discrimination, wrongful termination, hostile work environments and other types of prohibited employer behavior under city, state and federal law.

Asbestos Still in Wide Use in Developing World

Although people in the U.S. are still dying from exposure to asbestos, it is no longer in common use. This is not the case in India, where asbestos is a $2 billion industry. India is the world’s biggest importer of asbestos, with 100 manufacturing plants that employ at least 300,000 people. The most common use of asbestos in India is in corrugated roof sheets. Asbestos fibers can be released if the sheets are cut or hammered.

New Part of Vision Zero Approved; Will Help Reduce Traffic Fatalities and Injuries

Vision Zero, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to eliminate motor vehicle accident fatalities in New York City, includes an initiative to lower the speed limit on the streets of New York City. Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that will lower the default speed limit in the city from 30 mph to 25 mph. The new law takes effect within 90 days, during the first week in November.

Two Construction Workers Rescued From Scaffold in Lower Manhattan

Scaffold accidents occur somewhat frequently in New York City, the construction capital of the world. Scaffold accidents receive a fair amount of media attention because they pose very serious dangers due to the elevated heights that workers work at while on a scaffold. The consequences can be quite severe.

Recent Federal Court Decision Impacts Personal Injury Law in New York State

The New York lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy are always studying important legal decisions handed down by lower and appellate courts. Sometimes a decision can greatly impact the practice of lawyers. Often though, the decisions impact everyday people. This is a decision that impacts both the practice of law and the people that the law is intended to protect. We encourage you to read the decision, particularly if you have a present personal injury action in New York State. If you don't have the time or inclination to read the actual decision, we break it down for you below.

Elevator Accident in Manhattan Injures 2 Construction Workers

The lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy have been privileged to represent many construction workers over the years. Block O'Toole & Murphy has also been fortunate to be in a position to help many elevator accident victims during the last few decades. Today, these attorneys bring you some news about two construction workers who were injured in a dangerous elevator while working at a construction site.

Irish Legal 100 Honors Daniel O'Toole and Stephen Murphy of Prestigious NYC Injury Firm Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP

New York personal injury lawyers Daniel P. O'Toole and Stephen J. Murphy of Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP have once again been named to the Irish Legal 100 for 2014. The Irish Legal 100 is a listing of the leading figures in the law of Irish decent across the entire United States. Its honorees include such luminaries as U.S. Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy, as well as leading practitioners across the country in both public and private practice.

The Most Dangerous Jobs in America, Part 2 of 2

In a previous blog we reviewed the most dangerous industries for workers, reporting that the trucking industry and transportation generally have a significant majority of work-related incidents that cause injury or death. Other dangerous industries with smaller workforces include fishing and farming. Only construction and its allied occupations are close to transportation when it comes to on-the-job dangers.

Bus Accident Update: Driver Had 11 Prior Suspensions

The lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy continue to provide updates on the harrowing bus accident yesterday involving two tour buses in the Times Square section of New York City. Now it is being reported that the driver of the double decker tour bus that slammed into another bus was allegedly high on drugs and had had his driver's license and vehicle registration suspended a combined 20 times.

Walking From Manhattan to The Bronx? Good luck.

A new initiative is focused on making it easier and safer to get from Manhattan to the Bronx using one of the 11 bridges that cross the Harlem River. Walkers and bikers face many hurdles when trying cross the river from either side. Vehicles come off the bridges too fast, running red lights and causing accidents. When they turn they don’t yield to pedestrians. One resident witnessed two accidents on the same day, both involving children who were hit in the vicinity of the 145th Street bridge.

Too Many Pedestrian Accidents on UWS

There have been far too many fatal pedestrian accidents on the Upper West Side recently, two of which occurred early this year and caused outrage in the neighborhood. A 73-year-old man and a 9-year-old boy were killed in January, sparking neighborhood outrage and galvanizing the Department of Transportation (DOT) into making some changes in traffic patterns. However, that appears to be a drop in the bucket, according to an analysis conducted by DNAInfo.com.

Trench Collapse Buries 2 Construction Workers

The experienced lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy have long recognized the perils associated with construction work. It is one of the many reasons why the attorneys at the firm fight with such fervor to preserve and strengthen worker safety laws in New York. This week, another frightening construction accident showed the need for a continued focus on improving worker safety.

Statistics Show That Policing is Dangerous Work

So far this year, there have been 71 work-related deaths among law enforcement officers in the United States. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), this represents a 25 percent increase from the same time last year. Of these deaths, 28 of the fatalities were firearms-related, 27 were traffic-related and 16 resulted from some other cause.