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Bay Shore crash injures officer, kills driver

Police officers in New York face many risks while they are on duty, including the risk of death or serious injury in a motor vehicle accident. Just such an accident recently injured a Suffolk police officer and killed the driver of the car that appears to have triggered the head-on collision.

The accident happened shortly after 6:00 a.m. on Sunday morning in Bay Shore. According to police, a Honda Civic was heading south on Fifth Avenue when it veered unexpectedly into the northbound lanes and collided with a northbound police vehicle. The driver of the Honda was pronounced dead at the scene. The police officer, a member of the Third Precinct, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. Police are checking the safety systems on both vehicles.

NYC suspends work for Long Island City crane company

Crane accidents are always big news, especially when they occur in a crowded urban environment, such as our city. Our city experienced two significant crane collapses in 2019 that were deemed to be the fault of United Crane & Rigging Company, a firm located in Long Island. After an investigation that began with a collapse that occurred on July 30, the city's Department of Buildings (DOB) has assessed the firm a significant fine and has halted all of its work in the city.

In its investigation of the collapse that occurred on July 30 at 749 F.D.R. Drive, the DOB found that the crane operator attempted to lift a load of steel beams weighing 4,400 pounds. That weight exceeded the crane's rated lifting capacity of 3,700 pounds. The excessive load caused the crane's boom to bend and partially collapse. The operator lost control of the load, which fell from the crane onto the building's roof and sides.

Jury awards nearly $60 million in medical malpractice case

In a stunning medical malpractice case, a jury recently awarded $55.9 million to a New York woman and her husband after she alleged a series of medical errors left her paralyzed.

According to news reports, the woman underwent spinal surgery in 2009 to relieve pain and tingling sensations in her extremities. According to her lawsuit, the surgeons who operated on her caused an injury to her spine and then failed to inform her about it. After the injury led to pressure on her spinal cord, she became paralyzed from the neck down.

State workers' compensation law expands to cover farm labor

New York's workers' compensation program requires employers to carry insurance that can provide benefits for their employees who are injured on the job. Most types of employers and most types of employees are covered. However, there are some types of employers and some types of workers who slip through the cracks in the law.

Recently, the state plugged one of the largest of those cracks when it expanded the workers' compensation program to include farm employers and farm laborers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act into law this summer. In addition to expanding the reach of workers' compensation benefits, the law provides that farm laborers have the right to overtime pay, a day off every week, disability and unemployment benefits.

The 3 steps to take after a motor vehicle accident

If you get into a serious car accident, as common as this is in New York City, odds are that it's your first one. If you've never been in this position before, it can be surprising, chaotic, painful and stressful. It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the whole thing.

At the same time, it's important to know exactly what steps you should take. Since you can't rely on experience, you need to make wise decisions under stress. It's a good idea to consider what you should do before there is ever a need. To help you, here are the three main steps:

Time limits on personal injury actions

On this blog, we often recommend that people who have been injured talk to a personal injury lawyer as soon as they can. This is because a claim can fail if the injured person files it after the statute of limitations has tolled.

The term makes it seem as though the statute of limitations is just one law, but in fact the term refers to provisions within many laws that establish time limits for legal action under the law. Fans of true-crime television or mystery novels may be somewhat familiar with the concept of statute of limitations in criminal law, but such deadlines exist in civil lawsuits as well. If a plaintiff files a claim against a defendant after the statute of limitations has tolled for the offense, the defendant can move the court to dismiss the case.

Lifeguard overcome by chlorine gas fumes while cleaning pool

We are accustomed to reading about serious accidents at construction sites and factories, but workers can face life-threatening injuries at all kinds of work sites. Recently in New York, a lifeguard was seriously injured by chemical fumes when he was cleaning an indoor swimming pool.

According to news reports, the man was preparing to clean a swimming pool in the basement of a luxury apartment building in New York's Upper East Side when he was overcome by chemical fumes. The chemicals included chlorine and hydrochloric acid, which can release chlorine gas when mixed. In large enough doses, chlorine gas can be deadly. It was used as a weapon during the First World War.

State pedestrian accident rates remain high

Better urban planning, stronger enforcement and automobile safety features have helped reduce the numbers of deaths in car accidents over the decades, but New York has struggled to protect pedestrians, the most vulnerable people who use our streets.

According to the New York Department of Health, there are an average of 312 fatal auto-pedestrian accidents every year in our state. This number has remained fairly consistent for many years, although New York City has seen an alarming rise in pedestrian fatalities over the past decade.

Convictions on drug sale charges carry heavy penalties

New York's drug laws are some of the toughest and most complicated in the nation. The state has six degrees of felonies for drug possession alone, and the charges and penalties get much more serious for sale.

All types of sale of a controlled substance are felony offenses, meaning conviction will lead to more than a year in prison. Fifth-degree sale carries a penalty of 1 to 2.5 years in prison, while first-degree sale carries a minimum sentence of 8-20 years for non-major drug traffickers. Conviction on a second offense can bring a sentence minimum of 12-20 years. Defendants convicted as major traffickers face a sentence of 15 years to life.

Remember these 5 safety tips when you work with scaffolding

If you work in the construction industry in New York, you probably already know that your job is dangerous. In fact, the construction sector has one of the highest rates of workplace injuries. Between faulty power tools that can cause electrocution or falling cranes that can crush an unsuspecting bystander, there are hazards lurking around every corner of the job site.

In the construction industry, falling is the top cause of injuries suffered by workers which is why it is important to always follow safety protocols when working from heights. The next time you have to work with scaffolding, remember these safety tips.

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