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As New York grows, workers are dying

After years of recession, New York City's construction industry is finally bouncing back. The city is growing, and new and refurbished buildings are once again starting to dot the landscape.

Nearly everyone who makes their living in construction would tell you this is a good thing. But, it's important to recognize that when done hastily, this growth can come at a steep price.

Hailing Uber rides without the app? You could face consequences in an accident.

Unlike taxis and other vehicles licensed by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), ridesharing companies such as Uber are not allowed to pick up street hails. While the drivers who do this may have to pay fines, how does it affect the passengers they pick up from illegal hails?

Despite Uber's "no random pickup" rule, earlier this year, the TLC seized nearly 500 vehicles affiliated with Uber for making illegal pickups over a six-week period. The operation was intended to enforce the rules and help protect TLC-licensed drivers who are feeling the effects of competition from companies such as Uber and Lyft. However, it also highlighted a potentially serious concern for Uber passengers.

DUI ignition interlock requirements may not be properly enforced

While legislators pursue a number of remedies designed to reduce drunk driving on our roads, such efforts turn out not always to be successful. For example, New York passed a law in 2010 requiring individuals convicted of misdemeanor or felony drunk driving to install DWI ignition devices. While judges have entered orders requiring drivers to install these devices, it appears only 26 percent of such devices actually were installed during the past year.

This obviously is a cause for concern. "Ignition interlocks won't protect New Yorkers if DWI offenders can drive without installing the devices," stated New York State Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli, while demanding greater oversight regarding such installations.

Fatal construction accidents on the rise in New York City

The number of fatal construction accidents in New York City rose during this past year. Reports demonstrate that 18 workers died in at job sites from Oct. 1, 2014 through Sep. 30, 2015. Perhaps most disturbing are the number of deaths that occurred due to falls. Apparently, few safety measures were in place to prevent these falls from occurring.

Other accidents include workers crushed to death due the improper bracing of walls. One pedestrian even died due to a piece of plywood falling from a construction site and subsequently striking the individual.

City Council proposes legislation to reduce pedestrian accidents

Pedestrian accidents occur suddenly and generally result in life-changing injuries. Pedestrians are often injured in hit-and-run crashes where locating the driver at fault can be challenging. Sadly, such accidents are commonplace for those of us walking the streets of Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.

As pedestrian safety is an obvious concern, a proposed bill is making its way through the New York City Council to have the NYPD create an accident database providing everyone in the city information on traffic accidents concerning specific streets. The proposed database would track accidents on roadways already designated as truck routes. This would include Canal Street, Queens Boulevard and Delancey Street.

Truck accidents and the difficulties in recovering compensation

A recent accident involving two trucks on the New England Thruway in the Bronx resulted in the hospitalization of seven individuals. The accident occurred at 1:00 a.m. on a Sunday and resulted in one of the truck drivers facing charges for unlicensed operation of the vehicle. The truck accident also forced officials to close the southbound lanes of Route 95 for a number of hours.

That this mishap resulted in so many hospitalizations demonstrates how devastating commercial vehicle accidents can be. Clearly the potential consequences of accidents increase in large metropolitan areas and heavily trafficked areas. Semi trucks and big-rigs are challenging to operate. Such trucks are difficult to maneuver around corners, generally do not stop as quickly as most smaller vehicles, and are particularly cumbersome when negotiating turns at intersections. If the driver happens to be traveling too fast, an accident becomes increasingly more likely.

What actions can get you charged with credit/debit card fraud?

Credit card fraud has been in the news recently as the result of a high-profile case of mistaken identity. Many of our readers have seen the disturbing video of an undercover police officer violently taking down retired tennis star James Blake as he stood outside a Manhattan hotel. Blake was mistaken for someone allegedly involved in credit card fraud.

What is 'social engineering?'

Many people associate the term "social engineering" with the influencing of people's attitudes. However, it's becoming more commonly used to describe a means of getting people to provide confidential information like passwords and account information via their computer or electronic device, and it's against the law.

Social engineering can be done in a number of ways. Phishing is a common tactic. It involves sending someone an email that asks him or her to verify confidential information. People too often provide personal information like bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, birthdates and other information to a source that looks legitimate.

Bronx teen called 'good kid' facing assault charge over shooting

Too often, people who were born and raised in difficult circumstances and underprivileged areas are the most likely to get in trouble with the law. That doesn't mean that they are necessarily guilty of the crime with which they were charged. Sometimes they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

A Bronx teen who knows a lot about hardship has been charged with shooting another teen in the arm. The incident allegedly occurred as he was walking from the bus stop to his home in the Morrisania neighborhood last month.

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Frequently Asked Questions Personal Injury In New York City

    • Q: I've been injured — now what? A: First, see an experienced doctor. Your injuries should be taken care of before you even consider making a claim against someone for causing them. Make sure you are receiving top-quality health care. Keep all information from medical visits — good records of your injury and your treatments are vital for your case if you decide to pursue legal action. Then, call us to schedule your free consultation.
    • How long can I wait before I file a claim for my personal injury? You should seek help with your claim immediately. Depending on the state you live in, most cases must be filed within four years of the accident, but the sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help you build a strong legal claim. If you've been denied Social Security or disability benefits, your appeal must be filed soon after you receive your denial notification. Call us for assistance and an assessment of your case.
    • I was in an accident without insurance. Can you help me? We would need to assess your case. Our assessment might lead us to conclude that the vehicle you were driving was at fault, or perhaps the road conditions were hazardous. We would also need to assess all of the claims against you as the alleged negligent driver. Call us today for your free assessment.
    • A giant commercial truck/semi hit me, and I was injured/my children were injured/other people in my car were injured. What can I do? Large trucking companies have teams of lawyers at the ready to help them minimize payment or avoid paying you for the damage their driver caused you. You need to call us to help you get what you deserve from the company for your injuries, pain and suffering, damage to your vehicle, and any injuries to people riding in your car. To protect your rights, an independent investigation must be executed as soon as possible.
    • If I get hurt on the job, what should I do? Tell your supervisor or someone in your human resources department immediately, and then get help with your injuries. It's imperative that you file a report about the accident with your employer, or you may be denied any disability or workers' compensation benefits for your injuries. Then, file your workers' compensation documents according to your company's guidelines. If you are turned down, give us a call to get your case assessed. We'll help you get the compensation you deserve for injuries on the job.
    • What should I do if I was injured on a construction site? You should take the same steps as anyone injured at any other job. File an injury report and file for workers' compensation benefits. If you are denied benefits or mistreated by your employer, contact our law firm immediately. Also, contact us immediately if your injury might have been caused by a party other than your employer such as a product manufacturer or another party on a construction site. You might have an underlying personal injury claim.
    • If medical treatment was unsuccessful or caused my condition to worsen, do I have a medical malpractice case? Not all instances of poor medical outcomes are medical malpractice. It is important to speak with an experienced attorney about your specific circumstances.
    • If injured in a police misconduct/brutality incident, what should be done? Get names of witnesses. Take photos of injuries. Get immediate professional medical attention. Contact our Bronx-based police brutality attorney today.
    • What actions should I NOT take when speaking with a police officer? Don't say, "I know my rights," "I'm going to file a complaint/sue" or "I pay your salary." Don't resist or fight if you're going to be arrested even if the cop is wrong, or he or she doesn't tell you why.
    • What should you do in the event of police misconduct/brutality? Note the date, time and location of the incident. Note — but do not ask for — the name, badge or car number of the officers involved. Note the physical description of the officers.
    • What should you do when confronted by a police officer? Stay calm and be courteous. Don't be rude or curse at the officer. Take off your headset or turn down your music. If asked, give your name and address. You don't have to answer any other questions. Tell the officer(s) that you would like to exercise your right to attorney representation.
    • Contact a civil rights attorney or group immediately. If criminally charged, don't speak until you've consulted a defense attorney. What steps should be taken after experiencing police misconduct/brutality?
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