What’s in a word? When it comes to car “accidents,” plenty. This post isn’t exactly timely but it is interesting and still relevant. The Washington Post had an interesting blog post, When a car ‘crash’ isn’t an ‘accident’ — and why the difference matters.
The Post looked at the campaign by the New York based Families for Safe Streets who are campaigning to stop using the word accident and replace it with thee word crash in automobile involved incidents.
Their reasoning is that word accident implies unintentional. An accident is when you drop a diner plate and it breaks. It connotes the idea that no one is at fault. The word “accident,” according to the group infers that no one bears responsibility. read more
A woman is suing herself for negligence after a car crash that killed her husband. The Utah Court of Appeals has ruled that a woman, Barbara Bagley can sue herself in the wrongful death suit. Her insurance company will represent her interests as a defendant in the case.
The lawsuit, called Bagley vs. Bagley derives from a car accident in which she was the driver. She was driving a Range Rover in the Nevada desert when she hit a sagebrush and the Rover flipped the over. Her husband was thrown from the car and later died from his injuries. read more
You’ve been injured and filed a lawsuit. You can’t work and bills are piling up. Then you see a commercial on television saying you can get cash in advance of your settlement. The spokesman says there is risk to you. Unfortunately, there is.
Lawsuit loans seem very attractive to plaintiffs awaiting judgments or settlements in civil lawsuits, like personal injury cases. But read the fine print before you sign on the dotted line. In fact, don’t even read the fine print, don’t do it.
The way it works is a plaintiff in a lawsuit finds their injuries have prevented them from working or being able to pay bills. They contact a lawsuit loan company. The company contacts the plaintiff’s lawyer to ascertain what the ball park settlement or verdict might be. Then, based on that estimate the company will offer a cash advance to the plaintiff. read more
One fun thing to do is browse through the New York Times archives. Today we came across the interesting defense in a personal injury case from 1897.
The Times reported on a trial where an ice company was being sued for an accident to an 8 year-old girtl who lost her foot when a large block of ice fell on it.
The ice company, National Ice denied liability, They argued that when their employees were taking the ice off the truck they were in fact, stealing it and were planning to sell it to an Italian who had his own ice cellar. read more
The National Weather Service says we’re in for a few days of sweltering heat and there will be more to come. Thankfully the City of New York has advice and help.
If you don’t have air conditioning the City has cooling centers where you can go. Use this link to find the nearest cooling center near you. NYC Cooling Centers
The City also has a downloadable brochure with tips on how to stay cool and save energy if you have AC.
Construction work can be dangerous. For those of you who work the construction industry you will be aware of the following but you should also be aware that you have a legal right to a safe workplace.
Falls: Falling is a major cause of injury and death on construction sites. Your employer is required by law to provide you with safety equipment. Make sure you get it and if you don’t call OSHA. If you are denied safety equipment and you get injured, contact an attorney.
Falling objects: Due to co-worker negligence or the lack of safety measures to prevent falling objects accidents happen. If you are injured due to negligence due to a co-worker or the negligence of your employer to provide netting etc to prevent falling objects, you have a legal right to compensation. read more
Summer is here and almost 40,000 bicyclists will take to the streets, bike paths and parks of New York City. Maybe you are one of those throngs of two-wheeled enthusiasts. But as fun as cycling might be, you need to be aware at all times. Accidents do happen.
Although accidents have been declining the last past few years, the threat is still very real. The last full set of DMV statistics from 2013 show over 3,000 bicyclists were injured and 22 killed. Brooklyn had the most collisions of any borough with 285 crashes. The majority of accidents involved cyclists and motor vehicles. This shows cyclists need to be vigilant when out on the road. read more
OSHA reports that 828 construction workers died on the job in 2013, with construction site accidents accounting for almost 20% of all U.S. work-related fatalities across industries. The primary causes of these accidents are known as “The Fatal Four” and are listed as falls, being struck by objects, electrocution and being caught between moving vehicles or machinery.
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Agency (OSHA), 828 construction workers died on the job in 2013 which accounted for 20% of all work- related deaths. Here is a graphic published by EHS Today which weirdly enough is a UK group. read more