What to Expect?
With covid-19 decreasing, reopening NYC and Long Island is a welcome change for many. However, if China serves as an example, perhaps we can learn from their experience of reopening cities in heavily populated areas.
According to Streetsblog USA, when China reopened, the surge in traffic rapidly returned to pre covid-19 levels. Rush hour traffic resulted in congestion, and air quality deteriorated with an increasing number of cars hitting the road.
It is possible that New York City and other highly populated areas will experience similar traffic and pollution consequences.
Covid-19, Reopening NYC and Long Island: What It Means for Traffic
Less driving was a benefit during the pandemic. It brought about cleaner air quality and fewer traffic deaths. Ways to maintain safety while reopening could include:
- Protective equipment for transit workers
- Minimize crowding
- Improved ventilation on buses
- Reduced non-essential travel
- Whenever possible replace vehicles with bikes, scooter and microbial modes of travel
If the economy can get back on its feet through alternative ways of working, it is to our advantage. Less driving saved lives, not only from the coronavirus contagion, but also from traffic accidents.
How Courts Are Reopening
NYC Courts as of June 8, entered into Phase I of the reopening. By June 10, judges were back in assigned courthouses. While court officers and clerks continued to work at courthouses throughout the pandemic, judges and a limited number of staff are just now back working onsite. Some actions will still be conducted virtually to deal with the high volume of legal traffic.
At this point, the entire State of New York court system is engaged in either Phase I or Phase II reopening. Planning is in place to monitor and determine the volume of traffic for each phase of reopening the courts. Wearing masks and social distancing is still required to keep everyone safe from covid-19 risks.
Have You Have Questions about Pursuing a Case During Covid-19?
Many people have questions about how COVID-19 could affect their personal injury case. At Sackstein, Sackstein & Lee, LLP, we continue to help to many clients and are glad to answer your questions.
Can You Receive Workers Compensation and Premises Liability Compensation for an Accident?
Premises liability for third parties may also apply in a workers compensation case. Depending on the circumstances of the case, a third party property owner may also be liable if their negligence resulted in injury.
For example, suppose a delivery worker drops off a package to a chemical plant. While making the delivery, an explosion occurs which shakes the building and causes a fire. The worker falls, hitting his head due to the impact of the explosion and he suffers from brain damage as a result of the concussion he sustains. In addition, the fire burns him and he must receive treatment for first degree burns.
How Does Workers Compensation Relate to this Case?
In the above example, the employee was engaged in work for his delivery company and was subsequently injured while on the job. This alone qualifies him to receive workers compensation benefits for lost wages and medical treatment.
How Do Circumstances Also Relate to Premises Liability? Read More
Our lawyers at Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP have successfully handled many different types of premises liability and workers compensation accident cases. More than 65 years of legal experience enables us to provide clients with effective representation.
Safety Tips from OSHA to Avoid Falling from a Ladder
Falls from ladders are the leading cause of death in the construction industry.
In fact, according to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), close to one-third of construction site deaths result from falls from ladders.
Furthermore, it is the employer’s responsibility to train workers and provide a safe work environment for them.
Safety Precautions: Knowing When and When Not to Use a Ladder
Ladders and stepladders are not always the best option for work. Using a ladder is not a good idea when:
- Holding onto heavy items
- Working from the height for a long time
- Elevation for work would make a long ladder unstable
- You have to stand sideways on the ladder to do the job
Under these circumstances, a scissor lift or a platform stepladder (platform with handrail barricades on the side) would be safer than a ladder.
Other Safety Tips to Avoid Falls from Ladders
Here are some other safety guidelines to follow:
- Make sure the ladder is high enough to reach the area. (Do not stand on the top ladder rung.)
- Extend the ladder and secure it three feet above the landing point of the next level for a safe handhold.
- Secure the base of the ladder.
- Wear non-slip, flat boots or shoes.
- Place the ladder on even, stable ground.
- Ensure full extension of the ladder before working.
- Put barriers or cones around the ladder to prevent passersby from walking near or under the ladder.
- Do not carry tools or materials while climbing the ladder.
- Keep your weight centered between side rails and do not lean out from the ladder while working.
- If using a ladder near a doorway, ensure you lock the door.
Whenever falls from ladders cause serious injury, it is wise to consult with an accident attorney to find out about recovering compensation. The State of New York has stringent laws that can protect your rights in a construction accident case.
How Can Lawyers Help Victims of Hit-and-Run Accidents?
Hit-and-run accidents occur when a driver causes an accident and flees from the accident scene. However, all drivers involved in an accident involving injury or death must stay at the scene of an accident, whether they caused the accident or not. Also, all drivers involved must file an accident report.
Under New York law, anyone who is party to an accident where injury or death occurs must immediately notify the police. It is a crime to leave the accident scene.
Hit and run accidents can involve an accident between vehicles; or between a vehicle and a bicyclist, motorcyclist or pedestrian.
The Recent Hit-and-Run Accident in North Babylon
According to Newsday, an auto parts delivery van hit two pedestrians in the parking lot of an Auto Zone store on July 29. The store was located on Route 231, near Commack Avenue, and the accident occurred around 1:00 in the afternoon.
When the van struck them, one of the pedestrians got caught beneath the van. However, the driver did not stop, and the van dragged her for about three blocks. When the driver made a right turn, she dislodged from the van. Upon arriving at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, doctors pronounced the accident victim’s death. Doctors at the hospital also treated the other pedestrian struck by the van for minor non-life threatening injuries.
Investigators at the scene inspected skid marks but no other details about the accident were released. Police apprehended the van driver, charged him with hit-and-run and took him into custody.
What Can a Hit-and-Run Accident Victim or Their Family Members Do?
In addition to the criminal charges a hit-and-run driver faces, a lawyer can file a civil lawsuit on behalf of the injury victim. In the event of death, the attorney can bring a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family.
If you are involved in a hit-and-run accident and suffer serious injuries, you may have legal grounds to pursue a case. New York hit-and-run accident attorneys can investigate the circumstances surrounding your injury and explain your rights to take legal action.
Some of the Most Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Many different types of bicycle accidents occur in Queens, Manhattan and Nassau County. These are heavily populated areas, and there are numerous bicycles, vehicles and pedestrians on the roads. Consequently, collisions are bound to happen. However, when serious injury results and another party was at fault, legal grounds may exist to pursue a lawsuit to hold the negligent parties accountable.
Despite the increasing numbers of bicyclists, the New York City DOT (Department of Transportation) claims that bicycling has grown dramatically safer. Even so, that does not mean that bike riders are free from danger.
Bicycle Accidents Causes
The following types of situations can cause bike accidents:
- Dooring. “Dooring” describes a bike accident where drivers or passengers are exiting their cars and open the door into a bicyclist, who is passing by the vehicle. The unexpected door opening can strike riders, throw them off their bikes and cause bikes to crash or flip over. Being thrown into oncoming traffic is a serious concern. Also, if cyclists try to avoid the door, there is the danger they may swerve into oncoming traffic. A dooring accident can result in severe injuries or fatalities. The fault for the accident lies with the driver or passenger who failed to look before opening the door.
- Failure to Yield the Right of Way. Who has the right of way — the bicyclist or the vehicle or the pedestrian? It is crucial to understand right of way laws in New York. For example, in crosswalks, pedestrians have the right of way. Bicyclists must use a bike lane or the right shoulder near the curb, but they may move farther left (three to four feet) to avoid hazards with parked cars. It is illegal for a car to stop or stand in a bike lane.
- Road defects and potholes. Poor road conditions can make bicycle riding dangerous. Hitting a pothole can throw the bike and rider up into the air or cause the biker to lose control and suffer injury. Local governments are responsible for keeping the roads in good repair and making them safe for traffic.
Experienced NY Bicycle Accidents Attorneys
When determining whether grounds exist for a lawsuit, attorneys investigate to establish who was at fault for causing the bicycle accident. When injuries are serious or result in death, a bicycle accident lawyer can often help you recover compensation for damages.
Avoiding Accidents at Swimming Pools
Swimming pool injuries most frequently occur when the weather is hot. During the summertime in particular, going for a swim has been a favorite pastime.
Although swimming is a lot of fun, safety is also an issue. One of the best preventions against accidents is understanding the risks involved with swimming pools.
Types of Swimming Pool Injuries and Accidents
When diving into a swimming pool, swimmers may not give a second thought to how deep the water is. Yet, diving into water that is too shallow can cause serious injuries. Diving into shallow water can cause brain, head or neck injuries. In serious cases, injuries can lead to brain damage or paralysis. In addition, if the diver is knocked unconscious, he or she could drown.
Whenever diving into a pool, it’s vital to notice the depth of the water beforehand.
Pool Drain Injuries
Swimming pools have drains as part of their filtering systems to keep the water clean. Many people, and in particular children, may not know to stay away from the drains. Swimming pool drain injuries can be severe and are not that uncommon. The Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) reported that certain drains exert up to 300 pounds of pressure per square inch. While most drains have tightly fastened covers to secure them, an improperly covered drain is capable of causing serious injury or death.
The drain’s suction is so strong that it can tear organs from a body. Unfortunately, this has happened in drain accidents. Read More
Slip and Fall Injuries
Many pools have signs that say, “No Running.” Areas around the pool often get wet. Water drips off people’s bodies and swimming suits as they leave the pool. As a result, wet surfaces tend to be slippery, and running can increase the chances of slip and fall injuries. Read More
If you are involved in a swimming pool accident and suffer serious injury, you may have legal grounds to pursue a case. New York swimming pool injury attorneys can review the circumstances surrounding your injury and discuss the prospects of taking legal action.