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What is New York City Local Law 78 of 2017?

Construction sites are notoriously dangerous places, but a 2017 New York City law gives a clear picture of just how dangerous they can be for workers, passersby and the public at large. Local Law 78 provides access to extensive data about the frequency of New York City construction site accidents. Local Law 78 requires the… Read More »

Effects of COVID-19 on Personal Injury Claims

Judges and court staff throughout New York are returning to their assigned courthouses, many for the first time in more than year. Awaiting them is a massive backlog of cases that have built up since COVID-19 virtually shut down the court system in early 2020. A significant number of those delayed cases are personal injury… Read More »

Bicyclist Fatalities Are on the Increase in New York City

Whether you use a bicycle to get around town or you ride for sport, cycling in New York City has become more dangerous and potentially life-threatening. According to the New York City Department of Transportation, 2019 was the deadliest year in a decade for New York City bicyclists, with 27 fatalities compared with 10 the… Read More »

Most NYC Construction Fatalities Occur at Sites Without State Training Programs

New York City has seen a decline in construction-related injuries, but there is still data showing that accidents are more frequent at sites where safety training programs were inadequate or nonexistent. According to the New York City Department of Buildings, 470 construction-related injuries and seven construction fatalities occurred in the 12 months ending November 30,… Read More »

Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Essential Workers with COVID-19

New York employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance, covering medical costs and lost wages for employees who are injured on the job or who suffer a work-related illness. Generally, workers’ compensation does not cover community-spread diseases such as the cold or the flu because there is typically insufficient evidence that the illness is work-related. However,… Read More »

Update on Changes to Workplace Laws During COVID-19

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the workplace is prompting changes in laws governing employment benefits. Significantly, a new bill was signed into law on September 28, 2020 by Mayor Bill de Blasio that, among other things, revises the amount of sick leave that New York City employers are required to provide. The law… Read More »

The Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in New York City

Of the thousands of car accidents that occur in New York City each month, most are caused by driver negligence, according to the New York Police Department. In October 2020, there were 3,199 vehicle collisions resulting in injuries or fatalities to motorists, passengers, bicyclists or pedestrians. These were what the NYPD found to be the most… Read More »

Who is Responsible When Construction Workers are Hurt on the Job?

Construction is one of the most dangerous industries. Each year, hundreds of construction workers in New York are injured due to falls, crane collapses, electrocutions, poorly maintained worksites and faulty machinery. Construction accidents can result in long-lasting disability, disfigurement, pain and suffering and, at worst, death. Fortunately, there may be multiple sources of financial relief… Read More »

Can a National COVID-19 Quarantine Be Issued Under the Stafford Act?

Countries around the world are grappling with the devastating effects of the coronavirus. Though leaders of many nations have issued national edicts, authority in the United States is divided between states and the federal government. This complicated system often leads to misstatements and misinterpretations, even among the people who are in charge. And while some… Read More »

If I Caught COVID-19 on the Job, Can I Collect Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

The COVID-19 pandemic has opened up a whole new avenue of potential workers’ compensation claims. If you believe you were exposed to coronavirus and caught the virus while on the job, then you might be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits. As we’re still in the early stages of this healthcare crisis, pinning down exactly… Read More »