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Worker dies in recent Brooklyn construction accident

Construction work is inherently dangerous and can lead to severe injuries or even death on the job. Recently, a construction worker was killed and another was seriously injured after a building partially collapsed during construction in Brooklyn. The structure collapsed when workers were loading heavy cement blocks onto the top of the building. Several workers were on the roof of the building when a support beam gave way. Investigators proffer that the beam was not supported properly. Upon its collapse, two workers fell 30 feet. The two victims had to be pulled from the debris. One was killed in the accident and the other severely injured. The incident has called attention to the hazards of construction sites, and the associated dangers for workers. Construction workers may be entitled to compensation for their injuries if they are harmed on the job due to falling, being struck by loose debris or other construction site hazards. The families of construction workers killed on-the-job also have a right to seek compensation. Workers' compensation provides one source of financial recovery. Additionally, if the negligent actions of a third party contributed to the accident, a civil suit provides another avenue for victims to pursue relief. An attorney can provide further information about potential claims as they relate to workers' compensation and third party liability suits. There are many laws and regulations specific to the construction industry, so the advice of a New York City construction accident attorney can be valuable. Source: Crain's New York Business.com, "Construction Accident Kills 1 in Brooklyn," Tania Karas, Sept. 10, 2012

Medical malpractice more likely for chronically ill kids

Most healthcare providers are dedicated, well-trained and well-meaning professionals, but still they can cause injury to a patient through mistakes. When a patient is hospitalized more frequently or for longer periods, these medical errors are more likely to occur. Children with chronic health conditions are more likely to be affected by medical errors, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. Because these children have more complicated conditions and have to stay in the hospital longer, they are more at risk of injury through medical mistakes. The study found that just over five percent of children with a chronic condition were affected by medical errors, compared to only 1.3 percent of children without chronic conditions. In legal terms, medical malpractice is any negligent act or failure to act by a medical professional that results in an injury to a patient. Depending on the circumstances, a medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed against a doctor, a hospital or government agencies that run healthcare facilities. A victim of medical malpractice may be entitled to compensation for his or her injuries caused by the negligence. Medical malpractice lawsuits, however, are notoriously complex and often involve expert testimony. Many states have imposed restrictions on filing medical malpractice claims and some have imposed caps on the amount courts can award to injured patients. It's important that people injured by medical negligence be compensated for their injuries. A NYC medical malpractice attorney can provide advice and guidance about potential claims. Source: Reuters.com, "More hospital errors when kids have chronic ills," Amy Norton, Sept. 11, 2012

New York City woman dead after accidental slip and fall

Property owners and occupiers generally have a legal duty to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition. Liability for injuries may arise in several circumstances including when an owner or occupier of a dangerous building is aware of a potential hazard on the property and neglects to repair it or warn others about it. Examples of conditions that can lead to liability include defective staircases, ice or snow patches, collapsed ceilings or inadequate security. Recently, a young Manhattan woman was found dead at the bottom of a marble staircase in an apartment building due to what is now believed to have been an accidental slip and fall. The New York coroner declared that the woman died as a result of blunt force trauma to her head and neck, which is consistent with a fall down a flight of stairs. The man who found the woman said she was lying face down on the first floor and that when he turned her over, he noticed blood on her nose, mouth and throat. Although in this case it appears the fall was accidental, if it were due to a property owner's negligence the victim's family may have a claim for a premises liability suit. Courts typically hold that landlords are not liable to tenants for injuries that occur at a leased property, especially if they are due to latent defects. A latent defect is one that is concealed and dangerous, whereas a patent defect is one that is generally obvious to a casual observer. An exception, however, exists for latent defects that existed at the time the tenant took possession of the property. In these cases, if the landlord knew of the defect, he or she may be liable for injuries stemming from it. Premises liability cases resulting in fatalities are tragic and almost always preventable. Landlords and tenants alike should work to maintain safety by looking out for potential dangers in and around the premises. Source: newyork.cbslocal.com, "ME: Socialite Carlisle Brigham's Death Was Accidental," Aug. 28, 2012

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