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January 2017 Archives

Musculoskeletal injuries still common on construction sites

Many construction workers in New York and around the country know what it feels like to suffer a strain or sprain. Musculoskeletal injuries are more common in the construction sector than they are in any other industry, and 40 percent of them are caused by workers overexerting themselves. Improved safety regulations and advances in safety equipment have greatly improved construction site safety, but a report released by the Center for Construction Research and Training indicates that more can be done.

When it comes to construction safety, does size matter?

Are you a New York hardhat working on big and small construction projects? You might think your biggest projects are the most dangerous. After all, they're higher up, there are more chances of people and equipment falling, and more things that could go wrong.

1 dead, friend charged with manslaughter following crash

On Jan. 5, New York authorities stated that a fatal car accident involving two vehicles and a parked car left one person dead. The driver who caused the accident was charged with manslaughter as a result of the accident.

Passengers injured in New York City LIRR train wreck

During the morning rush hour of Jan. 4, dozens of passengers were injured when a Long Island Rail Road train derailed in Brooklyn as it approached Atlantic Terminal. Around 100 of the 450 people who were traveling on the train received medical treatment for minor injuries, and one victim suffered a broken leg. The train was coming from the Far Rockaway area of Queens.Authorities say the train accident occurred shortly after 8:30 a.m. when it struck a bumping block as it approached the terminal. The impact caused the slow-moving train to jump the tracks and strike a small station office facility. A rail punctured the train's floor and the front car was badly damaged in the accident.

Construction accidents spur discussion of new regulations in NYC

After several high profile fatalities tied to construction site injuries in 2016, lawmakers in New York City plan to introduce new laws to reduce risk. These lawmakers believe that most fatal injuries that involved construction workers in 2016 were preventable. As construction levels more than tripled when compared with the amount of construction in the city in 2009, the rate of construction accidents increased by almost double as well.

NHTSA proposes cellphone guidelines to curb distracted driving

The number of distracted driving accidents is on the rise in New York and around the country, and this has many road safety advocates extremely worried. These collisions tend to occur at high speeds and with little or no evasive action being taken, and the likelihood of catastrophic injury or death increases greatly when a semi-tractor trailer is involved. Distracted driving accidents are often caused by people using cellphones while behind the wheel, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has asked companies like Apple and Samsung to develop systems that would prevent drivers from using their devices.

  • $2.05 Million Settlement Mother of Two Struck and Killed by Motorist

    StolzenbergCortelli LLP recently resolved a heart breaking wrongful death action. The mother of two was struck and killed, while she crossed a roadway.

  • $1.1 Million Settlement StolzenbergCortelli LLP Settles Trip Over Nail Case

    Terrence and Howard settled a trip and fall case for $1,100,000. In this case, our client (a resident of Brooklyn) was a cleaning lady who was hired to clean the newsroom of the Wall Street Journal.

  • $750,000 Verdict Jane and John Doe v. Defendant Driver

    The names are redacted for privacy reasons. In this automobile accident case, the female plaintiff was injured and suffered seriously debilitating injuries.

  • $525,000 Settlement Injured When the Trailer upon which He was Standing Collapsed

    Our client was a teamster, working at a concrete plant in Westchester, when he was seriously injured. At the time, he was standing on a trailer, which is colloquially known as a "low boy", when the wooden slats upon which he was standing, collapsed.

  • $457,500 Settlement Car Accident Victim With Pre-Existing Neck Injury

    Settled a client's case for $457,500. The client suffered a significant cervical spine injury requiring a fusion surgery.He was t-boned by a car exiting Purdy's farmer and the Fish in Somers, New York.

  • $450,000 Settlement StolzenbergCortelli LLP Settles Construction Accident Case

    Howard Stolzenberg settled a case for $450,000 where a construction worker was forced to use an exterior fire escape ladder to access the top of the building all while carrying a one gallon bucket of paint. The worker fell and fractured his ankle.

  • $100,000 Settlement Teenager Hit From Behind

    We just settled a case for a young girl who was injured when she was struck from behind while waiting at a red light at an intersection near the entrance to the Saw Mill in Yonkers. She had hip and shoulder surgery.

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