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Archive for May, 2017


If a defective or dangerous product or someone else’s negligence caused you spinal cord injuries, you may be entitled to compensation from the party responsible. Watch the slideshow to know more.

Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuits
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Despite many safety improvements and public service campaigns, the rate of car accidents is rapidly increasing in the U.S. The main cause of these accidents is driver distraction. Some common driver distractions that cause car accidents include texting, dialing a number, using touchscreens, operating the radio and reaching for an object. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to a distracted driver, we can help. Our car accident attorneys are experienced and can help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Call us at 917-300-0797.

 

Car accident fatalities are common on U.S. roads, and the number of fatalities is increasing each year. Driver distraction is considered to be one of the main causes of these accidents. This slide explains some of the common causes of car accidents such as texting, reaching for an object, using touchscreens, operating the radio and dialing a number. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to a distracted driver, our car accident attorneys can help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Call us at 917-300-0797 or 718-619-4525.

 Common Distractions That Cause Car Accidents
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Construction cranes

According to estimates by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are about 90 crane accident related fatalities each year in the US. It is important to know the main causes of crane accidents so that workers are better informed about important safety precautions. A little knowledge may prevent a lot of accidents.

Employers are required to barricade the area and train workers about the hazards involved in entering the area when a crane is in operation.

Common Causes of Crane Accidents

Crane Load Accidents

When the maximum weight limit is exceeded while loading a crane, both the buckle and the boom may collapse. Crane tipping and collapse occur when there is overloading beyond the crane’s capacity, or when ground conditions are unstable or uneven. Workers who are within the swing radius of an operating crane can be struck by loads, causing terrible injuries.

Crane Boom Collapse Accidents

Crane boom buckling or collapse related accidents make up about 8% of crane accidents. Improper assembly is one of the major causes of boom collapse accidents. When the crane does not have a proper blocking support to stabilize the load, the unbalanced load causes the crane to collapse which can seriously injure operators and workers standing below. Extending the crane boom beyond the manufacturer’s specifications can affect the crane’s capacity to carry loads, as well as lead to tremendous pressure on the mechanical, hydraulic and structural components of the crane, causing the collapse of the crane boom.

Fall Accidents

Operators who work on tower cranes climb extensive ladder systems to reach the crane operator cab. Wind conditions or unstable platforms can lead to fall accidents if the employers fail to provide proper safety belts, harnesses, and adequate guardrails and secured steps at the site.

Mechanical and Electrical Accidents

Crane booms, cables or other parts of the crane can come into contact with a live power line while under operation, electrocuting the operator if the active power lines are not shut off while work is in progress. Electrocution from contact with overhead power lines is a leading cause of crane related accidents. Crane operators and workers in the crane basket should be made aware of the placement of power lines surrounding the worksite. Mechanical failures can also cause serious accidents if crane components are not oiled on a regular basis, or if components that get excessive wear are not repaired and replaced when needed.

Lack of Proper Employee Training

Crane operators who do not have the proper training in crane operation and safety procedures are unable to recognize when the crane has reached its maximum loading point or whether conditions on the ground are ideal for hoisting activities. This can lead to serious crane accidents and even death. Lack of proper training is both a primary and secondary cause in crane accidents. Employees should be trained and should attend the OSHA safety courses specifically related to crane operations.

Incompetent Inspections

Inspectors sometimes fail to carry out a thorough inspection of a crane before approving it. Employers who are in a hurry to get their job done may look the other way. This kind of attitude toward safety procedures can be fatal. Timely and consistent inspections by experienced and well-trained inspectors can prevent many tragic accidents.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in a crane accident due to someone else’s negligence, you need a qualified personal injury attorney by your side. A qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer can help you deal with the insurance companies and secure compensation from the responsible parties. Call us at 917-300-0797 or 718-619-4525 or email us at fdervishi@dervishilaw.com

 

Spinal cord injury

When a spinal injury results from a car accident, a fall, or some other cause, the impact can be devastating on the victim and the family members. The lifetime medical costs associated with a spinal injury can be enormous. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, you may file a lawsuit and get compensation for your injuries and losses.

Legal basis of a spinal cord injury lawsuit

A spinal cord injury lawsuit may be filed utilizing the following two claims:

Spinal cord injury caused by negligence:A majority of spinal cord injury lawsuits are based on the theory of negligence. If your spinal cord injury was caused by negligence, you will need to prove that:

  • The defendant had a duty of care.
  • The defendant’s negligence caused your injuries.

A spinal cord injury lawsuit may be filed utilizing the following two claims:

Spinal cord injury caused by a defective product:If a defective or dangerous product caused your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation from the company that designed, manufactured and sold the defective product.

Common defense in a spinal cord injury case

Contributory and comparative negligence:It is common for a defendant to argue that the injured person’s own carelessness contributed to the accident. This is based on a legal theory known as “contributory negligence” and “comparative negligence.”

Contributory negligence implies that the victim’s carelessness contributed to the injury.

In a comparative negligence defense, the victim and the defendant’s carelessness are evaluated.

Assumption of the risk:If the injury occurred as a result of participating in a dangerous activity, the defendant will raise the “assumption of the risk” defense. In an “assumption of the risk” defense, the defendant argues that the victim chose to take part in an activity that was likely to cause injuries, so he or she should not be entitled to compensation.

Compensation in a spinal cord injury case

A monetary award is granted to compensate for the losses caused by the accident and injury. The monetary award is designed to restore the injured person to his or her pre-accident condition. The victim may also recover damages for medical expenses and “pain and suffering.” It can also include compensation for ongoing health care and rehabilitation, the cost of assistive devices and modifications to the victim’s home.

Contact Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys at Dervishi Law Group, P.C.

If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, contact spinal cord injury lawyers at Dervishi Law Group, P.C. We can assist you in claiming compensation for your injuries. To discuss your case with an attorney, please call our firm at (917) 300-0797 or(718) 619-4525 or email us at fdervishi@dervishilaw.com

 

Motor Vehicle Accidents- New York no-fault Law

 

Distracted driving

Car accident fatalities are common on U.S. roads, and the number of fatalities is increasing every year. Despite many safety improvements and public service campaigns, the accident rate is rapidly increasing. Driver distraction is considered to be one of the main causes of these accidents. Use of smartphones is one distraction that causes accidents. There are also many other driver habits that fall into the category of distracted driving. Some of the most common driver distractions that cause car accidents are:

Dialing a number: Dialing a number to make a call is among the most dangerous forms of distraction. It increases a driver’s crash risk by 12 times. Although many cars today have hands-free technology, this safety feature hardly makes an impact. Whether hand-held or hands-free, cell phone use is the major cause of car accidents.

Reaching for an object: Reaching for an object is a distraction in itself. It is usually the first mistake a driver makes before he or she ignores the law and begins texting or surfing the web. This type of distraction increases the odds of a crash by up to 9 times.

Using touchscreens: Cars these days are equipped with touchscreen menus and navigation. Research has shown that using these devices increases the risk of a crash by more than 4 times.

Operating the radio: This is one of the oldest and most common forms of distraction. A driver trying to operate the radio doubles the risk of a crash. When there is an MP3 player or music player in the car, the statistics become even more alarming.

Texting: Most states have banned texting while driving. Texting increases a driver’s crash risk by 6 times. Studies have shown that approximately 40% of drivers ignore texting and driving laws.

Contact our car accident attorneys.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to a distracted driver, we can help. Our car accident attorneys are experienced and can help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Call us at (917) 300-0797 or(718) 619-4525 or email us at fdervishi@dervishilaw.com.

 

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