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Construction Accidents: Common Causes and Injuries

April 20th, 2018

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Construction sites can be dangerous, killing and injuring thousands of workers every year. Workers are often required to use powerful machinery, scaffolding, and ladders and climb to great heights. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that one in ten construction workers dies every year in the US. It is important for workers to familiarize themselves with the common causes of these accidents to prevent their occurrence.

Common Causes of Construction Accidents

Falls: This is one of the most common causes of construction accidents. Workers at construction sites are at risk of falling off scaffoldings, cranes, roofs, ladders and other equipment or machinery.

Falling objects: Workers at construction sites are at risk of getting struck by falling objects, such as tools or other construction materials, that are not properly secured. These objects can cause severe brain and spinal injuries even if proper safety equipment is worn.

Machinery-related accidents: Heavy machinery such as forklifts and dumpsters can malfunction and cause serious accidents and injuries to workers.

Electrocution, fires, and explosions: Construction sites often contain exposed wirings, leaking pipes and flammable chemicals that can lead to electrocution, fires and explosions and result in serious injuries.

Trench or building collapse: Trenches being built on construction sites may collapse and injure workers inside. Buildings under construction can suddenly or unexpectedly collapse and injure or kill workers.

Due to the strenuous physical labor required in the construction industry, workers are often victims of the following injuries:

  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Muscle and joint damage due to overuse
  • Heat stroke due to extremely hot temperatures
  • Hypothermia in cold climates
  • Burns and electrocution
  • Eye injuries resulting in vision impairment or blindness
  • Broken bones, knee and ankle injuries
  • Neck, shoulder, back and spinal cord injuries
  • Illnesses caused by toxic chemical exposure
  • Head and brain injuries

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If you have been injured in a construction accident, we can help you. We have the experience and knowledge and will fight to protect your financial future. Our construction accident lawyers have successfully represented thousands of construction workers. Call 917-300-0797 or 718-619-4525 or email dervishi@dervishilaw.com.


Protecting Your Legal Claim after a Car Accident

April 19th, 2018

Car accidents can be traumatic. The steps you take after your car accident play a vital role in protecting your legal claim. If you want to submit a claim for compensation, here are five steps you should take after a car accident:

Involve the Police

Call the police even if the accident is minor. The police will make a record of the accident and after investigating the accident, the police officer will issue a police report. This will help in establishing the fact that the accident actually occurred and also help in determining who was at fault.

Get Information and Take Photographs

Get photographs of the accident scene, witness names and contact information. Also, photograph vehicle positions, body damage, skid marks and road conditions.

Get Medical Help

If you think you are injured, immediately see a doctor or visit the hospital. Even if you do not feel pain immediately after the accident, injuries may become painful in time. It is advisable to get medical help even if you had a minor injury.

A visit to the doctor or hospital will also help document your injuries and make you eligible for Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage.

Talk to a Car Accident Attorney

An experienced car accident attorney will help you avoid any legal mistakes. A good lawyer is fully aware of the statute of limitations, and will help you file the claim within the required time frame. He or she will also track your medical record so that the medical costs remain reasonable. Finally, your car accident attorney will represent your legal interests when submitting your claim for compensation from the responsible party.

Do Not Give a Recorded Statement to an Insurance Representative

Do not make a recorded statement to the insurance company without the prior knowledge of your attorney. Your car accident attorney will help prepare you for any recorded statements with the insurance company so that all the facts about the accident are fully expressed.

Were You Injured in a Car Accident? Contact Our Car Accident Attorneys.

If you have been injured in a car accident due to someone else, it is crucial that you are represented by a dedicated and experienced car accident attorney to help you through the legal process. At Dervishi Law Group, P.C., we specialize in car accident cases. You can depend on our knowledge and skills when it comes to representing you in a car accident claim. Call 917-300-0797 or 718-619-4525 or email fdervishi@dervishilaw.com.


Video: The Possible Outcomes of a Personal Injury Case

April 11th, 2018

If you have suffered injuries due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may file a personal injury claim against the negligent party and recover compensation for your injuries. Your case may settle out of court or go to trial. It is also possible for you to win the case at trial. At Dervishi Law Group, P.C., we specialize in personal injury cases. You can depend on our knowledge and skills when it comes to representing you in a personal injury claim. Call us at 917-300-0797.


Slideshow | Preserving Evidence in a Personal Injury Case

April 6th, 2018

If you are filing a claim for your personal injury case, the chances of a favorable outcome rest on the nature, quality and quantity of evidence you can produce to back your claims. The more evidence you produce, the better your chances of receiving compensation. As soon as you recover from your injuries, revisit the accident scene to locate and preserve any evidence. This should be done regardless of the nature of your case. If you have suffered injuries as a result of another person or entity’s carelessness or negligence, the personal injury lawyers at Dervishi Law Group, P.C. can help. We specialize in personal injury cases. Call 917-300-0797.

Preserving Evidence in a Personal Injury Case
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Video: Determining Negligence in a Personal Injury Case

March 27th, 2018

Determining who is at fault is crucial in making a personal injury claim. The negligent party is responsible for compensating you for the injuries and damages. At Dervishi Law Group, P.C., our experienced injury attorneys understand the complexities involved in personal injury cases. You can depend on our knowledge and skills when it comes to representing you in a personal injury claim. Call 917-300-0797 or 718-619-4525.


Single Car Accidents – Is It Always My Fault?

March 23rd, 2018

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It can be automatic to blame yourself if you are in a solo vehicle accident. You may say to yourself that if no one else was there, it must be my fault. However, this is not always the case and that assumption may cost you thousands of dollars. While most accidents involve at least two cars, some accidents only involve one car. For example, you may swerve to avoid a dog or cat suddenly running into the road and hit a fire hydrant or parked car. In many cases you can be held at-fault. However, if there is proof that the collision was the fault of someone else’s negligence or due to a defect in your vehicle, you may be able to make a claim for damages and shift the fault of the accident to someone or something else.

Cars can have manufacturing defects such as faulty brakes, poor alignment, etc. In many states, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit to recover damages you sustained as a result of the manufacturer’s neglect, making the manufacturer liable for personal and property damages as a result of the accident. It might also be that a stoplight malfunctioned, or the street was badly damaged by large potholes which caused the accident. In these cases, it might be possible to sue the city, county or government entity that is responsible for maintaining safety on those roads.

In some situations, a pedestrian or another motorist may do something careless or negligent and you are forced to respond quickly. This can occur if a bicyclist pulls out into the road without looking, forcing you to swerve quickly out of the lane to avoid hitting the rider, and you wind up colliding with another car or crashing into a fence. In a case such as this, the bicyclist may be liable for damages and injuries. It is important to understand the negligence laws in your state to determine whether your claim has validity.

If you have been involved and suffered serious injuries in a single vehicle accident, you will need the guidance and advice of an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney. The attorneys at Dervishi Law Group, P.C. have been helping people for over forty years. We know when to negotiate and when to go to court and we have access to a vast array of resources to help our clients get justice and the compensation they deserve. Let us help you too. Call us at (917) 300-0797 or email fdervishi@dervishilaw.com.


How to Preserve Evidence in a Personal Injury Case

March 13th, 2018

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If you are thinking of filing a personal injury claim, the chances of a favorable outcome will rest on the nature, quality and quantity of evidence you produce to back your claims. The more evidence you produce, the better your chances of being compensated. Knowing what steps to take to preserve evidence after an accident is crucial. Here are some ways to help you preserve evidence:

Return to the accident scene: As soon as you recover from your injuries, revisit the accident scene to locate any evidence. This should be done regardless of the nature of your case. If you are unable to do so, ask friends or family for help. You may find something you were not aware of when the accident occurred, but which may help explain what happened. For example, you may find improperly maintained sidewalks, steps or floors in the case of a slip and fall accident. In the case of a vehicle collision, you may discover that the intersection where the accident occurred is visually confusing or the traffic light may not function properly. If you were a pedestrian hit by a car, a clearly defined crosswalk and a visually clear intersection may be helpful in building your case.

Take photographs: Immediately following the accident, photograph everything including injuries, property damage and the condition of the road or premises. Make sure that you take pictures from several angles. It is helpful to take the photographs on the same day of the accident because the circumstances of the accident scene can be altered or corrected.

Record testimonies of eye witnesses: Testimonies of witnesses can substantiate your statements and add details to your description of the event. Record their statements and have them sign the documents. Make sure you get their contact information, so your attorney can get in touch with them for more details.

Journal your injuries: If your injuries are severe and require medical treatment, it is important that you document your treatment, care plan and your progress. Keep copies of all your medical bills and treatments. This can help you put your case together later.

Protect physical evidence: Physical evidence can help you prove the extent of your injury. Preserving the physical evidence exactly as it was at the time of the accident is crucial. If you can’t preserve the object, take photographs of it.

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If you have suffered injuries resulting from another person or entity’s carelessness or negligence, it is crucial that you are represented by a dedicated and experienced personal injury attorney to help you through the legal process. At Dervishi Law Group, P.C., we specialize in personal injury cases. You can depend on our knowledge and skills when it comes to representing you in a personal injury claim. Call (917) 300-0797 or (718) 619-4525 or email fdervishi@dervishilaw.com.


Common Personal Injury Claims

March 9th, 2018

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Thousands of people get hurt every day in the United States, sometimes through no fault of their own. Personal injury law allows the injured party to file a personal injury claim and recover financial compensation from the negligent party or parties. Personal injury claims are common in the United States and the following are some of the most common claims:

Vehicle accidents: Vehicle accidents involving cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles and bicycles are some of the most common personal injury claims in the United States. These accidents happen for a variety of reasons such as road maintenance neglect, distracted drivers and poor weather conditions. Victims of these accidents can recover for injuries, vehicle damage, lost income, and pain and suffering.

Medical malpractice: Doctors or other health care professionals must provide competent and reasonably skilled care to patients. When they neglect their duty of care and patients are injured as a result, it may result in medical malpractice claims. The amount of damages typically depends on the type of error and harm done to the patient.

Slip and fall accidents: Property owners have a legal duty to keep their premises reasonably safe and free of hazards. When people slip and fall in their properties, they can be held responsible. However, not all injuries lead to liability. The property owner or landowner’s legal duty may vary depending on the situation and the laws in the state where the injury occurred.

Defective products: Product manufacturers are expected to meet the expectations of customers regarding a product’s function and safety. When products are manufactured with defects or designed in a way that was unreasonably unsafe and people are injured, it can result in product liability claims.

Work-related accidents: Employers have a legal duty to provide safe working conditions for their workers. However, thousands of workers die or get seriously injured in workplace accidents every year. When workers sustain injuries at work or develop illnesses due to work, Workers’ Compensation claims are routinely filed.

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If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, the lawyers at Dervishi Law Group, P.C. can help you. We specialize in personal injury cases. You can depend on our knowledge and skills when it comes to representing you in a personal injury claim. Call (917) 300-0797 or (718) 619-4525 or email fdervishi@dervishilaw.com.


Slideshow | The Most Common Personal Injury Claims

February 27th, 2018

According to personal injury law, those injured by the negligent actions of others may file personal injury claims and recover financial compensation. Personal injury claims are common in the United States. Some of the most common ones are vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents, defective products and work-related accidents. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, the lawyers at Dervishi Law Group, P.C. can help you. Call 917-300-0797.

The Most Common Personal Injury Claims
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Infographic – What Proof Do I Need to Make a Personal Injury Claim?

February 22nd, 2018

What Proof Do I Need to Make a Personal Injury Claim?