Under state laws, New York City firefighters are not eligible to receive workers’ compensation. This form of compensation cannot aid them when they are injured while on the job. The nature of their job can be dangerous though, which means there must be some way for them to receive aid. Firefighters have two options when pursuing benefits after a workplace injury. These two options consist of a common law cause of action and a special statutory cause of[...]
How can I be compensated for my construction accident?
Construction workers are focused on getting the job done whenever they are working at a site. Since they work this job on a daily basis, they may not be aware of how dangerous some of the tasks they are faced with can be. Even when proper safety precautions are followed, workers might find themselves the victim of a construction accident. If they are injured in this accident, they may be able to seek compensation for their injuries. This[...]
If you were hurt in a motor vehicle collision, the driver who caused the crash may be liable for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. But what if the at-fault motorist fled the scene before you could get his or her information? Sadly, hit-and-run accidents are a growing problem around the country. In 2016, 2,049 people died in these collisions, which represented a 62-percent increase from five years prior. Fortunately, people who are injured or lose[...]
Can I file a lawsuit for a defective product?
As consumers, we are constantly buying new products. With the internet and online shopping, buying new products is as easy as ever. We can go online, pick out what we want and it will be shipped within days to our house. Although this is a convenient way to buy new items since it saves us the time of going to the store, it can cause us to buy something without seeing it in person. We may not know[...]
Is a birth injury considered medical malpractice?
The birth of a child is an exciting time in a parent’s life. As exciting as this time is, it can be quite overwhelming. Parents are faced with the unknown, but they are happy to welcome a child into their family. All parents worry. As a parent, that is their job. While parents spend time worrying, they place their trust in their doctors to take care of their child in the womb and during childbirth. However, sometimes healthcare[...]
Should I See a Doctor If I Think I Have a Concussion?
If you have trouble concentrating or remembering simple facts after suffering a blow to the head, you should visit a doctor right away. You may have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even a concussion, which is a mild TBI, warrants medical attention. Common symptoms include headaches, irritability, dizziness, fatigue, trouble sleeping, tinnitus, unexplained depression, anxiety, and poor balance. There are several ways to diagnose a concussion. After reviewing your symptoms, the doctor might evaluate your memory and[...]
How do I prove duty of care in a premises liability case?
When someone suffers from an accident on another party’s property, they may wish to seek liability. The person may suffer from a serious injury that they need to recover damages to pay for medical bills. Premises liability is a term that can be used to describe the responsibility of a certain party for someone else’s accident. These cases can cover a wide range of accidents. They may include slip and fall accidents or even incidents involving inadequate security.[...]
How can I build my case after a dog bite?
Pets can become a big part of our lives. We often see pets as our companions. They live in our homes and we spend time with them every day. Although owners may not see their pets as a threat, their pets can be dangerous. Animals can become territorial on their own property or protective of their owner. When dogs are faced with interactions from a stranger, they may not react in a friendly way due to these reasons.[...]
Can I File a Bicycle Accident Claim If I Wasn’t Wearing a Helmet?
Most people have ridden a bicycle without a helmet at some point, and they probably weren’t too concerned about the added risk. Unfortunately, some learn the hard way that leaving their helmet at home can be a catastrophic mistake. If you sustained injuries in a bicycle crash and you intend to file an insurance claim, there are many factors that will affect the outcome of your case. One of these factors is whether your own negligence contributed to[...]
What is an invitee?
An invitee is someone who enters a premises for a commercial or business purpose. Shoppers at grocery stores are considered invitees since they enter the store to purchase items. A licensee is a different term to describe an individual involved in a premises liability case. These individuals are involved in accidents on a non-commercial property. This could mean that the invitee was supposed to attend a party at a friend’s house and that is where the incident took[...]