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Construction at a site in midtown New York City had to stop recently after a pane of glass came loose and fell with horrific results. The building in question could become the second tallest skyscraper in the United States at the end of construction in 2020. However, that additional height means increased risk for the workers making this massive building a reality.
On Saturday, May 26, 2018, in the morning, a large glass panel that was about 14 feet by 8 feet toppled from its location, crushing a security guard and injuring another work. The 67-year-old male security guard was unconscious by the time that emergency responders arrived. The 27-year-old worker suffered injuries in his attempt to help the security guard.
The property owners received a citation related to this accident, and they could face additional consequences as the investigation into the accident continues. The shutdown could impact the completion date for the project.
Construction Worker Injuries | Long Island Injury Lawyers Construction workers face risks caused by employer choices Certain risks are inherent in construction work jobs. Many times, especially in New York, this kind of work involves heights, supplies and machinery moving rapidly at great heights and electricity. The potential for severe accidents exists a...
New York is known for its grit and fast-paced business community. While the blustery winters common in New England might inspire some to stay inside, construction workers often find themselves at work during even the worst weather conditions.
Construction companies and the people hoping to inhabit new buildings or remodeled existing structures do not have the patience to wait for spring to resume work on the buildings.
Construction workers in New York are often more than happy to step up and do difficult work even in the bitter cold of the winter, because they are a dedicated and hard-working group. Unfortunately, working during the winter months increases the risks construction workers assume as a part of their profession.
Winter Construction Injury | Long Island Injury Attorneys Winter weather is particularly dangerous for construction workers New York is known for its grit and fast-paced business community. While the blustery winters common in New England might inspire some to stay inside, construction workers often find themselves at work during even the worst weather con...
If your incident was caused directly or indirectly by a third party (i.e., not your employer), you can file a workers’ compensation claim and also sue that specific party for damages. Some example scenarios include:
A food delivery driver injured while on the job by an accident caused by another driver (the third party is the other driver)
A construction accident caused by defective equipment (the manufacturer of the equipment is the third party)
An office worker injured by a fall due to wet office floors that were not marked with a sign (the third party might be an external janitorial service)
Work Injury Claim | Long Island Personal Injury Lawyers Most people understand that you can file a workers’ compensation claim for an injury sustained at your office or worksite. But in some cases, you can also file a personal injury claim against a responsible third party. When do third-party claims apply? If your incident was caused directly or indir...
With the rise of mobile telephone culture came a marked increase in public awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. However, distracted driving existed long before mobile phones were a part of everyday life. People would find themselves distracted at the wheel due to discussions with family members, a desire to change the radio station or even personal grooming.
Any form of distraction is dangerous, but mobile technology is particularly insidious. People in some situations may become addicted to or dependent upon their phones. Some people may worry about the loss of a relationship or even a job if they don’t immediately respond to emails and text messages.
The decision to text behind the wheel endangers not just the person on their phone, but everyone on the road. Sadly, it isn’t always possible to avoid distracted drivers before they cause issues on the road.
Distracted Driving Accidents | Long Island Injury Attorneys More people than you think choose to drive distracted With the rise of mobile telephone culture came a marked increase in public awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. However, distracted driving existed long before mobile phones were a part of everyday life. People would find themselves di...
The roads in New York can be a dangerous place. It only takes a few seconds of questionable behavior on the part of one driver to cause serious misfortune for many others. A single drunk or distracted driver could potentially cause an accident that impacts the lives of a number of other people.
If you recently got into a crash that you believe was the result of a distracted driver texting at the wheel, you probably feel upset that someone else made a bad decision that impacted your life. Don’t just feel bad about it though. Take action. Under New York law, you can hold a distracted driver accountable if they cause property damage or personal injury to you or one of your passengers.
Texting Driver Crash | Long Island Car Accident Lawyer Can you take action if a texting driver crashes into your car? The roads in New York can be a dangerous place. It only takes a few seconds of questionable behavior on the part of one driver to cause serious misfortune for many others. A single drunk or distracted driver could potentially cause an ac...
If you’ve been injured in an accident in New York, you may receive calls from the insurance company asking for information, or offering money in exchange for settlement.
It’s important to know that anything you say to them can be used against you to minimize your recovery.
Schedule a free consultation with our dedicated New York injury attorneys before you speak with any insurance company after an accident.
It can happen in an instance. You are on your way to work and suddenly, you realize the car behind you isn’t going to stop, and then CRUNCH. Then, when you both stop to assess the damage and if anyone is injured, you find out you were hit by an uninsured driver. What are you supposed to do now?
Dealing with an accident claim can be very frustrating, especially if you or someone in your family was injured in the crash. With an estimated one in eight drivers carrying no insurance, the chances you will be involved in an accident with an uninsured drivers are high. If you are, you need to know what your next steps should be.
7 Tips For Handling An Accident With An Uninsured Driver If you're involved in an accident with an uninsured driver, schedule a free consultation with our dedicated car accident attorneys today.
There are two forms of traumatic brain injury: open and closed. The former is much more severe since it occurs when a foreign object penetrates the skull and becomes lodged in the brain.
A bump to the head causes the more common closed form of TBI. For example, if the victim’s head strikes the steering wheel or dashboard during impact, the blow could either result in a concussion, which is a mild form of TBI, or more serious brain damage.
The severe jolt of a vehicle crash can cause the brain to move and push against the inside of the skull, which can result in bruising or in the stretching or tearing of nerve tissue.
Vehicle Crashes are a Major Cause of TBI | Long Island Injury Lawyers Although falls are responsible for a large number of traumatic brain injuries, vehicle crashes rank second overall as a major cause of TBI. The impact of a collision can literally rattle the brain, and, in some cases, the victim may face lifelong treatment. What happens There are two forms of trauma...
If you were recently arrested for driving while intoxicated, you may be wondering, what’s going to happen next? In the majority of cases, a DWI results in a criminal charge. Having a criminal record can have unpleasant consequences for your career and personal relationships. However, a DWI does not have to ruin your life. Mistakes happen, and they can happen to anyone. What’s critical is that you reach out to a local Suffolk County DWI lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced New York criminal defense attorney will listen to you, let you know when you’re up against, and build a case that will minimize the impact of a DWI on your life.
This post will discuss what you can expect after you are charged with a DWI. This will greatly depend on your current criminal background and the seriousness of the incident itself.
Suffolk County DWI Lawyer Explains DWI Charges | The Matera Law Firm If you've been charged with driving while intoxicated in New York, schedule a free consultation with our experienced Suffolk County DWI lawyer today.
If you sustain injuries in a fall from a scaffold, you may be able to obtain compensation in addition to the benefits you are due through workers’ compensation. For example, if the scaffold flooring or safety rail gave way, the scaffold manufacturer could bear liability. Your injuries may be severe and your medical bills extensive. You have a right to pursue full and fair compensation from a third party whose product was faulty and contributed to your injuries.
At The Matera Law Firm, our Long Island construction accident lawyers have more than 30 years of combined trial experience that we put to work for all of our clients. As former prosecutors, we know how to build strong cases and how to secure the best possible results in court. Over the years, we have built a record of success that includes having secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
For help pursuing third-party claims after a construction accident, turn to The Matera Law Firm. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our Long Island construction accident lawyers, call 516-744-5449 or contact us online.
Is the manufacturing company liable if you fall from scaffolding? At The Matera Law Firm, our Long Island construction accident lawyers have more than 30 years of combined trial experience that we put to work for clients.
Technically speaking, you don’t need an attorney for an arraignment.
However, it is absolutely better to have an attorney for many reasons. First and foremost, there’s going to be a discussion as to whether or not bail should be set. If you are not in a position to properly know how to argue against any bail being sought by the prosecution, then you’re putting yourself in a bad situation.
Also, one of the things that we like to tell the judges when we’re appearing for a client at an arraignment is that the fact that a client has hired us to come into court is a clear indication that they’re not a flight risk as most individuals are not going to hire an attorney, only to then not return to court.
This sort of argument is very powerful in front of judges. And although it doesn’t necessarily win the day, every time the right attorney is going to know how to add to that argument and give the judge multiple additional reasons why bail is not appropriate or if it is a much lesser bail then the prosecution is asking for is appropriate.
When people are facing difficult legal situations what matters is results. At The Matera Law Firm, we have over 25 years of experience helping people when they need it most. That commitment has allowed us to generate a record of success that includes obtaining millions of dollars for our clients as well as positive results against criminal charges.
If you or someone you love is in need of an experienced personal injury lawyer or criminal defense attorney, contact us today for a free confidential consultation. We proudly serve Suffolk County, Nassau County, Long Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, and throughout New York State.
Construction is often the sign of a thriving local economy. It means that businesses and builders want to invest in the area. It can also mean that previously poorly maintained areas can soon become a source of beauty, rather than a blight, for the local community. Construction provides new housing opportunities for people in densely populated areas in New York, and it creates a host of jobs.
Unfortunately, construction is also a source of risk for both debilitating injuries and death. Construction workers have some of the highest injury and fatality rates of any professionals. The risk doesn’t end with those wearing hard hats to work, however. Other people nearby can also be at risk in the event of serious construction issues.
Construction Accidents | Long Island Injury Attorneys Construction accidents can hurt people in cars and on the street Construction is often the sign of a thriving local economy. It means that businesses and builders want to invest in the area. It can also mean that previously poorly maintained areas can soon become a source of beauty, rather than a bl...
For some reason, many people decide that the perfect time to make a phone call, send an email, or check a text message is while they are driving. Unfortunately, distracted driving is not limited to using a phone while behind the wheel. You have seen the others, reading a book, trying to fix the thermostat, driving with their elbows while they eat a burger, and even those engaging in personal grooming that they should have done in the bathroom at home.
Distracted drivers are everywhere and sometimes, it is easy to identify them. Before your next commute through Melville, take the time to learn some tips to help you spot a distracted driver.
Avoid Distracted Drivers | Long Island Injury Lawyers If you've been injured by a distracted driver in New York, schedule a free consultation with our personal injury attorneys today.
[09/13/21] DISMISSAL OF ALL CHARGES - After over a year of fighting and substantial motion practice, our Firm obtained a dismissal of all charged that had been pending against our client in Nassau County. Our client can now go back to pursuing her career without any negative consequences of a conviction on her record.
Every time you get behind the wheel of a car, you are taking a real risk. The potential always exists for a collision or accident. Sometimes, a component in a vehicle fails, resulting a person losing control of the vehicle. Other times, a driver could be intoxicated or distracted, leading to poor decisions and a crash. No matter how safely you drive, other people on the road can still cause an accident that leaves you seriously injured and with a non-working vehicle.
In a best case scenario, you may suffer only mild injuries, like scrapes or bruising. Many times, however, people involved with car crashes can receive much more serious injuries.
Medical Expenses | Long Island Car Accident Attorneys Car accidents can result in major medical expenses Every time you get behind the wheel of a car, you are taking a real risk. The potential always exists for a collision or accident. Sometimes, a component in a vehicle fails, resulting a person losing control of the vehicle. Other times, a driver cou...
At The Matera Law Firm, we have decades of combined experience that have enabled us to assist you with compensation for serious accidents as well as obtain the best possible results for those facing criminal charges. Our law firm covers cases pertaining to Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, DWI Defense and Civil Rights. Results matter, and we know this. People are counting on their attorneys being able to help them--so let us help you.
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