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Welcome to the news from the New York Injury Lawyer blog. Here we present interesting and relevant news stories involving our areas of specialty, including personal injuries, slip and falls, medical malpractice and brain injury claims. Have an interesting injury story? Tell us.

New York State’s Mandatory Personal Injury Protection Insurance

New York – One the essential components of car insurance in NYS is the personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. It is mandatory to ‎have at least some basic level of this insurance as part of your car insurance in this state. Many don’t ‎truly understand the meaning of this insurance unfortunately until they’re in a car accident with ‎injuries. A sudden car crash inevitably takes you by surprise and the injuries can vary from minor to life ‎threatening in mere moments. The insurance coverage provided for accident injuries covers both the ‎driver and passengers in the vehicle during the collision. It likewise may also cover you if you’re ‎involved in a pedestrian accident, but this should be discussed with a professional, dependant on ‎details of the motor vehicle accident (MVA). It is important to note that a covered injury from an MVA ‎is paid for regardless of whether or not you have health insurance. Additionally, this coverage is ‎helpful when the other car or truck is driven by either an uninsured driver or underinsured motorist. A ‎top New York accident lawyer notes that your PIP insurance ‎can guarantee that your injuries and medical treatment will be covered, up to the policy limits, ‎regardless of who caused the accident. Some injury victims find it necessary to file a personal injury ‎lawsuit in order to help compensate them for their MVA injuries and help get the needed treatment ‎and payments. You can read more details about New York’s PIP insurance requirements here.

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Police officer injured in on-the-job pedestrian accident

New York – A Long Island police officer was injured at work when he was hit by a car on the highway. The cop, working for the Suffolk County ‎Police Department, was working on the side of the highway investigating an unrelated car crash. His ‎investigation soon turned into a second car accident when a pick-up truck crashed suddenly into his ‎police cruiser, then crushing into the policeman. The injured officer suffered a severe head injury with ‎traumatic brain injury (TBI) during the pedestrian accident. The TBI included a traumatic intracranial ‎hemorrhage according to officials. The accident victim was taken in for emergency brain surgery to ‎reduce swelling from the brain bleed and he remained on a ventilator in a medically induced coma. He ‎was also evaluated for neck and back spinal injuries as well as additional wounds from the truck ‎collision. Work injuries like this need to be covered by workmen’s compensation insurance and not ‎usually by traditional health insurance in New York State. The injured worker will certainly require long-‎term care and monitoring if he is able to be successfully weaned off of the ventilator. Details of his ‎work accident injuries will become more clear as time progresses. To read more about this police on-‎the-job accident at work, see this article.‎

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Record numbers of bicycle accident deaths in New York

New York – Work safety researchers have compiled statistics on NYC bicycle accidents and pedestrian ‎accidents. They note that there has been a significant increase in the numbers of ‎accident deaths during the past year of COVID-19. Theories as to why the increased bike crash and ‎pedestrian injuries have occurred during this time period abound. Amongst the discussions is the fact ‎that collisions caused by speeding have risen and the sheer increased numbers of bikers on the road ‎have been clearly documented. Often these injured bicyclists were delivery men and women who ‎were involved in a car accident while at work. The bike accidents usually cause personal injury but all ‎too often end in wrongful death according to reports. Worker’s compensation insurance is supposed ‎to cover injuries sustained in an on-the-job accident such as this but some injured workers find it ‎difficult to obtain proper care. Some work injury victims find it necessary to get help from a worker’s ‎comp lawyer that can assist them in filing paperwork and sometimes even filing a injury lawsuit. ‎Further information about the increased bike accidents and deaths is available here.

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Multi-vehicle accident injures multiple motorists as well as pedestrians

New York – Multiple accident victims were left in the wake of a car crash in the Bronx. The car ‎accident apparently started when a driver tried speeding away from police and then slammed into two ‎other cars and several pedestrians. The pedestrian accident caused three injury victims to be rushed ‎to the hospital with varying wounds after they were hit by the car. Occupants of the other cars also ‎suffered various injuries from the motor vehicle collision and required emergency care in the trauma ‎center. The suspected injuries have included head injury with traumatic brain injury, neck and back ‎pain as well as possible broken bones and fractures. Witnesses note that the initial vehicle that caused ‎the car crash rolled over and landed on its roof. The driver of that car was arrested by police and will be ‎charged with crimes that led to an accident with personal injury. You can read more about this roll-over ‎car collision here. ‎

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Can construction companies convince New York to repeal essential work safety law?‎

New York – Labor laws are designed and passed to protect workers from work accident injuries. The ‎New York State Labor Law 240 is one such law that was written to prevent work-related injury by ‎requiring basic safety protocols and equipment for at-risk employees. Specifically, this so-called ‎‎“scaffold law” was an answer to a well-known and specific problem of construction accidents due to ‎hazardous conditions at work. However, some companies within the construction industry are ‎attempting to have lawmakers cancel the law in an effort for them to make more money. The goal and ‎specifics of the law were to require employers in construction companies to provide safety training ‎and equipment, such as harnesses, hard hat helmets, protective goggles and the like. The most ‎pressing of safety issues in construction sites is that of trip and fall accidents, especially a fall from a ‎height at work. These types of work accidents are common, especially in the dangerous confines of an ‎active construction zone.‎

When an employee reports that he fell at work or suffered some kind of on-the-job injury, the ‎employer should immediately investigate what went wrong that led to the work injury and what must ‎be done to prevent something similar in the future. Unfortunately, some bosses just care about ‎making money and simply refuse to buy expensive safety equipment. Others half-heartedly provide ‎some equipment but don’t provide the essential required training in the use and inspection of the ‎equipment. Many workers have complained that improper or negligent maintenance of safety ‎equipment is an even bigger problem than not providing the safety gear. They note that higher levels ‎of risk in dangerous situations may be taken while relying on the protection gear to operate properly. ‎However, when the gear breaks or malfunctions, the consequences can be devastating, including slip ‎and falls, head injury, spinal injury, nerve damage and even wrongful death. Read more about this ‎scaffold safety law as well as the attempts to cancel it here.‎

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Horse carriage versus car accident on New York City’s streets

New York – The dangers of slow moving horse drawn carriages using the same streets as fast moving ‎cars has become much more apparent this week. A car crash involving a horse pulled wagon took ‎place in Midtown Manhattan. Differing accounts of the accident have created some confusion as to ‎who caused the collision with injuries. Some have noted that the car was possibly speeding or reckless ‎driving. Witnesses have reported that the car slammed into the side of the horse and wagon causing ‎the horse to trip and fall and suffer serious injuries. However, another account of the accident explains ‎that the horse charged into the car and then collapsed. In any event, this horse accident has brought ‎to the forefront about the dangers of having horses on public city streets. Some have charged that ‎such a dangerous situation is intolerable and can be expected to lead to accidents and injuries or even ‎possible wrongful death. This includes the dangers not only to drivers and passengers in cars and in the ‎carriage but also pedestrians, bicyclists and the horses themselves. According to officials, this horse ‎was actually on his first day on the job at the time of the work accident. This raises the question about ‎whether or not the horse and driver of the carriage had sufficient safety training before starting work. ‎See this article for more about this collision.‎

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Queens car accident leaves one woman dead and mutiple injury victims

New York – The Van Wyck Expressway was the scene of a deadly hit-and-run car crash one late night this month. An elderly woman was a rear passenger of a car that was struck by another ‎vehicle, leaving her with fatal injuries. Her vehicle was hit from behind by an SUV during the high ‎speed motor vehicle accident (MVA) that ultimately involved three cars. The rear-end accident also ‎caused multiple accident victims to suffer injuries of varying degrees. To make matters worse, the ‎reckless driver that caused the collision fled the scene on foot after hitting a guardrail and crashing ‎onto another road. Police believe that the driver of that SUV was speeding and possibly could have ‎been a drunk driver. The driver of the car that was rear-ended was also evaluated for injuries from the ‎accident. However, at least two more crash victims from a third vehicle involved in the same accident ‎were taken to the hospital with wounds according to reports. There are more details about this hit-‎and-run crash and other recent deadly New York City MVAs available at this site.

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Bus crash on New York State Thruway with multiple injuries

New York – Multiple accident victims have suffered a wide range of injuries during a tour bus accident. The bus crash occurred as ‎the bus exited the highway and rolled over and finally came to rest on its side, causing injuries to ‎nearly 60 victims. Officials say that all injury victims were rushed to the hospital and treated for ‎wounds that include spinal injuries, head injury with possible traumatic brain injury (TBI), broken ‎bones and internal bleeding. At least a few of the rollover accident victims suffered severe or even life ‎threatening injuries. Others suffered wounds that can lead to potential long term or even permanent ‎disability according to specialists. Photos from the crash scene show extensive damage to the sides ‎and roof of the bus as well as broken windows and glass. The cause of the bus collision is still under ‎investigation, including the possibility of reckless driving, speeding or even question of negligence. This ‎article shares more about this NYS Thruway bus motor vehicle crash.

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Suffolk County boy suffers facial injuries in horrific fireworks accident

New York – A young teenage boy suffered a serious injury when he was suddenly hit in the face by fireworks. ‎Reports show that the boy suffered severe facial injuries during the accident after a set of illegal ‎fireworks were fired in his direction. It is unclear as to where and how the group of teens obtained ‎the dangerous fireworks. However, police are investigating to determine if negligence or neglect ‎played a role in this accident with injuries. Doctors say that the boy was brought to the trauma center ‎at Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island for emergency care. He was determined to have ‎suffered significant burn injuries as well as other damage from his wounds. Specialists say that such ‎an injury can also cause broken bones, head injury and even traumatic brain injury (TBI). The accident ‎victim was hospitalized due to his injuries but it is unclear whether he suffered a TBI. Residents in ‎the area complain that dangerous amounts of fireworks were fired off and some are outraged that ‎police and parents did not do more to prevent this tragedy. See this article for ‎further details about these fireworks injuries. ‎

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Injured worker in grocery store machinery accident

New York – Fire Department rescuers responded to a call for a man with his arm caught inside of a ‎meat grinder machine in a horrific accident. Witnesses say that the worker in the meat department was ‎operating the meat grinder when his shirt sleeve became caught by the machine. The machine then ‎pulled the man’s arm into the grinding machine by the entangled shirt. The first responder rescue ‎team had to disassemble the machine in order to extricate the work injury victim while medical ‎responders stabilized his condition to the best of their abilities. Paramedics explain that he suffered a ‎serious arm injury including lacerations of soft tissue and muscle as well as possible nerve damage and ‎laceration of blood vessels. In addition, there was concern regarding broken bones from the accident. ‎The injured accident victim was rushed to the emergency room trauma center for additional care. ‎Investigators are looking into whether proper training and safety gear was provided to the worker for ‎this specific machine. Also, machine maintenance records will need to be reviewed to ensure that ‎proper repairs were performed and preventative maintenance was up-to-date. Trauma and worker’s ‎compensation experts note that negligent maintenance can sometimes lead to similar devastating ‎accidents and injuries for workers. This article shares more details about this horrific work accident.‎

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