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Grocery worker fatalities due to Coronavirus spark concern nationwide

Recent Coronavirus deaths reported at grocery stores in New York and other states As the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases nationwide continues to climb, no industry seems to be immune. In particular, recent Coronavirus deaths involving essential workers at grocery stores in New York and around the country have raised concerns about the safety of...

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Can first responders collect workers' comp for COVID-19?

New York City has become the epicenter of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which has sickened thousands of city residents and killed hundreds. Even while the city is on lockdown, due to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Executive Order 202 on March 7, 2020, the virus has yet to be contained. Thousands of new cases are being reported...

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Can healthcare professionals get workers' compensation during the COVID-19 crisis?

  Nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals are facing the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the front line, as thousands of people are in need of medical care each day. As a result, they put themselves in harm's way each day in order to protect the public. Healthcare professionals are at a high risk of becoming infected...

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Our lawyers are offering free remote consultations to injured workers during COVID-19

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued Executive Order 202, declaring a disaster emergency on March 7, 2020, in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, thousands of businesses closed their doors in order to prevent the spread of the virus. Residents of New York are also urged to stay home as much as possible. Those...

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Can volunteer first responders receive financial benefits if affected by COVID-19?

There are currently hundreds of thousands of volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers risking their lives to protect the public throughout the five boroughs of NYC. Volunteer first responders are among the brave men and woman on the front lines in the battle against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). It's critical that volunteer first responders who come...

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What are the injury risks of working in confined spaces?

According to Occupational Health & Safety magazine, confined spaces aren't exactly designed for human access. Yet workers in many industries are required to access them in order to obtain equipment, make repairs, and perform routine maintenance. Working in confined spaces comes with a slew of hazards that can result in serious or fatal injuries. Data...

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Distraction on the job could lead to serious injuries or death

As a matter of routine, many businesses prioritize fast production to make as much money as possible. The practice can increase risks to their employees, however, by forcing them to work at an unreasonable pace. Late and odd shifts, as well as the lack of training, further erode safety, especially for distracted workers performing high-risk...

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Workers who handle asbestos at risk of developing mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, heart, and stomach. While rare, it can lead to serious, life-long health complications or death. Long-term exposure to asbestos is the leading cause of mesothelioma. Asbestos is a mineral present in many building materials, like insulation, fireproofing, piping, wiring, flooring, and shingles....

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Are construction injuries in New York City on the decline?

New York City is experiencing the largest construction boom in 25 years. The city is expecting nearly 90,000 new housing units between 2019 and 2021. The boom has brought countless projects and jobs to the city. We could normally expect an upsurge of construction injuries and deaths with more construction companies active throughout the city. Recent...

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Workplace explosions are rare, but devastating, catastrophes

In December 2019, an Amtrak maintenance worker was killed in an explosion in the Bronx, according to ABC 7. An electrical accident near a railyard was reportedly the cause of the explosion. At the time of the explosion, the worker was conducting fuse work on a transformer. The power was supposed to be turned off...

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