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New York City Injury Plaintiffs Rights at Risk if Federal Tort Reforms Clear Hurdles

The civil justice system levels the playing field between individuals and powerful entities. When someone is hurt, a victim can use the civil justice system to pursue a claim for damages. Civil lawsuits make it possible for patients to sue for compensation of losses caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of others. Defendants in these...

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Obtaining Workers Compensation for New York City Airport Workers

Airport workers face a substantial risk of being hurt or killed on-the-job. So many things can happen to cause injuries in an airport, from random accidents like tripping over a passenger's bags to acts of violence. When a worker is hurt, it is important they understand what types of work injury benefits are available. An injured airport worker...

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What Happens if an Independent Contractor Gets Hurt On-the-Job in New York?

Workers' compensation laws provide broad protection to workers by ensuring that any worker hurt while performing work tasks may file a civil lawsuit. A worker who is employed by a company should have their medical bills paid and should be eligible for certain benefits, including disability compensation, even if the employee gets hurt and the cause...

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New York City Contemplating Apprenticeship Program to Reduce Work Accidents

The recent building boom in New York City has led to a troubling rise in the number of construction workers killed on-the-job. There were 30 workers killed in the past two years alone, and thousands of construction workers from throughout the city gathered recently to mourn and remember those who lost their lives trying to...

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Lack of Regulation on Shorter Buildings Puts NYC Construction Workers at Risk

In New York City, more than 75 percent of construction workers who died in accidents on construction sites from 2010 to 2015 were killed when they were working on a construction project involving a building that was 10 stories or less in height. The total number of people were killed while working on constructing buildings...

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Construction Workers at Risk of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

In 1992, construction workers were afflicted with approximately 55,000 work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs). In 2014, only 18,000 WMSDs were recorded. Although this can seem like a big improvement, Fox News indicates that the decline happened at the same time as an overall reduction in construction work injuries and could also be attributed in part to injury...

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Cuomo’s Gig Economy Task Force: Hope For The Self Employed

Expansion of rideshare services opportunity for New York workers' rights Did you know your local economy resides right at your fingertips? We live in an age of convenience, where our smartphones provide an active social link between ourselves and a multitude of resources. Need to shop? Want to talk to a friend across the world?...

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Experienced Workers' Compensation Attorneys Koster and Weiner Become Partners

Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP is proud to announce that two longtime associates at our firm have become partners. Attorney Kelly Koster, a senior associate at the firm for twenty-two years, has been promoted to partner. Attorney Koster relentlessly manages all phases of workers compensation claims, including section 32 settlements, occupational claims...

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Can Undocumented Workers Get Workers' Compensation in New York City?

New York City aims to be as welcoming as possible to undocumented immigrants who live within the city. The city is a so-called "sanctuary city," because it limits cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Undocumented immigrants were also given the ability to get municipal ID cards so they would have identification, and the city is now...

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Workers' Compensation for Truck Driver Injuries and Fatalities

Recently, a multi-vehicle accident in the Bronx resulted in at least three deaths along with many additional injuries. The accidents involved 18-wheeler trucks. One 18-wheeler was stopped in traffic on Cross Bronx Expressway in the middle lane. Another approaching 18-wheeler was not able to stop his own truck and he hit the 18-wheeler.  A chain...

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