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Vision Zero

Since beginning in 2014, Vision Zero has made a noticeable impact on the safety of New York City streets. Last year,  NYC saw the lowest rates of traffic-related fatalities since 1910. Between 2013 and 2017, traffic deaths overall dropped 28% and pedestrian fatalities were down by 45%. Yet, while city officials are throwing up their… (keep reading)

NYC Hospital Safety Grades

NYC Hospitals Are Part of the 3rd Leading Cause of Death Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States next to heart disease and cancer, contributing to an estimated 200,000 to 400,000 fatalities every year. Patient health and safety should always be a top priority for hospitals. When it comes… (keep reading)

Our partner Mark Epstein Advocates for LIRR Commuters

LIRR watchdog: Give riders direct updates from control center

Mark Epstein quoted in Newsday on LIRR Disruptions

Our partner Mark Epstein quoted in Newsday about the frequent Long Island Rail Road disruptions that have been plaguing commuters — including three over four days last week.

Make construction work less dangerous

Construction work is dangerous activity. To make it less dangerous the law in New York requires that owners and contractors provide appropriate safety devices to prevent gravity-related accidents like falls from ladders or scaffolds, or objects falling on workers. Unfortunately, on many jobs in which owners or contractors employ undocumented workers, abuses abound and workers… (keep reading)

The Labor Law of the State of New York

The Labor Law of the State of New York attempts to ensure worker safety by putting the responsibility for safety on owners and contractors who control the work site. The law states: “All contractors and owners and their agents… in the erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning or pointing of a building or structure shall… (keep reading)

TBI linked to attention deficit hyperactive disorder

Accident victims suffering from traumatic brain disorder may face a number of physical and health problems throughout their lifetimes. Researchers, in addition to finding new methods to treat traumatic brain disorder, are also learning about new afflictions caused by this condition. A new study published in August in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, for example,… (keep reading)

Bus driver cited in Queens crash

Transit accidents involve numerous factors such as negligent motorists, defective equipment, property damage and illegal driving. A recent accident in Queens may involve all of these issues. A bus owned by Resorts World Casino slammed into a three-story building on Woodhaven Boulevard while trying to avoid another vehicle making a sharp turn on 63rd Avenue… (keep reading)

What happens after the death of a loved one?

Coping with the death of an immediate family member involves indescribable emotions of loss. While not as obvious, these deaths also leave family facing practical but serious issues concerning the loss of financial support needed to pay for housing, education, medical expenses and other lifestyle needs. These abrupt changes can be extraordinarily unexpected and follow… (keep reading)

Federal government announces transit safety plan

The Federal Transit Administration found that recent mass transit accidents, particularly those investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board, have uncovered deficiencies in the safety performance of critical systems, equipment, procedures, management systems and oversight. While the performance of this industry remains strong, however, new rules are required to address these deficiencies and the growing… (keep reading)

Can damages be awarded for pre-death terror?

Wrongful death actions in New York provide for specified damages to family members who suffer the loss of a loved one as a result of another person’s negligence. These damages generally include fair and just compensation for pecuniary or financial injuries such as loss of support, voluntary assistance, possible inheritance and medical and funeral expenses…. (keep reading)

Brain injuries require prompt action

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designated traumatic brain injury as a serious public health problem in this country accounting for 30 percent of all injury deaths. Falls were the major blame for TBI and being hit by a blunt object was the second leading cause, while motor vehicle crashes was third…. (keep reading)