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Paying Tribute to Mark Jay Epstein

We celebrate the life and mourn the passing of our dear friend and partner, Mark Epstein. Mark suddenly passed away on June 11, 2020.  He was a fixture at Pazer Epstein Jaffe & Fein, PC, for twenty-six years and was the engine that kept the firm running at all times. Mark was an incredibly devoted… (keep reading)

How To Stay Safe Back at Work

The caution tape is coming off of thousands of job sites across New York City as construction workers and tradesmen prepare to get back to work. According to Archinect News, more than 5,200 worksites in the five boroughs have reopened as of April 30. Now that Governor Cuomo’s New York State on PAUSE executive order… (keep reading)

Patient Safety Awareness Week

It doesn’t take a significant medical error to cost a patient their life. According to a study by Johns Hopkins Medicine, nearly 10 percent of fatalities in the United States are caused by preventable medical errors, between 250,000 to 440,000 lives lost every year. Millions of other patients experience a range of serious and life-threatening injuries,… (keep reading)

Beware of Springing Forward: How to Safely Adjust to Daylight Saving Time

New Yorkers will be losing an hour of sleep this weekend with the start of Daylight Saving Time (D.S.T.), and it could be drastically affecting their health.   motor vehicle accidents workplace injuries According to a study published in BMJ Journals, hospitals report a 24 percent spike in patients who suffer from heart-attacks on the Monday following the start… (keep reading)

Surgical Masks: Why Health Experts Say They Won’t Protect You From COVID-19

Fears over catching novel coronavirus, officially named COVID-19 this month by the World Health Organization (WHO), has people across the globe scrambling to buy surgical masks for protection. Residents in China have been spotted waiting outside of local pharmacies for hours in hopes of getting a mask. So many people have taken this precaution, in fact,… (keep reading)

Artificial Intelligence: Is It Really Safe In Health Care?

Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and machine learning technologies are booming in the medical field as hospitals strive for more efficient methods of patient care. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.), these advanced programs have the ability to transform the healthcare industry entirely. Some current A.I. systems are advanced enough to immediately detect the onset… (keep reading)

Distracted Uber Driving: Why You Could Be In Danger

You may not be as safe in an Uber as you thought. The Uber app could be leading to an uptick in distracted driving accidents, putting riders and other New Yorkers sharing the road at risk for life-threatening injuries.   Hidden Dangers of The Uber App  There are over 900,000 active Uber drivers in the United States… (keep reading)

Construction Mobile Apps: Do They Make Workers Safer?

An article published in Architect highlights how some construction companies are capitalizing on technology and gameplay to increase safety in the workplace. These innovative employers are ditching traditional lecture trainings for a more modern approach to employee development and onboarding. But do these games really increase safety awareness?   Mobile games designed for construction training purposes are aimed… (keep reading)

Sanitation Truck Accidents: Why NYC Waste Management Has Become Deadly

A recent uptick in sanitation truck accidents has residents in New York City and Long Island communities terrified to step too close to the curb. Two weeks ago, a 10-year-old boy was killed, and his mother was seriously injured by a City sanitation vehicle while walking to school in Queens. The following day, three people were… (keep reading)

Michael Jaffe Presented at New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA)

Michael Jaffe moderated and presented at a New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) two-part CLE on the labor law, commonly referred to as the scaffold law, focused on construction worker safety and rights.  The course focused on litigation of construction site accidents from commencement through trial with Michael presenting an overview of Labor Law… (keep reading)

NYC Bicycle Fatalities Skyrocketed in 2019

The end of 2019 was the closing of a deadly year for cyclists in New York City. The Daily News reported a total of 29 cyclists were killed last year while riding across the five boroughs. The highest concentration of fatalities was in Brooklyn neighborhoods, where 18 of these tragic accidents were reported.  Only one biking fatality… (keep reading)

Winter Construction Hazards: How To Stay Safe In The Cold

Construction work in the winter doesn’t stop when the weather takes a turn for the worst. Through ice, sleet, and snow, these workers labor tirelessly. When most of us are huddled up to the closest source of heat, construction and outdoor tradesmen are completing vital projects and maintenance to keep our days running smoothly. Employers… (keep reading)