POLICE MAY BE LIABLE FOR DEADLY CRASH MIDDLEBURGH, NEW YORK (June 19, 2015)
A man from Middleburgh was killed in a tragic accident after he was thrown from his dirt-bike and hit by a police car following a pursuit by Grieble Lane, according to News 10. Authorities have been able to identify the man that was killed as Joshua Camp. New York State Police stopped Camp for having a unregistered dirk-bike. After being stopped Camp then led police on a brief pursuit that ended after he was thrown off his dirt-bike. The pursuing officer that was following camp struck him with his patrol vehicle leading to his fatal injuries. Camp was taken to the Albany Medical Center but tragically did not make it. A family from Brooklyn reached a 2 million dollar settlement with the city of New York after their son was killed by a police vehicle during a pursuit.
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FATAL ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION COMMACK, NEW YORK (June 19, 2016)
A 39-year-old man was killed in a tragic tree trimming accident after he was electrocuted when his shears came into contact with a set of power lines on Roberta Lane, according to ABC News. Authorities have been able to identify the man that died as Oscar Diaz from Brentwood. Diaz was working for GA Island Landscaping Corps. at the time of the accident. Power lines around trees can be extremely dangerous and have caused a number of electrocutions over the years. In many areas, power companies are required to make sure that trees are not coming into contact with their power lines. The accident on Long Island is still being investigated. Tragically, Oscar Diaz was pronounced dead at the scene. Our staff at RMFW Law were shocked and horrified to learn about the tragic death of Oscar Diaz in this tree cutting accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they go through such an incredibly difficult time. We encourage the Long Island Police to investigate this accident thoroughly in order to help prevent similar accidents in the future.
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At the RMFW Law Firm we believe in giving back to the community and helping those who are in need. If you or someone that you know has been affected by this accident, we will gladly help raise awareness of any gofundme campaign set up to support the victim or their family. We can link to it in this post which is then spread across our social media platforms. Losing a loved one can be extremely difficult for all of those affected. If you have lost someone due to negligence, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the liable party. The lawyers at RMFW Law remain committed to serving the public and helping those who have lost someone in an accident. Our team of experienced lawyers are standing by to evaluate your case at absolutely no cost to you. Give us a call today at 212-344-1000.
It is rare for corporate executives to face criminal charges because of workplace safety violations. Unfortunately, the unlikelihood of a CEO being charged means that the threat of a criminal case does not prove an effective deterrent to discourage executives from cutting corners when it comes to workplace safety. As one recent case shows, even when a CEO is prosecuted in an egregious case, the penalties that are imposed may be relatively minor in comparison with the extent of harm the executive's actions caused. Workers are the ones who suffer when executives fail to follow best practices for safety and allow or even mandate unsafe conditions in the workplace. When a worker is hurt on the job, he needs to talk with a New York workers' compensation law firm to find out what benefits he or she can receive to minimize the financial losses and damages associated with an injury.
Although it is unusual for a CEO to be charged with a crime, it can happen in some egregious cases. Safety News Alert reported on one recent situation in which the chief executive officer of a coal company, Massey Coal, was brought up on charges. The charges related to the deaths of 29 miners who were killed when an explosion occurred at an Upper Big Branch mine. The explosion was prompted by the fact methane, coal dust, and other flammable gases had accumulated at the mine, as safety precautions were not taken to prevent this accumulation. The CEO was charged and ultimately found guilty because there was so much evidence of the hands-on role he had played in making decisions on worker safety. He had required progress reports every half hour and strongly encouraged managers to focus only on maximizing the production of coal rather than on making sure the mines were safe. It is unusual for there to be so much proof that a CEO was so involved in day-to-day decisions on operations, which helped to make it possible to prosecute in this case. Because of the ample evidence in the CEO's involvement in encouraging safety violations, he was actually convicted when he was tried. While he was acquitted on several charges of financial offenses that had been brought against him, he was found guilty of conspiring to violate mine safety. Unfortunately, this is a misdemeanor offense. While the CEO received the maximum penalty, he was sentenced only to a year in prison, a year of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Many safety advocates were upset that the penalties were so light for taking actions that ultimately killed 29 people. The conviction at least sends a message that CEOs can be held accountable if their failures cause harm. However, the light sentencing may further limit the deterrent effect, since executives know they face a small chance of prosecution and a relatively lenient penalty even when safety risks lead to death. Workers need to know what their rights are as workplace safety violations continue, and they should consult with a workers' compensation law firm for help making a claim if they're harmed on the job. Contact Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff today for help with your case.
New York residents may be aware that the amount of damages associated with medical malpractice cases involving anesthesiologists can sometimes be significant. When anesthesia is not administered correctly, patients can be left in the nightmare situation of being aware and able to feel pain yet not capable of moving or alerting operating room staff of their situation. Researchers with the National Practitioner Data Bank studied malpractice lawsuits involving anesthesiologists between 2005 and 2013, and they found that the compensation paid in these cases fell significantly during this period.
Construction workers often land on ‘top ten’ lists of most dangerous jobs across the country. That's one reason why the state of New York has specific labor laws to protect these workers. In looking at workplace safety and the real risks that workers face on the job, media venues will sometimes look at statistical lists to determine which types of occupations are considered the most dangerous jobs in the country. In recent years, analysts have used these lists to express surprise that law enforcement individuals or those who are often considered to be doing explicitly high-risk work for higher pay and benefits are not actually on most of these lists. Instead, many of these roles relate to physical trades where many accidents and injuries are preventable according to workplace safety protocols and safeguards.
In terms of the most dangerous jobs around, there are several that are near the top of almost any list. For example, in a list from Forbes Magazine based on government statistics, roofers are listed at number four, directly after loggers, fishermen and pilots. General construction laborers are listed at number 10 behind farmers and ranchers, truck drivers, electricians and recycling professionals. A detailed study directly from the government Bureau of Labor Statistics provides an index of relative risk for fatal occupational injuries as recorded in 1995. Here, roofers were ranked seventh, directly after construction laborers at sixth place. Fishermen and logging professionals topped this list as well, followed by airline production, steelworkers and taxicab drivers.
Although these industries experience tragic rates of fatalities and accidents, many of them can be avoided by improving workplace safety protocols. Companies need to invest in training and safety equipment, as well as personal protective equipment for workers, including things like goggles, gloves, helmets, respiratory masks, heavy boots and harnesses. Companies also need to put in place operational processes that are as safe as they can be. Unfortunately, too many companies skimp on safety and the results are evident. Although the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides penalties and fines for safety offenders, according to many advocates of high-risk workers, safety is not fully incentivized the way that it could be and not all companies keep safety at the forefront. After a workplace accident, a personal injury attorney will look at an injured worker’s case according to its full context and in consideration of federal, state and local law, as well as case precedent. Injury victims rely on these legal professionals to do the necessary fact-finding and research to back up injury claims. They look to professional injury attorneys for a fair assessment of their legal options and want to know how to move forward with the case.
Anyone harmed in a construction accident in New York or a family that has suffered a loss, can call the New York City wrongful death attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff. We work to help injury victims and their families access their rights under the law. Let us help you through every step of a personal injury or wrongful death case to get your voice heard in local New York City courts.