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Preventing slip-and-fall injuries in winter weather

As the winter weather draws near, icy and snowy conditions turn sidewalks, driveways and building entrances into hazardous slipping zones. New York homeowners and business owners alike have a legal obligation to shovel, salt and clear away ice and snow that can pose a threat to guests and visitors. Unfortunately, if they fail to do so, it can result in serious slip-and-fall injuries.

Speak out if your child is a victim of bullying at school

Bullying is a serious problem in American schools and one that has to be reacted to in the right way. When a child is being bullied, it's very hard on them. They may struggle with school work and develop anxiety or depression.

Worst of all, those children may suffer serious consequences from bullying itself, like injuries from attacks or self-inflicted harm. As you can see, bullying is not harmless in any way.

Injuries from bullying: How can you protect your child?

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and as such, it's important to talk about the ways you can help protect your child against bullying and address bullying when it becomes a serious problem.

Bullying is difficult for children. Unlike in the past, bullying doesn't stop when the school day ends. Many children deal with bullying online, through text messages and through other digital means. From video games where others can leave horrible messages for them to calling and saying rude things on their phones, there is almost no way to get a reprieve from bullying in today's society.

3 safety tips for equipment operators

If you work as an equipment operator on a construction site in Brooklyn, you probably already know how dangerous your job is. From malfunctioning equipment to uncleared work areas and tight deadlines, it can be easy for things to go wrong on a job site. Due to the overwhelming number of hazards, staying safe should always be a priority, your coworkers and the boss.

To help you stay safe, it is a good idea to remain current with training and safety standards. Also, here are a few tips to remember the next time you are working with heavy machinery and equipment.

Take these steps if you're involved in a car crash

No matter who you are, you deserve to have your health looked after if you're involved in a car crash. Whether you're a citizen or an immigrant, it's your right to pursue a claim if you get hurt because of another person's actions.

If you are involved in a car crash, there are some steps that you need to take to make sure your case is taken seriously and that you get as much compensation as possible. Here are four steps you should take right away.

What counts as excessive force by police?

Police have the right to use their own discretion to some extent when making an arrest. For example, if a person tries to resist an arrest, they can use force to ensure that the person does not get away. The perceived risk of the situation should influence the amount of force used. A suspect with a weapon or with a perceived malicious intent will likely be subject to a much higher amount of force than someone who has been suspected of committing a petty crime, for example.

Law enforcement officials should avoid using excessive force or unreasonable force. In the media, there have been several high-profile cases in recent years, highlighting the seriousness of excessive force and police brutality. If you believe that you or a loved one has become victim to excessive force by police, it is important to understand how the law defines the act, and learn what you can do to get justice.

New York: Tackling bullying, harassment and discrimination

Schools in New York are required to have policies in place that cover bullying and what to do if there are bullying concerns in their school system. New York strictly defines bullying as harassment or actions that create a hostile environment through the use of threats or negative conduct. Some kinds of poor conduct that would qualify as harassment or bullying include abuse, intimidation and cyberbullying.

New York is special in that it recognizes cyberbullying as a type of harassment and bullying, specifically naming it in school policies. Cyberbullying is not limited to the internet. Instead, it can occur through any form of electronic communication including videos, phone calls and other services.

Don’t make these post-car accident mistakes

Imagine driving through Brooklyn, minding your own business and simply trying to make it to work with enough time to grab an extra coffee from the vendor across the street before you clock in. Unfortunately, things literally go sideways when another driver runs a red light and plows into the side of your car.

Now, you will have to miss work, deal with car repairs and visit the nearest emergency room to take care of your injuries. If this has not actually happened to you yet, it could occur today, tomorrow or in a month. The best thing you can do is to be prepared.

"Never events" put patients at risk everywhere in the U.S.

Medical malpractice is a problem in the hospitals and clinics around the United States. It can be serious enough to cause fatalities or complications that leave patients in pain and struggling with their conditions. While some errors are not intentional, the reality is that mistakes and negligence can seriously harm patients, so providers have to be held accountable.

The majority of medical malpractice cases discuss the occurrence of never events. Never events include mistakes such as:

  • Wrong-site surgeries
  • Wrong-patient surgeries
  • Unintended retention of a foreign body
  • Wrong-procedure incidents

Getting workers' compensation as an undocumented immigrant

If you are an immigrant living in New York and working in construction, you may be worried about your ability to exert your legal rights. It is common for undocumented immigrants to worry about getting involved with legal issues because they fear deportation. However, it is important to know that if you are injured as an undocumented worker, you may still have the right to claim workers' compensation under the law.

If you are an undocumented immigrant in the United States, you are not legally allowed to gain employment. However, in New York there is no statute that categorically denies illegal immigrant workers the ability to gain workers' compensation when they are working without authorization. If you want to gain workers' compensation to help you cope financially with the costs associated with your injury, it is important that you take action to understand more about the law.

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