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Brooklyn Brain injury Lawyer Discusses the Serious Damages a Patient Suffers Due to Memory Problems

August 15, 2017 Arkady Frekhtman

Memories are a key part of our identity. They’re critical for helping us both retain a sense of who we are and plan for the future. Following a traumatic brain injury (TBI), one of the deeply disturbing problems people can experience is an impairment in memory-related abilities. They may lose …

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Workers Fall From Scaffold Into Wet Concrete After Building Collapse

July 31, 2017 Frekhtman & Associates

Sometimes, construction workers face the harrowing prospect of a building collapse in the course of their work. One of the dangers of construction work is a fall from a ladder or scaffold. Innocent bystanders may be victims as well. Depending upon the circumstances, workers comp and/or personal injury statutes may …

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Construction Accident Lawyer Discusses Wind Turbine Accidents

July 1, 2017 Frekhtman & Associates

On Tuesday, April 18, a crane accident at a Vermont wind farm killed the operator. This tragic event drew attention to the hazards inherent in wind turbine construction and maintenance. The growth of wind energy has quickly accelerated in recent years. In 2016, wind turbines generated about 5.5 percent of all electrical …

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NY Crane Accident Attorneys Discuss a Recent Multi-Million Dollar Jury Award and Other Accidents

Crane safety is a key issue in the construction industry explains Arkady Frekhtman, one of the NY crane accident attorneys at the F&A construction injury law firm in Manhattan. Cranes that tower over skyscrapers, bridges and other structures are essential to the building process. Given the size and weight of this machinery, the potential for catastrophic accidents is a significant concern. Sometimes, collapsing or out-of-control crane booms strike workers or innocent bystanders. Severe injuries or loss of life often occur.

Jury Awards Workers Millions

Recently, a Texas crane accident resulted in a multi-million dollar award. According to the Houston Chronicle, on May 12, 2017, a jury in Harris County, Texas, awarded two male iron workers and family members a total of $16.5 million. Pennsylvania-based Maxim Crane Works, the company which owned the crane, was found liable in the civil litigation.

The day of the 2015 accident, the two men were working at the site of a new Apple store at a shopping mall on Westheimer Road in Houston, Texas. They boarded a scissors lift to remove and replace a large window. As they worked aboard the equipment, an operator lost control of a crane which knocked the scissors lift over. The two workers on the lift both sustained crushed vertebrae along with other injuries.

New York Crane Accidents

A number of serious crane accidents have plagued New York in recent years. In November 2016, a beam weighing more than three tons broke loose during a lift, killing the crane operator and a flag man in the Briarwood neighborhood in Queens.  Authorities later blamed a rigging failure for the deadly accident.

On July 20, 2016, mangled metal covered seven lanes of the Tappan Zee Bridge after a crane carrying a vibratory hammer collapsed during construction of the new span. Three motorists and a worker sustained injuries. Fortunately, none were life-threatening. The eight-lane replacement bridge is designed to last 100 years.

On February 5, 2016, a TriBeCa crane collapse killed a 38-year-old man sitting in his car. In December of that year, authorities ascertained that operator error was to blame. The boom was not properly secured before a windblown snow squall struck Manhattan.

On May 31, 2015, a rigging strap snapped as an industrial HVAC unit was being lifted by a crane in midtown Manhattan. The unit fell approximately 30 stories, injuring eight pedestrians and two workers.

Workers Comp and/or Personal Injury Statutes May Apply

When workers are victims in crane accidents, a state’s worker’s compensation laws pay benefits for medical expenses and lost wages. A worker may qualify for other benefits, such as those paid for permanent injury or loss of function.

In some cases, either workers or innocent bystanders may seek other compensation under a state’s personal injury statutes. For a worker, negligent conduct by an employer is only covered by workers comp laws. However, in the Houston crane accident, a jury awarded workers significant damages because of the negligent conduct of a non-employer – the company responsible for the crane.

When non-workers are victims in crane accidents, they often seek compensation under the state’s personal injury statutes as well. Many victims seek monetary damages for certain medical expenses, pain, suffering and possible lost wages. When applicable, long-term rehabilitation and prescription drug costs are often addressed by such lawsuits.

If you or someone you know is a victim in a construction accident, it is possible to review the details from a legal perspective with an attorney focused on relevant areas of the law. Our firm offers such a consultation at no cost to you. We always fight hard to secure the maximum compensation available to our clients under all applicable laws. Please contact us at www.866attylaw.com. Our staff is available to answer your questions and to schedule a consultation with an attorney if you wish.

NFL Concussion Lawyers Discuss the Settlement’s August 2017 Deadline

June 20, 2017 Frekhtman & Associates

On February 8, 2017, the enrollment period began for former National Football League (NFL) players seeking compensation under the league’s concussion settlement. During the first three days, more than 3,000 retired players signed up to seek payouts using a sliding scale that considers variables like age and years played. Judge …

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NYC Motorcycle Accident Lawyers: Reasons to Hire an Attorney After Being Injured in an Motorcycle Accident

June 12, 2017 Frekhtman & Associates

Motorcycles can be one of the greatest, and most exhilarating, ways to get around explains one of the NYC motorcycle accident lawyers at the F&A injury law firm. Whether you are taking a ride along the coast, or you are merely going to and from work, motorcycles can be a …

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Traumatic Brain Injury Patients:  New Hope for Memory Problems

June 2, 2017 Frekhtman & Associates

  Each year, more Americans are forced to struggle with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) sustained due to workplace falls, car accidents, and other dangerous events. Eager to heal, these individuals diligently pursue new treatments and learn all they can about new research studies that may one day help them improve …

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Why a Construction Site Accident Lawyer May Save Your Livelihood

May 10, 2017 Frekhtman & Associates

OSHA reports that there were over 4,300 work related fatalities in 2015 explains a construction site accident lawyer at the F&A injury law firm in Manhattan. Over 20 percent of these were construction related, which means that one of out of every five workers that died in 2015 was a …

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