Oct 21, 2014

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Lack of Site Inspectors Slowing Down Construction

The New York Department of Buildings have alluded time and again to the improvements in the construction industry in terms of safety, indicating that this is partly because of the 25 new safety regulations it has implemented since the two 2008 crane collapses in New York City which killed a total of 9 people. However, the improvement could be because many construction projects have been put on hold due to these new regulations and the lack of site inspectors to sign off on new projects.

The construction industry is urging the city committee to modify these regulations to release hundreds of jobs for multimillion-dollar projects which are currently on hold because of the lack of a signature. It isn’t because site inspectors are too lazy to do their jobs; there simply aren’t enough of them to go around.

The city had reduced the number of site inspectors when the budget was cut, but city officials are promising to hire more to cover more ground. However, getting approval to hire more may not even be the big problem; there may not be enough with the proper qualifications to do the job even if the budget is in place. With more stringent regulations and no inspectors to sign off on compliance, many construction companies are feeling the pressure of missed deadlines, investment capital lying idle, and a restless labor force.

It is understandable why the city government of New York feels the need to pay tough guy; too many preventable construction accidents happen that result in serious injuries or death. However, without the manpower to facilitate the inspection process and to enforce regulations, the new laws are counterproductive. They are costing construction companies a lot of money and denying workers and local industries the chance to make money.

Nevertheless, if you have been seriously injured because of negligence on a construction site, there may be a way to get compensation. Find out more from a qualified New York construction accident attorney.

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Aug 26, 2014

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Hiring A Lawyer – Tips To Make It Easy

Though nobody likes to entertain the thought of needing an attorney, it is an unfortunate fact that most people will need the services of a legal professional at least once in their lifetime. As the world gets more complicated, this possibility increases. Rather than waiting until an emergency arises, establish a relationship with an attorney now. Read some tips here on how to do that.

Do not make the mistake of believing that an older lawyer automatically knows more than a lawyer that is a bit younger. Someone may have been in practice longer, but that does not mean that they automatically have experience in the area of law that pertains to your case.

Before you hire your lawyer, check their record for complaints. If there are complaints, research them to see whether you should consider hiring a different attorney.

When seeking a lawyer, look for one who specializes in the sort of case you present. Lawyers specialize in everything from criminal law to real estate law and everything in between. Check in advance, to save you a lot of time and money. Their website should tell you what kind of law they are adept at practicing. For example, the Abel Law Firm in Oklahoma does personal injury law related to things like nursing home abuse and general injuries.

Finding an attorney that you get along with makes the process easier. If you do not feel comfortable with the lawyer during your first few meetings, you will never have an ideal client-lawyer relationship no matter how experienced the lawyer is. Be certain you trust your own instincts and choose an attorney whose personality works well with your personality.

Do not allow yourself to judge an attorney based on how good their advertisements are. The reality is that an attorney that is reputable doesn’t have to advertise to get new clients. Look into your attorney’s background and use what you find to help you make the decision about whether or not to hire them.

You are now aware of the need to protect yourself with legal council way before there is an urgency that leaves you vulnerable. Use the insights here to wisely choose an attorney who will have your back when the chips are down. Then relax and know that your are covered.

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Oct 14, 2013

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Why Is Speeding a Bad Idea?

According to www.pohlberkattorneys.com, speeding is one of the most often cited reasons for getting in trouble with the law; even otherwise law-abiding citizens are often ticketed for speeding. The reason that speeding is so rigorously monitored is because it is also one of the leading causes of traffic accidents, and a factor in almost one-third of all fatal crashes. Even under the best of circumstances, speeding makes it more difficult for a driver to avoid trouble because the reaction time is that much shorter. It is unfortunate that most people don’t have the reflexes of Dom Toretto, but that is the sad fact.

Aside from shorter reaction times, speeding can lead to accidents because it decreases the amount of control the driver has over the vehicle, especially when it comes to curves. This is especially true when driving vehicles with a high center of gravity, such as SUVs, which are prone to rollovers. It is also unwise to drive fast when carrying heavy loads, because it makes it harder to stop; the load could also shift during a turn and cause the vehicle to tip over.

Below are some trends observed about speeding accidents. While trends do not mean it will happen to a particular person, statistically speaking it makes it more likely.

  • Most fatal speeding accidents happen on Saturdays
  • 40% of all deaths due to speeding happened on a curve
  • Men are more likely to die in a speeding accident
  • Most drunk drivers (41%) and some sober drivers (14%) involved in a fatal crash were speeding
  • Most fatal speeding accidents were single-vehicle crashes and happened on a rural road
  • A significant number of fatal speeding accidents involved a motorcycle
  • Those in Western states are more likely to be involved in a fatal speeding accident than those in the Eastern states

According to the website of the Ausband & Dumont Law Firm, if you have been injured in an accident because of someone speeding, you may have a case for personal injury. A lawsuit can potentially recover monetary losses that arose as a direct result of the speeding accident. Consult with a speeding accident lawyer and help put a brake to speeding motorists.

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Jun 24, 2013

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Why PCBs are considered Dangerous Substances

While pharmaceutical product lawsuits are on the rise due to the bevy of defective products in the market, certain toxic substances continue to harm innocent people.

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are synthetic odorless and tasteless compounds that were widely used in the prior to being banned in 1979. Their commercial applications included many household items and products including kitchen appliances that use transformers and capacitors, fluorescent light ballasts, oil-based paints, motor and hydraulic, adhesives, cements, even carbonless paper. PCBs are considered dangerous substances because they present serious health hazards to humans and they are persistent in nature.

PCBs are extremely stable compounds that have low flammability and high electrical insulation, which make them ideal for industrial and commercial use. However, these same properties that make them desirable also make them extremely difficult to dispose of safely. They do not readily oxidize or decompose in nature, which is why they were used so extensively in the past. PCBs are not easily destroyed even with the use of biochemical, thermal and chemical methods, and even when they are destroyed, they can persist in the air, water, and soil for up to 15 years.

PCBs are considered environmentally toxic and dangerous substances because of the causal link with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in humans after long-term exposure. Other health effects include disfiguring dermatitis, problems with the liver, kidney and central nervous system as well as the immune and reproductive systems. Prolonged exposure can also lead to respiratory problems, nausea, anorexia, gastrointestinal distress and eye irritation. Children exposed to PCBs in utero may also experience developmental problems.

The main reason PCBs are considered dangerous substances is because it is insidious. It is present in drinking water, in the soil and air in populated areas. Fish and plants may also accumulate PCBs, which serves as source of oral PCB when they are eaten by humans.

It is extremely difficult to avoid PCB exposure altogether, but in general the exposure is below toxic levels. If you suddenly begin experiencing symptoms of acute and prolonged PCB exposure, it may be because of illegal dumping or improper destruction of PCB material in your immediate vicinity. These dangerous substances can lead to significant health problems for you and your family, so it would be in your best interest to investigate the source of exposure. If you believe that there is negligence involved, contact a toxic substances lawyer who will know how to set about proving your suspicion.

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Jun 23, 2013

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IPAH may be linked to Pharmaceutical Defects

Primary Pulmonary Hypertension or in recent times referred to as Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (IPAH) is a progressive and currently untreatable rare lung disorder in which the pulmonary arteries, veins or capillaries constrict, inhibiting the blood flow to and from the lungs. There is no apparent reason for this condition; it is believed that it stems from a genetic or familial predisposition, and triggered by some event, such as pharmaceutical defects.

There are no established causative agents for IPAH. However, past events suggest that certain types of drugs bring about the onset of IPAH, typically presenting two years after taking the drug. Two widely separate waves of IPAH patients emerged which seemed to indicate the involvement of aminorex fumarate and fen-phen (fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine), both appetite suppressants. However, there are no definitive studies to substantiate these speculations. Other drugs that are suspected of triggering IPAH include cocaine, amphetamines and other anorexigens. The symptoms of IPAH include:

  • Chest pain
  • Cyanosis
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Edema
  • Fainting spells
  • Fatigue
  • Palpitations
  • Rapid pulse

There is no known treatment for IPAH. The most anyone can do is to alleviate the symptoms and to restrict physical activity to avoid exacerbating the load placed on the lungs. IPAH can significantly decrease the quality of life of the patient, and shorten his or her lifespan.

If you or someone close to you is diagnosed with IPAH, there is a good chance that you have been prescribed with medication that causes IPAH. Such defective pharmaceuticals should be taken off the market as soon as possible. Consult with a lawyer experienced in handling cases dealing with defective pharmaceuticals. This can be a major undertaking, especially since there are no documented studies that specifically link any drug or medication to IPAH. A good lawyer will know how to go about putting together a ground-breaking case against suspected pharmaceutical defects.

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Jun 20, 2013

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How Dangerous Products Get into the Home

The home is where one should always feel safe, and in general that is true. But there are times when the things and consumer goods that are regularly used in the home turn out to be dangerous products that can bring serious harm to household members.

In general, US manufacturers of consumer goods follow strict guidelines for ensuring the safety of products that they produce. This is partly from a sense of corporate responsibility, partly in fear of running foul with consumer protection agencies and risking fines and other sanctions. But there are many opportunities for slips between the cup and lip. This can be in the design, in the production, or in the proper consumer information for inherently dangerous products.
In the first instance, the design of the product is inherently defective and unsafe even with proper use. This could be the improper placement of a part that could lead to mechanical injury or a hazardous chemical reaction. For example, designing a sharp edge to protrude from a kitchen appliance could cause lacerations to the user.

In the second type of product defect, it is in some error made by workers or a malfunction in a machine that could turn out dangerous products. For example, a stuck valve in a dispensing machine could introduce too much of a caustic chemical to cleaning solution, resulting in chemical burns to the user. Or perhaps an absent-minded worker forgets to flip a switch, and the space heater is missing an essential safety feature that may cause a house fire.

The last type of product defect primarily lies in the label and user manual of the product. Some consumer goods are dangerous if used or handle improperly. It is the manufacturer’s responsibility to provide clear and detailed warnings about the risks of purchasing and using the product. A good example is bleach, which most households have. The label for bleach should include the poison symbol, warnings about how it should be used and stored, and instructions about what to do if it is accidentally ingested. Most people are aware of these for common items like bleach, but there are some inherently dangerous products that are not so familiar. The failure to include pertinent information about the proper use, storage and hazards of the product is considered a product defect, and renders the manufacturer liable for any injury or death it may cause.

Most people take for granted that if you buy consumer goods off the shelf, it must be safe. Unfortunately, this is not always true. If you unknowingly brought home a dangerous product that caused harm to you or someone in your family because it was defective, bring the manufacturer to book by retaining the services of a product liability lawyer.

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