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Failing to maintain safe conditions may cause New York injuries

Most individuals spend a good deal of their time on property owned by other people. Though most ventures out of one's own home take place without any unexpected occurrences, some visitors could face injuries if property conditions pose hazards. Failing to maintain safe conditions can often result in parties slipping, tripping or otherwise falling and suffering harm.

New York residents may be interested in such an incident that recently took place in another state. One woman claims that while visiting a facility where she undergoes kidney dialysis, she tripped near the building's exit. Apparently, the area posed a risk due to uneven carpeting, and the woman tripped over the carpet and fell to the ground. The incident apparently caused her to suffer injuries, but it was unclear what the extent of those injuries might have been.

Are you the first line of support after a catastrophic injury?

If a loved one was involved in a bad accident, they may be dealing with serious injuries, which means you are dealing with them too. A spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury can have a huge impact on the person's life, as well as the family members who are responsible for caring for the individual.

There are several points that caregivers need to remember when caring for an injury victim. Consider these points if your loved one is injured in a car crash or other type of accident:

Grounds exist for civil claims after fatal New York accident

A serious crash in New York recently claimed the life of one individual and left others in critical condition. Reports stated that at least four individuals were involved in the accident. Three people were in a vehicle heading south that was hit in the rear by another car. The second car was driven by an off-duty police officer who was suspected to have been drunk at the time.

The crash caused the first car to strike a tree and a light pole. A 22-year-old woman in that vehicle was taken to an area hospital, but she later succumbed to her injuries. The woman's sister and the sister's boyfriend were both also taken to the hospital with serious injuries. They had all been out celebrating the sister's birthday.

What is a structured injury settlement?

Sometimes it's wiser to receive the money over time. 

You often hear of a structured settlement when someone is awarded a large sum of money in a lawsuit. Have you ever wondered why injury settlements are paid that way or how it works?

Two main reasons for structuring a settlement are (a) to make sure the money lasts and to (b) to make sure the money is used for the intended purpose. Structured settlements are most common when there has been a catastrophic injury involving massive medical expenses and loss of earning power.

If (Heaven forbid) you or a loved one suffers disabling injuries, you should insist that your personal injury attorney structure any compensation recovered.

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Special consideration for construction accidents in New York City

4 Things You May Not Have Known About Construction Injuries

Construction workers in New York City face some tough working conditions. Work spaces can be tight or crowded or grandfathered in under outdated building codes. The weather can be numbingly cold or scorchingly hot. Passersby and other distractions can make work more difficult.

A mild traumatic brain injury is still a serious injury

Any blow to the head -- whether from a car accident, a fall or some other type of injury -- can cause serious and lasting damage. A person should get screened to determine whether or not they have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Because brain injuries are not as visible or easily diagnosed as other injuries, they can go unidentified in an initial medical examination following an accident. This is especially true when patients have other injuries such a fractures or lacerations. Brain injury can occur even without direct trauma, such as the sharp whiplash action of an auto accident. Also, it is possible that your symptoms may not manifest themselves immediately. If you and a friend were both in a car accident and your friend broke his arm while you hit your head, he may be well on his way to recovery while your injury remains untreated.

Serious New York accident leads to critical injuries

Many individuals see vehicles traveling too fast on the roadways every day. Some travelers may understandably fear that one of these speeding cars will cause a serious accident that has irreversible consequences. Sadly, this type of incident occurs far too often, and the impacts that the crashes have affect more than just those individuals who were directly involved.

A recent New York collision had tragic results, and it is believed that speed played a role in the crash. Reports stated that the 23-year-old driver of a car was speeding when he attempted to drive around a tractor-trailer that was making a left turn. However, this action was unsuccessful, and the car ended up crushed beneath the trailer of the truck. A 28-year-old passenger was also in the car. 

Bicycle accident results in New York man's death

Hit-and-run accidents often leave many questions unanswered. One of the main concerns individuals often have relates to the hit-and-run driver not offering aid to injured victims. Unfortunately, this type of accident can lead to serious injuries, and lives could be lost if help does not arrive quickly. Such an incident recently took place in New York.

Reports stated that the collision involved a car and a bicyclist. The bicyclist was traveling east when he was struck by a vehicle at an intersection. The incident occurred just before 3 a.m. The driver of the car did not remain at the scene, but a 911 call alerted police to the event. Authorities later caught up with the vehicle driver, and the 25-year-old individual was taken into custody on multiple charges, including DUI.

Is your broken bone causing secondary symptoms like RSD?

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome endures long after the bone has healed

A broken bone is traumatic and painful, but it should be a short-term injury. A bone fracture typically requires setting by a medical professional, a period of rest while it heals, and then physical therapy to regain strength and range of motion.

In rare cases, however, the trauma that caused a broken bone may lead to another, more lasting condition known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). Sadly, this debilitating condition may last the rest of your life. If you believe you have developed RSD or CRPS due to a work injury or automobile accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney right away. 

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Owners could be liable for failing to maintain safe conditions

Serious injuries that result from falling can often create many issues for the injured parties. If the harm occurred due to a property owner's failing to maintain safe conditions, the individual may have reason to file a premises liability claim. This type of claim could allow the negatively impacted party to seek compensation for resulting damages.

New York residents may be interested in one woman's case currently underway in another state. Reports indicated that the woman was on the premises of a car dealership when she tripped over an uneven sidewalk. Her tripping caused her to collide hard with the ground and suffer serious injuries, including a broken arm and shoulder. It was unclear how she had her injuries assessed and treated. 

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