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Do you know the biggest risks at a construction work site?

Working in construction isn't an easy career path. The hours are often long, the work itself is difficult and there is a higher than average risk of injury or death on the job.

In fact, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, roughly 20 percent of the worker fatalities in 2016 were a result of construction work. That's a pretty nerve-wracking statistic for people who work in construction and those who love a construction worker.

3 ways an attorney can help after an accident

It was the morning when your accident happened. You thought you would go for a run, and, minutes later, you found yourself a victim of a crash. You went to the hospital, and you have lasting injuries.

The last thing you want to do is to go to court, but you need to get compensation. Should you work with an attorney? Are there any benefits? Here are a few things to know.

What is a traumatic brain injury?

If you or a loved one has experienced a head impact or other injury, you may have more to worry about than a bruise or lingering headache. If the victim in the injury has been experiencing strange symptoms, you or your loved one may have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Yet are you aware of what exactly a traumatic brain injury is, what symptoms to watch for and how common brain injuries are in New York?

The New York State Department of Health defines a traumatic brain injury as an injury caused by application of external force to the skull or brain. These injuries can be permanent, because your brain cannot heal in the same manner as other injuries. Traumatic brain injury from impact or strike damage can be caused by negligence, motor vehicle accidents, unsafe conditions at work or on public premises, reckless behavior or many other situations. Over 400 traumatic brain injury incidents occur in New York state daily, with over 2,000 fatalities per year.

Things to do after a workers' compensation denial

Suffering a workplace injury can change your life forever. Even if you are able to make a full recovery, you should expect some short-term changes.

If you are injured on the job and unable to immediately return to work, it's imperative that you learn more about the workers' compensation system. This will go a long way in helping you decide what to do next.

Understanding pedestrian accidents

Pedestrian accidents can be just as devastating as accidents between two motor vehicles, or an accident involving a motor vehicle and an inanimate object. Without the protection of a vehicle frame around them, pedestrians are far more vulnerable to impact damage from a crash. But what exactly defines a pedestrian accident?

NYC.gov defines a pedestrian accident as any accident in which someone on foot is struck by an automobile, motorcycle or even a bicycle. That person can be jogging, walking, running or even standing. Note that the list does not include trains, and train accidents are classified under another category. Pedestrian accidents account for over half of traffic-related fatalities in New York City, and can be the cause of serious trauma to those affected. Pedestrians struck by vehicles may suffer bodily, brain or head injuries, or may even die in a fatal crash.

Know your rights after a fatal construction workplace accident

Having a loved one work in construction can be quite stressful. Every day when he or she leaves for work, you probably worry about the potential for an injury. After all, construction workers face relatively high rates of injuries while working, as well as the risk of a fatal injury. There are many kinds of accidents that can happen in an instant, from an electrocution to a fall or falling objects.

For some families, the worst case scenario, which is the loss of a loved one as a result of a work incident, eventually becomes reality. If you have recently suffered the loss of a loved one due to a work site accident, you should familiarize yourself with your rights as a survivor.

Can insufficient oxygen lead to brain trauma?

If you have been exposed to a low-oxygen environment in the workplace, in the home or in other areas of New York, you may have concerns about damage to your brain cells from lack of oxygen. If, since the exposure, you have felt cloudy or have had trouble with cognition, this may present a serious concern and could be the result of exposure to a major health risk. But how possible is it for insufficient oxygen to lead to permanent brain trauma?

As it turns out, very possible. Mt. Sinai Hospital defines the condition of low oxygen as "hypoxia," while brain damage due to hypoxia is called "anoxic brain damage." In a low-oxygen environment, you can begin to suffer brain damage in as little as four minutes as brain cells begin to die without enough oxygen to supply them. This can be a workplace concern if you are repeatedly placed in situations with high concentrations of fumes or particulates that limit oxygen saturation in the air, yet you are not provided with protective respiratory equipment.

4 steps to take after a motor vehicle accident

When you're in a car crash, it's important that you get the care you need. However, there are other important things to do as well, depending on your health following the crash. In the case that you're able to speak to the other driver, it's encouraged that you obtain some information on your own.

Obtaining your own information is a good way to help you make an insurance claim more easily. This information is also helpful for your attorney if you decide to pursue a lawsuit directly. Here are four steps to remember.

Do electrical injuries count for workers' compensation?

Electrical injuries are one of the most common and least discussed accidents to happen to construction workers and other skilled laborers, and if you've suffered an electrical shock you may suffer a number of complications. Others have died from electrical shock related injuries, and under New York workers' compensation law you may wonder if electric shock related injuries or deaths are covered.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 1,000 workers have died from electric shock related incidents in the five year period between 2011 and 2016. The Bureau of Labor Statistics classified electric shock related deaths as occupational injuries and fatalities, and occupational injuries and fatalities are covered under worker's compensation. If you have suffered an injury due to improper installation or handling of electrical wiring or equipment, you may be eligible to file a workers' compensation claim so long as you are not at fault.

Younger Hispanic construction workers at higher risk for injury

Most people understand there is significant risk associated with a career in construction. As a field of work, construction has a relatively high risk, paired with high rates of injuries and fatalities on the job when compared with other lines of work. While all construction workers do risk injury while working, certain people who work in construction are more at risk than others.

A study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the American Society of Safety Engineers in 2017 determined that Hispanic construction workers under the age of 25 are at increased risk for injury and death when compared with other groups working construction.

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