10 Most Dangerous Jobs in NYC

There are over 4.6 million jobs in New York City. These jobs fall in a wide variety of sectors, from customer service workers to stock brokers, to doctors. And while many of these jobs will have you in an air-conditioned office building at a desk, a lot of them involve working outside and in less than ideal conditions.

Trying to decide which career works best for you, or are you concerned about the safety risks of certain professions? We've got you covered. Read on to learn about the 10 most dangerous jobs in New York City.

1. Construction Workers

Construction workers have some of the riskiest jobs in the city, by far. Through the United States, over 20 percent of fatalities in 2017 in the private sector were in the construction industry.  Almost half of those deaths are due to falls, while others are due to being struck by objects, electrocutions, and being caught in or compressed by machinery.

As of February of this year, there have been 96 construction injuries in New York alone, luckily none were fatal.

Because of the risks associated with working in construction, this industry is highly regulated by OSHA. We have helped construction workers and their families recover millions of dollars for the injuries they got while working at dangerous New York construction sites.

2. Taxi Drivers

Taxi drivers face a unique set of risks with their jobs. First, taxi drivers deal with the risks that are inherent with being on the road all day and all night long. This includes the risk of being involved in a collision with another car and suffering injuries when their car malfunctions or there is inclement weather.

On top of all those risks, taxi drivers deal with the risk of driving the general public. They could be attacked, robbed, or injured by their fares, not to mention passenger interference with operating the vehicle.

3. Subway Workers

The number one rule of commuting on the subway is to stay behind the yellow line. That rule is in place because of the risks involved with the day-to-day operation of the subway. Unfortunately, for subway workers, there a number of risks associated with their job depending upon what they do.

Maintaining the subway system means regularly risking contact with the electrified third rail, and getting on the track to remove debris. Cashiers face the risk of being held up by robbers or verbal abuse from angry subway riders.

4. Bike Couriers

Bike couriers and messengers are the backbone of the city. They promote workplace productivity by making sure that important documents are transported between offices without requiring office workers to take time out from their work to deliver it themselves or waiting for those documents to come in the mail.

For all the good that they do, bike couriers face a significant amount of risk by doing their jobs. They have to ride their bikes in all types of inclement weather — from rain to snow to summer heat. They also risk being hit by a car.

On the upside, riding a bike five days a week is probably pretty great for their fitness.

5. Healthcare Workers

Working in healthcare is easily one of the most rewarding jobs out there. Your job is solely to help people recover from illness or injury or to prevent them from getting sick in the first place. You also have the knowledge to be able to make better choices for your own personal health.

But working in healthcare has its own set of risks. To start, you're on your feet all day (or night) and work incredibly long shifts that can throw up your circadian rhythm. In addition to that, you risk the transmission of illness from your patients.

6. Police Officers

Police officers are some of the most revered members of the community. They help keep the community safe from people who want to do harm. Unfortunately, it's also one of the riskiest jobs in any city.

Police officers deal with normal risks associated with patrol — being in their car for long periods of time puts them at a higher chance of being involved in an auto accident. But they also risk injury and death from dealing with suspects in the line of duty, or entering dangerous situations, such as the 9/11 attack, as first responders.

7. Sanitation Workers

Sanitation workers are the unsung heroes of the city (unless you were a resident of New York in 1968). They make sure the sidewalks are cleared of excess trash and debris so you don't have to dodge it on your walk to work.

Sanitation workers' jobs have a surprising amount of risk involved. At a minimum, it is a physically demanding job that must be performed on a daily basis. In addition, they are also dealing with heavy equipment and machinery, and they run the risk of getting hit by cars on the road while picking up the trash.

8. Firefighters

Firefighters will always be considered one of the most heroic and rewarding jobs out there. Who can forget the images of the firemen who responded to the 9/11 crises in NY?

Their job is to protect everyone from the risk of fire, but also from hazardous conditions. They are the first responders to car accidents and do the heavy lifting when someone is trapped in their vehicle.

Of course, with this heroism are some pretty high risks. Many firefighters are injured or lose their lives when fighting fires due to dangerous and unpredictable conditions. And like police officers, firefighters are first responders and face injury from being some of the first people on the scene.

9. Electricians

We don't think about it much, but we need electricians more than we realize. They make sure your home is properly wired and not at risk for fire or electric shock. Of course, the very nature of their job is full of risks.

Electricians face the risk of electric shock on a day-to-day basis. This is no small risk, and its the reason that electricians need to be licensed in order to do their work. They also have to go into the private residences of people they do not know and risk injury from those people or even their pets.

10. Grounds Maintenance Workers

Grounds maintenance workers have an important, but a seemingly invisible job in the city. They work in all weather conditions and face heatstroke in the summer frostbite during the winter. They also operate dangerous machinery such as chainsaws, and risk loss of hearing from operating loud equipment like leaf blowers.

Do You Work In One of the 10 Most Dangerous Jobs?

These 10 most dangerous jobs have a significant risk of injury associated with them. That doesn't mean you should avoid them, in fact, many people employed in these fields have a high level of job satisfaction. But know your risks, and know that if you get injured, there are resources available to help you recover.

Have you been injured on the job? We can help. Contact us today to find out what we can do to get you back on your feet and back to work.

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An Overview of Train Accidents

In the United States, there is an average of over 11,300 train accidents per year and over 850 fatalities annually since 2013. 

If you or a loved one were injured by a train, either as a passenger or bystander, you may have a cause of action against the company that runs the train. That company is most likely a government entity. 

Suing an entity like Long Island Railroad, the MTA or Amtrak is not like pursuing a case against a private company or an individual. There are certain special legal issues which may come in to play

Here are seven things you should know if you or your loved one has sustained an injury due to a train accident. 

1.  Riding on a Train that Derails

Accidents, where a train goes off the tracks, are happening more and more frequently. The infrastructure in many cities and across the country is in dire need of repair.

Additionally, trains are still run by human beings, who make mistakes, get sick or fall asleep. Like drowsy driving, the consequences of running a train while sleep deprived or otherwise impaired can have disastrous consequences. 

If you have been injured while riding on a train that went off the tracks, you may have suffered physical and psychological injury.

The experience may prevent you from going to work, pursuing your everyday hobbies and pleasures, and living your life the way you did before the accident. You might be entitled to be compensated for this damage to your life and livelihood. 

2. Employee of the Railroad?

Passengers are not the only ones who can get hurt in a train accident. Often the engineer or conductor, porters and other employees may get hurt as well. 

If the accident happened during the course of your employment, your legal rights may be covered by Workers' Compensation. This is a different process than filing a personal injury claim.

As an employee of a railroad, you might also be covered by the Federal Employees Liability Act or FELA, which protects the safety of federal workers. You have to prove that the railroad was negligent for your case.

The railroad employer will be liable if their negligence played even the slightest part in the injury or death of the employee. Negligence could be failing to provide adequate training or safety equipment, asking employees to work unreasonable hours or under severe time pressures, or not providing proper supervision. 

3. Accident on the Tracks

A train accident which hurts someone who was not on the train can still provide a cause of action for a lawsuit. If you were in a car crossing the tracks and you were hurt by a train, you might want to sue. 

If a railroad did not adequately secure its property and keep the tracks safe from trespassers, it may even be liable for someone who took their own life by going onto the train tracks.

In these tragic situations, railroad employees like engineers and conductors may suffer deep trauma from witnessing suicides. Railroad companies must often provide counseling and time off for these employees or they may be found liable under The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

4. Damage to Property 

A derailed train can cause lots of damage to property if it derails and runs into a building or other vehicles.

If the train was operated in a negligent manner and caused damage to your property which affected the property's value or prevented it from being used in the manner for which it was intended, you may seek recovery. 

If the accident occurs involving a freight train, there may be numerous commercial claims if goods are damaged or delayed getting to their destination. However, these would likely be contractual claims rather than personal injury. 

It's recommended that you discuss with an attorney the possible claims you may have arising from a train accident in order to fully pursue all potential avenues for recovery.

5. Bodily Injuries 

A personal injury suit in the wake of a train accident requires proof that you have sustained a physical injury which is quantifiable. That means that the court can put a value on what you lost, whether it is the loss of function of a limb either permanently or temporarily, or the overall ability to earn a living. 

You will need to collect and submit evidence of the injury, including all medical reports. Your lawyer will need to establish that the injury was caused by the accident and that you did not have this injury prior to the event.

You will also need documentation of the impact of the injury, including affidavits from doctors and your employer testifying that you cannot work. You may need to collect sworn statements from family members or friends describing how your activities are now limited. 

6. Psychological Impact 

If you have been hurt in a train accident, you may experience other issues in addition to physical consequences. Psychological pain and suffering are compensable as well, provided that you can provide evidence of their impact on your life and that they were directly caused by the defendant's negligence. 

If you are suffering from depression after being in a crash, get a psychiatrist's or psychologist's report and diagnosis. If you've dealt with depression, your doctor might be able to show that the incident significantly increased the pre-existing condition.

7. Special Rules Regarding Governmental Entities 

If the operator responsible for running the train involved in your accident was a governmental entity, you may have a limited time in which to file a claim. 

Speak to an attorney experienced in suits against governmental agencies in order to understand the specific issues at stake in your case.

For example, if you choose to sue NJ Transit, you have 90 days to complete a Tort Claim notice or else you may lose the right to sue. If you are suing the NY-NJ Port Authority, you may have a one-year statute of limitations instead of the usual two years allowed for personal injury claims. 

Train Accidents: Know Your Rights 

If you have been injured in an incident involving a train, speak to a personal injury attorney as soon as you can. Depending on the circumstances, you have certain rights to be made whole by the person or entity responsible for your injuries.

Because many railroads are run by the government, you may have limited time in which to assert your rights. Contact a lawyer as soon as you can to help you figure out your options.

For more information on personal injury claims arising from train accidents and other transportation events, check out our blog

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Brooklyn car accidents kills 1, injures others

Legal protections are available for victims of negligent drivers and their families. A fatal car accident in Brooklyn recently claimed the life of one man and injured two others. The accident occurred when a SUV travelling the wrong direction collided with another vehicle. A 27-year old passenger in the vehicle that was hit by the wrong-way driver was killed in the accident. Another passenger, a 29-year old woman, was injured, and the driver of the vehicle that was struck, a 20-year old man, was also injured in the car accident. Both were taken to local hospitals for medical treatment.

The 50-year old wrong-way driver has been charged with manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, three counts of vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired. In addition to criminal consequences that drivers may sometimes face, they may also face civil consequences through a personal injury claim for damages brought by victims or their families. In many instances, the criminal charges may be used as evidence of negligence.

When a negligent driver has wrongfully caused death or injury, they may be liable to compensate injured victims or family members of victims wrongfully killed for the physical, financial and emotional damages they have suffered. Following a motor vehicle accident, a personal injury claim for damages may be brought to recover medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages or a wrongful death claim for damages may be brought to recover compensation for medical and funeral expenses, loss of support and services and other damages as well.

Knowing how to respond when harmed by a negligent driver is important for victims and their families. They should be familiar with the legal options and protections available to them during a difficult time.


Four-year-old girl killed by hit-and-run driver in parking lot

Commercial parking lots are not generally considered to be the likely scene of a serious motor vehicle, but in the crowded commercial areas of Bushwick in Brooklyn, vehicles and pedestrians move in close proximity to one another. Occasionally, they come into contact with each other, and death or serious injuries are the result.

A recent pedestrian-vehicle accident in a laundromat parking lot resulted in the death of a young girl and serious injuries to her mother. According to police and eye-witnesses, the woman and her child were walking on a public sidewalk that was used by vehicles for access to the parking lot. A second women walked out of the laundromat, climbed into an SUV and struck the child and mother as she left the parking lot. The driver of the SUV did not stop but was arrested later. The four-year-old was taken by ambulance to Wyckoff Hospital, where she died from her injuries. Her mother was also hospitalized in serious but stable condition.

Several witnesses who are frequent users of the laundromat say such an accident was inevitable. The layout of the parking lot requires vehicles to traverse the public sidewalk when entering or leaving the parking lot. The sidewalk is used by pedestrians at all times of the day.

Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident may wish to consider seeking damages from the person or parties at fault. In this case, the driver of the SUV is an obvious defendant, but the owner of the land and the operator of the laundromat may also be liable if they had knowledge of the hazardous layout and failed to take proper remedial measures. An experienced personal injury lawyer can assist in identifying potential defendants, analyzing the law and evidence that will govern the case and providing an estimate of potential damages.