September 2016 Archives

Construction job accidents nearly tripled since 2012

Since 2012, there has been a steady increase in the amount of workplace accidents in the construction industry, according to reports from the office of New York City's Mayor de Blasio released Sept. 19. In fact, the increase is greater than the amount of new construction jobs that have been available from 2012 to 2016.

City pays biggest Rikers Island inmate lawsuit yet

The city of New York agreed on Sept. 27, 2016 to pay $5.75 million to settle a lawsuit resulting from the 2013 death of mentally ill Rikers Island inmate Bradley Ballard. At the time of his eventual rescue, Ballard was found covered in his own urine and feces after being locked in a cell with no water for six days. The settlement is the largest the city has ever paid to resolve a case of the death of an inmate in custody.

Samsung orders recall of all Galaxy Note 7 smartphones

Many New York City residents rely on their smartphones and tablet computers to stay in touch with friends and family members, but they may not be aware that the lithium batteries that power mobile electronic devices can be highly unstable. The Korean electronics giant Samsung released its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone with much fanfare in August, but a series of battery-related fires led to sales of the device being halted on Sept. 2. Samsung has now ordered a recall of all Note 7s, and media outlets have begun to run stories about how volatile lithium batteries can be.

When a landlord may be held liable for a tenant's injuries

Landlords are required by law to keep their property free from hazards that could cause harm to their tenants and visitors. Therefore, if you live in an apartment in New York, and you suffer an injury because your landlord failed to maintain the property, you may be able to hold your landlord liable for your losses via a premises liability claim.

Auto accident fatality rates increase significantly in 2015

Over the last decade, car accident fatality rates in New York and across the country have steadily declined, going from 42,708 deaths nationwide in 2006 to only 32,675 in 2014 thanks to increased seat belt usage, reductions in drunk driving, and technological improvements to cars. However, the rate has increased again by 7.2 percent for 2015, resulting in a total of 35,092 deaths. This is the largest increase in a single year since 1966.

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