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For the thousands of workers in New York who climb ladders and scaffolds each day, the risk of falling is a constant. Recently, contractors, property owners and insurance giants have waged a war to weaken New York’s existing scaffold law, disregarding the safety of workers and the risks they take every day to perform their …

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To reduce expenses, some New York hospitals contract with outside doctors. These doctors, who are not full-time staff members, can save a hospital thousands of dollars in benefit costs. But they come with their own set of risks— including an increased chance of medical malpractice. When you think of temporary workers, you likely don’t think …

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  Whether you work in construction or retail, the risk of a workplace accident happening is greatly affected by how focused your employer is on maintaining a safe workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is charged with enforcing work safety regulations, ensuring that employers are following safety guidelines to reduce the likelihood of …

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Laura Diel Jordan, a partner at Powers & Santola, was recently awarded the 2013 Albany Law School “Young Alumni Award”, which recognizes someone whose career exemplifies the highest standard of professionalism, personal integrity, compassion, and advocacy in the legal profession. Congratulations, Laura.

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Four new medical studies have reported increased patient safety due to reduced medical errors. The studies – in fields from labor and delivery to psychiatry – show that doctors and hospitals can improve patient safety with proper training, staffing, and equipment. Delivering Babies – It’s safer in New York City From 2002 through 2009, New …

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All construction workers know that when an injury occurs, they are entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. These benefits cover medical expenses and provide the worker with a relatively small portion of their loss wages. While these benefits help during the initial stages after an injury, they are inadequate to cover a long term disability which …

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Have you ever left a doctor’s office or hospital with unanswered questions about your health condition or medical treatment? Given our current health care system, in which most doctors or medical providers spend only a few minutes with their patients, it is not uncommon for the patients themselves to have little or no information regarding …

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Twenty-six year-old Joseph Delaney was carrying a load of steel rods at the site of a new baseball stadium in Ramapo, New York when his forklift tipped over and ejected him from the vehicle. Apparently a tire sunk several inches into muddy ground, causing the load, and Delaney’s vehicle, to become unstable. He suffered a …

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