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Toy guns can cause serious and even blinding eye injuries

On behalf of O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP, posted in products liability on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. “You’ll shoot your eye out.” We’re all familiar with that line from the iconic holiday movie A Christmas Story in response to the leading character’s repeated requests for a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. However, many children do…

Winter brings added dangers for outdoor workers

On behalf of O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP, posted in construction accidents on Friday, December 23, 2016. Here in New York, we’re used to extremely cold, snowy, icy winters. However, for people who make their living outdoors, such as construction workers, utility employees and tow truck operators, can face dangerous health consequences from exposure to cold,…

Study: Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving

On behalf of O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP, posted in car accidents on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Drunk and distracted driving receive a good deal of media attention, and rightfully so. However, drowsy driving can be just as dangerous. With many Americans not getting enough sleep, working long hours and having lengthy commutes, it’s become a…

Avoid these four things for a safer work experience

On behalf of O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP, posted in construction accidents on Friday, December 9, 2016. Construction site accidents can happen for a multitude of reasons. Too often, they are the result of lax safety measures by companies, contractors and worksite managers or by poor safety training of workers. While these individuals and entities are…

Electronic cigarettes are among the latest exploding devices

On behalf of O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP, posted in products liability on Monday, November 28, 2016. Electronic cigarettes experienced a significant rise in popularity in the early years after they came on the market as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. Their sales rose to some $2 billion last year. Some e-cigs contain no tobacco, while…

A surprising number of people are killed in garages, parking lots

On behalf of O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP, posted in car accidents on Wednesday, November 23, 2016. Many New Yorkers are extra cautious at this time of year because they know that increased holiday traffic, drunk drivers and slippery roads can make for hazardous travel. However, you shouldn’t let your guard down once you pull into…

Union status of sites tracked in construction fatalities

On behalf of O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP, posted in construction accidents on Thursday, November 10, 2016. The number of construction site accidents in New York City doubled between 2014 and last year, according to city government figures. The 471 injuries that occurred last year was approximately twice that from the previous year. The number of…

Holiday decorations can present dangers for customers, employees

On behalf of O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP, posted in premises liability on Thursday, November 3, 2016. Now that the holiday season is in full swing, you’ll notice that many places of business go all out with their decorations. These places of business have a responsibility to ensure that the decorations don’t present a danger to…

The dangers of more older commercial truck drivers on the roads

On behalf of O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP, posted in wrongful death on Friday, October 28, 2016. While employees in some sectors of the economy are finding it difficult to get work, there’s actually a shortage of commercial truck drivers. To meet their needs, trucking companies are turning to older drivers. In fact, approximately 10 percent…

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