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How long will it take for my injuries to heal?

Anyone who lives through a catastrophic vehicle collision is lucky. However, they might not always survive the incident without suffering a multitude of injuries. Of course, while being thankful for their lives, these individuals will always want to gather some idea about how long it will take for them to heal.

Here are some of the most common car accident injuries and how long it takes for them to heal for someone who is in good shape and doesn't have any chronic conditions:

1 dead, 5 injured in New York motorcycle accident

A motorcyclist is dead and five people suffered injuries in a traffic accident that happened on a recent Saturday in Brooklyn, New York, The collision happened while a 47-year-old man was riding his Suzuki motorcycle and a 29-year-old woman was driving a Nissan passenger vehicle.

According to police, the woman in the Nissan was making a U-turn when she drove into the path of the motorcyclist a little before 4:20 p.m. The motorcyclist struck the car and suffered catastrophic injuries. Emergency responders rushed the biker to a nearby hospital to receive treatment for severe trauma. However, doctors were unable to save him and he later was pronounced dead at the medical facility.

Construction deaths double amidst New York building boom

Fatal accidents at New York construction sites have increased two-fold and injuries have increased by 17 percent as the city experiences a building boom. According to New York City's Buildings Department, the first seven months of 2017 saw four people die in construction accidents, whereas the first seven months of 2018 have seen eight people die in construction accidents.

The most recent death due to a construction accident happened on July 16 after a man was electrocuted at a West Village building site. And four days prior to that, a man died when a piece of scaffold fell on him causing a fatal head injury.

Could a falling object striking my head result in whiplash?

New York "hardhats," a.k.a, construction workers, get their name for a reason. It's because, if they're not wearing a hardhat on the job, they're probably violating safety regulations. A hardhat is perhaps one of the most important pieces of equipment that any construction worker can don. It might not save your life in all situations, but it can certainly save your life when a flying object is headed in your direction.

All that said, getting hit on the head is no small event, even when you're wearing a hardhat. Many workers suffer from whiplash injuries after a heavy object hits their hardhats, which forces their heads and necks to jerk and results in strained, torn and bruised muscles and ligaments in the neck area. In most cases of whiplash, the symptoms will resolve themselves in several weeks or months, but some workers complain of enduring and serious neck, back pain and headaches after developing whiplash.

How can I keep scaffolding safe at work?

Any construction worker who spends a fair amount of time working on a scaffold needs to make safety their number one priority. This is easy enough to do when first starting out working on a scaffold. However, after a few years of working on one, it's easy to get lazy and complacent. To help keep scaffold safety fresh on your mind, take a minute to review the following scaffold safety tips:

Get safety trained: If you haven't been formally trained on how to safely use a scaffold, ask your boss for safety training now. Your training needs to be performed by a person who is qualified to teach you how to safely use a scaffold. This training should also provide general advice about electricity dangers, falling risks and preventing objects from falling on others. You also need to learn about the load capabilities of your scaffold.

Could my office chair be deadly?

It's hard to imagine, but sitting could actually be deadly. Workers who spend a large part of their days sitting in a chair may not want to hear this statistic, but according to researchers, people who sit for over 11 hours a day have a 40 percent higher chance of death within the next three years. Surprisingly, most office workers easily sit for this amount of time each day.

Think about it: If you arrive at the office at 8 a.m. and work until your lunch break at 12 p.m., you just spent four hours sitting. Then you'll spend another four or five hours of sitting in the afternoon. Next, you'll go home, sit down to eat dinner and watch a couple hours of television. Easily, this is 11 hours of sitting per day for the average office worker.

3 steps to prevent a bad case of carpal tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome plagues numerous New York office workers who have spent years behind a computer screen typing at a keyboard. After years of repetitive motion, tendons and nerves can get inflamed causing the fingers to become tingly and numb, and also causing intense pain. In many cases, the carpal tunnel syndrome becomes so bad that an office worker can't even use his or her computer anymore.

Here's some advice for New York office workers on how to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome:

What should employers do to prevent wet and slippery accidents?

Not only does an employer have a moral duty to employees to keep his or her workplace safe and free of unnecessary dangers, but the employer also has a legal duty to maintain safe premises. If the employer is grossly negligent in failing to keep his or her premises risk-free, for example – in addition to being able to file a workers' compensation claim – an injured employee may have a viable cause of action to pursue financial damages in civil court.

To prevent unnecessary accidents, one thing that employers must pay particularly close attention to is the prevention and speedy elimination of wet and slippery surfaces. Here is what employers and managers can do to eliminate such dangers:

  • Parking lots have to stay in good repair. If workers are walking through the parking lot, they shouldn't have to navigate slippery oil spots, ice, large potholes or cracks that could trip them and result in injuries.
  • During winter months, any snow and ice on sidewalks or outdoor areas frequented by employees must be removed as quickly as possible. If necessary, employers should cordon off slippery areas during extreme weather conditions to prevent slipping risks.
  • Wherever there is a potentially slippery area frequented by employees, employers should apply anti-skid paint or anti-skid adhesive striping. Employers should also use anti-skid floor cleaning solution to give employees as much traction as possible.
  • Employers should assign an employee to "anti-slip" duty. This employee should inspect work areas at least several times a day to ensure that there aren't any unnecessary slip and fall risks.

Should my neighbor help pay to replace our boundary line fence?

Imagine a winter snow flurry took down the boundary line fence between you and your next-door neighbor's property last year. You've been wanting to replace the fence and it seems only natural that your neighbor should help foot the bill. However, you can't agree how high the new fence should be, what color to paint it or what materials should be used to build it. Can you turn to the law for support?

If you're in a situation like this, you might want to learn a little bit more about fences and neighborhood boundary line disputes. In some cases, all of your and your neighbor's disagreements will be solved by reviewing your local fence ordinances. These will usually offer parameters for the following:

  • How high it can be
  • Where you can install it
  • The materials you can build it with
  • What it looks like

What medical benefits will I receive through workers' comp?

Injured workers in New York typically benefit from unlimited medical benefits without any deductibles following a work-related injury. The insurer will pay for medical care triggered by the work-related injury until the injured employee is either healed or has received the maximum amount of relief possible.

Payments generally happen effortlessly, as they are made to the workers' compensation carrier and then transmitted to the medical provider. All the injured employee needs to do is listen to his or her doctor and follow the prescriptions and recommendations of the doctor.

  • American Association for Justice
  • NYCOSH-New York Committee for occupational Safety & Health
  • Queens County Bar Association
  • Society of New York Workers’ Compensation Bar Association, Inc | 1945
  • National Organization of social security claimants Representatives
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