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NYC Passengers Hurt in Manhattan Train Derailment

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NEW YORK – A pair of subway trains derailed Tuesday morning in Manhattan. It is the latest incident that has affected New York commuters this year.

Authorities said a southbound train scraped against the tunnel wall shortly before 10 a.m., causing the two cars to shift off the tracks in Harlem. According to CBS New York, at least seven passengers suffered injuries.

An MTA spokesperson downplayed the injuries as ‘minor,’ but similar incidents have resulted in long lasting pain and frustration for passengers.

An experienced train accident lawyer said a legal investigation could help many passengers recover costs to help pay for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Future medical care
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • And other associated costs

In many cases, passengers may not experience pain associated with an injury for days – even weeks following a New York City train derailment. Attorneys say the collisions and sudden jolts can often cause injuries to the head, neck and spine.

One passenger told CBS2 that the accident felt like “a runaway roller coaster — like a bucking horse.”

“I don’t want to get back on the train – for a long time,” Michelle Ayoub told CBS reporter Emily Smith.

Another passenger added that the derailment was the “worst experience of my whole life.”

It is unclear how fast the train was going, or what caused it to scrape against the side of the tunnel, but these are facts that could be answered with an extensive legal investigation.

A New York train accident lawyer says there are often a variety of factors that lead to a derailment, and every possible piece of evidence should be examined to help injured passengers recover the best results possible.

  • Pieces of evidence attorneys will be looking at include:
  • Potential flaws in the track
  • Structural faults with the tunnel
  • Operator error
  • Mechanical malfunctions on the train
  • History of accidents along this line
  • Maintenance records
  • Engineer experience and qualifications
  • Eye-witness statements, and photo/video evidence

New York train derailment attorneys say when an injured passenger files a claim, it can also place pressure on the railroad companies to make structural or mechanical changes that can improve the safety of future passengers.

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Car Accident Wasn’t My Fault! What Should I Do!?

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Car Accident Wasn’t My Fault! What Should I Do!?LOS ANGELES – There are over 16,000 car accidents every day, involving roughly 30,000 people. Many of these crashes are caused by distracted drivers, drunk drivers, and reckless drivers, but most multi-vehicle crashes have a victim.

That leaves thousands of people asking this question every day: the car accident wasn’t my fault, so what do I do?

IF YOU’RE INJURED

A Los Angeles car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says thousands of people are injured by negligent drivers each day, and there are several steps to follow.

“First, you’ll want to make sure everyone is okay – if you’re injured, it’s important to get medical help as soon as possible in Los Angeles,” car accident attorney John Sheehan said. “Once you receive medical attention, it’s important to start thinking about the next steps.”

In many cases, car accident victims may not even know they’re injured until they start noticing pain days, or even weeks later. In any case, the medical bills and the costs associated with these injuries can add-up. That’s why Los Angeles car accident lawyers say the next steps are crucial.

“At Cellino & Barnes, we’ll go over your case with you for free,” Sheehan said. “It’s a service we provide to help you make the most informed decision possible.”

Many insurance companies are fast to offer car accident victims a new vehicle, or partial compensation for medical bills. But signing a fast agreement with the insurance company may not be the wisest choice.

Insurance experts estimate they’ll be paying car accident victims four times more the moment a person hires a personal injury attorney.

“It’s no secret: the insurance company wants you to sign an agreement as soon as possible, because it could save them a lot of money,” Sheehan said. “If you have one of our Los Angeles car accident attorneys on your side, they’re going to fight for every dollar you deserve.”

Your attorney will fully investigate your accident and make sure all the paperwork you need is filed in a timely manner. The Los Angeles car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes are also prepared to take your case to trial, if necessary. This preparation puts pressure on the insurance companies, and that pressure could help you get the best result possible.

IF YOU’RE UNINJURED

The process is similar if you’re uninjured. But in this case, your vehicle has taken the brunt of the damage (luckily it wasn’t your body).

Step 1: Check to make sure no one else is injured.

Step 2: Contact police. A police report can be an important piece of evidence.

Step 3: Gather evidence independently.

Evidence comes in many forms – from written statements to photos, the more information you have, the more prepared you’ll be.

Exchange insurance information with all other drivers involved. This information should include:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Driver’s license number
  • License plate number
  • Owner of the vehicle
  • Insurance company

Aside from talking to other drivers, there may have been witnesses to the accident. These witnesses can be just as important. Make sure you’re writing down statements and taking names and numbers for accuracy.

Cellino & Barnes has a FREE downloadable and fillable form you can keep in your glovebox, in case an accident happens. Find it (and download it) here: http://www.cellinoandbarnes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Auto_Accident_Form-11915.pdf

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33 Injured in NJ Bus Accident

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NEW YORK – Dozens were injured on the New Jersey Turnpike in the overnight hours when a tractor-trailer and a tour bus collided near West Deptford, New Jersey.

Officials told ABC 6 News in Philadelphia that the crash happened at 12:30 a.m. Friday morning in the southbound lanes. Destined for Atlanta, there were 50 people on the Panda Tour Bus that departed from New York. Current reports estimate that over 30 of those passengers were injured, and taken to area hospitals.

It is unclear what caused the crash, but many riders told reporters about their experience, including Dwight Baylor of Brooklyn and Lucy Mongy of Harlem.

“The bus started flipping, then flipped over,” Dwight Baylor told reporters with ABC 6. “I fell on my back, and they were trying to help me up.”

Lucy Mongy said she heard several ‘booms’ before the bus rolled over.

“I felt like it was correcting direction,” Lucy Mongy said. “And then I heard another boom, and then we started tipping.”

An accident investigation should determine what caused the crash, but a New York bus accident attorney says there are many other factors that need to be evaluated, including:

Driver records for both the bus driver and the truck driver.

An analysis of the vehicles involved. Sometimes faulty brakes, poorly inspected tires or other defects can be factors in crashes like this.

Poor road conditions or unsafe infrastructure can also contribute to an accident.

Expert medical analysis are also important records that can help those who were injured in the crash obtain fair compensation.

An experienced New York bus accident lawyer can immediately start a legal investigation to cover these possible factors, and more. A complete analysis of the vehicles involved, driver records, road conditions, and expert statements can be extremely useful for passengers seeking compensation after a New Jersey bus crash.

In other New Jersey bus accidents, families have been able to recover compensation that can help pay for expenses like:

  • Hospital bills
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain & Suffering
  • Extended care
  • Future treatments
  • And more

Many victims of a New Jersey bus crash can also have unanswered questions. Although not every question has a clear-cut answer, an intensive legal investigation can help get answers to many of the unknowns:

  • Did the truck pass safety inspections?
  • Was there anything wrong with the bus?
  • Were the drivers well trained?
  • Were headlights functioning properly?
  • Did the truck or bus pass safety inspections?

Recent studies have found that fatigue can play a major role in many truck and bus accidents. New York bus accident attorneys say this possible factor should be considered due to the timing and location of Friday’s accident.

New York bus accident lawyers will not only help injured passengers and their families obtain compensation – they can also analyze the crash and uncover ways that future accidents can be minimized or prevented.

The Most Common Nursing Home Injury Is…

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The Most Common Nursing Home Injury Is...BUFFALO, N.Y. – A new study has uncovered shocking data on nursing home care: premature deaths have spiked by over 400-percent in recent years, and nearly all of these accidents are preventable.

According to the research, conducted by Monash University, more than 80-percent of the deaths were from slips and falls. A common cause of injury in U.S. care facilities, a nursing home injury lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says the accidents are often preventable with the proper tools, staff and training.

“We’ve all heard terrible stories about how some nursing homes are poorly managed, understaffed and sometimes unsanitary,” nursing home injury attorney Steve Barnes said. “The facilities with good ratings often have compassionate staff members and infrastructure that can improve a family member’s quality of life; but not all facilities are the same – and some have a history of accidents.”

Not only are accidents common in some nursing homes, violence is rampant. Monash researchers found that 1 in 18 of the recorded preventable deaths listed ‘assault’ or ‘suicide’ as a contributing factor.

The lead author also pointed out that the numbers are likely underestimated, since nursing homes often misclassify residents’ deaths as “natural causes.”

“If a family member suspects a nursing home is abusive or negligent, it needs to be taken seriously and investigated,” Barnes said. “Our attorneys are trained and experienced with cases of nursing home neglect, and an extensive legal investigation could uncover problems others might have missed or looked over.”

While falls are the most common nursing home injury, there are many other accidents that can cause severe harm or death. From assault to providing the wrong medication, almost all accidents are preventable.

Nursing homes have a duty to provide a safe environment for its residents, and most have excellent safety records. However, the quality of care can be shockingly different from one facility to another.

“When admitting a family member to a long-term care facility, you want to make sure you’re doing your research and making the right choice for them,” Barnes said. “That can be tough task when the information you need isn’t easily accessible, or it’s outdated. That’s why we created the Parent Care app – to help families with the difficult task of finding the right nursing home.”

Cellino & Barnes developed the Parent Care app, which can be downloaded on the Apple App Store or on Google Play, to help families research and compare nearby nursing homes. The app collects real-time data, and analyzes each facility for key safety factors.

The firm also assists families who have suffered an injury or loss due to nursing home negligence. With offices in California and New York, the nursing home injury lawyers at Cellino & Barnes have handled cases in all 50 states, and they’ve helped their clients recover over $2 billion in settlements and verdicts.

If you believe a family member could be the victim of nursing home negligence or abuse, call the nursing home attorneys at Cellino & Barnes for a FREE case evaluation.

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Congress Aims to Improve Safety of Personal Care Products

/ Dangerous Drugs /

Congress Aims to Improve Safety of Personal Care ProductsNEW YORK – A new bipartisan measure aims to create uniform safety regulations and protect the health of all Americans who use personal care products.

Introduced by U.S. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), The Personal Care Products Safety Act is a bipartisan bill that would set rules and guidelines for pharmaceutical companies and other industries creating personal care items such as baby powder, lotions and hair products.

Market experts now estimate that the industry collects over $60 billion in revenue, but a New York talcum powder attorney at Cellino & Barnes says federal rules haven’t been updated since before World War II.

According to New York talcum powder attorneys, there are questions surrounding many personal care products and the ingredients they contain. Over the last 80 years, there have been few official studies on these ingredients, and testing is rare.

Under the new bill, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would be required to evaluate at least five ingredients per year to determine whether they are safe, and how these ingredients can be used appropriately.

The bill also outlines a process in which consumers are warned about dangerous ingredients, if federal researchers find evidence of negative health impacts.

Sens. Feinstein and Collins hope to pass their bill this year, as it could provide important information and resources to both consumers and companies.

TALC

Recently, several Johnson & Johnson products containing talc have been linked to ovarian cancer. Independent studies on this connection have been conducted with mixed results, but several women who filed complaints have won large jury verdicts.

Earlier this month, J&J was ordered to pay $110 million to a woman currently receiving chemotherapy after her ovarian cancer migrated to other organs.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and you suspect talc may have played a role in its development, a New York talcum powder lawyer at Cellino & Barnes could help. Our attorneys are former physicians and legal advocates with years of experience handling cases involving medicines, dangerous products and more.

Call the New York talcum powder lawyers today for a FREE case evaluation.

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What Is Liability in a Car Accident? Knowing Your Risks on the Road

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What Is Liability in a Car Accident? Knowing Your Risks on the RoadBUFFALO, N.Y. – If you’ve ever been in a car accident, you know how devastating they can be; even when it’s minor. There can be a multitude of unforeseen costs associated with a car crash, many of which can be exacerbated by injuries and stress.

Whether you were driving your own car, renting a vehicle, taking a cab, ridesharing, or riding a bus, your responsibilities – and risks – can change. In fact, your responsibilities and risks can differ from city to city and state to state.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) estimates there are over 6-million car crashes every year. In each of these accidents, there’s a high risk of someone getting injured. In fact, most injuries occur either at home or in the car.

LIABILITY AS A DRIVER

Almost all car accident happen when at least one driver is careless. Unfortunately, not every crash is so black-and-white.

Legally, negligence is more complicated. In situations where multiple drivers were negligent, it can be determined that one was more at-fault than the other.

In New York State, liability is often determined using percentages. This is called comparative negligence. For example, if an injured driver was awarded $100,000 and a jury determined that the driver was 25-percent responsible for the crash and resulting injuries, that driver would be awarded $75,000 – or 25-percent less.

In some states, an injured driver can recover compensation for their injuries in the amount based on the other person’s fault; and it doesn’t matter how negligent your actions were that led to a crash. However, most states are more restrictive, and an injured driver may not be entitled to any compensation if they were more than 50% responsible for a crash.

A FREE consultation with a Buffalo car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes could help you evaluate your liability as a driver, based on your specific circumstances.

RENTAL CARS

If you’ve ever rented a vehicle, you were probably forced to consider liability insurance before they give you the keys. Laws regarding rental liability greatly differ from state to state and in some cases, collision damage waivers are not allowed.

There’s also a long list of exclusions that could apply, if you were to obtain insurance for a rental car, including negligent driving, driving on unpaved roads or driving under the influence of alcohol.

Buffalo car accident lawyers also suggest inspecting your rental car before signing for it, as you could be held liable for damages caused by previous users. If it’s not documented, the cost to fix it could fall on you.

It’s important to note that your own car insurance policy may not provide coverage if you’re in an accident while driving a rental car.

In most scenarios, the rental company has done everything possible to shift liability to the driver. If anyone is ever injured in a crash involving a rental car, the company is usually not a party. But there are several exceptions.

Buffalo car accident attorneys say rental companies can be found negligent if their vehicle wasn’t properly maintained, or if they knew about a defect. For example, if the vehicle you were driving had an open recall for defective brakes, and the faulty brakes are determined to be a factor in a crash.

There are many factors in car accidents, and some are never even considered until late in the legal process, but the attorneys at Cellino & Barnes have focused their practice on helping those who have been injured in car crashes – and their experience could help you and your family get the best result possible from a claim. If you have any questions following a crash involving a rental car, contact an attorney for a FREE case evaluation.

CABS AND RIDESHARING

These are quickly becoming a preferred way to get around your city, or others while visiting. Most of the taxi and ridesharing companies have insurance policies in place to protect passengers, but these policies are often limited.

While most cities require taxis to have commercial insurance policies, which range between $250,000 and $500,000, ridesharing is not as tightly regulated. However, both Uber and Lyft policies state that the companies will provide up to $1 million in damages, if there is an accident.

But there are more concerns passengers should be aware of. The driver (or cab company) also has a responsibility to maintain their vehicles. A report from Cars.com found that as many as 40-percent of taxi cabs had open recalls that haven’t been addressed. An unfixed recall can cause serious problems on the road.

Coverages between ridesharing and taxi cabs can differ from city to city, and the amount an injured passenger is entitled to can be drastically different, depending on the specific string of events that led or contributed to a crash.

In any scenario, injured passengers are urged to obtain a FREE consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.

BUSES

All buses and travel coaches are required to be licensed and carry minimum insurance coverage, which can differ in the amount from city to city.

Additionally, for-hire carriers are required to have minimum insurance coverages of $1.5 million, if transporting less than 15 people or $5 million, if transporting 16 or more.

However, the rules differ from state to state and some vehicles may not be considered a ‘bus’ at all, and injured passengers would need to obtain compensation from the driver or the company directly.

CONCLUSION

Insurance is often complicated and diverse, and unless you are highly trained in insurance matters, obtaining compensation alone can be difficult.

Fortunately, the Buffalo car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes have helped thousands of victims get over $2 billion in settlements and verdicts. Their experienced and trial-tested lawyers have handled all types of personal injury cases, and that experience can help you and your family get the best result possible from a claim.

When an accident happens, call Cellino & Barnes for a FREE consultation.

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What Should I Do If I’m In A Car Accident?

/ Car Accident, Personal Injury /

What Should I Do If I’m In A Car Accident?NEW YORK – There are roughly 3-million car accidents in the United States every year. Being involved in one can be hectic and stressful, so it’s important to know what you should do if you’re involved in an accident.

Here’s a checklist:

    1. Put Yourself First – Check yourself for injuries like broken bones, cuts or bruises.
    2. Check Your Passengers – If you have others in your vehicle, check them for similar injuries. If anyone in your vehicle is injured, immediately call for medical assistance.
    3. Do Not Move Your Vehicle Unless Instructed By Authorities – If anyone was moderately or severely injured, police will likely need to reconstruct your crash. This process is much easier if the vehicles are not moved. Even if other drivers insist on moving your vehicle, refuse until the police have arrived.
    4. Contact Authorities – If anyone is injured, call 911. This service will direct the proper authorities to your crash scene. This could include police, the fire department and an ambulance service.
    5. Assess the Damage – NEVER leave the scene of an accident for any reasons. NEVER admit fault for an accident. Even if you believe you are responsible, there may be other factors that contributed to your accident; the other driver may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or the traffic light may have malfunctioned. There are many variables that must be assessed before determining who is at fault.

It is also important to write down the license plate numbers of all other drivers involved. If for any reason a driver decides to flee from the accident scene, you will have vital information that can help police locate the other driver.

If possible, immediately take pictures of the accident scene before other drivers move their vehicles. Be sure to take photos from multiple angles and include pictures of the intersection or roadway markers. These photographs could be helpful later.

  1. Exchange Information With Other Drivers – Gather all the information you can. Get the names of every driver involved, and every passenger too.
  2. Take Notes – While you’re waiting for authorities to arrive, write down everything you can remember about the accident.

Where were you going?

What time was it?

What are the weather conditions?

Where did the incident happen?

What happened?

Were there any injuries? If so, what were they?

You may need to answer these questions later, and relying on your memories of an accident can be difficult, and they’re often incomplete. A written record of what you saw and what you heard is the most accurate way of recalling these events.

WHEN TO CONTACT AN ATTORNEY

If you or any of your passengers were injured in a crash, contact a Long Island car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes. Our consultations are FREE and our attorneys are available 24/7 to answer your questions.

Drivers: If you were injured in a car crash and you believe the accident was not entirely your fault, our Long Island car accident lawyers can provide you with a FREE case evaluation. Hiring an attorney ensures that your legal rights will be protected.

Passengers: Regardless of who was at fault, you may be entitled to compensation for any injuries incurred as the result of a car crash. The Long Island car accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes can protect your rights as a passenger and ensure that you are getting the best result possible.

Contact a Long Island car accident attorney today to find out what your case is worth.

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Do I Need a Lawyer for a Car Accident?

/ Car Accident /

Do I Need a Lawyer for a Car Accident?ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Car accidents happen every minute of every day. In fact, around 3-million people are injured in car accidents every year.

They’re that common.

They’re also expensive. Not only do drivers have to contend with the costs associated with fixing their vehicle, an average injury can cost over $40,000. That’s why we have auto insurance, but the insurance companies rarely cover all the costs associated with an accident.

Most people who are injured in a crash will hire a car accident lawyer to help them recover these costs.

Anyone can file a personal injury claim, but it can get very complicated very fast. The big insurance companies will have their own team of lawyers working against you. These lawyers know the rules and laws that govern personal injury, and depending on your situation, they can effectively reduce the amount of compensation owed to you and your family.

The Rochester car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes can be your advocates, and make sure the big insurance companies and their legal teams aren’t shortchanging a car crash victim.

WHY SHOULD I CALL AN ATTORNEY AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT?

It’s common for insurance adjusters to offer accident victims a small amount of money immediately after a car crash. They’re hoping that this amount will be enough to keep you from hiring an attorney. After all, most insurance companies aim to protect their clients – the negligent people responsible for your injuries.

Experts in the insurance industry estimate that when a Rochester car accident attorney gets involved, the value of a case skyrockets, four times or more.

That’s why many insurance companies will call you, visit you and do everything they can to get you to sign your name and settle a case before you even have a chance to talk to a lawyer.

Don’t fall for it.

Insurance is a business, and they’re not in the business of giving away money that they don’t have to. An experienced Rochester car accident attorney can make sure you’re getting fair compensation for your injuries – but that’s not the only reason you should hire an attorney after a crash.

 

  • There are deadlines to be met. Most states will have a statute of limitations. These local laws place a cap on how long you can wait before filing an injury claim. Your attorney should know these laws, and will meet these deadlines.

 

  • There are rules to follow. Some notices need to be filed within a certain amount of time. Police reports, for example, may need to be filled out and/or obtained immediately following an accident. The Rochester car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes are well-versed in these legal rules, and they can explain how each one could impact your case.

 

  • Laws are different in every state. Each state has different insurance rules. They also have different liability rules. Even cities and towns may have unique laws that can impact the amount of compensation you’re entitled to. When you hire an attorney, they need to know the laws that could affect your case.

 

  • Liability can be complex. There’s no such thing as a “clear-cut” case. Even when there are witnesses, police reports or video evidence, proving negligence can be difficult. The lawyers working for the insurance company will be gathering every piece of evidence they can find to discredit your injuries and reduce the amount owed to you. An experienced car accident attorney will be on your side, gathering evidence that will help you get the best result possible.

 

  • Many underestimate your financial loss. Injuries are often complicated. What may seem like a minor ache can grow worse over time. What seems like a simple visit to the doctor now could turn into expensive treatments down the road. As one of the largest personal injury firms in the nation, Cellino & Barnes can use a variety of resources and expert witnesses such as doctors and surgeons to help determine how an injury will affect you now – and in the years to come.

 

  • Proving a case can be difficult. The law is rarely crystal clear. There can be legal loopholes and other complexities that could help – or hurt your case. In addition, insurance companies will not always agree to your terms, and a trial may be necessary. Some law firms are only experienced with negotiating settlements, but at Cellino & Barnes, our Rochester car accident attorneys will prepare your case for trial because, in our experience, it helps our clients maximize their compensation.

CHOOSING AN ATTORNEY

If you decide that obtaining an attorney is the right choice for you, you’ll have several options to choose from. Any lawyer can file a claim on your behalf, but many law firms, both large and small, have a wide legal practice. Some lawyers handle personal injury cases alongside divorce law, commercial law, and other practices.

At Cellino & Barnes, our attorneys focus on personal injury, and only personal injury. We are immersed in this field, allowing us to know and understand all the rules and nuances associated with personal injury law.

In addition, all of our Rochester car accident lawyers are trial-tested and prepared to do what it takes to help you and your family get the best result possible.

Contact a Rochester car accident attorney to discuss the details of your case for FREE.

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Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $110m in Talc Cancer Case

/ Dangerous Products, Defective Products /

Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $110m in Talc Cancer CaseNEW YORK – A U.S. court has ordered pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to pay over $110 million to a woman who developed ovarian cancer while using the company’s talc products.

Lois Slemp, 62, claimed she used Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based powders for over 40 years before she was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. Slemp is currently receiving chemotherapy after the cancer returned and spread to other organs.

According to court documents, the pharmaceutical company failed to warn customers about the risks associated with using talc-based powders, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder.

Last year, three separate jury verdicts determined that J&J was negligent in providing adequate warnings about the risks of talc powders. Despite these verdicts, the company continues to defend its Baby Powder, claiming it is safe.

IS TALCUM POWDER SAFE?

Several medical and lab studies have determined that talcum powder can cause ovarian cancer if the powder, which is generally applied to the genital area, reaches the ovaries. Findings have been mixed, but some research has found an increased risk in women who regularly use talc-based products.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified talc as “possibly carcinogenic” due to the mixed research conclusions.

In its natural form, talc contains microscopic fibers known as asbestos, which is cancerous. However, most talc-based products are asbestos-free.

WHAT CAN I DO IF I HAVE OVARIAN CANCER?

Women who have been using talcum powder products in their hygiene routines may be able to link the use of talc-based products like Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder to ovarian cancer. Many talcum powder lawsuits have resulted in significant jury verdicts for compensatory damages and punitive damages.

In some cases, talcum powder attorneys have obtained millions of dollars for their clients following a successful talcum powder lawsuit.

The talcum powder lawyers at Cellino & Barnes are former doctors and highly-trained professionals who understand how pharmaceutical products can affect an individual. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, contact an experienced talcum powder lawyer for a FREE case evaluation.

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New York’s Construction Safety Regulations

/ Construction Accidents /

New York’s Construction Safety RegulationsNEW YORK – There’s a construction boom with as many as 150,000 workers building homes, businesses and offices around the city. Some projects are daunting, but the biggest challenge these workers face is safety.

Since 2015, thirty construction workers have died at New York work sites. In response, City Council introduced the Construction Safety Act in January. The legislative package consists of 21 bills that aim to regulate, change and enforce safety in construction zones.

Parts of this package have been controversial, drawing protests from both sides. However, most of those who will be impacted by these bills agree that there needs to be a commitment to safety. The problem has been, and still is, determining what policies will be most effective.

MOST COMMON CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS

A New York construction accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes says most serious injuries occur after a fall, but almost all construction injuries are preventable.

“Falls account for nearly 40-percent of all work zone injuries in New York,” construction accident lawyer Ross Cellino said. “Electrocutions and falling objects are also common causes of injury, but proper training and the most up-to-date safety equipment can help reduce the number of accidents.”

In 2015, falls accounted for 364 out of the 937 total deaths in construction. If falls, electrocutions, falling objects, and pinning accidents could be prevented, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates 602 lives would have been saved that year.

CONSTRUCTION TRAINING

OSHA is the arm of the Department of Labor which ensures that construction sites are abiding by today’s safety standards. However, there are gaps in the standards themselves.

New York construction accident lawyers say many workers receive little-to-no training, and some work sites lack proper supervision.

Superintendents in New York City are only required to take a 10-hour OSHA course in construction safety, and many organizations feel that is not enough. The Building Trades Employers’ Association has recommended at least 30-hours of training for construction superintendents.

“Training is really at the heart of construction safety,” Cellino said. “Workers that can identify possible safety hazards are crucial in today’s construction industry, and proper training has been proven to reduce the number of accidents at a given work site.”

According to research from the Center to Protect Workers’ Rights, those who received safety training were 12-percent less likely to file for workers compensation.

WHAT TO DO AFTER A CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT

It is the employer’s responsibility to provide workers with adequate training and safety equipment before placing them in a construction zone. Unfortunately, not all workers get the same treatment.

Construction accidents can be serious and life-altering. Many victims may not be able to work again, while others may experience a decreased value of life. Although some injuries and scars may never be healed, there is a process to get financial compensation after an accident.

The New York construction accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes have helped many New Yorkers get significant financial compensation after a fall, electrocution, or other injury on a construction site. This compensation can help workers with:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Physical assistance
  • Future treatments
  • Pain & Suffering
  • And More

If you or a family member has been injured on a construction site, contact the personal injury firm other New Yorkers have trusted for over 50 years. A New York construction accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes can provide you with a FREE case evaluation, and they will custom-make a legal claim for your specific needs.

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