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July 2013 Archives

Fatal crash in New York caused by wrong-way driver

According to New York state police, a driver who was driving the wrong way on the Tappan Zee Bridge ran into an oncoming vehicle, causing a five-car pileup that ended up closing the northbound lanes of the state Thruway for hours. Additionally, one passenger was killed in the accident and several, including the wrong-way driver, were injured.

One dead and four injured in multi-vehicle crash

One person was killed and four others were taken to the hospital following a multi-car crash in New York. The car accident happened just before 10 p.m. along Route 22 near Hebron and involved a total of four cars. An investigation by the New York State Police, Granville Police Department and Washington County Sheriff's Department is ongoing. Preliminary reports have revealed that alcohol was not a factor in the car accident.

New York worker receives $1.2 million in injury settlement

A 48-year-old Tottenville man injured on a school renovation site on Nov. 16, 2009 settled his case for $1.2 million dollars. The man's knee was injured in the construction accident. He has been unable to work since being hurt.

Laborer fired for filing workers' compensation

A New York appeals court ruled that a company had discriminated against employees because they claimed benefits after being injured on the job. A corporation that supplies supermarkets nationwide has been caught trying to prevent probationary employees from reporting injuries by terminating them. According to the Appellate Division in Albany, this practice is against the purpose of the New York State workers' compensation law.

New York court awards work comp for psychic injury

Many people may assume that workers' compensation benefits are available only to workers who suffer physical injuries during the course of their employment. However, benefits may also be available to those who suffer only mental harm. For example, a New York court of appeals recently ruled that a woman who suffered mental injuries after receiving distressing news about personal tax liability incurred because of her employer's error is entitled to workers' compensation benefits.