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Bitten or Attacked By a Dog? – Seek Professional Advice from a Dog Bite Injury Lawyer

The Harding Law Firm - Monday, August 26, 2013
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are on average 4.5 million dog bite victims every year, with 1 in 5 victims requiring medical attention. (Source: CDC)

If you or a loved one is bitten by a dog, it’s important to:
• Seek medical care immediately
• Seek legal counsel by talking to a dog bite injury lawyer as soon as possible

In New York state, the dog bite statute says that the owner is strictly liable only for medical fees and veterinary costs. However, to claim for further damages, the dog bite victim is required to prove:
• Negligence on the part of the dog owner
• Premises liability
• That the dog had a dangerous tendency to bite people and the dog owner knew it
• That the dog was in violation of a leash law or other municipal law that led to personal injury for the victim

Because New York State has a “mixed” dog bite law in place; that is, the one-bite rule as well as a certain degree of strict liability, claiming for damages can often be a complex affair. Seeking professional, legal advice from an animal attack attorney can ensure you are:
➢ Aware of your legal rights
➢ Compensated properly for all damages and injuries sustained

For more information on your legal rights as a personal injury victim, it’s important you speak with a dog bite injury lawyer that knows and understands New York dog laws and statutes.

For professional help and legal counsel regarding your dog bite incident - contact Charles Harding, dog bite injury lawyer today. Call 518-384-3400 to book a free consultation.

Construction Injury Lawyer Records Show Construction Accidents in NY Are On the Rise

The Harding Law Firm - Monday, August 19, 2013

Personal Injury Lawyer, Charles Harding Advises Workers About Knowing Your Rights

Increased construction in New York means higher employment and more jobs, which is fantastic news in today’s economy. More construction, however, also brings with it a higher risk for construction injuries and workplace accidents. This is evident from the number of cases being filed with construction injury lawyers’ offices.

As a construction worker, it's important that:

• You are aware of the risks involved when working on a construction site.

• You know your legal rights. New York State has strict safety laws to protect construction workers in case of any accidents or injuries that may occur while you are working.

The dangerous nature of work involved on construction sites means that workers are more prone to serious accidents and injuries. However, construction companies have certain obligations as your employer to protect your safety in the workplace.

Statistically speaking, in New York City, job site accidents increased by a shocking 31 percent from 2011 to 2012, while injuries rose by 46 percent in the same period (Source: New York Daily News). As a construction injury lawyer, Charles Harding has witnessed and represented a number of personal injury victims. In many cases that he handles, job site accidents occurred due to poor safety in the workplace.

Some common types of construction workplace accidents include:

• Slips and falls
• Forklift and crane accidents
• Structural collapses
• Burns (from chemicals, steam, electricity or fire)
• Equipment malfunctions and power tool accidents
• Scaffold accidents
• Falling debris
• Misuse of ladders
• Heavy lifting and body strain
• Exposure to toxic chemicals
• Electric shock
• Fires and explosions

With proper care, safety standards and due diligence, most of the above workplace accidents and personal injuries can be avoided. Under New York State law, it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure correct standards and working conditions are maintained to ensure a safe working environment for construction workers. A construction injury lawyer will tell you that this is often neglected.

If you, a loved one or a co-worker is a victim of a construction accident due to the lack of safety or poor working conditions, it’s essential you speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

With over 30 year’s experience, Charles Harding, construction injury lawyer can help ensure you get the compensation and justice you deserve. Contact us about your workplace accident or personal injury claim today. Call 518-384-3400 to book a free consultation.