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4 child bicycle safety tips to remember this summer

It's officially summertime and that means your kids will be enjoying more time outside on their bicycles. That also means you'll want to have a talk with your kids to make sure they stay safe. When you have this talk, be sure to set down some rules that they should follow and explain why you're making them.

Four child bicycle safety tips every kids should follow:

Everybody needs an advocate when they're incapacitated

A tragic health catastrophe can happen to you at any time. If your health problem is so severe that it leaves you incapacitated, you won't be able to make decisions for yourself, and someone else will need to take care of important details pertaining to your health care. This is where the New York Health Care Proxy Law comes into action to assist you -- that is, if you took appropriate action ahead of time.

The law empowers you to name a trusted individual to make health care decisions for you in the event of your incapacitation. If you're 18 or older, this law applies to you, and you're well-served to name your health care proxy. Designating your health care proxy will eliminate the need for court action by a family member to step forward on your behalf. It will also help prevent the chance of family fights in court over who should make decisions for you.

Celebrity chef's family embroiled in dispute over mother's estate

It's sad when a family descends into arguments and disagreements over a deceased loved one's estate. This is why New York residents need to take great care when writing and updating a will. A will needs to be written the right way, so it holds up to being challenged in court.

One recent will contest case involves the estate of the mother of celebrity chef Rocco Dispirito. Readers of this blog have probably seen or heard about the reality television show "The Restaurant." One of the signature characters in the show was the mother of celebrity chef Rocco, Nicolina Dispirito. Nicolina died in 2013 and Chef Rocco became the estate's executor.

When criminal negligence leads to death and injury on the job

New York hardhats risk their lives every day on the job. You might be climbing to the top of a skyscraper to install a window on a precarious ledge. You might be working in a construction zone where a falling tool or piece of machinery could strike you without a moment's notice. The list of potential dangers at the average construction site is literally endless.

Fortunately, most construction workers are protected by workers' compensation insurance, so they can pay for their medical care if they suffer an injury. Also, in extreme cases, when it's clear that a worker's employer – or another contractor at the worksite -- neglected to keep the area safe and free of potential dangers, injured workers may be able to pursue personal injury claims in civil court.

Common construction accident injuries

Construction accidents happen in so many ways in Queens. A worker might fall off a faulty ladder, a hardhat might get burned by a piece of hot machinery, a painter might slip after paint gets spilled in his work area, or a drywall installer might fall off an unfinished third story. Accidents can happen in an unlimited variety of circumstances.

As a personal injury and workers' compensation law firm that regularly represents construction workers, at Simon & Gilman, we have seen numerous kinds of injuries. Here are some of the most common construction accident injury types we've encountered:

23 pedestrians struck by deranged driver at Time Square

A tragic pedestrian accident happened in Time Square last week, after an 26-year-old man from the Bronx drove his vehicle down Seventh Avenue. The driver struck 23 pedestrians, injuring 22 of them and killing one. The woman who died was an 18-year-old woman from Michigan.

According to one witness, it appeared as if the man was purposefully trying to hit the pedestrians. Witnesses were stunned and frightened, as the man finally crashed his vehicle into a barrier. The driver climbed out of his vehicle to be met by two bystanders who apprehended him and waited for police to arrive.

Why construction teams take unnecessary risks: The truth

You joined the construction field because you love to solve problems. Sadly, there is a problem that isn’t very easy to solve. That problem is the issue of unrealistic deadlines, poor safety precautions and overall danger in the workplace. While it seems easy to make the workplace safer, there are reasons why some employers fail to do so. This puts you and others in harm’s way.

While most employees have the right to workers’ compensation, that doesn’t mean that employers have the right to put you at risk. Unfortunately, a number of companies do use ineffective methods to get the job done. Those methods put you and your coworkers at risk of a workplace injury.

Why are seatbelts so important in a crash?

There are quite a few things you can do to avoid getting injured in a car accident. Most of these involve your active participation in being a safe and defensive driver who follows the traffic rules. However, there's one thing you can do that is -- for lack of a better phrase -- a no-brainer: Wear your seatbelt no matter what.

Your seatbelt is your first line of defense when all the other lines of defenses fail and you end up getting into a collision. Here's what your safety belt will do for you: