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Why a special needs trust is crucial for your disabled loved one

If you have a disabled family member, then you likely are aware that government subsidies awarded by both the state and federal government aren't intended to allow him or her to live overly comfortably. Instead, they're only intended to ensure that his or her basic needs are covered just over the poverty line.

This is why it's important for families with people with either mental or physical handicaps who receive government benefits to learn more about how funding a special needs trust. It's one of the only ways to ensure that their interests will be protected in the long term.

Driver negligence can cause a pedestrian accident

As a pedestrian, you should always be on the lookout for dangerous situations. For example, you don't want to cross the street until you are 100 percent sure that it's safe to do so.

Unfortunately, drivers don't always take as much caution as they should. As a result, they end up striking a pedestrian, which can lead to serious injury or even death.

These winter driving safety tips can save your life

It may sound silly, but the right preparation before hitting the road can save your life. And with your life on the line, it's imperative that you do whatever it takes to remain safe.

The winter season can bring bad weather to Elmhurst at any time. From snow to rain, from sleet to ice, you never know what will happen.

Just how safe is riding on public transit in New York?

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), several million Americans rely on using different forms of mass transit including trains, buses, ferries and subways to get around on a daily basis. Researchers with the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) suggests that the use of mass transit isn't slowing down either. Instead, it's growing more quickly than both highway use and the country's population.

In cities like New York, Seattle, Chicago and Washington, D.C., where residents are reliant upon use of mass transit for getting around, constant monitoring is performed to avert potential safety concerns. These efforts oftentimes fall short in their ability to deter potentially fatal incidents caused by poor maintenance, delayed safety rollouts or human error.

What steps should I take if I'm bitten by a dog in Queens?

In an area as congested as New York City, where yards are limited, it forces dog owners and their pets onto the busy sidewalks for exercise or seeking a green space to use the bathroom. While most dogs may be trained to be sociable, given the right stimuli, such as a threatening or stressful situation, they can snap in a second and bite.

Even if a bite seems small, it can quickly develop into a big problem. A dog's mouth is filled with tons of bacteria that, once it enters your blood stream, can cause you to quickly develop an infection. A dog may have rabies or medical conditions that could be transferred to you as well. A dog biting someone can be a sign of poor psychological health. If left untreated, it can result in a more vicious attack.

3 tips for working with heavy construction equipment

If you are new to the construction industry in Elmhurst, you may have heard about all the various dangers construction workers face. Yet, you may not be familiar with all the safety tips that you need. In general, construction sites are filled with hazards. On a daily basis, you will face electrocution, the threat of falling objects, dangers from heavy equipment or even trench collapses.

While receiving a steady paycheck is probably your number one priority while on the job, your safety should actually come first. Even if you have been through several safety courses in dealing with heavy equipment, remember the following safety tips the next time you are on the job.

What constitutes a properly executed will in New York?

As is the case with most states, in order for a will to be considered legally enforceable in New York, §§3-1.1 of the estates and trusts state code notes that the individual executing it must be of both "sound mind" and at least 18.

The idea of being of sound mind means that an individual is aware of what the role of a will is, the property he or she owns and the implications of the choices that are being made.

Who are you to sue if you're in an Uber or Lyft crash?

When you live in a big city like New York, between insurance, car payments and parking, it can be cost-prohibitive to own a car. Using the services of an on-call rideshare service like Uber or Lyft may be an ideal choice for you to get back and forth to where you need to go at a flat rate.

With an increase in number of New Yorkers relying on Uber or Lyft to get around, it's inevitable that more city residents have been involved in crashes while being transported in them. It's left many wondering who they can pursue for injuries they suffer in crashes.

You should always report a slip-and-fall accident immediately

With winter weather comes accumulation of ice and snow on sidewalks, in parking lots and around buildings. There are a host of hazards associated with winter weather, from increased risk of motor vehicle collisions to the potential for ice or snow to fall on you from a building and injure you. One of the more common accidents related to winter weather is the slip-and-fall.

Despite what you may have seen in comedies, slip-and-fall accidents can prove to be far from funny. People can sustain very serious, even fatal injuries, as a result of losing their footing when walking. That's why it is so important for business and property owners to invest in property snow and ice clearing services and to provide dry and safe entrance ways for tenants and customers. If you slip and fall in a parking lot, on a sidewalk or in a business, you should report it right away.

A New York fertility clinic is sued for not genetic testing eggs

A medical malpractice lawsuit was filed against Reproductive Medicine Associates on Thursday, Nov. 16. The suit alleges that they didn't test donor eggs for Fragile X and other genetic medical conditions prior to implanting donor eggs in the wombs of at least two of its patients in 2009.

Fragile X is a type of genetic syndrome that can case both developmental and intellectual impairments in kids and adults. It's a condition that can take some time to manifest itself. In wasn't until the children were diagnosed with the condition, they were later able to put the pieces together and realize that the egg donor was a carrier of the disease.