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Some Thing You May Not Have Known about Queens
by cjleclaire
 Pyrros Serres
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Queens—it’s the largest of the five boroughs of New York in terms of sheer geographical expanse, and, with nearly 2.5 million residents, it would be the 4th largest city in the nation if the five boroughs were separate cities (behind Los Angeles, Chicago and neighboring borough Brooklyn, in case you’re wondering). It’s among the most ethnically diverse communities in the world, with nearly half (48%) of all residents foreign-born. Here are some frequently asked questions about this amazing borough.

Q: Why is it called “Queens”?

A: The borough derived its name from the Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza, who was the queen of England when Queens as founded in 1683. Explorers and colonists had been in the area, though, for half a century before Queens was formally named, settling first around Maspeth. From its establishment until it became one of the boroughs of New York (in 1898), Queens County was much larger, including what is now Nassau County.

Q: What is the basis of the Queens economy?

A: This is actually a bit of a trick question, as Queens boasts one of the most diversified economies in the country, if not the world. It’s home to Citi Field and the New York Mets, but also hosts the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. The world-famous Aqueduct Racetrack is here, as well as both JFK International and LaGuardia airports. More than one in four jobs in Queens is in some export-oriented business, but the borough also has thriving health care, retail, construction, manufacturing, transportation and film and television industries.

Q: How many languages are spoken in Queens?

A: Given its cultural diversity, it’s no surprise that unofficial estimates indicate that nearly 140 different languages are spoken in Queens, from Spanish and Chinese to Tagalog, French Creole, Serbo-Croatian and Hindi.

Proven Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Queens, New York

At Pyrros & Serres, we bring more than 50 years of combined workers’ compensation experience to injured workers throughout the borough of Queens and New York City metropolitan area. We built our successful practice on a commitment to personal service and attention. As a result, many of our new cases come to us as referrals from our colleagues in the legal profession or from other clients.

We handle all types of work-related injury claims, including cases involving:

Back and Neck Injury | Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) | Fractures | Shoulder, Arm, Hand and Finger Injury | Hip, Leg, Foot and Toe Injury| Burns | Paralysis |Occupational Illness | Spinal Cord Injury | Permanent Scarring or Disfigurement | Amputation or Loss of Limb | Hearing or Vision Loss | Accidental Death

 

For more information about the services we provide, see our practice area overview page.

Pyrros & Serres LLP

Workers’ Compensation Attorneys—Queens, New York

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How Does Your Lawyer Get Paid in a Workers’ Compensation Case?
by cjleclaire
 Pyrros Serres
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New York City | Queens | Brooklyn | Bronx Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

When you’ve been hurt on the job, one of your first steps should be to notify your employer and file a workers’ compensation claim to cover medical expenses and lost income. But when you’ve suffered a job-related injury and can’t work, things get pretty tight pretty quickly. When you’re trying to put food on the table, one of the last things you want is to pay money to an attorney. So what do you do?

There’s good news—in New York, when you need to file a workers’ compensation claim, you never have to pay your attorney directly for any work done on your case, whether it’s preparing and filing the application for benefits, or appearing on your behalf at meetings or hearings. The amount that your lawyer will receive is determined by the workers’ compensation and by the workers’ compensation board, and will be calculated based on the range of services provided, as well as the amount of benefits the attorney secures for you.

In workers’ compensation cases, like other personal injury lawsuits, lawyers typically charge a “contingency fee.” That means that your attorney will take a percentage of the amount recovered. The lawyer will only get paid if you actually obtain workers’ compensation benefits, and will typically receive a higher fee if you get a higher monetary award.  A customary contingency fee in New York is 10-15% of the total award or settlement.

How Does Your Workers’ Compensation Attorney Get Paid?

Experienced NYC | Queens | Bronx | Brooklyn Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we provide comprehensive counsel to people with workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.

To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our practice area overview page.

Pyrros & Serres LLP

Queens | NYC | Brooklyn | Bronx Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

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by cjleclaire
 Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP
Sep 25, 2017 | 236 views | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Crane accidents in the construction industry are relatively common, and this is because of the inherent dangers involved with operating cranes.

In June of 2017, PIX 11 reported a crane accident in Queens, where two injured workers were in critical condition and rushed to a hospital. The third worker, who was finally also extracted, was in serious condition and hospitalized. The accident occurred at 31-25 28th Road in Astoria. The crane’s load fell through the building after being placed on the roof. The roof caved in and trapped the workers.

Crane Collapse

At first, reporters thought the crane load accident was caused by crane collapse. This assumption was not unusual because crane collapse happens fairly often in the construction industry. Live Science  published an article about Phillip Ezzell, a former crane operator and the CEO of Crane Safety Associates of America, and he said that crane collapse accidents are an inherent danger in construction projects.

To make his point, he gave various examples of crane accidents. One occurred in Manhattan in 2008 when a crane collapsed and killed seven people and injured more than 10 people. Then a few months later, another crane accident killed two construction workers in Manhattan. In the same year, a crane lifting beams over a Texas river from an old bridge became overloaded and collapsed, killing one worker and injuring another. During the same year, a crane collapsed in a Houston oil refinery. It killed four workers and injured seven.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) set new standards for crane safety in 2008, and violations of the safety rules, may provide grounds to take legal action for workers injured in crane accidents.

Get Legal Help with Crane Accident and Construction Accident Injuries

If you suffered serious injury in a crane accident or construction accident, get a legal opinion about pursuing compensation.  Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP  offers a free consultation to discuss a potential claim.

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Crane Accidents in the Construction Industry: Inherent Dangers
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 Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP
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