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4 big reasons a workers' compensation attorney can help you

The workers' compensation system was designed to operate without the need for a court battle over every workplace injury case.

Why, then, is it such a good idea for injured workers to seek the advice of an experienced workers' compensation attorney? There are several reasons:

Take precautions to avoid a Halloween lawsuit

It won't be long before pumpkins and scarecrows start showing up on porches and doorsteps around town -- which means that Halloween is coming.

If you participate in the local trick-or-treat festivities, you need to take certain steps to keep your property safe for visitors. Here's what you should do:

New York City experiences a new wave of construction accidents

New York City is undergoing another growth spurt - and construction workers may be paying a heavy price.

New building projects and renovations alike are going on all over the city -- and that's sending more and more construction workers to the hospital and morgue all the time. Injuries for construction workers have also increased by 17 percent in the last year alone and on-the-job deaths have doubled.

First electric bikes, now scooters: Brace yourself, New York

Electric bikes have already caused a pretty big stir in New York City and around the state. Now, electric scooters may soon be coming to the streets as well.

You may already spot a few here and there on city streets. However, their riders currently still face a stiff fine if they're caught. Thanks to a law that forbids the motorized, two-wheeled vehicles, New York City is lagging behind other metropolitan areas -- many of which have already seen a major influx of the scooters. Companies like Bird and Lime have reportedly dropped the inexpensive scooters -- which are paid for and operated via a smartphone app -- off on major city streets by the hundreds and thousands.

Why won't people stop texting while driving?

Texting while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle is such a remarkably bad idea that it's now illegal in every state (although some states penalize it a lot harder than others). It's clearly risky, and there are constant messages put out through various forms of media encouraging drivers to put down their cellphones and keep their eyes on the roads.

In fact, texting while driving is recognized by about 70 percent of people as a "serious" threat to their personal safety -- which means that well over the majority of people out there in Florida and elsewhere agree that texting while driving is dangerous.

Can you sue a landlord over a fallen air conditioner?

You know it's summer in New York when air conditioners sprout from every apartment window in the city -- at least in the buildings that were designed prior to central air.

Unfortunately, this has a lot of New Yorkers scurrying from spot to spot, nervously looking up to see if the window air conditioning units hanging over their heads are actually supported by anything other than the window frame. (Odd are very good that they aren't.)

Why do people need lawyers for workers' compensation claims?

Workers' compensation is supposed to be pretty much "lawyer-free." At least, that's the way they're supposed to work. Unfortunately, it doesn't always happen that way -- leaving surprised workers scrambling for legal help when the process of getting the benefits they're due turns out to be far more convoluted than expected.

Why the problems? Why do so many injured workers end up seeking legal assistance? Are they just milking the system? Not at all! There are some really good reasons that injured employees turn to attorneys for help (and none of them paint a pretty picture of the workers' comp industry as a whole):

How can you stay focused when you're on a road trip?

Summer is the season for road trips. But for many drivers, it's also the time of annual nightmares. Long road trips can be stressful to the extreme, and many drivers have a hard time staying focused on the road ahead for hours at a time.

What's the best way to beat distractions of a road trip? Use these tips:

External threats to the construction worker

Anyone who works a construction site knows they're standing on dangerous ground. There are all kinds of tools, machines and heavy materials moving around -- any of which could damage a human body very badly upon impact.

However, construction workers often face external threats that are unrelated to the dangers on the job site itself.

How can you avoid liability for backyard barbecue accidents?

For much of the nation, summer is the time for backyard barbecues, fire pits and s'mores.

It's also a time of increased danger and liability for homeowners -- although many may not be aware of the risks they're taking by hosting the family picnic, neighborhood barbecue or even an intimate gathering over a glowing fire pit in the backyard.

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