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2 different construction workers fell to their deaths on Thursday

Two workers were killed and another was injured in separate fall accidents on the same day last week in Manhattan. The tragedies prompted a call by Queens Assemblyman Francisco Moya for the swift passage of a bill he is sponsoring, known as "Carlos' Law."

Officials call for more regulation after fatal Queens bus crash

A speeding charter bus plowed into a New York City bus in Flushing, Queens, early Monday morning. It has since been revealed that the charter bus driver had lost his license after a drunk-driving arrest two years ago. Nevertheless, he was allowed back on the road by Dahlia Group, the charter bus company. The driver was killed, along with a pedestrian and a city bus passenger.

Victims of wrongful convictions often serve years in prison

Think only guilty people are in prison? Nope, not by a long shot. In fact, wrongful convictions occur all the time for a variety of reasons, including faulty evidence, eyewitness misidentifications and even official misconduct by police. This problem is so pervasive that one NYC politician has even called for the state to create a special commission to investigate why wrongful convictions occur and who is to blame.

Fall-related deaths occur far too often on construction sites

According to the most recent Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than 900 construction workers suffered work-related fatalities in 2015 alone -- making construction one of the deadliest industries in the United States. In fact, construction-related deaths accounted for more than 20 percent of all worker fatalities that year, as reported by the CFOI.

Proposed changes to NY's PPD guidelines may harm worker interests

As part of a 2017 reform plan, the New York State Workers' Compensation Board is slated to release new guidelines for how to compensate workers for permanent impairments. Unfortunately, the workers' advocacy group the Workers' Compensation Alliance is concerned that they may harm workers' interests. The group has just released a survey that indicates many injured workers already feel their benefits are inadequate.

Construction site falls: What happens when they try to blame the worker?

Can working in construction be dangerous? Of course, especially in New York since construction workers are often required to work at great heights. Fortunately, New York has some of the toughest worker protection laws in the country.

Woman sues police after false conviction for 'shaken baby' death

Jennifer Del Prete spent nearly a decade in prison after being found guilty in the "shaken baby syndrome" death of an infant in her care. She was released last August after an appeals court found that the prosecution had withheld key evidence that might have exonerated her. Prosecutors are constitutionally required to turn over all pro-defense evidence.

Five questions to answer after an NYC construction injury

A construction injury can be a life-changing event for you and your family. Though it may be obvious that you or your loved one has been seriously hurt (or has passed away), you may be wondering about how to make sure your medical and personal expenses are covered, both now and in the future. Many people ask these five important questions in the aftermath of a New York City construction accident.

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