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REMEMBERING OUR HEROES: RESCUE AND RECOVERY WORKERS TO BE HONORED AT THE 9/11 MEMORIAL SITE
Posted by: Catherine Stanton on Jun 28, 2017

Officials recently announced that a permanent dedication to 9/11 Rescue and Recovery workers is being planned and developed at the 9/11 Memorial in lower Manhattan. In a recent press release, 9/11 Memorial and Museum board members, including former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Comedian Jon Stewart, announced that there will be an area dedicated to the thousands of men and women who went to Ground Zero initially for rescue and recovery and then removal of the tons of debris so that the site could eventually be rebuilt.

FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS, AND HEART ATTACKS
Posted by: Vincent Quatrini on Jun 21, 2017

Dr. Stefanos Kales, of Harvard University, was our expert medical witness. Dr. Kales has conducted wide scale studies to assess the causal connection between firefighting activities and heart attacks. After a comprehensive review of the facts in our case, he issued a report, with scientific data, incorporating the results of the firefighter studies. This study persuasively demonstrated that there are multiple critical factors to be examined when a firefighter suffers a heart attack, such as: carbon dioxide in the blood, air temperature, dehydration, and physical exertion measured in METs (Metabolic Equivalent Task). Dr. Kales confirmed that the "one-hour" theory has long been discarded as invalid. 

THE LAST RESPONSIBLE EMPLOYER/CARRIER RULE UNDER THE DEFENSE BASE ACT: THE ART OF CORPORATE FINGER POINTING, DENIAL & PASSING THE BUCK.
Posted by: John-Austin Diamond on Jun 14, 2017

In the old days of Defense Base Act insurance sales, there were only three major players with very limited competition. The big three insurance companies, namely AIG, CNA, and ACE, paved the way into the Defense Base Act realm, and set early case law concerning emerging issues in Defense Base Act litigation. Since then, the market for Defense Base Act insurance has expanded, resulting in new Carriers and third-party administrators boosting quarterly profits. These include Zurich American, Allied World National Assurance Company, Broadspire Services, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, STARR Indemnity, and Gallagher Bassett.
With the emergence of new Defense Base Act carriers, came new challenges in underwriting risks inclusive of “old” liability through judicial expansion of the doctrine known as the last responsible employer and carrier rule.

WORKPLACE ERGONOMICS: DOES MY EMPLOYER HAVE TO PROVIDE COMFORT IN THE WORKPLACE?
Posted by: Bernard Nomberg on Jun 7, 2017

According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, there is no requirement that your employer provide ergonomic furniture such as desks or chairs, but under the General Duty Clause § 5(a)(1), they do have an obligation to keep the workplace free and clear of hazards, which includes ergonomic hazards. 

WATCHING A PARAPLEGIC WALK!: A WORK COMP SUCCESS STORY
Posted by: Charles Domer on May 31, 2017

On November 13, 2008, Matt Nevaranta was a 22-year-old working a construction job in hopes of saving enough money to continue his college career.  Those dreams were cut short when 3,000 pounds of metal forms fell on Matt, severing his spinal cord. Matt was lucky to be alive.  However, the injury damage resulted in permanent paraplegia—an inability to use his legs and all bodily functions below his waist.   Matt presumably was constrained to a wheelchair for his life.

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