A Recreation Department tractor clearing snow from a reservoir broke through the ice and crashed into the water in Tarrytown, New York. The driver escaped the sinking vehicle before it went completely under. He was taken to the hospital with symptoms of hypothermia, reported ABC News (1.24.14). Personal injury lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, said it was fortunate that the worker at the Tarrytown Reservoir was rescued so quickly.
Hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature, is a condition in which a person’s body loses heat more quickly than it can produce it. When this happens, the core body temperature falls. Cold weather, wet conditions, and being under cold water for too long can all result in hypothermia.
Even when temperatures drop, workers continue to do their jobs outside, if they need to. From construction workers and postal workers to firefighters and geologists, many workers in New York are frequently exposed to extremely cold temperatures while on-the-job. These workers, who spend a significant amount of time out in the cold weather, are at risk of experiencing hypothermia, frostbite, chilblain, or other cold weather-related injuries.
“Workers, or anyone else, engaging in outdoor activities in winter, should keep in mind that hypothermia is one of the top causes of outdoor fatalities,” said Perecman.
Personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm understand that all employers have a responsibility to protect their employees from injuries at work, including cold injury. Workers should learn the signs of cold-related injuries before any problems start. It is important that workers monitor their own physical condition and that of their coworkers.
New York personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm have helped many workers obtain compensation following accidents on-the-job. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
The ABC News article cited is “Tarrytown worker hurt when plow crashes through ice.”
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York construction accident, medical malpractice, auto accident, personal injury, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York personal injury accident cases. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal’s Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine’s “The Best Lawyers in America” and The New York Times Magazine “New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition” for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
“Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.”