Swimming Pool Safety

Pool Safety Video

Summer is here and that means open swimming pools. This video from poolsafely.gov offers some reminders about how to keep everyone safe around the swimming pool. The best thing for everyone is to avoid accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, sometimes fatal drownings and pool related injuries do occur. For more information about the law relating to swimming pool accidents, visit our recent blog post. For this and other educational videos and resources, visit poolsafety.gov.

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Swimming Pool Safety and Liability

Swimming pool safety and liability

Summer in Putnam County is here and that means many of us will be enjoying our own swimming pools or visiting friends and family for a swim on a hot day. I want to help make sure your excitement and fun last all summer, so I’m going to give you something to think about when it comes to swimming pool safety. According to the CDC From 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day. An additional 332 people died each year from drowning in boating-related…

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Motorcycle Safety Month

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month – Share the Road

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and as a rider myself, I take motorcycle safety very seriously.  I want to take this opportunity to share some information on motorcycle safety and encourage all drivers and motorcyclists to share the road with each other. In 2014, 4,586 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes and 88,000 motorcyclists were injured.  Those deaths account for 14 percent of the total highway fatalities that year. Safe riding practices and cooperation from all drivers will help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our nation’s highways. But it’s especially important for motorists to understand the safety…

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Attorney Gregory W. Bagen achieves $2,000,000 verdict

$2,000,000 verdict achieved by Gregory W. Bagen in wrongful death case

Attorney Gregory W. Bagen has successfully achieved a verdict of over $2 million on behalf of his client in a wrongful death lawsuit. The victim in this case was hit from behind while riding his motorcycle. The defendant was found negligent as a results of following at an unsafe distance, thereby causing the accident and the subsequent death of the victim. Attorney Bagen represented the widow of the accident victim and fought for compensation for lost earnings, lost household services and lost benefits. Upon being informed of the verdict, Attorney Bagen said, “When she first came to my office and…

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Witness an accident

What to do if you witness an accident

We hear a lot about what to do in case you’re in an accident and of course tips on how to do your best to avoid accidents. I’d like to share a few important things with you about what to do if you witness an accident and are the first to arrive on the scene to help. Make sure you’re safe You won’t be helpful to anyone if you don’t first take care of yourself. Pull over and park your car a safe distance from the accident, remembering to turn on your hazard lights. Before exiting your vehicle, check for…

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Keep an Injury Diary

Why you should keep an injury diary.

I recognize that every individual has a unique set of circumstances, so here is some general information that applies to everyone. If you have specific questions about your situation, please call me directly. I want to begin by emphasizing the importance of keeping records after you’ve suffered an injury. The amount of information that can be forgotten, or becomes blurry, in the days following an injury can be substantial. Keeping an Injury Diary DO record all events leading up to the moment of injury, what happened at the moment of injury, as well as the events immediately following the injury. …

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Clearning Snow

Who is responsible if you were injured by a fall on an icy walkway?

As we settle into the long winter ahead, we prepare for an increase in the numbers of injuries related to falls due to snow and ice.  There is a common misconception that a property owner is automatically responsible for any injury that occurs on his property.  In New York State, the law is very specific regarding the obligations of property owners to provide safe conditions.

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Shot glass and car keys

Staying safe on the road this holiday season

Along with the joy and excitement of the holiday season, we are also faced with the potential for icy roads, increased traffic, an increase in inexperienced teen drivers on the road during school vacation and out-of-towners visiting relatives that may not be familiar with the local roads. These factors can lead to an increase in automobile accidents and several of the top 10 deadliest days of the year to drive are in the next few weeks.

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Avoiding injury for a safe and fun Halloween

Halloween is an exciting time for both children and adults. Unfortunately, statistics show that children have been hurt in accidents at a significantly higher rate on Halloween than on an average day and that many of these accidents could have been avoided. Now that you’ve chosen your costume and the big day is here, we want to share a few safety tips that can help keep you and your children safe.

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Super Lawyers recognizes Gregory W. Bagen

Gregory W. Bagen has been named a Super Lawyer in the 2015 edition of the New York State and Hudson Valley Super Lawyers magazines. This is the fifth time he has been recognized for this honor, which is given to only five percent of all lawyers practicing in New York State and reflects Greg’s commitment to his clients and the esteem which his peers hold for him and his practice.

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