Q: I was working as a tractor-trailer driver for a transportation company, transporting bread products among a bakery’s facilities. The bakery’s employees would place the bread on interlocking plastic trays, stack the trays 15-high on wheeled dollies, and load them onto our trailers. One day, I picked up a trailer of bread. Upon arriving at my destination, I opened the trailer door, removed the bar holding the dollies in place, and began unloading. All of a sudden, from the rack I was pulling, several trays fell and struck me.
Q: In New York City, in an area of the sidewalk near a fire hydrant, my foot became caught. I tripped and fell. This area is a rectangular depression with an irregular asphalt surface, the size of a sidewalk flag. In it, close to one edge, next to the curb, is this fire hydrant. In the past, the City had repaired the hydrant, and refilled the excavation with blacktop, but the sidewalk was never really smooth after that.
Q: My vehicle was struck in an intersection. The other driver entered the intersection after failing to stop at a stop sign. He says the he could not see the stop sign. It was obscured by a tree that was located between the sidewalk and the curb. The tree had been planted by a home builder.
Q: Yesterday, my husband and I went to my friend’s tree farm to pick out a Christmas tree, same as always. A storm had pounded us the previous evening, and the fields were covered by snow. We boarded a wagon, got out and walked toward the trees. Some trees had been cut down, so they were missing. It turned out that some of the stumps were covered with snow. I tripped over one, hit another stump and fractured my elbow.
Q: At a construction project, I was assigned to operate a diesel-powered excavator to remove a massive bulkhead constructed of timber cribbing which was built into the banks of a creek that was an inlet of the East River. The bulkhead served to stabilize the shoreline and prevent erosion into the creek. The job required me to excavate the below-grade timber cribbing and hoist it to higher ground, above the tidal plane.
Q: My neighbor owned a two-family home. He planned to rent-out both halves and hired me to put a horizontal wooden board, running all around, under the edge of the roof. The board would be used to hold the rain gutter. The owner supplied me with a ladder. I was concerned that it was too short, and told him so, but he said that the project needed to be completed before I left and proceeded to hold the ladder – while I climbed it and then stretched-out my arm to attempt the work. Sure enough, I fell.
Q: On the Fourth of July, I went to a fireworks display in the park. It was sponsored by the city. Toward the end, we began to cross the park towards our car. A large crowd of people had spilled over from the grassy areas onto the walkways. I had a difficult time navigating through the crowd, so I departed from the walkway and crossed what turned out to be a field of tulips. Although overhead light fixtures are located throughout the park, they were off. Suddenly, there was a drop from the field to the curb. I was unable to see it.
Q: One evening, while thinking about yesterday and going down a stairway in a two-family house, I fell. I had rented the upstairs apartment for over 20 years. It was always too dark in that stairway. In addition, there was a loose top step and a loose screw on the landing. One or more of these conditions is why I fell. My friend says it’s my own fault: after all those years, I should have known better.
Q: I live in a rent-stabilized apartment. It has roaches and other problems at the refrigerator, the door lock, the fire-escape window and the stove. Five years ago, the situation was already so bad that the Division of Housing and Community Renewal ordered a rent reduction.
Q: To satisfy the school district's physical education requirement, a female student could take the self-defense class, and then even compete in the school's self-defense tournament. I did. Unfortunately, while the class and tournament incorporated moves from various martial arts forms, the teacher had no certifications in any of these martial arts and very little martial arts training in general.
Q: While walking on ice and snow, in my line-of-duty as a New York City police officer, I fell. I applied for accident disability retirement – based on constant pain, and loss of range of motion, in my right shoulder and neck, and pain radiating into my arm. Injuries like that prevent an officer from performing his duties. My application was granted.