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November 2015 Archives

Rash of pedestrian accidents in NYC show much work to be done

In New York City, there has been a recent flourish of pedestrian accidents which demonstrate how serious the consequences of a car crash can be. Over a dozen pedestrians have reportedly been killed in the Big Apple since Halloween, despite Mayor de Blasio’s ongoing efforts to completely eliminate traffic deaths in the city.

Distracted driving law and negligence in New York

In our last post, we began speaking about recent data showing an increase in car accidents in the first half of 2015, which may be partly due to increase cell phone use. As we noted, distracted driving is a problem every state is currently grappling with, using a variety of means.

Is Congress not doing enough to prevent trucking accidents?

The number of individuals expected to die in trucking accidents during the coming year exceeds the numbers of those who have died in commercial airline accidents during the past 45 years. According to a New York Times opinion piece, there is increased suspicion that the trucking industry is getting off too easily when accidents occur. And there are concerns that Congress is not creating the kinds of regulations that will help improve these circumstances.

Could NHTSA data point to increase in cell phone use by drivers?

Recent data released by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration showed there was an 8.1 increase in the number of fatal accidents in the United States in the first half of 2015 following a decrease in 2014. The increase was reportedly the biggest six-month jump in traffic fatalities reported since 1977.

Many anesthesia errors occur in non-operating settings

Many of us may be unaware that a large portion of medical malpractice claims result from negligence occurring outside of the operating room. This includes mistakes made during the administration of anesthesia. There are conflicting results in studies concerning the number of operating room and non-operating room anesthetic complications. But it appears clear that the number of anesthesia mistakes made in a non-operating room setting is significant.

Top Four Reasons Injured Patients File A Med Mal Lawsuit

Much is said and written regarding medical malpractice lawsuits. To some, medical malpractice lawsuits are hurting the practice of medicine in New York. These people often note that New York had the highest number of medical malpractice claims paid out in the U.S. over the last decade. To many others who are familiar with medical malpractice lawsuits, recent laws have made it more difficult than ever for legitimately injured patients to get legal and financial help with their recovery. They argue that the overall number of medical malpractice claims has decreased steadily over the last decade.

Spinal cord injuries in the United States: facts to consider

When someone suffers a spinal cord injury, it can be life-changing. While in some cases, this type of injury can lead to sudden death, others are left to deal with the tragic injury the rest of their lives.

Failure to diagnose man’s cancer resulted in “fatal consequences”

While we often talk about the different types of mistakes medical professionals make when caring for a patient, there is also a big concern when a medical professional fails to do something. In the case of one prison inmate in New York, this was a failure to diagnose that eventually led to his death.

Truck accident cases can be extremely complex

There are many car accidents occurring across our country on a daily basis. Some may be just one-vehicle accidents with minor damage while others may involve several cars and a complicated pileup. We know that a lot of accidents occur on Interstate 90 and Interstate 81 near Syracuse, but we also have to take into consideration that some of these accidents involve semis. Large commercial trucks and semis use these interstates to move products within New York and to other states.

Can trespassers file a premises liability lawsuit?

In our last post we discussed the basics of premises liability in New York and what steps one should take when they are injured on someone else’s property. Although a premises liability lawsuit may seem like a difficult undertaking, it may be worth your while if you have suffered substantial injuries. Not only may you be dealing with piling medical bills but you also may be missing work as you recover from your injuries.

A discussion of premises liability basics in New York

We hear about premises liability cases quite frequently, especially in New York. Most of the ones that make the news have to do with commercial properties and serious injuries resulting from slip and fall accidents or falling objects. But premises liability is a broad topic that can include a variety of injury types and can happen in a multitude of different locations.

Seemingly minor injuries can quickly lead to mounting bills

Imagine sitting on a bus one moment minding your own business and the next thing you know, you’re at the hospital being treated for an injury. That’s exactly what happened to an individual who was riding a Centro bus last month. The bus was stopped in traffic on Old Liverpool Road in Salina, New York when a Cintas company truck crashed into it from behind.

Medical malpractice lawsuit: what are the first steps? (PART 2)

In our last post we discussed the first steps one must take in order to file a medical malpractice suit. After talking to the provider directly and then possibly the medical licensing board, you may decide to file a lawsuit. It’s important to work with your attorney in order to take the right steps.

Medical malpractice lawsuit: what are the first steps? (PART 1)

When someone suffers an injury or dies while under the care of a physician, they or their loved ones may wonder if medical negligence was involved. The key issue that needs to be addressed is whether another medical professional would have provided the same standard of care under similar circumstances. Although winning a medical malpractice lawsuit may seem extremely daunting, with the right representation, it can be done if medical negligence and the resulting injuries are proven.

Man declared dead while still showing signs of life

When our loved one is in a life-or-death situation, we tend to put our trust in medical professionals without hesitation in hopes that our loved one will be saved. Even with this trust, many individuals will stay vigilant to make sure that no errors are made when it comes to the health of someone they love. But what happens if you notice an error and a medical professional refuses to hear your concern? That’s exactly what happened to a New York woman last year.

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