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Medical Malpractice and Surgical Error

Medical Malpractice and Surgical ErrorAccording to a study by WebMD, more than 4000 surgical mistakes occur every year. That’s a shocking number that would make any patient nervous. Many of these mistakes are entirely preventable and result from a medical professional’s deviation from the standard of care.

Common Types of Surgical Errors

While there are many possible types of surgical errors, here’s a look at some types that come up frequently in medical malpractice claims: (more…)

Lead Crisis Continues in NYC Housing

Lead Crisis ContinuesThe New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) scandal continues to rock the city. Earlier this year, residents discovered that NYCHA had failed to conduct required lead inspections in public housing. The city and the federal government mandated these inspections. The NYCHA also falsified reports to the federal government claiming that it had in fact conducted these inspections. These failures to inspect left vulnerable children at risk for lead poisoning, which can cause serious health problemsincluding severe consequences for children’s brain development. (more…)

“Black Box” Data in Truck Accidents

Black Box Data in Truck AccidentsEvery year thousands of people are killed in accidents with large trucks. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 3,986 people died in large truck crashes in 2016 alone. When seeking compensation for an injury or death sustained in a truck accident, it is crucial to establish what the truck driver was doing at the time of, and right before the accident. A truck’s “black box” can be a crucial piece of evidence that contains much of this information. (more…)

Third Party Claims in Workers’ Compensation Cases

Third Party Claims in Workers Compensation CasesIn New York, if you are injured at work, you are most likely covered by your employer’s workers’ compensation benefits. However, there are situations where you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries from someone other than your employer. Third party claims are important because in most workers’ compensation cases in New York you may not recover damages such as pain and suffering. There are some common situations where third-party claims arise: (more…)

Birth Defects vs. Birth Injuries

Birth Defects vs. Birth InjuriesThere’s a great deal of stress involved in the birth of a child, especially when something goes wrong. When there are complications due to a difficult pregnancy or birth, parents often wonder if there was anything that could have been done to prevent the problem. When dealing with a baby who has suffered complications during or after birth, the terms birth defect and birth injury seem to be used interchangeably. These terms have very different meanings, and there are significant differences between the causes of birth defects and birth injuries. (more…)

Private Garbage Truck Accidents

Private Garbage Truck AccidentIn New York City residential trash is hauled away by the Department of Sanitation, which is composed of unionized trash collectors who follow compact routes. The thousands of businesses throughout the city, however, rely on the services of the more than 250 private sanitation companies driving to customers scattered around the city. Private garbage trucks can be dangerous. Over the past two years, accidents involving private garbage trucks have doubled. A report from Transform Don’t Trash NYC found that the top 20 private garbage companies had 67 crashes in the last two years. There are many factors that have led to this increase in private garbage truck accidents.  (more…)