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Wrong-way driver involved in 3-vehicle crash

Four people were injured in a three-vehicle crash on New York's FDR Drive on Nov. 13, reportedly. While a wrong-way driver appeared to be involved in the incident, the cause of the accident was not immediately ascertained, according to authorities. Nor did police immediately file any charges in relation to the fatal incident.

Reportedly, four individuals were transported to the hospital after the crash, and officials described their injuries as serious. The 33-year-old driver of a Kia involved in the wreck was critically injured, and a female passenger in the vehicle, 28, also suffered injuries in the crash. The drivers of the two other vehicles were also hurt; however, the extent of their injuries was not immediately disclosed.

New York bus accident injures 27

An accident involving a bus, a tractor-trailer and a car on Interstate 81 in New York in the early morning hours of Nov. 6 left one person in critical condition and injured 26 others. The critically injured man was behind the wheel of the bus, and the other injured individuals were among the 52 passengers on board. The accident took place in the highway's southbound lanes near Syracuse at approximately 2:30 a.m.

According to the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office, the accident occurred when the bus, which was en route to New York City, struck a stationary car that had struck a guard rail. The bus then struck a tractor-trailer on the highway's shoulder. Police report that the driver of the car has been charged with driving while intoxicated. The truck driver had pulled over to offer help after noticing that the car had crashed.

White Plains firefighter charged with DWI in fatal crash

A New York firefighter has been charged with criminally negligent homicide and DWI following an early morning car crash that killed a Port Chester woman and injured her husband on Nov. 3. Authorities are running tests to determine if the 34-year-old man, who is a member of the White Plains Fire Department, had drugs in his system at the time of the accident.

According to police, the firefighter was off duty when he allegedly drove his Chevrolet Tahoe along South Lexington Avenue in White Plains at around 4:30 a.m. Reports suggest that the vehicle was traveling in lanes of opposing traffic when it broadsided a Honda carrying a 47-year-old newspaper delivery woman and her 49-year-old husband. The impact forced the Honda approximately 200 feet down the roadway. The woman, who had been folding newspapers in the back of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband was taken to the hospital with upper body and internal injuries.

New York driver struck, killed while waiting for tow truck

An Oct. 29 accident left a 21-year-old woman dead in Suffolk County, reportedly. According to police, the woman became involved in the crash while waiting for a tow truck on Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore shortly after noon.

Authorities reported that the woman's sedan had been in disrepair on the shoulder of the highway when the event occurred. After calling a tow truck, she was purportedly waiting inside her vehicle when a Chevy Caprice struck it. Officials pronounced the woman dead at the scene of the incident. The woman was from Long Island's Deer Park, reportedly.

What is Erb's Palsy?

Approximately one or two of every thousand babies born in New York and around the country will have a condition known as Erb's palsy. This is a serious form of brachial plexus palsy that could affect the shoulder and the arm of the child for life. It may be overcome with active therapy, but treatment will not be effective for all affected children.

The brachial plexus is a nerve network that controls all the nerves of the arm. It is located near the neck. Damage to this area may affect the ability to feel or move the shoulder, arm, hand, or fingers. There may be a resultant loss of range of motion, loss of sensitivity, inability to grasp firmly or impaired muscle development. Therapy, exercise and the consistent attention of the parents have been shown to be effective treatments for this form of debility.

Brooklyn bus crashes into building

Authorities reported that a Brooklyn transit bus crashed into at least three cars and the side of the Linda Tool parts building on Oct. 22. The crash occurred around 5:50 p.m. when a cab in Red Hook allegedly ran a stop sign, hitting the bus and causing it to lurch off of the road.

The bus was traveling on Dwight Street and when it entered an intersection; a livery cab was said to have then ran the stop sign and collided with the bus. The bus, upon seeing the cab, reportedly turned sharply in an apparent attempt to avoid the collision. According to witnesses, the bus almost hit two people working in the machine parts business.

What happens when doctors make medical errors?

Although several New York hospitals and medical facilities take pains to maintain safe environments and procedures for their patients, errors can be made. Mistakes such as wrong-site surgeries are commonly referred to as "never events," or incidents that should not occur. Even when they do, however, patients are not always made immediately aware of them.

Doctors, traditionally fearful of facing medical malpractice lawsuits, have not always been forthcoming with patients about their errors. In some cases, the patient may not know that an error even occurred. A new study, however, shows that more doctors are accepting their responsibility and disclosing medical errors to their patients. The study also found that only three percent of physicians failed to disclose these types of mistakes to their patients.

Model brain dead after being hit by bus in New York

A Swedish runway model was left brain dead after her bicycle was hit by a bus in Manhattan Oct. 8. The 29-year-old was not wearing a helmet.

According to police, the model was riding down Main Street on Roosevelt Island around 9:18 p.m. when she was knocked from her bike by a bus making a left turn. She suffered severe head trauma when she struck the pavement. The bus driver reportedly failed to yield, but he has not yet been charged.

Ignoring Ebola symptoms may be medical malpractice

As New York residents may know, the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. occurred recently in Texas. Questions surround the hospital's failure to diagnose the patient, given that the hospital was presented with the man's recent travel history to West Africa where the disease is prevalent.

According to sources, after telling a Texas emergency room nurse he had recently arrived to the U.S. from Liberia, the man was told to go home and given antibiotics despite displaying characteristic symptoms of Ebola. He returned to the hospital three days later with a worsened condition, and he was hospitalized and placed in isolation. Initially, the hospital said health care staff was not aware that the man had recently traveled to Africa, but it later retracted its statement and said that staff was alerted.

New York man dies in suspected drunk-driving crash

A 29-year-old man reportedly died on account of a single-vehicle accident on Oct. 4. According to authorities, the crash took place in Shirley at approximately 6 a.m.

Authorities stated that the driver of the vehicle, a 27-year-old man, was traveling south on Grand Boulevard when he suddenly lost control of the vehicle. The car struck a tree. The vehicle's two occupants, the 27-year-old driver and the 29-year-old passenger, were both transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.

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