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New York pedestrian seriously injured when hit by stolen SUV

According to news sources, a 52-year-old woman who was walking her dog was struck and seriously injured by a stolen GMC Envoy. The incident happened on Feb. 4 around 10 a.m. in Brooklyn.

Law enforcement authorities reported that they were dispatched to East New York following a report of a grand larceny at a tire shop that was in progress at the time. Upon arrival, officers report they recognized a GMC Envoy there as being a stolen vehicle. When officers tried to stop the SUV, the driver fled, allegedly traveling the wrong way down a one-way street.

Did a lawyer approach you at the hospital?

When you are in the hospital after an accident, either for your own injury or for a loved one, it is an emotional and vulnerable time. Your mind is overrun with questions. What do I do next? Who will pay the bills? What will happen if I can't return to work?

It can seem like a blessing to have a helpful attorney or their representative approach you at the hospital with answers. However, this person is breaking the law. Unless you asked for a referral or know the attorney -- as a friend, a relative or as an attorney you have worked with previously -- the New York Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit solicitation by a lawyer or their representative. A representative can be any individual who refers clients to the attorney in exchange for a fee, including hospital employees who look for potential clients for a lawyer.

1 killed, 1 injured in 2 hit-and-run crashes on same day

While New York City saw a drop in fatal pedestrian traffic accidents from 2014 to 2014, these types of accidents can still occur as two took place within hours of each other on Jan. 30. One happened when a woman in Williamsburg headed to a livery cab on Rodney St. near Hope St. tried to cross the street at around 1:15 a.m. when she was hit by a silver BMW.

In this case, the driver of the BMW fled the scene while the woman went to Bellevue Hospital after suffering head trauma and was in serious condition. The other accident took place hours after the first and unfortunately involved a fatality as another BMW exited the George Washington Bridge in Washington Heights and hit a man and a woman near Amsterdam Ave. The 34-year-old driver was reportedly under the influence of alcohol when he lost control of his vehicle, and he also hit a Ford F-150 and then sped away.

New study offers insight for New York patients

A study published on Jan. 21 suggests that patients with colon cancer may need more than surgery if they are CDX2-negative. It is not common for those with stage 2 colon cancer to get chemotherapy because the risks generally outweigh the benefits. However, for at least 5 to 10 percent of the population, the tumors may return if they are treated with just surgery alone, according to the lead author of the study.

Volvo intends to make "death-proof" cars

Most New York residents will experience a car accident at some point in their lifetime. The car manufacturer Volvo has released a statement that the company intends to make "death-proof" cars by 2020 by combining some of the latest safety features.

The Swedish-based company plans to use new autonomous technologies to help make its cars safer. One example of these features is adaptive cruise control. It allows users to set a maximum speed but uses sensors to keep the vehicle at a safe distance behind the vehicles in front of it.

Concerns over child heart surgeries at some hospitals

A surgery involving a baby can be delicate, especially if the procedure involves the heart. A New York parent may want the best possible care in such a case, but in many instances, it can be difficult to find the records of available facilities in order to evaluate the success rates with cardiac surgeries for babies. An investigation by CNN into a Florida hospital with excessive fatalities after heart surgeries on babies has focused attention on the issue of quality programs.

The hospital featured in the investigation was shut down as a result of the CNN report. The hospital had a record of nine deaths over a period of more than 3 years. There were other close calls in which babies were transferred to other facilities for attention. Surgeons who deal with such emergencies indicate that their jobs are much harder in these cases because of the poor condition of a child when care is transferred. In some cases, they report that incorrect procedures have been performed. In other cases, hospitals with poor records lack sufficient staffing to ensure that there is knowledgeable help available in an urgent situation. The complexity of heart surgery makes ample staffing and extensive experience important for optimum results.

Why is the rate of C-sections so high in the U.S.?

Every year, a percentage of infants born in New York hospitals are delivered via cesarean section. At the end of 2015, the Journal of American Medicine published a study indicating that the ideal rate of C-sections established by the World Health Organization of 10 to 15 percent may be too low.

The study looked at data from 23 million C-sections performed during 2012 in 54 countries and found that infant and maternal mortality rates were the lowest when C-section rates approached 19 percent. The C-section rate for the United States is around 33 percent, and the United States has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world among developed nations. Doctors may elect to perform C-sections for financial reasons, because C-sections are more profitable overall as they usually take less time than vaginal deliveries.

Do I have a car accident case?

After a serious motor vehicle accident, there are many questions that need to be answered. How will you pay your bills? What will you do if you can't return to work? Who will cover the costs of treatment into the future?

Through a personal injury claim, you can secure compensation to help you cover your medical expenses, lost wages and damages for your pain and suffering. But how do you know if you qualify to bring a claim?

Study compares outcomes of home births and hospital births

Expectant parents in New York want to plan the perfect birth. Home birth, although not prevalent in the United States, does exist as an option for women with low-risk pregnancies. To examine the safety of home birth, Canadian researchers compared outcomes for women without any pregnancy risk factors who gave birth at home or in a hospital. They found only small differences between the two settings and declared home birth as safe as hospital birth for healthy women.

For example, severe problems like stillbirth or newborn death occurred at close to the same rate for home births as hospital births. Among home births, 1.15 per 1,000 births experienced loss of the child. At the hospital, 0.94 births per 1,000 ended in stillbirth or newborn death.

Study provides insight into surgical errors

Patients who undergo surgery in New York area hospitals may soon be safer thanks to a comprehensive study performed by researchers at England's Oxford University. Efforts to reduce patient injuries and medical errors during surgical procedures have generally followed one of two strategies, but the Oxford team discovered that taking a combined approach was far more effective. The study, which is the largest ever in the field of surgical errors, was conducted over four years by a team from the university's Department of Surgical Sciences. The team published their findings in the medical journal Annals of Surgery.

Attempts to improve the outcomes of surgical patients have generally focused on either on improving teamwork and communication between surgeons and their support staff or refining operating room policies and procedures. However, the Oxford team determined that a hybrid approach addressing both the culture of surgical staff and the way that they went about their work achieved the best results.

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