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Whiplash is probable after a car accident

People from the New York area who are experiencing dull and aching neck pain, equilibrium problems, dizziness, difficulty concentrating or headaches after being in a car accident may have whiplash. While whiplash can occur after any type of fall or injury, it occurs the most frequently in a car wreck because of the sudden back and forth jolting of the neck. The symptoms of this medical condition may be less moderate at first, but without proper medical attention, they might become more severe with time.

It is possible for lasting symptoms to develop as well if the individual does not consult with a physician. A whiplash injury can cause vertebra to become fractured and, in some cases, dislocated. A medical professional who specializes in neck or back injuries could help to identify the extent of damage a whiplash injury has caused.

Birth injuries from forceps

Many mothers in New York may have had their baby delivered through the use of forceps. These are relatively simple mechanical tools that can be used to help guide a child through the birth canal in the event of a difficult vaginal delivery.

They are similar in principle and purpose to a large set of salad tongs. A doctor may use them to grasp the head of the emerging infant and pull them out. Experts have noted that forceps usually result in a positive outcome for both mother and child, especially when used in conjunction with a vacuum extractor. However, it is possible that misuse, misapplication or simple misfortune may result in injury to the mother or the child.

New York traffic collision kills 27-year-old woman

Local police responded to the scene of a collision involving a Dodge Charger and Mercury Marquis. The incident took place in the Bronx around 8:15 a.m. on Jan. 1 at Cross Bronx Expressway and Rosendale Avenue.

The New York Police Department say the accident occurred when the Dodge rear-ended the Marquis at a red light in the intersection. The impact killed a 27-year-old passenger who was sitting in the back of the car and caused the 54-year-old cab driver of the vehicle to be knocked unconscious; he was treated at a nearby hospital.

New York DWI accident leaves pedestrian critically injured

Authorities report that an accident involving a car and a pedestrian in Coram at around 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 left the pedestrian with severe injuries. A Coram Fire Department ambulance transported the injured party to Stony Brook University Hospital where she was listed as being in critical condition. The nature of her injuries was not reported.

According to the local police department, the accident occurred on Fife Drive when a 56-year-old Bellport man driving a 2002 Hyundai Sonata southbound struck a 50-year-old woman walking in a northbound direction. The driver was arrested on a charge of DWI, and Vehicular Crime Unit detectives were continuing to investigate the accident at the time of reporting.

Safety of outpatient surgery centers put into question

The issue of safety at outpatient surgery centers has come into question since the death of Joan Rivers on Sept. 4. The actress and comedian died after suffering brain damage during routine throat procedures at a New York center, which federal officials investigated. The probe revealed that the clinic violated numerous regulations related to Rivers' death. In an earlier analysis of 244,000 outpatient surgeries from 2005 to 2010, researchers at the University of Michigan discovered several risk factors, including hypertension, overweight and obstructive lung disease, related to serious complications and death within the 72 hours following surgery. The study found 21 deaths and 232 serious complications, including kidney failure, among the outpatient surgery cases. According to another study, about one in every 1,000 patients develops serious complications following a procedure and require hospitalization.

The director of the Consumers Union Safe Patient Project says that outpatient surgery centers operate under various state laws with a lack of quality measures and detailed outcome reporting. Neither regulators or the public know much about what occurs within the centers' walls. Hospitals operate under tighter regulations, and they are required to report on more of their actions, including the number of infections and surgical errors that occur.

Pedestrian killed in NYC bus accident in Brooklyn

At about 6 p.m. on Dec. 21, a 78-year-old man was hit by a New York City bus as he was walking in the East Flatbush area of Brooklyn. The 57-year-old male bus driver was turning from Farragut Road onto New York Avenue when he hit the pedestrian. The man who was hit died at the scene.

The bus driver has been employed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority since 2007. He is being held out-of-service until the conclusion of the investigation.

New York man charged with DWI after fatal crash

On Dec. 6, a 71-year-old New York driver crossed the double yellow line on Route 25 in Greenport, causing a fatal car accident. The driver, who was charged with driving while intoxicated, is the owner of a local business. His Chevrolet pickup truck collided with a 2006 Honda after he crossed into oncoming traffic. Both drivers were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released. The passenger in the Honda, a 22-year-old Peconic man, was rushed to Stony Brook University Hospital where he died of his injuries.

The 71-year-old driver posted $250 bail for the DWI charge while he was in the hospital. In addition to possible intoxication, his driving ability may have been further compromised by heavy rain that was drenching the area at the time of the accident. Local police are investigating whether the rain was a factor in the crash that killed the Honda's passenger.

3 killed in chain reaction New York crash

Three New York residents lost their lives in a three-vehicle crash in the Ontario County town of Phelps on Dec. 16. The accident occurred at approximately 11 a.m. at the intersection of Route 14 and Bostwick Road.

New York State Police said a 71-year-old Geneva man was driving his Buick sedan west on Bostwick Road when he ran a stop sign and hit an SUV traveling north on Route 14. The collision pushed the SUV into the path of a pickup truck headed southbound on Route 14. Two male passengers in the SUV and the pickup driver were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The SUV driver was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital with undisclosed injuries. The Buick driver was not injured.

Drunk driver jumps curb and hits 5 pedestrians

On Dec. 10, a drunk driving accident in New York City injured seven people including the driver believed to be responsible. The accident took place in Herald Square at about 9:50 p.m. when the 34-year-old driver jumped a curb on 34th Street. Five pedestrians were struck, and a passenger in the accused woman's vehicle was also injured.

According to investigators, the pedestrian accident began when the driver was headed eastbound on West 34th Street in a Mustang convertible. After rear-ending a Subaru SUV, the driver tried to perform a U-turn against traffic and ended up colliding head on with a Chevrolet Impala. The impact caused the Mustang to travel backwards, hit a taxicab, jump a curb and then crash into the window of a clothing store.

Medication mix-up caused patient's death, hospital confirms

New York residents might take interest in a case out of Oregon where a hospital reportedly admitted to causing the death of a 65-year-old woman through a medication mix-up. The medical error happened at a health care facility in Bend, where the patient died on Dec. 3, according to authorities.

Authorities reported that the patient, who was intended to receive fosphenytoin, an anti-seizure medication administered intravenously, instead received a dose of rocuronium by employees at the hospital. The affects of rocuronium, a paralyzing agent mostly administered to patients undergoing surgery, caused the woman to cease breathing, which in turn led to cardiac arrest and severe brain damage, purportedly.

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