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Recover compensation after accident

Everyone deserves to earn their living in a safe working environment, whether their workspace is an office or a construction site. It is an employer's duty to ensure this, by either removing potential safety hazards or training employees on how to deal with safety hazards. When this duty is breached and an employee is injured in a construction accident that results in catastrophic injuries, they find themselves struggling to make ends meet and cover their medical expenses at the time when finances are often the tightest.

Injuries such as these have a devastating impact on one's life. Depending on the type of injury incurred, the accident victim might be out of a job for a couple of months or even permanently, while the hospital bills pile up. What many workers who have been injured by a fall from an elevated height don't realize is that they are protected by law in New York, as discussed in last week's post.

Working around potential defenses to Labor Law 240

There are many dangerous activities in New York, but these can usually be carried out safely when using the proper equipment. People go skydiving, bungee jumping, rock climbing, and engage in other potentially dangerous recreational activities. These types of activities are optional, but there are many construction workers who face many hazard simply doing their jobs on a daily basis. However, just like those who engage dangerous activities for fun, construction workers can oftentimes perform their job duties in a safe fashion when using the proper equipment.

There are times, though, when the proper precautions are not taken, thereby resulting in construction accidents. Construction workers can suffer severe injuries in these accidents, leading to the need for extensive medical treatment. Such injuries can also prevent an individual from being able to work and earn an income. Compensation may be available to victims of workplace accidents, though, under Labor Law 240 and similar laws, which can be very beneficial.

Considering a drink? It could age your brain.

As someone who suffered injuries in a car crash caused by an intoxicated driver, you're in a position to understand how dangerous drinking and driving really is. For most people, the intoxication starts to dissipate within a few hours after their last drink. However, there are also longer lasting consequences for some.

An interesting thing you may not know is that moderate drinking could have an impact on your memory in the future. According to a British study, moderate drinking, which equals 8 to 12 glasses of wine, beer, or shots each week, could be a sign of eventual memory loss. People who drank in these amounts were also more likely to lose language ability, whereas they did relatively well on other cognitive tests.

Several people injured in accident while riding in limo

Many unexpected things happen in New Yorker's lives that can reshape the way they live One of these events is a car accident. Not all car accidents leave people with major injuries, but some suffer serious injuries from which they may never recover. These injuries can also be very costly for a victim, as medical expenses and lost wages may take quite a toll on a victim's finances.

A group of people who were enjoying a night out in a limousine may be in this situation after being involved in a major car accident. The limo they were riding in was struck by another vehicle head on. The five passengers in the limo, as well as the driver of it, were taken to two local hospitals with injuries. The extent of their harm is unknown at this time. The driver of the other vehicle fled the scene on foot.

Risks involved with C-sections could lead to medical malpractice

Giving birth is a natural process, but how babies in New York are delivered varies depending on the circumstances. While the ideal way is through a vaginal birth, there are many mothers who need to deliver their baby by a cesarean delivery. This involves making incisions in the mother and removing the baby from the uterus through the abdominal wall. Anytime a person goes through a surgery of this nature there are risks involved. Cesarean deliveries are no different.

With this type of operation there is an increased risk for infections, blood loss, scar tissue that can cause pain and future problems, extended recovery and stay in the hospital leading to less initial bonding with their babies, and other risks. There are also risks to the child in question such as breathing problems, low APGAR scores because they do not receive the same stimulation as those delivered vaginally, and injuries such as nicks and cuts during the surgery itself.

Teen safety while driving must be a priority for everyone

In many ways, teenage drivers are the safest drivers on the road, as the lessons from driver's education classes are still fresh in their minds. Unlike "seasoned" drivers, most teenagers haven't had time to pick up bad habits or shortcuts that have become part of today's traffic scene. Nonetheless, inexperience under the stress of heavy and speeding traffic can cause problems and uncertainty behind the wheel. 

There are some specific points that must be reinforced often. When parents don't do this, there is a chance that the young drivers might not abide by safety rules and wind up in an accident, potentially hurting -- or worse -- themselves and others. Here are a few points that all parents of teenagers should enforce.

Statistics demonstrate that many construction accidents occur

Construction is a constant activity in New York. These projects often require many construction workers. These workers, just like anyone else with a job, rely on their employment to make their living and support themselves and their families. So, it is important that they stay healthy and are able to come to work each day to earn their money.

Unfortunately, though, there are some inherent risks in construction. When construction accidents occur, those who are involved can be seriously injured, thereby rendering them unable to work. This happens to many construction workers each year. In 2017 there were a total of 645 construction accidents, and 666 workers were injured as a result. There were also 12 fatalities that year. Two of the leading causes of these accidents were workers falling and materials falling on them.

Spinal cord injuries suffered in accident can change one's life

Car accidents occur every day in New York, oftentimes leaving people's lives severely impacted in a negative fashion. Some individuals are fortunate enough to walk away from these car accidents with no injuries and only minor damage that is nothing more than an inconvenience to deal with. However, there are many other people who are seriously injured in these wrecks. Far too often their lives are changed forever by them. One type of injury that can completely reshape one's life is a spinal cord injury. Car accidents are the leading causes of this type of harm.

The spinal cord has an extremely important role in the body in that it transports messages from the brain to the rest of the body. When these messages cannot get to their destination, the recipient body part will not function. Tragically, many times this damage is irreversible, meaning that a spinal cord injury victim may be without movement in parts of his or her body for the rest of his or her life. This may mean that a victim may never be able to walk again.

When does GPS use count as distracted driving?

When you use a GPS device, it has the potential to actually make you a safer driver. When set up for a trip and used correctly, it can be a seamless navigational aid. As a result, you won't become distracted by stressing out about which way you need to turn next. This allows you to focus on driving safely, while staying aware of traffic delays and hazards that may present themselves. However, it is also important to acknowledge the potential dangers of using a GPS while driving.

Lack of informed consent may constitute medical malpractice

New Yorkers go to the doctor for a variety of reasons. Some reasons are more serious than others. Sometimes people are simply need a yearly physical or treatment of a basic illness, but others require surgeries and other invasive procedures which may require intrusion into the body. These operations usually require anesthesia, and patients often do not know what is actually happening to them while they are out. Instead, they must trust that medical professionals perform their job duties with the utmost care.

That is why prior to a surgery a patient must provide informed consent to a procedure. This consent must be in writing and signed by the patient. The consent form must provide a medical description of the procedure as well as state the procedure in terms which the patient can understand. Then, if any changes are made to the procedure, even minor ones, after initial consent is given, then the consent must be redone and resigned by the patient.

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