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Common defenses to medical malpractice claims

All New Yorkers make mistakes from time-to-time. It is part of being human. The hope is that these mistakes are minor and do not have a major effect on the person who made the mistake or those around them. However, this is not always the case, and sometimes the mistakes cause significant problems to those affected by it. For example, mistakes made by doctors and other medical professionals can change people's lives.

Victims of these errors may be left in a worse emotional, physical, and financial position than when they went to see the doctor in the first place. These victims may be entitled to compensation, though, if they are able to succeed with a medical malpractice lawsuit. These claims are not always the easiest cases to win, as there are many defenses that medical professionals may use to aggressively fight back against the allegations levied against them.

Do you drive one of America’s deadliest cars?

Driving through Glen Cove, just like anywhere else in New York, comes with a certain amount of risk. Around any corner can be a driver who is drunk or, more likely the case these day, one that is too busy texting to pay attention to the road. .

By paying attention and staying focused while you are behind the wheel, you can reduce your chances of becoming a victim if the unexpected happens. However, what happens when the danger actually lurks in the machinery of the car itself?

Scaffolding collapses and seriously injures worker

The streets of New York can be very crowded during the day. In addition to the normal foot traffic, there is often construction work going on causing sidewalks to be either narrowed or closed. There are also many situations when scaffolding is placed over a sidewalk forcing pedestrians to walk underneath it while work is going on above them. For this reason, it is important that scaffolding is constructed correctly to keep both workers and pedestrians safe.

Unfortunately, one recent incident highlights just how important this issue can be. There, scaffolding collapsed onto a sidewalk as workers were taking it down. Workers nearby described it as sounding like a car accident. Two pedestrians were injured, but the most seriously hurt was a worker. Witnesses stated that his arm looked like it was badly injured. None of the harm suffered was life-threatening, though, and all are expected to recover. The company was fined $25,000 for failing to safeguard the area.

These car safety tips are easy to follow

As the old joke goes, "Take my advice, I'm not using it."

We've all heard the advice about doing a safety check of our cars before pulling out of the driveway, but how many of us really do. Practically speaking, we just don't have the time to do a quick walk-around, the way pilots do before taxing down the runway. 

Distracted driving includes more than just cell phone use

At any given time, a New Yorker can be involved in an accident. Most of the time people arrive at their destination safely, but the risk is always there. This is true even for the safest of drivers. There are a number of factors that contribute to a car accident that are out of the control of drivers. Amongst these are the weather and the actions of other drivers on the road. Sometimes it is impossible to avoid other motorists when they make poor decisions or do not pay attention while they are driving.

Distracted driving is a very serious problem and is the cause of many car accidents each year. It is important that motorists keep their eyes on the road and avoid any activity that requires a driver to take his or her eyes off the road for even a couple seconds. Distractions come in many forms, but most fall into three categories: ones that require a driver to take their eyes off the road, those that require a motorist to take their hands off the steering wheel, and those that cause the mind to focus on things other than driving.

Experts are very important in proving medical malpractice

People in New York have different things they own break down from time to time. For example people may have a car that breaks down and needs repairs done to get it running again or to keep it safe. However, if the mechanic makes a mistake most people will not know what went wrong unless they bring it to another mechanic to look at the problem. This is true for when things go wrong with people's bodies as well and they need to go to the doctor to help them get better.

Sometimes mistakes are made by doctors and people suffer increased or additional problems due to the mistakes. These victims may be able to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor and potential receive compensation for their injuries. However, it is not always easy to prove that the doctor made a mistake since most people do not have medical backgrounds.

Most common OSHA violations at construction sites

There are many dangers at construction sites in New York. These dangers can lead to serious construction accidents and leave workers with serious injuries. However, most of these accidents can be prevented if the companies who employ workers ensure that there is safety equipment at the construction sites and that workers follow the safety regulations. To help ensure that there are proper safety measures in place, the Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) establishes and enforces these safety regulations.

Not all companies and workers follow each and every one of these rules though, which can lead to accidents. Some safety regulations are broken more often than others. The most common OSHA violation is found in fall protection, including failing to have the proper protections in place and to properly train workers. Another top violation is found with the general requirements for scaffolding. Other top violations that can occur at construction sites are violations with regard to respiratory protection, ladders, and communication about hazards.

5 bicycle safety tips for the spring season

As the spring weather begins to settle in, there's a good chance you'll find yourself spending more time outdoors. This is particularly true if you enjoy exercising, such as riding your bike or walking to and from work.

Unfortunately, the more time you spend on your bicycle the more concerns you may have about being part of an accident.

Mother killed in car accident on St. Patrick's Day

Driving cars can make life convenient. However, those who don't follow the rules of the road and remain attentive behind the wheel can cause devastation. Unfortunately, many people have found this out after they themselves were involved in a car accident. People, oftentimes the drivers who did nothing wrong, end up with serious injuries and in some instances even die as a result of these wrecks.

Tragically, this is what happened recently to a mother while driving with her 16-year-old daughter. Reports indicate that the woman and her daughter were travelling on the highway when they were cut off by another driver. This caused the woman to lose control of the vehicle and hit an embankment. The vehicle then overturned causing the woman to be thrown from it. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The daughter remained trapped in the vehicle, but crews were able to get her out. Although she is hospitalized, she is listed as in critical condition. The driver who cut them off left the scene and is being sought by authorities.

Are large cities more dangerous for drivers with child passengers

Car accidents can happen anywhere, but many people assume that driving in big cities like New York is innately more dangerous than driving in less populated areas, e.g., midsize cities or rural areas.

Given the higher density of drivers in metro areas, this is an understandable. Certainly, driving in major cities presents complications, but recent data from researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard indicates that some populations are actually at far greater risk of car accident fatalities in rural parts of the Southeastern United States than in the North.

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