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Welcome to the news from the New York Injury Lawyer blog. Here we present interesting and relevant news stories involving our areas of specialty, including personal injuries, slip and falls, medical malpractice and brain injury claims. Have an interesting injury story? Tell us.

Manhattan car accident injured police officer in Smart Car

New York – An NYPD officer suffered neck and back injuries due to a car crash in a city park. The car collision occurred in Washington Square Park when a reckless driver slammed into the concrete barriers that were placed there to protect pedestrians in the park. Police report that the driver of the car lost control for an unknown reason and hit the bollards. His vehicle then slammed into a parked NYPD Smart Car injuring the officer. The cop will require additional evaluation and treatment for his spinal injury. Doctors explain that this kind of accident injury can cause permanent disability with broken bones or fractures, herniated disc or even spinal cord or other nerve damage. The initial investigation has raised suspicion that the cause of this police car accident was a drunk driver of the other vehicle. Bystander reports show that the man jumped the curb and slammed into an area where vehicles are forbidden from driving. In fact, the location had concrete traffic barriers placed for the very purpose of preventing another deadly pedestrian accident as occurred in that park years ago. See this article for more about this accident with injuries.

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New York City a dangerous place for bicyclists

New York – Bicycle accidents are a known hazard for bikers, pedestrians and motorists alike. Unfortunately, bike crash incidents occur all of the time on the busy city streets, causing serious accident injuries and even wrongful deaths. Public safety advocates say that the city, police and many drivers share negligent responsibility for these accidents. They believe that the proper steps to secure the roads are not taken despite the known hazardous condition created for innocent bicycle riders that also need to share the roads. This is how many get to work, do deliveries, make their way to shopping and overall just get around. Activists contend that department of transportation officials must do a proper job of designing safe streets, maintain roads and parking zones according to basic safety standards and must identify and repair known danger zones. Negligent maintenance is an obvious safety hazard that should be addressed by city officials. In addition, NYPD police officers have a responsibility to actively make the streets safer by stopping and ticketing or towing dangerous drivers and keeping bicycle lanes open and clear of illegally parked cars and trucks. This can prevent bike versus car accidents. The sanitation department also shares responsibility to maintain clean and safe streets and bike lanes without dangerous debris that can lead to a collision or injury. This article shares more about the dangers and difficulties that often lead to bicycle and pedestrian accidents.

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Scaffolding collapse injures workers on West Side of Manhattan

New York – Two window washers were injured on the job while working on the side of a skyscraper at Hudson Yards. Reports show that they were working on a scaffold when it apparently gave way and collapsed with the workers inside. According to responders the accident victims fell along with the scaffolding rig approximately twenty feet down and suffered a fall accident with injuries. It does not appear that the men slipped out of the rig but it is unclear if that is due to safety harness equipment that is standard issue for dangerous work at a height. Safety inspectors will also need to make sure that the workers were properly trained for the job and in the use of all legally required safety equipment and procedures. In addition, it is necessary to inspect the maintenance records for the scaffold equipment as well as the harnesses and safety devices. Negligent maintenance can easily lead to a scaffold collapse or construction accident and therefore proper maintenance records are needed in such situations. One injured worker was taken in serious condition to the trauma room of a close hospital while the other injury victim was taken to the emergency room in stable condition, both with unknown wounds. The work accident may be covered by worker’s compensation insurance coverage, however, this would require further investigation. This article explains more about this work injury.

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Bicycle accident responsible for another preventable traffic fatality

New York – Yet another bicyclist died in a bike crash in Brooklyn. The rider was hit by a car during a car crash that caused serious injuries. The bicycle rider apparently had gone through an intersection with a stop sign and was struck by the car. He sustained a severe head injury with and was taken to the hospital. Details regarding the nature of his accident injuries are unclear but he apparently suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Hospital officials report that the injured bicyclist was treated for his injuries for several days but ended up dying from those wounds. It is believed that the brain damage, or TBI, caused by the car accident left the man critically injured and certainly contributed to his death. Other internal injuries or bleeding has not been fully ruled out at this point.

New York City traffic safety advocates say that this was yet another preventable traffic accident. They believe that this car crash led to the wrongful death of the rider. The responsibility to create and maintain safe roads, including bicycle lanes, is the responsibility of the city transportation board. Some feel that they have not done enough to build and properly maintain acceptable safety standards in order to protect pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. They note that drivers need to have clear designations as to where to drive and how to maintain safety in order to protect others sharing the roads. Clear road signs are not always present or visible. At the same time, road maintenance crews must be dispatched to fix damaged and dangerous sections of road and intersections. Some feel that negligent maintenance has created a hazardous situation for everyone on the road. You can check out more about this bicycle crash and another deadly pedestrian accident here.

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Should doctors and nurses be protected from COVID-19 medical malpractice lawsuits?

New York – The State of New York instituted a law that attempts to provide immunity to healthcare workers who provide negligent medical care. The ruling was set in place as an emergency effort in order to bring in additional doctors, physician assistants and nurses during the initial response to the coronavirus pandemic. However, critics explain that this initial concept has continued and is a dangerous precedent to set. They note that only ‘gross negligence’ could be claimed in a medical malpractice lawsuit case. This gives healthcare workers free reign to mostly act as they please despite the potential damage and injury that they may cause. It should be noted that everyone appreciates the efforts being undertaken by the healthcare workers during these trying times. However, that should not mean that patient’s rights should be trampled on or that high quality medical care shouldn’t be provided consistently. Accountability within hospitals and doctor’s offices is an essential component of maintaining proper care and preventing medical errors or mistakes. Patient safety advocates claim that the intent of the law is not as important as the protection of patient rights and provision of medical care that is up to the accepted standard of care. Poor or substandard quality of care must be prevented, monitored and dealt with expediently in order to maintain proper healthcare, according to those challenging the law. In fact, a top New York medical malpractice lawyer notes that the validity of the law is actually in question and may need to be challenged. You can read more about this medical malpractice law here.

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Police officer injured on the job during truck crash investigation

New York – A state police trooper suffered a serious work injury during a motor vehicle accident investigation. The injured policewoman was sitting in the driver’s seat of her police car when her car was rear-ended by an SUV truck. According to reports, the officer was on the scene of a prior truck accident, parked on the side of a highway and situated just behind the truck. The Chevy SUV driver apparently violated the New York “move over law” that instructs drivers to move over a full lane when emergency vehicles are operating on the shoulder or lane of a highway. This violation may constitute negligence or even reckless driving and can be grounds for a moving violation ticket as well as a personal injury lawsuit. Meanwhile, the injured worker cop was taken to the hospital for various injuries. These work injuries may very well leave this New York State trooper with significant permanent disability issues. On-the-job injuries are a common problem for all types of workers but these types of accidents are extremely serious when it comes to police officers involved in work injuries. Worker’s compensation, or worker’s comp, is supposed to cover work related accident injuries. However, some workers find it necessary to get the assistance of a specialized work injury lawyer in order to get the care and funds that they deserve. You can see this article for more about this officer’s job related car accident with injury.

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Woman suffers traumatic brain injury from falling object

New York – This twenty-three year old woman was walking on a Manhattan sidewalk when she was hit in the head by a falling object. The injured woman was caught by surprise as she walked with a friend during a rain storm. Suddenly, a heavy chair flew off of a high balcony of a nearby residential building in a heavy wind. The falling debris came crashing down on the woman causing a severe head injury with serious intracranial hemorrhage or bleeding. She was rendered unconscious and bystanders called for an ambulance. Paramedics stabilized the injury victim and she was rushed to a hospital’s trauma center to undergo emergency surgery. Doctors were able to save her life and treated her severe neurological injuries along with various other wounds. The woman was hospitalized at Bellevue Hospital and continues to struggle to recover from her disabling injuries. They fear that she may have a permanent disability as a result of physical injuries. However, the neuropsychiatric and neurological injury can also leave her with permanent cognitive problems, a post-traumatic stress disorder as well as an adjustment disorder.

The woman has decided to file a personal injury lawsuit claiming negligence on behalf of the owners and residents of the apartment. The claim of negligence is based on the fact that furniture, loose objects and debris should be removed or secured to a balcony or rooftop before a wind storm can blow it over. It is the responsibility of home owners and building managers to maintain basic safety standards to prevent injury or wrongful death. You can see more about this horrifying accident with injuries here.

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FDNY fire truck versus ambulance accident with injuries and one death

New York – A fire truck accident occurred when two FDNY emergency vehicles collided in a deadly motor vehicle accident. The fire truck was responding in emergency mode with flashing lights and sirens activated when it slammed into the ambulance in the middle of an intersection. The ambulance was also driving through the intersection while it was transporting a sick patient to the emergency room. That patient had been suffering from a cardiac emergency but also ended up sustaining fatal accident injuries during the truck crash. The ambulance was apparently sent into a tail spin and then struck a civilian car during the series of collisions.

Police and additional emergency medical responders to the scene evacuated multiple injured accident victims. However, they were unable to save the patient in the ambulance collision and he was pronounced dead soon after. This accident has raised concern regarding the dangerous condition created when multiple emergency vehicles respond to various emergencies in the densely populated New York City. Experts say that increased safety measures are needed and must be stressed on drivers of these police cars, fire trucks and ambulances in order to prevent unnecessary injury and wrongful death. Find out further details about this FDNY accident here.

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Uber accident leads to pedestrian injuries

New York – An Uber driver was struck by another car in a car crash in Manhattan this week. One of the vehicles then crashed into an outdoor seating area of a local restaurant, striking multiple pedestrians and diners. It is unclear what caused the initial car accident but authorities were investigating to determine if there was negligence or reckless driving involved. The injured accident victims were taken to the emergency department for treatment of their wounds. This pedestrian accident involving patrons of restaurants that maintain outdoor seating during corona is certainly not a first. Safety advocates have expressed concern for the public safety of customers, workers and pedestrians due to the dangerous situation. They note that besides for criminal charges a dangerous driver that causes such an accident with injuries can be liable for a personal injury lawsuit. Read more about the injured pedestrians here.

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Brooklyn bus accident injures passengers and driver

New York – Passengers involved in a bus crash several days ago were taken to the emergency room for evaluation of their injuries. Officials say that a passenger commuter bus operated by the City of New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) was involved in a serious collision. The MTA bus accident occurred when an apparently speeding car struck the bus. This car accident and left many victims injured according to emergency responders. The accident injuries from the car accident are not fully known at this point. It is suspected that some of the approximately 14 accident victims suffered neck and back pain, possible fractures and even suspected head injury. Police have reported that the cause of the motor vehicle accident (MVA) was an SUV truck that was speeding and fleeing from police. They note that reckless driving was involved and the vehicle ran through a stop sign just before slamming into the commuter bus. Check out this article for more in the investigation about this bus versus SUV accident.

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