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‎2021 Medical malpractice statistics :: New York has second highest incidence of lawsuits

New York – Statistics accumulated from a survey in 2021 show that medical malpractice and negligence ‎lawsuits are significant and concerning, especially for New Yorkers. The ‎survey was conducted by a professional medical information and education organization. The statistics ‎gathered showed that New York State had the second largest volume of medical malpractice lawsuits. ‎These included all types of malpractice claims, including failure to diagnose or delayed diagnosis, failure ‎to treat a disease or condition, medical or medication mistakes and surgical error. The category of ‎surgical mistakes has been known to include operating on the wrong patient or on the wrong limb or ‎organ. However, a well-known and described surgical malpractice situation is when the doctor forgets ‎or leaves a foreign object inside of the patient. Some of the healthcare malpractice cases described ‎have led to wrongful death and are also evaluated in this survey. Other cases can lead to paralysis, loss ‎of use of function of part of the body or organ as well as infections. These statistics and the volume of ‎health-related malpractice incidents have patient safety specialists concerned. They warn that ‎continued development and following of safety protocols and education are essential to protect ‎patients. You can check out more medical malpractice statistics here.

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Is there a dangerous side effect from the Johnson and Johnson Covid19 vaccine?‎

Experts at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) clearly promote vaccination against the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. In fact, real concern has been expressed at delays in making life-saving vaccines available to ‎those at risk and in need. One of the difficulties for the average citizen is deciding not just whether or not to vaccinate, but also ‎which. There are currently three popular vaccine manufacturers providing their ‎injections in New York State – including, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J). In some ‎research, the latter has been associated with a possible clotting disorder that has led to the death of ‎several people having received the single dose of J&J’s injection. Further research in ongoing to ‎determine if the vaccine was in fact responsible for the deadly condition and whether or not it is safe ‎to continue using. However, it seems that the CDC has gone so far as to prefer the former two ‎vaccines over the J&J one. This apparent change in stance seems to be related, at least in part, to ‎concerns of safety. Some patient safety advocates have expressed concern about attempts they feel ‎have covered up the dangers of the vaccine. Others have gone even so far as to accuse medical ‎malpractice. Any delay in sharing of relevant data can lead to delayed diagnosis and even wrongful ‎death, according to experts. Public health specialists explain that we are in a dynamic situation that ‎requires a constant flow of accurate and timely information in order to determine the proper course of ‎action. Any attempt at a company or manufacturer at altering data or delaying critical information from ‎being shared can lead to catastrophic outcomes for patients. It is still too early to determine if this is ‎the case but, in the meantime, it is “buyer beware” until investigators can out the true side effect ‎profile and analyze the company’s data.‎ See this article for more.

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Horse carriage versus car accident on New York City’s streets

New York – The dangers of slow moving horse drawn carriages using the same streets as fast moving ‎cars has become much more apparent this week. A car crash involving a horse pulled wagon took ‎place in Midtown Manhattan. Differing accounts of the accident have created some confusion as to ‎who caused the collision with injuries. Some have noted that the car was possibly speeding or reckless ‎driving. Witnesses have reported that the car slammed into the side of the horse and wagon causing ‎the horse to trip and fall and suffer serious injuries. However, another account of the accident explains ‎that the horse charged into the car and then collapsed. In any event, this horse accident has brought ‎to the forefront about the dangers of having horses on public city streets. Some have charged that ‎such a dangerous situation is intolerable and can be expected to lead to accidents and injuries or even ‎possible wrongful death. This includes the dangers not only to drivers and passengers in cars and in the ‎carriage but also pedestrians, bicyclists and the horses themselves. According to officials, this horse ‎was actually on his first day on the job at the time of the work accident. This raises the question about ‎whether or not the horse and driver of the carriage had sufficient safety training before starting work. ‎See this article for more about this collision.‎

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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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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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New York City construction accident injures and kills workers

New York – Several workers were injured on the job when a construction scaffolding accident sent debris slamming down onto the men. One of the injured workers suffered fatal injuries and died from his wounds at the hospital after doctors attempted to resuscitate him. The other work injury victims were also treated for their accident injuries according to authorities. The construction collapse seems to have occurred when a section of a wall or fencing fell from the rooftop of a building that was undergoing repairs. The facade had sections of scaffolding rigged to it when the falling debris hit the scaffold equipment and caused an equipment failure. Specifics of the mechanism of injury are still unclear. However, it is believed that either the men fell from the scaffold or that the falling metal, brick and concrete sections collapsed and crushed the workers. Further investigations into the cause and nature of this workplace accident with injuries will be necessary to prevent further wrongful death cases. At least two of the injured workmen have been noted to be in serious condition, with possible head injury, broken bones and possible internal organ damage and bleeding. Internal bleeding can sometimes be difficult to diagnose initially. Read up more about this work accident here.

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Apparent reckless driver kills unborn baby, injures mother in car crash

New York – Staten Island’s Hylan Boulevard was the scene of a horrific two-car motor vehicle accident (MVA). One of the cars, an SUV, was apparently speeding when the driver lost control, crossed into oncoming traffic and slammed head-on into another vehicle. The driver of that first car suffered accident injuries, including a possible broken bone. However, the second vehicle, also an SUV, contained two accident victims that suffered much more severe injuries. The male driver of that car suffered a head injury and was taken to the hospital. His female front-seated passenger was pregnant at the time of the SUV accident and was also rushed to a trauma center. Doctors were forced to perform an emergency cesarean section delivery of the baby in an attempt to save the baby’s life. However, hospital officials explain that the newborn infant died of the injuries sustained in the MVA. The nature of the fatal wounds is still under investigation. Officials investigating the car collision believe that the first car was being driven by a reckless driver and that led to the SUV crash. The reckless driving together with the fact that the man was an unlicensed speeding driver has many concerned. Safety advocates have demanded immediate action to remove dangerous drivers from the roads and justice in this wrongful death case. Find out more about the collision and investigation here.

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Car recall announced due to dangerous defective part

Car safety experts are warning about a potentially deadly faulty part that was installed on some Mercedes-Benz cars. This has led to a product safety recall of these vehicles in order to try to repair the hazardous situation. The specific models of cars involved in the product recall have been determined to have used a faulty bonding glue that attaches the sunroof to the vehicle. The glue material has been shown to break down and can cause the sunroof to break off. Concerned car safety specialists say that this can cause a dangerous car accident if the sunroof goes flying at high speeds. It can hit another car or cause a pedestrian accident. It can also cause the driver of the car to lose control and crash, leading to accident injuries or even wrongful death. It is unclear at this point if any car crash incidents have been linked to this potentially dangerous product. See this article for further details about this car recall.

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Building facade collapse kills woman on Manhattan sidewalk

New York – Building debris collapsed down onto the sidewalk below in Midtown Manhattan just two days ago. A heavy section of facade apparently fell off of the face of the building and collapsed onto the pedestrians walking below. At least one section of rubble struck a 60-year-old woman, causing her to lose consciousness. She reportedly suffered a head injury with traumatic brain injury (TBI) during the deadly accident. Emergency responders arrived to find the woman in cardiac arrest from the accident injuries. They believe the traumatic arrest was due to a skull fracture with massive bleeding in her brain. Emergency medical services attempted to resuscitate the injury victim but were unsuccessful according to witnesses. Her injuries were so severe that the victim was pronounced dead at the scene according to officials.

Citizens in New York City expressed concern for their safety when hearing about this tragedy. No one expects debris to suddenly fall from the sky. City safety inspectors from the buildings department had cited this very building’s owner for an apparently related safety hazard. Records show that this building owner was issued a ticket for improper maintenance of the building’s facade only around eight months ago. They apparently paid the fine but it is unclear whether the underlying hazardous condition was fully addressed. A safety law in New York City requires proper professional inspections of the facade of buildings every five years minimally in order to prevent a dangerous situation similar to this pedestrian accident. Building inspectors will continue their investigation into this tragedy to determine the cause of the accident with fatal injuries. In the meantime, a scaffolding was constructed around the building to prevent another immediate accident or wrongful death. You can see this article for more.

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Work injuries at site of construction collapse

New York – A scaffold collapse in Manhattan left two workers injured. The wounded workmen fell from the scaffolding as it collapsed according to reports. They note that one of the victims suffered serious injuries during the work accident. The other accident victim’s injuries were still being assessed but appear to be less life threatening. It is unclear whether the injuries were caused by the fall from a height or rather from being crushed under the falling construction debris. Investigators were also looking in to the cause of the construction collapse to determine if safety precautions were in place. Worker safety is supposed to be the highest priority for employers of construction and renovation companies. However, some employers have been known to take shortcuts in order to save time and money in safety equipment and training. It appears that there was an issue with the building and inadequate maintenance of the scaffolding according to reports. Improper construction or negligent maintenance, especially at a dangerous construction zone, can place the safety, health and lives of workers and bystanders at risk. Workplace accidents are a common problem, especially at construction sites that work with heavy equipment, tall ladders and scaffolds as well as electrical tools such as drills, saws and hydraulic devices. There are also complicating factors such as poor lighting, uneven or broken sidewalks and pavement, and unsteady flooring and walls or even railings and stairs. These hazardous conditions can lead to slip and fall accidents, broken bones, neck and back injuries, heady injury or even wrongful death. Read up more about this construction accident here.

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