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January 23, 2015

Pedestrian deaths are the perfect crime according to former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson

14640732899_99d7bf1992_n.jpg “Pedestrians vs. Cars: Manhattan’s Deadly Traffic Problem and What Can Be Done About It” was the subject of a discussion led two days ago by DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, councilmember Helen Rosenthal, Dana Lerner, and members of the NYPD at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. During the dicsussion Jill Abramson noted that most of the time when a driver kills a pedestrian, nothing happens, not even a ticket. The discussion also covered subjects such as grievance for families who have lost a loved one in traffic accidents, recent traffic accidents data and speed cameras.

Read more in the Gothamist
Picture: Right of Way

January 23, 2015

A 69 year old pedestrian died after being struck by a car in Queens, New York

A 57 year old woman was driving on Bell Boulevard near Estates lane in Bayside when she accidentaly hit a 69 year old woman who was trying to cross the street. The accident happened around around 5:30 pm. The victim was rushed to the hospital but she couldn't be saved and died from her injuries. The driver remained at the scene of the accident and wasn't charged with any criminal offense.

Read more in the New York Daily News

January 21, 2015

Construction worker dies after falling in an elevator shaft in Manhattan

UWS%20construction%20site.jpgA construction accident 0n the Upper West Side led to the death of a 61 year old worker. The man was working on the renovation of a landmark townhouse on 70th street near Columbus Avenue when he fell down the shaft of the elevator from the second floor to the first one. He was transported to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

Read more in the NY Daily News

January 21, 2015

NYPD busted the driver who left a six year old pedestrian injured on the road after striking him when he was getting out of a school bus

schoolbus.jpgAn unlicensed Queens driver who was trying to drive around a stopped school bus hit 6 year old Vincente Estremera as he was getting out of the bus. The driver first stopped and picked up the young boy and told the mother that her son looked OK but he could bring him to his doctor. He then put the child down, got in his car and left the scene of the accident. Vincente was diagnosed with a broken femur and needed to have plates and screws surgically implanted.

The NYPD busted the driver, 47 year old Garfield A. Myrie, at his home. Myrie is facing felony assault, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless endangerment and driving without a license.

January 21, 2015

One man died and seven people suffered personal injury in a five alarm fire in Brooklyn, NYC

A man who couldn't reach the fire escape died after he jumped from a fourth floor window and seven other people were injured, including one critically after a fire broke out at the Flatbush Hardware store in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

The man who died is Bassam Awad. He lived on the top floor of the building and owned a deli nearby. He tried to get to the fire escape but the flames were too intense so he decided to jump out of a window. He was married and had two children, ages 18 and 23. Another person is in critical condition and two others suffered serious burn injuries. Two civilians and two police officers were treated at the scene for minor injuries and smoke inhalation.

Read more in the NY Daily News

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January 21, 2015

What are the potential risks of using pain medicine during pregnancy?

pregnant.jpgTo prescribe or recommend certain types of pain medicine to a pregnant woman can be medical malpractice that can result in miscarriage, birth defects or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The FDA looked at the most recent research studies published in the medical literature on this subject and found that three types of pain medicines used during pregnancy had the following potential health risks:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can lead to miscarriage during the first half of the pregnancy
  • Opioids taken during the first trimester of pregnancy can lead to birth defects of the brain, spine or spinal cord of the baby
  • Acetaminophen taken at anytime during the pregnancy increases the risk of having a child suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Women who are in pain during their pregnancy should always talk to their doctor and carefully weight the risks and benefits before taking over the counter or prescription pain medicine.

The complete FDA Safety Announcement and more informations on the various studies can be found here
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January 20, 2015

Black ice caused multiple traffic accidents and 911 backlog in New York on Sunday

Multiple traffic accidents, including 59 MTA bus crashes as well as slips and falls caused by black ice created a backlog of hundreds of 911 calls in New York on Sunday. According to the FDNY as many as 600 emergency callers were put on hold on Sunday early in the day. The NYPD responded to a total of 1800 calls compared to an average of 400 to 500 a day.

Read more in the New York Post

January 20, 2015

Medical malpractice suspected after beauty queen who received a $1000 coupon for surgery as pageant prize dies during liposuction

The family of 19 year old Catherine Cando Cornejo is claiming that medical malpractice is at the origin of the death of the young beauty queen. The young woman decided to have an abdominal liposuction after she won a coupon for a surgery during a beauty pageant in Ecuador. According to the family, doctors had been pushing her at multiple occasions to undergo what seems to be an unnecessary surgery to loose one inch from her waist. The victim apparently died from cerebral edema according to autopsy results. Medical Malpractice in Ecuador is punishable with one to three years in jail.

Read more in the New York Post

January 20, 2015

Lack of oversight in hospice care has led to a general culture of abuse, misconduct and unethical behaviour

Lack of comprehensive regulation in the hospice industry has lead to repeated instances of abuse and neglect of patients. More and more patients in hospice care are suffering needlessly because they don't get routine hydration, nutrition, medical attention and proper prescription medication. In this video, Farron Cousins, a guest host of Ring of Fire Radio, describes how the corporations came into the hospice business turning it into a full for profit venture with an incentive to cut costs and minimize the amount of care to maximize profit.

January 19, 2015

A pedestrian plunged to his death in Brooklyn, NYC, after he walked on a cellar door that collapsed under him

In New York, poorly maintained cellar doors leading to death or injury can result in premises liability against the owner of a building. It's the nightmare of every New Yorker. Yesterday a man in his 30'ies fell 12 feet and died after walking on a metal cellar door on Bedford Ave in Brooklyn, NYC. The doors were leading to the basement of an abandoned building.

Red more in the New York Daily News