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July 14, 2014

8 year old boy from the Bronx suffers personal injury after being struck by a minivan whose driver was seen texting just before the accident

A young boy was seriously injured after he was hit by a minivan Saturday in the Bronx, NYC. According to the New York Daily News, the boy was playing with friends when he ran out into the street. He was struck by a minivan driven by a lady who witnesses said was seen texting behind the wheel prior to the accident. The lady also had her children in her car. She remained at the scene and so far no charges have been filed. The boy who suffered serious but non life threatening injuries was rushed to the hospital.


July 11, 2014

White Plains Road, a dangerous roadway in the Bronx, New York, will be redesigned to reduce deaths and personal injuries related to traffic accidents

With an average of 27 deaths or severe injuries related to traffic accidents per mile, White Plains Road in the Bronx is one of the most dangerous roads in New York City. 8 people died in crashes between 2007 and 2014 and it was identified by the Vision Zero Program as a High Crash Corridor. The intersection at White Plains Road and Morris Park Ave figures in the top 20 High Pedestrian Crash Locations in NYC.

Last week the Community Board 9 voted unanimously in favor of a proposal of the New York City Department of Transportation to revamp the road to make it safer. The changes include modified parking lanes and the addition of a left turn bay to reduce speeding and better organize traffic.

Read more and see video on the Bronx News 12 website

Download the PDF presentation from the DOT here

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July 11, 2014

Despite Zero Vision Efforts to reduce Traffic Fatalities Another Pedestrian was Struck resulting in her Death Yesterday on the Upper West Side of Manhattan a Few Blocks Away from where Cooper Stock was Killed by a Taxi in January

A pedestrian was killed after a SUV making a left turn hit her and dragged her down a New York street for half a block . The pedestrian was 61 year old Jean Chamber, an artist who lived on the Upper west Side. She was crossing West End with the light when a SUV making a left turn from 95th street struck her causing her death.

Read more in the New York Daily News

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July 10, 2014

CONGRESS OVERRULING OF AHLBORN DELAYED TO 2016

See our prior blog, "CONGRESS OVERRULES AHLBORN, ATTEMPTS TO GIVE MEDICAID A LIEN ON FULL AMOUNT OF RECOVERY IN PERSONAL INJURY ACTIONS REGARDLESS OF THE AMOUNT PROPERLY ALLOCABLE TO MEDICAID’S EXPENSES"

These amendments were to go into effect October 1, 2014. The effective date is now October 1, 2016 which means plaintiffs will continue to be able to rely on Ahlborn until at least than. Click here for more information. See in particular "SEC. 211. DELAY OF EFFECTIVE DATE FOR MEDICAID AMENDMENTS RELATING TO BENEFICIARY LIABILITY SETTLEMENTS.
Effective as if included in the enactment of the Bipartisan Budget
Act of 2013 (Public Law 113-67), section 202(c) of such Act is amended
by striking ``October 1, 2014'' and inserting ``October 1, 2016''.'

July 9, 2014

The number of people killed and injured in traffic accidents in NYC during the first five months of 2014 decreased compared to the same period of 2013 with pedestrians deaths down by 21% and pedestrian personal injuries down by 7.5%

25 people died in vehicle accidents last May in NYC. Among them were 9 pedestrians, 2 cyclists, 3 vehicle passengers and 11 motorists.This is the highest number of people killed during the length of a month on New York City roads since the beginning of the year. Last April 21 people died in vehicle accidents and during the same month a year earlier, 15 people were killed in traffic accidents.
When looking at the numbers since the beginning of the year, the total number of people killed on the road in the city since the beginning of the year is 97 compared to 99 for the same period of 2013.

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The number of pedestrian deaths was 9 during the month of May compared to 8 last April and 6 in May 2013. Since the beginning of the year 48 pedestrians lost their life in a traffic accident compared to 61 for the first 5 months of 2014, a decrease of 21%.

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The number of cyclist deaths in May 2014 was stable at 2 compared to May 2013 and higher than last April, a month during which one cyclist died. The total number of cyclists who died in a traffic accident since the beginning of 2014 is 5 compared to 3 for the first five months of 2013.

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July 7, 2014

A 2 year old girl drowned in Prospect Park Lake in Brooklyn, NYC, this week-end

Rushona.jpg2 year old Ruhshona Kurbonova drowned in Prospect Park Lake on Saturday afternoon after she wandered off from a family BBQ in the park. The rescuers found the tot's body 5 hours after the girl was found to be missing. The search for the little girl was difficult because the lake was covered by an algae called Azolla caroliniara.

Parents in the park complain that it is difficult to see where the water actually starts and that children may actually not even think its water and then fall in.

Drowning is the second leading cause of of unintentional injury related death among children aged 1 to 14 in the US.

Read more in the New York Daily News

July 7, 2014

A firefighter who was searching for victims died from muliple personal injuries after being trapped in a building on fire in Brooklyn this week-end

Ambrealla.jpg40 year old Gordon Matthew Ambrella died from his injuries after he became trapped in a fire in an apartment on the 19th floor of a Brooklyn high rise. The firefighter went into the apartment to look for victims but he never came back. His colleagues found him unconscious on the floor with multiple injuries. He was rushed to the hospital but he couldn't be saved. The funeral is planned for Thursday.

Photo: Facebook
Read more on New York CBS website

July 1, 2014

A recent investigation conducted by the New York Times indicates that medical malpractice is more prevalent in military hospitals than in civilian hospitals especially for maternity care and surgery

Military hospitals will continue to be plagued by medical malpractice and systemic medical errors in the most routine procedures as long as nothing is being done to address the weakness of the patient safety system in the military environment. According to a recent examination by the New York Times, from 2011 to 2013, medical workers in military hospitals reported 239 unexpected deaths, but only 100 inquiries were forwarded to the Pentagon’s patient-safety center, where analysts recommend how to improve care. Cases involving permanent harm often remained unexamined as well.


The problem is particularly concerning in maternity care and surgery. Babies born at military hospitals are twice as likely to be injured during delivery as newborn nationwide and their mothers have a higher risk of suffering hemorrhage after childbirth. The rate of surgical complications such as infections or improperly done procedures is above the expected rate in half of the 16 biggest military hospitals.

In an excellent article in the New York Times, Sharone LaFraniere and Andrew W. Lehren describe how medical errors have affected or destroyed the life of military families and analyse the reasons behind this disaster.

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June 30, 2014

7 crashes, 8 personal injuries and 3 wrongful death leads General Motors to recall an additional 8.4 million potentially defective cars worlwide

General%20Motor.jpgThe potentially defective cars are recalled mostly because they may have ignition defects that lead to inadvertent key rotation. The models recalled are models of the Cadillac CTS and SRX, and the Chevrolet Malibu, Monte Carlo and Impala, as well as the Oldsmobile Intrigue and Alero, and Pontiac Grand Am and Grand Prix. The model years range from 1997 to 2014. The trading of GM shares was temporarily suspended during the announcement.

Read more in the New York Times

June 30, 2014

The reckless unlicensed teen driver who killed 4 year old Ariel Russo while fleeing from the police on the Upper West Side of Manhattan was offered a reduced sentence and a sealed record if he plead guilty to manslaughter.

Franklin Reyes was 17 year old when he was busted for fatally hitting 4 year old Ariel Russo with his car as he was fleeing from the cops. According to prosecutors Reyes had been driving illegally since age 15 and was bragging on Facebook about speeding.

Ariel Russo's family wanted the judge to treat Reyes as an adult and to sentence him with 15 years of jail. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Gregory Carro however called it a difficult case and offered a sealed record along with a light sentence of 16 months to 4 years in jail if Reyes plead guilty to manslaughter. “Although the horrific consequence, not heeding to the police orders to pull over, are grave … weighing in all the factors I do think youthful offender treatment is appropriate,” Carro said.

Read more in the NY Daily News