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Among all the States in the US, New York State has the highest rate of mothers injured while giving birth.  Many of these injuries are the direct result of hospital negligence and medical malpractice. A recent investigation by USA Today shows that not only in New York but all over America negligent medical workers skip basic safety practices that have proven to be life savers for mothers.

Weighing blood pads to track dangerous hemorrhages as well as controlling blood pressure and if necessary immediately providing medication to prevent strokes are basic procedures that protect a mother about to give birth. However in the US many nurses, doctors and hospitals continue to ignore them. As a result while in most developed countries the rate of maternal deaths and injuries dropped drastically over the last decades, it rose sharply in the US.

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Excepted for California where safe practices have been implemented, hospitals in other Sates continue to ignore basic safety practices.  As a result, every day in the US, 2 mothers die from complications related to delivery. Many of them bleed to death because doctors and nurses don’t bother to quantify blood losses. Many others die from stroke because the hospital staff didn’t track their blood pressure or didn’t provide blood pressure medication on time. Most of these deaths are preventable. Experts estimate that 93% of the deaths related to bleeding could be avoided by quantifying blood loss and 60% of the deaths related to blood pressure disorder could be prevented simply by proprely monitoring blood pressure.

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LightningTwo men suffered personal injury in New York City after they got hit by a lightning strike. The two men were playing soccer in Flushing Meadows Park, near the Queens Zoo on Tuesday night.  The storm broke around 7:30 pm as the 30 and 42 year old men were playing a six-on-six pick-up soccer game.

Nearby the NYPD was holding an event at the park called “National Night Out” and as the storm arrived police were telling people attending the event to clear the area. Andrew Graneros an employee with Everything Entertainment which provided inflatable rides and tents for the event was taking down the rides with his coworker when lightning hit the soccer field. He heard the thunder and immediately looked at the field. The goalie and another player next to him were laying on the ground  He ran to the NYPD event to ask for help. There were a bunch of cops and ambulances around so the response was extremely fast.

The two victims were rushed to the hospital. So far,both victims survived. However the youngest one suffered life threatening injuries and he is still fighting to stay alive.

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ProfessorDanielPollackWhen a caregiver fails to protect a child from being injured he or she may be charged with “child endangerment”.

Common cases of endangering the welfare of a child include for example drunk driving with a child in the car, leaving dangerous weapons nearby a child, leaving a child unattended in a car or domestic violence in front of a child.

In a recent article, “The Legal Contours of Child Endangerment,” published in Policy and Practice, the journal of the American Public Human Services Association, Daniel Pollack, a professor at Yeshiva University’s School of Social in New York City, and a frequent expert witness in child welfare cases explores the legal contours of child endangerment.

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location of the bike accidentA motorcyclist was seriously injured and his passenger died after they collided with a car in New York City on Sunday night.

The accident occurred in Howard Beach, Queens, around 9:00 pm. The 28 old driver and a 33 year old passenger were riding their motorcycle on 162nd Street. As they were crossing the intersection of 162nd Street and Cross Bay Boulevard they collided with a car making a left turn from Cross Bay Boulevard onto 162nd Street.

The car was driven by a 19 year old woman who was transporting two passengers.

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Motorized scooter can cause injuryOver the last months, personal injury lawyers have been receiving an increasing amount of calls regarding motorized scooter accidents. Scooter accidents involving pedestrians as well as single scooter crashes are on the rise in the US with new scooter rental companies setting up shop all over America.

In various cities, especially on the West Coast, companies like Bird and LimeBike are proposing dock-less motorized scooters that can be unlocked with a phone app for an initial fee of one dollar and a rate of 15 cents an hour. Motorized scooters can reach up to 15 miles an hour and are now a common feature in Santa Monica and Washington DC. Motorized scooters are growing in popularity and in many cities in the US they can be seen weaving through vehicular traffic or through pedestrian areas.  Over the last months, in cities where motorized scoooters are legal, personal injury lawyers have also been receiving an increased number of calls from pedestrians who have been hit by motorized scooters and from riders who injured themselves in single scooter crashes caused by a malfunctioning tires or brakes or by road hazards.

Emergency rooms doctors confirm that motorized scooters are leaving behind them a trail of injured riders and pedestrians. Doctors have seen an increased number of patients who suffered head, wrist, elbow and hip injuries after they got involved in a scooter accident. Riders are supposed to wear a helmet but most of them don’t. They are also often wearing earbuds which isolate them further from their surroundings.

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A driver was injured by another driver in a road rage incident that occurred Wednesday afternoon in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The victim was driving down McGuiness Boulevard near the intersection of Norman Avenue when a driver tried to cut in front of him. As they both stopped at the red light the aggressive driver got out of his car and started to insult the other driver and tried to hit him. As the other driver got out of his car and defended himself, the man went back in his car, picked up a knife and tried to hit the victim again. He then stole the victim’s key, got in his car and almost killed him while speeding away. So far the victim’s car hasn’t been found and the car of the man who attacked him had to be towed away from the intersection by the police.

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Injuries are the leading cause of death among New York children. A recent report published by the New York Health Department looks at the trend in injury deaths for children ages 1 to 12 in New York City from 2006 to 2015.

The study shows that in the majority of cases, injuries that resulted in the death of a child in New York City were unintentional. In 2015, for example, among the 22 children who died from injury, 18 were unintentional deaths and 4 were homicides. No suicides were recorded that year. Suicides represent the smallest part of children injury deaths in New York City.

The number of children injury deaths was at its highest in 2006 and at its lowest in 2011 and 2015. Over the last 10 years it has been on a declining trend.

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firearm injuries and childrenFirearm injuries are one of the leading causes of hospitalization for children and teenagers in the United States. A recent study by Bradley R. Herrin, Julie R. Gaither, John M. Leventhal and James Dodington compares hospitalization rates by age in urban settings (metropolitan counties of <50,000),  micropolitan settings (population 10,000-49,999) and rural settings (nonmetropolican nonmicropolitan counties of <10,000) . The searchers used the Kid’s Inpatient Database data from 2006, 2009 and 2012 to analyze 21,581 hospitalizations for firearm injuries. They excluded the children who died in the emergency room.

The study found that:

  • More than 77% of hospitalizations for pediatric firearm injuries were teenagers from 15 to 19 year old living in urban settings
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construction workers with back injuryIn the construction industry, manual lifting and moving heavy materials are the leading causes of disabling injuries. Strains, sprains and related soft tissues injuries affect a majority of construction workers and cost billions of dollars to businesses.  Back injuries are the most common disabling injuries for construction workers and approximately 3 out of 4 back injuries that require time off  to recover are due to over exertion. Other common disabling injuries suffered by construction workers are hand and wrist injuries as well as shoulder injuries. Many of these injuries can be prevented by reducing manual material handling.

PLANNING AND COMMUNICATION ARE KEY TO PREVENT INJURIES

The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) is working on creating a new program for contractors to help them with practical tools and information to plan  for safe manual materials handling while staying productive and profitable. The CPWR works with contractors to define the best way to store and move heavy material on construction sites. So far they found that careful planning and communication were key factors in protecting workers from manual lifting injuries.

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Last week a pedestrian was critically injured in a truck accident in New York. The 37 year old man was run over by a tractor trailer at the intersection of Amsterdam Avenue and 81st Street last Thursday evening a little bit before 7:00 pm. He was rushed to the hospital with severe trauma and was likely to die according to media.

BIG RIGS HAVE NOTHING TO DO IN A NEW YORK RESIDENTIAL AREA AT DINNER TIME

It was a busy summer night in a residential neighborhood and people were having dinner in the various restaurants and terraces located in the area. Witnesses eating at a nearby restaurant said they heard a big thump and then they saw the man laying face down in the street and not moving.  Witnesses rushed to the victim to try to help while the truck continued on its way. He stopped one block away from the accident after a crowd gathered at the rear end of his truck. The driver then cooperated with the the police He told them that he he didn’t realize he had hit someone.