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Erich%20Shneiderman.jpgA nursing home abuse investigation led to the arrest of nine employees of the Medford Multicare Center for Living, Inc. in Medford, New York, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced yesterday. (picture). According to the press release, Kethlie Joseph, 61, was charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide for the death of a 72 year old female resident of the Medford Multicare Center.

Joseph was in charge of administering treatment to ventilator dependent residents. She was supposed to connect the 72 year old patient to a ventilator at night according to a doctor’s order. She admitted that she didn’t read the doctor order and never connected the patient to the ventilator. At night when the alarms went on because the patient had difficulty breathing she ignored them for two hours and also ignored messages on her pager when the patient stopped breathing.

Four other employees were also charged in connection with the death of the patient:

  • a nurse who stood in front of the monitors and didn’t respond to the alarm for two hours and then lied to investigators to cover up
  • a nurse who falsely claimed to investigators that the patient looked up at her and was alive when in fact she had been dead for hours
  • an aid who falsely claimed that alarms were not beeping
  • another aid who was assigned to sit at the resident’s bedside but who wasn’t there and who never responded to the alarms
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A commercial truck driver crushed a pedestrian in Brooklyn and just sped off as the man was left unconscious. The 70 year old pedestrian was pushing a shopping cart alongside a parked commercial truck. When the pedestrian was at the level of the cab door, the truck pulled out, crushed the man and continued without stopping. The man was found unconscisous at the place of the accident and died at the hospital. The police are still looking for a dark color three axle truck.

Read more in New York CBS

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577

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Last Friday afternoon 3 pedestrians were seriously injured in a car accident on the Upper East Side. A taxi driver lost control of his vehicle, jumped the curb and plowed into a group of pedestrians on East 86th Street and Third Ave. (see New York Post)

This accident should be fully investigated according to new police regulations recently announced by NYPD Police Commissioner Bratton. In a recent speech Bratton said that not only vehicle accidents leading to death but also vehicle accidents leading to serious personal injury would be fully investigated. (see our previous blog)

On Sunday, a 67 year old pedestrian died in a car accident on Staten Island after being hit by a drunk driver. The pedestrian, James Benedict, was about to enter his car parked on Lily Pond Avenue when he was struck by a 39 year old drunk driver who lost control of his SUV, resulting in the death of Mr. Benedict. The driver was arrested and charged with drunk driving. Read more in

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The driver of a cement truck was killed and four people suffered personal injury in an accident that happened in the Bronx on Monday. The truck driver was exiting the Major Deegan Expressway when he lost the control of his vehicle. According to witnesses the truck struck two cars before it crashed into a two faimly dwelling destroying the front of the building.

Read more in the New York Times

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Steigman%20and%20Sallay.pngA settlement in the amount of $1,750,000 was obtained by our partners New York Medical Malpractice Attorneys Ernie Steigman and Chris Sallay for the Wrongful Death of a 41-year old pregnant woman due to the Medical Malpractice of her Obstetrician and his office staff.

In this case, the decedent, who was about 10 weeks pregnant with triplets, had called her doctor’s office complaining of pain in her leg and shortness of breath on a Saturday. The nurse she spoke with advised her to come into the office on Monday. When she arrived on Monday, the doctor examined her but failed to take a Doppler study to determine the source of her leg pain. She was sent home and the next day she died from an undiagnosed venous thrombosis. She left behind her husband. The matter settled shortly after the start of the lawsuit for nearly all the available insurance proceeds.

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liver%20damage.jpgSevere personal injury and even death may result from taking too much acetaminophen. Inadvertent acetaminophen overdose may severely damage the liver and can lead to liver failure, liver transplant and death.

Acetaminophen is used over the counter as a pain and fever medication and is often an ingredient in cold and cough medicine. It is also combined with ingredients to treat pain such as opioids and prescribed by doctors. Many consumers are not aware that their medicine contains acetaminophen, making it easy to accidentally take too much. Prescription narcotics which contain acetaminophen include Tylenol with Codeine, Percocet, and Vicodin. Depending on the milligrams of the narcotic the particular drug may contain as much as 650 Mg. of acetaminophen. Patients should read the label as well as the package insert given with the prescription. Further alcohol should not be used as it is well known that in combination with acetaminophen liver toxicity may result.

To prevent these types of adverse results and to reduce the number of acetaminophen induced liver injuries, the FDA recommends that doctors not prescribe any medication that contains more than 325 mg per dose. The FDA also recommends that pharmacists call doctors and discuss options with them if they receive a prescription for a combination product with more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per dosage unit.

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A Brooklyn worker died in a car wash accident on Sunday. The accident investigators are still looking for the causes of the accident. A SUV had just come out of the automated rails and the worker was taking car of the detailing when suddenly the car and another vehicle crashed in the street, ejecting the worker and killing him.

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Ikea%20Defective%20Lamp.jpgA 16 month-old child wrongfully died and a 15 month-old child was severely injured after they became entangled in a very popular Ikea’s children’s wall-mounted lamp.

There were 2.9 million lamps sold in the US, 1.1 million in Canada and 23 million worldwide.

Consumers should stop using the defective lamp and contact Ikea at 888 966 4532 for a free repair kit. The repair kit has self-adhesive fasteners for attaching the lamp’s cord to the wall as well as safety instructions.

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To prevent wrongful death and personal injury caused by defective or unsafe bedside sleepers a new federal mandatory standard to improve the safety of bedside sleepers was just approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

A bedside sleeper is a bassinet that is attached to an adult bed for parents to easily access their infant from their bed. It is intended for babies up to approximately 5 months.

Among the changes, the new standard includes modifications to the existing standard to address fabric-sided enclosed opening entrapment hazards. Between 2007 and 2009, the CPSC received 4 reports of infant wrongful deaths associated with fabric-sided openings on the products.

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32 year old Nydja Herring died in a drunk driving car accident in NYC this weekend. The accident happened Saturday at 5.30 pm as the mother of the 2 year old twins had just stepped out to run errands for the toddlers at a store nearby. Nydja was crossing the street at the intersection of East Tremont Ave and Van Nest Ave in the Bronx when a drunk driver, 28 year old Augustus Jenkin plowed into her. Jenkins was driving with a suspended license and had 3 passengers in in the car including two children 4 and 10 years old.