Attorney advertisement

Paul B. Weitz & Associates, PC
Local 917-338-0697
Toll Free 888-897-5481
Phone 212-346-0045
Hablamos Español

New York City Personal Injury Blog

Mother files wrongful death lawsuit after son dies on school trip

Parents place their trust in many people as their children grow. The groups of people parents trust most are probably teachers and school officials. This may be especially true as children get older and participate in events away from home. When New York schools sponsor trips and provide chaperones, parents often feel nervous about letting their children go, but they realize it is part of growing up and rely on chaperones to keep their children safe. They may never expect it to lead to a wrongful death claim.

One mother in another state is likely regretting her decision to trust the chaperones assigned to accompany her son and 31 other students on a school sponsored trip to Belize. The students were visiting Belize for their international studies class, and part of the trip included a visit to the Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. The 14-year-old's mother had gotten him a head-mounted camera to record his experiences, never imagining the camera would capture the last moments of his life.

Work injuries sideline New York construction worker

While most people suffer an injury on the job at one time or another, construction accidents are seldom minor incidents. An accident at a construction site may mean work injuries that can be permanently disabling or even fatal. Recently, a New York man was injured in an mishap that could have been disastrous.

The worker was standing near a crawler crane when the accident occurred. A beam attached to the crane was being used to drive steel sheeting into the ground when the cable holding the beam snapped. The seven-ton I-beam dropped onto the worker, pinning his legs to the ground. Witnesses say the man was fortunate the beam became caught in the sheeting and only part of it landed on the man's legs; otherwise, the results would have been devastating.

Doctor accused of medical malpractice after woman's death

Surgery is a frightening prospect for many people in New York. When asked why, many will say they do not like to be put to sleep. The practice of anesthesiology is delicate and deals with many variables, any of which may become a crucial element in a patient's survival of the procedure. One doctor in another state is facing a medical malpractice lawsuit following a surgery that ended a woman's life.

The anesthesiologist is accused of providing substandard care that caused the woman's death. The woman was undergoing emergency surgery following an operation on her heart. During the procedure, the doctor inserted an endotracheal tube to allow the woman to breathe while under deep sedation. However, the complaint alleges that the intubation was done improperly, causing the woman great pain and ultimately resulting in her death.

1st wrongful death suit filed after listeria outbreak

Sometimes it is impossible to know that a simple choice can change one's life forever. For example, more people in New York seem to be choosing foods that are organic or raw as a healthier or more natural alternative to the glut of processed foods in the typical diet. Nevertheless, even raw foods come with their own hazards. In fact, one widow in another state has filed a wrongful death lawsuit after an ill-fated food choice took the life of her husband.

The man consumed raw cheese manufactured by a New York-based creamery which specializes in raw milk products. Soon after eating the soft cheese, he fell ill. Because he experienced symptoms of listeriosis, he went to the emergency room and was hospitalized at a nearby medical center. A week later, the hospital transferred the man to a rehabilitation center where he suffered a massive stroke and died.

Birth injuries of shoulders and arms may bring lifelong suffering

Many expectant mothers in New York feel some nervousness as childbirth approaches. It is natural to have some concern about the pain, the difficulty and the outcome of labor and delivery, especially if the mother's condition presents risk factors for the baby's birth. Birth injuries can occur at any time during the birth process and are often the result of negligence by the attending physician or other medical staff.

For example, neonatal brachial plexus palsy is a birth injury caused in which nerves are injured during a traumatic delivery. If the child's neck and head are pulled to the side too far or too roughly, the nerves in the shoulder may be damaged. Infants who are larger than average or who are in a breech position are more likely to suffer such injuries although these incidents are less common now with the wider availability of cesarean deliveries.

Man dies at intersection known for devastating truck accidents

Even on a beautiful afternoon, sometimes a perfect storm brews. For example, combining high speeds, heavy trucks and hazardous intersections can lead to fatal mistakes. The resulting accident may leave devastation and suffering. People at a particular intersection in New York are no strangers to such truck accidents.

Those working in shops nearby say they heard a terrible sound, and without looking, they knew what had happened. Vehicles had collided in the notoriously dangerous intersection. However, when they saw the SUV tangled between a tractor-trailer and a telephone pole, they rushed to the scene. Witnesses say the truck had come through the intersection and collided with the SUV, propelling it across the streets where it landed on its side and slammed against the pole.

Work injuries involving eyes can be prevented

Back injuries, broken bones and shoulder strain may be familiar injuries to many New York workers. Those in the construction industry are no strangers to work injuries that can alter a person's life in a split second. However, injuries that do not get much press are those related to the eyes. Eye injuries in the workplace affect about 2,000 workers a year and are almost entirely preventable.

Office workers see the majority of eye strain that can cause fatigue, headaches and vision problems. Keeping one's computer about 25 inches away may reduce that strain and allow the eyes to blink at a more normal rate, producing more adequate lubrication. Glare from bright screens or insufficient office lighting can also damage one's eyes.

Woman files medical malpractice claim after crippling infection

When preparing for a routine medical procedure, it is common for patients in New York and elsewhere to feel a little nervous. After all, anytime people are sedated and their bodies opened for surgery, there is a risk of complications. Those complications are often preventable, and when patients are left with the devastating consequences of medical malpractice, they may seek compensation.

For some, compensation goes beyond simply sending a message or seeking justice. It may mean the difference between living at an acceptable standard and having no way to care for oneself. Such is the case for a woman in another state who went to the hospital to have a cyst removed from her ovaries. Following the surgery, she developed an infection that raged through her body, costing her both hands and the lower portion of both of her legs. She contends that the doctor cut into her bowel during the surgery.

Latinos suffer highest rate of work injuries

It may not take a study to show that some jobs are inherently dangerous. Most people in New York can probably guess that construction, farming and truck driving are among jobs that claim the most lives across the country. Jobs that include working from heights, exposure to harsh chemicals or operating heavy equipment are usually categorized among the most risky. However, new research shows that work injuries can also be categorized by race and ethnicity.

For example, roofing, the occupation with the highest fatality rate, has a workforce that is predominantly Latino in many areas of the country. African Americans also suffer more workplace injuries than average, including in the roofing industry. To roofers and other construction workers, injuries are so common that many are not reported. The study suggests that all high-risk workers need more safety training and improved standards of safety.

Wrongful death claim possible after man dies in ER

A New York hospital is facing tough questions after a man died while waiting for treatment. The 54-year-old man had been brought to the emergency room after he was found unconscious on the floor in a convenience store. At first, he refused to get into the ambulance, but eventually the man arrived at the hospital, got off the stretcher of his own volition and sat down in a wheelchair. About two and a half hours later, the man was found dead in the waiting room. The hospital and the travel nurse it contracted may be facing a wrongful death claim.

Emergency room procedures begin with a nurse assessing the condition of a patient to ascertain how urgently he or she needs attention. To determine the urgency, the nurse takes vital signs and asks a series of questions, then ranks the patient on a scale of one to five, with one being an extreme emergency. The travel nurse on duty ranked the man a four and wheeled him into the waiting room where he died later that evening.