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New York City Personal Injury Blog

Day care closed after wrongful death of child

Parent often have mixed emotions about placing their children in day care. While some New York parents may plan all along to find care for their child and return to work, others struggle with the decision. Nevertheless, it is likely that all parents hope the day care provider they choose will be a safe and nurturing place for their children. Sadly, one family is facing the ultimate tragedy, and a day care facility may be held liable for a child's wrongful death.

The parents were diligent about protecting their 3-year-old son from dairy products after learning that he was deathly allergic. When they enrolled the child in a day care and early learning program, they alerted the staff to their son's medical needs and carefully labeled his food to avoid mistakes. Nevertheless, a member of the staff served the child a grilled cheese sandwich.

4 common causes of garbage truck accidents

Garbage trucks are necessary for collecting trash and keeping neighborhoods clean. Unfortunately, these monstrous vehicles can also contribute to accidents. Due to the sheer size and weight of trash trucks, they can cause serious injuries when they hit passenger cars, pedestrians or bicyclists. 

In fact, the United States Department of Labor keeps track of injuries caused by garbage truck accidents, and many of them are severe and fatal. But how exactly do garbage truck accidents occur? Here are some common causes of trash truck collisions

Medical malpractice lawsuit for delayed cancer treatment

Although many find information about medical conditions on the internet, most New York patients trust their doctors to know when treatment is essential and when it can be delayed. In some cases, a doctor may delay treating a patient's condition in order to observe its progress in order to avoid a drastic procedure that may be unnecessary. However, if a doctor fails to treat a potentially life-threatening condition, the consequences may be tragic and a medical malpractice lawsuit may be appropriate.

One family in another state recently won a clear victory against a doctor whose miscommunication and delayed action likely cost the life of a loved one. The 70-year-old woman had a growth on her left kidney. Although her primary caregiver and her urologist considered the growth benign, the urologist had planned to operate to remove the kidney. However, both doctors opted to postpone the surgery and observe the growth for six months.

Risk of birth injuries may be hidden from expectant mothers

Probably the last thing an expectant mother wants to think about is the harm that can come to her or her baby while in the hospital during and after delivery. Nevertheless, that risk exists, and patients may not know about certain hidden dangers that may lead to birth injuries, both for the mother and the baby. Medical malpractice settlements are not always made public, and without diligent investigation, a patient may not know a lot of things about her doctor that could put her safety at risk.

A patient may be able to find reliable information about a New York doctor's ranking compared to other doctors. However, specific details about patients who are injured or who die under a doctor's care are not always readily available. It may behoove a mother to research whether a doctor carries adequate medical malpractice insurance.

Work injuries after roof collapse at New York construction site

New York construction sites are frequently scenes of accidents and injuries. Any construction worker knows that the risk of work injuries is high, and abiding by recommended safety precautions is essential. However, sometimes an accident cannot be predicted, especially when the building is an older construction. A recent collapse during the renovation of a historic building is one example of such an event.

The $700,000 building was constructed in 1901 and had recently been purchased and gutted for renovations. Workers were on the scene around 10 a.m. unloading cinder blocks from a crane onto the roof. However, the weight of the cinder blocks was too much for the aging roof to support, and the roof collapsed, plunging debris and workers through the second floor to the basement of the building.

Truck accidents change people's opinions of New York

For some who move to New York from other states, the pace of the city is exhilarating, and they find the rush and noise of the traffic part of the attraction. However, when that rush leads to serious injuries, the excitement of city living may wear off quickly, especially for those who are victims of truck accidents. For one man, an encounter with a truck led him to the decision to move out of the city for good.

The accident was the last straw for the man who, since his arrival in the city, has been mugged, had his bike stolen and lost most of his belongings when the neighbors started an apartment fire with fireworks. Nevertheless, he persisted in city life, taking a long bike ride one afternoon. On that day, he was approaching an intersection when a dump truck made a left turn in front of him. The man could not avoid colliding with the truck when the driver failed to yield to him.

Breast cancer is often misdiagnosed

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is crucial to spread awareness of breast cancer and promote mammograms, education and support. However, not every diagnosis of breast cancer is accurate. This is an unfortunate reality shown in a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). According to a report by NPR, pathologists often misdiagnose breast cancer

A delayed or incorrect breast cancer diagnosis can be harmful. Read below for how breast cancer gets misdiagnosed and what complications it can lead to. 

Tainted supplements responsible for wrongful death

When working toward health or fitness goals, many take advantage of any resource that offers results. For some, this means taking over-the-counter supplements, many of which are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Nevertheless, those seeking to lose weight or gain muscle may trust that what they read on the label is reliable and that the manufacturer would warn consumers of any potentially harmful ingredients. Apparently, this is not always the case, and the apparent wrongful death of an athlete is one recent example.

A 27-year-old New York police sergeant was no stranger to supplements because he was a bodybuilder. Part of his regimen was taking an herbal supplement called kratom, which is known for providing bodybuilders with stamina, pain relief and energy. In fact, kratom is also used in some cases to wean people who are addicted to opioids. The police officer purchased the powder form, which he ate in the form of a paste.

3 warning signs of gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a rare yet serious condition that causes high blood sugar and insulin resistance in pregnant women. There are many reasons a woman might develop this condition during pregnancy, including obesity, high blood pressure or prediabetes. If undiagnosed, a child may become too large and cause other birth complications, too. Regardless of the cause, however, it is a doctor's responsibility to provide an accurate diagnosis if a mother develops this potentially serious condition.

According to the Mayo Clinic, most women do not experience noticeable symptoms of the condition. Still, if someone has any or all of the risk factors, her doctor should be proactive in diagnosing the condition if any of the following warning signs exist:

Woman files medical malpractice after surgical mistake

Patients facing cancer diagnoses are typically afraid of the unknown. Treatments for cancer are often aggressive with debilitating side effects, which can be frightening for someone who is already sick. Knowing the treatment may bring about remission is what gets many New York cancer patients through the difficult months. However, for one woman, a doctor's attempt to treat her cancer led to more complications and a medical malpractice lawsuit.

The 63-year-old woman suffered from a tumor on her adrenal gland near her left kidney. She was scheduled for an operation, to be performed by the chief of urology, to remove the cancerous gland. However, in addition to the adrenal gland, the doctor mistakenly removed 40 percent of the woman's pancreas, an essential organ for controlling the body's insulin levels.