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New York City Personal Injury Blog

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.

Doctor claims birth injuries were caused by contractions

A complicated birth presents many unknowns for parents in New York and beyond. Birth injuries are possible if supreme care is not taken when delivering a child in a high-risk situation. Following delivery, the child may be carefully examined and monitored for signs that an injury has occurred. For one family in another state, a successful malpractice lawsuit will help them pay for the medical treatment their daughter has endure in the ten years since her traumatic birth.

The mother came to the hospital to have her labor induced, but during the delivery, the child's shoulders became lodged in the birth canal. Because the doctor apparently did not notice that the baby's shoulders were stuck, he asked for assistance in using suction to force the baby out. When the baby was delivered, the force of the process damaged the nerves from her spine to her right arm. As a result, the child has limited movement in her arm, even ten years later.

Family files medical malpractice suit for fatal dental procedure

Sometimes surgical procedures are risky, and patients and their families in New York understand the higher possibility of injury or death. However, when death results from a routine, seemingly simple surgery, families are often left stunned and confused. Parents in another state are devastated after the death of their vibrant teenage daughter during a dental extraction. After denying their intent to sue for medical malpractice, the parents have reconsidered.

The 17-year-old went to an oral surgeon to have her wisdom teeth extracted. Apparently, something went wrong during the first minutes of the procedure, and she went into cardiac arrest and died. The lawsuit filed by the girl's parents accuses the dentist of not following proper procedure for the administration of anesthesia and failing to adequately monitor the patient while she was sedated. These allegations stem from conclusions drawn in a Board of Dentistry investigation of the incident.

Limited visibility may cause truck accidents

Tractor-trailers are enormous vehicles, which makes it difficult for the drivers to see everything that is around them. They are also loud because of the engine size required to haul their heavy loads. Since the vehicle may impair both the vision and hearing of a driver, tractor-trailer operators must be especially cautious to avoid truck accidents. Investigators in New York are working to determine if something more than the normal noise and height of a truck prevented the driver from realizing he had struck a pedestrian.

According to witnesses, a person was crossing the street when the truck came through the intersection. Witnesses heard a loud noise as the truck continued down the street, leaving the hooded and bloody body on the side of the road. Onlookers chased the truck, shouting for the driver to stop, but to no avail. Investigators determined that the victim was a 40-year-old woman, although she was not identified. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Man suffers critical work injuries in 50-foot fall

Construction workers in New York surely do not like to hear about fellow workers being injured on the job. Even if those work injuries took place in another state, such accidents are stark reminders of the constant danger of working in high places around heavy equipment. Such an accident in a midwestern state has left a worker fighting for his life.

Working as a contractor on the project, the man fell to the ground from a crane about 50 feet high. The accident happened around 9 a.m. Employees who witnessed the fall said the man was not wearing a safety harness, but the Manufacturing and Labor Communications Manager would not confirm that information.