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June 2017 Archives

Roof collapse results in serious work injuries

Construction seems to be a perennial event in New York. Whether it is a new building being raised or an old one receiving much-needed upgrades, the men and women on the front lines of construction know they risk work injuries every day. Part of what makes construction dangerous is the element of the unknown. From changing weather conditions to the failure of a safety device, at any moment, a routine day can turn into disaster.

New York lawmakers consider medical malpractice changes

When a 41-year-old mother went to the doctor feeling ill, she had a treatable form of cancer in her lung. However, the doctor who examined her did not tell her about the mass on her lung, and the disease spread untreated. By the time doctors diagnosed the cancer in her body, it was too late to save her life. Additionally, the time limit for filing a medical malpractice claim in New York had also passed.

When doctors fail to recognize stroke symptoms

As is the case for many types of medical conditions, stroke victims can benefit vastly and often see notable improvement if they can access prompt diagnosis and treatment. Unfortunately, when health care providers overlook or misdiagnose stroke symptoms, patients may not get the care they need in time. In the best case scenario, such a mistake may set back recovery signficantly; in the worst case, the patient may die as a result. How fast a stroke victim gets the right treatment can substantially affect ultimate outcomes.

Was your stroke misdiagnosed? You are not alone

Having a stroke can be a devastating event. It can potentially lead to permanently impaired mental capacity or death. Timely diagnosis and treatment are necessary to reduce the severe effects of a stroke. Unfortunately, misdiagnosis is common. According to a recent study, early symptoms of stroke are commonly missed by emergency room doctors. Women, minorities and young people are especially at risk.

3 causes of truck driver distraction in New York

Accidents in New York involving tractor-trailers, garbage trucks or other heavy vehicles can have disastrous consequences. Due to the significant weight and size of these vehicles, drivers and pedestrians involved in a collision are likely to get debilitating injuries or even die. When an operator of one of these trucks drives distracted, it increases the risk of an accident.

Wrongful death: Crash near airport involved 2 vehicles

Airports are typically busy places, scenes of joy and sorrow as loved ones depart and are reunited. While one busy New York airport has seen its share of airline mishaps, authorities say there have been surprisingly few accidents involving motor vehicles in the airport's parking lots and along its access roads. However, a recent accident ended tragically, and loved ones may have difficulty determining responsibility if they decide to file a wrongful death claim.

3 things to do if your breast cancer was misdiagnosed

Despite being one of the most prevalent and consequential forms of cancer, breast cancer is often misdiagnosed. Whether your doctor failed to diagnose or delayed the diagnosis of your breast cancer, this type of medical malpractice has serious implications. Survival can depend heavily on early diagnosis and treatment.

Signs of a severe traumatic brain injury

The brain is a fascinating structure, and almost every person reacts differently when a head injury occurs. Head injuries are common in sports, motor vehicle accidents and even fights. Recognizing the signs of a traumatic brain injury early can make all the difference in the ultimate outcome for the person involved.

Can cancer be misdiagnosed?

Yes, cancer can be misdiagnosed -- or diagnosed too late. In one type of misdiagnosis, doctors tell patients they have cancer. Later, they find out they do not. This can happen when doctors misread screening tests. For example, a colorectal cancer test requires proper preparation of the bowels. If they are not, a misreading of the test results could be more likely. This type of misdiagnosis can cause huge emotional suffering, but in many cases, there are no long-term physical effects. That said, some people diagnosed with cancer undergo harsh chemotherapy and other unneeded procedures before the truth comes out.

Is gestational diabetes easy to diagnose?

Gestational diabetes is diabetes that appears in a woman during a pregnancy. If it is not diagnosed and treated, the repercussions can be serious. For example, babies may grow too large in the womb, and delivery can be extremely complicated. Injuries to the woman and/or child might result.

Victims of truck accidents can suffer injury and death

Motor vehicle operators understand the fear and danger that tractor-trailer trucks can pose to smaller vehicles traveling the same roadways. The significantly larger size of a tractor-trailer can cause serious harm to anyone in its path. Truck accidents can result in property damage, serious injury and/or death. Recently, a New York man died after being struck by a tractor-trailer late one night on the New England Thruway.