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Best apps to help bicyclists stay safe

As a cyclist in today's world, there are so many mobile apps that can benefit you. Your mobile device can help you track your rides, monitor your training and send safety alerts after an accident. All you need are the right apps.

There are numerous apps available, with new ones flooding the market every day. To save you some time, frustration and stress, here is a list of the most essential cycling apps to try out. 

Can marijuana use lead to a motor vehicle accident?

Marijuana is becoming much more acceptable in our society. Although it is still illegal under federal law, many states have taken steps to decriminalize or even legalize the drug. Regardless of one's position on this matter, one fact is true: marijuana use can affect an individual's ability to safely drive a motor vehicle. A driver who is under the influence of marijuana is more likely to cause a motor vehicle accident compared to a sober motorist.

Marijuana can affect one's driving ability in many ways. To start, it can decrease an individual's reaction time, which can make it difficult for him or her to adequately brake for slowed or stopped traffic, as well as halt at stop signs and yield to pedestrians. Also, marijuana can diminish an individual's coordination and distort his or her perception. Again, these reduced capacities can affect a driver's ability to safely operate his or her vehicle.

Strong legal arguments must support medical malpractice claims

Medical malpractice is a tragic and an all too often occurrence throughout our country, including here in New York. Each year, thousands of people suffer harm at the hands of errant medical professionals, which can leave them with a worsened medical condition, the need for long-term care and physical and emotional pain and suffering. The worst cases are fatal, which can cause devastation to victim's family. Perhaps the saddest part of medical malpractice is that it is wholly preventable, which makes it even more unacceptable.

Although nothing can truly remedy the harm that has been inflicted upon victims of the negligence of hospitals and health care professionals, legal action may help victims feel as if their voices are being heard and assist them in finding accountability. In addition, a medical malpractice lawsuit may lead to the recovery of compensation, which can help offset medical expenses and lost wages, as well as help alleviate pain and suffering.

Failure to diagnose preeclampsia

Normal pregnancies come with aches, pains, discomfort, nausea and fatigue. But these can also be symptoms of preeclampsia. Preeclampsia refers to high blood pressure in pregnant women. If doctors fail to diagnose and treat this condition, it can lead to serious health risks for mothers and babies.  

It is vital for doctors to be diligent in detecting and resolving preeclampsia in expecting moms. When the failure to diagnose preeclampsia results in harm to patients, doctors may be guilty of medical malpractice.

Construction accidents and Public Law 240

New York has its fair share of construction workers. On nearly an everyday basis, these men and women work hard to improve our cities and state. Sadly, many of these workers end up injured in workplace accidents. These injuries can sometimes be quite severe, leaving victims with a long road to recovery and the imposition of unexpected medical expenses and lost wages. Although workers' compensation benefits may be available to these individuals, these payments may not be enough to cover the full extent of damages suffered.

Therefore, New York has implemented several laws that impose liability on others when certain workplace accidents occur. Labor law 240, for example, which is often referred to as the scaffold law, allows injured workers to hold contractors, property managers, owners and other parties liable if they fail to supply the appropriate safeguards and ensure that employees are adequately using them.

Medical malpractice: apology laws don't seem to work

Medical errors are a scary reality. Far too often medical professionals make mistakes that harm patients. These mishaps can occur in several ways, including through misdiagnosis, surgical error and medication mistakes. Regardless of how these errors occur, an injured patient may be able to pursue a medical malpractice claim in hopes of recovering their damages and imposing accountability. In many of these cases a doctor will flat out apologize for the mistake. But can that be used as evidence of negligence?

Many states, 40 in fact, have laws that disallow an injured patient from using a doctor's apology as evidence of wrongdoing. These states believe that this fosters doctor/patient relationships and help put doctors' minds at ease. New York does not have one of these laws, but there have been talks about implementing one. This means that, as the law stands now, if a doctor says "sorry" for not catching a disease earlier, that statement may be submitted to a judge and jury in light of the applicable medical standards and other facts to determine if he or she should be held liable for any damages that resulted from the delay.

5 situations that may put newborns at risk

Few life events are more exciting than welcoming a new baby to the world. While you have hundreds of tasks you must accomplish before the birth of your son or daughter, you must do what you can to promote a healthy environment. 

There are many ways to ensure your infant has a healthy experience inside the womb. Unfortunately, there are also a few ways babies sustain injuries during birth. Here are five situations that may increase the chances of birth injuries for newborn babies

Personal injury claims and pain and suffering damages

If you've recently been injured in a motor vehicle accident, then you're probably feeling the financial ramifications of that event. Medical bills can quickly become overwhelming, and missing work to focus on your recovery can lead to lost wages. Taken together, you can be left in a precarious financial predicament. Fortunately, a personal injury lawsuit may help alleviate these losses if the accident that left you hurt was caused by the negligence of another.

But economic damages like medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and lost wages are not the only types of damages that can be inflicted upon you. If you've been hurt in a car accident, then you've probably also experienced some sort of pain and suffering. Through a personal injury lawsuit, you may be compensated for these damages, too.

3 maintenance musts for a bicycle helmet

Cycling is a wonderful way to commute, exercise and enjoy the city. Every time you climb on your bicycle, you must take certain steps to avoid an accident. After all, bike accidents occur every day.  If you find yourself involved in one, you may never be the same. 

In 2017, more than 4,000 cyclists in New York City sustained some type of injury in a collision with a motor vehicle. Wearing a helmet is one of the best ways to stay safe on your bike. Still, your helmet is only as good as the maintenance you perform on it. Here are three ways to keep your riding helmet in excellent shape: 

Construction accident leaves man with serious head injury

There are many dangerous professions, but the construction industry carries its fair share of them. Far too often, New York's construction workers are harmed when struck by moving vehicles or falling debris or when they fall from great heights or are crushed by machinery.

The risks are numerous, and the extent of harm suffered in a construction accident can be significant.

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