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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.

Overlooking the signs of fetal distress leads to birth injuries

Few things in life can overcome the excitement of learning you are expecting a new addition to the family. After nurturing your bundle of joy in your body for nine or so months, you prepare for childbirth expecting to soon welcome your child into the world. Due to some complications during the delivery process, your new arrival is whisked away from your body and awaiting arms and given further testing and treatment for injuries sustained during the birthing process. 

Despite advancements in prenatal care and medical technology, birth injuries are still an all-too-real and heartbreaking reality for many parents. Some types of birth trauma are due to uncontrollable factors like genetics. However, many birth injuries are due to missing the signs of fetal distress. 

New York women wins medical malpractice claim

Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals are tasked with important life saving roles. They must provide adequate care that is as effective and efficient as possible without causing harm. With so much unknown information about certain medical conditions, these medical professionals are educated and trained in how to rule out conditions to narrow the field and treat accordingly. By ruling out other medical conditions, doctors can order tests that detect the true cause of a patient's symptoms. Other times these professionals are just expected to provide appropriate treatment for an already identified condition. Yet, far too often medical professionals fail to live up to the applicable standard of care that they owe their patients, which can lead to innocent individuals suffering extensive harm.

This happened to one Bronx grandmother who suffered a serious brain injury caused by a build up of carbon dioxide, leaving her with speech and motor disabilities. The woman presented to the hospital during an asthma attack, but doctors failed to transfer her to a hospital that was capable of removing the carbon dioxide. The incident left her in the hospital and then a nursing home for almost a year while she tried to recover, but the sad reality is that she won't fully recover from her condition.

String of New York construction accidents prove fatal

With New York being a large city that is always expanding and enhancing, it comes as no surprise that there are many construction projects going on throughout the city. It has been noted that there has been a rash of construction accidents recently across New York. In fact, three individuals have been killed in various incidences.

Most recently, a 34-year-old man was killed as he and other construction workers were assembling a crane. According to reports, a counterweight fell on him causing his death. Two other construction workers were injured in the incident. This death comes just days after a 51-year-old man was killed when debris fell on him at a worksite and a 23-year-old man was killed in a separate incident when he fell off the roof of a 13-story building.

What you need to know about garbage truck accidents

Garbage collectors are essential to our society. But while you can be thankful for sanitation workers, you can also recognize the risk of giant trash trucks driving through neighborhoods. These vehicles can cause serious injuries and even deaths when accidents occur. 

When these large and heavy vehicles that carry hazardous loads strike a pedestrian or another vehicle, the consequences can be catastrophic. For example, a garbage truck hit and seriously injured a bicyclist in Manhattan last year. It is important for everyone to know how these accidents occur and what to do when they do. 

Car accidents and vicarious liability

Many of the vehicles on New York's roadways are business vehicles. Semi-trucks, delivery trucks, vans, and even some passenger vehicles that are driven for business purposes can surround an individual while driving. Sadly, just because a person is driving for business doesn't mean that he or she will drive safely. Distracted, drunk and tired driving knows no bounds, meaning that even those who drive for a living can cause a devastating accident that leaves innocent and unsuspecting motorists seriously injured.

While a car accident victim may be able to recover compensation for his or her damages from the individual driver who caused the accident, the truth of the matter is that these negligent drivers often can't adequately pay for the harm they have caused. This means that victims are oftentimes left with judgments that they can't recover. If a negligent driver was performing job duties at the time of the accident in question, though, then a victim may be able to pursue compensation from his or her employer.

3 reasons plaintiffs often wait to explore wrongful death claims

For anyone coping with the death of a loved one, the days, weeks and months after the person dies can be a blur. If someone caused the death of your family member or friend, you may need to pursue legal options. In fact, because the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim in the Empire State is two years, you likely need to act fast to seek compensation for your damages. 

In New York, only the personal representative of a deceased person’s estate may file a wrongful death claim. If you are not the personal representative, you may need to work with the person protecting your legal rights. That, of course, takes time. Still, individuals often wait to explore filing a wrongful death claim. Doing so may be a big mistake. Here are three unwise reasons why plaintiffs delay action: 

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