Donald L. Blankenship, one of the most powerful men in West Virginia and former chairman and CEO of Massey Energy, is presently on trial in federal court as a result of a fatal accident involving one of his company’s coal mines according to a recent New York Times article. Back in April of 2010, the death of Blankenship’s 29 employees brought to light the company’s purportedly less-than-stellar safety record. Indeed, the accident is known as America’s deadliest coal mining disaster in almost four decades. The case against him is the first of its kind to press criminal charges against a coal baron, which alleges willful violation of safety laws in pursuit of profits. Continue reading
Twenty-six-year-old Pedro Bacillo who was working on the interior of a midtown Manhattan building tragically died when the five-story townhome crumbled with him and other workers still inside, according to a recent ABC News report. It took three hours for emergency crews to dig out one other worker while 17 were able to escape uninjured. Investigators are looking into what caused the collapse, which occurred on a construction site that had been taking adjacent buildings down – floor by floor – for several months prior to the disastrous accident. Continue reading
A doctor working out of Bayfront Health Port Charlotte hospital has lost a recent medical malpractice lawsuit, according to a Wink News report. Earlier this year, a jury found Dr. Michael Coffey 70 percent responsible for a 2010 birth that resulted in a severe brain injury. The jury found the hospital, which was named Peace River Regional at the time of the incident, 30 percent responsible. The mother of the child alleges she visited Dr. Coffey, who is still on staff at the hospital, during her pregnancy looking for treatment because of decreased fetal movement as well as other concerns. Continue reading
The ranking of hospitals is beneficial to the consumer public, according to a recent U.S. News & World report. With just under 100,000 patients admitted to U.S. hospitals on a daily basis, it is important to know how the facility you may be visiting compares to others. Hospitals are ranked nationally and regionally, according to the report. The reason why hospitals are ranked is because almost two million people annually need the services of inpatient hospital care for a number of medical conditions that, when treated, may pose an increased risk of harm or even death. If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of the negligence of another, contact a skilled and experienced Bronx personal injury lawyer right away.
How the Hospitals Ranked
The rankings were based on 16 specialties in which hospital care is given and included:
• Cardiology and heart surgery;
• Diabetes and endocrinology;
• Ear, nose and throat care;
• Gastroenterology and GI surgery;
• Neurology and neurosurgery;
• Rehabilitation; and
The first 12 specialties were rated on data, while the last four were ranked solely based on reputation. A total of 4,716 facilities were analyzed using this information. The hospitals that were ranked regionally listed the facilities that were best in states and major metropolitan areas. The national rankings found that only 137 U.S. hospitals performed well enough to be nationally ranked in at least one specialty; 220 were found to be high performing in one or more specialty; and only 15 qualified for an honor roll ranking. The factors considered included reputation with specialists, patient survival rate, patient safety, and other care-related indicators.
Do Your Research
While the rankings are helpful to consumers, it’s important to understand that they are a starting point for patients. In fact, each year thousands of people are injured or killed as a result of negligence. In fact, New York State ranks top in the nation for medical malpractice payouts according to a study, ranking above Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Connecticut in this area. Medical malpractice is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.
According to New York law the time in which a lawsuit may be filed before it is forever banned, known as the statute of limitations, is 2.5 years from when the injury occurred or at the end of continuous treatment during which the act that caused the injury occurred. There is an exception to this rule, however. When a foreign object is left in a patient’s body after surgery, patients must bring a medical malpractice claim within one year from the date the foreign object is discovered. There are other exceptions that may apply so contacting a reputable personal injury lawyer in the Bronx immediately following the incident is always a good idea.
Personal Injury Lawyers: Bronx
The most knowledgeable personal injury lawyers Bronx residents can rely on will help you recover compensation due to you if you have experienced medical malpractice. Personal injury affects millions of Americans each day. Unfortunately, liability is not always clear as these types of cases can be as unique as the individuals or organizations involved. For this reason, if you or someone you know has been the victim of personal injury due to the negligence of another especially if that negligence was committed by the very people that were relied on for healthcare, contact one of the most aggressive and experienced personal injury lawyers Bronx has to offer. The lawyers at the Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum provide legal services throughout New York, including Brooklyn and the Bronx and handle several different types of accident cases. Click or call (718) 237-5586 today to schedule your initial free case consultation.
An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx has left a dozen dead since the pandemic began in July, according to a recent USA Today news report. Mayor Bill De Blasio claimed the plague was on the decline, particularly since no new cases had been recorded. More than 100 total cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported, with over 75 people hospitalized but released. City health authorities reported all of the deaths in the South Bronx were of people with preexisting health conditions. If you or someone you know was recently injured due to the fault of another, contact a knowledgeable Brooklyn personal injury attorney immediately to preserve your rights under the law. Continue reading
A tragic accident occurred in the Upper West Side last month on a quiet Sunday morning, according to a recent Online news report . A portion of a terracotta window at the Esplanade, a senior citizens’ resident on West End Avenue at 74th Street, plummeted eight stories onto a two-year-old and her grandmother who were on a morning stroll. The debris hit the toddler, Greta Green, on the head and caused a severe and fatal brain injury. The grandmother, 60-year-old Susan Frierson, suffered a serious leg injury but survived the incident. If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury, it is important to contact a skilled brain injury attorney Bronx residents can retain in order to ensure you receive just compensation for your damages and/or lost. Continue reading
In April, a Bronx teen tragically died after he fell six stories from a Bronx building apartment. Hakeem Kuta and group of other teenagers had been smoking marijuana in the lobby of a Bronx building. Four New York police officers tried to approach the group, but one member allegedly put his arms out as they tried to come through the door. Immediately after, several kids ran up the stairs of the building to the roof. Continue reading
Playgrounds in New York provide children and their families with a healthy, enjoyable form of outdoor entertainment. Playgrounds, however, can also pose significant safety and health risks for children if they are not properly maintained. For example, injuries can occur from improperly maintained surfaces or protruding nails from playground equipment. Notably, injuries at playgrounds in New York have become an increasing problem. Continue reading
No matter the cause, brain injuries are scary due to their complex character. Further, these types of injuries occur from a vast variety of accidents. Brain injuries also lead to devastating and catastrophic results that can leave victims incapable of working, relaxing, and doing the things they love (such as playing or socializing). They can also lead to significant medical bills and missed time at work or school. And what’s worse is that the signs and symptoms of a brain injury are not always readily apparent, which is what makes these types of injuries so frightening.
If you suspect that you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury, do not hesitate to seek immediate medical attention. A trained medical professional will evaluate your situation and prescribe the type of care necessary to rehabilitate the injury. However, if you suspect that a doctor or medical professional has made a mistake or failed to use reasonable care in treating you or your loved one’s brain injury, do not hesitate to contact a New York Brain Injury Attorney to help evaluate your case.