The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks injuries in the U.S. and has found that injuries and violence are the leading causes of death in the nation for individuals ages 1 to 44 when compared to other leading causes of death. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014 it is estimated that almost 3 million individuals were hospitalized due to injuries. Almost one million of these personal injuries required time away from work. 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
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
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
Widely available statistics indicate that there is no safe way to text while driving. Nevertheless, many people believe they will not get in an accident and continue to engage in this dangerous behavior. According to a United States Government study, the number of people killed in distraction-affected crashes decreased slightly from 3,360 in 2011 to 3,328 in 2012. However, an estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. This is a staggering number that is far too high. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident where you believe the driver was sending text messages while driving, an experienced New York auto accident attorney can answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding your case.
Why is Texting and Driving So Dangerous?
Simply stated, distracted driving diverts the driver’s attention away from the primary objective of operating the vehicle in a manner that is safe to him or her and other motorists and pedestrians. All such distractions are very dangerous, and pose risks to the safety of motorists, pedestrians, and bystanders in the vicinity of the texting driver.