Cancer Misdiagnosis: An Overview

The rate of cancer misdiagnosis is almost 30%, according to the BMJ Quality & Safety Journal, a patient-focused editorial concentrating on quality and safety in healthcare. With cancer rating in the top 10 leading causes of death across the globe by the World Health Organization (WHO), the disease is expected to affect the lives of twice as many people as it does today in the next decade or so, with estimates at a whopping 21.4 million cases and 13.5 million deaths by 2030.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), one out of every two people will have some type of cancer diagnosis within their lifetime. The fast-paced lifestyle that is common for many in today’s society often makes patients ignore muted symptoms – creating results that can be catastrophic and even fatal.

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Fatal Brooklyn Auto Accident: Two Dead, Car Split in Half

Excessive speeding was attributed to a recent fatal car crash in Brooklyn, in which a Nissan Maxima split in two after slamming into a utility pole when it came in contact with oncoming traffic. The accident resulted in the instant death of the 18-year-old female passenger. The driver of the speeding car, who was 20 years old, was pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital shortly after the accident. According to witnesses, and video from a surveillance camera monitoring the area where the accident occurred, the vehicle ran through the intersection at an alarming speed while various cars from the opposite lane of traffic were making left turns, and slammed into a BMW immediately before hitting the pole. The driver and passenger of the BMW were taken to Kings County Hospital, suffering minor injuries from the crash. Speak to a knowledgeable New York personal injury attorney to answer any questions or concerns you might have regarding your case.

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Birth Defects: Medical Malpractice During The Delivery of a Baby

Birth defects are more common than most think. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 in every 33 babies is born with a birthdefect. Hospitalization for birth defects in the United States costs over $2.6 billion each year. Birth defects may be the result of genetic, environmental or other unknown factors.

Birth Defects as a Result of Medical Negligence

An experienced Bronx medical malpractice lawyer may assist in obtaining compensation for children and their parents who were victims of medical negligence that resulted in a birth defect. This compensation may cover the costs of caring for the child, including counseling, medications, physical therapy, and other medical expenses.

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How Long Do You Have to File a Claim in New York?

The civil law is focused on resolving disputes between private individuals, businesses, or the government. The goal of the system is to help those harmed by the misconduct of others while providing finality to matter–allowing both sides to move on. In order to prevent the risk of unlimited liability and encourage quick action so that evidence related to the matter is preserved, the law imposes statutes of limitations on most claims.

Virtually all civil injury claims have time limits built into the law. Statutes of limitations lay out the details regarding when those hurt must file a legal claim before losing their right to do so altogether. There are various exceptions and complexities to these time limits, depending on details like the type of accident, age of the victim, and whether a public body is involved. It is Important that you consult a Bronx Personal Injury attorney to understand the details and deadlines of your case.

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Are Landlords Liable for Injuries Caused by Their Tenants’ Dogs?

Many landlords have concerns about their own liability for injuries that are caused by a tenant’s dog. Some landlords refuse to allow dogs on their property at all because of fear of liability. In most cases, however, this fear is largely misplaced. Generally, a landlord will not be held liable for injuries caused by a tenant’s dog, unless the landlord was aware that the dog was a threat to safety, and had the ability to remove the dog; or the landlord was harboring the dog (taking care of the dog). if you believe you were injured as a result of a landlords negligent actions then its important to speak to an experienced landlord liability attorney to receive a free consultation to evaluate your case.

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Officers Identified Buffalo Police Officers Involved in Police Brutality Incident

According to news sources, three Buffalo police officers have been identified in an investigation into police brutality that came to light after a YouTube video emerged showing uniformed police officers beating and kicking a 22-yearold suspect while he was lying on the ground in handcuffs.  The investigation has identified Officer John A. Cirulli as the officer who repeatedly punched and kicked John T. Willet while Willet was restrained in handcuffs.  The Buffalo Police Department said that Officer Cirulli has been suspended from duty without pay for “violations of various departmental rules and regulations.”  Officers Lindsay A. Laracuente-Zgoda and Lamar M. McCulley were identified as the officers who were standing above Willet as he was beaten.  Three other officers walked away before the beating occurred and did not witness it, according to police officials.

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Betrayal of Trust

Most of us go about our lives placing our trust in others. We trust that our police will uphold the law and protect us. We trust that our doctors will put patient safety first. We trust that our work place will be safe. We trust that our landlords will make sure that our homes and our families are safe.  We trust that our schools will safeguard our children. We trust that our roads and sidewalks will be safe.

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Is Scaffolding Manufacturer to Blame for Worker’s Fall Outside Midtown Hotel?

Earlier this month, a man working outside the New York Dream Hotel in Manhattan suffered a fatal fall from the scaffolding on which he was working.  According to news reports of the accident, the man was working on the hotel’s façade when he fell approximately 80 feet through a portion of the scaffolding. Early investigations suggest that the wooden planks in question were either removed or had fallen away. The man landed on the sidewalk shed above the front entrance of the hotel.  After the fall, the workman was taken by ambulance to the Weill Cornell Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. An experienced New York personal injury attorney can help answer any questions or concerns that you might have regarding your case.

Who Was At Fault for Scaffolding Accident?

After the accident, the city’s Department of Buildings issued a stop-work order and cited the hotel for failure to safeguard persons or property affected by construction operations.  During the investigation of the accident, witnesses reported that the workman appeared to fall through a section of scaffolding where the wooden planks were missing.  Scaffolding is made of wood planks, which must be properly secured for worker safety.  If the planks are not secured properly to the scaffolding, they can slip out of place or even fall out entirely. This leaves a gap in the flooring, leading to an obvious safety hazard to anyone using the scaffold.

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Construction Accident Injuries

At some workplaces, the biggest risk of an average day at work is losing a client or damaging a piece of office equipment. But when the workplace is a construction site, the risks are much more dangerous; on any given day, workers may be seriously injured, and there is the potential that life will be lost. Because of this substantial risk, construction companies are required to take many precautions to protect workers, and numerous rules and regulations to enhance safety have been established. Unfortunately, many companies take “short cuts” with safety requirements, and even with safety standards in place, accidents at construction sites  still occur. When such accidents do occur, it is important to consult a firm of skilled Bronx construction accident lawyers who can advise you of your legal rights and options.

Part of what makes construction accidents so dangerous is the nature of the work.  Because of the regulations and safety precautions that are supposed to be in place at construction sites, an injury usually means that something went wrong — which can mean everything from missing safety devices or equipment, to failure to properly secure equipment, failure to clean up after performing work and leaving dangerous debris, inadequate lighting, to lack of supervision.  We all know haste makes waste; contractors that choose to cut corners and rush jobs to increase their profits at the expense of safety for the workers and the public wind up needlessly harming people.

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Facts About Medical Malpractice

Is medical malpractice a real problem?

Yes. The most recent study addressing preventable harm caused by medical negligence reveals that more than 400,000 people a year are harmed and 210,000 people a year are killed by malpractice.  Journal of Patient Safety, Vol. 9 No. 3, P. 122-128, September 2013.  This study shows how the prior studies (discussed below) underestimated the extent of preventable injuries and deaths.

This fact has been repeatedly confirmed.  After a cautious and rigorous analysis of national malpractice claims, Johns Hopkins patient safety researchers estimate that a surgeon in the United States leaves a foreign object such as a sponge or a towel inside a patient’s body after an operation 39 times a week, performs the wrong procedure on a patient 20 times a week and operates on the wrong body site 20 times a week.  The study concluded that “Never Events” [events that should not happen] occur at least 4,000 times per year.

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