A Negligent Ambulance Driver Can Cause Serious or Fatal Injuries

Ambulance accidents have become common throughout New York State.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nationally, on average, there are approximately 4,500 accidents involving ambulances and 33 deaths each year. The vast majority of these deaths are to the driver of the other vehicle.  Ambulance accidents often involve:

  • Pedestrians;
  • Bicyclists;
  • Motorcyclists;
  • Drivers of vehicles;
  • Passengers of vehicles; and,
  • Patients that are transported.

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What to do if You Have Been Injured in a Bicycle Accident

As the weather warms, bicycles become a more popular form of transportation and leisurely activity. However, with the increased use of bicycles comes an increased risk of injury as well. Bicycle accidents may be the result of many different circumstances, such as poor road or sidewalk conditions, negligent drivers, or careless pedestrians and fellow cyclists. In some cases, the state, county or municipality can be held responsible for failing to provide safe roadway conditions. In addition, negligent drivers, pedestrians, and fellow cyclists, can be held responsible for the injuries sustained from a bicycle accident if their actions caused the accident.

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ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Injuries Can Have Lasting Effects

An ENT is a physician that treats abnormalities in the ear, nose, and throat. While most procedures conducted by an ENT pose a minimal risk to a patient, there are still common medical errors that can negatively impact a patient. Common medical errors involving an ENT include:

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Another Recall in the Automobile Industry

Recently, Toyota Motor Company recalled over 656,800 vehicles involving both Toyota and Lexus models that were produced between May 2015 and March 2016. According to Toyota, the recall was due to a defective electrical issue that did not allow airbags to inflate during a crash. Over time, the electrical circuit would lead to the front and side airbag warning lights turning on, which would prevent the bags from deploying. The failure of the airbags to deploy in a crash could result in serious injuries or even death.

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Tragic New York Boating Accident Case Comes to a Close

As the weather heats up, more New Yorkers are taking their boats out onto the open seas. Although boating is a fun activity to engage in, it is important to recognize that it can also be extremely dangerous if certain precautions are not taken. Boat accidents may occur for various reasons, including boating under the influence, negligent speeding, or a manufacturers defect, among others. Recently, a New York man was convicted of manslaughter in a horrific boating accident that occurred on Lake George and resulted in the death of an 8-year-old girl and other serious injuries.

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Motorcycle Accidents in New York

With clear skies and sunshine, the summer months are sure to be the peak time for New York motorcyclists to head out on the open road. Due partly to rising gas prices, more people are using motorcycles than in recent years. In 2015, there were 8.6 million private and commercial motorcycles on the road. With more cyclists on the streets, there is a greater likelihood for a serious motorcycle accident to occur. According to the National Highway and Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatal motorcycle accidents occur 27 times more frequently than fatalities for other motor vehicles. A number of various factors contribute to these serious accidents, including errors by motor vehicle drivers and distracted driving. Since New York’s no-fault laws generally do not apply to motorcycles, these types of accident cases are handled differently from other motor vehicle accidents.

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New York County Supreme Court Upholds Decision Under Respondeat Superior Doctrine

The New York County Supreme Court was tasked with deciding if an employer should be liable for damages caused by one of their employees while running a company errand. Justice James d’Auguste in the case of Couillard v. Shaw reviewed the jury’s decision and the doctrine of respondeat superior in deciding to uphold the $12 million verdict.

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Award for Pain and Suffering Affirmed in Slip-and-Fall Case

As many as 1 million people in the U.S. suffer from slip, trip and fall accidents annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Slip-and-fall accidents can result in serious injuries that require compensation for special damages, including medical bills, rehabilitation, lost current and future wages and other types of care as a result of the injury. An individual may also be able to recover general damages, which include compensation for pain and suffering and change of lifestyle. Recently, a New York City resident suffered from a serious slip-and-fall accident that resulted in a monetary award for liability and pain and suffering damages.

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Estate Not Entitled to Any Damages in New York Wrongful Death Suit in Sunrise Highway Accident

When 64-year-old Juan Estevez attempted to cross Sunrise Highway in Freeport, New York, he was struck by a left turning vehicle. The January 2013 Sunrise Highway accident left Estevez with severe injuries to his head, ribs and sternum. After resuscitation efforts failed at the hospital, he was pronounced dead. Mr. Estevez was survived by three adult sons.

The estate of Mr. Estevez brought suit against the driver. A Nassau County jury found that both the driver and Mr. Estevez were responsible for the accident. The driver testified that he could not have avoided the impact because Estevez was wearing dark clothing, walking against the light, and walking outside of the crosswalk. The jury subsequently found that the driver was 22% liable and Mr. Estevez 78%. Even though the driver was found to have been 22% liable for the accident, the court held that the estate was not entitled to any damages at all for pre-impact terror, pre-death pain and suffering, or loss of parental guidance.

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Sudden Danger Leading to Automobile Accidents

Being faced by a sudden danger of a pedestrian suddenly darting out into traffic, or another vehicle’s failure to yield can be terrifying. Often divers in these situations are unable to prevent a crash from occurring. Claims arising from these situations are often argued under the common law’s “emergency doctrine.”

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