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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Be Mindful: March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIA) has announced that March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “Change Your Mind,” which will provide a platform for educating the general public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families. The campaign also lends itself to outreach within the brain injury community to remove the stigma associated with these injuries. It also empowers survivors of brain injuries and promotes the various forms of support available.
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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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Drunk Driver Arrested in Violation of Leandra’s Law

Riverhead Town Police arrested a woman on charges of violating Leandra’s Law when she was driving drunk with her two children in the car.

Town officers stopped Prudence B. Williams on East Main Street on April 28 at approximately 11:50 p.m. for a vehicle and traffic law infraction. Police found that she was “driving under the influence of alcohol” while her two daughters — a six-year-old and a six-month-old — were in the vehicle with her.

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Deck Collapse Injures Two During Party

Two people were injured when a deck collapsed during a house party in East Setauket. CBS News reported that 400 people — mostly students at Stony Brook University — attended a party at the house to celebrate “move-in day.” It was estimated that as many as 50 people were on the 10-foot-high deck when it collapsed on August 26, 2016, at 11 p.m.

Of the two who were injured, one had a broken leg and the other suffered abrasions. Police were called to the scene after a neighbor complained about the noise and the number of cars parked in front of the house.

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Car Crash Occurs at Same Intersection Where Fatal Limousine Accident Took Place

The Suffolk Times reported that three people were hospitalized after their car was rear-ended by another vehicle at the intersection of County Road 48 and Depot Lane in Cutchogue. The site of the crash was also the same place where a fatal limousine accident occurred last year.

According to the article, a 23-year-old man driving a 2005 Nissan was heading westbound on CR 48 on July 31, 2016, at approximately 6PM, when he was hit from behind a 19-year-old driving a 2013 Nissan. Three passengers in the second vehicle suffered minor injuries and were treated at Eastern Long Island Hospital. No charges were filed.

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