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An overview of preventable falls and lawsuits

Many New York property owners may worry about facing a lawsuit if someone slips and falls on their properties. A successful lawsuit may be costly for owners in terms of fines, damages and legal fees. The main component in a slip-and-fall lawsuit centers on whether the property owner created or allowed a condition that caused the accident. In many cases, property owners may be able to reduce the chances of a slip and fall through good property maintenance.

According to the National Safety Council, falls are the top cause of preventable injury-related death for people between 65 and 74 years of age. In terms of preventable nonfatal injuries, falls are the leading cause for all people except those in the 5 to 24 age range. Falls also account for a high number of hospital visits; fall-related injuries brought over 8.5 million people to an emergency room in 2017.

Medical errors the nation’s third-most common cause of death

While it may not surprise you to learn that the top two causes of death in New York and America are heart disease and cancer, the third-most-common cause of death may come as more of a shock. Nowadays, medical errors are among the top three causes of death in America, which is particularly concerning because many such errors are avoidable. At La Sorsa & Beneventano, we recognize that medical errors cause patients and their families considerable hardship, and we have helped many people who suffered due to doctor and health care worker mistakes pursue recourse.

According to CNBC, medical errors are now so commonplace that they kill somewhere between 250,000 and 440,000 Americans each year. It is difficult, however, to determine an exact number of deaths involving medical errors, because funeral directors, coroners and others rarely list medical mistakes as causes of death. These are the professionals that supply the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with their death data, however, which raises questions about whether the 250,000 figure may, in fact, be far too low.

Do you know what caused your commercial truck accident?

After a commercial truck accident, you may have a lot of questions that need answers. How long will your recovery take? When can you expect compensation for your losses? How will you pay your bills if you cannot work?

The details of each accident are unique, so there are no one-size-fits-all answer for victims, but it is always wise to begin building a legal strategy as soon as you can. It is possible that you have more options than you realize right now, but only if you take action immediately. The longer you wait to begin working on your accident claim, the fewer options you have, and the more difficult it is to protect your rights.

The link between road construction and car wrecks

Travelling New York’s roadways presents inevitable hazards, with inclement weather, icy roadways and traffic all contributing to the dangers. Road construction, too, presents a notable hazard for today’s motoring public, with construction zones common sites for car wrecks and associated injuries and fatalities. At La Sorsa & Beneventano, we understand that today’s work zones pose numerous threats to New York drivers, and we have helped many people who suffered injuries in construction zones and other areas pursue appropriate recourse.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, car crashes in work zones are on the rise across the nation, rising 42 percent between 2013 and 2015. Additionally, in 2014, 669 people lost their lives while traveling through road construction zones, which accounted for 2 percent of all road fatalities that year.

Bedsore risks for nursing home residents

When you have a loved one living in a nursing home or assisted living facility near White Plains or another part of New York, you want to feel confident that the care he or she is receiving as a resident is comparable to the care that you, yourself, would provide. Unfortunately, however, many nursing home residents develop injuries as a result of the insufficient care they receive in residential facilities, and the development of bedsores is a common occurrence. At La Sorsa & Beneventano, we understand that bedsores can develop when staff members fail to regularly reposition patients, and we have helped many people whose loved ones suffered injuries in nursing homes and similar environments pursue appropriate recourse.

According to the Mayo Clinic, bedsores, which are also known as pressure ulcers, develop when the skin undergoes exposure to pressure over an extended period of time. Bedsores are especially common in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, as they often develop in people who have limited mobility, and this is why people who are at risk for bedsores require periodic repositioning in order to avoid them.

Why is nighttime driving risker than daytime driving?

If you have ever navigated the roads of White Plains after the sun has set, you may understand why nighttime driving is more dangerous than driving during the day. In fact, the National Safety Council reported that deadly car accidents are three times more likely to occur at night than they are during the day. What are these dangers and how can you minimize your risk of becoming involved in a fatal nighttime accident?

The lack of natural sunlight can make it difficult for you to see. Not only does it affect your peripheral vision, but it inhibits your ability to determine the speed and distance of approaching vehicles. This can make it dangerous when turning out into traffic, as you are more likely to pull out in front of another vehicle.

How does miscommunication contribute to medical errors?

Communication is key. When you communicate with others, you may be sharing vital bits of information with others. This is especially true in the medical industry, where lives are on the line. When you go into see physicians or other medical professionals, you trust that they will communicate effectively with other doctors to achieve what is in your best interest. Yet, an analysis shows that miscommunication between healthcare professionals is one of the major causes of medical errors in the United States.

The analysis was published in the Journal of Patient Safety and showed that improved communication in the medical community could reduce medical errors and resulting patient injury by up to 30 percent. This says a lot when medical errors are the third leading cause of death, preceded by cancer and heart disease. In the study, researchers reported between 210,000 and 440,000 patients are victims of medical mistakes and suffer otherwise preventable injuries that lead to death.

Falls: A leading cause of injuries in nursing homes

Falls happen often in nursing homes. Sometimes, they're not a result of foul play but are due to an elderly person's weakness or balance issues. Other times, they are a result of nurses or aides who don't come to the elder's aid when needed.

Millions of older people live in nursing homes, and many of them fall. These people, usually 65 years of age or older, may not tell others that they've fallen. That's part of the risk, because without knowledge that a person has fallen or why, it's hard to address the issue.

What you should know about aggressive driving

As a New York motorist, you may be used to navigating the busy roadways alongside other large trucks and vehicles. You may be familiar with traffic congestion and, like many other people, find it difficult to get to work, important meetings and appointments while trudging through the piled-up vehicles all hurrying to various destinations. In some cases, these situations can get overwhelming, and you may experience feelings of anger, aggression and rage. Road rage is not uncommon in New York and across the United States. In fact, a report released by AAA reported that as many as 80 percent of motorists have felt road rage at least once while driving in the last 12 months. Road rage can lead to aggressive driving behaviors, which in turn, can cause devastating car accidents, injuries and even deaths.

Aggressive drivers may engage in hazardous behaviors on the road, including the following:

  •          Yelling profanities and using offensive hand gestures
  •          Obsessive horn honking
  •          Erratically switching lanes between other vehicles
  •          Tailgating or driving too closely behind another vehicle
  •          Failure to obey traffic signals, pedestrian crosswalks and signs
  •          Cutting off other drivers and failing to yield to their right of way

What are some lesser-known instances of nursing home abuse?

You expect nothing but the best when you entrust a nursing home with the care of your elderly loved one. Sadly, this is often not the case. Nursing home abuse and neglect are common in New York and the rest of the country. When the topic of nursing home abuse comes up, you might think about a caregiver slapping your relative or neglecting to feed and bathe him or her. While these are common abuses, they are far from the only ones your loved one might suffer.

According to FindLaw, numerous types of abuse and neglect that go beyond physical abuse may be prevalent in the nursing home you trust to care for your loved one. They may include the following:

  • Failing to administer necessary and sometimes life-preserving medications
  • Not keeping track of a resident’s whereabouts, resulting in a resident wandering off and getting lost or injured
  • Emotional and verbal abuse, such as taunting, shouting or threatening to harm the resident
  • Financial exploitation and manipulation
  • Sexual abuse and harassment, ranging from crude comments to coercion, touching while the resident is unconscious or incapacitated and physical assault of a sexual nature
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