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When a car crash results in catastrophic burns

At La Sorsa & Beneventano Attorneys at Law in New York, we are all too familiar with the catastrophic injuries you can suffer in a motor vehicle accident. One of the worst of these injuries is a serious burn.

Unfortunately, the small enclosed space of your car’s interior and the many things in it that can catch fire or become hot enough to burn you make for a deadly combination.

Safety tips for winter storms in New York

Winter draws closer every day, and you know it is going to bring severe storms that blanket New York in snow and ice. It happens every year, and it leads to accidents and injuries. While these incidents may start with serious car accidents, it is important to remember that snow is a hazard anywhere. Many people get hurt in slip-and-fall accidents on uncleared sidewalks, for instance. Others fall in parking lots or at bus stops.

Do not underestimate the damage that a simple fall can do. Broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, cuts and lacerations: Winter weather leads to every type of injury you can imagine.

Do not let an accident ruin your life

Nobody is entirely surefooted. Accidents happen in New York, just as they do everywhere else. The difference is that, in this state, we have a very specific set of rules that determine who would be responsible for any injuries you incur from a slip or a fall.

Any accident you have would probably not be all your fault, so please do not feel as though you should shoulder the burden of your medical bills or other expenses alone. In fact, by pursuing a case against a negligent party, you could help others avoid the same injuries as you incurred.

What happens when doctors leave objects behind?

If you have ever been in the operating room for a surgical procedure, you may have felt at ease that the surgeons and surgical staff was adequately trained and licensed to perform the operation. You are essentially putting your life in the hands of these medical professionals, as well as their experience and knowledge. Surprisingly enough, however, there are a number of incidents where medical negligence causes serious problems for people who leave the operating room. One of the potential complications occurs when physicians leave surgical instruments behind in a patient’s surgical site. These shocking medical mistakes occur more often than you may think.

According to a study published by John Hopkins University, cases involving retained surgical items occur at least 39 times every week in the United States. Surgical sponges are some of the most common items left behind. Surgeons use these sponges to soak up blood, and other bodily fluid from the surgical site. However, once the sponges become saturated with fluid, it is easy for them to blend into the surrounding environment and get overlooked. In one incident, a surgical sponge that was left inside a woman’s operating site adhered to her organs and caused serious infection, nearly taking her life.

Study: Hands free cellphones and distraction

In New York, and in several other states across the nation, drivers are prohibited from using hand-held cellphones while on the road. As a result, a number of motorists have started using hands-free cellphones while behind the wheel in order to stay in compliance and lower the risk of becoming involved in an accident. The problem lies in the fact that hands-free cellphones may not be as safe as some may think.

A study released by AAA discovered that hands-free cellphones are still distractive and may be a danger to those on the road. During the study, researchers measured the amount of cognitive distraction caused by hands-free cellphones in comparison to other distractive tasks, including listening to the radio, talking with another passenger in the car, talking using a hand-held and hands-free cellphone and compose an email using voice activated technology. Participants engaged in these activities while operating a simulator vehicle, as well as a regular vehicle equipped with monitoring devices.

Understaffing in nursing homes leads to neglect

Understaffing in nursing homes is a huge problem across the United States. It is estimated that 90 percent of all nursing homes in the country are suffering from understaffing. The problem is mainly a result of nursing homes being focused on profit, and, therefore, unwillingness to raise salaries or pay for a larger workforce.

While it is recognized that nursing homes need to operate as a business, when they refuse to hire enough staff, and, as a result, the patients in the nursing home suffer, it can constitute unlawful negligence.

Health conditions doctors commonly misdiagnose

When you experience aches, pains or other symptoms, you probably schedule an appointment with your New York physician to determine the cause and outline a plan for treatment. When doctors make errors and fail to properly diagnose your condition, however, it can have a substantial impact on your overall prognosis. At La Sorsa & Beneventano, we understand how much an inaccurate, missed or delayed medical diagnosis can impact you, and we have helped many people whose health suffered because of a doctor’s negligence seek appropriate recourse.

Per Fox News, inaccurate, missed or delayed diagnoses are so common nowadays that about 5 percent of all adults who seek medical treatment receive one every year. Furthermore, such errors play a role in about 10 percent of all American patient deaths, further highlighting the severity and widespread nature of the problem.

How neglect can impact a nursing home resident's health

If you had to place a parent, grandparent or other family member in a nursing home, it was probably because they need ongoing care. Many adults don't have the time to provide daily aid to a loved one, especially if they have a career or minor children at home. You probably assumed that the nursing home facility will take great pains to ensure your loved one receives adequate care.

Sadly, countless vulnerable adults end up victimized due to neglect or even abuse in nursing home facilities. Learning how neglect impacts the life of your loved one can help you advocate for better care and avoid the worst possible consequences.

Slip-and-fall accidents: an employer's nemesis

It is one of the most embarrassing mishaps. It happens in a split second so someone does not even have time to think before he or she slips and falls flat on the floor. For New York employers, this scenario can be more than just embarrassing; it can be costly. 

The National Floor Safety Institute reports that about $250,000-$300,000 is spent annually on "disabling (temporary and permanent) occupational injuries due to falls." The NFSI notes mining and construction industries have the most fatalities from falls, but every service occupation and manufacturing industry copes with the risk. 

Is your parent’s nursing home using chemical restraints?

If your parent suffers from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or some other kind of mental disability and lives in a New York nursing home, you likely have a nagging worry that the facility may not be providing the care (s)he needs and to which (s)he is entitled. Unfortunately, your concern may be justified.

A recent Human Rights Watch study found that many nursing homes routinely give antipsychotic drugs to patients whose doctors have not prescribed them, but whose behavior the nursing home wishes to more easily manage and control. In many situations, neither the patients nor their families have consented to the drug administration and in fact are not even aware of it.

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