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Category Archives: Personal Injury

Severe Sleep Apnea Causes Fatal NYC Train Accident

With gas prices on the rise, more and more New Yorkers are relying on public transportation to get around. But how safe are NYC’s trains and subways? Are you at risk of being injured? On Monday, April 7, 2014, an Amtrak train derailed while attempting a sharp turn at a high speed — the train… Read More »

Keep it in Mind: The Danger of Contact Sports

Recent studies reveal the danger of concussive damage on any playing field.  They used to call it “punch drunk,” a common name for dementia pugilistica. Suffered by boxers and fighters, the disorder now known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is making deadly inroads into athletes of all ages and sports. The connecting factor?  Repetitive trauma… Read More »

East Harlem Blast Shatters a Community

The force of a blast that leveled two buildings registered on a seismograph at Columbia University. The effect of the blast on New York citizens and families is no less earth-shaking.  On March 12, as utility workers began to investigate a report of a gas smell in the area, an explosion ripped through 1646 Park… Read More »

Health Alert: The Danger of Fibroid Surgery

In the United States, hysterectomy is the second most common surgery undergone by women. For some women, a now-common method of hysterectomy could be a death sentence.  Amy Reed is a 40-year old Boston surgeon with a young family and thriving medical practice. She also has Stage four cancer and an 85 percent chance of… Read More »

Transportation Safety: The Most Wanted List

In January, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published its annual action wish list for 2014. Reflecting old and new concerns, the NTSB list identifies focused areas of concern for the agency in the coming year.  The NTSB is responsible for accident analysis and development of safety strategies for transportation systems across the country.  In… Read More »

Preventable Adverse Events: Can We Escape Medical Mistakes?

Mistakes happen. When they happen in medical settings, people can die or suffer serious injury. A recent study suggests the number of medical errors in the United States is skyrocketing.  In 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) broke new ground by publishing a startling report that estimated 98,000 people die per year as a result… Read More »

Road Construction Ahead: Street Safety Program for New York City

One every 30 hours – that was the death rate from traffic accidents in New York City in 2013.  Twelve-years-old Sammy Cohen Eckstein waited outside his building for a friend on Prospect Park West at Third Street in October, 2013. Wearing cleats and dribbling a soccer ball, the young man is believed to have followed… Read More »

Help or Hurt? Blood Pressure Medication Increases Fall Risk

Medication for hypertension helps decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke. A recent study indicates the medication can also increase your risk of a serious fall. What can you do?  The measure of the intensity of blood pushing against blood vessels as it courses through your body is called blood pressure. Anyone who has… Read More »

Prevention is Key: Spinal Cord Injuries on the Rise

The risk of a fall rises with age. A new study reveals the number of older people suffering disabling spinal cord injury is rising, too.  Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a serious consequence of accidents that twist, bruise or penetrate the spinal column. The thick, whitish spinal cord runs from the base of the brain… Read More »

Medical Malpractice Case Helps Injured Patients Understand Hospital Liability

Stacey Galette, 34 years old, went into a Long Island hospital for what she believed to be a routine surgery. Little did the Brooklyn mom known that this routine procedure would turn into a nightmare resulting in the loss of both her legs.  Galette visited Winthrop University Hospital in 2009 for a laparoscopic removal of… Read More »