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Fatal New York car crash claims one life, injures several others

A multiple vehicle accident In New York claimed the life of at least one individual and seriously injured several others. Police are still investigating the car crash, which involved five vehicles and closed I-84 westbound for several hours on a recent Monday afternoon. According to reports, the accident appears to have been caused by an inattentive driver.

The official investigation indicates that a 64-year-old New York woman failed to slow her car per traffic flow when the vehicles in front of her did so. Her automobile struck the rear of the car in front of her, driven by an out-of-state woman. This caused a chain reaction that led to several more collisions with other vehicles, including a tractor-trailer.

Toxic solution in orange juice leads to products liability suit

When New York parents rely on school-provided lunches for their children, their concerns are likely things like cost or nutrition. One aspect that probably doesn't even cross their minds is whether the contents of that lunch might be hazardous or toxic. A products liability suit in another state might cause some parents to start second-guessing this.

According to the recently filed complaint, a middle-school student procured her school lunch as usual one June day approximately two years ago. As part of that meal, she received orange juice. However, immediately after drinking the beverage, she experienced a burning sensation in her throat.

Products liability suit after e-cig batteries cause severe burns

While some guidelines have been established in New York and around the country regarding vaping in public areas, little research or regulation has been done regarding the safety of the e-cigarette devices themselves. Frighteningly, more and more complaints regarding e-cigarette accidents are surfacing. In another state, a couple recently filed a products liability lawsuit over an accident involving exploding e-cig batteries that resulted in severe injuries to the husband.

Apparently, the plaintiff was busy at work one day when he felt a fire in first one of his pants' pockets, then the other, where he had been keeping extra lithium-ion batteries for his e-cigarette. The man was rushed to a medical center for treatment of the severe second and third-degree burns he suffered on both legs. While he was released a week later, he is still expected to need surgery for skin grafts.

Doctor error and hospital negligence blamed for foot amputation

Residents of New York who seek medical treatment trust their doctors to take the time and care to make informed, professional and often life-saving decisions. In another state, however, due to alleged doctor error and hospital negligence, a woman is now left without her foot and lower leg. The woman has filed a medical malpractice suit against Lifepoint Hospitals and the other parties deemed responsible.

The recently filed complaint outlines a series of doctor and emergency room visits for acute pain in the woman's right foot. At each appointment, the woman was given various instructions with differing diagnoses and medications and then released after being told that her condition would improve. However, after each visit, her pain and swelling continued to worsen.

Woman files $6M medical malpractice brain damage suit

When New Yorkers have serious health problems requiring surgery, they rely on doctors and surgeons to provide the best treatment possible. A woman in another state recently filed a medical malpractice against a hospital, alleging that its staff failed to provide adequate care. The lawsuit claims that, following a surgery performed there, the plaintiff suffered brain damage.

The 74-year-old seeks $6 million in damages. In May 2015, a doctor diagnosed her with a tumor in the lining of her brain. The tumor was identified as a non-cancerous type that typically grows slowly and is often simply monitored, as opposed to requiring surgical removal. However, the woman's doctor apparently advised that she undergo surgery in June 2015, at which time the doctor removed the tumor and part of the woman's skull, which was repaired with screws and titanium mesh.

New York car crash claims a life, injures 22 others

A devastating accident occurred in New York on Thursday, May 18. According to city officials, a speeding car crashed into a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square. Tragically, the car crash injured at least 22 people and claimed one life.

An emergency management official reported that the speeding car was out of control. The vehicle drove up onto the sidewalk and continued for three blocks, striking numerous pedestrians along the way. It finally came to a stop when it crashed into a group of people and a light post.

Fatal accident in New York claims life of 3-year-old girl

Few car accidents are more tragic than those involving the death of a child. A recent fatal accident in New York claimed the life of a 3-year-old girl, and the family is still struggling to cope with their loss. An ongoing investigation is attempting to determine who – or what – is to blame.

On Saturday, April 29, the little girl was riding in the back seat of her family's vehicle with her mother and grandparents, at around 10 in the morning. The child's grandmother, who was driving at the time, was forced to slam on the brakes in order to avoid a raised metal sewer cap in the street. This braking resulted in their vehicle being rear-ended by a garbage truck that was traveling behind them.

Medical malpractice suit alleges surgeons removed wrong organ

New York surgery patients have no choice but to place their trust, and their lives, in the hands of surgeons. For their part, surgeons are expected to carefully review medical records and pertinent documentation before every operation to ensure they are completely prepared. A recently filed medical malpractice lawsuit in another state claims that the surgeons involved not only neglected to review the patient's files and subsequently removed the wrong organ, but then attempted to hide their mistake.

In July 2016, the plaintiff, an 83-year-old man, was sent for a surgical consult in regard to a soft-ball sized malignant tumor on his right kidney, diagnosed by the man's primary nurse care practitioner and two separate radiologists. The surgery was to remove just the tumor on the right kidney while leaving the organ itself to continue functioning. The man's left kidney was healthy.

Proposed bill hopes to limit malpractice awards for doctor error

If it passes, a controversial new bill in another state has the potential to set a precedent in medical malpractice lawsuits that could have far-reaching consequences even for citizens of New York. The proposed legislation hopes to limit medical malpractice litigation, requiring certification of merit proving that the evidence of doctor error or hospital negligence is strong enough to move forward. Moreover, the bill would cap limits on damages awarded for things like pain and suffering and other non-economic damages at $250,000.

At least one family is speaking out against the proposed bill. Their son was a victim of medical malpractice himself, when he awoke after a botched surgery at age 16 with a traumatic brain injury. Because of their successful medical malpractice suit, the family wasn't left to bear the burden of the significant ensuing costs on their own. The settlement they received allows them to afford the costly ongoing treatment and care their son will need for the rest of his life as a result of the surgeon's mistake.

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