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Birth injury and cerebral palsy: 3 tips for concerned parents

Cerebral palsy is defined by the medical experts at Mayo Clinic as a disorder that impacts movement, muscle tone and posture. The disorder is caused by damage to the developing brain, generally during the birth process. Parents that experience a difficult delivery may be concerned that their infant suffered injuries that could lead to the development of cerebral palsy.

Infants that suffer these injuries during the birthing process can have symptoms that begin during the first year. These symptoms can get worse as the child grows and can remain with the child for the rest of his or her life. Parents that are concerned that a difficult delivery could have injured their child can benefit from a basic understanding of how a birth injury case works.

Humans are not built for car crash trauma

If you've ever seen videos of crash test dummies in vehicles colliding with cement barriers, you know that the human body was not designed for high-speed impacts. Along that idea, the Australian government's Transport Accident Commission had Melbourne-based artist Patricia Piccinini create a likeness of someone whose body could survive car crashes. She affectionately calls him Graham. The artist's rendition doesn't look anything like a human. His head and neck are seamless and thick. He has a protruding forehead, virtually no ears and a rib cage that resembles prison bars. 

Preventing elder abuse in nursing homes

Because of their age and their inability to fully care for themselves, the elderly are susceptible to many forms of elder abuse in nursing homes. They can be subjected to physical abuse, neglect, emotional abuse and more. Although it is impossible to always be by their side, there are some precautions you can take to ensure that your loved one is safe and properly cared for at all times. 

More fatal police shootings highlight issues of police brutality

There were two fatal police shootings last week when a Minnesota officer fatally shot Philando Castile and two Baton Rouge officers shot Alton Sterling.

Castile was driving through a suburb of St. Paul with his girlfriend and her four-year old daughter when he was pulled over for a broken tail light. Castile had a license to carry, and his girlfriend says he informed the officers of this before he went for his license. Officer Jeronimo Yanez felt that Castile was reaching for his gun. Castile's girlfriend live-streamed the incident on Facebook. He was shot four times and later died at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Think hands-free phone use while driving is safe? Think again.

The fact that distracted driving is dangerous is not news. Media outlets and government agencies are broadcasting the dangers of using your phone while driving with commercials and public service announcements. As a result, many drivers are taking steps to reduce the distractions associated with using their phones while driving, but are these steps really decreasing their risk of a crash?

According to a recent study, depending on the type of step you are taking the answer is likely no.

New York number three in nation for dog bite claims

Dogs are supposed to be man's best friend. In many cases, this saying holds true. Many families have dogs that are loving and kind, but not all dogs are well behaved. Unfortunately, even a well behaved dog can snap if put into the wrong situation.

Just how often does this happen and how often does the attack result in an injury severe enough to lead to an insurance claim?

A recent study dug into this question. Researchers with the study found that dog bites in New York resulted in $39 million in claims. That translates to an approximate $44,230 per claim. Researchers with the study also note that New York was third in the nation for the number of dog bite claims in 2015.

NYPD's use of restraining bags draws scrutiny

A recent viral video has drawn attention to the New York Police Department's use of mesh restraining bags to prevent people who are mentally ill or under the influence of drugs from violently acting out when they are being taken into police custody. The ventilated bags contain several carrying handles for police to manually lift the constrained body to transport into custody. Once in the bag, suspects cannot move until they are removed from the restraining device.

NYPD issued millions worth of erronous parking tickets

It may surprise you to learn that it is not a violation to park in front of a pedestrian ramp in New York City unless that ramp is in front of a crosswalk or at a T-shaped intersection. This may surprise you because you may well have received a ticket for parking in front of a pedestrian ramp, whether it was in violation of city rules or not.

In 2009, NYC amended traffic rules to allow parked cars in front of pedestrian ramps that essentially lead nowhere. While the rule was adopted by the city council without a vote, the information was apparently not well distributed to police officers, who continued to ticket motorists who parked in front of all pedestrian ramps.

Falls in nursing homes: Three common causes

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 1,800 people that live in nursing homes die every year from injuries suffered due to a fall. A variety of causes can contribute to these accidents, but the agency reports that three most common causes are:

  • Weakness. The most common cause of falls is muscle weakness or problems walking. This accounts for 24 percent of all reported falls within nursing home facilities.
  • Environmental hazards. Things like wet floors, poor lighting or improperly maintained wheelchairs are classified as environmental hazards, the second most common cause of falls in nursing homes. This hazard accounts for anywhere between 16 to 27 percent of all reported falls.
  • Medications. The third most common factor involves a change in medications. Prescriptions can have a number of side effects, some of which include an impact on the central nervous system. This can impact the patient's balance and increase the risk of a fall.

NY may soon test phones for texting after car accidents

New York lawmakers are considering a new bill that would allow enforcement officers to check a phone for use prior to involvement in a car accident. If approved, officers could use the information to help explain the cause of the accident.

How is the proposal different from current law?

Although it is currently possible to determine if a driver was using his or her cellphone prior to a car crash, doing so generally requires a warrant. This is to ensure that privacy rights are not violated. The current proposal, referred to as Evan's law, would allow officers to get basic information without infringing on privacy rights. This is because the device simply allows the officer to determine if the phone was used. It does not show specifics like the details of a text or the Tweet that was posted on Twitter.

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Frequently Asked Questions Personal Injury In New York City

    • Q: I've been injured — now what? A: First, see an experienced doctor. Your injuries should be taken care of before you even consider making a claim against someone for causing them. Make sure you are receiving top-quality health care. Keep all information from medical visits — good records of your injury and your treatments are vital for your case if you decide to pursue legal action. Then, call us to schedule your free consultation.
    • How long can I wait before I file a claim for my personal injury? You should seek help with your claim immediately. Depending on the state you live in, most cases must be filed within four years of the accident, but the sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help you build a strong legal claim. If you've been denied Social Security or disability benefits, your appeal must be filed soon after you receive your denial notification. Call us for assistance and an assessment of your case.
    • I was in an accident without insurance. Can you help me? We would need to assess your case. Our assessment might lead us to conclude that the vehicle you were driving was at fault, or perhaps the road conditions were hazardous. We would also need to assess all of the claims against you as the alleged negligent driver. Call us today for your free assessment.
    • A giant commercial truck/semi hit me, and I was injured/my children were injured/other people in my car were injured. What can I do? Large trucking companies have teams of lawyers at the ready to help them minimize payment or avoid paying you for the damage their driver caused you. You need to call us to help you get what you deserve from the company for your injuries, pain and suffering, damage to your vehicle, and any injuries to people riding in your car. To protect your rights, an independent investigation must be executed as soon as possible.
    • If I get hurt on the job, what should I do? Tell your supervisor or someone in your human resources department immediately, and then get help with your injuries. It's imperative that you file a report about the accident with your employer, or you may be denied any disability or workers' compensation benefits for your injuries. Then, file your workers' compensation documents according to your company's guidelines. If you are turned down, give us a call to get your case assessed. We'll help you get the compensation you deserve for injuries on the job.
    • What should I do if I was injured on a construction site? You should take the same steps as anyone injured at any other job. File an injury report and file for workers' compensation benefits. If you are denied benefits or mistreated by your employer, contact our law firm immediately. Also, contact us immediately if your injury might have been caused by a party other than your employer such as a product manufacturer or another party on a construction site. You might have an underlying personal injury claim.
    • If medical treatment was unsuccessful or caused my condition to worsen, do I have a medical malpractice case? Not all instances of poor medical outcomes are medical malpractice. It is important to speak with an experienced attorney about your specific circumstances.
    • If injured in a police misconduct/brutality incident, what should be done? Get names of witnesses. Take photos of injuries. Get immediate professional medical attention. Contact our Bronx-based police brutality attorney today.
    • What actions should I NOT take when speaking with a police officer? Don't say, "I know my rights," "I'm going to file a complaint/sue" or "I pay your salary." Don't resist or fight if you're going to be arrested even if the cop is wrong, or he or she doesn't tell you why.
    • What should you do in the event of police misconduct/brutality? Note the date, time and location of the incident. Note — but do not ask for — the name, badge or car number of the officers involved. Note the physical description of the officers.
    • What should you do when confronted by a police officer? Stay calm and be courteous. Don't be rude or curse at the officer. Take off your headset or turn down your music. If asked, give your name and address. You don't have to answer any other questions. Tell the officer(s) that you would like to exercise your right to attorney representation.
    • Contact a civil rights attorney or group immediately. If criminally charged, don't speak until you've consulted a defense attorney. What steps should be taken after experiencing police misconduct/brutality?
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