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The MTA To Install ?Collision Avoidance Devices? on NYC Buses

Posted on January 05, 2015
  The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced that beginning in the fall of 2015, buses in New York City will be equipped with ?collision avoidance devices?, which will alert bus drivers to the location of pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicles which are in the operator?s blind spots...


NYC ?Vision Zero? Plan Introduces Reduced Speed Limit of 25 MPH

Posted on December 17, 2014
For the last several years, several European countries, including Sweden, the Netherlands, and Norway, and some states in the U.S., have adopted a program known as ?Vision Zero? in an all-out effort to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries. The program includes better traffic signs and roadway design, and a reduction of speed limits on […]


Metro North Derailment- One Year Later

Posted on December 05, 2014
On December 1, 2013, an otherwise ordinary early Sunday morning after the Thanksgiving holiday, a southbound Metro North train bound for Grand Central Station from Poughkeepsie derailed just north of the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx. The train engineer, William Rockefeller, who had been employed by Metro North for fifteen years, fell asleep at […]


Pedestrians Texting?Hazardous Activity?

Posted on December 01, 2014
Walk down any block in cities large or small, and you will inevitably see people walking across the street, into crosswalks, onto roadways, through parking lots with moving traffic, and along sidewalks, never looking up from their cell phones while they busily send a text or email...


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Knee Replacements?When Are They Appropriate?

Posted on November 24, 2014
Knee replacement surgery has become more and more prevalent over the last fifteen years.  However, two recent studies from researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, after reviewing the records of 200 patients, suggest that in many cases, the surgery may not be appropriate or warranted...


Joan Rivers Daughter Melissa Rivers To File Wrongful Death Suit

Posted on October 31, 2014
Melissa Rivers, the only daughter of the late Joan Rivers, the 81 year old comedian who died on September 4, 2014, has announced her intention to file a multimillion dollar medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit against the Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic in New York City...


Several Former NFL Players Object To Concussion Lawsuit Settlement

Posted on October 17, 2014
This week, ten former NFL players filed objections to the NFL Concussion Lawsuit settlement due to concerns that the settlement does not adequately compensate the victims of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. CTE is a brain injury of progressive neurological deterioration caused by repeated blows to the head...


Second Fatal Bike Accident In Central Park In Two Months

Posted on September 30, 2014
On September 18th, Jill Tarlov, 59, a married mother of two and former employee of WINS News, was crossing West Drive near West 63rd Street when she was struck by a bicyclist, 31 year old Jason Marshall.  Apparently, Marshall was travelling in excess of the 25 mph speed limit in Central Park, and swerved to […]


NFL Acknowledges Traumatic Brain Injury Will Affect 1 In 3 Former Players

Posted on September 16, 2014
In a stunning and sudden change of position, the National Football League now acknowledges that 1 in 3 former players are likely to develop some long term brain damage from repeated head trauma and TBI suffered during their playing careers. The data was compiled by actuaries retained by the NFL and provided to United States District Court Justice Anita B...


NFL Acknowledges Traumatic Brain Injury Will Affect 1 In 3 Former Players

Posted on September 16, 2014
In a stunning and sudden change of position, the National Football League now acknowledges that 1 in 3 former players are likely to develop some long term brain damage from repeated head trauma and TBI suffered during their playing careers. The data was compiled by actuaries retained by the NFL and provided to United States […]


NFL Concussion Settlement Closer To Reality

Posted on July 11, 2014
Over the last three years, 4,500 former NFL players filed lawsuits against the league alleging that for many year, the NFL deceived them as to the risks of repeated concussions and traumatic brain injury (tbi), resulting in numerous long term neurological conditions and the long term effects of these conditions, including dementia, Alzheimer?s Disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), Parkinson?s Disease and ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as ?Lou Gehrig?s Disease...


NFL Concussion Settlement Closer To Reality

Posted on July 11, 2014
Over the last three years, 4,500 former NFL players filed lawsuits against the league alleging that for many year, the NFL deceived them as to the risks of repeated concussions and traumatic brain injury (tbi), resulting in numerous long term neurological conditions and the long term effects of these conditions, including dementia, Alzheimer?s Disease, chronic […]


Increased Federal Scrutiny Leads To Air Bag Recalls

Posted on June 25, 2014
Air bag recalls have risen exponentially in the last year due to increased oversight by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 10 million of the 30 million vehicles recalled in 2014 have been as a result of air bag defects which cause the inflator canister to explode inside vehicles, leading to metal shards flying around inside the passenger compartment...


Increased Federal Scrutiny Leads To Air Bag Recalls

Posted on June 25, 2014
Air bag recalls have risen exponentially in the last year due to increased oversight by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 10 million of the 30 million vehicles recalled in 2014 have been as a result of air bag defects which cause the inflator canister to explode inside vehicles, leading to metal shards flying […]


Trucking Industry Resisting Driver Sleep Regulations Despite Serious Accidents

Posted on June 20, 2014
The June 7, 2014 accident in which 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan was seriously injured, his close friend James McNair killed, and several passengers injured when a Wal-Mart truck rear ended their Mercedes limousine, has highlighted the significant issue of truck driver fatigue leading to many fatal accidents and serious injuries to occupants of other vehicles...


Trucking Industry Resisting Driver Sleep Regulations Despite Serious Accidents

Posted on June 20, 2014
The June 7, 2014 accident in which 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan was seriously injured, his close friend James McNair killed, and several passengers injured when a Wal-Mart truck rear ended their Mercedes limousine, has highlighted the significant issue of truck driver fatigue leading to many fatal accidents and serious injuries to occupants of other […]


Painkiller Lawsuit-More Legal Problems For The NFL?

Posted on May 22, 2014
On May 20, 2014, 8 former NFL players filed a lawsuit against the National Football League in San Francisco U.S. District Court, alleging that the league illegally and deceptively plied them with painkillers during their playing careers to get them back on the field when they had in fact suffered serious injuries...


Painkiller Lawsuit-More Legal Problems For The NFL?

Posted on May 22, 2014
On May 20, 2014, 8 former NFL players filed a lawsuit against the National Football League in San Francisco U.S. District Court, alleging that the league illegally and deceptively plied them with painkillers during their playing careers to get them back on the field when they had in fact suffered serious injuries...


NTSB Reports That Metro North Engineer In Derailment Had Severe Sleep Apnea

Posted on April 07, 2014
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced that William Rockefeller, the Metro North Engineer at the helm of the train which derailed in Spuyten Duyvil on December 1, 2013, killing 4 and injuring more than 70, had ?severe obstructive sleep apnea...


Toyota Agrees to Pay 1.2 Billion To Settle Federal Criminal Investigation

Posted on March 26, 2014
Last week, the U.S. Justice Department announced that Toyota will pay 1.2 billion dollars in fines to settle a four year long criminal probe commenced by the Justice Department arising out of sudden acceleration problems that caused the wrongful death of occupants of Toyota vehicles highlighted by a tragic crash in August of 2009...


GM Recalling 1.6 Million Cars Due To Defective Ignition Switches

Posted on March 17, 2014
One of the ?Big Three? Automakers, General Motors, has announced a massive recall of 1.6 million vehicles which apparently had defective ignition switches, causing the cars to turn off and disabling airbags in the process. As a result of the defective ignitions, the electrical systems in the vehicles would be inoperable, causing the airbags not to deploy, and many drivers and passengers of GM vehicles died as a result...


NYC Pedestrians Beware: Deaths and Serious Injuries Are On the Rise

Posted on February 03, 2014
In an article last month in the New York Post, it was reported that fatal accidents and serious injuries suffered by pedestrians has become a significant problem, and NYC taxi drivers are often to blame. Early last month, 9 year old Cooper Stock was crossing the street while holding his father?s hand on the Upper West Side...


K.C. Chiefs Sued By Former Players--Tip Of The Iceberg

Posted on January 20, 2014
Last month, five former players for the NFL?s Kansas City Chiefs sued the team, claiming that they are now suffering from brain injuries resulting from repeated concussions they suffered during their playing careers, which the team knew about but failed to warn them about...


Study Questions The Effectiveness Of Meniscus Surgery

Posted on December 30, 2013
A Finnish study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine questions whether meniscectomies, the surgical repair of the meniscus, are effective in treating torn menisci of the knee. The meniscus is a cartilage of the knee that acts as a shock absorber, along with other parts of the knee including the anterior cruciate ligament...


New York Construction Workers Endangered By New Attacks On Scaffold Law

Posted on December 26, 2013
In the late 19th century, construction workers in New York were at the mercy of unscrupulous builders and contractors who would require underage, untrained, and worst of all unprotected workers to ascend to great heights in the construction of the skyscrapers which would soon become commonplace on the New York skyline...


Metro North Derailment?What Happened?

Posted on December 05, 2013
The tragedy on the southbound Metro North Poughkeepsie train in the Bronx this past Sunday, December 1, 2013, is under investigation by both the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the MTA Police, the NYPD and the Bronx District Attorney?s Office to determine if a crime was committed...


Dog Bite Data Show Pit Bulls To Be Most Dangerous Breed

Posted on November 25, 2013
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs annually, and half of those bitten are children. One in five bitten, or approximately 885,000, need medical attention for their dog bite injuries, and 50% of those are children...


The NCAA Is Confronted With Numerous Concussion Lawsuits

Posted on November 19, 2013
Earlier this year, the NFL paid $765 million to settle a multitude a lawsuits by former players and their families alleging that the league failed to disclose its knowledge that multiple blows to the head led to what is known as ?CTE?, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease that causes loss of memory, disturbance of mental functioning, depression, headaches, vision difficulties, and a host of other permanent injuries...


National Transportation Safety Board Critical of Bus & Truck Oversight

Posted on November 15, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had determined that four fatal accidents in the last year were due to a lack of oversight by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the Transportation Department agency that regulates bus and truck safety...


New York?s Highest Court Clarifies No-Fault Law And Helps Automobile Accident Victims

Posted on October 28, 2013
The No-Fault Law is an absolute albatross around the necks of injured people and their attorneys in New York State, and has been so since its implementation in 1974. The basic purpose of the law when it was promulgated was twofold: to allow for the expeditious handling of automobile accident claims which were deemed to meet what is known as the ?no-fault threshold?, and second, to root out what was perceived to be fraudulent, non meritorious claims...


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