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Overcrowded New York Clinics and Emergency Rooms Cause Serious Delays in Diagnosis and Treatment of Medical Conditions.

As one of the first legislative agendas the U. S. Congress will attempt to repeal the recently enacted National Health Care Reform Act. Despite all of the negative hype this legislation has generated and whether or not you are for or against the present Health Care Bill the need for a major overhaul of the … Read more Overcrowded New York Clinics and Emergency Rooms Cause Serious Delays in Diagnosis and Treatment of Medical Conditions.

New York Apartment Burn Injuries: When is the Hot Water in Your Apartment Too Hot?

Approximately 45,000 Americans are hospitalized each year for the treatment of severe burns, according to the American Burn Association. Tap water scalding injuries have been cited as the most common cause of serious burn injuries, especially among children. The results of a burn can be extremely painful and expensive to treat. For many people, they require admission into specialized burn units of hospitals, as well as prolonged and costly medical care.

Burn injuries can be especially problematic because they are slow to heal, may require surgery (skin grafts, debridement or reconstruction surgery), prone to infection and leave permanent scarring (keloid scars or contracture scars) and disfigurement. There are different levels of burn injuries, consisting of 1st degree, 2nd degree and 3rd degree burns. Both 2nd and 3rd degree burns can be caused by exposure to scalding hot water for mere seconds.

Examples of accidents that cause scalding injuries include (1) defective hot water faucets; (2) sudden and unexpected scalding hot water from the tap; (3) defective boilers and (4) poorly maintained boilers and hot water heating systems.

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Preparing For Trial: Bio Mechanical Breakdown

Biomechanics is the study of how physical forces affect and influence living organisms. It is said to combine mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. Experts in this field have served in personal injury cases in a variety of factual scenarios including trips and falls and most predominantly now in motor vehicle cases. This entry was prompted by a recent article published in the New York State Bar Association Journal November/December 2010 edition titled The Rise of Biomechanical Experts at Trial which discusses and promotes the increase in the use of biomechanical engineers by defense attorneys in defending automobile cases.

Although the article we reference highlights the trend of retaining experts of this type specifically at the time of an impending jury trial, we note that the warning signs of the involvement of such experts are appearing earlier in the litigation. Within the last 8 months I received pre-suit correspondence from adjusters claiming that the soft tissue injuries claimed by my client were not causally related to the subject low impact collision “from a biomechanical standpoint.” Some plaintiff’s attorneys have reported that they have received reports from defendant’s biomechanical engineer as exhibits in summary judgment motions on the serious injury threshold question served upon completion of depositions. The purpose of the expert disclosures in the motions and trial testimony by the expert is the same. The expert is retained to argue that the injury producing mechanisms were not present in the accident. That is to say, the forces exerted upon the injured body parts were not of a sufficient magnitude to cause the injury alleged by the plaintiff based upon the expert’s knowledge of human anatomy and a mathematical assessment of the forces involved in the collision.

For the injured plaintiff and her attorney this is just one more obstacle to consider in the quest for justice. It would seem that there would be no rise in the use of biomechanical engineers if the use of same did not create a benefit to defense counsel and yet it begs the question: Is it the expert or is it the case?

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New York Creates a Reporting System for Accidents and Dangerous Conditions

As a New York premises liability attorney, I am all too familiar with the following scenario: It is late at night, you are walking home from work. You trip and fall due to a dangerous and defective sidewalk and fall face forward with your hands out. You land hard on your right arm. First reaction … Read more New York Creates a Reporting System for Accidents and Dangerous Conditions

New York City Pedestrians Should Double Check Before They Heed Crosswalk Lights

Whether you typically abide by pedestrian signs or not, soon it may be harder to do so in all areas of New York City. What do you do when the pedestrian light is green and red at the same time? At this point in time, NYC pedestrian signals are nearing the end of their expected … Read more New York City Pedestrians Should Double Check Before They Heed Crosswalk Lights

New York Hotels Affected by Safety Recall of all Drop-Side Cribs

The New York products liability attorneys at our firm are always monitoring the changes in laws affecting those who are injured. We follow the changes in many areas including those that affect the safety of our children. At home and while traveling, nothing comes before ensuring that our young children are protected. For many years, … Read more New York Hotels Affected by Safety Recall of all Drop-Side Cribs