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March 2011 Archives

Should there be an app for enabling DWI injuries?

Distracted driving and driving while intoxicated are not only dangerous acts; they are also illegal activities in New York. When a person is injured in an accident because of the dangerous driving of another person, the injury victim can seek compensation from the negligent driver in court.

Should there be an app for enabling DWI injuries?

Distracted driving and driving while intoxicated are not only dangerous acts; they are also illegal activities in New York. When a person is injured in an accident because of the dangerous driving of another person, the injury victim can seek compensation from the negligent driver in court.

Stricter safety regulations demanded after New York bus accident

This month, a New York bus crash caused the death of 15 passengers. According to politicians and safety advocates, the fatal bus accident was a result of lax safety regulations. Washington regulators have little control over the individuals hired to drive tour buses and must rely on handwritten logbooks in order to evaluate the drivers' awareness.

Nurse staffing influences hospital safety

Nurses play a vital role in healthcare and patient safety. One of a nurse's primary roles is to monitor the condition of patients and watch for medical problems. When it comes to staffing nurses, it is not just the quality of nurses that matters. The quantity of nurse staffing matters as well.

Insurers urge stronger truck underride barriers

Truck underride accidents are one of the most dangerous types of truck accidents. A truck underride accident most commonly occurs when a passenger vehicle collides with the rear end of a semi-trailer. The hood of the passenger vehicle is usually lower than the end of the trailer. This causes the hood to slide under the trailer, leaving only the windshield in between passengers and the back of the trailer. According to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration, more than 400 people are killed and 5,000 people are injured each year in truck underride accidents.

Church authorities accused of hiding sexual abuse

Earlier this month, a civil lawsuit accused a priest of sexual abuse and alleged that church authorities failed to take action despite knowing about the abuse. This lawsuit is part of the most recent wave of litigation against Catholic archdioceses, which began more than a decade ago and has involved more than $2 billion in settlements paid to sexual abuse victims.

Abuse in Group Homes for the Developmentally Disabled

The New York Times is reporting that developmentally disabled persons placed in state-run group nursing homes have been repeatedly exposed to physical, sexual, and psychological abuse at the hands of employees responsible for their care. Incredibly, only 25% of the documented cases of abuse were reported to the authorities. The remainder of the cases went unreported or otherwise undisclosed to the proper authorities. Most shockingly, the Times reports that the employees responsible for these reprehensible acts were often not disciplined; instead, they were routinely transferred to other homes where they could continue abusing the most vulnerable citizens.  To read the entire article, click here.

Are 'crash taxes' working for the cities that have tried them?

With many cities around New York and across the country feeling a budget crunch, city governments are trying out creative new fees and taxes designed to increase revenue. Imposing a "crash tax" or an "accident response fee" are some of the most controversial methods that have been tried.

How many criminals work in nursing homes?

According to a recent government report, an estimated 90 percent of nursing homes in the United States have at one time hired an individual with a criminal record. Considering that nursing homes are supposed to take care of vulnerable people, that figure is deeply disturbing.

Green light in dispute in Albany crash involving State Police car

Five individuals, including two state police officers, were admitted to Albany Medical Center Hospital following a vehicle collision between a squad car and a taxi at the crossing of North Allen Street and Washington Avenue. The police squad car was chasing a speeding vehicle.

Child injured in jumping castle at birthday party

For children's birthday parties, jumping castles are a common sight. They are the inflatable, trampoline-like, structures designed for kids release some of their energy and enthusiasm by jumping around in a safe and padded environment. Unfortunately, jumping castles and trampolines are not always safe for children.

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