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December 2011 Archives

Truck accident claims the life of Albany passenger

With the large number of commercial trucks moving through Albany, there is a real risk to Albany drivers that they will be involved in a catastrophic semitrailer accident. Truck accidents can leave motorists seriously injured or dead. The size and weight of a truck can make even the slowest of trucks deadly weapons, traveling down Albany's streets and highways. In addition, the long hours that truckers work and the pressure to work longer and more difficult shifts makes many truckers somewhat dangerous drivers. It is not just other motorists that have to worry about tired truckers and catastrophic crashes; passengers in commercial vehicles also need to be wary of the truckers with which they ride.

Defective Metal-on-Metal Hips Creating High Costs

The New York Times reports that the costs associated with defective metal-on-metal hips, such as the DePuy ASR, will reach into the billions of dollars in the coming years. The article explains that the failure of such hips will create increased costs for taxpayers, insureres, employers, and, importantly, the patients themeselves.

Drunk driving crash leaves one woman hospitalized, injured

On the night before Christmas Eve and approximately 35 miles north of Albany, a tragic accident has sent one woman to the hospital with multiple injuries. The driver that appears to have caused the accident has also been hospitalized, but since being admitted, he has been arrested and charged with reckless driving and driving while intoxicated. Police also expect to file more charges against the 45-year-old man.

Popular sinus irrigation device may have caused two deaths

Many people in New York who have frequent sinus infections or colds may have heard of or used a neti pot to flush out their sinuses. A neti pot is a small tea kettle-shaped device that pours water in one nostril and out the other, irrigating and rinsing a person's sinuses. According to the Huffington Post, two people have died after using neti pots and acquiring "brain-eating amoebas."

Dreyer Boyajian Files Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuit Against Hannaford

On December 21, 2011, the law firm of Dreyer Boyajian LLP filed a civil Complaint against Hannaford Bros. Co., which owns and operates Hannaford supermarkets throughout New York, Massachusettes, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a victim of Salmonella poisoning who was infected after consuming ground beef purchased at Hannaford's Latham Farms store. The Complaint, filed in the Northern District of New York Federal Court, alleges that shortly after consuming the ground beef, the victim was taken to the emergency room, hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and soon thereafter fell into a coma and suffered other serious injuries.

One woman sent to Albany hospital after multi-vehicle accident

Driver inattention is being blamed for an accident earlier this month that left one woman recovering in an Albany hospital. The accident happened in between the Schoharie and Duanesburg exits on Interstate 88 after a patient care service director at Albany Medical Center Hospital first struck a tractor-trailer and then hit a Saturn sedan, injuring the Saturn's driver. While law enforcement continues to look into the accident, the police believe that the director was not paying attention to the road at the time of the car accident.

New York medical malpractice reforms coming to a court near you

If you have been injured by a hospital's negligence or a doctor's failure to diagnose you with a condition led to considerable pain and suffering, you may be considering a medical malpractice lawsuit. Although you have a right to seek compensation for a doctor or hospital's medical negligence, the typical medical malpractice lawsuit takes three years before a patient will finally see money from a courtroom win or a settlement.

Albany doctor signs settlement, rejects sexual abuse allegations

When you go to the doctor, you expect him or her to provide professional and appropriate care, but what happens when a doctor takes advantage of you? Unfortunately for some New York patients, a trip to the doctor will not result in a diagnosis or treatment, but rather end with a sexual assault. Anyone who has been sexually abused by a person of authority, like a physician, should contact the authorities and an attorney who can help explain what a victim's legal rights are.

FDA Recommends Stronger Yaz Blood Clot Warnings

On December 8, 2011, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel voted in favor of changing the labels for Yaz, Yasmin, and similar birth control pills made with drospirenone, to include stronger warnings about their potential to cause life threatening blood clots.  The panel found that the current warnings on those drug labels are insufficient.

How safe is your hot cup of noodle soup?

Nearly everyone in Albany has had a cup of instant noodle soup before, but many in New York may not know just how dangerous some of these inexpensive lunches can be. There is a growing concern that the instant noodles are actually an extremely dangerous food product that results in numerous burns to toddlers and young children.

Nurse's aide pleads guilty in nursing home abuse case

Abusive conduct by nursing home staff members towards nursing home patients can cause Albany nursing home patients a great deal of harm. No nursing home patient should ever be subjected to physical abuse, and if they are, the nursing home and the employees responsible should be held accountable for their actions. New York nursing home residents do not lose their rights simply because they need assistance with daily living tasks.

Can the Penn State victims file civil lawsuits for sexual abuse?

Nearly everyone in Albany has heard about the accusations of sexual abuse coming out of the Penn State football team. The New York Times reports that Jerry Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator, abused eight boys throughout a 15-year period, but the number of victims could be on the rise. The question that many in New York may be asking, however, is whether these victims of sexual assault will be able to hold Penn State, Sandusky and others associated with Penn State football liable for the horrific injuries, damage and psychological trauma they may have suffered.

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