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April 2012 Archives

Greenwich School Administrators in Court for Failure to Report Abuse

Two Greenwich School District administrators have been criminally charged with failing to report accusations of sexual abuse.  Under New York law, teachers and administrators are mandated to report accusations of sexual abuse to the authorities, and the failure to do so constitutes a crime and may lead to criminal charges.

200 Victims Infected with Salmonella from Tainted Tuna

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported yesterday that a multi-state outbreak of two different strands of salmonella have sickened at least 200 people, 28 of whom have been hospitalized. Of the 200 victims, 33 hail from the State of New York. You can read the full CDC Report here.

Nursing home preparedness questioned by government investigators

While many people with relatives in Albany nursing homes may hope that their loved ones are safe even during a disaster, a new investigation indicates that many nursing homes are far from ready when it comes to an emergency. This nursing home negligence calls into question just how safe New York nursing homes are.

Legislation sheds light on dangerous sexual abuse in the schools

When school administrators discover that a staff member has been having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student, should he or she be allowed to resign instead of facing punishment? Nearly every parent in Albany would say "no," but this practice of "passing the trash" has been a serious issue of sexual abuse in the schools.

Death and taxes: automobile accidents increase on Tax Day

As Albany residents heave a sigh of relief that Tax Day has come and gone, they may be interested to know that a new study indicates that there is an increase in car accidents on Tax Day. With the increase in electronic filing, many people in New York may think that automobile accidents would decrease, but the stress of electronic filing may not reduce the number of traffic deaths.

Defective product believed to be cause of fatal bicycle accident

It is likely that when many people in New York hear about a fatal bicycle accident, they immediately think that a car or truck hit a bicyclist out for a ride. While this is also unacceptable, there are other ways in which cyclists can become injured or die, including riding a bicycle with a defective product.

Salmonella Bareilly Outbreak Linked to Ground Tuna, Resulting in Voluntary Recall

To follow up to our April 13, 2012 blog post, the Center for Disease Control ("CDC") has identified a frozen raw yellowfin tuna product, known as Nakaochi Scrape, from the Moon Marine USA Corporation as a potential source of the Salmonella Bareilly outbreak that has affected 116 persons from 20 states and the District of Columbia.

Bayer Reportedly Will Pay $110 Million to Settle Yaz Cases

According to a report in Bloomberg, Bayer AG has agreed to pay at least $110 million to settle about 500 lawsuits brought by claimants alleging that the Yaz/Yasmin/Ocella line of birth control pills caused blood clots and related complications.

116 People Sickened by Salmonella Outbreak

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that at least 100 people have been sickened by an outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly. Click here to read the CDC's latest report, which states that victims have been identified in twenty states, with the largest contingency hailing from New York.

E. coli Contamination Leads to Beef Recall in Maine

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that Town and County Foods, Inc., of Greene, Maine, has recalled approximately 2,057 pounds of ground and tenderized beef products due to fear of E coli contamination. The USDA's announcement can be read in full here.

New York car accident is tragic start to Easter in Ithaca

This past weekend was a major holiday for many of the people in Albany, Ithaca and across upstate New York. Sadly, however, the Easter holiday was a time of sadness, heart break and pain for a few, especially after a New York car accident in the early morning left two people dead and two seriously injured.

Wife sues when husband dies after slip and fall at Wal-mart

Wal-mart is a pretty popular store in Albany and residents should be able to expect the store will provide a safe and clean environment in which to shop. Granted, nearly everyone in Albany has seen, in one store or another, a loose endcap or merchandise falling into the aisles. When store employees intentionally put merchandise in such precarious positions or fail to pick up after inconsiderate customers, the store can be sued when store conditions cause someone to slip and fall.

CDC Reports on Multistate Salmonella Outbreak

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is reporting that a total of 93 persons have been infected by the outbreak of a Salmonella Bareilly strand. Victims have been identified in several states including New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. It is reported that ten persons have thus far been hospitalized as a consequence of the infection.

Long Island Apple Store slammed with unsafe premises lawsuit

Many people in Albany have been into the Apple Store in Crossgates Mall and even more people have seen the sleek glass exterior that is the Apple Store trademark. Although the glass doors and walls may attract a certain crowd, there are some people who feel that the glass panels may also be a little dangerous. After an 83-year-old woman from Queens recently filed a lawsuit against a Long Island Apple Store, the company will have to decide whether the glass is a thing of the past.

Simple things to do to avoid medical malpractice, part II

Between 44,000 and 98,000 people die each year all over the United States because of medical malpractice; with such high numbers of fatal medical mistakes, it is vital that patients be able to take some control over their own hospital stays. Medical errors account for more deaths each year than AIDS, breast cancer and motor vehicle accidents, but there are some things a New York patient can do to protect him- or herself from medical malpractice.

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