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August 2012 Archives

Johnson & Johnson settles first of many defective product lawsuits

Many people in Troy have heard about the DePuy ASR hip implants and the problems manufacturer Johnson & Johnson has had with them. The artificial hips have been linked to tissue death, metal debris entering a patient's system, harmful levels of metal ions in the bloodstream and other medical concerns. As a result, people from across the country have filed 8,000 product liability lawsuits against the company.

11 people trapped, injured in water slide malfunction

As summer quickly comes to a close, families in Schenectady may try for a few more weekends of fun before children are back in school for the year. Many people may find themselves at a water park or on a water slide, but New Yorkers may be interested to learn that water parks are not always safe. Though water parks can sometimes be unsafe premises, New York families who are injured while riding a water slide can file a premises liability lawsuit against the water park for compensation.

Government uses highway safety funds for strict drunk driving laws

Motorists in Saratoga County know how dangerous drunken drivers can be. There are statistics about drunken driving, fatal accidents caused by driving while intoxicated and the efforts to protect innocent New York motorists from these careless drivers that bombard people in upstate New York all the time, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration now has federal highway safety funds that can be used to encourage states to pass even stricter drunken driving laws.

New study may reduce time it takes to diagnose heart attacks

You are rushed to a hospital in Albany with chest pains and admitted to the emergency room. Your doctors say that it is too early to tell whether you are having or soon will have a heart attack, so they have you wait. During that time, it is possible that you have some kind of cardiac episode and doctors are not prepared for it. Or, you could end up waiting around only to learn that you had indigestion. This is not a hypothetical scenario, but something that happens in the Albany region every day.

Niskayuna head-on collision sends Schenectady man to hospital

A 25-year-old Schenectady man is recovering in Albany Medical Center Hospital with serious injuries after he was hit by a 16-year-old from Schuylerville. The teenage driver had been speeding along Aqueduct Road in the late afternoon when he left his lane and caused the Niskayuna head-on collision.

Patient denied diagnosis, treatment because of transgender status

This blog has covered many stories of men and women in New York who have been injured or died because their doctors made a mistake. No one in Troy should have to deal with a physician's errors and the serious injuries that come with them, but when someone does have a physician whose mistakes left them wounded or dead, a patient or his or her family can hold the doctor liable.

High-flying trampoline parks and the dangers they posses, part II

Earlier in the week, we talked about a 17-year-old who says he was partially paralyzed after a family outing to a trampoline park. As he slowly recovers, his mother has filed a premises liability lawsuit against the trampoline park, alleging that it was due to the park's failure to put padding along the metal bars and pipes on the edge of the trampoline that her son was injured.

Hannaford Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak Update

The total case count related to the Hannaford ground beef salmonella outbreak is now up to 40 cases. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has identified 40 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis that have been reported from 8 states.

High-flying trampoline parks and the dangers they posses, part I

The people of Albany may have noticed an increasing number of trampoline parks in New York and thought about checking them out. People may assume that because there is a business that is designed around trampolines and jumping on trampolines that it must be relatively safe. After all, if it wasn't a safe activity, how could businesses succeed? Unfortunately, there are a significant number of people who have been injured at trampoline parks across the country.

Nursing burnout causes significant increases in hospital errors

While doctors do a lot for the people of Syracuse, nurses are often working hard to keep patients healthy. Nurses definitely care about their patients' health and safety, but with the increasing pressures put on nurses and their overworked schedules, it is extremely easy for nurses to become burned out and provide substandard care.

Hannaford Linked to Cargill Salmonella Outbreak Beef Recall

The United States Department of Agriculture ("USDA") has released the names of the retail locations that received ground beef products that have been recalled by Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation.  A recall was issued on July 21, 2012 after 33 persons from 7 states were sickened with an identical strain of Salmonella Enteritis. A majority of the recalled beef was supplied to Hannaford Supermarkets, which has stores in New York and across New England. More detail concerning this recall can be found in our earlier blog posts from July 2012.

Neglect leaves nursing home resident fatally exposed to elements

Making the decision to put a loved one in an Albany nursing home is understandably difficult. While family members are reluctant to leave the care of a loved one to someone else, they recognize that it is often best for sick, injured or elderly family members to be cared for by professionals who can watch them 24 hours a day. Sometimes, however, leaving a loved one at a nursing home can turn into a tragic nightmare when facilities fail to properly monitor or care for residents.

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