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April 2013 Archives

Senators consider dog-attack legislation in Albany

It is without a doubt that dogs can be some of the sweetest animals, as well as some of the most vicious. Unfortunately, there are a considerable number of people in Albany and across the state who are the victims of dog attacks every year, approximately half of whom are children. According to New York law, however, if a dog has not bitten before or there is no reason to know that it is dangerous, the dog owner cannot be held financially liable under a premises liability lawsuit for the victim's injuries. State senators in Albany are hoping to change that, however.

Jury finds hospital liable for birth injury, medical malpractice

The parents of a Long Island girl can finally rest assured that their daughter will be able to receive the care and treatment that she needs following an award of $130 million in recent medical malpractice lawsuit. Ten years ago, the parents had gone to the hospital, expecting the birth of their daughter to be one of the happiest days of their lives, but it turned out to be a much different experience.

Injured motorist rushed to Albany Medical Center following crash

When someone is injured in a New York car crash, much of the time it is very clear what happened, who is at fault, and whether criminal or traffic violations are applicable. Other times, however, it is not entirely clear and a more thorough investigation is needed. Take, for example, a recent accident that happened near the town of Ulster.

Dreyer Boyajian LLP files Class Action Lawsuit against Glens Falls Hospital for Unauthorized Disclosure of Medical Records

The law firm Dreyer Boyajian LLP has filed a class action lawsuit against Glens Falls Hospital, Portal Healthcare Solutions LLC and Carpathia Hosting, Inc. for the unauthorized disclosure of patient medical records on the internet.

Parents can help prevent teenage car accidents in Albany

Many parents in Albany recognize that their teenagers are connected to their phones. They bring them everywhere and they always seem to be on them, even when they should be paying attention to something else. Sadly, many of them also pay more attention to their phones than to the road while they are driving, despite the fact that many of them recognize that driving and texting is dangerous and illegal in New York. Fortunately, there are some new pieces of technology that parents can use to prevent this kind of distracted driving.

Toyota, Nissan, Honda recall cars because of faulty airbags

Anyone in Albany who drives a Toyota, Nissan or Honda that was made after 1999 may want to check to see if their vehicles are up for recall after a manufacturer of airbags recently announced a problem. If they are not fixed, the defective automobiles pose a serious risk to the front-seat passenger in the event of a crash. It is not a risk that drivers in upstate New York should take, and that is why it is so important to look into whether your car has been recalled.

What makes Central Avenue so dangerous for pedestrians?

Between the cities of Albany and Schenectady lies Colonie and connecting those two cities is the stretch of road known as Central Avenue. Even if there are people in Albany who have never driven on this street, the name must be familiar, as it has been the site of eight fatal pedestrian accidents since 2009. What is even more shocking is that 300 people have also been injured while trying to cross the street. These kinds of numbers are more than just shocking, they are twice as high as normal for a road like Central Avenue.

Rural hospitals pose greater risk to patients than city hospitals

It is no surprise that New York City has some of the best hospitals in the world, but it may be shocking that a state that can have such excellent hospitals also has hospitals with high mortality rates, too. Some parts of upstate New York are quite rural and have very few hospital choices. Many of these rural hospitals are considered critical-access hospitals and receive extra money from Medicare, yet despite this funding, there is a new study that shows the death rates for patients at rural hospitals have increased in the past decade.

New Yorkers sick with E. coli after eating frozen foods

After the New York State Department of Health found Shiga toxin-producing E.coli bacteria in an opened package of frozen food, the manufacturer of many different types of frozen meals has recalled nearly 200,000 pounds of food. It is not just in New York that this potentially fatal strain of food poisoning has shown up, either. There have been 24 reported cases of E. coli in 15 different states.

Police officer allegedly drives drunk, kills passenger

It was an accident that likely never would have happened if the driver hadn't allegedly been drunk. While there is no excuse for drunk driving, if there is one group of people who should not be drinking and driving it is the police. Sadly, it is a Rensselaer police officer, and the son of the Rensselaer police chief, who is accused of drinking and driving, and killing his friend in the process.

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