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Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Posted On Nov 26, 2013 @ 01:27 PM by Ira Slavit

Injuries to the spinal cord can be very serious, resulting in loss of mobility and paralysis. Read on to learn more about some of the common causes of these injuries.

New York Statutes of Limitations

Posted On Nov 23, 2013 @ 12:37 PM by Ira Slavit

Statutes of limitations are in place in order to ensure that the legal system functions properly. Read on to find out more about this legal topic.

Proving Fault in Brain Injury Cases

Posted On Nov 20, 2013 @ 01:30 PM by Ira Slavit

When it comes to brain injury accidents, it's important for attorneys to prove fault in order for clients to receive just compensation. Read on for more information.

National Teen Driver Safety Week Provides High Schools With Chance to Win Private Kelly Clarkson Concert and Cash

Posted On Oct 25, 2013 @ 08:36 PM by Ira Slavit

This week, October 18 – 26, is National Teen Driver Safety Week, which was established by Congress in 2007 after a series of tragic crashes involving Pennsylvania high school students.  As part of the event, State Farm sponsors a competition called "Celebrate My Drive," where teens are encouraged to practice safe habits on the roadways.  All residents, whether they have a driver’s license or not, are encouraged to log on to the site, www.celebratemydrive.com, and make a commitment to safe driving. The more commitments in a particular school’s name, the better that school’s chances for winning cash prizes. The two high schools in the country with the most commitments to safe driving will win a private concert from Kelly Clarkson. The ten highest scores nationwide will receive $100,000 grants from State Farm.  The school districts with the next 90 highest scores win $25,000.00.

Safety Advocates Sue to Stop Government Foot-Dragging Over Backup Camera Requirement

Posted On Oct 5, 2013 @ 02:52 PM by Ira Slavit

On September 24, 2013, safety advocates and two parents who unintentionally hit their children when backing up sued the DOT, asking a court to order the agency to promptly issue a safety rule mandated by Congress in 2008 to set federal standards on vehicles’ rear visibility through backup cameras or other means.   Each year, more than 200 individuals are killed and 18,000 injured in “backover” crashes. Each week, on average, 50 children are injured, two fatally, by backover crashes.  Drivers using all three mirrors cannot see a blind zone several feet high directly behind their vehicles. Forty-four percent of those killed in backover incidents are children under 5 years old.  By DOT’s own estimates, its delay past the three-year statutory deadline has so far allowed between 237 and 280 preventable deaths – almost half of which have befallen young children – along with thousands of preventable injuries.

New York Fails Nursing Home Report Card

Posted On Sep 8, 2013 @ 12:35 PM by Ira Slavit

New York received a failing grade and was ranked 45th in the nation on the nursing home report card published by Families for Better Care, a Florida based nursing home resident advocacy group.  New York was the only state on the eastern seaboard that received a failing grade.  The state failed half of the measures and mustered only one above average grade.  Direct care staff hours and professional nurse services graded particularly poorly.  New York's nationwide nursing home standing is similar to its 46th place finish in the 20th Annual Report on the Performance of State Highway Systems of Reason Foundation.

U.S. Labor Statistics Show 12 Workers A Day Died On The Job In 2012; New York Region Leads Country in Work Fatalities

Posted On Aug 26, 2013 @ 06:25 PM by Ira Slavit

Preliminary results from the recently released Bureau of Labor Statistics' National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) show a reduction in the number of fatal work injuries in 2012 compared with 2011.  The 2012 total represents the second lowest preliminary total since CFOI was first conducted in 1992.  The statistics are analyzed by different categories: worker characteristics, type of incident, industry, occupation, state and metropolitan statistical area ( MSA).  The MSAs with the most fatal occupational injuries in 2012 were New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island with 178.  Fatal work injuries in construction and extraction occupations rose for the second year in a row.  The prevalence of fatal occupational injuries in New York and the increase in fatal wok injuries in construction and extraction occupations should go a long way to debunking the current push in Albany to ease the protections of the Labor Law.

Recent New York Legislation Attempts to Reduce Motor Vehicle Accidents

Posted On Aug 12, 2013 @ 06:52 PM by Ira Slavit

The past few months have seen New York take the initiative in enacting legislation to make the roads safer and reduce motor vehicle accidents.  These pieces of legislation include increased fines for distracted driving violations that include texting-while-driving, using a cell phone while driving, and increasing the penalties for younger drivers engaging in these types of prohibited activities.  New legislation also updates the current Leandra’s law to make it a felony to drive drunk on a conditional license. Finally, legislation was signed into law permitting New York City to establish a five-year demonstration program to monitor school speed zones in New York City with speed cameras and to allow evidence captured on camera to be used to impose liability for speeding.  Mayor Bloomberg has declared speeding to be the number one cause of fatal accidents.

We’re #46! (New York’s Highways, That Is)

Posted On Jul 14, 2013 @ 08:45 PM by Ira Slavit

Nothing to be proud of.  Although moving up one notch from last year, New York’s state highway system ranked 45th in the nation, according to the 20th Annual Report on the Performance of State Highway Systems of Reason Foundation, an organization focused on policy research. The highways’ infrastructure is not impressive particularly when it comes to bridges, narrow lanes and the condition of both urban and rural roads.  But there is good news when it comes to safety: the State’s fatality rate was the 7th best in the nation.  New York has the 16th largest state-run highway system in the nation.

Walking While Texting, Like Driving While Texting, Puts Pedestrians at Risk of Accident, Injury or Death

Posted On Jul 7, 2013 @ 09:55 AM by Ira Slavit

Research shows that pedestrians, similar to drivers, experience reduced situation awareness, distracted attention and unsafe behavior when talking or texting on their mobile phones. Using data from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission on injuries in hospital emergency rooms from 2004 through 2010, the study found that injuries to pedestrians using mobile phones increased in numbers and as a percentage of total pedestrian injuries from 2004 to 2010. The study found that the number of injuries increased yearly during that time, to 1,506 in 2010 from 559 in 2004.  In 2010, the number of pedestrian injuries exceeded those for drivers using cell phones.

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