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Invokana's Side Effects Put Users at Risk

Posted On Aug 8, 2016 @ 09:51 AM by Ira Slavit

Recently, an Illinois couple filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey, Trenton Division against Jassen Pharmaceuticals and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, claiming that the use of Invokana caused a stroke. According to Invokana, the medication (Canagliflozin), when used along with diet and exercise, is proven to significantly lower blood sugar (A1C) in adults with type 2 diabetes. Since the launch of the treatment, many Invokana lawsuits have been filed, citing dangerous side effects, including diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), heart problems, kidney damage, kidney stones, urinary tract infections, stroke, coma and death.

New York State DMV Urges Drivers Not to “Catch ‘Em All” While Driving

Posted On Aug 5, 2016 @ 02:38 PM by Ira Slavit

Citing a growing number of car crashes related to playing Pokémon Go behind the wheel, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, along with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, recently issued a statement reminding drivers not to play the game and to focus on the road. This was reported by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

Children's Toy Companies Recall Products due to Excessive Lead Levels

Posted On Aug 5, 2016 @ 10:07 AM by Ira Slavit

Recently, Far East Brokers and Consultants, Inc. of Jacksonville, FL has recalled its Leisure Way pink-butterfly-themed children's camp chair and swings and LaRose Industries of Randolph, NJ recalled several of its Cra-Z-Jewelz Gem Creations products due to excessive levels of lead, which is a violation of the federal lead standard. Lead is a cumulative toxin that affects the body's nervous system and bloodstream and is particularly harmful to young children.

Electrical Accidents Rank Sixth Among All Causes of U.S. Work-Related Deaths

Posted On May 31, 2016 @ 01:45 PM by Ira Slavit

Electrical accidents rank sixth among all causes of work-related deaths in the United States and are both fatal and costly. Recently, the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) has taken actions to improve the safety of its workers through its new safety procedures.

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Deadly 64-Vehicle Pile Up Under Investigation

Posted On May 25, 2016 @ 09:00 AM by Ira Slavit

On February 13, a massive pileup on I-78 in Pennsylvania that involved 64 vehicles and sent 73 people to hospitals is currently under investigation. Among the three fatalities was a 50-year Long Island resident who died at the scene.

Claims Against New York City Department of Correction Rose in 2015

Posted On May 18, 2016 @ 09:00 AM by Ira Slavit

Recently, New York Daily News reported that in 2015, there were more than 2,800 personal injury claims filed by inmates in city jails against the New York City Department of Correction. This is a 27 percent increase from 2014, costing 66 percent more in settlements and judgments. The majority of the claims come out of Rikers Island, which comprises 9 out of the 12 New York City inmate facilities.

Dental Anesthesia Mishaps Lead to Children’s Deaths

Posted On May 9, 2016 @ 09:30 AM by Ira Slavit

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. A mother brings her toddler in for a routine dental procedure and her child passes away. That is the reality for Betty Squire, a young Texas mother whose 14-month-old daughter, Daisy Lynn Torres, died after being administered anesthesia for a cavity filling in March 2016. This recent tragedy brings to light the dangers of using anesthesia on children during minor dental procedures.

Large Trucks Continue to Cause Big Problems on the Road

Posted On Apr 15, 2016 @ 08:30 AM by Ira Slavit

Trucking accidents can cause serious injuries and death.  If this year is any indication, accidents involving large trucks have the potential to claim more lives than all domestic commercial airline fatalities during the past 45 years.  Some believe that Congress should reform current laws to be stricter on the trucking industry.

Investigation into Workers Death Leads to Indictment of Subcontractor

Posted On Apr 12, 2016 @ 08:30 AM by Ira Slavit

The April 6, 2015 death of a construction worker at a Ninth Avenue New York City construction site has initiated an investigation into the owner of Sky Materials Corporation, an excavating subcontracting company.  After an extensive investigation, owner Michael Cholowsky was indicted for concealing payroll information and submitting false documents regarding the number of employees he hired.  The charges are first degree workers’ compensation fraud, and filing false statements, along with other criminal charges stemming from the construction accident.

New York Department of Health Fails to Enforce Nursing Home Fines

Posted On Apr 7, 2016 @ 08:30 AM by Ira Slavit

New York has approximately 631 nursing homes, where the majority of residents are senior citizens.  The New York Department of Health (DOH), under Governor Cuomo’s Administration, oversees the state’s nursing homes to make sure regulations are followed, and is the enforcement agency when it comes to violations.

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