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January 2013 Archives

Dispensing incorrect medication may cause harmful results

New York City residents, who are going through treatment in hospitals, and their families, should be very careful about dosing errors. These medication errors are common in hospitals that stem from the negligence of doctors and other hospital staff.

Large increase in injuries to construction workers reported as a result of a significant incline in workplace accidents

Federal Bureau of Labor statistics show an alarming increase in the number of construction accidents between 2011 and 2012, resulting in more injured workers in New York City. During this time period construction accidents at New York City construction sites increased by 31%, with a reported 46% increase in injuries to workers.


Unfortunately, crane-related construction site accidents continue to be all too commonplace in the City of New York. Since 2010 alone, there have been multiple examples of accidents occurring in and around New York City involving construction workers and laborers getting seriously injured or killed due to falling cranes, tipping cranes or cranes dropping payloads. These accidents are usually the result of a failure to ensure that the cranes themselves are being properly maintained or due to the operation of cranes not being adequately supervised and the safety of the workers not being properly safeguarded. Jobsite safety involving cranes is of the utmost importance due to the enormous potential for injury or death to construction workers and the general public from crane-related accidents. Rarely do we hear about a crane accident without grave consequences. When the stakes are this high, safety has to be paramount. It has not.

Elevator Safety In New York Remains A Serious Concern

Sometimes a tragic accident can focus attention on a safety issue and lead to positive change. According to the New York Post, City elevator inspectors have stepped up their efforts to ensure elevator safety since the untimely and well publicized death of an advertising executive in a December 14, 2011 elevator accident at 285 Madison Avenue in Manhattan. The article reports that the City has handed out 50 percent more fines for the worst violations and has increased the number of elevator inspectors by more than 25 percent since that incident. The father of the victim was quoted as expressing delight in the City's more aggressive approach to elevator regulation. A Buildings Department spokesman confirmed that their focus on elevator safety has indeed been intensified since the accident.

Misdiagnosis of illness may cause serious repercussions

Medical errors are rampant across the nation, and New York City can be no exception to it. Patients want to be cured fully when they visit a physician or a hospital. But many of them do not realize that they have become the victim of misdiagnosis at the very initial stage of treatment. Such medical malpractice is a very serious issue that needs to be addressed effectively.

Surgical error figures are alarming in the United States

New York City residents might be aware of a new report that exposes the causes and number of mistakes committed during surgery in the United States. According to the study, American surgeons commit approximately 4,000 preventable errors every year that cost over $1.3 billion in medical malpractice claims. Among all surgical errors, leaving a foreign object inside the body is the most common mistake, followed by adoption of wrong procedure in surgery and wrong-site surgery.

Cesarean section may lead to infection or other complications

Cesarean births are on rise in cities across the country, and New York City is no exception. During this delivery process, women and infants may sustain injuries, develop infections and complications or even die during or after the birth. Doctors' failure to monitor vital signs and symptoms may eventually cause damage to women or their babies in the Cesarean process.

Meningitis outbreak may continue as new cases surface

United States health officials believe that the fungal meningitis outbreak of 2012 could have been much worse than it was. The fungal meningitis caused by a tainted steroid injection has killed 39 people and infected 620 people in 19 states this year. The defective product produced by the New England Compounding Center has killed 6 percent of the patients infected by the outbreak so far.