MTA train delays and injuries: What recourse do riders have?

December 21, 2018 IN Uncategorized

As New York City subway riders, we’ve all experienced MTA train delays that involve waiting endlessly in a station (or even leaving to take a bus or walk home), having to get off a train that goes out of service, or getting stuck on a train in between stops. These time-killing episodes are just an annoying part of life — usually. But what about train problems that actually lead to people getting hurt? What can you and your family you do when a subway situation extends beyond inconvenience into actual danger and injuries? Real subway injuries Each year, many MTA riders are hurt in the subway system. Some experience circumstances where: Being trapped on a train causes a serious medical event like a heart attack or seizure A power outage (which can affecting lightin ....

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Distracted driving accidents in Manhattan: Steps victims can take

December 21, 2018 IN Uncategorized

Everybody with common sense knows it’s foolish to drive while distracted with a phone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, distracted driving is thought to kill an average of nine people and injure more than 1,000 people each day in the United States. Despite tough laws, New York City is not immune to the deadly problem of distracted driving. In Manhattan, one of the world’s busiest places, it is crazy to text and drive or even talk on the phone behind the wheel, yet numerous drivers are doing it right now. Throughout the borough — in Midtown, on the West Side Highway and the FDR, on uptown and downtown streets and avenues — motorists, motorcyclists, bicyclists are put in harm’s way by this negligent behavior. What New York law says ....

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It’s a dangerous world out there for children

December 21, 2018 IN Uncategorized

Taking a child to a baseball game is a time-honored American tradition. For generations, parents have been taking their kids to the ballgame to enjoy the site and smells of our national pastime. However, as much fun as a baseball game can be for fans and their children, there are also significant dangers. In addition to the potential for unruly fans and sometimes dangerous commutes, the game itself can pose significant dangers in the form of flying baseballs. If kids aren’t careful, a foul ball can cause serious, sometimes fatal, accidents. A Child Was Hit by a Foul Ball at a Yankees Game A couple weeks ago, a young girl was struck by a foul ball in Yankee Stadium, according to a report in Sports Illustrated. The ball was a line drive hit by Yankee’s third-baseman ....

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Drone Milestone Raises Questions

December 21, 2018 IN Uncategorized

Our neighbor to the north was home to a drone-related milestone last week, as a drone collided with a commercial aircraft in Canadian airspace. This is the first time such an incident has occurred in North America. Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau was relieved that the plane only sustained minor damage, but said the incident never should have happened. “That drone should not have been there.” According to the New York Post, despite reports by pilots claiming that drones have crashed into their planes, the FAA has not verified any such accidents. It’s obvious why such accidents are of concern to the FAA and other public safety entities, but what does the increasing presence of drones in the sky mean for the residents of New York City? A recent loc ....

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New York’s car seat law is changing

December 21, 2018 IN Uncategorized

Is your vehicle ready? According to AAA, a one-year-old child is injured in a car crash about once every day in New York state. With precious young lives on the line, it is critical that people do everything possible to prevent these injuries and keep small passengers safe. Some of these injuries occur because children are not properly secured in child safety seats. Having the right car seat is essential for young passengers, but the state has not always provided clear guidance to parents. Many parents and caretakers may not know what safety equipment children of different ages need. Clear requirements for children under two To address that, Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a bill into law that will clear up car seat requirements for the parents of young children ....

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6 tips to keep your kids safe from holiday toy hazards

December 21, 2018 IN Uncategorized

Keep your loved ones out of the emergency room on Christmas morning. As a parent, you know the drill: stay up until the wee hours wrapping presents and stowing them under the tree on Christmas Eve, only to be shaken awake by eager children mere hours later. When you see the glee and gratitude on your kids’ faces, it’s worth all of the stress and shopping. However, a toy-related accident can quickly dampen the spirit on Christmas morning. Even toys that are designed for young children sometimes carry certain risks such as small parts or hazardous materials. Fortunately, it’s usually possible to avoid these with a little planning. Read on for some toy safety tips from : Pay attention to the label – Look for the letters “ASTM,” which mean the toy mee ....

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Protecting your children from dog bite accidents

December 21, 2018 IN Uncategorized

Parents in 2018 are in a difficult situation. Although most parents want their kids to be able to run free, have fun and explore their world, there are more dangers than ever when they leave the safe confines of home. One of the most common dangers involves dog bites. According to an article from safetyarounddogs.org, The Center for Disease Control estimates that “half of all children 12 years-of-age and under have been bitten by a dog” and that “teasing or an unintentional provocation” are among the most common causes. In fact, in seventy nine percent of fatal dog attacks, the victims are children. But what can you do to help your children avoid dog bite injuries? Protecting Your Kids from Dog Bites Some basic steps for avoid dog bites include: Do not assume ....

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Do kids get sicker at the doctor’s office?

December 21, 2018 IN Uncategorized

When kids get sick, most parents take them to the doctor. It makes sense to take our kids to medical professionals to find remedies for their ailments. The only problem is that sometimes doctors’ offices are not the safest places. The doctor’s office is one of the more unsafe places for children. What can parents do when the place where kids should be getting better becomes a place where their health is more likely to get worse? What Makes Doctors’ Offices Unsafe According to the Health section of U.S. News, the doctors’ offices are unsafe. Not the medical rooms, necessarily, but certainly the waiting room areas. The article called specific attention to the toys that children play with in the waiting rooms It makes sense that these waiting room toys would be a ....

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Don’t let your New Year’s resolutions land you in the hospital

December 19, 2018 IN Uncategorized

If you’re still going strong with your 2018 fitness goals, congratulations are in order – according to some studies, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February and only 8 percent of New Year goals are ever achieved. While faltering will power, the temptation of the dessert cart and genetics are also to blame, there’s something else that may derail resolutions: an exercise-related injury. Most people take up exercise in order to take care of their bodies and live a longer, healthier life. However, jumping into a new workout routine without proper precautions can not only postpone your fitness goals – it could land you in the hospital. It is easy to imagine how jumping into long-distance running or high-intensity interval training can cause injury. ....

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Big data may help employers boost workplace safety

November 30, 2018 IN Uncategorized

Big data may help employers boost workplace safety Big data can determine a number of things such as what products people will buy, how to improve crime prevention, and ways to boost science and research. Lately, employers have taken advantage of big data toward improving workplace safety. This is no longer science fiction, and that’s why society has increasingly relied on big data and analytics. Big data is a collection of data from numerous sources that gets analyzed to reveal patterns and trends typically related to human behavior. Clues toward preventing future mishaps Today, a number of workplaces have been turning to big data to predict and prevent workplace injuries. With knowledge gained from big data, employers can review past injuries, illnesses and deaths ....

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