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When people think about worksite hazards and injury risks, they often imagine dangers posed by heavy equipment or job tasks that require working at heights on scaffolding or similar materials. Yet it is important to know that work injuries have a wide variety of causes, and certain types of job-related injuries can happen in almost …

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Medical malpractice in Rochester can take many different forms, and it is critical to understand how different kinds of healthcare providers can be liable for patient harm. A common but less discussed area of medical malpractice involves pharmacists and dispensing errors. When can a pharmacist be liable for medical negligence, and how do dispensing errors …

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If someone you love died in an accident or as a result of another party’s negligence or intentional wrongdoing, you may be thinking about the possibility of a wrongful death lawsuit. Under New York law, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate must be the party who actually files the wrongful death lawsuit, but that …

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Construction sites pose a wide range of injury risks to construction workers in New York, from fall dangers to risks of getting struck by heavy equipment or exposed to harmful substances or electrical hazards. Employers and general contractors have a duty to ensure that construction sites in New York are reasonably safe for workers, that …

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Early detection of colon cancer is key to survival. Most colon cancer begins in polyps found in the colon, which can be removed during or after screening. Although not all polyps will become cancerous, many will. Removing them protects the patient and is relatively easy. For this reason, the American Cancer Society recommends that people …

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Like other cities around the country, Syracuse has seen its violent crime rate spike over the past few years. In 2020, murder rates jumped by over 50% compared to 2019, and they remain uncomfortably high. In 2022, shootings in Syracuse have increased by 23% and experts are not sure why. Many people are unaware that …

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With too many patients and not enough beds, Syracuse hospitals face tremendous pressure to discharge patients as soon as possible. Nevertheless, hospitals owe patients a duty to not discharge them until it is reasonably safe to do so. Doctors also must give patients proper instructions on how to care for themselves at home before being …

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Patients should not ever feel responsible for their own safety when they are visiting a health care provider. To be sure, patients should be able to expect that they will receive timely and appropriate care from any healthcare provider, and they should not have to fear that they will suffer an injury because of a …

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Learning that you experienced a delayed cancer diagnosis is devastating. When you see a doctor and seek an accurate diagnosis of a symptom, or when you attend all of your routine screening appointments, you should be able to expect that you will receive a clear diagnosis or that your health care provider will properly recognize …

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