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On November 20, 2014, a young Ulster County couple prevailed in their medical malpractice lawsuit when a jury of their peers returned a verdict in the amount of $1.75 million dollars. According to court documents, plaintiff, Nancy Nocito, was injured in June of 2009 while receiving medical care and treatment from defendants, Robert W. Lobel, …

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While cancer victims may turn to family and friends for support as they battle their disease, support groups can provide valuable assistance, too. Talking to others who face the same challenges can help a cancer patient learn through others’ experience and fight feelings of isolation and helplessness. Your doctor should be able to refer you …

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A new report by researchers in the United Kingdom illustrates the costs and tragic outcomes that can result from delays in diagnosing cancer and sheds light on the issue in our own country. According to the report published by Cancer Research UK, the failure to detect cancer at an early stage costs England’s health system …

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The New York University Law School’s Center for Justice & Democracy released an updated version of its briefing book, Medical Malpractice: By the Numbers, on September 17. The book provides a comprehensive look at research and statistics related to medical malpractice issues in the U.S. It also includes links to all of the original sources …

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Globalfoundries held responsible for failing to provide needed safety equipment to prevent worker’s injuries during construction of its state of the art computer chip fab plant in Malta, New York. Senior U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence E. Kahn recently issued a 21-page decision (Lawler v. Globalfoundries U.S., Inc., and M+W U.S., Inc., Case No. 1:12-CV-0327 (LEK/RFT) …

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as part of its work to prevent construction site accidents, developed a program that it calls “Construction Focus Four Training.” This program is meant to teach site supervisors, superintendents, foremen and workers how to recognize and mitigate the four leading construction site hazards, which are sometime called the …

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The Gloversville Leader Herald reports that a construction worker died September 11 while doing work on an addition to the Fage USA yogurt company’s plant at the Johnstown Industrial Park, which is located between Albany and Syracuse. Johnstown Police Chief Mark Gifford told the Leader Herald that the worker was on a platform doing electrical …

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A recent court decision in Florida and an upcoming ballot initiative in California are among the most recent skirmishes in the ongoing fight over tort reform in medical malpractice cases. In general, the movement known as “tort reform” encompasses proposals to make it more difficult for injured people to file a lawsuit or obtain a …

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Though a misdiagnosis of cancer usually means a doctor has overlooked the fact that a patient has cancer, in some case it means a doctor has diagnosed cancer that does not exist. Patients victimized by such a false positive diagnosis may undergo painful treatment that was unnecessary. They may eventually be relieved to learn their …

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The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has launched a powerful new campaign that is aimed at getting motorists to slow down and be cautious and alert when traveling through highway construction zones. As a press release from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office notes, construction zones in New York State can be dangerous for workers …

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