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Since February, General Motors (GM) has recalled nearly 3 million vehicles for faulty ignition switches — a problem that has reportedly led to at least 13 deaths. With news reports indicating that GM knew about the problem even before these deaths and failed to act, the car company is now facing pressure to right its …

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General Motors engineers knew that the ignition switch in certain models of GM’s small cars had problems as early as 2001 but repeatedly decided not to do anything about it, according to recently released confidential documents. The recall by GM has been expanded to replace defective ignition switches in 2.6 million cars.  The defective ignition …

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  The latest research indicates about 440,000 people die each year in the U.S. after suffering a medical error in a hospital. These fatal mistakes include everything from misdiagnoses to surgical tools left inside a patient’s body. A new analysis from Consumer Reports indicates that the hospital you choose when you need medical care does …

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, airbags saved an estimated 25,782 lives between 1987 and 2008. These bags are now standard in new cars and can pop out of steering wheels, side panels, and dashboards when a collision occurs. But these safety features are far from always-safe and certainly aren’t the soft pillows …

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Laura M. Jordan, a partner at Powers & Santola, LLP., has been selected by The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPIA) as a “TOP 10 Attorney” in the category of Personal Injury Law for the State of New York. The NAOPIA was established with the primary goal of finding and recognizing the top 10 …

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To reduce expenses, some New York hospitals contract with outside doctors. These doctors, who are not full-time staff members, can save a hospital thousands of dollars in benefit costs. But they come with their own set of risks— including an increased chance of medical malpractice. When you think of temporary workers, you likely don’t think …

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Whether you work in construction or retail, the risk of a workplace accident happening is greatly affected by how focused your employer is on maintaining a safe workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is charged with enforcing work safety regulations, ensuring that employers are following safety guidelines to reduce the likelihood of workplace …

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Four new medical studies have reported increased patient safety due to reduced medical errors. The studies – in fields from labor and delivery to psychiatry – show that doctors and hospitals can improve patient safety with proper training, staffing, and equipment. Delivering Babies – It’s safer in New York City From 2002 through 2009, New …

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