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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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“Driver inattention” is the primary contributing factor in auto accidents and near-crashes, according to SafeNY.ny.gov. When you look away from the road for even a few seconds, you immediately put yourself and everyone around you at risk of being seriously injured or killed in a crash. Are New York distracted driving laws doing enough to …

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Falls from heights – roofs, ladders and scaffolds – cause more deaths than any other type of construction accident, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). On average, between 150 and 200 workers die from falls on the job each year, while 100,000 suffer injuries. One of the ways to prevent these deaths …

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