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February 2016 Archives

Crash prevention systems: Working well, with a promising future

The streets of New York are so busy and congested that most people see traffic accidents as an unavoidable consequence of living in the city. But could we ever hope to eliminate car crashes, pedestrian and bicyclist accidents? Technology currently in use today is promising, and could potentially be a way to reach that lofty goal in the future.

Rapid Flash Beacons Going Global

Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFB) were first developed in the United States, but now are spreading to places such as Abu Dhabi.  RRFB are placed at pedestrian crosswalks and emit bright flashing lights when manually triggered.  The RRFB utilize LED lights and solar energy, so the units are economical and environmentally friendly.

Criminal charges filed against landlord and accomplices in East Village gas explosion

New York City residents likely remember seeing images of the aftermath of a gas explosion that rocked the city's East Village neighborhood last March. As a result of the explosion and fire, two people died and dozens more were injured and lost their homes when the building went up in flames. Nearly one year later, the individuals responsible for causing the dangerous conditions which led to the explosion have been formally charged.

Repeat Offenders: Doctors Sued For Malpractice Are Likely to Get Sued Again

One percent of all doctors account for 32 percent of all paid malpractice claims and there is a direct relationship between the numbers of claims a physician pays and the likelihood he or she will come under suit again. The study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, was based on data from the National Practitioner Data Bank that analyzed 66,426 claims paid against physicians from 2005 to 2014.

Does your rental unit contain lead paint?

The ongoing lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, MI has raised many troubling questions and resulted in residents throughout the U.S. to also question their own safety when it comes to exposure to lead-laden materials. When it comes to lead exposure and poisoning in New York City, older buildings that contain lead-based paint pose a significant hazard to residents.

Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim

When going to a medical doctor, most of us trust and rely on the care we receive. Unfortunately, doctors make mistakes and can cause or aggravate serious health issues for patients. When a patient suffers injury because of the negligence or fault of a doctor, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be appropriate.

In New York City, construction boom poses dangers to residents

Last Friday morning, individuals who were in lower Manhattan near Worth St. and West Broadway felt the earth shake as a towering 565 foot crane toppled to the ground. According to The New York Times, the collapse occurred as construction workers, who were concerned about high wind conditions, attempted to bring down and secure the crane’s boom.

Parents desperate for daycare, must be aware of potential safety hazards

Last year, the New York Daily Post published an article about the rising costs of day care in New York City. During 2015, parents in the city could expect to pay an average of $16,250 per child for day care and "the cost of childcare overall is increasing by $1,612." The basic economic principle of supply and demand is contributing to the rising costs of day care in the city as many working parents are desperate to find a space for an infant or toddler close to where they live or work.

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