New York Personal Injury And Medical Malpractice Law Blog

The worst intersections for cyclists in the Big Apple identified

Are you a cyclist in New York City? Whether you bike for the health benefits, can't afford the price of keeping a car in the city, don't like the hassle of fighting traffic or are concerned about your carbon footprint, you aren't alone. Bicycles are a common sight all over the nation, especially in urban areas.

Unfortunately, a lot of vehicle drivers still don't know how to share the road with cyclists. Partially, it's a lack of experience -- having a lot of bike riders around is a relatively new thing for some drivers. It may also have to do with the same old problems that cause other kinds of accidents: excessive speed, distracted driving and rushing through red lights to avoid stopping at intersections.

Does racism contribute to malpractice in childbirth?

In the last few years, there have been some disturbing revelations about the American medical system -- particularly where childbirth and maternal care are concerned. American women are dying at shocking rates in childbirth. While other developed nations have seen a sharp drop in maternal mortality, it's no longer uncommon for American mothers to die in childbirth or shortly after.

And, if you happen to be a black woman, your odds of dying during childbirth in an American hospital are about the same as if you were giving birth in Uzbekistan. The difference between the mortality rates for black women and women of other races -- not just whites -- is shocking. Around 12 white women out of 100,000 will die in childbirth. For women of other races (except black women), the figure is closer to 18 out of 100,000. However, 40 out of every 100,000 black mothers will die as a result of childbirth complications.

Is police misconduct being shuffled 'under the rug' in New York?

How much do the average citizens of New York know about the police officers who are supposedly serving and protecting them? Not much, really.

Just recently, the New York Police Department (NYPD) finally publicly revealed aggregate data involving police misconduct over a period of two years -- but only after being pushed into doing so by repeated requests from a city councilman and an inquiry by the New York Daily News.

Basic facts about birth injuries

The birth of a baby is an exciting time for a New York family. It should be a time of peace and planning for the future, but it can quickly turn to a time of devastation and confusion if you learn that your baby suffered injuries during the birth process. Birth injuries can change your baby's future, and while you cannot reverse what happened, you can take steps to secure your child's long-term interests.

Birth injuries can range in type and severity. It's probably not immediately clear how your child's injury will affect his or her life, but you do not have to face this uncertainty alone. If the injury your baby suffered was the result of the reckless or negligent actions of a medical professional, you may have grounds for a civil claim.

How bad doctors stay in business

The news for patients these days is both good and bad when it comes to the quality of the doctors available to treat them.

The good news is that only a small percentage of doctors are responsible for the vast majority of medical malpractice claims. They're basically the rotten apples in the barrel. The bad news, however, is that it is incredibly hard to weed those "rotten apples" out of the medical profession altogether.

Gender ignorance can lead to worse medical outcomes for women

It is well documented that men and women are different in some important and fundamental ways. As such, we need to understand those differences and account for them in order to ensure that men and women have equal access to critical services, like effective healthcare.

At the same time, it is important to recognize that, despite some surface-level differences, men and women share many similarities and needs. And by focusing too much on their differences, we may be at risk of denying women life-saving care.

4 tips for choosing a doctor

One of the most sacred bonds in our society is that between a doctor and patient. Your doctors see you at your most vulnerable, and you literally trust them with your life. A good doctor will bond with you and be a font of wisdom, but a bad doctor could cause you serious harm.

That’s why it’s so important to take time and consideration when choosing the person you want to be your physician. Use the following tips to help you find a doctor with whom you can building a trusting relationship.

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