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Accidental Injuries Are a Top Cause of Death in New York City

Recently released data by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene shows that the number eight killer of people in the city is unintentional injury, including accidents. Injuries led to the deaths of 4,552 New Yorkers from 2009 through 2011, the three-year period cited.

Overall, there were 18 fatal injuries per 100,000 New Yorkers. These deaths resulted from a variety of causes. Some of the preventable causes of fatal injury include:

  • Auto accidents. Drivers, passengers, pedestrians and bikers are all killed in auto accidents. These accidents involve private vehicles, such as cars, bikes and motorcycles, as well as public and commercial vehicles, such as trucks, buses and construction vehicles.
  • Slips and falls. Whether on a sidewalk, in a stairwell or walking through a parking lot, unsafe conditions lead people to fall. Falls, which can also occur in stores, offices and businesses, frequently cause fatal brain injuries.
  • Medical malpractice. A mistake by a doctor during diagnosis, birth or surgery can be fatal. Similarly, nurses, pharmacists and hospitals kill an alarming number of patients each year through negligence.
  • Work accidents. Whether on construction sites or in office buildings, there are endless ways for fatal accidents to occur in the workplace. Mistakes, neglect and poor safety practices by employers all contribute to accidents on work sites.

Those injured in accidents caused by the negligence or actions of others are often able to recover compensation in a court of law. When someone is fatally injured in such an accident, their family may be able to seek damages in a wrongful death claim or through workers’ compensation.

For more information on filing a wrongful death claim after the death of a loved one, meet with a trusted New York personal injury lawyer at Rubenstein & Rynecki. Call us at 718-522-1020 or contact us online to get started.

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