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Know Your Rights – The Dangers of Driving While Using a Cell Phone

Distracted driving is a leading factor in traffic accidents and fatalities in the United States, claiming 3,477 lives in 2015 alone.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates drivers using hand-held cell phones are four times more likely to cause serious injury while driving.  Texting drivers are twenty-three times more likely to injure or… Read More »

Falls Are a Top Cause of Hospitalizations in New York City

According to data released by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, unintentional falls are the most common cause of injury among those who are hospitalized and survive their injuries. The data, which shows the top causes of injury-related hospital visits from 2009 through 2011, shows that falls resulted in over 90,000… Read More »

Childbirth and Related Complications Are a Top Reason for Hospitalization

Complications from pregnancy and childbirth, as well as other perinatal conditions, are a leading cause of hospitalization in New York City. Most births result in short hospital stays, but complications related to pregnancy can keep both mothers and their babies in hospitals for much longer. While some of the reasons for these hospitalizations are natural,… Read More »

Medication Errors Are a Danger That Should Not Be Ignored

According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, poisoning (including drug overdose) was the most lethal type of injury between 2009 and 2011, with 1,891 New Yorkers dying after accidently being poisoned. While drug overdoses account for a significant number of poisonings, there is a less well-known poisoning problem that kills… Read More »

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… Read More »

How Much Does Police Misconduct Cost the Public?

Both in New York City and across the United States, taxpayers are increasingly seeing public funds used to pay huge settlements and verdicts as a result of police misconduct, violence and abuse. In 2014, the 10 American cities with the largest police departments spent $248.7 million on verdicts and settlements resulting from police misconduct. Those… Read More »

Vision Zero Has No Obvious Impact on Reducing Taxi Crashes

Over the past few years, New York City has implemented a variety of measures aimed at reducing the number of injuries and fatalities caused by traffic crashes. These steps, taken as part of an initiative called Vision Zero, are meant to make accidents less likely by changing the way that people use roads and reducing… Read More »

Four NYPD Officers Died in the Line of Duty in 2015

Since the New York City Police Department (NYPD) was established, a total of 841 officers have died in the line of duty. Not everyone on this list was killed by a criminal act, however. The total of those whose fatal injuries were suffered while they worked includes cops killed by gunfire, in auto accidents, in… Read More »

New York City Construction Injuries Jumped 34 Percent Last Year

Contractors and regulators are looking to pinpoint the reason why New York City saw a 34 percent increase in construction-related injuries in the past year. There were 283 such injuries — a steep jump from 211 injuries in 2014 and 187 injuries in each of the two previous years. According to the city Department of… Read More »

New York City’s Public Hospitals Spent Millions on Medical Malpractice in 2015

The agency responsible for New York City’s public hospitals, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), is reported to have settled at least 221 medical malpractice lawsuits in 2015, leading to $124 million in payouts. Settlements are often seen as a cheaper and easier alternative than litigation, where hospitals open themselves up to… Read More »