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The high costs of a motor vehicle accident

Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can be a scary and costly event. Not only may an individual suffer painful injuries, but he or she is also likely to incur expenses related to medical bills, lost wages and vehicle repair costs. These types of expenses can quickly add up and total into the tens of thousands of dollars.

In cases where another driver's actions caused or contributed to an accident, an individual may be able to recover compensation. New York City residents who have been injured in a traffic accident can turn to an attorney who handles personal injury cases to find answers to their legal questions.

Why work is a pain in the back for many U.S. workers

Lifting, carrying, pulling, bending and reaching are all activities in which many New York City workers engage on a daily basis. For workers who are employed in certain occupations, like construction and nursing, being able to successfully perform these types of physical movements is an essential part of their jobs.

For workers who suffer a back injury while performing job-related duties, even basic physical movements like sitting and standing can be excruciatingly painful and difficult. From muscle strains and tears to bulging and ruptured discs, injuries to the lower, mid and upper back can prevent an individual from not only returning to work; but also enjoying life.

How a doctor saying sorry could lead to litigation

When a person says they are sorry, it oftentimes means that they are trying to be empathetic toward the person with whom they are conversing. The phrase shows that the person cares and wants to console the other person or make them feel at least a little better. But the phrase "I'm sorry" has another interpretation and it's one that could leave doctors and medical professionals facing litigation down the road.

As you may have already guessed, the phrase "I'm sorry" can also be interpreted as an admission of guilt or wrong doing. When it comes from a medical professional, such as a doctor or a nurse, a patient or a patient's family may wonder if they are apologizing out of sympathy or because they did something wrong. If it's the latter of the two, then the patient and their family may see this as an indication of negligence.

An estimated 30 percent of car accident survivors develop PTSD

New York City residents are likely familiar with the comedic work of actor Tracy Morgan. More recently, the former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star has gained attention for a very different and much more sobering reason. Last summer, Morgan and three of his fellow comedians were passengers in a limo bus that was rear-ended by a commercial truck.

Comedian James McNair was killed in the horrific crash and Morgan suffered numerous and severe injuries including a traumatic brain injury. While Morgan continues to cope with and recover from the physical injuries he suffered, he revealed in a recent interview that he also continues to struggle both emotionally and mentally.

New York City construction workers at risk for suffering fall accidents

In cities like New York City, construction workers encounter numerous daily hazards. In many cases, construction workers are forced to work several hundreds of feet off the ground atop scaffolding or in partially constructed high-rise buildings. From these heights, one wrong move or misstep may result in a worker falling to his or her death. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 35 percent of the 828 construction worker deaths in 2013 were related to falls. While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires that employers within the construction industry implement certain fall-safety measures when workers are working at heights of six or more feet, some fail to abide by such regulations. 

New Yorkers reminded of dangers posed by city's high-rise buildings

According to New York City's Department of City Planning, as of 2014, the city boasted a population of nearly 8.5 million. Located on a small island, city planners and developers have been forced to build up to accommodate the millions who call one of the city's five boroughs home.

While the city is in the midst of a building boom with 30 percent more building permits being issued since 2010, the city agency tasked with inspecting and ensuring that the city's buildings are safe has cut its workforce by 20 percent. Consequently, there is growing concern among many about the safety and structural soundness of both new and existing high-rise buildings.

CONSTRUCTION JOBS ARE UP, BUT WAGES ARE NOT

NYC Construction Employment Rose 4.5 Percent in 2014, While Wages Remained Flat

Paralyzed mother awarded $35.4M in medical malpractice case

Individuals, who choose to pursue a career in the medical field, must always act with diligence and vigilance to ensure for the health and welfare of patients. Today, the implementation of electronic health records mandate means that doctors and nurses must input vital health and medical information in patients' records to ensure such information can be readily shared and accessed by numerous providers.

In 2008, a 28-year-old woman gave birth to a baby girl. The delivery and birth were normal with the healthy baby being delivered vaginally. However, what was a joyous event soon turned into a nightmare as the young new mother suffered a severe and debilitating stroke just 17 hours after giving birth.