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What is plantar fasciitis?

Workplace injuries in New York do not only result from accidents such as falls or electric shock. Many workers' compensation claims result from a repetitive stress injury. If you spend most of your time at work standing or walking on hard surfaces, such as concrete, you may be at risk for developing plantar fasciitis in your feet. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, the plantar fascia is a structure in your foot your that provides support to your arch, acting as a shock absorber. Tearing of the plantar fascia can occur under conditions of stress and tension. Inflammation or irritation of the plantar fascia can occur with repetitive tearing. You may experience chronic heel pain that interferes with your regular activities if you ignore the pain of plantar fasciitis without seeking treatment.

What you should know about medical misdiagnosis

Whether you visit an outpatient clinic physician to inquire about an ongoing illness or take a trip to the emergency room for a more sudden incident, you place your trust in the medical staff who are taking care of you.  These physicians, nurses and assistants are trained, educated and licensed to provide premium care to patients seeking a medical diagnosis. Yet, there is no guarantee that you will leave these settings with the right diagnosis of your condition or a diagnosis at all.

According to an article published in BMJ Quality & Safety, nearly 12 million American adults visiting these types of medical settings are misdiagnosed every year. This equates to approximately one in every 20 adult patients. Furthermore, half of these incidents result in serious patient harm. What is to blame for these surprising rates?

Manhattan bus accident attributed to unusual distraction

Everyone can get distracted while driving, and commercial bus drivers are no exception. Distractions that safety experts most commonly talk about include texting or using a phone while driving, adjusting the radio, looking for something that has fallen off the seat, arguing with another passenger and looking at scenery. However, distractions are not limited to that list. Drivers in New York and elsewhere can be dangerously distracted by anything that takes their attention off the task of driving.

A recent accident that occurred in the Chelsea section of Manhattan and involved a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus illustrates this point. According to CBS New York, a pigeon had flown into the bus. The driver, surprised by the sudden appearance of the bird, allegedly lost control of the bus and struck a sidewalk shed. While nobody was hurt in the crash, authorities said a pedestrian narrowly escaped being hit by the bus.

NY politicians grapple with sexual assault allegations

Eight former legislative staffers testified before the state Assembly recently, outlining not only the sexual harassment they say they were subjected to, but also how top lawmakers and staff worked to discredit and silence them.

Their testimony comes as more leading figures in the worlds of politics, entertainment, sports and business come under scrutiny for unwarranted sexual behavior.

Truck accident fatalities in New York

Commercial trucking is one of the essential components involved in keeping the domestic market moving as it is responsible for the delivery of countless consumer goods to end users and to businesses. In New York, there is respect for this work but there is also a concern about the safety of large commercial trucks on the roads and highways. In 2017 alone, truck accident fatalities accounted for more than 12 percent of all vehicular fatalities statewide according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

In 2017, there were a total of 999 people killed in motor vehicle accidents in New York and 121 of those people died in crashes in which a large commercial vehicle was involved. For many years now, one of the big concerns when it comes to safety and trucking has been fatigue among drivers. A few years ago, the federal government enacted a new set of rules that provided parameters for the number of hours a trucker may work and drive in a given day or week.

The hidden costs of an accident

Sometimes, people who are injured in an accident feel reluctant to take the matter to court. You may feel bad for the person at fault for the incident or you may simply want to put the traumatic experience in the past as soon as possible.

But, choosing not to seek compensation could be more expensive than you think. Here are a few of the hidden costs to accidents that are initially overlooked.

3 Deadly daycare hazards

If your child is under the age of twelve, you know the struggle of finding care options while you’re at work or after they are done with school. Sometimes, that may mean leaving your child with a new daycare, babysitter or at a friend's house.

Especially for very young children, there are many hazards in New York City that could happen in the blink of an eye if their caretaker isn’t watchful.

Defective Medical Devices-Do you Qualify for a Hernia Mesh Claim

Have you had a hernia surgery repaired with hernia mesh? Have you undergone or scheduled a hernia revision surgery? You may be eligible to join thousands of other patients in filing a legal claim.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are over one million hernia repairs a year - most often using hernia mesh. Recent studies show 7.3 percent of hernia mesh repairs result in infection, meaning 73,000 Americans must return to hospitals for revision surgeries and/or additional treatments.

Hernias are repaired by pushing the bulging tissue back into place and strengthening the abdominal wall with stitches and often mesh. Generally, surgeons rely on hernia mesh to reduce recovery time and the high recurrence rate of hernias. There have been no studies on the long-term effects on patients with these types of devices. While many patients do not suffer complications, tens of thousands do.

Some complications will arise within days of surgery, others years later. A 2016 study found that 1,050 out of 3,242 patients experienced no complications for five years or more, before requiring revision surgery.

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