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Should all school buses require seat belts?

As the 2016 Chattanooga school bus crash still weighs heavily on the minds of American parents, many have asked whether school buses themselves should take stronger safety measures to protect their passengers. New York, along with other states, enforces special laws on its school buses. Nevertheless, many parents are concerned for the safety of their children.

Despite having preexisting seat belt laws, many states still grapple with actively enforcing use on buses. PBS News Hour takes a look at this topic in an article from last May, pointing out that some states do not consider such safety modifications worth the cost. Of the 25 million children who ride school buses each school day, bus crashes take the lives of six children a year. According to PBS, experts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration argue that three-point seatbelts should be in effect on all buses. Yet without a federal law regulating this safety measure, it could be difficult to get all schools on board. Other school and safety officials claim larger buses can actually pose less of a risk during an accident. 

Train travel continues to be risky

You have many options when you want to travel, especially if you live in New York. For transcontinental travel, the train is one of the more popular choices. It is often less expensive than plane fare, infinitely less complicated and more relaxing than driving yourself.

However, travel by train is not without its problems, and among them is the potential for serious injury if the train is involved in an accident. The high speed at which trains travel, extended stopping time and limited alternatives for avoiding a collision often result in catastrophic crashes and mass casualties. The recent, highly publicized Amtrak and CSX collision is one example of how human error can bring tragedy to many families.

What happens after a workplace injury in new york?

A workplace injury is an occurrence most employees assume they can avoid entirely. Just as with any accident, most New Yorkers suffer injuries when they least expect them. When an accident happens on the job, workers have specific rights to compensation and benefits, depending on the situation and the type of injury. Knowing the state's workplace injury basics can increase the chances of a smoother process, should the unexpected take place. 

Many employees might wonder, how common are injuries among New York's jobs in the first place? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, New York saw roughly 139,000 nonfatal workplace injuries in 2016 -- all under the state's private industry employers. 79,700 of those injuries were severe enough to keep employees away from work or restricted from certain duties. Commonly known as DART cases, these types of workplace injuries largely involved cases that kept employees away from work for at least one day. Less severe cases accounted for 59,700 of the total injuries in the state that year. 

Deaths among construction workers rise

Anyone in New York who has ever worked in a construction job or who has had a loved one employed in construction knows that there are inherent risks involved in work in this industry. Those risks, however, do not negate the responsibility of an employer to keep its employees safe. This responsibility spans many things such as providing safety training to people, ensuring all tools and machinery used are in good working order and requiring proper adherence to safety protocols at a minimum.

Unfortunately it seems this level of responsibility may not always be heeded by construction employers. The New York Commission for Occupational Safety and Health reported on a dangerous and tragic trend seen in statistics that show the number of construction workers who were killed on the job in 2016 was the highest number of such deaths recorded in the state since 2002. In 2016, a total of 71 construction worker lives were lost in work-related incidents.

The extremely dangerous repercussions of benzene exposure

New York workers who face exposure to dangerous chemicals in the workplace have rights. There are certain jobs that may place workers at an increased chance of contact with hazardous and dangerous materials, but there are ways that employers can and should protect the safety of their employees as much as possible.

One of the dangerous chemicals that could cause you harm in the workplace is benzene. This chemical can cause cancer and other health problems. Benzene exposure happens in the workplace more often than it should. You may not even know that exposure occurred unless you develop a specific disease.

Drowsy driving daydreams can quickly turn into a nightmare

For all its many benefits, the fast-pace of life in New York can be stressful and downright exhausting. There are going to be sleepless nights and early mornings that inevitably leave you yawning and groggy throughout the day. One thing you may want to think twice about, though, is climbing behind the wheel when you're feeling sleep deprived.

You already know the risks to both yourself and others of drunk driving. But did you know that "drowsy driving" can be just as hazardous? So what exactly constitutes drowsy driving? What can you do to prevent it, and most importantly, how can you keep yourself and your loved ones safe on the streets of New York?

Medical malpractice claim: Don't let the prospect intimidate you

Were you possibly injured by substandard treatment from a healthcare professional? Then you might have questions about a medical malpractice lawsuit. What is medical malpractice and do you have grounds to file such a complaint? Medical malpractices cases arise when doctors and other medical practitioners provide medical care that does not meet the accepted standards of care.

Such mistakes can follow acts of omission, negligence, prescribing the wrong medication or dosage, childbirth injuries, misdiagnoses and more. Victims or the surviving family members of those who died due to medical negligence may pursue financial relief as compensation for the economic and emotional damages sustained.

Traffic tips for safe spring break driving

Spring break is right around the corner, and with children having time off from school, many families choose to take advantage of the break to go on vacations. It is also a time when many young people, who may be inexperienced drivers, take to the road for long hauls to destinations like Florida and other warmer locales. 

Sad but true, during traditional travel periods such as around spring break the risk of being in a car accident rises. As the roads become busier with long-distance traffic, drowsiness the density of traffic and weather among other factors can cause serious accidents. What can you do to keep your friends, family and loved ones safe this year?

Reputable doctors and surgical smarts

Surgeries -- no matter how extreme -- can require months of healing, but a surgical error can make way for a whole new set of complications. While to err is human, there are some precautions New York patients can take when planning their next procedure, including learning about common mistakes surgeons make, as well as looking for ideal traits in a trustworthy and reputable doctor. 

News outlet The Cheat Sheet shares some of the most common surgical mistakes that can lead to potential dangers. Some of the listed mistakes include removing a breathing tube too early, not washing hands when wearing latex gloves, spreading infection through a ventilator and giving the wrong dosage of medication. This last mistake is, unfortunately, also one of the riskiest. Other errors involve a doctor's operating on the wrong side of the body or the wrong patient entirely, although these cases are rare. Lastly, some patients suffer and do not even cross paths with a surgeon; overcrowded hospital waiting rooms leave some patients deprived of the immediate medical attention they need.

Medical malpractice claims and the role of expert witnesses

If you feel you were hurt due to the negligence of a physician, you may wish to investigate your options for recovering your losses. In some cases, the injury you suffered may not have been preventable, and the physician used his best judgment and options available to try to heal you. However, there are a myriad of different ways in which negligence on the part of a doctor can make matters much worse.

If you suffer from disability, or even worse, if you or someone you loved died from complications of medical treatment, you should consider pursuing a lawsuit. As long as your case meets certain requirements, then you have options at your disposal.


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