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Trial set to begin in landmark bond fraud case

Fraud in the sale of stocks and private bonds is not uncommon, but before now, no one had been prosecuted for criminal securities fraud involving the sale of municipal bonds. That state of affairs will change dramatically when an elected official of the town of Ramapo, a suburb about 28 miles northwest of New York, will face trial on federal criminal charges involving the sale of municipal bonds.The defendant is the elected supervisor of Ramapo. Prosecutors allege that the defendant defrauded bond purchasers who helped finance a minor league baseball stadium near Ramapo. The essential allegation claims that the defendant and the former executive director of the Ramapo Local Development Corp. defrauded potential investors by concealing the city's shaky financial condition while they were actively marketing the bonds. The federal [...]

Trial set to begin in landmark bond fraud case2017-04-27T00:00:00+00:00

Keeping workers safe in a chemical plant

New York workers who are exposed to toxic chemicals may suffer serious injuries or even die. However, there are steps that chemical plant managers can take to reduce the risk that a worker is injured. To prevent chemical burns, chemical inhalation or general chemical exposure, it is important to have a safety plan. One of the most common causes of accidents is human complacency.Having a safety plan and sticking to it may prevent workers from taking shortcuts or otherwise making mistakes that put themselves and others in danger. Workers should be properly trained in all aspects of their work such as loading or unloading to ensure that they are doing so in a proper manner. They should also be trained on how to correct an error as well as what [...]

Keeping workers safe in a chemical plant2017-04-24T00:00:00+00:00

What is New York’s Leandra’s Law?

On October 10, 2009, an 11-year-old New York girl named Leandra Rosado was killed in a one-car crash caused by a drunken driver. As the result of this accident, the New York Legislature passed the Child Passenger Protection Act, which is popularly known as Leandra's Law." The law imposes additional sentences on persons who are convicted of drunk driving while a person younger than 15 years is a passenger in the vehicle."First time offenders who have a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher, or are impaired by drugs, can be charged with a Class E felony punishable by 4 years in prison. Drivers who have a BAC level of 0.08 or higher will have their drivers' licenses suspended during the criminal proceeding. If a drunk driver or a [...]

What is New York’s Leandra’s Law?2017-04-21T00:00:00+00:00

Suing a hospital for negligence in New York

Someone who goes to a hospital should be able to expect that they will be provided with a certain level of care. If a hospital fails to provide this level of care in any way, the hospital may be considered liable for harm to a person. Two common types of liability are hospital negligence and vicarious liability.Hospitals may be considered negligent for a variety of reasons. When hiring medical staff, it is up to the hospital to ensure that everyone from nurses to doctors are capable and will provide proper levels of care. Additionally, it is up to hospitals to ensure that these individuals are properly supervised and that there are sufficient numbers of people on staff to care for patients.Another form of liability is vicariously liable. If a patient [...]

Suing a hospital for negligence in New York2017-04-18T00:00:00+00:00

Understanding New York’s ignition interlock laws

The State of New York has a complex network of laws regulating the operation of an automobile or other vehicle after a person has consumed alcoholic beverages. One of the most important of the laws that regulate drunk driving is the ignition interlock law.An ignition interlock device connects to the vehicle's ignition circuitry. The device measures the amount of alcohol in the driver's blood stream and prevents the vehicle from starting if the person's blood alcohol content exceeds the legal limit for intoxication, 0.08%. The device uses technology similar to a breathalyzer to determine the driver's BAC. Most ignition interlock devices require periodic re-sampling to ensure that the driver has not consumed alcohol after the vehicle has been started.New York courts are required to order the use of an ignition [...]

Understanding New York’s ignition interlock laws2017-04-14T00:00:00+00:00

Medication error reporting and anesthesiologists

New York residents might be surprised to learn that medication errors are often underreported by anesthesia providers. Recent findings may indicate a hesitancy to report the errors due to punitive actions, even though less than 10 percent of errors result in temporary harm to a patient. According to an anesthesiology educator at the University of Michigan Medical School, there are 44,000 to 98,000 annual patient fatalities caused by preventable medication errors.Researchers obtained data that was gathered from July 2006 to November 2015 by the Multicenter Perioperative Outcomes Group and from quality assurance data that was self-reported by institutions. Each anesthetic record, electronic health record and error report was manually evaluated to determine resource utilization, adverse outcome and epidemiological information. The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Preventions descriptions [...]

Medication error reporting and anesthesiologists2017-04-12T00:00:00+00:00

Police allege that truck driver in fatal crash was drunk

As most New Yorkers will acknowledge, drunk driving can be dangerous. A recent fatal accident on the Cross Bronx Expressway shows that drunk driving can be especially hazardous if the vehicle is a semi-trailer truck.At about 2:30 a.m. on Monday, March 27, a semi-trailer truck was heading west near the George Washington Bridge. According to police investigators, the truck slammed into a 1997 Toyota sedan that was carrying a driver and two passengers. The driver of the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene, and the two passengers were taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition. The remains of the Toyota were almost unrecognizable.The driver of the big rig immediately left the scene after the collision. Port Authority and New Jersey Police found the driver at the Vince Lombardi [...]

Police allege that truck driver in fatal crash was drunk2017-04-06T00:00:00+00:00

Studies find large increase in prophylactic double mastectomies

Multiple studies of breast cancer patients have identified a sharp increase in the number of younger patients electing to have both breasts removed even if cancer has only been found in one breast. The Midwest and East Coast have emerged as hot spots for the elective surgery that the the American Society of Breast Surgeons has published a statement against except for patients with additional risk factors. A breast surgeon from the NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center in New York said that she had seen a rise of 17 percent in contralateral prophylactic mastectomy.Another East Coast state has experienced a similar increase among cancer patients under 44. Between 2004 and 2006, 9.8 percent of younger women in one state chose to remove both breasts. Data collected between 2010 and 2012 showed [...]

Studies find large increase in prophylactic double mastectomies2017-04-03T00:00:00+00:00
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