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Archive for the ‘spinal cord injury’ Category

Erbs Palsy Facts From A New York Birth Injury Lawyer

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Erbs Palsy Facts

Erbs Palsy is a devastating injury that only a personal injury lawyer who focuses specifically on these personal injury cases or who has experience handling erbs palsy cases can properly prosecute.  The reason for this is that understanding the medicine in an erbs palsy case can be challenging.

Erbs palsy injuries can occur from complications during the process of labor and delivery.  These complications can result in various types of injuries for a newborn baby. These birth injuries can be minor, severe or fatal in certain erbs palsy cases.

Birth injuries in general do not only include erbs palsy cases.  It also includes cerebral palsy claims and myriad of other birth injury induced conditions and maladies.  One of the most common causes of complications at birth involving  oxygen deprivation, which commonly takes place if the umbilical cord gets twisted or pressured during the birthing process.  Another major cause is mechanical trauma, which can take place when the unborn baby occupies an unusual position during the birth process or if the baby is too large to pass through birth canal in the proper way.  There are easy ways for the doctors to prevent this in many instances.

Birth injuries are more common than anyone could imagine here in the United States.  There are several birth related injuries which are caused by medical malpractice of medical personnel such as nurses, doctors or hospitals during the delivery process.  Birth injuries can also take place if excessive force is applied during the delivery of a child or there was some sort of delay in performing C-section delivery.  Many situations during the birthing process can be rectified with simple procedures or standards of care.  It is this deviation or the doctors failure to be aware of the standard of care that leads to birth injuries due to complications at birth.

Birth injuries can also take place if the medical team fails to properly anticipate the size and position of a child, and thus causing a disordered delivery.  Birth injuries mostly result from operative deliveries, rather than spontaneous deliveries.

Some of the common birth injuries are: Paralysis, Temporary Paralysis, Brain Damage, Cerebral Palsy, Erb’s Palsy, Klumpke’s Palsy, Brachial Plexus Palsy, and Fractured Collar Bone – to name a few.

Among these birth injuries the most serious injuries are those which affect the brain of a newborn child. These injuries are usually caused by lack of oxygen or bleeding which could take place within the skull or brain. Mental retardation of the child is one of the common injuries associated with Erbs Palsy.  Some children who are suffering from Erbs Palsy may also experience seizure disorders. Other than these causes, the prescription medicines can often result in birth related injuries.

If your child has been a victim of Erbs Palsy or any other types of birth injuries then you must get in touch with your personal injury lawyer who will help you receive justice and compensation.

The right New York Erbs Palsy Lawyer makes all the difference.  You need an aggressive, caring New York Erbs Palsy Lawyer who has experience representing victims of medical malpractice, personal injury and accidents in New York.

Do not delay in call for a free consultation at 1(800)WE-FIGHT to discuss your Erbs Palsy or birth injury case with a New York Erbs Palsy Lawyer.

Construction Accident

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Construction Accident and the Construction Accident Lawyer

A construction accident can be a devastating event not only physically but emotionally as well for the injured worker and his or her family.  It is critical that an injured worker of a construction accident not only get the best medical treatment, he or she must also get the best construction accident lawyer.  Determining whether a construction accident lawyer is the right lawyer or law firm is not always easy.

An injured worker or person who sustains injuries at a construction site often has permanent lifelong limitations.  The main focus of the injured construction worker is to get better and heal, first and foremost.  The right medical treatment makes all the difference and the sooner your receive treatment the better chance you have to a full recovery, typically.

However, it is critical that the construction lawyer choosing process be handled with care.  It should be done with a loved one or friend aiding in the decision in the injured construction worker because of his or her delicate and weakened condition while he or she is on the road to recovery.

The reason why it is necessary for the careful choice of a construction accident lawyer is that the laws for construction accidents are complex and you need a construction accident lawyer or construction accident lawfirm that is intimately familiar with the labor laws, specifically labor law section 240 and the relevant applicable sections.

Make no mistake, construction accident injuries are serious business.  You need a construction accident lawyer that handles that serious business with aggressive, caring legal representation.

Because of the nature of typical construction accidents serious injuries could occur from falling from scaffolds, falling from ladders, employers failing to provide the proper or adequate safety equipment, an unsafe work environment, crane accidents, and building collapse – the list can go on and on.  Your construction accident lawyer should be familiar with the labor laws and engineering behind all of these various types of construction accident scenarios.

Construction accidents bring with them, unfortunately, very serious injuries typically to any and every part of the body.  Some of those areas include head injuries and fractures, spinal injuries and back injuries resulting in surgery, shoulder and knee injuries, paralysis such as parapalegia or quadrapalegia and many times death.  A wrongful death claim on behalf of a loved one in a construction accident is a very common occurrence in the construction accident law arena.  A construction accident lawyer needs to navigate the labor laws involving a wrongful death in a construction accident along with the estate laws for the deceased worker.

If you, a friend or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in a construction accident call the aggressive, caring construction accident lawyer, Pasquale Calcagno, Esq., for a free, confidential consultation at 1(800)WE-FIGHT.  As always, there is no fee unless we win your case.  We have convenient locations all over New York and can even have an attorney come to your home or hospital upon request.

Our Construction Accident Legal Team looks forward to fighting hard for you in your construction accident case.

Scaffolding, Scaffolding Accidents and Scaffolding Lawyers

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Scaffolding is abundant in New York due to all of the skyscrapers.  As such, there are many scaffolding accidents on construction sites.  New York lawyers handling construction accidents are particularly atuned to the frequency of scaffolding related accident injuries.

Workers that sustain injuries while on New York scaffolding usually sustain catastrophic injuries.  There are many ways a New York construction worker, or anyone for that matter, can get injured on a scaffolding.  The scaffolding can collapse, break or be installed or repaired negligently.  Other frequent injuries involving scaffolding can be simply from the worker slipping, tripping or falling from the scaffold.

The result of a New York scaffolding accident typcially involves catastrophic injuries for the construction worker.  The types of injuries include spinal cord injuries, fracture or broken bones, paralysis or even death. 

It is critical that the OSHA safety regulations, New York workers compensation and labor laws are abided by.  Many times an injured construction worker in New York needs the help of a seasoned scaffolding accident lawyer to advise him on the benefits he is entitled via workers compensation, the union and other labor laws of our great city.

Choosing an experienced labor law lawyer and scaffolding accident lawyer is vital.  Many times an injured accident worker is out of work due to his injuries for an extended period of time.  His ability to provide for his family is challenged.  That is where we come in.  If you or a loved one was injured in a scaffolding accident call the Scaffolding Accident Lawyers at 1(800)WE-FIGHT

We will explain your rights to you and never stop fighting until you get what you are entitled to - justice.

Forklift, Forklift Accidents, Forklift Lawsuits and Forklift Injuries – Resources and Injury Help.

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

New York forklift accidents are prevalent because of the demand for construction timelines to be met at the expense of safety laws and procedures.  It is this emphasis on speed of completion in the construction project and not safety laws (such as OSHA laws, labor laws and workers rights ) that leads to catastrophic injuries.

The types of forklift accidents include pressuring the forklift operator to work faster or causing the forklift to be overburdened by too large a load.  The result is devastating and usually results in the forklift to roll over. 

When a forklift accident happens or a forlift rolls over the injuries that a forklift operator or other workers sustain are many times serious and permanent in nature.

The types of injuries we typically see are crush injuries, fractures and broken bones, spinal cord injuries and sometimes paralysis or death.

If you or a loved one was injured in a forklift accident call the aggressive  Forklift Accident Lawyers at 1(800)WE-FIGHT for a free consultation.

Ladder Accidents, Ladder Lawsuits and Serious Injuries.

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

When someone is involved in a ladder accident or a fall from a ladder it often results in serious injuries.  What many people do not realize is that these types of construction accidents are the result of someone elses fault, usually the general contractor or sub-contractors.

New York ladder accident law is complex in New York.  The safety laws and guidelines are promulgated by OSHA and the various labor laws.  Workers Compensation laws come into play when someone is seriously injured in a ladder accident in New York.  Usually, the injuries in a ladder fall or ladder accident are fractured or broken bones, head, neck and back injuries, spinal cord damage and even paralysis.

It is critical that you speak to a lawyer who is familiar with New York’s labor laws, OSHA regulations and the various rules and regulations that pertain to the construction industry.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a ladder accident or ladder fall in New York call the Ladder Accident Lawyers at 1(800)WE-FIGHT for a free consultation.  Even if you do not believe anyone was at fault, call us to learn about your rights as a third party (such as the ladder manufacturer, designer, contractor or sub-contractor) may be liable.

No fee unless we win your case.  Hospital and home visits are available.

Defective Guardrails. Defective Guardrail Lawsuit.

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

One may think that a guardrail cannot be defective.  However, that thought is false.  A guardrail can be defective in the following ways:

1) Design defect of the guardrail; 2) manufacturers defect of the guardrail; 3) incorrect installation of the guardrail; 4) faulty guardrail maintenance; and 5) negligent or shoddy guardrail repairs.

The purpose of a guardrail is obvious.  But, what most people do not know is that a guardrail must react to a collision in a specific way.  If someone is involved in an accident on the road involving a guardrail and that accident was catastrophic in nature, the accident many times could have or should have been minor if it wasn’t for the guardrail.

The key to successfully litigating a defective guardrail case is to follow up with an attorney immediately so that the proper photographs and investigation of the guardrail can be conducted by your lawyers experts.

If you or a loved one were involved in an accident and a guardrail was hit please call the Guardrail Lawyers at 1(800)WE-FIGHT for a free consultation.  No fee unless we win your case.  We have convenient locations all over New York.  Hospital and home visits are available.

Kelly: COP IN DEADLY CRASH TOTALLY WASTED

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

The headlines out of the Daily News today, June 3, 2010, says it all.

Officer Hoyoung Kim was off duty last month and drunk when he crashed his car in the Bronx.  The result, he killed himself a friend on the New York Police Department and injred four women. 

His blood alcohol level was 0.16, double the legal limit in New York of 0.08.  His fellow colleague who also lost his life, Office Edwin Paulino was also wasted with a blood-alcohol level of 0.21.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly informed reporters of the toxicology reports.  When asked by reporters if he was surprised the Commissioner replied “no comment.” 

The crash occurred on May 16, 2010 and the mother, Sabina Ramirez, 47, of two sisters Iris, 27, and Jazmin, 23, critically hurt in the crash on the Bronx River Parkway is beside herself.  They were taken to Jacobi Medical Center where they remain in critical condition.

Iris suffered a broken pelvis, two fractured legs and a spinal cord injury.  The other victims, Shirley Torres, 26 and Melina Ramirez, 27, also remain hospitalized in Jacobi Medical Center.

There seems to be no end to the negligence and recklessness of drunk drivers in the Bronx.  I expect more from a New York Police Officer and they must understand that they are held to a higher duty given their special place in our society as the perveyors of law and order.  It is a shame that a few bad apples have to ruin the reputation of the whole department.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident involving a drunk driver or any type of accident please call the car accident lawyers at 1(800)WE-FIGHT.

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