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What birth injuries should you be aware of?

As a soon-to-be mother, having you or your baby suffer from a birth injury might be one of your worst fears. Some injuries are immediately apparent and some take longer to recognize. Some are temporary and some last a lifetime. Symptoms can vary. Some are mild and some are serious.

You want to protect your child in any way. But what if you do not know what birth injuries to even look out for? There are a variety of types of injuries you or your baby baby could suffer from. Here are a few that new mothers should know about.

Fungus is a deadly problem at New York health care facilities

There are many people in the New City area who have spent time in a health care facility or have family members in a health care facility. These facilities exist in order to take care of people who need help. Whether it is a hospital, assisted living facility or nursing home, these facilities are important in our community. Families believe that their loved ones in these care facilities will be well taken care of and often this is the case. But, a serious fungus has emerged in New York care facilities that may lead to unexpected injuries.

The Candida auris, a superbug fungus, is spreading through New York health care facilities. The fungus spreads in a person's bloodstream and is resistant to medication, which is making it difficult to contain. Since the outbreak began in 2016 over 179 people have died in New York, which has the highest rate of infection in the nation. Senator Charles Schumer is urging federal officials to declare a state of emergency because of the fungus. He is urging the federal government to invest money to identify and treat the deadly fungus before it affects anyone else. Hospitals and nursing homes are especially at risk of having the infection affect their patients.

Construction work now deadliest job

Many people in the New City area work in the construction industry. Construction jobs tend to pay well and don't usually require higher-level degrees. Construction workers usually have families that they provide for and, although construction jobs can be dangerous, there are often safety measures that can be put in place to reduce the risks.

Statistics are showing that construction accidents are on the rise in New York City and across the state of New York. Three workers have been killed recently. Work site deaths are up 33% compared to five years ago, while work site injuries are up 221%. Those who analyze workplace safety believe that many contractors are cutting corners and are hiring cheaper labor. There is also a building boom going on in the city, which is putting the pressure on contractors and is coming at a cost of worker safety. It is estimated that over a quarter of building sites in New York City are not in compliance. By 2020 construction workers will be required to have 40 hours of safety training, while right now they are only required to have 10 hours. If workers are found to not have the proper safety training the contractor, property owner and worker's employer will be fined $5,000 each.

Electronic medical records often result in patient harm

Many New City area residents have a doctor who uses electronic records. It may even seem that the doctor spends more time typing on their computer than talking to patients face-to-face. Although doctors may like the ease of using electronic records, such records can actually lead to serious medical harm to a patient.

Electronic health records are medical charts that contain important medical history about a patient, including their medical care, previous doctor visits and prescriptions. They are used to give a medical provider a complete view of a patient's medical condition so that they can make good decisions regarding their care. Although electronic health records have advantages, there are disadvantages as well, which can lead to a patient's death.

New York woman receives large settlement for medical malpractice

When a New City area resident goes to the hospital, they expect the hospital will do their best to make their health condition better and not worse. Most of the time this is the case for patients, but occasionally a medical error occurs. These medical errors can result in a patient's worsened condition and even death.

A New York resident has received a settlement worth more than $100 million due to medical malpractice. The woman went to St. Barnabas Hospital because of an asthma attack. Instead of her condition improving, she suffered permanent injury. The hospital did not have the proper equipment to care for the build up of carbon dioxide in her brain and did not transfer her to another facility that could better care for her. Instead, she spent 328 days in the hospital and care facilities and suffered a brain injury that has confined her to a wheelchair and has crippling speech and motor delays.

A spinal cord injury could worsen if not treated right away

A spinal cord injury involves damage to the spinal cord itself or damage to the vertebrae, ligaments or disks in the spinal column. This life-altering injury can be caused by a car crash, a fall, an athletic accident, a gunshot wound, or another trauma to the head, neck or back.

Spinal cord injuries can become more severe if they are not diagnosed and treated right away. Movement can also make spinal cord injuries more severe. To make matters worse, the signs of a spinal cord injury do not always appear right away. Sometimes the signs only appear later as swelling or bleeding occurs. For this reason, if you experience a trauma to your head, neck or back, it may be safest to seek emergency medical help right away.

Three construction workers killed on the job in less than a week

New City area residents go to work each day expecting they will return safely each night to their family. Most of the time this is true, but occasionally a serious work accident occurs. One of the more dangerous jobs a person can have is in construction. A construction accident is often serious.

Three construction workers have died in the New York City area within a week. One worker was killed at a building near the Holland Tunnel when he was setting up a crane and its counterweight fell on him. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A second worker was killed on Manhattan's East Side when he was hit by falling debris. And the third worker was killed in Brooklyn when he fell off a roof of a 13-story building. The Buildings Department is investigating all three deaths and has promised to hold responsible any negligent construction companies.

Ready potential for accidents, injuries in the construction realm

The personal injury realm is both vast and varied, with individuals and loved family members realizing adverse consequences from third-party negligence across a seemingly limitless universe of possibilities. Victims in New York and across the country routinely suffer harms-- frequently serious, often fatal -- linked to medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall incidents, defective products and many other catalysts.

Those centrally include construction accidents, which arguably comprise a sadly singular subset in the world of personal injury causes. Construction-related mishaps commonly yield catastrophic outcomes far more often than is the case when other factors are involved.

A traumatic brain injury can affect a family forever

Many New City area residents understand that a serious injury can occur when a person suffers head trauma. There are many ways in which a person can suffer a traumatic brain injury. When the injury is caused by another person's negligence, a family may have a legal right to hold the negligent party responsible.

Victims can be injured in a car accident, a worksite accident, a slip and fall accident, medical negligence or another event. A traumatic brain injury occurs when there is a violent blow or jolt to the head. A serious traumatic brain injury can cause long-term complications or even death. A severe brain injury can lead to a person being in a coma, seizures, cognitive functioning impairment, communication problems and sensory problems, among many other complications.

How long do you have to file a personal injury lawsuit?

Sometimes the unthinkable happens to New City area residents and they may be injured at work or in a serious car accident. They may undergo a medical procedure in which a physician makes a mistake, or a number of other accidents can occur due to no fault of the victim. If this case arises, a victim's family has the legal right to hold the negligent party responsible for their mistake.

In New York, if a person is injured by someone else due to no fault of their own, they are eligible, in most cases, to file a personal injury lawsuit. A personal injury lawsuit needs to be filed within three years of the date of the injury. Personal injury that results in the death of a victim have a two year statute of limitations, while personal injury that is the result of medical negligence have two and half years from injury to filing.

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