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Harmful falls up among women

Injuries suffered in falls can have all kinds of negative impacts on a person’s life. Unfortunately, such injuries appear to be going up among women here in the United States.

According to federal data, the rate of fall injuries among women for the 2011 to 2014 time period was 51 injured for every 1,000 individuals. In contrast, in the 2005 to 2008 time period, the rate was 47 injured per 1,000. Why do you think fall injuries among women have been trending up lately?

What to do when you are falling

There are many hazardous conditions that could increase a person’s chances of falling. This includes slippery walkways, tripping hazards, broken sidewalks, broken surfaces on a parking lot and icy and snowy walkways. One would hope that all property owners would keep their properties free of such hazards. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Sometimes, a property owner’s negligence regarding walking surfaces leads to visitors suffering falls.

When a person suffers a fall on someone else’s property, can they pursue legal action over the incident? They might be able to, depending on the circumstances of the fall. Among the details that can be important in this respect is how the property owner acted when it comes to the safety of the walking areas on their premises. When a person falls at someone else’s property, speaking to a skilled attorney can help them get a picture of what the legal options are in their particular case.

The eye injury risks of laundry pods to young children

Eye injuries to young children can come about in a range of ways. This includes chemicals splashing into a child’s eye. Among the household products that contain chemicals that can be quite harmful when they get in a child’s eyes are laundry detergent pods. So, eye injuries are among the things that can result from a young child getting their hands on such a pod and the pod bursting.

A recent study suggests that laundry-pod-related eye injuries to young children have gone up considerably in recent years.

Proper diagnosing of foot and ankle injuries important

It can be a very serious matter when a medical condition isn’t accurately diagnosed. And this isn’t just the case with high-profile potentially fatal conditions like cancer. There are all manner of illnesses and injuries for which a missed diagnosis could have major long-term consequences for a patient.

Take, for example, a class of injuries that are rather common here in the U.S.: foot and ankle injuries. A recent report by orthopedic surgeons looked into the potential impacts these types of injuries going undiagnosed or misdiagnosed can have. Turf toe, Lisfranc injuries and fractures were among the foot/ankle injuries the report looked at.

Can I file a lawsuit if I'm injured on an icy sidewalk?

New Yorkers are typically very accustomed to dealing with cold-weather conditions in the winter. When the temperatures dip and precipitation falls from the sky, be it in the form of snow, sleet or rain, the streets and sidewalks can become extremely treacherous. And while you may know what you need to do to reduce the risk of slipping and falling, we are all subject to the laws of gravity and if you lose your footing you could go down hard and suffer a serious injury.

Fortunately, New York holds property owners legally responsible for clearing the ice and snow that accumulates on the public sidewalks outside of their premises. Failure to keep the sidewalk ice-free and safe could result in a property owner being issued a fine.

Total traffic deaths down in NYC, but some types are up

The ramifications of traffic deaths are massive. One would hope New York City would see as few of these tragic incidents as possible.

Recently, preliminary statistics have come out on traffic fatalities in the city in 2016. Reportedly, New York City, overall, saw 229 traffic deaths last year. This total is down from the previous year and reportedly is the lowest total the city has had in a century.

Takata to pay $1 billion fine for defective airbags

In spite of the fact that a company can face large fines and be forced to pay for damages to injured customers, potentially deadly products find their way from manufacturing factories and into the hands of consumers. An apparent case in point being defective airbags produced by a company called Takata.

Rotation transfers at hospitals and patient safety

Among the many things that occur at hospitals are rotation-related transfers of patients. This is when a patient is transferred from one medical team to another at a hospital due to a shifting of clinical rotations. As with all aspects of patient care, it can be very important for hospitals to take appropriate steps to protect patient safety in relation to such transfers. A recent study suggests that patient safety concerns can come up in connection to such transfers.

The study indicates that such transfers might be associated with a higher likelihood of patients dying during their hospital stay or soon after. The study looked at data regarding around 231,000 hospital patients. The patients were from 10 different VA hospitals. The study looked at how common death was among these patients during their hospital stay and soon after their stay ended.

The importance of keeping one’s car cleared off during winter

Many things can be a common sight during the winter here in New York. One is going out to your car and seeing it covered in ice and snow. When a driver encounters this situation, it is very important for them to properly clean off their car, including its windows and mirrors, prior to taking to the roads.

Now, New York state law doesn’t currently make it directly against the law to drive a vehicle that hasn’t been properly cleared of ice and snow. However, a behavior doesn’t have to be illegal to cause major safety problems out on the roads. There are various dangers an uncleared car can pose. For example, when a driver fails to clear snow and ice from their vehicle’s windows and mirrors prior to driving, it could significantly obstruct their view of the road and what is going on around their car. Impaired driver visibility is among the things that could result in major traffic collisions.

Animal bite risks over the holiday season

There are all kinds of special events that are held over the holiday season. Some of these involve animals. Sometimes, the animals involved in such events are ones you don’t typically see here in the United States. So, this time of year can see some unusual animal bite risks come up.

For example, reports recently arose in another state of a type of animal bite you don’t often hear about here in the U.S.: a camel bite.

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