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New York patients and misdiagnosis

Being diagnosed with an illness like breast cancer can be an emotionally and physically taxing experience for the patient. An error made by the health care professional when evaluating the results of a diagnostic procedure could lead to a patient being misinformed, mistreated and potentially harmed. Findings from a recent study have indicated that this may be relevant to patients who rely on medical professionals to interpret the results of breast cancer biopsies for an accurate diagnosis.

A recent study showed that evaluations of the biopsies were inaccurate as much as 75 percent of the time. Such medical errors may lead to the failure to prescribe an appropriate treatment for the patient's actual condition. With approximately 1.6 million women having breast cancer biopsies performed each year in the United States, many may need to be concerned about the physician's accuracy regarding the results. A misdiagnosis in a woman suffering from breast cancer can have a significant impact on her odds for a successful recovery if she is undertreated.

Alleged drunk driver kills New York hospital employee

A 36-year-old Long Island woman is facing drunk driving charges after she allegedly caused a fatal wrong-way crash on March 13. The accident happened just after midnight, according to Suffolk County police.

Authorities said the woman was traveling north on Route 25A in Smithtown when she veered into oncoming traffic, slamming into a Toyota Camry. The Camry driver, a 59-year-old Island Park man, was rushed to St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center where he died. Apparently, the victim was returning home from his job as a supervisor in the radiology unit of the hospital when the crash occurred.

Woman injured when hit by cab in New York

At approximately 5:50 a.m. on Mar. 2, a 42-year-old woman from California was putting her luggage in the trunk of a cab near Times Square when she was struck by another cab. The first cab was being driven by a 61-year-old veteran cab driver and was parked at a red light when the woman began loading her luggage in it. A second cab, driven by a 34-year-old rookie, slammed into her, pinning her between the two vehicles.

The rookie had recently finished his probationary period in 2014 and alleged that he did not see the woman in the dark. He further stated that he braked and thought that he had struck the cab, not the woman. The accident occurred at 49th Street and Seventh Avenue.

Off-duty detective dies in wrong-way collision

On Feb. 27, a New York Police Department detective was killed by a wrong-way driver in Greenburgh. Police say the man was a Detective 1st Grade who was assigned to the Internal Affairs Bureau. At the time of the accident, the 46-year-old detective was off-duty.

According to a preliminary investigation, a 2011 Honda Civic was traveling the wrong direction in the southbound lanes when it struck a 2011 Honda Pilot head-on. On the morning of the accident, a report about a wrong-way driver on the Sprain Brook Parkway came in to the Hudson Valley Transportation Management Center at 3:52 a.m. At 3:57 a.m., troopers discovered that there had been an auto accident that was caused by the wrong-way driver near Route 100B.

New York man pleads guilty to manslaughter in fatal 2013 accident

Court officials in New York said that on Feb. 20, a Patchogue man pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with a fatal 2013 accident. Representatives from the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said that the man, now 48, drove after using drugs, resulting in a collision that killed one person and injured another.

The accident occurred in January 2013 in Sayville. The 48-year-old man was traveling on Montauk Highway when he struck a vehicle carrying two people head-on. That car's 82-year-old driver, a West Islip man, died as a result of the accident. His 79-year-old passenger, an Oakdale woman, suffered serious injuries.

New York bus driver arrested after hitting pedestrian

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York had a 58-year-old bus driver arrested under the requirements of administrative code 19-190 on Feb. 13. The city law makes injuring or killing a pedestrian or bicyclist a criminal misdemeanor.

Police said the bus driver was charged in the injury of a 15-year-old girl whose left leg became pinned under his bus when it hit her while she crossed Grand Street in Williamsburg. The bus had been headed south on Union Avenue when it turned left on Grand Street. The girl was struck at that point. Authorities reported that her leg injury was severe when she went to the hospital.

Workers in many industries face vibration hazards

New York workers in manufacturing, construction and even transportation face a particularly dangerous and pervasive risk everyday. Regular exposure to vibration can lead to a variety of painful conditions, including carpal tunnel and chronic back pain. These conditions are common causes of lost work and workers' compensation claims. While vibration may be difficult to eliminate completely, it can be managed. With focused effort, employers can reduce vibration exposure and subsequently reduce the amount and severity of workplace injuries.

There are two common types of injuries related to vibration exposure. One is known as hand-arm exposure. It comes mainly from the consistent use of handheld tools that have a vibrating effect. The hand and wrist are made up of many tiny bones. The hand is also dependent on blood flow through a number of veins and arteries. It doesn't take much vibration for those bones, vibrations and arteries to become damaged. In many cases, the injury may be too painful for an employee to continue working.

Impaired drivers threaten New York motorists

The safety of motorists on the roadway is often threatened by the unpredictability and poor judgment of an impaired driver. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasizes the dangerous effects that driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol have on the general public. As little as one alcoholic drink can affect a driver's ability to operate a vehicle with the expected standard of care necessary to avoid endangering others. Though accidents caused by impaired drivers can happen to anyone, certain groups, such as young people or those with a history of DWIs, tend to be at a higher risk of being involved in one.

Laws exist to reduce the number of incidents of car accidents caused by impaired driving. Despite these laws, however, personal injuries and fatalities continue to occur. With the stricter enforcement of laws already in place and the cooperation of motorists to uphold their duty to drive with reasonable care, roadway safety would likely improve.

Repeat drunk driver leaves New York man dead in crash

The surviving family of a 19-year-old man killed in a car accident in Syracuse, New York, has learned that the driver of the other vehicle was a repeat drunk driving offender. Syracuse police reported that the 38-year-old male driver of the 2002 Chevrolet Silverado that hit the young man's car was under the influence at the time of the accident on Hiawatha Boulevard West.

A year earlier, records show that the same man had been charged with a felony DWI and driving with a 0.08 blood alcohol count. He now faces new charges that include first-degree vehicular manslaughter and first-degree vehicular assault.

Distracted driving facts

Distracted driver are at fault for a lot of the fatal and nonfatal crashes that take place each year in New York and around the country. Statistics reveal that every day, an average of nearly 10 people die in the United States after being involved in a distracted driving accident. Well more than 1,000 people are also injured in these kinds of accidents on an average daily basis.

Distracted driving is the act of driving while performing another activity that requires a fair amount of attention. Examples include driving while eating, texting or talking on a cellphone. While performing a secondary activity, a driver may become visually, manually or cognitively distracted. Texting while driving, an act that is subject to penalties in New York, is one of the most dangerous forms of distraction because it distracts a driver in all three ways.

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