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Air bag recall may be expanded

New York car owners may be interested that Toyota recalled 247,000 vehicles with Takata airbags on Oct. 20. The airbags may explode sending metal shrapnel into the vehicle. The recalls in the U.S. started in June. Florida and Puerto Rico were the first regional areas involved.

Almost five million vehicles made by Toyota, Honda Motor Group, Fiat-Chrysler and others are affected with a potential for 25 million more. The problem, according to authorities, involves chemicals used to inflate the airbags. Two lawsuits have been filed recently. Both car accidents occurred in Florida, and the lawsuits allege injury to the drivers from shrapnel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration maintains the problem to date has been seen in high humidity areas such as Florida. It may also affect individuals who winter in these areas.

Workers injured, exposed to asbestos in ceiling collapse

Two workers for an asbestos removal company were not only injured but also exposed to asbestos when a Mineola building's ceiling collapsed during a renovation of the property. According to authorities, 17 other individuals were in the building at the time of the collapse but escaped the incident without injury. The event took place at the former site for social services in Mineola, New York, a building that is now being converted to a family court.

According to officials, the environmental cleaning company workers were prepping the building for the removal of asbestos when a piece of concrete that had been reinforced with metal rods fell. This purportedly trapped two workers and caused asbestos to suffuse throughout the site.

Taxi jumps curb and strikes building

In New York City, a taxi driver lost control of his vehicle and jumped the curb on Oct. 6, hurting two people and damaging a building. The vehicle struck the building around 11:50 a.m. hitting an eyeglass store. A vacant commercial space next door sustained most of the property damage, and no one inside the eyeglass store was injured.

Witnesses say that a pedestrian on the sidewalk outside was treated for injuries, and it is believed that this individual was struck by the car. A passenger in the rear of the cab was taken out on a stretcher and transported to a hospital for treatment. The cab driver was shaken, but the reports indicate that he was not physically injured. According to authorities, none of the injuries seemed to be life-threatening.

FedEx driver allegedly causes fatal accident

A 38-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man are dead following a head-on collision in New York on Sept. 29. According to police, a rider in the woman's vehicle, 20, is in critical condition at Upstate University Hospital.

The accident occurred when the driver of a FedEx delivery truck, a resident of Liverpool, was driving on eastbound Route 3 between County Route 8 and Rathburn Road at about 4:33 p.m. when his vehicle veered into oncoming traffic and hit a Honda Civic traveling west on the roadway. Both vehicles left the road because of the impact and landed in a pond. The two-vehicle accident remains under investigation, and the reason the truck left his lane is unknown at this time.

New York man killed after being struck by 2 cabs

A pedestrian was killed after being struck by two vehicles in the Bronx on Sept. 28. The accident occurred around 1 a.m. when the man attempted to cross Pelham Parkway at White Plains Road.

According to police, the 26-year-old victim was crossing Pelham Parkway when a westbound livery cab hit him. The driver pulled over and called 911. Moments later, a second car, also believed to be a livery cab, hit the man as he was lying on the roadway. The second driver drove away without stopping. The Baychester victim was transported to St. Barnabas Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Understanding surgery malpractice risks

New York readers might be interested in a report about surgical errors. Between 1998 and 2007, the number of wrong-site surgeries increased from 15 to 592. Many North American surgeons had performed operations that put patients at more than minimal risk.

For instance, some surgeries occurred in a place other than a designated operating room. Many of these scenarios involved operating on the wrong patient, performing a procedure on the wrong side of the body or using the wrong procedure. This is often the case for operations performed in an endoscopy unit, interventional radiology suite or other specialty unit.

Understanding and preventing wrong-site surgeries

While surgeons in New York may not intend to make surgical errors, it is important to recognize that certain factors may create a greater possibility of issues such as wrong-site surgeries. Reporting of these errors to the Joint Commission increased from 15 incidents in 1998 to 592 in 2007, but an increase in voluntary reporting does not necessarily indicate an increase in the number of events. Such incidents are more likely in some practice areas; 20 percent of hand surgeons may commit such an error, and up to 25 percent of orthopedic surgeons might be involved in a wrong-site surgery.

Some of the most common causes of wrong-site medical errors include issues with leadership, noncompliance with established preventive procedures and failures in communication. Top risk factors tied to wrong-site surgeries can include changes in rooms for procedures, the use of unfamiliar or unusual equipment or setup, and patients' physical features such as deformities or obesity. Time pressures and emergency situations are also strongly connected to such errors. Complicating the surgery with multiple procedures or multiple surgeons at the same time could also play a role in an increased risk of surgical errors.

Pedestrian injured in New York car accident

A livery cab was reportedly traveling south in Brooklyn on Sept. 2 around 12:40 p.m. when the driver attempted to make a right turn. The driver struck a flatbed truck that was also attempting to turn, causing the cab driver to lose control of the car and jump the curb. The cab then struck a 29-year-old woman on the sidewalk.

A witness stated that the woman was lying on the ground shaking and that there was a lot of blood. Another witness stated that both drivers remained on the scene after the accident. The woman was taken to Lutheran Hospital in critical condition.

New York pedestrian killed in auto accident while crossing road

A 58-year-old woman recently lost her life. She was reportedly struck and killed by a New York cab as she was crossing the street. Multiple witnesses and construction workers came to the woman's rescue after the auto accident when she became trapped underneath the cab.

The accident happened on a recent Friday afternoon. While the driver of a cab was attempting to make a left turn, the vehicle hit the woman as she was crossing. After the impact, the woman was thrown underneath the taxi and dragged for a considerable distance. Several witnesses of the incident rushed to the woman's aid and some even flipped the vehicle onto its side to attempt to save her. A doorman asked her if she was okay, but there was no response.

New York student killed in car accident

Authorities are still investigating a crash that claimed the life of a 20-year-old female college student. The New York student was majoring in political science and was a member of the sorority, Kappa Delta. In response to the fatal car accident, the university is offering counseling services to those in the community.

The accident took place on a recent Friday afternoon. According to reports, the student was attempting the cross the street and was walking behind another person when she was struck. Upon an initial investigation, authorities determined that the driver had swerved in an attempt to steer away from hitting the other individual, but ended up striking the student. Sadly, the student was pronounced dead, and her organs are being donated.

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