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Definition of Service at Camp Lejeune

By WRSH on March 6, 2017 - Comments off

American-flagIf you or a family member has served in the Marine Corp. or Navy, you’re likely to have heard about the chemically tainted drinking water servicemen and their families were exposed to at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune for almost 35 years. If you actually served or trained at Camp Lejeune, you’re probably aware that the federal government has allocated approximately 2.2 billion dollars in benefits to veterans who were exposed to the contaminated water. But the government has also instituted strict guidelines over who, exactly, is eligible for these benefits and who is not. Let’s look at what qualifies a person for this compensation.

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What Are Volatile Organic Compounds?

By WRSH on March 2, 2017 - Comments off

water cupIf you live in North Carolina or have served in the Marines or Navy, you’re probably familiar with the Camp Lejeune contaminated water scandal. If not, here’s a brief synopsis. In the early 1980s, it was discovered that the base’s water supply contained dangerously high levels of chemicals called Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs. What’s worse is that it’s believed that Camp Lejeune’s water supply has been polluted with VOCs as far back as 1953. This means that around 750,000 servicemen, their families, and base workers may have had extensive exposure to these harmful chemicals. But what exactly are VOCs and why don’t we want them in our drinking or bathing water?

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Former Lejeune Marine Base Residents to Receive Government Benefits for Toxic Water Mishap

By WRSH on February 16, 2017 - Comments off

WaterWater has been referred to as “the elixir of life,” which makes sense, considering that the human body is made up of about 60 percent water. But water may have been an elixir of death for generations of servicemen and their families at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune Marine Base. In the early 1980s, it was discovered that the base’s water system was contaminated with more than 70 chemicals, including high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which have been linked to various types of cancer and other diseases. Unfortunately, it’s suspected that between 1953 and 1987, people who lived and worked at Camp Lejeune drank and bathed in the water daily. Since the revelation of the pollutants in the camp’s water, a number of lawsuits have been filed. In response, the government passed the Janey Ensminger Act in 2012, named for a little girl who was born on the base and died of cancer at the age of nine. This Act, which is expected to apply to more than 750,000 people, will provide health care for former residents of the camp who have been stricken with any of the following 15 ailments associated with the contaminants in the water system:

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Important Things You Should NOT Do After a Car Accident

By WRSH on February 3, 2017 - Comments off

Accident-intersectionCar accidents can be frightening and stressful situations. They usually come out of nowhere and can leave you panicked and dazed without a sense of what to do or where to turn. It is important to know what to do, and what not to do, after an accident ahead of time, so that if you do find yourself in an accident in New York, you will be ready and act appropriately.

Immediately following a collision, you should contact emergency services such as police and medical workers. Even if you think someone else might report it, it is still valuable to make the call yourself and make sure people are on their way. You should do everything you can, within reason, to not let any other drivers involved leave the scene, and make sure police take statements from them.

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What You Need To Know About Medical Malpractice and Brain Damage

By WRSH on January 30, 2017 - Comments off

Brain-damageThere are many different traumatic events that can cause brain damage. It often occurs due to a serious injury from an accident, such as a fall from a ladder, or a head impact during a vehicle crash. In some instances, however, brain damage can be caused due to lack of oxygen to the brain. This often occurs while drowning when there is a general lack of oxygen to the body. Sadly, lack of oxygen to the brain can also occur during a surgical procedure, in which case it is often avoidable and may be due to negligence that is grounds for medical malpractice.

There are generally two terms used to refer to a lack of oxygen to the brain, which often causes brain damage. Anoxia refers to a total lack of oxygen to a person’s brain. On the other hand, hypoxia is a situation in which there is only a partial lack of oxygen to the brain. Both situations can be extremely dangerous and brain damage may occur due to either one.

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LIRR Derailment Latest Incident in Series of Commuter Train Accidents

By WRSH on January 5, 2017 - Comments off

new-york-train1Several cars on a Long Island Rail Road train derailed on Wednesday morning, injuring scores of commuters. The F.D.N.Y. has reported that 103 passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash, the most severe being a broken leg. The accident happened at the peak of rush hour when the train, originating from Far Rockaway, Queens, and carrying 600 to 700 people, crashed into a bumper block at the end of the track at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Terminal. The train was apparently traveling at a low rate of speed at the time, which is probably why the injuries weren’t more severe. Investigators from New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are looking into the cause of the crash.

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Stay Safe This New Year’s Eve in New York

By WRSH on December 29, 2016 - Comments off

new-years-2017Ringing in the New Year in New York is an unforgettable experience that celebrates the last 365 days while looking ahead to a new year full of opportunities and joy. With that in mind, you should still take certain precautions to make sure your celebration is safe and enjoyable, since there are certain dangers to consider. If you choose to visit Times Square for the New Year’s celebration, then be extra careful and make sure you dress warmly and know who you are going with, especially if you have children with you.

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Am I Liable For a Slip and Fall In My Store?

By WRSH on December 23, 2016 - Comments off

slip-and-fallLiability after a slip and fall can be a tricky subject, and much depends on the specific details of a particular situation. In general, however, liability comes down to whether or not you took reasonable action to make sure others around you or in a building you own or manage are safe. There is some room for interpretation about what constitutes “reasonable” behavior, but mostly it centers on doing what most other people would do in a situation.

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Construction Site Dangers Caused By Common OSHA Violations

By WRSH on December 21, 2016 - Comments off

Construction Site AccidentConstruction sites are among the most dangerous workplaces in New York, with high rates of serious injuries and fatalities. Many of the hazards that cause so many injuries and deaths are avoidable, so long as safety precautions and procedures are properly followed. OSHA standards offer instructions on how to avoid many of these injuries and illnesses that come from working at a construction site. Violations of these standards create dangerous environments where accidents are more likely to occur.

Scaffolds are among the most dangerous work environments at a construction site. OSHA violations involving scaffolds are, unfortunately, very common and often result in a serious injury or even fatality. Simple solutions to follow OSHA standards include properly setting up a scaffold so that it is sound, rigid, and can support its own weight plus four times the maximum intended load without shifting. Scaffolds should never be set up on unstable objects like bricks or boxes and must always have guardrails. They should be frequently inspected to ensure they are free of defects and damage and must be at least 10 feet from electric power lines.

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Did The Emergency Room Make Me Worse?

By WRSH on December 16, 2016 - Comments off

emergency-roomUsually, when you go to an emergency room in New York, it is because you are in need of serious medical help and you cannot wait to make an appointment to see a doctor. In these types of situations, you rely on the staff and professionals in the emergency room to see you promptly and respond reasonably in order to help you with your medical crisis. Usually, that is what happens and the highly trained men and women of the healthcare field help their patients. In some cases, however, delays in an emergency room or improper diagnosis can, in fact, make the situation much worse.

Medical malpractice is not just a way for people to try to get money out of their doctors because they are unhappy with treatment. Serious medical malpractice can result in someone’s symptoms becoming worse, potentially dangerously worse or even result in necessary procedures not being performed. In an emergency room, situations can often escalate quite quickly, which is why it is important that the staff and doctors respond promptly and properly to help treat the sick and injured.

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