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Did My Doctor Do Enough to Check Me for Heart Failure?

By WRSH on June 5, 2017 - Comments off

medical-negligenceUnfortunately, there is no single test that can predict a heart attack.

With that in mind, however, there are many different tests that can be used together in order to determine if you are at risk for a heart attack, or have recently experienced minor heart failure. Your doctor should use more than one of these methods to make sure your heart is healthy, and possibly recommend you to a New York cardiologist who specializes in heart health if you’re not. Read the rest »

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New York Attorney Sets Up Jazzy Evening for Children in Need

By WRSH on May 2, 2017 - Comments off

WRSH-Fundraiser (1)We can prove that lawyers do have hearts. Although, if you were at The Mouse Trap in Amityville last month, you probably already know that.

On March 19, 2017, New York trial attorney Frank J. Lombardo with Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, chaired a blues-filled fundraising event for children and adults in need.

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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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