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This Is Why Personal Injury Cases Are Getting More Complicated

According to a new report, wearable technology is complicating what used to be simple personal injury cases. The devices we choose to wear are capable of capturing all sorts of information, including health-related vitals like heart rate and blood pressure, but also more unbelievably, new devices can help users “hear” music through their skin. The potential applications are endless, and the limitations are almost nonexistent. Better yet, the batteries are getting better. Microchip technology is getting exponentially cheaper. The technology is becoming more popular. Wearables seem poised for the mainstream more than ever before. They can even be placed in articles...

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Police Across US to Crack Down on Impaired Driving Through Labor Day

About 30,000 police officers will be out on the roads around the country through the Labor Day weekend to crack down on impaired driving. It's an annual effort, but this year poses potential risks to immigrants who fear getting stopped and deported. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Wednesday it will run the high-visibility enforcement campaign during what is one of the deadliest times on U.S. roads. Similar efforts have taken place in previous years, but the heightened police presence this year may increase the fear of potential deportation among some immigrants, given the strict immigration policies pursued by the Trump administration. The...

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Traumatic Brain Injuries Among Children and Teens Most Often Associated With Consumer Products and Activities

Traumatic brain injuries among children and teens in the United States are most often associated with everyday consumer products and activities, such as home furnishings and fixtures or sports, according to a new study. About 72% of traumatic brain injury-related emergency department visits among children are attributable to consumer products, found the study published in the journal Brain Injury on Monday. The study found that the top 10 leading products contributing to non-fatal traumatic brain injuries in children younger than a year to 19 years old are: floors beds football stairs bicycles basketball ceilings and walls chairs soccer tables Traumatic brain injury or TBI occurs when...

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23,000 Trampolines Recalled After Reports of Metal Legs Breaking

The U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission is recalling around 23,000 trampolines after dozens of reports of the welds on the metal railings breaking off. According to the CPSC, the recall involves Super Jumper 14-foot trampolines, and 14-foot and 16-foot combo trampolines with enclosures sold without reinforcement clamps. Super Jumper has received 97 reports of the welds on the metal railings breaking, resulting in four injuries. The trampolines were sold online at Amazon, Wayfair, Hayneeedle and Overstock websties from Nov. 2011 through June 2019. Consumers should immediately stop using the trampolines and contact the company for a free repair kit. For more information, click here. By [News12]...

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AAA Study: New Infotainment Systems Heightens Risk of Distracted Driving

Infotainment systems found in new cars can be a dangerous distraction for older drivers, according to a study by the American Automobile Association. AAA tested drivers as they tried to tune the radio or navigate with the new systems. "Our foundation for traffic safety concluded that senior drivers become distracted up to eight seconds longer than younger drivers while operating infotainment systems," says Lauren Paterno, of AAA Northeast. The automobile agency says taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds can double the risk of getting into an accident. AAA says it is encouraging car companies to simplify software menus and improve...

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18th NYC Cyclist to Die this Year

Another cyclist was killed on Monday while riding along a busy Brooklyn avenue. Em Samolewicz, 30, was cycling north on Third Avenue in Sunset Park, when she was struck and killed by the driver of a commercial tractor trailer heading in the same direction around 9 a.m., according to the police department. Samolewicz, of Brooklyn, was attempting to maneuver around an open door of a parked car near the intersection of 36th Street when she was hit, police said. She was taken to NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn, where she was pronounced dead. The 37-year-old driver of the truck remained at the scene and a police...

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Construction Worker Injured in Fall Through School Roof in Brooklyn

A construction worker was seriously injured after falling through the ceiling of a building in Brooklyn. Citizen App video shows firefighters arriving at 16th Avenue in Bensonhurst just before 9 a.m. after getting a call about a partial roof collapse. Instead, they discovered that the worker had somehow fallen through the ceiling at JHS 227. He was rushed to Maimonides Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries. All other construction workers were accounted for. Department of Buildings inspectors determined that workers were operating heavy machinery on the roof when an approximately 10-foot by 10-foot section of the reinforced concrete roof collapsed into...

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NYC’s Expanded Speed Camera Program Takes Effect

On the same week as cyclists protested the recent uptick in rider deaths, city officials announced the beginning of the expanded speed camera program—which will significantly expand the number of speed cameras and their hours of operation. The city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) will announce the beginning of the speed camera program on Thursday morning, near P.S. 28 in the Bronx’s Mount Hope neighborhood, along East Tremont Avenue. The section is a Vision Zero Priority Corridor, in the top 10 percent of corridors in the borough for number of people killed or severely injured. Following years of advocacy, the state legislature passed several bills in the...

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Worker Killed by Falling Construction Equipment in the Bronx

A Bronx recycling center worker was killed in a freak accident Saturday, police said. The 47-year-old man was welding a piece of metal on to the front bucket of a bulldozer when the bucket fell on top of him on Exterior St. near E. 146th St. in the South Bronx at about 1:30 p.m., cops said. The man died at the scene. His heartbroken family members rushed to the scene and consoled themselves. By Ellen Moynihan and Thomas Tracy [Daily News] ...

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24 Hospitalized After Suspected Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at NYC Church

Two dozen people went to the hospital for suspected carbon monoxide poisoning after they were evacuated from a church in Manhattan. Firefighters responded to Saint Malachy's Church on West 49th Street in Midtown on Tuesday morning for reported elevated levels of the gas. The elevated levels of carbon monoxide were first detected in the basement of the church where the nonprofit Encore Community Services offers meals and other assistance to senior citizens. "The seniors weren't feeling well, a bunch of the staff specifically were passing out and were verbally unresponsive," said Encore Community Services intern Gabrielle Morales. By the time firefighters arrived, most of...

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