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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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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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Boat Crash Kills 2 Women, Injures Several Others

Two women were killed in separate crashes in the water off Long Island on Sunday, officials said. An 18-year-old woman was on a Jet Ski when it crashed into a 35-foot boat around 10:30 a.m. off of Baldwin Harbor, a hamlet in Hempstead, Nassau County police said. The victim, later identified as Caitlin Rose McDonald of Rockville Center, was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Later Sunday afternoon, another woman died when two boats collided in Moriches Inlet, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Three people were aboard a 50-foot Sea Ray boat when it struck a drifting boat occupied by the woman and her...

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Disney Recalling ‘Toy Story 4’ Toy Over Choking Hazard

Disney yanked thousands of the plush toy “Forky” — featured as a sidekick in “Toy Story 4” — from the shelves because they pose a choking hazard, officials said Tuesday. The company recalled 80,000 of the stuffed characters over their detachable “googly” plastic eyeballs, which pose a threat to youngsters who could swallow them, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Parents can return the 11-inch, $20 toy to any Disney Store or Disneyland Resort theme park retail store for a full refund, according to the firm, which issued a voluntary recall, officials said. Along with its eyes, the plush toy has Gumby-like poseable arms,...

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Stagehands Injured by Falling Debris in Midtown Theater

Falling debris injured three stagehands, one critically, inside a theater in Midtown Manhattan on Thursday morning. Emergency crews responded to the scene outside the Golden Theatre on 45th Street just after 11 a.m.The stagehands were working on a catwalk in the rear of the theater when the accident happened. They were taken to area hospitals. One victim was in critical condition, while the other two suffered moderate injuries. [ABC7]...

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E-Cigarette Explodes in Teen’s Mouth, Breaks Jaw, Blows Out Teeth

The health hazards of e-cigarettes are still being studied, but one danger seems clear: Sometimes, they explode. That was the case for a teenage boy who was seriously injured when an e-cigarette exploded in his mouth, breaking his jaw, according to a new report of the case. The 17-year-old arrived at the emergency room 2 hours after the explosion, according to the report, published today (June 19) in the The New England Journal of Medicine. The patient had extensive wounds to his mouth, several missing teeth and a broken lower jaw, said Dr. Katie Russell, a pediatric trauma surgeon at the University of Utah and Primary...

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NY Senate Approves New Limo Regulations

The New York state Senate passed a package of limousine regulations Thursday following deadly limo crashes in Schoharie and Long Island. Democratic state Senator Tim Kennedy of the Buffalo area’s 63rd district stood alongside the families of limo crash victims as he outlined the regulations at the capitol. “From requiring seatbelts in every vehicle carrying nine or more passengers, to mandating commercial driver’s licenses and drug and alcohol testing for drivers for for-hire vehicles...

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New York Construction Workers Remain at Risk Without Legislative Action

With this year’s legislative session in full-swing in Albany, special interest groups have resumed their attacks on laws designed to keep workers safe on construction sites. Construction and insurance trade groups, seeking to shed accountability and pad their pockets, have argued that labor protections like the Scaffold Safety Law are somehow undermining worker safety. However, a recent data analysis by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health (NYCOSH) confirms that stronger safety requirements in New York City are helping to reduce on-the-job fatalities while worker deaths continue to rise in other, less-regulated parts of the state. In 2017, the most recent...

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AMA Highlights May as Motorcycle Awareness Month

The American Motorcyclist Association is issuing a special appeal to motorists to be aware of motorcycles during May, which is Motorcycle Awareness Month and marks the return of motorcyclists to the roadways throughout the country. Drivers should double check their mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes, maintain a safe distance when following motorcycles and pay particular attention when making left turns across traffic. “Motorcycle Awareness Month also provides an excellent opportunity for us to educate the nonriding public about the safety issues that affect motorcyclists every time we leave our driveways,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “May typically is...

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Juror Says $2B Award in Roundup Cancer Trial Was Intended to Have ‘Punch-in-the-Gut Effect’

Jurors awarded $2 billion in punitive damages Monday to a California couple who alleged that their longtime use of Roundup weed killer caused their non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The case is the third time the maker of Roundup has been found liable for causing cancer, report the Wall Street Journal, Reuters and the Recorder. The verdict is the largest so far. Juror Doug Olsen told reporters that the verdict was intended to have a “punch-in-the-gut effect” on the maker of Roundup, according to coverage by the Recorder. Bayer AG acquired Roundup maker Monsanto last year. Plaintiffs in the case are Alva and Alberta Pilliod, whose cancers are in remission....

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