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Fall Driving Dangers

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Fall Driving DangersROCHESTER, N.Y. – With the dog days of summer behind us, it’s time to prepare for the fall season. When most people think of autumn, school comes to mind alongside leaves changing colors, festivals, pumpkins, and football.

The season also brings some dangers for drivers, according to Rochester car accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes.

“The changing seasons usually come with changing weather conditions and fewer daylight hours in Rochester,” car accident lawyer Ross Cellino said. “These changes could catch some drivers by surprise, making roads slightly more dangerous.”

In fact, any type of weather change can usually cause a spike in car accidents, according to federal statistics. Rain, for example, is the most dangerous type of weather for drivers and more car crashes occur in wet, soggy weather than in all other adverse weather conditions combined.

Falling leaves can also be a surprising hazard for drivers on the road.

“Leaves don’t provide the same type of traction as your modern roadway,” Cellino said. “Roads are constructed to minimize standing water but an accumulation of leaves can prevent rain water from running off the roadway.”

Fall also brings a wide variety of weather conditions, including flash-freezes. In these scenarios, certain roadways like bridges can quickly freeze over and turn to ice, making driving extremely hazardous.

Rochester car accident attorneys urge drivers to use caution and recheck your tire treads and inflation levels. These tips can help minimize your risk of getting in a car accident. However, if you do get injured in a seasonal car crash, contact an attorney who can help you through the recovery process.

Avoid the Tailgating Hall of Shame

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Tailgating Hall of ShameNEW YORK – Break out the grill and sausages and get ready for some football. September means football season for millions of Americans and tailgating is a staple for football fans. Whether you’re cheering on your hometown team or your alma mater, fans love their tailgates and they take a lot of pride in them.

It’s no surprise that fans spend over $12 billion on pre-game celebrations. However, some of these festivities can be extremely dangerous. A New York personal injury attorney at Cellino & Barnes warns tailgaters of what can go wrong.

“There can be 70-thousand people packed into stadium parking lots before a game in New York,” personal injury lawyer Steve Barnes said. “Whether you have hot charcoals, gas generators or alcohol, there are dangers you need to be aware of.”

In 2002, a tailgater was electrocuted and killed while setting up a pole at a tailgate. Another incident happened in in Connecticut when a truck carrying beer kegs struck three women, killing one of them.

Aside from alcohol-fueled car crashes, attorneys say tailgaters have a high risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

“Some vehicles and gas generators are left running and in some circumstances, these can lead to severe poisonings,” Barnes said. “Even some of the parking lots can be unsafe if they are not properly taken care of.”

New York personal injury lawyers say property owners can be held liable for an accident and it is important for parking lot attendants and managers to set strict guidelines to protect them from liability.

Unfortunately, accidents happen each year at both pro and college tailgates. Attorneys say the first step is to seek immediate medical treatment for an injury and the next step would be to contact a qualified lawyer who can help recover any costs associated with your tailgating injury.

Exercise Could Reduce Falls

/ Slip and Fall /

Exercise Could Reduce FallsBUFFALO, N.Y. – Falls are the number one reason patients are admitted to emergency rooms each year, according to studies. More than 8 million people are checked into hospitals after a slip, trip or fall and new research has found exercise could minimize the risk of injury.

The study, published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, analyzed adults between 45 and 64 years of age. Researchers found that falls are the third leading cause of accidental death within this age group.

A Buffalo slip and fall lawyer with Cellino & Barnes says this type of accident can be costly and it may be covered by someone else’s insurance.

“The compensation and medical costs associated with a fall can cost an average of $22,000 for people in Buffalo,” slip and fall attorney Ross Cellino said. “Many of these accidents could be someone else’s fault and our attorneys do everything they can to get our clients the best compensation possible.”

Researchers are finding just how serious slip and fall accidents are: costing an estimated $91 billion in emergency care and compensation each year. However, their study had a bright spot; showing some of the injuries could be prevented with regular exercise.

The analysis of national data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that those who exercised regularly had significantly fewer falls and injuries than those who were not physically active.

Those who had exercise routines reduced their risk of injury by 6 to 7 percent.

“Exercising can provide clear benefits but sometimes these accidents happen,” Cellino said. “We encourage people to be physically active but if an accident happens, having a good lawyer on your team has advantages too.”

Researchers hope their findings will influence more Americans to increase their physical activity and guide policies to prevent trips, slips and falls.

Preventing Dog Bites: It’s the Law

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Preventing Dog BitesROCHESTER, N.Y. – Two Texas dog owners were indicted this week on felony charges after their dogs attacked a woman and killed her dog this summer, according to news reports. Rochester dog bite attorneys at Cellino & Barnes say they’ve seen the scenario before and dog owners in New York can face hefty fines and sometimes, jail time after a serious dog bite.

“Owners can be liable for their dog’s actions and some owners even train their dogs to be vicious animals in Rochester,” dog bite attorney Steve Barnes said. “These dogs can inflict very serious injuries and it’s important that a victim takes the right steps to ensure a full recovery.”

The victim in Texas was attacked by four dogs and suffered injuries to her head, ears and body. According to her lawsuit, she’s seeking more than $1 million in damages and claims the city of Kyle, Texas should be held responsible as well.

The woman claims she called police and animal control several times before the attack but nothing was done to prevent it.

“A dog bite can be a serious and traumatizing situation for anyone and it’s usually preventable,” Barnes said. “Our lawyers fight against negligent pet owners and we will do everything we can to make sure people are held accountable for an injury.”

The City of Rochester maintains a Dangerous Dog Ordinance designed to regulate ownership and hold dog owners responsible for any harm caused by their pets. To view the city ordinance, click here.

Medical Device to Stop Blood Clots Linked to 27 Deaths

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Medical Device to Stop Blood Clots

NEW YORK – Doctors and attorneys are warning patients of a risky medical device sometimes used to prevent blood clots. According to an NBC News investigation, some of these devices have been associated with further hospitalization, more risky procedures, and in at least 25 cases, death.

The device is called an IVC filter. These metal spider-like implants are placed in the main artery beneath the heart and lungs to protect them from clotting. The filter is meant to act as a trap for clots but it has been document to break apart, releasing small, sharp metal objects into the blood stream.

Investigative journalists with NBC News discovered after the problems with the device began surfacing, one manufacturer hired public-relations giant Hill and Knowlton. The PR firm then developed a crisis management plan, warning that “unfavorable press” could damage stock prices and ruin reputations. The company also retained an outside doctor to conduct a confidential study, which was obtained by NBC News.

The doctor found the IVC filter had higher rates of relative risk for death, filter fracture and movement than all its competitors.

“Further investigation…is urgently warranted,” the doctor wrote in his report.

New York defective product attorneys at Cellino and Barnes say the device has been known to cause further medical treatments but the product remains on the market.

“There could be hundreds or thousands of people with this implant in New York,” defective product attorney Ross Cellino said. “Parts of the metal filter can tear off and pierce vital organs like the heart or lungs.”

Around 250,000 IVC filters are used every year and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned the public of these devices since 2010 but the agency has not removed them from the market.

So far, 27 deaths and 300 other injuries have been associated with one brand of IVC filter alone. With more than 10 different manufacturers putting this product on the market, attorneys say thousands of others face the risk of injury.

“Some patients have described the pain as like a knife being pushed into your stomach,” Cellino said. “In some cases, patients lost consciousness and required immediate surgery to save their lives.”

A company that manufactures IVC filters told NBC News in a statement, “While we can’t speak to the specific details of individual patient experiences, when used as instructed… IVC filters have a safety profile consistent with [published medical guidelines].”

Due to the product’s high risk and dozens of complaints, the FDA now recommends only temporarily using IVC filters to protect against blood clots. The FDA said the device should only be used if medications and other treatments were not effective.

If you believe you’ve been injured by an IVC filter or have any questions regarding the risks associated with these devices, New York defective product attorneys at Cellino & Barnes recommend contacting a lawyer for a free evaluation.

Overtime and Overworked Raises Injury Risk

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Overworked Raises Injury RiskBUFFALO, N.Y. – Construction accidents are on the rise in New York State as more high rises and offices are being built. The construction boom is also sending a number of workers to the hospital for injuries suffered on a job site. Many of these injuries occur when workers are on overtime or when they’re overworked, according to a new study.

The report, published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies, found non-fatal injuries like strains and sprains were common among overworked employees. The workers who faced the highest risk were those who clocked-in long hours and had above average workloads.

A Buffalo construction accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes said frequent heavy lifting and long hours can put an unnecessary strain on a worker’s body, exposing them to a higher injury risk.

“Even when all the safety guidelines are followed, workers can be prone to accidents after a long day on a job site in Buffalo,” construction accident attorney Ross Cellino said.

The study examined nurses working night shifts and long hours and found their risk of muscle strains and sprains greatly increased when nurses had a busy day. Researchers said more studies are needed to identify ways to reduce injuries on the job.

Cellino said safety equipment and a limited workload can vastly improve the work environment.

“In some cases, our clients were overworked and didn’t receive the proper training, which led to serious injuries,” Cellino said. “These injuries could easily be prevented if managers and construction companies put safety first.”

Back strains and sprains were some of the most common injuries associated with overworked employees. Buffalo construction accident attorneys say these injuries can be minimized with the use of safety equipment and supervision. If a worker is injured, lawyers suggest calling a doctor first. If the injury persists, legal action may be necessary to recover the costs associated with expensive treatments or lost wages.

A Risky Profession

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A Risky ProfessionROCHESTER, N.Y. – Every day, hundreds of men and women suit up knowing that it could be their last day of work. Firefighters, police officers and other first responders put their lives on the line doing their jobs. What many people don’t realize is that most of the injuries first responders suffer on the job are a result of a traffic collision.

Police officers in particular face a high risk of being injured in a car crash. Many times, traffic is their office. According to a new study, police officers face a high injury risk while just sitting in a stationary police cruiser and their risk may jump even higher when responding to an emergency call.

A Rochester car accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes says the most dangerous hazard for police officers are not criminals – it’s other drivers.

“Even on a day where there are few crimes to report, police officers are risking their lives in Rochester,” car accident lawyer Ross Cellino said. “Car crashes are the largest cause of death among police officers in the United States.”

The study, conducted by the non-profit RAND Corporation, found about 25 percent of all crashes occurred when an officer’s cruiser wasn’t moving. More than 70 percent of the crashes happened during a routine drive.

Researchers believe their findings suggest law enforcement agencies could implement safety measures to reduce the chance of an officer getting injured. The survey, which looked at nearly a thousand crashes, also discovered excessive speed was rarely a factor in an officer-involved crash.

“Motorcycle officers are at an even greater risk of being injured,” Cellino said. “Most police cruisers are equipped with seatbelts, air bags, and a lot of space between an officer and a colliding vehicle while motorcycles don’t provide those protections.”

Officers who work alone more than double their injury risk, according the study. Researchers said this could be due to distractions such as a radio, their data terminal or a suspect in the backseat.

Rochester car accident attorneys say seat belts can drastically reduce the risk of injury in almost every crash scenario and researchers believe their work is not complete. The study’s authors said they’d like to better understand the injury risks associated with officer-involved car crashes and why officers do not always wear seat belts.

Cyclists Over 45 at High Risk for Injury

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Cyclists Over 45 at High Risk for InjuryNEW YORK – Bicycling is a very healthy and beneficial activity but cyclists are suffering more injuries than ever before, according to recent statistics. Bicyclists are getting struck by vehicles more often and these crashes can lead to injury.

According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, riders over the age of 45 run a high risk of getting injured.

The report analyzed statistics from 1998 to 2013 and found injuries jumped 28 percent and hospital admissions more than doubled for riders. A Brooklyn car accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes says these injuries can lead to long-term complications.

“Drivers usually have a crunch zone, airbags and seatbelts protecting them in a Brooklyn car accident,” lawyer Steve Barnes said. “Bicyclists might only have a helmet and their injuries can require years of treatment.”

Whether a rider suffers broken bones or a concussion, Barnes says the medical bills can be overwhelming for some families and these crashes are occurring more often. Researchers say that’s because more people are riding into their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.

The study found head injuries are decreasing, which can be attributed to wide-use of bike helmets. Injury lawyers say while protecting the head is always important, riders can do more to protect the rest of their body as well.

“A lot of cyclists are riding around at high speeds and at high intensity like they’re 20 years old again,” Barnes said. “It might be a good workout but riders over a certain age can be more prone to injuries so it’s important not to overdo it.”

Researchers believe the number of accidents and injuries can be reduced with safe riding practices and changing infrastructure to include protected bike lanes. Brooklyn car accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes said drivers should be mindful as well and be cautious of bicyclists on the streets.

50 Years After a Crash

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50 Years After a CrashNEW YORK – Five decades can be a long time. Think about how much has changed in just the last 10 years: cell phones had antennas, high-definition television was in its infancy, and Miley Cyrus was just being casted for Hannah Montana. Now, multiply that by five.

Yes, 50 years is a long time, which brings us to this:

Authorities in Allentown, Pennsylvania say a man died this week of injuries he sustained when he was hit by a car… in 1965.

According to reports by Allentown Morning Call at the time, the then 8 year-old boy suffered severe head injuries and two broken legs. More than 50 years after that crash, the injuries claimed his life. Bronx car accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes said while these long-term side effects can be unusual, they’re far from uncommon.

“Many people may require a lifetime of treatment after a car crash in the Bronx,” car accident lawyer Steve Barnes said. “That’s one of the reasons why it’s important to get an attorney who understands personal injury so you can get the best possible recovery.”

Doctors are still trying to determine the long-term effects of traumatic brain injuries, which are often associated with car crashes. Many victims are reporting memory loss and sensory loss years or decades after suffering a concussion.

Attorneys say getting full compensation for an injury can help pay future treatments, if necessary.

“Some of the treatments our clients need are costly procedures,” Barnes said. “Our attorneys want to make sure clients can afford these operations and medications years down the road.”

Attorneys suggest seeking the proper medical and legal guidance following any type of accident because even minor car crashes have been documented to inflict long-lasting pain. Personal injury lawyers say some injuries may not be apparent for months or years after a crash.

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