This is the time of the year that New York is hammered by storms that make travel extremely hazardous. There is no shortage of car accidents, and sadly, many lives are lost each year in the time leading up to the holidays. However, proactive drivers can take precautions to increase their chances of arriving at their destinations safely.
Pets have become loved ones of many New York families, and making sure they will continue to receive loving care if their owners should die or become incapacitated is something that can form part of estate planning. Trusts can be set up for dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, lizards, snakes, turtles and other pets -- not to forget a beloved horse or pony. A pet trust can ensure that funds are available for routine and emergency veterinary care, boarding, feeding, grooming costs and more.
Doctors nationwide, including in New York, have a duty to provide care of an acceptable standard. If that duty is breached, and the breach causes harm to the patient, there might be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, there might be some confusion between medical negligence and medical malpractice -- both of which could lead to tort claims.
It is never easy for parents to learn that a vehicle struck their child. Many car accidents in New York involve drivers who failed to keep a lookout for children. On a recent Wednesday, an 11-year-old boy and a friend were heading to school in Binghamton. In an accident of which very few details were reported, a car hit the young pedestrian.
New York parents may have concerns about children with special needs who might outlive them. Naming a disabled child as a beneficiary in a will may not be the best option because it could jeopardize that person's eligibility for government support programs. Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income and other government programs like subsidized housing and job training typically have restrictions on the income of disabled individuals. However, parents can establish special needs trusts by which they can earmark assets to provide support before and after their deaths.
Car accidents on busy New York roads are not unusual, and even when those involved seem uninjured, various hidden injuries with delayed symptoms could surface. Brain injuries fall into that category, and avoiding a medical evaluation after an accident can have long-term consequences. Even if there is no penetrating brain injury, sudden movement or momentum can cause a mild or severe concussion or contusions on one or opposite sides of the brain.