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Patient vigilance might prevent medical malpractice

Although there are conflicting reports about the number of deaths resulting from medical errors each year, authorities agree that only heart disease and cancer claim more lives in New York and other states on an annual basis. To avoid being a victim of medical malpractice, advisers suggest that patients should be vigilant. Understanding as much as possible about treatments and procedures might be the best place to start.

Even if they appear legal, wills might be unenforceable

Many New York residents have carefully planned estate plans that might not be as legal as they appear. The language used in wills might render them legally unenforceable. Advisers say there are specific practicalities and rules to follow to avoid carefully crafted documents declared invalid, and those rules mainly cover things not to include in wills.

Car accidents: Cross-over crash kills 1, injures 2 -- 1 critical

In most cities nationwide, including New York, traveling risks increase during the holidays, not only because of hazardous weather but also because of the increased number of vehicles on the highways. Sadly, car accidents often have catastrophic consequences, and in many cases, families lose loved ones. State Police announced such a tragedy that occurred on a recent Saturday morning.

Understanding the challenges posed by a brain injury

Some car accident victims in New York suffer injuries that are not obvious for all to see, often making it more challenging for the victims. People might understand the trauma when they look at someone struggling to move about with a leg in a cast, but they might have no sympathy or empathy for one who suffered a brain injury because they cannot see it. The same applies to family and friends who are aware of the injury but without an understanding of the victim's suffering.

Is there a difference between living trusts and revocable trusts?

People in New York who want to get their affairs in order by establishing estate plans might have questions about the available options. What is the purpose of creating trusts, and what are the differences between living and revocable trusts? Is an irrevocable trust perhaps the suitable option? Setting up a trust is a way of protecting assets, and appointing a trustee to manage them after the owner's death or incapacitation.

Sudden weather changes can cause unanticipated car accidents

Heading toward the holiday season, no one would want to be in a hospital bed when others count down to the start of the New Year. New York weather conditions in December can change rapidly. Drivers who take to the road when the weather seems fine can face unexpected hazards almost in the blink of an eye. Safety authorities say more people die in weather-related car accidents each year than extensive weather disasters like floods, hurricanes and tornadoes.

Premises liability: What to do if the elevator stalls

Being trapped in an elevator is the worst nightmare of many people in New York. When it comes to safe transport, elevators are said to be one of the most reliable. However, they do get stuck, and nobody is ever prepared for such a situation. Property owners of buildings with elevators are required to follow a strict maintenance and service schedule to avoid such incidents, and if they fail to do so, they might find themselves facing premises liability lawsuits.

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