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Symptoms of brain injury in a child might go unnoticed

Some injuries to children that do not involve open wounds or broken bones might go unnoticed by parents. An example is a traumatic brain injury, which might not be immediately evident. Falls are the primary causes of brain injuries, and not every fall causes brain injuries. Therefore, New York parents should learn about the symptoms to look out for, and they can also take precautions to prevent such injuries.

Legal guardians for minors can be named in wills

When parents of minors in New York establish estate plans, they would likely need advice about appropriate ways to provide for their children in the event of both parents' deaths. This is typically done by naming guardians or conservators in their wills. If a child inherits real estate, he or she will not be able to take legal ownership of it, and a legal guardian can be named in the will, or appointed by the court.

Proving medical malpractice could be challenging

Anyone in New York who seeks medical care does so with the hope of resolving medical issues and regaining his or her health. However, this is often not the case, and those who leave the hospital in worse conditions than before receiving medical care might consider their legal options. Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit is indeed an option, but not one to tackle before weighing the pros and cons.

Car accidents: Intersection crash kills driver, injures passenger

Whenever New York drivers choose to take to the snowy and icy roads at this time of the year, they must adjust their driving techniques to mitigate the hazards. Even though the city's road crews are out on their plow trucks to treat the roads, car accidents occur when drivers are unable to control their vehicles. Many crash-related injuries and deaths are reported during times of extreme weather conditions.

Wills and trusts need to keep up with technological advances

Many people in New York and across the country are moving most of their assets into digital storage. Business interests, financial assets, marketing materials and even photo albums are transferred online. This creates new challenges to ensure digitized assets, which could also include cryptocurrency, are included in wills, trusts and other estate planning documents.

Will legalizing e-scooters in New York cause more car accidents?

Some regard electric scooters as the solution to traffic problems in New York City, and while some city council members brush off the safety concerns, others predict that novice riders will be tempted to take dangerous risks. They believe that many riders will not be able to prevent injuries. A study in another state found that the chances of fatalities on electric scooters are six times higher than in car accidents.

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