In our November 1st Bronx accident and legal news report, we look at two accidents involving pedestrians struck by vehicles, and repeated cases of negligence by both a Bronx hospital and the borough’s 42nd district police precinct.
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2 Pedestrians Struck And Injured By Vehicle In Bronx
One adult and one child were struck and injured by a vehicle as they were walking in the Bronx on Thursday, October 26th. The accident happened in the Morris Heights section of the borough at around 3 p.m.
Both victims were taken to New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. One was listed in critical condition, the other in serious condition.
No further information is available at this time.
Lincoln Hospital Facing Multiple Negligence Lawsuits
Lincoln Hospital is currently facing at least two lawsuits after alleged medical negligence resulted in one man getting paralyzed and another slipping into a coma he never recovered from.
A 54-year-old man is suing the Bronx hospital for an incident that occurred in 2014. After being struck by a car as a pedestrian and arriving at the hospital, Anthony Medlin was left to wait in the emergency room for two hours before he received treatment. This lead to irreversible damage, including permanent paralysis from the waist down. Staff at the hospital allegedly failed to read the ambulance crew’s report, which stated that the man had been hit by a car.
The family of a 53-year-old man who died after two years in a coma is also suing Lincoln Hospital for negligence. Angel Rivera sat in the emergency room over 9 hours before a staff member noticed that he was unconscious and bleeding from his nose. He was in the hospital after getting punched in the head in a fight. The family believes that if he had received injury treatment in a timely manner, River would still be alive today.
Issues with long wait times are a common occurrence at Lincoln Hospital – with an average wait time of 93 minutes, compared to 46 minutes throughout the rest of New York City.
Child Critically Injured After Being Hit By Vehicle In Bronx
A 5-year-old girl was hospitalized after being struck by a vehicle in the Bronx on October 26th, 2017. The girl was exiting a minivan on Sedgwick Avenue at around 3 p.m., attempted to run across the street, and was struck by a southbound Ford Explorer.
She was rushed to Columbia Hospital in pediatric arrest and listed in critical condition. One other unknown person was also hospitalized. The driver stayed at the scene and no arrests have been made.
One NYPD Precinct Pays Out $2.44 Million In Four-Year Span
A recent report by the New York Daily News found that 42nd precinct in the Bronx has cost NYC $2.44 million in settlements for wrongful arrests or excessive force.
One man was awarded $1 million when he was jolted by a Taser, kicked, and sent to the hospital after a 2012 arrest over a broken mirror on an NYPD vehicle. There were several inaccuracies in the NYPD’s official version of the events, including one report saying that no physical force was used in the arrest. The man required surgery on his spleen for internal bleeding and required two hospital stays for other injuries, including bruised lungs and fractured ribs.
Another man was awarded $480,000 for being badly beaten by 42nd precinct officers in a January 2012 arrest.
In total, 42nd precinct officers have been involved in 16 lawsuits which settled for $50,000 or more.