As Published By ALAN S. RIPKA, ESQUIRE Are You at Risk for Hepatitis C? Today’s news and newspapers uncovers Northern Westchester hospital, in Westchester NY, as having potentially exposing 6,000 patients to Hepatitis C. The patients were injected with what they thought was Fentanyl, a painkiller. However, a surgical technician had substituted the drug with…

As Published By ALAN S. RIPKA, ESQUIRE Babies Born With Erb’s Palsy Bad births can lead to Erb’s Palsy, a condition in which nerves are stretched and cause the hand, arm, shoulder and face to be injured. Erb’s Palsy is frequently caused by the use of excessive force or inappropriate traction on the infant’s head…

As Published By ALAN S. RIPKA, ESQUIRE Don’t Ever Take Your Jacket Off An attorney must carry a certain persona at all times in order to gain maximum recovery in regards to your case. Your professionalism, attitude, confidence, vocabulary, mannerisms, facial expressions and even dress will set the stage for how you are perceived by…

As Published By ALAN S. RIPKA, ESQUIRE When you have a baby, the last thing you want to think about is whether the crib you purchased is safe – especially whether or not your drop-side crib will injure your child or even cause your child’s death. Cribs are meant to be a safe haven for…

As Published By ALAN S. RIPKA, ESQUIRE The Courtroom and the Sports Court I live my life in the spirit of competition, in the courtroom and on the sports court. Both are equally as satisfying. Reaching for bliss, both mentally and physically, requires a tenacious commitment that comes along with success and defeat. Simultaneously striving…

As Published By ALAN S. RIPKA, ESQUIRE Car Seats Pose Laceration and Choking Risks On November 4, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, along with car seat manufacturer Britax Child Safety Inc., of Charlotte, N.C., has recalled around 23,000 Chaperone infant car seats due to laceration and choking dangers. Consumers are warned to stop…

As Published By ALAN S. RIPKA, ESQUIRE Dangerous Strollers Take Fingers When you are strolling along, enjoying the day with your child in your Simplicity/Graco stroller, the last thing you want to think about is whether or not your Simplicity/Graco stroller will injure or even cut off your child’s finger. Now, with your child strapped…

As Published By ALAN S. RIPKA, ESQUIRE Born With Brain Damage! Have you wondered why your child is not acting the way he or she should? Has your baby not reached the milestones that you were told that they would? Has the doctor avoided your concerns and told you “everything will be fine?” If any…

The news recently reported that certain bodybuilding enhancement products that are sold as nutritional supplements might contain hidden or unknown steroids or steroid-like substances that can cause serious and permanent injuries. These products may claim to enhance or diminish the effects of hormones like testosterone, estrogen or progestin, and may be labeled “anabolic,” “tren,” “blocks…

As Published By ALAN S. RIPKA, ESQUIRE Automobile Accident Advice Automobile accidents occur frequently in New York. This is largely due to the enormous traffic conditions and rushing around that commuters are faced with every day. Whether one is trying to get to work on time or home to loved ones, rarely is the driving…

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