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Hospitals Attempt to Usher in New Era of Accountability for Medical Mistakes

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When most people are wronged, what they would like most is an apology and some form of restitution that will make things right. Two years ago, Massachusetts enacted a law that was meant to encourage hospitals to apologize to patients and attempt to come to a resolution when a procedure has gone awry. The thought is that the admission of mistakes will allow doctors to improve themselves and give patients the much needed closure that they desire. Coming to a… more »

West Virginia Legislature Seeks to Impose Caps of Nursing Home Negligence

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Victims of nursing home neglect and abuse in West Virginia may be subject to caps on the amount of non-economic damages awarded in successful lawsuits if a new bill introduced by the state’s House Judiciary Committee becomes law. The Medical Professional Liability Act seeks to expand the current caps on medical negligence liability in order to include a broader range of medical providers that would include nursing care facilities and pharmacies. Proponents of the law state that the bill would… more »

7 Things Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know

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Any person dealing with a personal injury claim will likely come into contact with an insurance company who represents the individual or business responsible for the incident. While the world of insurance is exceedingly complex, having an appreciation for some of the basic principals behind these large companies can help you ensure that you receive the maximum recovery possible for your incident. Insurance companies go to great lengths to make us believe that they are not only friendly and willing… more »

Black Boxes in Operating Rooms May Preserve Surgeons’ Errors

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Black boxes are used in aviation to provide insight to investigators following an incident or crash in order to determine the cause of the problem and whether human error or mechanical malfunction was to blame. Canadian researchers have taken this concept into the operating room by developing a series of cameras that are designed to watch every moment of a surgeon’s hands in order to record errors and identify areas of concern. Should this technology be used globally, it could… more »

OSHA Inspectors See Major Safety Problems for Workers at Furniture Manufacturer

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Ashley Furniture is being fined $1.76 million for multiple violations of safety regulations— some of which were committed willfully and with full knowledge of the potentially negative consequences. The infractions have resulted in over 1,000 injuries at the company’s plant in Arcadia, Wisconsin over the last three and a half years. Ashley Furniture has responded by calling the fines inappropriate and overzealous but the number of injuries to plant workers over such a short period and the blatant disregard taken… more »

Manufacturer of Dehumidifier Targeted in Lawsuit Involving Home Fire

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The last thing on any consumer’s mind when purchasing household appliances is the question of whether the device poses a viable risk of destroying property or endangering lives. In a recent lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania, two plaintiffs are seeking compensation after malfunctioning dehumidifiers purchased from Heat Controller, Inc. resulted in a household fire in their home. The fire occurred in June of last year and the lawsuit was filed in December. It is currently alleged that poor quality control… more »

Bruce Jenner Car Crash Highlights Dangers of Multi-Vehicle Accidents

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Bruce Jenner is currently under investigation for his involvement in a multicar accident in which 69 year old Kim Howe was killed after her Lexus collided head on with a Hummer after being rear ended and pushed into oncoming traffic by Jenner’s vehicle. Jenner is currently cooperating with authorities and offering any assistance required in determining the course of events that unfolded in the seconds before the fatal crash. It is still unclear whether he will face criminal charges for… more »

Plaintiffs Prevail In Having Xarelto Lawsuits Consolidated Into MDL

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The makers of Xarelto are currently facing multiple lawsuits after the anticoagulant medication was linked to uncontrollable bleeding and other medical complications that its makers failed to warn doctors and patients of prior to administration. Twenty-one of the cases are being consolidated into Multidistrict Litigation to be heard by District Judge Eldon Fallon of the Eastern District of Louisiana. Additional lawsuits may be added as more plaintiffs surface with cases that are of a similar nature to the twenty-one currently… more »

Auto Accident Fatalities Decline in Illinois

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Preliminary data released by the Illinois Department of Transportation suggests a downward trend in the number of fatal accidents and deaths caused by car crashes over recent years and much of the credit can be attributed to new laws addressing common distractions that can lead to accidents. The 924 reported deaths in 2014 is a drastic improvement from the 1,500 yearly deaths seen in Illinois due to auto accidents a decade ago, but it is still possible to prevent fatalities… more »

Hospital Falls Should Be Prevented With Basic Precautions

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While it is impossible to prevent every injury from occurring in hospitals, it is estimated that about one third of all falls can be prevented. With nearly one million falls occurring each year, prevention of one in three falls is a significant accomplishment and one that every hospital can achieve if the correct measures are implemented and staff are trained on how to minimize of patient falls. Injuries caused by falls cost hospitals and patients alike— Medicare no longer covers… more »