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Blind Spots on Semis Cause 1/3 of Accidents

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 25th, 2013

According to information from Road Safe America, a full one third of accidents involving semi-trucks occur in the blind spots around these vehicles. These are areas that other drivers can actually avoid. The blind spots on a truck are minimized with the use of very sophisticated mirrors and, as technology advances, there are other types of sensing devices that are being employed to allow drivers to get a better idea of what is alongside them. For the present, however, it’s imperative that drivers in passenger cars are aware of what a semi driver can see and cannot see so that they can avoid getting into a crash with one of these massive vehicles.

Be Wary of Alternative Health Scams

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 25th, 2013

Legitimate doctors are sometimes not the most pleasant people to deal with. They have to maintain what’s called clinical detachment with their patients, which is what allows them to sometimes perform very painful procedures that may be necessary to save your life. They have to do this without flinching or becoming overwhelmed with sympathy so that they maintain a logical, scientific mindset and give you the best healthcare possible.

When doctors do this, some people mistake it for being completely uncaring about patients. The alternative health industry has picked up on this and offers treatments that are kinder, gentler and, according to most research, completely ineffective for anything except making the alternative healthcare practitioners wealthy. Here are some tips you can use to make sure you’re getting real, effective medical care.

Facts You Need to Know About Malpractice

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 11th, 2013

Every year, medical malpractice costs approximately $3.6 billion in the US, according to Bloomberg. These incidents are not ones where people are looking to get rich the easy way by suing their doctors. There are tens of millions of incidents every single year where someone is harmed by a medical professional and where they end up suing. These incidents are sometimes catastrophic in their outcomes, with people enduring unnecessary suffering, being permanently disabled and sometimes losing their lives.

Broad Based Problem

Remember that medical malpractice involves fare more professionals than doctors alone. While physicians are typically those sued in these cases, the healthcare facility that they work for, nurses, EMTs and others can be the parties that commit medical malpractice, as well. In cases where the person who committed the malpractice works as an employee of a healthcare provider, it is usually the provider themselves who gets sued over the matter, not the individual.

Are Botched Medical Procedures Common

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 11th, 2013

If you’re considering filing a lawsuit for medical malpractice, you’re certainly not alone. According to data from the National Practitioner Data Bank, around 20% of the malpractice payments made every year are from mistakes of all kinds, including issues with monitoring, giving someone the wrong medication and so forth. Far more malpractice lawsuits are filed over issues with diagnostic errors. Nonetheless, there are some potentially dangerous and even deadly outcomes that go along with errors on the part of doctors and healthcare facilities.

Understanding when It’s Malpractice

In order for a medical error to be considered malpractice, you have to have suffered somehow as a result of the error. Merely having a doctor do something that falls below the accepted standards of care does not qualify as malpractice if you were not harmed in some way.

Wireless Vehicles May Be the Future of Safety

Submitted by jrlaw on May 29th, 2013

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, wireless vehicles may play a significant role in keeping the roads safe in the future. These vehicles would be equipped with devices that sense what the cars around them are doing and could, potentially, have a lot more information accessible to their systems that could help drivers stay safe. Some of what they could do could address many of the common causes of car crashes.

Lack of Oversight Creates Dangerous Workplaces

Submitted by jrlaw on May 29th, 2013

The recent fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and other high-profile disasters have revealed that many workplaces have become genuinely dangerous. According to information from the Guardian, a British newspaper, OSHA, the government agency responsible for inspecting and ensuring the safety of workplaces, has been cut so drastically over the years that it is barely able to do its job. In fact, according to that same article, OSHA would take well over 100 years to get around to inspecting a plant like the one that exploded in West with the resources the agency currently has.

Make no mistake about it, many workplaces out there are extremely dangerous and there is very little oversight at present.

Understanding the Risks

When you take on a new job, it’s a good idea to make certain you are working in a workplace that takes safety seriously. Companies that take safety seriously will generally have an inspector who works privately come in and assess the company’s operations for safety performance. Companies that take safety seriously will also employ written programs that are used to train new employees into the safety requirements of their jobs.

How Hypoxia Occurs

Submitted by jrlaw on May 8th, 2013

If you’re considering filing a birth injury lawsuit, you’ve probably heard the term hypoxia. Hypoxia is one of the most common causes of injuries that occur during the process of being born. Unfortunately, it’s also easily avoidable, in some situations, but ends up causing a child to suffer, nonetheless.

What It Is

Hypoxia simply means a lack of oxygen. It commonly occurs when a child is strangulated in some way while they’re being born. Sometimes, the umbilical cord will become wrapped around the child’s throat and sometimes the child will suffer because some sort of force was used to remove them from the birth canal. This isn’t the same as choking, which occurs when something obstructs your airflow from the inside of your body; choking on food, for instance.

Getting Help with a Work Injury

Submitted by jrlaw on May 8th, 2013

Did you know that, if you’ve been injured in the workplace, you may have legal grounds to sue? Employers have an obligation to provide a safe workplace and proper training for workers. When they do not, they may open themselves up to being sued for liability. These lawsuits may be able to help you recover the costs of your injuries in regards to medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. To get help with one of these claims, however, you need to make sure you’re using the right lawyer.

Knowing the Stats

OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, compiles detailed statistics on workplace injuries. The common causes of these injuries will likely not surprise anyone who’s worked a dangerous job. They tend to occur in situations where there’s a bad tendency on the part of employers to cut corners and where the work itself is already quite dangerous.

Understanding Nursing Home Abuse as a Crime and in Civil Court

Submitted by jrlaw on May 1st, 2013

In 2011, a man in Santa Clara California was convicted of elder abuse and was sentenced to 17 years in jail. The case involved a 94-year-old woman who he forcibly raped. In a situation such as this, there may be criminal and civil liability that come into play for the family victimized by the perpetrator.

Civil vs. Criminal

In a situation such as the one described above, there may be criminal and civil law involved in going after the people responsible. These are very different things. The work of the police, criminal courts and the other entities involved in enforcing the law are not necessarily done on behalf of the victims. They’re done on behalf of society as a whole.

Daycare Worker Caught Abusing Child on Video

Submitted by jrlaw on May 1st, 2013

Fox2Now reports that a day care worker in Missouri was captured on video by a man in a nearby park. According to the report, the incident started when the man saw a day care worker strike a child on the back of the head after the child started running toward the road.

The cameraman started recording and captured the daycare worker picking the child up and kneeing the child back onto the ground. The child in question was two years old. The cameraman did not capture the initial blow to the back of the head allegedly delivered to the child by the daycare worker, but he did capture the child being picked up and kneed and lying on the ground for at least five minutes.

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