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Motorcyclist Critically Injures Pedestrian

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 27th, 2012

According to a press release, a motorcyclist critically injured a pedestrian in New York. The release states that the motorcyclist was drinking before the incident and that he had ran a red light at an intersection. The motorcyclist was charged with driving a motor vehicle while impaired and with vehicular assault.

Child Left in Daycare Van for Second Time

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 27th, 2012

 

A three-year-old child was found to have been left alone in a van in Tampa, Florida by a daycare for the second time. According to reporting, the child was left alone for approximately 4 hours. Bay News 9 reported that the child was picked up by the director of the daycare at approximately 8 AM and left in the facility's van.

This marked the second time that this same child had been left alone in a vehicle belonging to the daycare. The child was discovered by a child care licensing inspector who was visiting the daycare unannounced, according to the report. They contacted the mother, told her to come get her child and, according to the reporting, the mother now feels that something has to be done.

While it may seem odd that the mother brought her child back to the same daycare where this had happened before, she points out in the report that the bus driver who had left her child unattended in a vehicle in the first incident had been fired.

Chantix May Raise Risk of Cardiovascular Events

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 27th, 2012

The FDA has stated that Chantix, a drug prescribed to relieve the symptoms of smoking cessation, may increase the risk of having a major cardiovascular event.

This data was collected during clinical trials and demonstrated that there was a higher occurrence of adverse cardiovascular events in patients who were using the drug Chantix when compared to patients who were using a placebo. Major cardiovascular events include nonfatal heart attacks, cardiovascular related deaths and nonfatal strokes.

Daycare Owner Faces Life Over Death of Child

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 26th, 2012

A daycare owner could face life imprisonment over the felony murder of a child that occurred at her home daycare facility. As reported by Enid News, prosecutors in the trial say that a fire broke out in February of 2011 at her home daycare when the woman went to the store. She had left a pan of oil on the stove and the stove was turned on, eventually causing a fire. The children involved were from 16 months old to three years old. She pled guilty to a charge of felony murder in the death of one of the children.

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Half of Medical Malpractice Payments from Treatment Outside Hospital

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 26th, 2012

According to a study of the National Practitioner Data Bank, approximately 1/2 of medical malpractice payments are awarded to patients who received care outside of a hospital. While the common perception of medical malpractice may involve a botched surgery or negligent care delivered in an emergency room or hospital, this study shows that a clinic, urgent care facility or other healthcare provider facility is also a place where patients are at risk for being victims of medical negligence.

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Septic Shock Major Threat to Nursing Home Patients

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 20th, 2012

Nursing home patients who are the victims of abuse or neglect are oftentimes at risk for conditions that result from improperly cared for wounds and poor hygiene. Among these conditions is septic shock. Septic shock, a condition arising from sepsis, can be fatal to people of an advanced age. In fact, infections can kill perfectly healthy younger people, so it's easy to see how this could be a threat to older individuals.

Watching for the Signs

Pressure sores, also called bedsores, can easily become infected if they are not treated properly. The sores can actually tunnel far into the body, eventually exposing the inner parts of the body to sources of infection. If you're elderly loved one is sent to the emergency room, make certain that you do inquire as to whether or not sepsis or septic shock was part of the reason why they were brought in.

Bedsores occur because people are not moved around enough when they are bedbound, a situation which is entirely preventable. When bedsores do happen, it's usually because the patient isn't being cared for properly, isn't being cleaned properly and isn't getting out of bed during the day to give their body a rest.

Premise Liability and Compensation

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 20th, 2012

Premise liability law covers incidents when individuals are injured on private property or commercial property. There can sometimes be some very real personal conflicts that arise over cases involving premise liability. This is particularly the case when the incident involves an injury at somebody's home and when that injury ended up costing the person who was the victim of it a great deal of money.

Getting premise liability legal help from a qualified attorney is an absolute necessity if you believe that you have a premise liability claim on your hands. They can consult with you – generally for free – to determine whether or not it's worth it for you to file a lawsuit. Here are some of the basic facts that should give you some incentive to speak with an attorney.

Was there Negligence?

A property owner who has committed some sort of a negligent act and caused someone to come to harm may end up being sued for premise liability. Negligent acts oftentimes include not maintaining a property properly or up to code. For instance, if you were invited to use a staircase that was not provided with a handrail, that was not cleared of ice or other obstructions or that was uneven and inherently dangerous and you came to harm because of it, you may have a good claim on your hands.

Texting Behind the Wheel a Serious Problem

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 20th, 2012

According to information from the popular website Infographic, cell phone etiquette is rapidly decaying in the United States. While most of the information is relatively humorous and lighthearted, there are some disturbing facts that people should know. For instance, three in four adults admit that they talk or text when they are behind the wheel. The infographic points out that, on average, sending a text means that a driver has their eyes off of the road for 4.6 seconds. To make it even more disturbing, the information points out that, at a speed of 55 miles per hour, that means that you're essentially driving the length of an entire football field without looking.

Using your cellular phone for texting, Internet surfing, making calls without a hands-free device or any other purpose when you're behind the wheel is most certainly negligent. Car accident trauma and deaths impact the lives of thousands of people every year. When somebody is negligent behind the wheel, they may well end up injuring you, injuring someone in your family, actually taking the life of someone in your family or destroying your property.

CP Comes with Other Issues

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 20th, 2012

Children who suffer with cerebral palsy oftentimes suffer with other difficulties, as well. The reason for this is that cerebral palsy is the result of brain injuries during birth. Oftentimes, these brain injuries cause difficulty beyond what cerebral palsy itself causes.

The brain injury that causes cerebral palsy affects the area of the brain that allows you to control your muscles and that provides motor function. Oftentimes, a child who suffers a cerebral palsy inducing brain injury also suffers injuries to the brain that affect other abilities. For example, approximately half of the people with cerebral palsy injuries also have some cognitive impairment. This doesn't mean that they are severely impaired, necessarily. In fact, some people with cerebral palsy end up to go on and get advanced degrees, but they may have to work much harder than other people to achieve such goals.

Everyday Issues

Among the issues that people with cerebral palsy often deal with our problems speaking, problems hearing and problems swallowing. These oftentimes accompany CP disorders. In some cases, a person may have such severe swallowing disorders that they have to be fed through a tube for their entire life. In other cases, there are difficulties that are harder to assess.

Going After Abusive Nursing Homes

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 2nd, 2012

Elderly people are not the only people who end up in nursing homes or other residential care facilities. In fact, people with mental illnesses and other severe conditions that make it impossible for them to care for themselves oftentimes end up in these facilities. Sometimes, these facilities end up doing far more harm than good. A facility in Texas, for example, was recently implicated in the death of a mentally ill teenager. That teenager – for $650 per day – had a room in a trailer house with six other patients.

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