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Commercial Carrier Insurance
Category:Truck Accident Law
Recent Commercial Carrier Tragedies On April 25th, we learned of a horrific accident involving a FedEx truck’s collision with a college tour bus in Northern California, killing 10 people. The tour bus, carrying 43 high school students and three chaperones erupted in fire after the FedEx truck with its two 28-foot trailers jumped the center median. After colliding with a Nissan Altima, and came to a halt when it hit the bus.   Then on May 25, yet another commercial carrier collision occurred when the driver of a charter bus crashed and overturned trying to avoid steel pi...
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succinylcholine cardiac arrest
Category:Medical Malpractice
What is succinylcholine? Succinylcholine is the generic name (brand name examples include Anectine and Quelicin) of a neuromuscular blocking drug that induces paralysis, and is often used to relax a patient prior to placement of a breathing tube (aka intubation or placement of "trach" or tracheostomy).  In fact, rapid sequence intubation is commonly used in the Emergency Department as an aid to intubation, or placement of the breathing tube. There is a specific sequence of drugs that has been shown to be very useful in accomplishment of this goal, but there are precautions indic...
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Stimulation for Paraplegia
Category:Spinal Cord Injury Law
A new study has been heralded as having “staggering” success and implications for the future treatment of paralysis. A group of researchers at the University of California Los Angeles and the University of Louisville were able to help restore voluntary movement to four individuals who had been told they would never be able to walk again.   The findings of this research were recently published in the journal Brain, by turning traditional thought about the spinal cord upside down.   [pullquote] This has the potential to completely alter life for the o...
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Doctors Abusing Drugs
Category:Medical Malpractice
It sounds like something out of a soap opera, but unfortunately, it’s happening in hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country: doctors find themselves abusing drugs, putting patients at risk of improper care or even injury.   Dangerous Statistics Physicians are actually five times as likely to abuse prescription drugs when compared with members of the general public. Some use the medication for emotional pain or stress management and others may get introduced to painkillers while recovering from a procedure, only to learn that it’s too easy to keep using. Ac...
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Pulmonary Embolism Danger
Category:Medical Malpractice
What is a pulmonary embolism?   Pulmonary emboli are blood clots that travel to the lungs from larger thrombi, or clots, that form in the deep veins of the lower extremities. These larger thrombi occasionally develop in the pelvic veins, renal veins or the chambers of the right side of the heart. However, in the postoperative period, most pulmonary emboli result from thrombi in the veins of the legs. In the United States, the incidence of pulmonary embolism is estimated at one case per thousand people each year. In patients with lower extremity deep vein thrombosis (blood cl...
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substance abuse
Category:Medical Malpractice
Note: This article was authored by a colleague of ours who is a medical doctor for exclusive publication here, as the doctor felt that this was an important issue to be discussed in terms of medical liability and patient safety.     Substance abuse and dependence are epidemic in the United States The federal government funds a number of programs in the “War on Drugs.” Sadly, these programs have not resulted in positive change. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported in January of 2014 that approximately 23.9 percent of all Americans over the age of 12 years had...
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GM ignition defects
Category:Car Accident Law
The families of those who were needlessly injured or killed as a result of defective GM ignition switches are justifiably outraged that the manufacturer knew about these issues, and seemingly covered them up for the better part of a decade. The company is coming under fire for the dozens of accidents that led to driver fatalities across the country.   What’s Next for GM? One of the family members of a victim, Leo Ruddy, says that prison sentences for those involved are the only way that future individuals and families will be protected. Lawmakers raised concerns about the i...
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Train Derailments
Category:Train Accident Law
A recent train derailment in Chicago demonstrates just how dangerous these accidents can be. A commuter train car climbed up the escalator at the O’Hare airport stop, injuring 30 people. A federal investigator said that he had never seen an accident quite like this one.   Arriving in the station just before 3 A.M., the train car failed to stop and climbed an escalator next to the platform. According to union officials and investigators, video footage will be reviewed to determine the cause of the accident, but early signs indicated the train operator had dozed off.   ...
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