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  • Do Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Impact the Quality and Outcomes of Surgeries? [An Analysis of a Recent Study]

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 31-Jul-2014

    In February, Christina A. Minami and her colleagues published an article in the journal of the American College of Surgeons about the impact of medical malpractice lawsuits and litigation on surgeries in the United States: “Impact of Medical Malpractice Environment on Surgical Quality and Outcomes.” (links to abstract only) The authors aimed to “perform a systematic review of the ...
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  • CDC Admits to Improper Handling of Pathogens

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 31-Jul-2014

    Recent revelations out of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) may raise doubts among citizens regarding the organization’s ability to keep the public safe from harmful pathogens. According to the Washington Post, several Alabama laboratories run by the federal government failed to follow protocol five times in the past decade when they sent anthrax, bird flu, and botulism bacteria to ...
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  • 5 Tips to Keep Kids Safe on Vacation

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 31-Jul-2014

    Going on a family vacation represents a time-honored tradition, resulting in a lifetime of happy memories to cherish. Taking one or more children along for the ride – whether in a car, plane, or cruise – means exponentially more fun for parents, along with more work. Kids of all ages often engage in potentially dangerous activities in new places, where they may feel unfettered and free ...
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  • Common Signs of Sports Concussions in Adolescents

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 30-Jul-2014

    As a parent of a child involved in one or more sports activities, would you know how to detect a possible concussion? Understand the signs and symptoms of this potentially serious head injury to keep your kids safe and healthy. After a forceful jolt, bump, or blow that causes trauma to his or her head, a child athlete may begin exhibiting changes in their thinking, behavior, or physical functions. ...
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  • Have Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Caused a Dangerous Rise in C Sections? (Part 2)

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 24-Jul-2014

    In our last post, we discussed the curious implications of a highly cited, provocative medical paper, Yang et. al’s "Relationship Between Malpractice Litigation Pressure and Rates of Cesarean Section and Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section," which obliquely blames medical malpractice attorneys for skyrocketing rates of C-Sections. The New York Post also recently brazenly asked: ...
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  • Have Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Caused a Dangerous Rise in C Sections? (Part 1)

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 23-Jul-2014

    Have medical malpractice lawsuits changed how American women give birth? That thesis, while seemingly far fetched, is growing in popularity among academics and tort reformers alike. Why do people believe this idea? How much good research supports it? In today’s post and one to follow, we’ll follow this discussion. In 2009, researchers Yang et al published a provocative paper in the ...
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  • Drivers Beware: Virginia and Maryland Enacted New Laws July 1

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 23-Jul-2014

    On Tuesday, July 1, new laws regarding vehicles and their operation went into effect in Maryland and Virginia. These statutes range from financial and tax considerations to stiffer penalties for toll booth dodgers and those driving under the influence. Although not all of these laws apply to all drivers, you should understand your new rights and responsibilities under these laws to avoid ...
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  • Tips for Surviving the War between Car and Bike Commuters

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 22-Jul-2014

    When it comes to city transportation, biking is a cheap and efficient way to get around. D.C. and other cities have been engaging in concerted efforts – such as adding bike lanes – to make commutes easier for cyclists. However, the relationship between bikers and motorists remains precarious at best and hostile at worst. In the war between the two modes of transportation, neither side ...
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  • General Motors Announces Victim Compensation Claim Plan for Ignition Switch Deaths – There Will Be No Cap!

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 21-Jul-2014

    On Monday, June 30, 2014, General Motors finally announced its plan to pay the families of victims killed by defective ignition switch crashes. Attorney Ken Feinberg announced the victim compensation plan at the National Press Club, just before General Motors announced that it was going to recall yet ANOTHER batch of vehicles from the roads. This time, GM is yanking 8.4 million vehicles, 7.6 ...
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  • Inside the Ignition Switch that Launched the GM Recall

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 21-Jul-2014

    The new ignition switch GM created in the late 1990s was supposed to be less expensive, less flammable, and virtually foolproof. Defective product attorneys, and now the world, know that it sadly did not work very well. Ray DeGiorgio, a switch engineer, was responsible for redesigning the switch’s electrical system. In addition to electrical problems, the switch also presented mechanical ...
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  • A Look into the VA Waiting List Debacle

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 20-Jul-2014

    The Veterans Health Administratio n is responsible for the healthcare of 8.76 million veterans and their families every year, representing “America’s largest health care system.” The VA’s crucial role in the life and wellbeing of some of our most honored citizens makes the recent waiting list scandal exponentially more appalling to medical malpractice attorneys as well as ...
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  • Virginia Medical Malpractice Suits Against VA Clinics Settle for Over $1 Million

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 20-Jul-2014

    The Center for Investigative Reporting just released a report announcing that the families of four deceased military service members will collect around $1.4 million in settlement money. Caregivers treated the veterans at the Coatesville Veterans Affair Medical Clinic in Virginia. One VA medical malpractice case (which settled for $100,000) concerned accusations that caregivers did not monitor a ...
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  • Lengthy New York Times Editorial Article Highlights Human Element of GM Defective Parts Story

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 20-Jul-2014

    In the wake of seemingly interminable Congressional hearings about General Motors’ defective ignition switch fiasco, we’ve seen a lot of fist shaking and finger pointing. How and why did the company (and federal regulators who were supposed to oversee GM) allow dangerous cars on American roads for so long? Who should be punished? What systems and processes should be put in place to ...
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  • Impassioned Forbes Magazine Piece Shows That Malpractice Lawsuits “Aren’t Just About Money”

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 18-Jul-2014

    How widespread is medical malpractice? What are the real costs for patients, for the medical system, for doctors and for insurers? And what can be done to fix the system’s fundamental structural problems? A compelling recent piece in Forbes Magazine, “ Malpractice Lawsuits Aren’t Just About the Money,” dissects the scope and breath of the problem; it’s truly ...
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  • Considering Leaving a Child in a Hot Car? Think Again.

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 18-Jul-2014

    When parents leave their children inside hot cars, horrible things can happen. Disturbing recent cases, such as this one in Georgia, have shined new light and attention on the serious hazards of this type of parental negligence. Most parents know that it’s inadvisable and illegal to leave young children unattended in hot vehicles. However, the quest for convenience and forgetfulness borne of ...
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  • Report States GM Withheld Evidence of Fatal Crashes

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 18-Jul-2014

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner Internal evaluations by General Motors of fatal crashes involving their ignition switch defect conflict with what they were telling federal regulators at the time of the crashes. A recent investigative story by the New York Times indicates that questions from "death inquiries" by the National Highway Traffic Safety ...
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  • The GM Recall: Who Knew What, and When?

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 18-Jul-2014

    Defective product attorneys in D.C. and beyond want answers to who knew what, and when. Warnings went out for ten years regarding the faulty GM switch that led to the massive recent recall. It began in 2004, when a Chevy Cobalt came to a sudden halt on a test track after a slight nudge from the driver’s knee against the ignition. Engineers noted the problem but dismissed it. Soon, the Cobalt ...
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  • Congress Grills GM CEO, Mary Barra, Who Apologizes for Ignition Switch Fiasco

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 16-Jul-2014

    In June, Congressional leaders once again listened to General Motors CEO, Mary Barra, give a mea culpa — another chapter in the ongoing fiasco regarding the company’s defective ignition switch. (For a recapitulation, please see the last several posts we’ve published on this topic, which catalog the reasons for the recall and the general implications both for the company and for ...
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  • Roundup of Latest Developments in GM Recall Saga – Part 1

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 15-Jul-2014

    General Motors (GM) has been in the news a LOT this spring, and company officials cannot be happy with the press. In April, leaders in Congress grilled GM executives for days about the automaker’s role in allowing a dangerous, defective ignition switch to remain in GM vehicles for nearly a decade after engineers noticed the switch was a problem. This colossal incompetence/negligence ...
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  • Roundup of Latest Developments in GM Recall Saga – Part 2

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 15-Jul-2014

    How long will GM continue to announce recalls for its vehicles in 2014? Why is the company issuing so many diverse recalls? According to a May 27 CBS news analysis, Ryan Johnson of Barclays Capital said that GM will continue to issue recalls “through mid-summer.” Yet despite the torrent of bad press for the company — among other things, the automaker was forced to recall 2.6 ...
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  • Another 2.4 Million GM Vehicles Slated for Recall

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 13-Jul-2014

    We’ve been reporting a lot recently on the epic General Motors recall saga. The story — which has already defied credulity — took yet another oddball twist this week, as the automaker announced that it was recalling an additional 2.42 million vehicles to fix a smorgasbord of safety problems. Earlier in the year, GM recalled 2.6 million vehicles because of problems with a ...
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  • Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving – And Just As Risky!

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 11-Jul-2014

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner For a number of years, I have blogged about the many modes of dangerous driving, including distracted driving stemming from cell phone use, texting, eating while driving, and alcohol-related driving. Safe driving should be everyone’s concern. An acquaintance recently forwarded to me the iheartradio.com/summerdriving information, ...
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