New Report Released on Pedestrian Accidents in the US

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) recently published a report on pedestrian accidents in the US. According to the report, almost 6,000 pedestrians were killed during 2017. The report also found that pedestrian accidents in Washington DC have increased since 2016. Why are so many pedestrians being killed in the US? GHSA’s report found speeding, failure to yield and distractions are the primary causes of death. In addition, the GHSA report also suggests legal marijuana usage may have contributed to an increase in the number of fatalities. Seven states who legalized marijuana between 2012 and 2016 experienced a collective 16.7…

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Are Patients Aware When Medical Malpractice Occurs?

Medical mistakes are responsible for an estimated 250,000 to 440,000 deaths in the US each year. Some medical mistakes are caused by medical malpractice. However, patients and their families are not always aware of this fact. Physicians and hospitals may not admit to mistakes that harm patients. According to a survey conducted by Medscape, 7 percent of physicians say it is acceptable to cover up medical errors. Another 14 percent say that it depends on the circumstances. More than 70 percent of physicians who participated in a survey published in British Medical Journal Quality & Safety said they would provide…

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What Causes Surgical Fires?

More than 250,000 people in the US are killed by medical mistakes each year. Countless others suffer injuries, some of which may be life-altering. Surgical fires, which occur around patients who are undergoing surgical procedures, are a type of medical mistake that is likely to cause catastrophic injuries. According to the ECRI Institute (formerly the Emergency Care Research Institute), there are an estimated 500 to 600 surgical fires each year. Surgical fires can occur when a procedure utilizes flammable materials, ignition sources and oxidizers. Flammable materials may include surgical drapes, alcohol-based skin preparation agents and even the patient. Ignition sources…

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Why Lawsuits Over Electronic Cigarettes Are Increasing

Electronic cigarettes have become a very popular alternative to traditional nicotine products. Millions of people in the US have given up cigarettes in favor of these pocket-sized devices. However, some people have suffered serious injuries after the batteries in their electronic cigarettes exploded without warning. Electronic cigarette explosion injuries have included: Second and third-degree burns Blast injuries (including the loss of multiple teeth or limbs) Facial injuries Loss of function (of the limbs or sexual function) In one case that occurred in 2015, a Colorado Springs man suffered a broken neck and severe facial injuries. According to the man’s family,…

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Can Medical Malpractice Cause a Slip and Fall Accident in a Hospital?

Inpatient slip and fall accidents in hospitals can cause catastrophic injuries. The possible outcomes of a slip and fall accident include broken bones, spinal cord injuries and brain injuries. However, these incidents are often preventable. There are multiple reasons why these accidents may occur in hospitals. The causes of hospital slip and fall accidents may include: Medication errors. Certain medications or combinations of medications can put patients at risk of being hurt. For example, some medications may cause excessive drowsiness or dizziness. Benzodiazepines and certain antipsychotic medications are good examples. Hospital staff must take precautionary measures to protect these “high-risk”…

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Seven Common Medication Errors in Nursing Homes

Nursing homes take care of our society’s most vulnerable members. The elderly and permanently disabled may reside in these facilities. Like other health care facilities, nursing homes can be hotspots for medical mistakes. In nursing homes, medication errors are one of the most common types of mistakes made by staff members. Seven common medication errors in nursing homes include: Providing patients with the wrong medications. This type of mistake may occur for several reasons. For instance, a nurse may confuse medications with similar names. Prescribing the wrong dosage. Nurses may give patients too little or too much of a medication….

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Could Positive Train Control Have Prevented Recent Train Crashes?

A recent Amtrak train crash in South Carolina caused two deaths and more than 100 injuries. Over the Super Bowl weekend, Amtrak Train 91 crashed into a stationary CSX freight train. According to investigators, a misaligned track switch caused Amtrak Train 91 to enter the side of the tracks where the other train was resting. There have been four Amtrak train crashes in the last several months. Last December, three people died when Amtrak Train 501 derailed in DuPont, Washington. In mid-January, a pastor and his wife were killed in North Carolina when an Amtrak train hit their SUV. On…

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Will Ford Recall Explorers for Carbon Monoxide Leaks?

The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) has once again called on Ford to recall 1.3 million Explorers. According to CAS, Ford should recall 2011-2017 Ford Explorers and replace exhaust manifolds that are causing carbon monoxide leaks. Depending on the outcome of the federal investigation into the possible defect, CAS may get its wish. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received roughly 1,400 complaints from Ford Explorer owners who allege that exhaust fumes are seeping into the passenger cabins of their vehicles. Eighty of the complaints mention injuries. NHTSA began investigating the potential defect in 2016 after receiving dozens…

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What Are Common Foodborne Illnesses in the US?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) coordinate food recalls each year for products tainted with dangerous pathogens. There are incidents where guests have become ill after eating tainted food at restaurants. Foodborne illnesses are responsible for thousands of hospitalizations in the US each year. Depending on which illness you contract, you could experience symptoms that range from vomiting to paralysis. Common foodborne illnesses in the US include but are not limited to: Listeriosis: Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious bacterial infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), soft cheeses,…

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Looking for a Sober Ride Home on New Year’s Eve?

New Year’s Eve is notorious for having an increased number of drunk driving accidents. Millions of people drink alcoholic beverages on this holiday, but not everyone finds a sober ride home. If you plan to drink on New Year’s Eve, then it is crucial to plan how you are going to get home ahead of time. Your options for a sober ride home on New Year’s Eve in Washington, D.C. include: SoberRide: The Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) operates its SoberRide service on New Year’s Eve. WRAP has partnered with Lyft to provide this service until 4 a.m. on Monday…

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