When Talcum Powder Causes Cancer

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Talcum powder is a common household product that has the very real potential of causing mesothelioma and other forms of cancer in the long run. Applied to everything from a baby's bottom to finished hairstyles, the product may be one of the deadliest products in the American cupboard. The dangers of talcum powder are just now coming to the surface. Most recently, Johnson and Johnson lost a significant case in California courts stemming from cancers caused by their talcum based baby powders. To date, the company faces nearly 5,000 pending lawsuits over the same issue. These lawsuits have... Read More »

The Sobering Realities of Drunk Driving

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 28 people per day die in accidents caused by drunk drivers. On average, impaired motorists cause one fatality every 51 minutes. In 2015, 10,265 individuals died in alcohol impaired crashes. This was the highest level since 2012 when 10,336 drunk driving fatalities were recorded. Nationally, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates the economic impact of DUI accidents exceeds $52 billion per year. Drunk Driving Takes its Toll Law enforcement agencies throughout the nation have stepped up education and... Read More »

The Bummers of Summer Boating Accidents

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In 2015, registered crafts were involved in 4,158 boating accidents in the United States. These mishaps resulted in 626 fatalities and an additional 2,613 individuals were injured. Boating accidents can occur on any sized body of water, and for any number of reasons. Boating Accidents in the US According to the United States Coast Guard (USCG), there are over 12 million boats registered in the country. Many more are not registered, including canoes and other small craft. Roughly 76% of those who die while boating do so as the result of drowning. USCS data also shows that of those who died,... Read More »

Liability Review: Driverless Cars Edition

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The legal system still has no clear answer on how to determine liability in accidents caused by driverless cars. Autonomous vehicles are sweeping the nation. Driverless cars are being pioneered by a variety of firms including Google, Facebook, Uber, Lyft, Ford, and numerous car manufacturers and small start-ups. As companies design more complex machines, and major car manufacturers and most technology companies work to crack the secret on usable autonomous cars, determining who is liable in an accident caused by a driverless car is a process that is increasingly becoming more... Read More »

How to Protect Loved Ones from Nursing Home Abuse

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Taking proactive and precautionary measures is an effective way to prevent elder abuse in Tennessee. Before entrusting the health and safety of a loved one to a nursing home, family members should take the following actions to ensure that he or she will be well taken care of. Inspect Records and Legal History The certification and inspection records held by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are public record and can be accessed by anyone. Facilities that receive federal funding are required to be inspected regularly. Incidents and issues that have occurred within the facility... Read More »

The Number of Car Accidents In the United States Continues To Rise

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The National Safety Council reports that 40,200 people died in motor vehicle accidents across the United States in 2016. That is a six percent increase over the fatalities in 2015. The number of fatalities in 2015 was seven percent higher than the 2014 traffic deaths. The two-year increase resulted in the highest number of automobile-related deaths in a single year since 2007. The year with the highest number of motor vehicle-related deaths was 1973. After 54,589 people died on American roads that year, improved safety features and government-mandated regulations were implemented to make... Read More »

Do Red Light Cameras Reduce Accidents?

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Traffic safety studies show that red light cameras improve safety and help to reduce car accidents that result in serious injuries and fatalities. Drivers who run red lights pose a significant danger to other drivers, as well as pedestrians. Red Light Cameras Save Lives According to 2014 data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 126,000 people were seriously injured and another 710 were killed as a result of drivers running red lights. To improve safety and reduce accidents many cities around the country have installed red light cameras. These cameras capture an image of... Read More »

The Most Common Procedures That Result in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

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While any medical procedure can result in a malpractice case, there are a few procedures that are more likely to result in such a lawsuit. Certain procedures are more likely to result in lawsuits because they are either very common or because they are incredibly complicated. The medical field requires constant vigilance and verification to ensure that patients are not put at risk. The NYPD tracks the number of reports across the country and by state. Medical malpractice lawyers can also provide details on how to move forward following the discovery of medical... Read More »

Why There’s a Rise in Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

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A recent study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that one in six elder people experience some form of abuse, a number that's higher than previous estimates. This figure is also expected to rise as more populations age. Higher Percentage of Abuse and Neglect According to the WHO study, 16% of older individuals over the age of 60 experience various types of abuse and neglect. Among them, 11.6% experience psychological abuse, 6.8% suffer from financial abuse, 4.2% experience neglect, 2.6% endure physical abuse, and 0.9% suffer from sexual abuse. The study included multiple... Read More »

Slip and Fall Accidents: Hidden Hazards

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Slip and fall accidents most often occur when least expected, and the dangers that cause these mishaps are frequently difficult to identify. Although some slips, trips or falls merely cause minor embarrassment or slight injuries, others result in serious, permanent, or even life-threatening consequences. In fact, falls are the third-leading cause of unintentional death in the United States. When such an incident occurs on someone else's property, owners, managers, and third parties may be able to be held liable for the damages suffered. Hidden Hazards that Contribute to Slip and Fall... Read More »