August 2013 Archives

Russell County accident takes life of local high school teacher

A high school science teacher in Russell County died after being involved in a wreck that occurred on Aug. 21. The wreck happened at approximately 7 a.m. when the 2008 Suzuki Forenza that the science teacher was driving hit a 2005 International Tractor Trailer. The Suzuki got pinned beneath the 18-wheeler on U.S. 431 and Highway 169.

Brain injury patients struggle to get help

Alabama residents who have family members with brain injuries may discover that insurance providers are less than helpful when it comes to paying for medical treatments and rehabilitation. Playing sports and being involved in car crashes are leading causes of brain injuries, and in the United States, there are approximately 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries every year. 90,000 of those are severe enough to require long-term disability.

Medical Malpractice Payments Not Behind Soaring Medical Costs

If you are looking for what is behind rising health care costs, the answer is NOT to be found in medical malpractice lawsuits.  A new study by Public Citizen shows no correlation between medical malpractice payments and health care costs.  Since 2003, both the frequency of medical malpractice payments on behalf of doctors and the amount of money paid out have fallen every single year, according to the government's National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), which tracks such payments.

Elder abuse common in Alabama

Those who are thinking about having their elderly parents or loved ones enter into nursing homes may be surprised and shocked to hear that Alabama holds a D when it comes to nursing home care. A former nursing home employee who witnessed multiple incidents of nursing home neglect in Alabama, agreed with the rating.

Alabama highway accident critically injures two

A three-car accident on Highway 167 North left two people with critical injuries. The accident took place approximately two miles north of the Enterprise bypass at around 4:45 p.m. on Aug. 15, 2013. Law enforcement closed the highway to allow emergency crews treat victims and to make space for a rescue helicopter to land.

Report ranks states on risk of nursing home abuse and neglect

Alabama residents with elder family members in the care of nursing homes may be pleased to find that their state was not on the list of worst states for nursing care, according to a report by the nonprofit Families for Better Care. However, even the states receiving the highest marks have featured cases of nursing home neglect and neglect. With an expected rise of 40 percent in the nationwide total of nursing home residents over the next ten years, advocates say vigilance on the part of state regulators, care providers and families is critical.

Longer observation times lead to few CT scans for children

Alabama readers might take an interest in a study published Aug. 2, 2013 in Annals of Emergency Medicine. The results of the study revealed that the longer a child remains under observation in the emergency department for minor blunt head trauma, the likelihood that the child will require a CT scan decreases.

Man charged with woman's death in motorcycle accident

A 45-year-old Alabama man was charged with manslaughter and homicide after he allegedly caused an accident that resulted in the death of a woman. According to the report, the wrongful death occurred when the man crashed his motorcycle. The woman had been riding as a passenger. According to the indictment, the man allegedly recklessly caused the death of the woman. In addition the man violated state law regarding the operation of the motorcycle. The woman was transported to a nearby hospital but died shortly after as a result of her injuries. She has a surviving husband and daughter. No other information was given.

Car accident changes Alabama man's life in an instant

A Daphne High School teacher and assistant coach has learned how car accidents can change lives in just a few seconds. On August 1, 2012, he was driving his Chevrolet Tahoe southbound on Alabama 181 near the overpass on Interstate 10 when his vehicle was hit from behind by another vehicle making a left turn onto the interstate.

Police chase ends in accident with injuries and one dead

A man is facing multiple charges after his vehicle collided with a police car. Four other people, including an officer, were injured in the crash, and another man died at the scene. The accident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. on a Tuesday night on Highway 82 in Alabama. The case has been turned over to the Alabama Department of Public Safety by the Tuscaloosa Police Department, whose officers were responding to a burglary call when they were involved in the fatal collision.

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