October 2016 Archives

Truck accident kills two, injures one

When many Alabama residents think about the situations in which traffic accidents may happen, being at a standstill in a vehicle is not often the first such situation that comes to mind. Usually things that may involve driving in dangerous conditions such as at night in bad weather or driving too fast would be involved. In fact, usually actually moving in a vehicle would be involved.

Three Alabama cities on nation's worst for drunk driving

Every day, you face the possibility of being injured by a negligent driver in Alabama. Whether as a driver yourself or as a passenger, bicyclists or pedestrian, one reckless act on the part of another person could put you in grave danger. Among the many causes of such accidents continues to be driving while impaired by alcohol. No matter how much public awareness campaigns work to educate about the dangers of drunk driving, too many people continue to make this choice.

Safety inspection blitz pulls many trucks off the road

The results of the 72-hour International Roadcheck campaign are in, and the results from 9,080 truck inspections are troubling: Over 21 percent of the trucks were unfit for service. Inspectors also placed 3.4 percent of the commercial truck drivers out of service. That translates into 9,080 trucks and 1,436 drivers being cited.

inadequate staffing may result in nursing home neglect, mix-ups

A nonprofit research group called the ECRI Institute collected the data from 181 health-care facilities. ECRI categorized the identification errors by type. Over one-third of the errors involved x-rays or other diagnostic tests; just less than one-quarter involved medical treatments, and 13 percent occurred during the patient registration or intake. Other types of mistakes included medication or dietary errors.

Homeopathic teething products linked to children's deaths

There are new warnings by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week about certain types of teething products. The FDA issued a safety alert in 2010 about teething tablets manufactured by Hyland's. Now, the FDA's warning includes all homeopathic teething tablets and gels that contain belladonna.

Taking a closer look at brain injury lawsuits: Part 2

In our last post, we discussed a premises liability lawsuit brought by a former high school basketball player against the local school district. The player alleges that he slipped on vomit that school officials failed to properly clean up from the basketball court.

Taking a closer look at brain injury lawsuits: Part 1

Readers might expect a brain injury lawsuit arising from an athletic event to relate to bodily impact between players. However, an athletic event also involves the attendance of hundreds or more invitees to an owner’s property. Accordingly, a premises liability lawsuit might also arise from a sporting event, as a recent lawsuit illustrates.

New regulations for windshield-mounted technology approved

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) have approved new regulations for commercial trucks that allow drivers to mount technology on windshields. Although the regulations focus on only allowing safety equipment onto windshield, drivers may still lose visibility or even become distracted by these devices. This could mean that when the regulations go into effect on October 24 of this year drivers of smaller vehicles may need to be more aware of their surroundings than they already are.

Federal ruling makes it easer to bring nursing home abuse claims

The federal government recently entered the fight against nursing home neglect and abuse. Specifically, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, an agency of the Health and Human Services Department, issued a rule against arbitrating these claims. Any nursing home that receives Medicare and Medicaid funding will be subject to the rule. The agency oversees around $1 trillion in federal funds.

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