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Monthly Archives: October 2014

North Carolina’s Contributory Negligence Rules Outdated and Unfair

Oct 18, 2014 by , Articles

Imagine that you were in a bad car crash. Not only was there extensive property damage to your vehicle, but you also suffered severe injuries and have thousands of dollars in unpaid medical bills to prove it. In an attempt to recoup your losses from the insurance company of the driver who hit you, you file a personal injury lawsuit. While there is some question about whether the other driver is 100% at fault, you are confident that he is at least partially responsible for your losses. The court, however, […]

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North Carolina Researchers Examine Prescription Drug Medical Errors

Oct 18, 2014 by , Articles

Use of Prescription Drugs Not Tested in Children The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced an important new series of medical studies by the Pediatric Trials Network, a collaboration between NIH and Duke University’s Clinical Research Institute, the world’s largest academic clinical research organization. Researchers will study the effects of medical drugs and medical devices on children – an important and often overlooked area of study. Surprisingly, clinical trials of prescription drugs and medical devices are often conducted only on adult men. Women and children are often excluded, which […]

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Is Malpractice More Common Among Medicare Providers?

Oct 18, 2014 by , Articles

A recent study issued by the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services revealed a startling statistic: One of every seven hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries is harmed because of problems with the medical care she or he receives. The study, Adverse Events in Hospitals: National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries, reported that fully “13.1 percent experienced an adverse event resulting in the four most serious categories of patient harm.” Of these, it said, 44 percent were “clearly or likely preventable.” The study also estimated that “1.5 percent of […]

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NTSB: Highway Deaths Fell in 2009

Oct 18, 2014 by , Articles

At a time when the birth rate is climbing, Millennial teens taking to the road, and new-car sales are recovering, this statistic may surprise you: between 2008 and 2009, transportation fatalities in the U.S. actually decreased by 9.2 percent. These were preliminary figures released a few weeks ago by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in advance of its annual report. “Transportation” includes the three major modes of moving humans: highway, rail and aviation. The agency also tracks safety statistics for pipeline and marine facilities. Researchers found that fatalities in […]

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Aging Populations Raise New Safety Concerns for NTSB

Oct 18, 2014 by , Articles

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently convened its first-ever conference to consider the questions of how, when, and whether to limit the driving of older Americans. The NTSB doesn’t aim to revoke or restrict licenses – these decisions fall to state, rather than federal, government. The board is, however, interested in establishing uniform testing requirements for drivers and in studying safety-enhancing changes that could be made in vehicles and roads. Trend Lines How urgent is the need for new measures? It depends largely on which trend lines you follow. […]

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