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Can team training reduce medical errors, patient deaths?

This past spring, the medical journal the BMJ, formerly known as the British Medical Journal, released a rather sobering study indicating that medical errors are responsible for upwards of 250,000 patient fatalities in the U.S. each year and currently the third leading cause of death, trailing only cancer and heart disease.

In the wake of this earth shattering study, the medical community, while somewhat wary of these figures, has nevertheless been looking to find solutions to address what is a clear crisis in patient care. Interestingly, a recently published study by researchers at Johns Hopkins, Rice University, the Department of Defense and the University of Central Florida may provide some much-needed answers.

Dedicated advocacy for accident victims struggling with TBIs

When a person is seriously injured in a car accident caused by the altogether careless actions of another, the best their friends and family can hope for is that the bodily trauma they've endured is the kind from which a person can recover or doctors can repair.

Indeed, the news can be that much more devastating when a loved one has suffered a serious injury that, at best, has an uncertain prognosis or, at worst, is permanent. 

How pedestrians can protect themselves from inattentive motorists

Thanks to everything from enhanced environmental awareness and financial motivations to desires for a healthier lifestyle and evolving cityscapes, more and more people are opting to abandon their cars and go by foot. While this is certainly an encouraging development, it's important to note that this transition is not without its drawbacks, as it means more people have been -- and will continue to be -- at the mercy of negligent motorists.

By way of illustration, consider statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reveal that there were 4,735 pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. in 2013 alone, equating to the loss of one life every two hours.

Is FDOT's push for more roundabouts worth the effort?

Motorists here in Florida have likely noticed that many of the side streets and main thoroughfares that they traverse on a regular basis have undergone a noticeable design transformation over the last few years. Specifically, they've probably observed the gradual disappearance of stop- and signal-controlled intersections, and the increased construction of roundabouts.

Indeed, this arrival of roundabouts has been hastened by a new edict from the Florida Department of Transportation, which dictates that whenever a request is submitted for a traffic signal or controlled intersection, the feasibility of installing a modern roundabout must also be included in any analysis.

New law increases overtime minimum for exempt employees

Not all workers qualify for overtime pay. However, a recent law change is increasing the threshold for just who qualifies. The change in the law will go into effect starting on Dec. 1 and could mean an increase in lawsuits against employers who fail to follow the new overtime rules.

Put down the phone: The risks of texting while driving

For so many of us, driving has just become second nature. We simply get in the car, turn it on and start heading toward our destination. The last thing most people think is that today will be the day they get into a car accident.

The sad truth of that matter is that accidents happen every day on our roadways. In some cases, these accidents are just small -- yet still scary fender-benders -- but in others, the damages are truly devastating, leading to painful injuries. In some, drivers and passengers even end up losing their lives.

Chinese Drywall in Your Home

Chinese drywall used in many homes in Florida as well as other states is tainted and may be making homeowners sick. The drywall emits noxious gases such as carbon disulfide, carbonyl sulfide and hydrogen sulfide. The smell the wallboard gives off has the odor of rotten eggs and worsens in high temperature and humidity so many cases have been reported in southern states. Homeowners have reported symptoms such as respiratory problems, difficulty breathing, and sinus problems that worsen when they come back to their dry walled homes.

Are Trucking Accidents Different from Car Accidents?

All types of vehicle accidents can cause serious and permanent damage as well as death. Accidents that involve two passenger vehicles and accidents that involve a truck and a passenger vehicle are all considered personal injury cases. However, the types of vehicles involved in an accident can significantly affect the way a case is approached and the damages that are sought.

Victims of Toxic Torts Can Seek Compensation

The air around us and the substances and products we encounter should not cause undue harm. When you are injured by a toxic substance such as mold, wallboard, lead paint, faulty medical devices such as hip implants, or medications, you have the right to seek compensation for the injury you suffered. Exposure to toxic substances and products can lead to substantial economic and physical harm. You may be able to bring a lawsuit against the company whose actions destroyed your environment and compromised your health. These types of lawsuits are often referred to as toxic tort lawsuits.

Tire Tread Separation is a Serious Problem

When a tire fails while being driven on, the results can be catastrophic and deadly. Tire tread separation can cause a blowout or can cause the vehicle to enter into a rollover. Tire tread separation often occurs on vehicles with a high center of gravity, such as large cargo trucks. In a tire tread accident, the driver may lose control of the vehicle and the back end may swing out suddenly. After a rupture the vehicle may skid on the road and move sideways in the direction of travel and then may go airborne, beginning a rollover. A tire that blows out can result in the abrupt cessation of movement of a vehicle and may then cause a pile-up of cars behind it.

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