Who Is to Blame for The Opioid Epidemic?

The media has recently been filled with news concerning America’s (and the world’s) opioid epidemic. Stories abound concerning ever-growing levels of addiction, along with alarming trends of death and crime associated with these drugs. Hoping to find solutions, many sectors of society have taken an active interest in the problem. For example, government legislators, the criminal justice system, the civil legal system, the medical community, pharmaceutical companies, and numerous health organizations are some of the players expressing an intent to stabilize and solve the problem. But how did we get into this predicament in the first place? Is anyone in particular to blame? If so, how does society hold them responsible for their actions? In this article, we will discuss these and other issues.

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How Can Hospitals Prevent Medication Errors?

As has been discussed on this blog before, medication errors are a serious and unfortunately common form of medical malpractice. Medication error refers to a number of different things. Medication error can be said to have occurred when a medical professional administers the wrong medication, the wrong dosage of a medication, mislabels medication, prescribes medication without considering allergies or negative interactions with other medications, or when a patient is not warned about harmful side effects of medication. Medication errors are especially harmful because they can exacerbate whatever problem that the patient needs treated. In the worst cases, it can lead to permanent harm or even the death of a patient. For these reasons, hospitals work to try to prevent medication errors.

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The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is responsible for thousands of auto accidents every year. Distracted driving, as defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.” This vague definition includes everything from using a cell phone to text, call, or put on music to eating, drinking, smoking, talking, and a hundred other things you could potentially do while driving. Experts have attempted to specify a few types of distracted driving. These include manual distractions, visual distractions, and cognitive distractions.

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Does Getting a Second Opinion Help Prevent Medical Malpractice?

Because we all need medical treatment at one time or another, almost everyone has an opinion about the health care system. And while Oregonians recognize and appreciate the quality care provided by many doctors on a daily basis, it is also true that on some occasions medical care providers do not live up to the standards demanded by society. When medical professionals provide substandard care, such medical malpractice can lead to catastrophic harm to patients. Therefore, common sense tells us that we should do everything we can to improve our own medical treatment results. One precaution to consider is obtaining a second opinion.

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Should the Government Require Semi-Trucks to Use Speed Limiters?

Simple physics suggests that motor vehicle crashes involving huge semi-trucks can cause catastrophic injury and property damage. The sheer size and weight of tractor-trailer trucks and other large vehicles can literally crush passenger vehicles and everything inside them. As a result of the thousands of truck accidents and injuries which occur every year, state and federal governments, along with the trucking industry, seek ways in which to limit these crashes. One solution long considered by regulators is to limit the speed of semi-trucks. However, as we will discuss below, people disagree on the effects of regulating speed. Moreover, if regulation is adopted, there is disagreement as to the speed to which semi-trucks should be limited.

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Is Life Insurance Affected by A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Anyone living in modern American society is likely very familiar with the concept of insurance. When we stop to think about it, it seems that insurance plays a role in almost every aspect of our lives. We routinely insure our cars, our health, our homes, and our lives. However, many of us have also learned the hard way that insurance can be complicated. We have previously discussed at length the complexities of automobile insurance in Oregon. Similarly, life and other forms of insurance have complexities. Policies may contain defined terms, conditions, exclusions, and other contractual provisions which affect coverage. In this article, we will discuss life insurance and whether it is affected by a wrongful death lawsuit.

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Will Mesothelioma Ever Be Eradicated?

Many people have suffered, and even died, from the horrible effects of mesothelioma. Fortunately, different segments of society have taken effective steps to address the problem. The government has passed laws implementing safety requirements for those who work with asbestos. Science and medicine are always seeking improvements in early diagnosis and effective treatment. Strong-willed patients and their lawyers have sued to hold wrongdoers accountable. Finally, some uses of asbestos have been banned. But will mesothelioma ever be eradicated? As we have previously discussed, because asbestos has effective uses in many industries, there are many proponents of asbestos who are strongly opposed to an absolute ban of the mineral. Therefore, eradication of the disease by banning the cause is unlikely at this time. Below we’ll discuss some of the other factors related to the issue. 

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Will Self-Driving Trucks Be Vulnerable to Hacking?

Though they are, without a doubt, vital to the American economy, semi-trucks often present a significant danger on roads and highways. There is much that truck drivers, drivers of passenger vehicles, trucking companies, and legislators must do to try to minimize the dangers of semi-truck accidents. On this blog, we’ve discussed the importance of safe driving practices as well as regulations designed to prevent semi-truck accidents. We’ve also discussed how the commercial trucking industry is likely to experience significant changes as autonomous vehicles become more widely available. Now, some experts are asking a question that’s relevant to all of these topics: “Will self-driving trucks be vulnerable to hacking?”

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Are Medication Errors a Form of Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice is a term which encompasses any professional negligence by health care professionals or providers which lead to negative outcomes. In other words, any substandard treatment from a doctor, nurse, or other hospital staff that leads to the injury or death of a patient qualifies as medical malpractice. As we’ve discussed on this blog before, there are many different kinds of medical malpractice: surgical error, failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, etc. Another common example of medical malpractice is medication error.

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The Role of Regulation in Preventing Semi-Truck Accidents

Given the extreme danger presented by semi-trucks on American roadways, it’s no wonder that safety improvements are a frequent topic when discussing the trucking industry. Trucking companies and their insurers have an interest in reducing liability. The government, along with the driving public, value steps taken to increase protection and safety for motorists. In fact, over time the government has found it necessary (and wise) to carefully regulate the trucking industry. These regulations address both trucks and drivers. While some trucking companies and their drivers are responsible, making every effort to follow the law and behave safely, there are also irresponsible companies and drivers who take shortcuts with safety. In this article, we’ll discuss the importance of trucking regulations. We will also discuss how the law protects society by holding responsible those who violate these regulations.

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