How Much Are New Safety Features in Cars Actually Improving Safety?

Americans have long enjoyed a love affair with the automobile, often associating cars with a personal sense of style and freedom. Cars allow us to enjoy the pleasures of travel with an ease that could not have been imagined before their invention. Motor vehicles also provide numerous benefits to society. Professionals and laborers alike can offer their services in a wider geographical area. Many types of vehicles, including automobiles and semi-trucks, are instrumental in commerce, traversing both Oregon and the United States. However, there is, unfortunately, also a negative side. Thousands of deaths and injuries occur every year as a result of automobile crashes. Through the years, as the power of automobile engines increased, so did the ability to travel at higher speeds, sometimes resulting in dangerous collisions. Luckily, steps have been taken to improve car safety. In this article, we will explore some of these improvements and look at whether they have actually helped improve personal safety.

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Are There Viable Alternatives to Asbestos?

As time passes by, information regarding the dangers associated with asbestos becomes ever more ubiquitous. Historically, because so many hard-working Americans died or suffered horribly from mesothelioma associated with long-term exposure to asbestos, society could no longer ignore the problem. Mesothelioma victims hired lawyers and fought powerful corporations to hold wrongdoers accountable, and won important victories in the courtroom. Many corporations suffered serious financial repercussions, even bankruptcy. Both Oregon and the United States passed laws designed to protect workers. But even with this history of financial risk to corporations, and even as Americans continue to suffer from mesothelioma, asbestos is still in use in the United States. This leads many people to wonder if there are viable alternatives to asbestos.

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Have Opioid Problems Increased Because Of Medical Malpractice?

Thanks to advances in science and medicine, many pharmaceutical products have been developed which can save and enhance lives, and which provide important health benefits to patients. But while society has fought the proliferation of illegal drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines for many generations, the current opioid epidemic demonstrates the need across Oregon and the United States to address the abuse of and addiction to prescription medications. Solving the problem could take years, and any solution must necessarily include steps to end current addiction, prevent future addiction, and hold those accountable who wrongfully cause addiction.

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Can You Sue for Medical Malpractice in a Teaching Hospital?

When someone goes to the hospital to address a serious illness or injury, they expect to receive the care that they need from a trained, knowledgeable, and experienced doctor in order to be well again. Realistically, the training, knowledge, and experience take many years for doctors to acquire and they often cannot be acquired inside of a classroom. For this reason, medical students don’t graduate until they have years of hands-on experience in a hospital setting. While this hands-on training is vital to the development of experienced and knowledgeable doctors, it’s not without a certain amount of risk.  

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Who is Most Likely to Drive Distracted?

Every year, thousands are killed on the roads by distracted drivers. Hundreds of thousands more are injured. Even though most people appreciate the dangers of driving while talking on their cellphones, or texting, or even changing the music, far too many in our society continue these dangerous behaviors. Around the country, laws are being created which aim to curtail distracted driving. Additionally, technology companies and app developers are finding new and interesting ways to limit people’s ability to drive while using their cellphones. It’s important, when you talk about distracted driving, to understand the various ways that people drive distracted and which groups of people are most likely to do so.

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Is The Rate Of Mesothelioma Going Down?

We all benefit in many ways by living in an era of scientific, technological, and medical discovery and innovation. For example, as a result of cutting edge technology, most of us carry computers (smart phones) in our hands, loaded with a variety of applications capable of addressing complex issues. Our cars are becoming so smart that they can literally drive and park themselves. In the medical world, doctors and scientists are creating rare and amazing cures and treatments for a whole host of diseases and illnesses. Given all these advancements, it’s common to ask: Is the rate of mesothelioma going down?

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Who Is Ultimately Liable for A Semi-Truck Accident?

Anyone who drives a car has likely encountered hundreds, if not thousands, of semi-trucks on the road. Commercial trucking is an important part of both local commerce in Oregon and interstate commerce across the country. We can all thank truck drivers and trucking companies for transporting so many goods that we enjoy in our daily lives. Unfortunately, the trucking industry is also responsible for large numbers of motor vehicle collisions. In fact, many of us have seen the devastating wreckage of a semi-truck and passenger vehicle on the side of the road. While most agree with the concept that wrongdoers should be held accountable for their actions, people involved in semi-truck crashes are often surprised by some of the legal complexities ultimately involved in reaching that goal. Multiple complex insurance policies may apply. The trucking company may use confusing ownership and leasing arrangements. Drivers may be employees or independent contractors. In this article, we will discuss some types of possible liability.

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What to Do When a Surgeon Makes a Mistake

Thousands of surgeries occur across Oregon and the United States every day. In fact, most Americans can thank a surgeon for providing important medical care, either personally or to a friend or loved one. And while some surgeries might be described as more complicated than others, few patients undergoing a surgical procedure truly think of their surgery as “minor.” This is understandable, because major harm can occur from the most “minor” of surgeries. So, while Oregonians are thankful for the many fine surgeons in the State, it is also true that many patients suffer harm at the hands of surgeons. In this article, we will discuss what to do when a surgeon makes a mistake.

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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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