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Children in Connecticut bus accident taken to hospital

Each day parents throughout the state of Connecticut send their children to school via the bus. When they do so, they place the lives of their children into the hands of the drivers assuming that they will deliver them to their place of learning without incident. Often, this is exactly how things work. Other times however, something will happen and the vehicle will be involved in a collision. Earlier this month this very thing happened.

Family awarded compensation after woman fell and froze to death

Often times a premises liability lawsuit involving slipping and falling on a sidewalk will result in the person who fell being hurt. Individuals may suffer from broken bones, torn ligaments and bumps and bruises but ultimately, for the most part, recover. Sometimes however the circumstances surrounding the fall are more serious and result in the person’s death. This was the case for a Connecticut woman who lived in an apartment complex designed for seniors and those with disabilities.

One night, in February of 2010 the 80-year-old woman went outside—apparently to take out her garbage—and fell. It had been snowing and thawing and refreezing prior to the incident so it is believed that she slipped. She was apparently unable to get up after falling and due to the late hour, believed to be between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., no one discovered her. She died of hypothermia before anyone could help her.

Superbug Outbreak from Redesigned Duodenoscope, and Johnson & Johnson Subsidiary's Guilty Plea Are Reminders of the Need for Meaningful Punitive Damages in Connecticut for Dangerous Products from Reckless Mega-corporations

Two recent news items serve as gruesome reminders of the need for meaningful punitive damages against mega-corporations that recklessly or knowingly allow their defective products to hurt people.

In the first story CNN reported that Olympus started selling its TJF-Q180V duodenoscope in 2010, but the FDA didn't notice until late 2013 or early 2014 that the company had never asked for clearance to put it on the market, according to the deputy director of strategy for the FDA's Office of External Affairs. (A few days ago, the FDA issued a safety communication stating that Olympus has since validated new reprocessing instructions for these duodenoscopes.) The problem stems from the complex design of duodenoscopes, which can impede effective "reprocessing." Reprocessing is a detailed, multistep process to clean and disinfect or sterilize reusable devices. Recent medical publications and adverse event reports associate multidrug-resistant bacterial infections in patients who have undergone ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) with reprocessed duodenoscopes, even when manufacturer reprocessing instructions are followed correctly. The manufacturer's alleged failure to provide safe instructions for use has led to at least one lawsuit according to the L.A. Times. The patient's lawsuit contends that Olympus redesigned its Q180V duodenoscope last year and failed to provide an "effective and validated reprocessing protocol" for the new version. The new model expanded the range of scope positions in which a guide wire could be securely placed, the complaint says. Despite the design change, the company gave hospitals and doctors cleaning instructions for an older model, which meant that users "were not able to effectively sanitize and clean the new redesigned Q180V scope," according to the suit.

Superbug Outbreak from Redesigned Duodenoscope, and Johnson & Johnson Subsidiary's Guilty Plea Are Reminders of the Need for Meaningful Punitive Damages in Connecticut for Dangerous Products from Reckless Mega-corporations

Two recent news items serve as gruesome reminders of the need for meaningful punitive damages against mega-corporations that recklessly or knowingly allow their defective products to hurt people.

Various programs employed to try to reduce surgical errors

Whether we want to think about it or not, all surgical procedures can be risky—even the most minor. Human error during an operation can lead to serious injuries and in the worst cases even death. In addition to foreign objects being left in the body of the person, wrong party parts may be operated upon or the wrong procedure may be performed. Other times, as a result of the way a procedure is performed, infection may later set in.

These errors can result in injured patients filing medical malpractice lawsuits. Researchers at Johns Hopkins conducted a study in 2012 which found that as a result of “never events,” each year more than 4,000 such clams are filed. Between 1990 and 2010, these types of incidents resulted in a payout of $1.3 billion

Riding motorcycles safely

There is no question that anyone who operates any type of vehicle should take steps to ensure they are doing so in a safe manner. This may be particularly true for those who enjoy riding motorcycles. While it is possible for anyone involved in a crash to be injured the fact that motorcyclists have so little in the way of protection makes it even more likely that this will occur. According to one statistic, motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to lose a life in a crash than automobile occupants.

Because of this sad reality it is important that motorcyclists take steps to keep themselves safe. There are multiple things that can be done to ensure this.

Proper vehicle maintenance could prevent car accidents

In an earlier post we wrote about the steps boat owners can take to prepare their vessels for use after a long winter when they were not used. Applying that same reasoning to motor vehicles, residents of the state of Connecticut may think that because they used their car all winter, it does not need attention this spring. The reality however is that the change of season is a good time to complete car maintenance. Proper maintenance could prevent accidents from happening.

Injured in a bus accident? We may be able to help

Buses are just one of many types of vehicles that are on roads throughout the state of Connecticut each day. Buses of different types transport individuals of all ages to places such as work and school. Because of the many people that may be on board at any given time, if a bus is involved in a crash the outcome can be devastating.

The injuries those involved suffer can range from minor to serious. In the very worst situations passengers will even die. The injuries are not necessarily limited to the occupants of the bus. It is possible that drivers and passengers in other vehicles involved in the incident could be injured as well.

Loved one abused in nursing home? Legal action may make sense

It is likely hard for some to imagine that any caretaker would want to harm a (usually elderly) nursing home resident. While it can be hard to believe, it does happen all too frequently and it can result in a resident suffering serious injuries.

A nursing home in Connecticut was recently fined by the state Department of Health, in part for this very thing. Among other things, an aide at the facility was found to have punched a resident in the arm.

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