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Could surgical 'black box' reduce errors in surgery?

When it comes to undergoing an operation, there are many things that could go wrong. Research conducted by one surgeon indicates that an average of 20 errors occur during every surgery.  Sometimes the wrong procedure is performed. Other times a vital organ is nicked or perforated in the course of the procedure. In still other situations the wrong body part is operated on or instruments or other objects used in the course of the surgery are left behind. While not all of the errors committed are this serious and may not even result in any harm to a patient, others could lead to catastrophic injuries or even death.

Follow boating safety rules to make holiday weekend a safe one

With summer winding down for many in the state of Connecticut, for some, Labor Day weekend is the last time to engage in the pastime of boating. Cooler temperatures and the start of school make it harder for many residents to take to area lakes and rivers following the holiday. Following boating safety tips can help everyone have a safe and fun holiday weekend.

'Chameleon carriers' skirt trucking safety regulations

Truck drivers and trucking companies throughout the nation must follow the stringent regulations. Unfortunately not everyone does this. One way in which some regulations are being skirted by trucking companies is by operating as a “chameleon carrier.”

A trucking company might decide to go this route after being fined for a safety violation. In an effort to maintain a good safety rating with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and not pay the fine, the business will close down and start up again as a different company. In 2010 the Government Accountability Office indicated that 1,136 new applicants were suspected to be chameleon carriers.

Report finds nursing home abuse widespread throughout U.S.

Several generations ago when a loved one grew old or became unable to care for him or herself, family would take them in and provide the necessary care. As families have evolved and more individuals are out in the workforce, this practice has changed some. Accordingly, nursing homes play an important role in society. In fact, throughout the country 17,000 nursing homes exist. 1.6 million people live in them.

The facilities that provide the necessary care for many are not cheap. Loved ones of those who reside there expect they will be treated a certain way. They certainly do not expect that a resident will be abused in any way.

Why are truck accidents so dangerous for occupants of cars?

It is fairly well known that truck accidents involving smaller cars are often disastrous for the occupants of the much smaller vehicles. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2012, 67 percent of the people who died in accidents involving large trucks were occupants of cars or other vehicles.  Many may not be aware of specifics as to why that is the case however. Information provided by the IIHS sheds some light on the matter. 

Lack of sleep, equipment problems could lead to car crash

When it comes to motor vehicle accidents the focus in most cases is placed upon factors such as drunk driving and distracted driving. According to a recent survey conducted by Carinsurance.com. However, there are other factors at play as well.

The first factor is drowsy driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety and the AAA Foundation, the activity is to blame for 100,000 crashes each year. Additionally 1,500 people are killed each year because of this activity and more than 70,000 suffer injuries.

Take steps to protect personal information in divorce

When most couples make the decision to marry they do so because they want to share their lives together. This of course entails sharing many things including personal content passwords. But what happens when a relationship comes to an end? It depends on whether a divorcing couple thinks about the matter in the course of the split. If not properly addressed it is possible that one of the spouses might seriously damage the other’s future.  To try to avoid this there are certain steps that can be taken.

Everyone on the road can work to prevent motorcycle accidents

After several months of weather that makes it possible for cars and motorcycles to share the road, many drivers of automobiles and motorcycles in the state of Connecticut have become accustomed to each other. Despite this level of comfort, accidents, sometimes resulting in the death of the motorcyclist, nonetheless continue to occur. To wit, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that when it comes to dying in a motor vehicle accident, motorcyclists are 30 times more likely than other drivers to meet this fate. Accordingly, it is worth revisiting tips all drivers can follow to try to keep these incidents to a minimum.

Do you have a medical malpractice case?

While readers may not be surprised to learn that heart disease and cancer are the leading cause of death in the United States, they may be surprised to learn what the third leading cause is. The Journal of the American Medical Association indicates it is medical negligence.  One estimate puts the number of people who die as a result of it each year, at approximately 200,000. Even when a negligent medical act does not lead to death it can result in a patient having to deal with serious injuries. In either situation it is possible that a medical malpractice lawsuit could be filed.

Middle school student on bicycle dies in accident

Much of the time motor vehicles and individuals walking or on bicycles, interact without an issue. When their paths do cross however the outcome can be devastating. A Connecticut community is dealing with that now.

A 7th grader was killed after he was struck by a box truck. At the time of the collision the boy was riding his bicycle. Though the boy, who was riding with a group of children, survived the accident, he later died at the hospital where he had been transported for treatment.

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