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The Best Car for Teen Drivers

When it comes to providing a car for the newly-minted teen driver, no doubt every parent would like to be able to hand over the keys to 2018 Lexus LS, the "safest car in the world." Of course, you'd like to spring for a new car, but $80,000 may not be in the budget. If so, you can check this list of Best New Cars for Teens in US News. The list ranges from the $20,000 Toyota Corolla to the $40,000 KIA Sorento. For the rest of us, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is out with a list of "pre-owned" vehicles that...

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Avoid Driving Accidents in Orlando

  Driving anywhere can be dangerous, but the pace and volume of traffic in Orlando demands a special focus on defensive driving. The city is a bustling world-class tourist destination, a thriving commercial center, and home to drivers with a wide range of skills and experience. Add the seemingly permanent, ongoing road construction projects, and you have a safety challenge. So how do you avoid driving accidents in Orlando? It pays to develop defensive driving habits. It's imperative to train yourself to understand that when you get behind the wheel, your mind must always be set to safety first. It's a matter of attention,...

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Misdiagnosis: Leading Cause of Malpractice Lawsuits

Doctors are turning to computer technology in an effort to cure the medical misdiagnosis problem. Wrongly identifying an illness — or missing a condition altogether — is one of the most common reasons for medical malpractice lawsuits. According to a new story in the Wall Street Journal, medical professionals are using computer technology hone their diagnostic skills. Researchers say that information technology can help organize, interpret and share data. The story cites examples such as the hospital in Pennsylvania that uses a computer program to track diagnostic errors. The hope is that doctors can analysis such a database and learn lessons from the information. The...

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St. Jude Defibrillator Lawsuit

A group of health insurers has filed a class action lawsuit against St Jude Medical seeking to recover costs of replacing defective implantable cardiac defibrillators. The suit says that St. Jude knew about problems with the device's batteries for years before the FDA prompted a recall in 2016. The company recalled about 400,000 of the devices because batteries in some units died suddenly and without sufficient warning. The FDA says that the defects caused two deaths and injured dozens of people. A defibrillator delivers a shock to the heart to restore its normal rhythm. The batteries are supposed to last for an extended period of time and emit warnings...

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Elder Abuse Law in New Jersey

New Jersey has enacted a new law requiring workers at nursing homes to immediately report cases of elder abuse and neglect to police. Governor Chris Christie recently signed "Peggy's Law" after a nearly seven-year battle for the legislation by New Jersey resident Maureen Persi. Persi's mother, 93-year-old Peggy Marzolla, died from nursing home injuries in 2010. A local hospital treated her for numerous injuries, including a broken wrist, a broken cheekbone, a broken jaw and a broken eye socket. She also suffered bruises, cuts and welts. The staff at the nursing home said that Marzolla, an Alzheimer's patient, had sustained the injuries in a fall. That explanation didn't satisfy...

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$3 Million Award in Birth Injury Case

A jury in Delaware has ordered an obstetrician to pay $3 million for injuring a baby during a delivery according to a report in Delaware Online. Lawyers for Monica Broughton, and her son Amari Broughton-Fleming, say that Dover obstetrician Dr. Peter Wong used to much force when pulling on her baby's head during delivery. The damage paralyzed Amari's right arm. Lawyers say that prior to delivery, the baby's shoulder was positioned behind his mother's pelvis. They charge that the doctor used too much force trying to dislodge the shoulder.  Allegedly, Dr. Wong pulled down sharply on the infant's head and neck, causing permanent nerve damage. ...

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Congress to Limit Medical Malpractice Compensation

The bill working its way through Congress that would cap medical malpractice jury awards is a bad idea, according to a national public interest lawyer. In an Op-Ed piece in the Washington political newspaper The Hill, Executive Director of Public Justice Paul Bland writes that  H.R. 1215, the “Protecting Access to Care Act” has a misleading title because the legislation would provide less — not more — protection to patients.  Indeed, Bland powerfully illustrates his point with a recent case of malpractice. He discusses a patient from Pennsylvania named Kathleen Astleford. Her primary care doctor had referred her to a specialist to look at a problem...

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Alert: Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

A government healthcare oversight office issued an alert to families of nursing home residents to be mindful of the safety of their loved ones in the wake of a report that nearly 25% of Medicare recipients are victims of preventable nursing home neglect and abuse. “Visit your loved ones often who are in these facilities," the alert said. Make sure the facility and staff are treating them properly, "and report potential cases of abuse or neglect to your local police and your state’s Medicaid fraud control unit.” Assistant Health and Human Services regional inspector general Curtis Roy said that inspectors uncovered more than...

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Jury Awards $20 Million in Medical Malpractice Case

A Minneapolis jury has awarded a malpractice judgment of more than $20 million to the family of a woman who died from a blood infection days after giving birth. Nicole Bermingham, 30 years old, died in 2013 of sepsis after her son was born and she was discharged from the hospital. Her family sued the emergency room physicians group and a nurse practitioner who worked at the hospital. The family contends that the nurse practitioner missed lab results that showed that Bermingham had contracted sepsis. They say the new mother returned to the emergency room within 12 hours feeling nauseous and with a...

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Nursing Home Cited for Patient Abuse Files Bankruptcy

Cited for abuse, neglect, and staggering under debt, GraceWood Rehabilitation and Nursing Care in Pinellas Park, Fl and its parent company, Senior Care Group Inc., have filed for bankruptcy. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services placed Gracewood on a list of "Special Focus Facilities" last year. Special Focus facilities are the nursing homes with the worst safety records. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (FAHCA) has also listed GraceWood as having safety violations since 2015. Government agencies fined GraceWood at least three times over the past few years for neglecting and abusing residents. Earlier this year, caretakers left a 65-year-old...

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