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March 2014 Archives

After upward trend over 3 years, pedestrian deaths show decline

Did you know that the first year for which we started compiling and tracking U.S. pedestrian deaths is 1975? That first year of data showed that 7,516 died in 1975, a shocking number when you consider current figures and the fact that we had a much smaller population back then. In 2009, we set the all-time low for pedestrian deaths in the U.S. with 4,109 pedestrian fatalities. The vast improvement of car safety and infrastructure has certainly helped curb the pedestrian fatality figure.

Drug testing for medical staffers a serious issue

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about a medical malpractice story that involved a doctor who once had a drug addiction. That man went on to perform many surgeries, some of which were botched. And yet the institutions he was aligned with continued to recommend and support him, even as he ventured out on his own and created a spinal clinic.

Apple cider spill could cost Dunkin Donuts

An infamous lawsuit from 20 years ago saw a McDonald's patron sue the fast food company for serving her coffee that was too hot. The patron spilled the coffee on herself by accident and suffered terrible burns. The lawsuit garnered a generous decision by a jury, which decided McDonald's had to pay $2.9 million for the woman's injuries. Ultimately the ruling was knocked down by a judge and the two parties settled out of court, but the point was made clear to restaurants: don't serve your customers an excessively hot beverage.

Institutional failure seems to be involved in malpractice case

Let's say you are about to go in for a very important -- and risky -- surgery. As the hospital preps you for the procedure, you are informed of who your surgeon is and the two of you have a brief discussion. After that talk, you sit in a waiting room. All you have is your thoughts, and your mind races. You're understandably scared -- who isn't before a surgery?