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March 2014 Archives

Woman breaks hip after being hit by Tempe school bus

During the school year, people take many precautions to make sure that children are safe when getting on and off of school buses. They include warning signs on both ends of a bus (i.e. front and rear flashers) as well as laws that prohibit drivers from passing a school bus while children are getting on them. With all the safety measures provided to keep kids safe, it is unfortunately ironic when a parent is injured.

Teen drivers susceptible to peer pressure

While parents of teen drivers, as well as those who are in college, may be concerned about distracted driving, it is drunk driving that is still a persistent problem among young drivers. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for young people ages 15 through 19 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a new study published by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development revealed some disturbing trends for teen drivers

Are water births safe? Experts disagree greatly

Are you an expecting parent-to-be?  If so, have you considered how you want your child to be delivered?  If you’re unsure how to answer either these questions then you’re not alone.  A lot of mothers across the nation, including many here in Arizona, have these same questions as well as the same concerns about which method of delivery is the safest for their specific situation.  In today’s blog post, we wanted to focus specifically on water births and what dangers this form of delivery can bring with it.

GM to issue recall for 1.18 million SUVs

In our last post, we highlighted the initiation of the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal investigation into General Motors, stemming from the mass recall of several vehicles due to problems with their ignition switches. Essentially, the ignition could be inadvertently turned from “run” to “accessory,” thus causing a driver to potentially lose control of the vehicle.

Arizona appeals court upholds $7.2 million med-mal verdict

An Arizona woman received good news this month when the Arizona Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court decision to award the woman more than $7.2 million for injuries suffered because of a surgical error. Her medical malpractice case was against Payson Healthcare Management who she claims failed to diagnose an infection that later resulted in further surgery and a chronic pain condition. Although Payson Healthcare Management appealed the case, the appeals court found no error in judgment and therefore affirmed the lower court's decision.

Recall problems continue for General Motors

The problems continue to mount for embattled automaker General Motors stemming from its initial recall earlier this year. What started as a recall to fix potentially faulty ignition switches on 700,000 Chevy Cobalts built between 2005 and 2007 and 2007 Pontiac G5s has morphed into a recall that includes more than 1 million vehicles.

How reliable is the data provided by the NSQIP?

People across the state of Arizona -- and across the nation for that matter -- have always been concerned about whether they are receiving the highest level of care possible. This has a lot to do with the rising concern in recent years regarding medical mistakes and surgical errors that occur in hospitals nationwide.

Semi-truck accident causes huge backup on I-10

Driving alongside tractor trailers can be unnerving. The fact that a vehicle that may weigh nearly twenty times the weight of your vehicle should be scary enough; especially considering if the truck loses control and crashes. If this occurs, passengers in automobiles can be seriously injured.

Increase in cell tower deaths prompts OSHA to act

The recent battle for cell phone customers among AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon may seem like another classic example of price competition, but it also an example of a disturbing trend among providers. In the race to gain customers and solidify customer loyalty, cell service providers have been erecting cell towers at what appears to be a breakneck pace.

Lack of communication reason for hospital negligence?

Residents of Phoenix, Arizona, expect a certain standard of care when being treated in a hospital or medical setting. Not only do patients expect doctors and staff to act in their best interests, they also assume medical staff is communicating about issues in a timely, comprehensive manner. For one couple in another state, however, failures in staff communications led to hospital negligence and long-term consequences.

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