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Wrong Patient and Procedure Study Shows Need for Better Oversight

Wrong Patient and Procedure Study Shows Need for Better Oversight According to Briskman Briskman & Greenberg CHICAGO, IL, Aug 12, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Wrong patient, wrong site and wrong procedure surgeries happen as much as 40 times a week nationwide, a new study by The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare shows. Eight surgery centers and hospitals around the country participated in the study. These problematic incidents are a result of miscommunication, distractions, scheduling and pre-operative processes, and not having all relevant staff participate in Time Out procedures, The Joint Commission said. Also, more errors were committed when more...

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Personal Injury Lawyers offer expert advice on whiplash claims

It is unfortunate fact of life that due to the increasing numbers of vehicles on the road, there are more and more accidents occurring on a daily basis. With this fact comes the undeniable fact that more and more injuries are sustained. One of the most common and prevalent injuries that occur on a regular basis are whiplash injuries, which involve an injury to the neck, usually caused by any impact from behind. As those who have suffered an injury such as this will testify, it can be painful and debilitating. Although the injury causes pain it also causes loss...

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3 Medical Care Mistakes to Avoid After an Auto Accident

Indianapolis - Car accidents are the most frequent cause of severe injury in the United States, according to a report from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Association. In Indiana, the number of auto accidents rose by 6.6% from 2006 to 2008. It adds insult to injury when these tragic accidents are the result of another’s negligent or reckless behavior. Indianapolis car accident lawyers can help. If you have been injured in one of the thousands Indianapolis accidents that occur each year, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries through the assistance of one of Indianapolis’ car accident...

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Know What to Expect in Your Texas Personal Injury Case

June 12, 2011 Learn more about the steps involved in a Texas personal injury lawsuit. Pre-filing Some important actions must be taken before a case ever reaches a courtroom. Usually, the instigating event behind a personal injury suit is some type of accident. After dealing with immediate medical needs, victims should contact a Texas personal injury attorney. You should carefully consider what kind of attorney you would like to retain, taking into account factors such as experience, location and fee structure. It is important to find your personal injury lawyer as quickly as possible: in Texas, the statute of limitations on personal injury claims...

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Caltagirone calls ‘fair share’ bill unfair to victims

A bill is making its way through the legislature that would significantly erode an injured person's ability to recoup damages awarded in a lawsuit. Today, I opposed legislation approved by the House Judiciary Committee known as the "Fair Share Act" that would repeal the joint and several liability law in Pennsylvania. The joint-and-several-liability law allows claimants to hold multiple parties liable for damages and restitution awarded by the courts, and makes sure injured people are not victimized again by the defendants' reluctance or refusal to pay. Link...

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Slip and Fall Accident Traps Man Overnight

New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman comments on the slip and fall accident that left a street sweeper trapped at the bottom of a debris-filled drywell for over seven hours. The incident reminds New York personal injury lawyer Perecman of a similar case he handled a few years ago when a construction worker fell into an unsecured hole. Perecman's case was settled at the trial for $2,100,000 According to the New York Post, Joe Hranicka, the victim of the New York slip and fall accident, left his truck to move a large piece of plywood board that looked like trash. New York...

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Can a fall lead to a lawsuit?

By Heather Nolan In efforts to curb frivolous law suits, a bill, recently signed by Rick Perry, will require the some civil plaintiffs to pay the defending attorneys fees if they lose in court. It's Sunday afternoon and you're on your weekly grocery store trip. A few seconds before you make the turn into the condiment aisle, a clumsy shopper knocks a jar of pickles onto the floor. You turn the corner, don't see the juice, step in it and land flat on your back. Did you just fall into a lawsuit? That depends. Unless the evidence against the store is overwhelming, plaintiff's attorneys say...

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Personal injury suit against Rosewood Care Center

Trial opens with nurse's testimony in personal injury suit against Rosewood Care Center 6/21/2011 2:21 PM By Amelia Flood Plaintiff Delia Marguerite Giannini is suing the nursing home for damages in excess of $75,000 and other damages. The trial testimony of a nurse began the plaintiff's case in a personal injury suit filed against Rosewood Care Center Inc. by a former resident who claims to have fractured her leg after a fall. Former Rosewood nurse Janet Holcomb gave testimony about the plaintiff's fall risk and the nursing home's procedures to prevent falls at the beginning of the plaintiff's case after closing arguments concluded Tuesday...

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Endsleigh warns Leisure Trusts at risk from personal injury claims

by Brian Turner A new report published today by Endsleigh, the specialist insurance broker for leisure trusts, warns trusts that they could be liable should a customer injure themselves on a piece of faulty gym equipment. The report highlights that under the terms agreed between some leisure trusts and companies leasing gym equipment, it is the trust and not the supplier who would be liable to meet the costs brought by an injured customer due to a fault on the part of the manufacturer. Endsleigh warns that costs could end up being in the tens of thousands...

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When Chimps Go Berserk: A Lack of ‘Oversight’

If you haven't heard Charla Nash's story yet, be warned. The extent of her horrific injuries from the animal attack are reason enough to call for an end to private ownership of chimpanzees. "An adolescent or adult chimp is a very dangerous animal that poses serious public safety concerns if they are not properly housed and managed," says scientist Steve Ross, as William Mullen reports for the Chicago Tribune. Chimpanzees are more than capable of causing serious injury or death to human beings; Charla Nash, now in her late fifties, underwent face-transplant surgery in May after a 200 pound chimp named...

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Lawsuits Claim Real Housewives of New Jersey Cast & Crew Attacked Two Chicago Men

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 13, 2011 Corboy & Demetrio coordinated the simultaneous filings of lawsuits, in New York and Miami, naming various individuals and entities allegedly responsible for the February 23, 2011 beating of two Chicago men, Adolfo Arreola and Jason Gomez. Gomez and Arreola were allegedly attacked by members of the Cast and Crew of The Real Housewives of New Jersey while they vacationed at the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, according to the lawsuits. The beating allegedly occurred after one of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Theresa Giudice, sprayed champagne into the eyes of Arreola’s mother-in-law, Yolanda...

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Insurance claims rise for personal injury claims

The Financial Times recently revealed that car insurance companies have lost £2 billion in 2010 thanks to the amount of personal injury claims rising. Some new customers taking out car insurance have had to pay 30% more for their insurance this year than last. In recent years the car insurance industry has been hit hard with claims for bodily injury soaring to new heights. The Royal Bank of Scotland alone has to put in reserves of around £390 million in their insurance business solely due to the amount of individuals making claims for injury in road traffic accidents. In the worst...

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Home Insurers Kick Around Cyberbully Coverage

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox In recent years, a number of tragic cases have captured the public's attention in which teenagers committed suicide after being taunted, harassed or shamed, due to invasions of privacy on sites like Facebook, MySpace and YouTube. If you have a teen or a college student who is fond of social networking, the rise of cyberbullying is enough to give you gray hair. But now there's another reason to fret over the rise of online intimidation: It could subject your family to expensive lawsuits. And incidents of cyberbullying may not be covered by your liability insurance. Effective this fall, "cyberbullying" is...

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Man says stores shouldn’t have sold him ‘bath salts’

6/22/2011 9:36 AM By Harmon Marks -Lincoln Bureau HAMLIN -- A Ranger man is accusing three businesses of marketing a product known as "bath salts" and sold as a "legal drug," and other plaintiffs might join his product liability and personal injury suit. Jason Vance filed the complaint May 11 in Lincoln Circuit Court. He is represented by attorneys Ronald G. Salmons, Jeffrey S. Bowen and Robby N. Long. In the complaint, Vance details six alleged counts. The defendants are Harts businesses K&B Quick Stop Inc., LT Jones Tobacco Plus and Smokin' Joes Arcade LLC of Barboursville. "Products known as 'fake cocaine,' 'synthetic cocaine'...

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Marketing key in making Glen Lerner a celebrity attorney

Close your eyes. Imagine Glen Lerner’s jingle. You can dial his number from memory, can’t you? In this age of speed dialing and cellphone-programmed contacts, how many telephone numbers can you remember? So the question has to be asked: Is Glen Lerner the most recognizable personality in Las Vegas? The 47-year-old Las Vegas personal injury lawyer has used his marketing savvy to turn a larger-than-life personality into a multimillion-dollar enterprise that has expanded into Arizona. Much like a singer who has a No. 1 song, Lerner didn’t want to be known as a one-hit wonder...

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Summary of the Performance Marketing Association’s Legal Challenge to Illinois House Bill 3659

Performance Marketing Association, Inc. v. Hamer, Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, case no. 1:11-cv-03690 Overview: On June 1, 2011, the Performance Marketing Association (“PMA”) filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Chicago against the Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue, Brian A. Hamer, challenging the constitutionality of a new Illinois law that targets the business of online performance marketing as a basis for unlawfully expanding Illinois’ regulatory authority beyond its borders. Illinois House Bill 3659 (“HB 3659”), enacted in March 2011, violates the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution, and the federal Internet Tax Freedom...

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Personal Injury Attorneys – Various Types of Accidental Injuries

Personal Injury Attorneys can be of great help to you in case you get some accident injury or brain Injuries due to the negligence of some other person or it is due to malfunctions of the faulty equipments being used. This is the situation that you should consult personal injury attorney in order to handle the situation in a good way. But before that there are some common questions which a lay man wants to know before filling a case against any company or an employer or may be some other person regarding personal injury caused due to them. Some of...

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My Kid is being Bullied: Tips from an Orange County Personal Injury Attorney

By Krithic Annamalai Most children find it very difficult to defend themselves when dealing with bullies. Bullies are known for repeating harmful acts and not admitting to (or feeling remorse for) the pain they have inflicted on others. Children who are bullied generally suffer from anxiety, fear, withdrawal, low self-esteem and poor concentration. The most obvious types of bullying involve hurting, threatening, intimidating, maliciously teasing and taunting, etc. And Social networking being what it is today, a new phenomenon called Cyberbullying (encouraging others to reject or spreading rumors about a child through social media) is...

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Average Personal Injury Case in Minnesota

June 9, 2011, by Ronald V. Miller, Jr. The average verdict in a personal injury case in Minnesota is $271,577. The national average is $885,600. Does this mean Minnesota juries are not sympathetic to personal injury victims? I think it might, actually. In fact, I think the statistics might actually underestimate how stingy Minnesota juries can be. Why? The biggest driving force in personal injury verdicts is car accidents because is the most common type of personal injury case. So the state's law in dealing with car accident claims is going to make more meaningful impact on personal injury statistics. Average Personal Injury Case...

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Liability Insurance for the Small Business

By: Rumen Iliev When you are an owner of a small business, you have many responsibilities and even if you are operating your business carefully and you follow all of the small details, sometimes a client may consider you didn’t do your job well and you’ll end up with a lawsuit. What you need to do, in order to protect your assets and your business from the losses that potential mistakes can cause, is a liability insurance policy. The business liability insurance can help you in situations where your mistakes of negligence have done some damage to your customers, and they...

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These are many different types of personal injury claims.

Accidents happen all the time. Sometimes nobody is to blame. Sometimes you might even be the architect of your own misfortune. But what if the actions of another person are the cause of your injury? If you have been the victim of another persons negligence or carelessness, the law entitles you to compensation for your injury. The process of claiming recompense can seem daunting, but it needn't be. Injury lawyers are experts in the field of personal injury claims who can assess your case and guide you through each stage of the process, ensuring that you will receive the compensation you...

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How Using Social Media Can Harm Your Case

An innocent "tweet" could cost you big money. Social Media is continuing to explode in usage and is a huge part of our collective hyper-connected daily lives. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace and other forms of social media can, however, seriously harm your personal injury or medical malpractice case. Insurance companies, adjusters, investigators, and defense attorneys will want to uncover as much information as they can about you to help undermine your case in an effort to pay you the least amount of money possible. You have the opportunity to afford them that chance by utilizing social media. In a case where a...

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Cell Phones and Cancer. Are You Concerned?

By now, you may have heard about the recent World Health Organization (WHO) study potentially linking cancer to cell phone use; although, the organization says that no adverse health effects have been established. This hot topic has been around since shoe-size cell phones hit the market in the late 70s. Since then, roughly thirty studies have failed to establish a link between cell phones and cancer. Cell phones have become our communication umbilical cord; we link with family, friends, and business associates. We have become slaves to our cell phones – talking, emailing, texting. It is hard to believe that we ever...

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Raspberry Falls Residents Seek To Drop Lawsuit After Tainted Water Claims

It is not yet clear whether the $300 million lawsuit filed by a residents in the Raspberry Falls subdivision north of Leesburg will move forward to trial. In a hearing last week Ted Yoakam, the attorney representing the residents, made an oral motion to non-suit the lawsuit, which, if granted, would stop all the proceedings against Loudoun Water, Van Metre, and K. Hovnanian Homes. The lawsuit was filed in February on behalf of 250 residents and property owners in the Raspberry Falls and sought actual and punitive damages that resulted from claims of contaminated drinking water and to compel the construction...

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Family Brings Lawsuit after Mother is Set on Fire During Surgery

The family of Selah Schulze has filed suit in Grayson County, Texas, alleging Ms. Schulze sustained injuries when she was caught on fire during a routine operation. Defendants include Texoma Medical Center, surgeon Dr. Robert Wilcott, and anesthesiologist Dr. Mark Villareal. Kay L. Van Wey of Van Wey Law, PLLC, is representing the family of Ms. Schulze. Dallas, TX (PRWEB) June 07, 2011 The family of Selah Schulze filed suit in Grayson County, Texas, last Friday against Texoma Medical Center, surgeon Dr. Robert Wilcott, and anesthesiologist Dr. Mark Villareal, among other defendants, for negligence and gross negligence relating to injuries Ms. Schulze...

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RI jury sides with state in personal injury case

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A jury has sided with the state of Rhode Island in a $40 million personal injury lawsuit brought a paralyzed man. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin says a Providence County Superior Court jury on Monday ruled the state does not have to pay damages to Brett A. Roy and his family. Roy was paralyzed in 2008 after he dived into a pond located at the World War II Memorial State Park in Woonsocket. The jury found the state and its Department of Environmental Management are not liable for Roy's injuries. via RI...

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Strauss-Kahn Will Plead Not Guilty to Hotel Attack, Lawyer Says

June 6 (Bloomberg) -- Former International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn will formally deny charges that he sexually assaulted and tried to rape a Manhattan hotel maid at a hearing today, his lawyer said. Strauss-Kahn, 62, will enter a plea of not guilty in New York State Supreme Court, attorney Benjamin Brafman said June 3. Strauss-Kahn previously rejected the allegations in his letter of resignation to the IMF last month. He was arrested May 14 and later indicted on seven counts, including criminal sex act, attempted rape, sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching. If convicted of the top charges, he...

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Six Tips to Help You Select a Personal Injury Attorney

No one calls a personal injury attorney until they need one. That means that it's likely that when you first think about if you or a loved one needs a lawyer that you'll probably be distraught and perhaps in some pain. You won't necessarily be in the best frame of mind for making such a momentous decision. And yet so much is riding on whom you select to represent your interests "a good attorney can make the difference between winning or losing a personal injury case." Even if you settle out of court, a good attorney will make sure that you get the maximum...

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