Archive for August 2009

Wrong Way Driver In Austin

Wrong-way drivers are a bigger problem than one would think. I’ve written a couple of blog posts about wrong-way drivers on the Austin Injuryboard blog, and Des Moines Personal Injury Lawyer Steve Lombardi has written extensively on his Des Moines blog with a 20 part series on the problem. But Austin has largely avoided the…

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It's Time For School Bus Safety

It is back to school time, with Austin ISD students reporting to class next Monday, August 24th. As the kids go back to school, it’s important for all of us to be mindful of school bus safety. The good news is that school buses are generally safe. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that…

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Patient Tips To Avoid Wrong Site Surgery

Earlier this week, in the post Medical Malpractice, Dead By Mistake, And Wrong-Site Surgery, I promised patient tips for avoiding wrong-site surgeries. I’m carrying out on that promise today. Here are some things that surgical patients can do to avoiid wrong-site surgery: 1. Make sure you know what surgeon is in charge, and communicate with…

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Dangers of Loose or Stray Tires

Earlier this week, Pedro Garcia, a state worker who had stopped on the roadway to pick up trash, was killed when he was hit by two loose tires that had come off of a passing tractor trailer. This may seem like a strange fact pattern for an injury, but it’s not. Earlier this month, a…

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Medical Malpractice, Dead By Mistake, and Wrong Site Surgery

Richard Flagg entered Meadowland Hospital in Secaucus, NJ with a diseased lung. Unfortunately, his surgeons accidentlally removed his healthy lung, leaving behind a tumor in his diseased lung. Mr. Flagg survived for three years, attached to oxygen, until the tumor ruptured and he drowned in his blood. This is one of the stories in the…

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Why Isn't There More Outrage About Medical Malpractice Deaths?

The Hearst family of newspapers and television stations has put together, Dead By Mistake, an unprecedented look at medical malpractice deaths. This was a massive project, and there are several aspects that I want to look at over the next few days, but the focus of today is, “Why Aren’t More People Outraged Over Medical…

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Does The Media Contribute To Car Wreck And Plane Wreck Fatalities?

Apparently so. For trial issues, I occasionally read psychology based books, and I’m currently reading Dr. Robert Cialdini’s Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. I’m probably late to the party on this one, but one thing Dr. Cialdini talks about in the book is the “Werther effect.” The Werther effect is based on the principle of…

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Case Running

I have previously written about my disdain for plaintiff’s lawyers or chiropractors illegally soliciting cases.  Today Eric Turkewitz, author of the famed New York Personal Injury Lawy Blog, had a great post, Ambulance Chasers, Runners, and Other Creeps, that reinforces the idea that personal injury trial lawyers are generally good guys that oppose unethical practices despite the…

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