In 2012 Fred Taylor died of heart failure which is said to be connected to the injuries he sustained in a prostatectomy four years ago. Taylor’s 2008 da Vinci-assisted surgery was suspected of having inflicted serious injuries on him, as well as damage to his brain and failure of his kidney. Due a jury verdict that acquits Intuitive of any responsibility on the death of Taylor, his lawyer and family intends to appeal the decision.
Meanwhile, in July of 2013, the US food and Drug Administration issued a Class II recall on as many as 30 da Vinci robots, due to a statement from Intuitive Surgical Inc., da Vinci’s manufacturer, that the robot’s instrument control box, Si vision system cart, dual camera controller, and Si surgeon side cart, on all 30 machines may have failed to comply with the required standards. A Class II recall is only issued by the FDA due to the probability that a product could cause a short-term or medically reversible adverse health effects or if the likelihood of severe adverse health effects is remote.
Besides the Class II recall, the FDA also pointed out that Intuitive failed to notify it of the changes made to the robot, which can greatly affect its safety and effectiveness during use. These changes include an addition of a thyroidectomy function and the necessity of the instruments to rub against each other (for cleaning purposes), which could very well result to tears and holes in the intruments’ protective tip covers and surgical injury to patients.
In what is hailed as a historic event, the states of Washington and Colorado have legalized the recreational use of marijuana (Cannabis). The Department of Justice has only been allowed to persecute in eight areas, allowing breathing room to those who wish to grow, sell, manufacture and use marijuana as long as they are 18 years old and above. The decision has been deemed a breakthrough, being welcomed by many marijuana legalization advocates as a big step towards the abolition of the “marijuana prohibition”.
Even the Department of Justice will not pursue any action or suits against the legalization of marijuana. They believe it is a positive step, hoping instead that the state will pass more effective and solid regulatory system for the growth and manufacture of marijuana. Through the legalization at the state level, lawmakers hope it can provide a new stream of revenue. Marijuana will be taxed similar to tobacco and alcohol, and marijuana producers will also be subjected to sales and income tax. The government will also save billions of dollars on the expenses they put on regulating marijuana use.
The legalization has become a test to see how the government can handle the fiscal impact of the legalization on a national level. Although a vast majority of Americans are in favor of the legalization, there are still a strong number who oppose the action, citing a greater possibility of increase in the violence, crime and social disintegration of the nation.
Laborers looking for jobs in the United States can find a railroading job in virtually any state within the continental landmass. The railroad industry in, and surrounding, Chicago employs the largest amount of railway track workers. Labor along the railroad track entails work like inspecting, maintaining, and repairing long expanses of railway track. This type of labor can be tedious and requires quite a bit of physical exertion in extreme weather conditions, especially working reparations. Northern regions often require the most railroad attention since the harsh seasonal changes in the weather takes a harsh toll on the tracks.
Railway crew members work equipment like spikedriving machines and bulldozers. They also work with more traditional tools like picks and shovels. Handling higher technology equipment, like a bulldozer, can be easier physically on workers. However, workers need to be properly trained and monitored when using machines that could potentially harm a co-worker. Despite how careful anyone is, accidents still occur. Sometimes injury is caused by faulty machinery or negligence. Since working as a laborer on a railway is a high-risk physically demanding occupation, many injured railway workers are entitled to worker compensation benefits.
The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) exclusively protects railroaders that suffer from work-related injuries. According to the website of attorney Joe Miller some causes of railroad worker injury are repetitive physical tasks, exposure to toxic chemicals, electrocution accidents, falling tools or freight, and crushing accidents. FELA requires that the injured party prove that the railroad company was legally negligent before granting injured workers compensation.
In addition to bodily injuries, many railroad workers have been exposed to toxic solvents that have the potential to cause brain damage and disease, like encephalopathy. CSX, one of the largest railroad companies in the United States, has paid out nearly $40 million in damages to former employees claiming exposure to toxic solvents.
An Ohio man confessed to vehicular homicide in a 3 ½ minute video posted to YouTube on September third.
Last summer, Matthew Cordle drove home while intoxicated after a night out with friends, resulting in a fatal car accident killing Vincent Canzani, a 61-year-old man from Gahanna.
In the video, Cordle says he is prepared to take full responsibility for what he’s done to Canzani and his family.
Cordle talks about his night of bar-hopping with friends before deciding to drive home, and describes driving headfirst into oncoming traffic. According to the indictment, Cordle’s blood-alcohol concentration was .191, more than double the legal limit at the time of the accident.
At the end of the video, Cordle warns viewers never to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. He talks about how he can’t undo his accident, but the rest of us can prevent one from ever happening. The video fades out with the statement, “make the promise to never drink and drive”, and flashes “#saveyourvictim” to open discourse on Twitter.
He adds that by posting a confession video, he knows he has given prosecutors what they need to put him away “for a very long time.”
In response to the popularity of Cordle’s video, George Bretimayer, his attorney, states that “He [Cordle] wanted the spotlight to be the issues he’s talking about. The issues of drinking and driving. How it can happen to anybody.”
Cordle will be arraigned tomorrow afternoon on his charges of vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He may face up to eight years in prison if convicted.
Dialing a phone number into your phone, texting, and emailing while driving can take a minimum of five seconds of your attention away from the road, according to textinganddrivingsafety.com. In many cases, defendants can be held responsible legally for causing a car or truck accident if they were driving with only one hand or looking at their phone.
Although we know texting and driving is dangerous, for many people, the temptation is simply too great to ignore. Being stuck in traffic during a lengthy commute seems like the perfect time to make some calls or chat with friends over text.
However, there are ways to communicate more safely while driving. There are three types of distraction while driving – cognitive, manual, and visual. Cognitive distraction refers to mentally neglecting to pay attention while driving; for example, when a mother begins to scold bickering children in the backseat. Manual distraction is when hands are removed from the wheel – this happens during eating, texting or checking emails. Visual distraction refers to when drivers look away from the road, and can be caused by something as simple as a beautiful view.
Bluetooth headsets offer a safer alternative for drivers by reducing manual and visual distraction. Instead of drivers holding a phone to their ear while trying to steer, Bluetooth users can now keep both hands on the wheel.
Although these headsets don’t make using a cell phone in the car completely safe (they allow for the cognitive distraction of holding a conversation) they provide the option of avoiding manual distraction. This gives drivers more control over their vehicle in the event of a crash.
Talking using a Bluetooth device can be compared to chatting with a passenger while driving; it’s not encouraged, but hardly considered as serious as texting and driving.
According to the Lufkin news, Drake Floyd, a 19 year old man, died in a tragic forklift accident at McCoy’s Building Supply Center on the job at McCoy’s Bilding Supply Center. Unfortunately, accidents such as these are commonplace among jobs requiring the use of heavy machinery.
Some employers are taking the initiative to prevent such accidents in the future. Many companies are currently striving to increase their workers’ safety on the job through heightened training programs, gathering data about how to increase safety, and improving the workplace environment.
According to the director of the North Dakota Safety Council, Chuck Clairmont, hand injuries from operating machinery and vehicles – not industrial explosions or other catastrophic incidents – are the most common workplace injury.
Experts suggest that more training and further education for employees working with large or dangerous equipment may be the best way to reduce accidents, especially in the notoriously dangerous oil and gas industry.
However, for truckers, a surprising study shows that caffeine rather than education may be the solution to avoiding truck accidents.
According to a New York Times article, an Australian study on truckers shows that caffeine may be the best way to avoid truck accidents and other faults. The drivers who consumed more caffeine were significantlly less likely to be involved in an accident than those who didn’t drink any caffeinated beverages. In fact, after adjusting for confounding factors, the study showed that they were 63 percent less likely to crash.
Of course, truckers and other workers operating heavy equipment should seek to get an adequate amount of rest. However, rested or unrested, caffeine may just be the boost workers need to stay alert on the job.
When we think of brain injury, many of us envision a horrible car or motorcycle accident, a child with cerebral palsy caused during birth, or head damage caused by violence. Unfortunately, though, brain trauma may be caused by simple day-to-day occurances. Many head injuries are caused simply by hitting one’s head on something, as many of us do on a regular basis.
The ways to tell if you just hit your head, or if you may be suffering from brain damage can be tricky. Those in doubt should look for these symptoms:
- Blurry vision. If the person in question is experiencing a noticable difference in their sight, this may indicate serious brain trauma.
- Dizziness. If the patient experiences vertigo, a spinning sensation, or other disorientation, they should seek medical assistance.
- Nausea or vomiting. Any abmornal sign of nausea or vomiting immediately following a bad fall should be considered a red flag.
- Headache. If the victim doesn’t normally experience headaches, and feels a migrane coming on after a hit to the head, they should check with their doctor.
- Unconsciousness. This may seem obvious, but it is not normal for a head injury to knock someone out.
- Confusion/lack of memory. This may indicate a concussion, and should be reported to a medical professional as soon as possible after the incident.
- Drowsiness. A strong sense of being “slowed down” or sluggish could be a warning sign for serious injury
All of these are important signs to look for when trying to figure out if a head injury is serious or not. The bottom line, however, is when in doubt, seek medical attention.
Last year, caretakers at Oklahoma City’s Quail Creek Nursing and Rehab Center were caught on tape slapping 96 year old Eryetha Mayberry when family members planted cameras in the room, suspecting abuse. The company was faulted for neglecting to perform a background check on their attendants before hiring.
Although Mayberry has passed away, the struggle to obtain proper respect and care in nursing homes acros the US continues. In response to the incident and others like it, Oklahoma legislature is currently attempting to pass “tort reform”, which would lower the fiscal amount victims of nursing home abuse and their families would receive. This focus on protecting the profits of abusive companies rather than their victims has caused outrage among Oklahoma residents.
Unfortunately, physical violence is only one facet of nursing home abuse; medical malpractice, and even sexual abuse sometimes occur in nursing centers.
The Sampson Law Firm in Louisville, Kentucky states on their website that although nurses and other medical professionals are often well-meaning, they may make damaging mistakes such as delayed treatment and misdiagnosis.
Sadly, sexual abuse has also occurred in nursing homes. Last month in Ellisville, Missouri, 44-year-old Walter Javier Martinez was charged with felony sexual abuse. He allegedly fondled two residents at Odyssey Hospice while on the job, and was released from jail after posting a 50 thousand dollar bond.
Morris James LLP,according to their website that a third of nursing homes in the country have had incidents of abuse.
If you or a loved one has experienced any type of abuse at a nursing home, you may seek legal representation.