Blog Posts in 2010

  • Texting and driving still don't mix

    || 21-Dec-2010

    An article in the Insurance Journal indicates that texting bans are not adding to a decline in accidents due to distracted drivers. In fact, a study by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) found an increase in auto crashes (or at least in insurance claims due to car accidents) in four states after texting bans were implemented. The four states were California, Louisiana, Minnesota, and ...
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  • Drunk driver sues employer

    || 17-Dec-2010

    A young woman who became a quadriplegic as a result of a car accident in which she was driving while intoxicated is suing her employer and the restaurant where she drank for $18.7 million. The 26-year-old had been out for drinks and food at La Costita restaurant with her boss and coworkers, and her company, O’Brien Constructors, footed the bill. The group’s outing took place after work ...
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  • We’ve all probably had run-ins with a distracted driver talking on a cell phone or fiddling with a radio or what have you, but a run-in with a distracted police officer driving a police vehicle? That would be rare. Unfortunately for an 80-year-old Portland woman, such a thing was not rare. The Ethiopian immigrant was crossing the street when she was struck by a police car. The officer had ...
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  • Gourmet doesn't always mean safe

    || 30-Nov-2010

    When it comes to tainted food, bacteria does not discriminate. You may think you are purchasing safer food if you go to a gourmet market or one that specializes in organic or specialty foods, but you might be mistaken. In fact, nationwide market Whole Foods recently announced a recall of seven cheddar cheeses made by Bravo Farms of California. Bravo Farms makes raw milk cheese and issued the ...
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  • Nursing homes sent a message

    || 19-Nov-2010

    We’ve blogged before about cases of neglect and worse in nursing homes across the country. Recently a Kentucky family won $42.75 million in a lawsuit against a nursing home. The lawsuit argued that severe neglect by the nursing home caused the death of the family’s 92-year-old father. The patient stayed at the nursing home for just nine days in the spring of 2008. The family believes ...
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  • Recalls and more recalls of children's products

    || 19-Oct-2010

    I honestly do not know whether to laugh or cry when I read about recall after recall of various children’s products. You may wonder what would prompt me to laugh. Well, it’s because some of the hazards prompting these recalls sound so ridiculous and unbelievable that I figure, they must be joking. Sadly, they are not. Evenflo, which makes children’s products such as toys, cribs, ...
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  • Seattle Children's Hospital under investigation

    || 12-Oct-2010

    If you have children who need to visit a hospital, it might be a good idea to steer clear of Seattle Children’s Hospital for now. The Washington State Department of Health has just initiated an investigation of the hospital after a 2-year-old suffered from permanent brain damage following a heart operation. The hospital says a balloon catheter was used during surgery, and an artery burst. ...
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  • Reading and driving don't mix

    || 27-Sep-2010

    I know it might seem I pick on TriMet, but I assure you that I do not go looking for reasons to criticize or ridicule our local transit agency. The sad truth is I don’t have to look for reasons because the reasons are in our faces every day. The latest snafu concerns a TriMet driver who allegedly read his Kindle e-book while driving. Let me add that he was driving on the freeway around some ...
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  • Adult family homes - a solution or a problem?

    || 14-Sep-2010

    We’ve written before about negligence in nursing homes, but compared to adult family homes, private homes set up as residences for up to six people needing care, nursing homes come off as deluxe accommodations. Adult family homes cost less than nursing homes, which is part of their appeal. Unfortunately, an investigation by the Seattle Times discovered that you often get less care at them as ...
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  • Boats and alcohol don't mix

    || 9-Sep-2010

    It’s funny, but people seem to think that it’s mandatory to drink alcohol if you’re on a boat. The truth is, it’s not a good idea, and it’s definitely not a good idea if you are at the helm. Arthur King Hall discovered this the hard way when a boat he was operating crashed into a seawall in Connecticut, resulting in the death of one person and the injuries of two ...
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