Blog Posts in May, 2010

  • TriMet Tales, Continued

    || 28-May-2010

    TriMet continues its overview of safety procedures in the wake of the tragic bus accident that killed two and injured three others. So far the bus driver has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing, and TriMet has implemented some changes to several bus routes. The agency has stated its belief that one of the primary factors in the April crash was the fact that the bus driver had made an illegal left ...
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  • One Way to Improve Surgical Outcomes

    || 17-May-2010

    The other day I read in the Seattle PI about a new system some local hospitals have been using in order to cut back on the number of hospital infections. It includes a lot of checks and balances and colleagues checking on one another. Sounds like a good idea, right? Well today I saw this article about how some VA hospitals are going to limit the types of surgeries that can be performed to ...
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  • The Dangers of Left Turns by Buses

    || 13-May-2010

    TriMet has been under increasing scrutiny after the recent left-turn bus accident that left two dead and three injured. The agency was initially hesitant to change bus routes to eliminate or decrease left turns but has since changed its tune and implemented changes to three of its downtown routes. There is plenty of evidence that left turns by buses are more dangerous than other turns. In fact, a ...
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  • Children's Medications - Safe Or Not?

    || 6-May-2010

    When parents administer over-the-counter pediatric medicines to their children, they most likely trust that these medicines are safe and have been produced in a tightly controlled environment with the best equipment. It is not an unreasonable assumption. After all, medicine is supposed to help rather than hurt. Sadly, an article in the Washington Post reveals that the plant that is responsible for ...
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  • Tri-Met Settles Case - Pedestrian Run Over in Crosswalk

    || 4-May-2010

    We settled our case with Tri-Met from a 1/25/08 incident. In the incident, our client, Pat, was run over by a Tri-Met bus, in a crosswalk, with the light, while the Tri-Met bus was making a left turn. The Tri-Met driver, still employed by Tri-Met last we were told, saw Pat on the sidewalk with her dog waiting for the light to cross in the crosswalk. The Tri-Met driver assumed Pat had already gone ...
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  • Cell Phone-Chatting Cop + Poor Judgment = Bad News

    || 4-May-2010

    A wrongful death suit was filed against the State of Illinois in the Court of Claims that seeks damages of $46 million for the death of two sisters. The Uhl sisters, one 18 and one 13, were driving in a car when it was hit by an Illinois State Trooper who was traveling more than 100 miles per hour. In addition, the trooper was talking on his cell phone AND using the patrol car’s computer to ...
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