Causes of California tanker crash still unknown

Traffic was shut down for a period of time near Long Beach, California over the weekend when a tanker holding about 8,000 gallons of crude oil crashed and exploded. The driver was injured and reported to be in critical conditions from his burns. The crash impacted many different people, including three workers from a nearby rail yard who intervened to help free the driver of the truck. There was also another vehicle involved in the crash although police did not release specific information on that issue, except to say that one other person aside from the truck driver was hospitalized with non-critical injuries. […]

By | 2018-05-28T08:01:32+00:00 October 30th, 2013|Truck Accidents|0 Comments

Sitcom star still recovering from car crash injury

One of the stars of the popular sitcom Big Bang Theory told reporters this week that her hand injury from a 2012 car accident still affects her every day. Mayim Bialik said that she sustained significant injuries during the car crash but is grateful that they were not worse. She says that she is not yet pain-free and that she will continue to recover. The incident is in the news again this week since the actress filed a lawsuit against the other driver involved in the car accident and a rental car company that owned one of the vehicles involved. […]

By | 2018-05-28T08:02:20+00:00 October 21st, 2013|Car Accidents|0 Comments

Diet pill pulled from shelves after it was linked to liver damage

Sometimes consumers make the mistake of believing that because something does not require a prescription it will not be potent enough to cause serious health issues. However, in the case of diet supplements that tout their ability to help buyers lose weight, the ingredients can be very potent and very harmful even if it is sold on the shelf in the grocery store. This may be the case for a diet supplement know as OxyELITE, which was just pulled from store shelves after being linked to 29 recent cases of liver failure and acute hepatitis. The removal was voluntary on the part of the manufacturer but [...]

By | 2018-05-28T08:02:48+00:00 October 18th, 2013|Medical Malpractice|0 Comments

Has the government shutdown impacted vehicle safety?

There has been a lot of discussion in the news the past two weeks about which government agencies and services have and have not been shut down a result of the budget and debt ceiling impasse. And, even as the shutdown may be nearing an end with leaders in the Senate saying that they have reach a compromise, there are many who remain concerned that the consequences of the government shutdown could last beyond the time when all of the offices re-open their doors since it will take time to catch up from missed work. One area where this is particularly concerning is the area of [...]

By | 2018-05-28T08:03:15+00:00 October 16th, 2013|Car Accidents|0 Comments

Studies look for ways to prevent doctor burnout

Burnout is a problem in any demanding job and can cause even the most well-trained professional to make mistakes or overlook an important detail. In the medical profession burnout can mean more medication errors, a possible missed diagnosis, or other mistakes that can lead to serious patient injuries. Unfortunately, burnout is so prevelant in the medical profession that doctors have a higher risk for substance abuse, lying, cheating, and in some cases are at an increased risk for suicide. Over time burnout can lead to a loss of empathy for their co-workers and patients and is linked to increased errors on the job. […]

By | 2018-05-28T08:03:40+00:00 October 8th, 2013|Medical Malpractice|0 Comments

What Government Statistics Aren’t Telling You About Serious and Fatal Bus Accidents

Jim Vititoe and Vititoe Law Group are passionate about making bus travel safer through common sense safety regulations and laws. This is the first blog in a series of blogs regarding bus accidents and bus safety. People use buses every day for a variety of transportation reasons. The size of the bus (small, medium, or large) or the type of the bus (coach, tour, or school) often depends on the purpose of travel. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, from 1975-2010, there were 1471 passenger fatalities on buses. That is an average of 42 per year. But further investigation shows that the number is higher. [...]

By | 2013-10-07T12:00:37+00:00 October 7th, 2013|Bus Accidents|0 Comments

Fatalities from hospital mistakes may be underestimated: Part One

It may seem like an old trope at this point to say that the most dangerous place for a sick person is a hospital. This has been said many times before when reports show the high rates of contagious illnesses in hospitals as well as the harm patients are exposed to as a result of simple mistakes that can occur in the hectic setting. However, a new study shows that the rate of deaths associated with a medical mistake are double the previous estimates. A study by a government agency conducted in 2010 found that 180,000 patients in the Medicare system died as a result of [...]

By | 2018-05-28T08:04:33+00:00 October 4th, 2013|Medical Malpractice|0 Comments

Professional & Amateur Athletes – Injury Accidents

Jim Vititoe, President of the Vititoe Law Group, is greatly concerned about the safety of amateur and professional athletes. In the past few years, it seems like a daily occurrence that you hear about an athlete sustaining a serious head injury. In addition, we hear about former players’ difficulties with previously sustained life altering injuries after years of employment of playing professional sports. Headlining recent news is the litigation for retired NFL players that played professional football. Vititoe Law Group represents over 100 of the retired players involved in the settlement. The NFL recently agreed to pay over three quarters of a billion dollars towards retired [...]

By | 2013-10-04T08:09:17+00:00 October 4th, 2013|Sports Injuries|0 Comments

Fatalities from hospital mistakes may be underestimated: Part Two

In our last post we discussed the fact that many more people die each year as a result of hospital mistakes than previously estimated. In fact, the number may be double what experts previously believed, making hospital mistakes one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Mistakes can come in many shapes and sizes and can cause all manner of illness or injury. Experts call them “adverse events” which are characterized by something that happens in a hospital that causes a preventable harm to a patient. By reviewing medical records that contain these events, researchers found 210,000 patient deaths resulted from these adverse [...]

By | 2018-05-28T08:05:32+00:00 October 3rd, 2013|Medical Malpractice|0 Comments

Stericycle: Utah Environmental Investigation

Vititoe Law Group is part of the investigative team working to gather information on Stericycle in North Salt Lake City, UT. Vititoe Law Group has met and spoken with several concerned residents who live in the Foxboro community adjacent to Stericycle. They wonder if their property values and health have been harmed. After seeking help in their fight, community activists invited Brockovich and her team to a community meeting on September 28, 2013, at Foxboro Elementary School. Robert Bowcock, chief environmental investigator for Erin Brockovich, stated “It would be dangerous to live in this community if they had complied with their permit. But you’re living in [...]

By | 2013-10-02T14:19:25+00:00 October 2nd, 2013|Firm News|0 Comments

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