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January 2014 Archives

Fatal crash data reveals risk for drivers under legal limit

A lot of us are led to believe that if something is legal, then it is likely also safe. We trust laws and regulations to protect us from various hazards such as dangerous drugs and other products, and the dangerous behavior of other people. One example of this is in the laws regulating drunk driving. We all know that drunk driving is dangerous and poses a risk to the public, which is why drunk driving is a crime. However, what most people do not realize is that simply because one is under the legal limit for blood alcohol content, that does not mean that they pose no risk to the public.

Drunk driver may have sped prior to crash, passenger dies

An unfortunate wreck in the Los Angeles area claimed the life of a 21-year-old man and left another man with serious injuries. The crash involved just one vehicle, as it plowed into a tree in Anaheim. The police have launched an investigation into the car accident and though few details are being released, the police do have a few suspicions about what caused the wreck.

Regulators tackle issue of bus safety

In a recent post we discussed the issue of unsafe coach bus companies operating in California. A recent crash that injured many passengers injured involved a bus company that had been previously cited for safety violations but that was still operating in the state of California. The facts surrounding this crash echoed those in another California bus crash when 11 passengers were injured and eight people were killed by a bus with faulty breaks that had possibly been overlooked by state safety inspectors.

Vititoe Law Group and Erin Brockovich Investigating West Virginia Water Crisis

As residents and businesses are slowly being permitted to turn on their water, concerns are still present about the safety of their water. In many instances tap water is discolored and still odorous. The Health Department has ordered businesses to replace any water filters that are used for their business.

Update: California teen moved to nearby care facility

In a recent post, we wrote about the controversial case of a young girl from California who suffered severe brain damage during a routine tonsillectomy. The girl was declared brain dead by doctors shortly after the complications from the surgery manifest themselves. After that, the family began a long fight over whether the girl is legally dead or whether she could be transferred to another medical facility to receive treatment to save her life. An agreement was made late last week and the girl was moved to a nearby nursing home.

California family fights hospital after botched surgery

The parents of a teenage girl who has been declared brain dead continue to fight with a California hospital to keep the girl on ventilators. The teenager was declared brain dead after a routine tonsillectomy gave way to cardiac arrest. It is not clear what went wrong during or after the surgery or why she experienced complications, but the end result is that she has experienced what the hospital is calling “whole brain death” in which all functions of the brain and brain stem have ceased. The girl’s family believes that she can still recover and are attempting to have her transferred to another facility.

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