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Medical Errors Are Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States according to a recent study. After cancer and heart disease, medical errors kill Americans more than anything else.  There are at least 251,454 deaths due to medical mistakes annually in the United States.  Deaths at home or at nursing homes were not counted in the study, thus, the actual number of deaths caused by medical errors is much higher.  The study was performed by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.  The report was published in the British Medical Journal.

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Baby Powder and Ovarian Cancer

A St. Louis jury recently ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay 72 million dollars to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer.  The woman had used Johnson’s Baby Powder for years.  The jury concluded that the talcum powder was a substantial factor in causing the ovarian cancer.  The jury concluded that Johnson & Johnson was liable for negligence, conspiracy and failure to warn women of the potential risk of using baby powder in the genital area.  baby.powder

 

More than 20 epidemiological studies have found that the long term perineal talc use increases the risk of ovarian cancer by about 33 percent.  Ovarian cancer is among the most deadly cancers.  More than 1,000 women and their families are suing J&J claiming that the company has known of the association with ovarian cancer for years and yet has failed to warn their customers.

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Connecticut’s Drunk Driving Problem

 

 

 

Connecticut continues to be plagued with a drunk driving problem.  Connecticut ranks among the highest in the country in traffic deaths caused by drunk driving.  39 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2014 were caused by impaired driving in our State.  The U.S. average is 31 percent.  It is unclear as to why Connecticut ranks among the highest in alcohol-related traffic fatalities.  Connecticut has been proactive in discouraging folks from driving while under the influence – DUI checkpoints, enhanced criminal and civil penalties, and media campaigns.  Yet, despite these efforts, drunk driving on our Connecticut roads continues to happen at an alarming rate.  At the end of the day, the responsibility rests with the individual to put away the car keys and take a taxi or Uber home.

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Not Shoveling the Sidewalk Can Cause Serious Accidents

Not shoveling snow from  your sidewalk can lead to tragic accidents.  Recently, a Connecticut teenager walking to school was forced to leave the sidewalk and walk on the side of the street because the sidewalk was not cleared of snow.  As she walked onto the street, she was hit by a car resulting in a fractured hip.  With the brutal cold, strong winds, and large snowfalls, this Connecticut winter is proving to be one of the toughest winters of recent memory.  It has also been tough on homeowners who have to keep their sidewalks clear of snow and ice.  But, it is a responsibility that has to be kept.  The consequences of not shoveling the sidewalk can be serious.  Many Connecticut towns and cities require the removal of snow from sidewalks within 24 hours of the snowfall.

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Pedestrian Injured By Car With No Insurance – What to Do

If a pedestrian has been injured in a Connecticut car accident and the car had no insurance, the pedestrian still has legal recourse to receive compensation for his injuries.  Specifically, the injured pedestrian has claim for uninsured motorist benefits coverage under his own car insurance policy.  Every Connecticut resident who purchases car insurance has uninsured motor benefits coverage.  This coverage provides insurance in cases where the insured is injured by someone without car insurance.

When an uninsured motorist benefits claim is made, your insurance company then steps into the shoes of the tortfeasor – the driver that was at fault for the collision.  In other words, your own insurance company takes an adversary position and will attempt to either defeat your claim entirely or minimize the monetary recovery.   Consequently, it is in your best interest to retain an attorney and have the attorney pursue the underinsured motorist benefit claim on your behalf.

If you have an uninsured motorist benefits claims, our personal injury lawyers are here to help. Call us at 860-667-0839

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