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January 2011 Archives

Medical malpractice concerns grow as physicians age

People trust that their doctors and surgeons are competent and believe there is some sort of system for protecting patients from incompetent physicians. Doctors are subject to rigorous licensing requirements. However, there is not a system in place to proactively protect patients from physicians whose skills have eroded. The present system of medical discipline does not go into action until after a medical mistake has already been made.

Diocese offers settlement to 150 sexual abuse victims

In our post on December 2, we discussed the sexual abuse case against a parish and defrocked priest Francis DeLuca for sexual abuse that transpired in the Wilmington, Delaware, Diocese. That case involved a $30 million verdict against the priest and the parish. However, the case did not involve the Wilmington Diocese because it filed for bankruptcy in 2009 when it was facing a large amount of sexual abuse lawsuits dating as far back as the 1950s.

3 Airlifted to Hospital after School Bus and Snowplow Collide in Savannah, NY

A school bus full of elementary school students collided with a snowplow on Route 31 in the Town of Savanna, 30 miles west of Syracuse. Authorities report that a Clyde-Savanna School District bus collided with the plow around 7:50 a.m. on Thursday. Several people were injured, including two students and the bus driver who were taken by helicopter to hospitals. It was reported that 22 students were on the bus. Eight ambulances and two helicopters were called to the scene according to emergency dispatchers.

Troy Drowning Report Released

In July 2009, an 11-year-old girl and her family were enjoying a day at the Knickerbacker Park Pool in Troy. The girl left the shallow end of the pool and entered the deep end. The lifeguards on duty did not immediately see her when she fell to the bottom of the pool and drowned.

Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators May Cause Complications

Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, or ICDs, are small battery-powered devices that are designed to prevent sudden cardiac deaths from dangerous heart arrhythmias, including ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. ICDs are designed to detect a heart arrhythmia and correct it by shocking the heart with electricity. In many patients, these devices can save lives. However, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last week, many surgeons may be using ICDs unnecessarily and putting patients at risk.

Aggressive Driving to Blame for Accidents on Route 7

Aggressive driving is often synonymous with irresponsible and reckless driving and it leads to serious car accidents all too often. Aggressive drivers are being blamed as the source of several recent accidents at the Alternate Route 7 ramp to I-787.

BREAKING - Dreyer Boyajian LLP Files Federal Suit Against GE

SARATOGA COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY FILES FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY TO RECOVER $27 MILLION DOLLARS IN COSTS NECESSARY TO AVOID PCB POLLUTION OF HUDSON RIVER WATER SUPPLY

Health Effects of Cement Plant Emissions to be Revealed Thursday

This Thursday, scientists from Harvard University' School of Public Health will reveal the results from its study on the health effects of the Lafarge cement plant. In May, Harvard researchers collected blood and hair samples from 185 people at Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary School in Ravena. They have since tested the samples for the presence of several toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium, aluminum, selenium and mercury.

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