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Son honors father's work to reduce risk of medical malpractice

Some parents hope that their children will carry on their work after they are gone. One son is attempting to honor his physician father's work in improving the lives of patients and reducing the risk of medical malpractice through diligence. Arizona residents may not be aware of the numbers of patient deaths that are attributed to these avoidable mistakes.

This man, a 33-year-old filmmaker, was a teenager when his father died from cancer. He recently completed a film that highlights the dangers posed to patients from possibly fatal errors in health care. His father was one of early directing members of what is now referred to as the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The son's documentary takes its name from a report issued in 1999 that stated that an estimated 98,000 people die from medical errors annually.

Arizona auto accidents: Elderly woman in wheelchair killed

Those who have limited mobility often do not let those disabilities prevent them from trying to live as normally as possible. Due to advances in design and technology, even those in wheelchairs can still navigate around Arizona towns and cities. Sadly, this also makes them more susceptible to tragedies such as auto accidents. Recently, a 78-year-old woman confined to a wheelchair lost her life in a car accident in Tempe.

The fatal collision was between the wheelchair-bound woman and an automobile. Reportedly, she was attempting to navigate her chair across an intersection in what is referred to as an unmarked crosswalk, meaning that the location was where a traditional crosswalk would be. As she was in the intersection, a vehicle approaching the crossroads struck the woman. The victim was transported to a local medical center where she later died. 

Former NFL Player, Desmond Marrow, alleges police brutality

In the past few years, there have been numerous reports regarding violent confrontations between law enforcement officials and African-American males who were alleged to have resisted arrest. Many of these incidents have been captured on video cameras and have shown officers engaging in questionable behavior and, in some instances, outright police brutality. When public officials overstep the lines of authority, Arizona victims may be unsure how to seek justice for the damages they have suffered.

Last December, there was an alleged road rage incident that involved former NFL player Desmond Marrow and two unidentified men. There are conflicting accounts over what transpired that afternoon. Marrow stated that two men in a vehicle drove past him and threw a beverage at his vehicle. He then claims to have followed them in order to record their license plate. Other witnesses and the men involved claim that Marrow was visibly agitated and threatened the two men.

What are the common causes of trucking accidents?

Do you often find yourself sharing the road with large commercial vehicles, such as trucks? Do you ever worry about being part of an accident with one of these vehicles? Do you know the steps you can take to avoid trouble?

The more knowledge you collect the more confident you will be in your ability to prevent a crash.

Woman intends to file medical malpractice suit re spinal damage

Many Arizona mothers request epidurals during child birth to limit their pain. Unfortunately, mistakes in administering this form of anesthesia could constitute medical negligence. Recently, a woman in another state indicated that she intends to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the medical center where she gave birth in 2003.

Reportedly, she was admitted to a naval hospital in 2003 to give birth to her sixth child. Doctors delivered her infant via cesarean section, which required the administration of epidural anesthesia into her spine. The woman claims the operation and recovery proceeded without any signs of complications. However, several months after the birth, the mother began to suffer excruciating back pain that traveled down her left leg and into her foot.

New law allows for felony charges in certain auto accidents

Most motorists traveling in Arizona are aware of the dangers of distracted or impaired driving. Unfortunately, this knowledge does not always result in every driver exercising due diligence every time he or she gets behind the wheel. Recently, Governor Ducey signed a law that may reduce some types of auto accidents.

According to statistics for last year, there were an estimated 1,700 crashes that were caused by motorists driving the wrong-way on Arizona roads. Of these types of wrecks, the majority of them were attributed to impaired drivers. The most recent updates to the motor vehicle laws will now increase the penalties that drivers can face if they cause these types of crashes. 

A program could reduce the need for auto product liability claims

An automobile is one of the most expensive purchases that many Arizona residents will make. For that reason, owners spend hours researching the safety and reliability of the models they are most interested in purchasing. Unfortunately, an unforeseen mechanical failure could lead to serious injuries and property damages that may require filing an auto product liability claim in an effort to recoup one's losses.

One state recently unveiled a pilot program that it hopes will ensure that more owners become aware of manufacturer recalls. With the assistance of a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Maryland will be the first state to notify owners of open recalls through its registration renewal notices. Because the state records all vehicle identification numbers when vehicles are registered with the MVA, the agency will automatically check for any recalls that are associated with that VIN.

Arizona auto accidents leave families changed forever

Without warning, lives can change forever, often due to circumstances beyond one's control. Countless families who have been devastated when unexpected tragedies such as auto accidents occur in spite of the precautions taken. One recent collision in Arizona has left surviving family members grieving the loss of three loved ones.

Arizona officials recently arrested a driver who was involved in a head-on collision on Interstate 10. According to the report, the man was traveling against opposing traffic when he entered the highway. After only traveling approximately 500 feet, his car smashed into another vehicle.

Calls for resignations after possible police brutality death

Admittedly, when one is found guilty of a crime and sentenced to serve time in jail, he or she understands that the accommodations may be much less comfortable than before. However, everyone deserves humane treatment and access to health care -- be it for physical or mental health ailments. If an Arizona inmate is denied proper care and he or she later suffers greater harm, this ill treatment or denial of care may qualify as a form of police brutality.

Recently, there have been calls for a sheriff and a district attorney to resign, following the death of an inmate. The man who died was reportedly suffering from an undisclosed mental illness. He had purportedly been engaging in self-harming behaviors and, as a result, it was recommended by the health care staff that he not be a candidate for their restraint protocols. Unfortunately, he was fastened unclothed to a restraint chair for an estimated 46 hours.

Fatigue means more than just lack of sleep for truckers

Businesses and consumers count on semitrucks to bring in deliveries of merchandise. For the most part, the truckers who drive these big rigs do a good job and take appropriate safety measures. Many trucking companies have programs in place to reward truckers who don't have any accidents or critical safety violations.

Most truckers will do what they can to rack up as many miles of safe driving as possible. Not only does this help them to remain reliable and keep on trucking, it also helps to keep others on the road safe. Still, these professional drives have some very real challenges to face when it comes to staying safe.

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