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Dermatologist dancing during surgeries faces medical malpractice

Those who seek specialized medical treatment do so to improve the quality of their lives. The vast majority of physicians who are entrusted to provide that care take pride in conducting themselves in a professional and compassionate manner in order to ensure that their patients receive the quality of care they are expecting. However, there are occasions when patients suffer greater harm from providers who fail to exercise the proper standard of care. Arizona patients who have suffered physical, emotional and financial harm due to negligence are entitled to pursue relief through a medical malpractice suit.

Recently, a doctor, who was purportedly licensed as a dermatologist, was carrying out a variety of cosmetic procedures on patients. Often during these procedures, the doctor would video herself singing and dancing during surgery while her patients remained under anesthesia. She would later post these videos on social media sites. After an estimated 20 videos and numerous patient complaints regarding adverse outcomes, the state licensing board has suspended her medical license.

Man wants changes to Arizona policies after police brutality

Over the past several years, there has been increased reports of police engaging in abuse of power and overreach in their authority. There have been several reports of police brutality that have resulted in victims suffering serious injuries and even dying from these incidents. Recently, another report concerning this issue resulted in five Arizona police officers being placed on suspension.

The latest incident occurred last month when police were purportedly responding to a domestic violence incident. According to the account, a man who was a friend of a male suspect was also being detained by officers. When they attempted to order the 33-year-old man to sit on the ground, he refused to do so, though he did not physically take any aggressive action toward the officers. Video footage appears to show the officers striking the man, who was not armed, repeatedly about the head.

Phoenix police searching for drivers in pedestrian auto accidents

According to a study conducted by the Governor's Highway Safety Association, Arizona has the worst safety record regarding fatalities for pedestrians based on population figures. Recently, police were called to the scenes of two more serious incidents in connection with these types of auto accidents. The most recent one sent two victims to area hospitals.

According to police, a couple was attempting to cross in the middle of a block when a car struck the pair. The force of the collision sent the female victim into the adjacent lanes where she was struck by a second car. The male victim suffered serious injuries and was in critical condition. The woman is expected to recover from her undisclosed injuries.

Car owners warned of potentially dangerous auto product liability

One of the most expensive purchases Arizona consumers make is buying an automobile. Indeed, the typical owner will repeat the process at least a few times during his or her lifetime, making this decision one of the more important ones in regards to safety and reliability. Recently, Fiat Chrysler Automotive issued a recall concerning a potentially dangerous auto product liability issue.

According to the recall, an issue with several models' cruise control could lead to a dangerous acceleration problem. The potential problem first came to light when engineers were conducting a test of the torque-control systems. After investigating the findings, a complaint was found from a customer who encountered the problem in a rental car.

The top steps to take after a car accident

No matter how hard you try to remain safe on the road, another driver could make a mistake that results in an accident.

If you don't know what to do after a car accident you may find yourself making mistakes that put you in an even more difficult spot (and that's not something you need at this time).

Passengers in cabs at risk from potential auto product liability?

When Arizona residents summon a taxi or set up a ride through an online app, they likely are focused on arriving at their destination on time. The idea that taking such transportation could result in a serious injury probably never enters into a customer's decision-making. Unfortunately, it has come to light that countless customers face dangers posed by a possible defect that could make an auto product liability claim necessary.

According to a recent investigation that focused mainly on taxis -- as well as Uber and Lyft vehicles -- in one state, there are hundreds of cabs in service that have unresolved recalls. Several of the open recalls are to correct defects that could cause problems such as electrical fires or sudden airbag deployment. When investigators researched the cabs, they discovered that the vehicles are purportedly subjected to an inspection that covers 34 key points. An inspector with the city's transportation department claimed that they do not have access to recall information.

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.

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