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Category Archives: Public Safety

The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: How It Works

Posted By Anapol Weiss on this July 5, 2016 at 9:35 am
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) was established in the 1980s as a no-fault alternative to the traditional legal system for resolving vaccine injury petitions. The creation of the VICP was in response to a number of lawsuits against vaccine companies and health care providers, which threatened to reduce U.S. vaccination rates. That reduction, in turn, could have caused...
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Proving an Automotive Defect Caused Your Accident or Injuries

Posted By Anapol Weiss on this June 17, 2016 at 11:11 am
When a collision happens and someone is seriously injured, questions of liability must be answered. Very often, motorists suffer serious injury or death because of the faulty design or performance of a car, truck or van. Consumers who believe a possible flaw in a vehicle either caused a collision, or caused injury, or failed to prevent serious injury, should contact...
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How To Stop Distracted Driving: The Myth of Multi-Tasking

Posted By Anapol Weiss on this June 14, 2016 at 3:48 pm
In a fast-moving world, we all fall prey to the trap of doing too many things at once. Work, family, and other responsibilities pile up, and many of us feel like doing only one thing at a time is not enough. Too often, we turn to multi-tasking out of habit, convenience, or the need to accomplish more tasks than we...
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How a Class Action Lawsuit Made Contact Sports Safer

Posted By Anapol Weiss on this June 13, 2016 at 6:30 pm
Medical research in the 1990s and 2000s examined whether concussions (especially repetitive concussions) could result in cognitive impairment years later. Former football players developed dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease years or even decades before the average age in the general population. Researchers named these losses Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), formerly known as “punch-drunk.” CTE can only be diagnosed after...
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The History of Asbestos Litigation in the US

Posted By Anapol Weiss on this June 10, 2016 at 4:50 pm
Asbestos appears naturally in the environment as bundles of fibers. Once considered a go-to insulation material, asbestos is now widely recognized as a dangerous cause of cancer. The shipbuilding industry is particularly well-known for using asbestos in its boilers, steam pipes, and hot water pipes, but it was also widely used in construction, the automotive industry, and more. Asbestos exposure...
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Do You Really Need Rental Car Insurance?

Posted By Anapol Weiss on this May 26, 2016 at 3:35 pm
The optional loss damage waiver is often expensive when you rent a car, but it limits or eliminates your financial liability for damage to the vehicle you rent. While the decision might have once been more cut and dry, choosing whether to purchase this additional insurance coverage has become “… significantly complicated by the fact that many rental companies are...
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Medical Negligence and Errors Account for 250,000+ Deaths Per Year

Posted By Anapol Weiss on this May 23, 2016 at 3:30 pm
Medical errors in hospitals and other health care facilities claim the lives of 251,000 patients in the United States each year. Tragically, these deaths may be linked to just a few common mistakes made by medical professionals. According to a study conducted by The Doctors Company, three common errors may make up more than two-thirds of all medical malpractice claims against...
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Automated Driving Technology Standards Needed

Posted By Anapol Weiss on this May 19, 2016 at 2:05 pm
With the number of automated driving technologies on the rise, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has sought input regarding the development of guidelines for the safe deployment and operation of these technologies. The request comes at a critical juncture as millions of cars and trucks manufactured with automatic braking controls, obstacle detection and wheel slip assistance are already...
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35 to 40 Million More Defective Airbags to be Recalled

Posted By Anapol Weiss on this May 11, 2016 at 3:30 pm
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is expanding and accelerating the Takata air bag inflator recall. The expansion means that all Takata ammonium nitrate-based propellant frontal air bag inflators without a chemical drying agent will be recalled. Was your vehicle recalled? Ruptures of the Takata inflators have been tied to ten deaths and more than 100 injuries in the...
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Distracted Driving Facts and Statistics

Posted By Anapol Weiss on this May 4, 2016 at 11:30 am
Distracted driving is defined as any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving.  The CDC says distracted driving-related car accidents kill nine people and injure another 1,100 every day.  Some experts believe the number of people injured or killed in car accidents will continue to grow as more and more people turn to their...
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Parents of Teen Drivers: Safety Tips to Avoid an Auto Collision

Posted By Anapol Weiss on this April 26, 2016 at 11:30 am
Teenagers have the highest crash rate of any group in the U.S. In fact, 963,000 drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 were involved in police-reported motor vehicle crashes in 2013, which resulted in 383,000 injuries and 2,865 deaths, according to a report by AAA. Parents can be proactive in protecting their children and encouraging safe driving. Below are...
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Jobs that May Involve Asbestos Exposure

Posted By Anapol Weiss on this April 21, 2016 at 11:30 am
Asbestos exposure has been primarily associated with industrial occupations, namely the mining and milling of raw asbestos and the construction, manufacture and use of asbestos-containing products. Substantial asbestos exposure peaked during the 1960s and 1970s and then declined as regulations were put in place to protect workers. During exposure, tiny asbestos fibers can enter and remain in the lungs for...
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