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January 2019 Archives

Drowsy driving is a major safety issue

Drowsy driving has been a road safety issue since the earliest days of motor vehicles. However, a recent survey conducted by the American Automobile Association (AAA) as well as other data gathered frame the issue as one that deserves growing concern. According to the AAA, one third of all drivers surveyed admitted that they had driven at least once in the last month when they were having trouble staying awake. This piggybacks on another study that says that 27 percent of Americans claim that they have trouble sleeping.

Insurance adjusters can now be named in lawsuits

Shockwaves went through the insurance industry when a Washington Court of Appeals determined in 2018 that insurance adjusters as well as the carrier could be named in bad faith suits. Known as the Koedalah Decision, this case went through the courts and could have national implications.

Common malpractice issues involving plastic surgery

Cosmetic surgery can involve a wide range of procedures that restore or reshape a patient's face or body. More than simply performing medically enhanced beautification, doctors and staff can reconstruct parts of the body after medically necessary surgeries or devastating injuries and enable patients to feel more confident and comfortable. Unfortunately, the results do not always measure up to what was expected or promised.

WATCH releases list of dangerous toys

The holidays are over and it is now time to take stock of the gifts given to the kids. Mom and dad may be careful to pick toys that are fun, safe and age appropriate, but Aunt Kathy who has grown kids or confirmed bachelor Uncle John may not even consider issues of safety. These toys may get lost in the frenzy of Christmas morning, but it is not too late for parents to double check new additions to the toy box.

Fatal trucker crashes reach record highs

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released a report that announced that 840 truckers died in 2017. This is a record high that was up from 786 in 2016 and an overall 25 percent increase in the number of fatalities since 2011. This breaks down to an average of 26.8 deaths per 10,000 truckers, which is marked higher than the national average of 3.5 per 10,000 workers across all professions.

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