One of the most common fears among the elderly is an injury from a fall. Seemingly countless people 65 and older have broken their hip or injured themselves in some way from a fall, but it is actually not the fall that is the problem. The bigger problem is the complications from the falls. According to a recent article in the New York Times, it is complications from falls that are the biggest cause of fatal injuries among the elderly. It is estimated that there is a death every 19 minutes directly tied to complications from a fall.
It is commonplace to read stories about passengers who fall off cruise ships. According to experts, of the nearly 27 million people who board a cruise ship each year, an average of 1.5 people fall off or jump each month. It is a relatively small number of disappearances considering the overall total, but some wonder if the cruise ship industry could do better.
Taylor Haugens was a 15-year-old wide receiver going across the middle of the field in 2008 when he was sandwiched between two defenders. The hits, one from the front and one from behind, ruptured his liver. Despite being immediately rushed to the hospital where emergency surgery was conducted, Haugens died a few hours after the hits. According to Haugens' parents, the surgeons told them their son's internal organs looked like he had been in a car crash.
MGM Resorts has announced that it now is looking at possible negotiations to settle with the victims of the Harvest Festival shooting in 2017. This is a change in direction from a deeply unpopular approach where the company preemptively sued victims in order to minimize the amount of compensation paid to victims and their families. All told, there were 58 fatalities, an estimated 500 shot or injured in the melee and thousands more with broken bones, bumps and bruises. Regardless of the injury, many were traumatized by the experience.
There have been a number injuries and deaths involving the land-water duck boats often used to cart tourists through theme parks and other attractions. One notable example is the tragic July 19 capsize and sinking on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri that left 17 dead and 7 others injured. Now owners Ripley Entertainment Inc. of Orlando, FL and Branson Duck Vehicles of Branson respond to multiple lawsuits by invoking 1851 federal law that they claim prevents them from owing any compensation because the boat carried no freight and was a total loss.
The death of 20 in a crash that reputably was avoidable makes it all the more tragic. According to multiple sources, the limousine involved in the crash in upstate New York had failed a state inspection and was not supposed to be on the road. The company had five inspections in recent years and had three of its vehicles cited and pulled from service. The 53-year-old driver also did not have proper licensing to operate the 2001 Ford Excursion limousine. The group of 18 in the limo included many friends and family, counting four sisters and two brothers. The group was on a wine-tasting and brewery tour as part of a birthday celebration.
The massacre in Las Vegas was one year ago this week. The worst shooting in U.S. history, a gunman opened fire on 20,000 fans attending a concert on the grounds of the Mandalay Bay resort, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more who were trying to escape. Victims and their families are still trying to pick up the pieces, but these injuries sustained in a split second will take a lifetime to heal. The lives of the families of the deceased will never be the same.
The NFL has seen a major lawsuit involve the degenerative brain condition called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) brought on by repetitive blows to the head that are part of the sport. In 2012, over 4,500 players, families and representatives filed a concussion lawsuit that could end up paying as much as $1 billion to players and their families.
The tragedy of October 1 killings and injuries during a concert at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The final toll was 58 people killed and more than 500 injured by shooter Stephen Paddock, who had barricaded himself in his 32nd floor room with high-powered rifles and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
A breach in security allowed a 75-year-old resident of the senior center on the San Francisco General Hospital's campus to disappear. She was found in the stairwell of a nearby power plant 10 days after being reported missing. The woman signed herself out at 9 a.m. on May 19 - she was technically a resident of the residential care center for the elderly at the Behavioral Health Center instead of a patient. This, officials explain, meant she could sign herself in and out.