Month: February 2010

The Sorry (and Frightening) State of Long-Term Care Facilities

A heartbreaking article in the New York Times (“Long-Term Care Hospitals Face Little Scrutiny”) reveals a disturbing level of patient neglect…sometimes to the point of leaving the helpless elderly to die in pain and alone. It highlights once again what we have seen ourselves: that for-profit long-term care hospitals provide significantly inferior care to traditional, …

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More Cars Added to Toyota's Recall…When Will the Nightmare End?

Here we go again. On February 8, Toyota announced a voluntary recall of about 158,000 more cars in the United States, confined to three models:  2010 Toyota Prius,  2010 Lexus HS 250h, and 2010 Toyota Camry. Hybrid ABS The two hybrid models (Prius and  Lexus) are being recalled to update software in the anti-lock brake …

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What is Mediation?

Every year a high percentage of Worker’s Compensation Claims are mediated.  Mediation is essentially an informal settlement conference.  All parties gather in one location and discuss the strength’s and weakness of their respective cases.  This happens in front of a mediator and is called the general session.  After this general session, the parties break up …

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Toyota: From Kudos to Recalls in a Few Short Months

Think back…way back to 2009, back in the days when “Toyota” meant quality, reliability, value, and innovation. Those were the days, huh? Here’s the timeline, as we know it today (click dates for links to sources): November 21, 2009:  Toyota recalls millions of vehicles due to a defect they claimed was due to the potential …

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Alcohol plus Caffeine equals Trouble

After a night of drinking, a cup of coffee used to be considered the perfect preparation to help the drinker wake up before going home. Recently, high-powered caffeine drinks became popular mixers–a drink called “Raging Bull” calls for vodka, tequila, lime juice and high-caffeine Red Bull energy drink. Now, as reported in ScienceDaily, research suggests …

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