Month: January 2013

Supreme Court Weighing In On States Right To Portion Of Medical Malpractice Awards

January 31, 2013 A 12-year-old girl from Taylorsville, North Carolina—who was been disabled since infancy due to a botched childbirth procedure—is at the center of a case in the U.S. Supreme Court. The Charlotte Observer explained the case revolved around North Carolina’s ability to take a portion of awards given by a North Carolina Medical Malpractice lawsuit. When the …

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Shipping Industry Facing Dispute Over Payment With Dockworkers

January 24, 2013 With fuel and operating costs skyrocketing in the overseas shipping industry, many shipping companies are struggling to stay afloat. These hard economic times have led to high tensions between company executives and dockworkers regarding the way and how much these blue-collar workers are paid. According to Reuters News & Insight, many dockworkers …

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Junior Seau's Family Sues NFL Over Concussion-Related Disease

In May 2012, we told you about the apparent suicide death of football star Junior Seau. He killed himself with a shot to the chest, presumably to preserve his brain so that experts could determine whether he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive form of brain damage caused by multiple concussions. (To …

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More Contaminated Well Water in Raleigh

Last year, we told you about wells in Wake Forest, NC, that were contaminated with a carcinogenic chemical called trichloroethylene (TCE). Now, a new neighborhood faces a different threat to their drinking water. According to an article in the News & Observer, half of the wells in an East Raleigh neighborhood contain excessive levels of …

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New Guidance About Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants

This week, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) released updated safety recommendations for metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. This is the FDA’s most comprehensive set of recommendations to date. What’s the Problem with Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants? While all hip replacements pose risks for patients, research has shown that metal-on-metal hip implants carry unique risks. In metal-on-metal hip …

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North Carolina Sees Slight Increase In Motor Vehicle Fatalities

January 17, 2013 A trend of declining motor vehicle fatalities ended with 2012 in North Carolina. The Charlotte News & Observer explained that last year saw a total of 1,224 North Carolina car accident fatalities, which was a 1.3 percent increase over the previous year’s total. Experts say the slight increase could be attributed to improvements in …

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Flu Hurts Nursing Homes Residents in More Ways than Illness

The 2012-2013 flu season is turning out to be one of the worst and most dangerous in years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that, as of this week, most of the country is experiencing high levels of influenza and influenza-like illness (ILI). Nationwide, 47 states report widespread geographic flu activity. Since …

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Citizens Concerned Defective Road Design Could Cause Accidents

January 10, 2013 Studies have shown that the condition a road is in may be one of the most important factors in working to prevent motor vehicle accidents in the United States, considering research from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) showed defective highway design, poor conditions, or lack of maintenance contributed to …

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Button Batteries are Dangerous for Children and Pets

Lithium disc or “button” batteries–those coin-sized round batteries–are found in many items these day, including mini remote control devices, watches, flameless candles, musical greeting cards, bathroom scales, hearing aids, calculators, and small electronic toys. Because of their small size and appealing shape (looking very much like shiny candy bits), button batteries are frequently swallowed by …

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