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Durham Hospital Fire Kills Patients And Injures Three Staff Members

November 29, 2012 A hospital fire earlier this month in Durham, North Carolina, was responsible for claiming the life of one patient and injuring three employees of the facility. The Huffington Post stated the incident happened at around 2:15 a.m. on Tuesday, November 6, at the Durham Regional Hospital’s Select Specialty Facility. A Department of Health …

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Inflatable Bounce Houses Cause Surprising Number of Injuries

Get this:  Everyday, 30 children in the United States are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries sustained in accidents that happen in those happy, jumpy inflatable bounce houses. According to an article published in the journal Pediatrics, and reported on news.MSN.com, the number of bounce-house injuries have been increasing over the past few years. …

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Settlement Reached In Deadly North Carolina Parasailing Accident Case

November 15, 2012 The 45-year-old captain of a boat that was leading a parasailing expedition three years ago off the coast of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina—which led to two deaths—pleaded guilty to two counts of violating the Seaman’s Manslaughter Act yesterday in court. WRAL News reports the accident happened on August 28, 2009, when …

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  On December 4, 2012, there will be a public hearing on a new land condemnation project in Watauga and Ashe Counties.  The topic will be the proposed U.S. 221 widening project, from U.S. 421 in Deep Gap to U.S. 221 Business/N.C. 88 in Jefferson. This road widening project will affect the properties, businesses, and …

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$6 Million Settlement Reached In North Carolina Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

November 8, 2012 A settlement has been reached in the North Carolina Medical Malpractice lawsuit that was filed on behalf of a Lumber Bridge woman who died as the result of a botched surgical procedure. The Fayetteville Observer reports that in 2005, the 56-year-old victim was admitted to a Fayetteville, North Carolina, hospital to undergo surgery to …

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Frightening and Infuriating Water Contamination in Wake Forest

Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a carcinogenic chemical, capable of causing liver tumors in laboratory animals. Although there have been no studies of the direct effects of TCE in humans, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified TCE as a “probable human carcinogen,” based on animal research and studies of individuals exposed to TCE on the …

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New Troubles for Patients Who Received Contaminated Injections

Just when it seemed like the number of illnesses attributed to contaminated steroid injections was leveling off, there are reports of new–and serious–illnesses arising. According to an article in The New York Times, patients recovering from the meningitis outbreak are being struck by a second illness: epidural abscess, an injection near the spine at the …

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Law Changes The Way Vital Workers' Compensation Information Is Shared

November 1, 2012 In North Carolina, businesses or companies with three or more employees are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance so that if a worker is hurt on the job, their medical bills and lost wages will be covered. The problem is that more than 30,000 employers in North Carolina don’t carry this insurance. …

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