A recent recall of millions of popular dressers sold by Ikea highlights the ever-present danger of dresser-drawers. Late last year, the largest furniture store in the world settled a lawsuit with the families of three toddlers who were fatally injured when Malm dressers tipped over on them.
At Galligan & Reid, P.C., our attorneys believe in fighting for a safer Iowa. We recently published a SlideShare demonstrating the ways in which personal injury lawsuits have advanced the cause of safety. Learn more about the power of personal injury lawsuits and how they work to make all our lives better.
The idea behind compensation for personal injuries or a wrongful death is that money can somehow make up for the pain and loss suffered by victims and their families. It might seem crass to suggest that a parent who has lost a child or a wife who has lost her husband can be made whole by money. The truth is that no amount of money can make up for losing a loved one, but it is the best that can be done to help victims and their families through a tragedy. Once that premise is accepted, the goal is to find the proper amount of money to award someone whose loss was the result of negligence. In other words, how much is the life lost worth, in the eyes of the law?
Drowsy driving is as dangerous as driving while texting or intoxicated because it affects your ability to react and make decisions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated drowsy driving is the cause of approximately 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries each year. While they believe the numbers may actually be higher, it is difficult to calculate potentially related accidents because there is no test like the breathalyzer for alcohol detection. In some cases, accidents characterized as alcohol related may have actually been caused by a drowsy driver.
Evidence pointing to the long-term effects of concussions has resulted in more attention being paid to athletes, especially younger middle school and high school athletes. In an effort to try and reduce the long-lasting effects of concussions, the American Academy of Neurology just updated its guideline for the first time since 1997. These new guideline will replace the outdated ones put together 16 years ago.
The study shows that more is needed to combat medical errors associated with prescription drug errors. States, however, are helping to do their part it seems to mitigate the problems.
In an age where everything from music to shopping is going digital, it's no wonder that the medical field is jumping on board as well. Electronic medical records (EMR) are the latest implementation for many doctors and medical professionals nationwide.
The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS), the latest technology in the fight against drunk driving, was demonstrated for Ray LaHood, Secretary of the Department of Transportation, and David Strickland, National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator earlier this year. DADSS technology is a result of a "cooperative initiative" involving the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS).