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June 2015 Archives

Do you know the facts about distracted driving?

Texting while driving is currently banned in 46 states, including Georgia, and Georgia also bans all handheld and hands-free cell phone use for bus drivers and novice drivers. These prohibitions are in place for good reason, but they were a long time coming, and more needs to be done to raise awareness around the dangers of distracted driving.

Still think we need "tort reform"?

Malpractice crisis? We don't think so. The National Practitioner Data Bank, which is where all malpractice settlements and verdicts must be reported, just released it's statistics for 2014. For the 13th year in a row there was a decrease in such payments and the total number for the entire country was 8,875, which is 44% lower than the number in 2001 which was 15,898. There were only 294 payments in the entire state of Georgia for the year. So all the propaganda about a litigation flood driving doctors out of business is just a myth put out by the medical industry to protect them from even paying for these errors. This when the statistics show that over 400,000 deaths per year occur due to medical mistakes, a number which doesn't even include other injuries.

Could self-driving cars mean the end of car accidents?

One of the first questions that people have in the aftermath of a car accident is, "Who is to blame?" To answer this question, there may need to be a thorough investigation into cellphone records, witness statements, road conditions and other sources of information.

Report: Babies' lives jeopardized by hospital, doctor wrongdoing

At least eight babies have died while in the care of St. Mary's Medical Center's pediatric open heart surgery department in Florida. This may not seem like an alarmingly high number at first, but the program has only been in place for less than four years and only performs about 27 or fewer operations a year.

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