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August 2016 Archives

California hospital blamed for fatal medication error

Painkillers are intended to provide relief from acute or chronic pain, but as powerful drugs healthcare providers need to be careful when prescribing and administering them. A careless mistake can cost the patient his or her life.

Navy may ban e-cigarette use due to safety defect

As we have been reporting on this blog, users of e-cigarettes have increasingly suffered serious burns as the result of problems with the lithium-ion batteries that power them. Now the U.S. Navy is considering a ban on the devices due to safety concerns.

NCAA settles football death lawsuit for $1.2 million

For the first time, the NCAA has agreed to pay the family of a student-athlete who died of a brain injury. The NCAA, together with other defendants, has settled a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of a football player who suffered a fatal head injury in a 2011 practice. The parents will receive $1.2 million in the settlement.

Caitlyn Jenner claims paparazzi caused 2015 fatal crash

Readers may recall that former Olympic athlete and reality television star Caitlyn Jenner was involved in a fatal car crash last year. A 69-year-old woman was killed in the chain-reaction collision on the Pacific Coast Highway.

Another product liability suit over e-cigarette injuries

As we previously mentioned on this blog, a growing number of e-cigarette users are becoming seriously injured by this product, which manufacturers market as a safe alternative to cigarettes and other tobacco products. It appears that the batteries that provide the charge in e-cigarettes can have the tendency to explode, causing burns and other serious injuries.