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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. That is what the family of a California woman says happened to her. The woman died after being… read more

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. The devices use the batteries to heat up the liquid used to… read more

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… read more

Study suggests early curfew for teenage motorists

Driving at night affects your ability to see and be seen by other motorists. It takes experience to drive safely in the dark — something teenage drivers do not have. A recent study published by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests an early curfew for teen drivers. The study found that about… read more

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. Jenner was sued by another driver in the crash, and was investigated for speeding, though she was never charged…. read more

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… read more