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February 2014 Newsletter

Good News for Patient Safety Awareness Week

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Lawsuits and Reforms Are Making a Difference

The first week of March is Patient Safety Awareness Week, devoted to raising awareness and fostering education about patient safety in health care settings. In the past, the threat of being sued for malpractice kept hospitals and healthcare providers quiet about potential risks and medical errors. Out of fear of litigation, doctors and hospitals tended to be defensive and secretive. However, there have recently been some changes to this familiar pattern. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities have become more open about errors. Even more surprising than this fact are some of the reasons why. (Read the entire article.)

Tech Solutions for Pedestrian Safety

bicycle riders crossing an Atlanta streetToday, more people are turning to bicycles and walking for transportation, exercise and overall environmental awareness. While this is great news for the waistline and the planet, it can be challenging on roadways in areas that haven’t been specifically designed to handle both foot and vehicular traffic.

In 2004 and again in 2011, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) selected Atlanta, Georgia as one of 22 “Pedestrian Safety Focus Cities” across the United States. Unfortunately this is a dubious distinction, as it means that Atlanta is a city where pedestrian deaths are higher than the national average, at a rate of more than 20 deaths annually.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), if the proportions of fatalities stay the same, “we can expect that one pedestrian will be injured every 8 minutes and one will die every 2 hours in a traffic crash this year”. These are sobering statistics. (Read the entire article.)

If you are a victim of a pedestrian or bicycle accident, call the legal offices of Bruce Hagen today for help with your case.

Atlanta’s Crumbling Sidewalks Are a Safety Hazard

a sidewalk in very poor condition creates a safety riskFor years, Atlanta residents have complained about decaying sidewalks, but to no avail. As a result, the city’s over 2500 miles of sidewalks now include an estimated 600 miles in serious need of repair. While the budget for sidewalk repair has increased over the past two years, there is a huge backlog of repair work. It is estimated that the city needs $150 million to repair the sidewalks. The injuries resulting from years of neglect are producing lawsuits costing Atlanta taxpayers millions of dollars in legal claims.

In 2008, a visually impaired student tripped and fell on the sidewalk near his elementary school, suffering serious injuries. His family had reportedly complained for years about the damaged sidewalk, but it was never fixed. The family was awarded $3 million as a result. (Read the entire article.)

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