At Ankin Law Office, LLC, our Chicago personal injury lawyers are dedicated to monitoring the landscape of accident and injury law so that we can keep our clients informed. Here’s what other personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyers were talking about the week of November 26, 2013:
- Faster Drug Approvals May Carry Additional Risks for Patients (Protect Patients Blog). According to a recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine, “new drugs that receive expedited review by the Food and Drug Administration are being tested on fewer patients, leaving many safety questions unanswered even after they are approved, …” The study’s authors explained that new drugs used to be tested more thoroughly before they were granted initial approval by the FDA, but because the standard testing processes can take such a long time, many new drugs are approved more quickly with a smaller patient population for trials.
- A Reference Guide for Controlling Health Hazards to Hospital Workers (Worker’s Compensation Law Blog). Hospital workers have an extremely high injury rate compared to other occupations. A supplemental issue of New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy offers a new free report listing more than 30 health hazards for hospital workers and describing 150 ways to avoid such workplace hazards.
- Ohio, What Have You Done To Your Patients? (The Pop Tort). This scathing article highlights a number of problems with the health care industry in Ohio. Among notable medical debacles are: (1) an Akron doctor who “squirted some liquid from a spray bottle marked ‘vinegar’ onto [his patient Laura’s] sex organs and into her vaginal canal” but it was actually “potassium hydroxide, a chemical found in drain cleaner, that can decompose human flesh;” (2) a CNN report regarding nurse understaffing; and (3) a nationwide investigation which found that “the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs paid out roughly $845 million in malpractice cases during the past 10 years— a period that has seen the agency face scrutiny for giving bonuses to medical professionals who provided or oversaw substandard care.”
- The New Distracted Driving Trend – “Selfies” (DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog). This article discusses the newest alarming trend in distracted driving – taking self-portraits, or “selfies,” while driving. The popularity of social media, including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, in addition to texting and emailing, has caused distracted driving to reach new danger zones.