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September 2013 Archives

Medical negligence leads to $2.85 jury verdict

If a physician commits negligence by committing a breach a duty a care to a patient there may be serious and permanent consequences. For example, a jury in Horry County awarded $2.85 million to a patient and his wife after it found that an orthopedic surgeon in Myrtle Beach committed medical malpractice when his alleged actions led to his patient becoming a paraplegic. It is anticipated that this verdict will be among the top dozen lawsuit awards in South Carolina this year.

Driver's attempted U-turn results in death of motorcyclist

Operating motorcycles has become a public health "concern" according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC reported that between 2001 and 2008, more than 34,000 motorcyclists died and an estimated 1.2 million persons were treated in emergency departments for a non-fatal motorcycle-related injuries.

Faulty brakes suspected cause of pedestrian fatality

Pedestrians may suffer serious injuries and death from the actions of a reckless or negligent driver or from defective equipment on a vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 4,432 pedestrians killed in this country while an estimated 69,000 were injured. This equals a pedestrian death every two hours and an injury every eight minutes in a pedestrian accident. Pedestrians over 65-years-old suffered 19 percent of all pedestrian deaths and an estimated 10 percent of all pedestrians injured in that year. South Carolina sustained 113 pedestrian deaths during that year, according to the NHTSA.

Drunk driving suspected in 2 motorcycle deaths

Motorcyclists have little protection against reckless or negligent drivers except for their helmet. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that motorcyclist deaths and injuries are an important public health concern because of the increase in motorcyclists in this country. Motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a collision than automobile drivers and passengers. Drivers of other vehicles, in fact, violated the motorcyclists' right of way and caused two-thirds of motorcycle accidents. An alcohol impaired car driver compounds these dangers.

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