When you undergo surgery, you put your trust in the anesthesiologist (or nurse anesthetist) to ensure that you do not feel any pain during the operation. Because this is a very technical area of medicine and requires several years of training, you may believe that if an error occurs, it wouldn't be an obvious one. Unfortunately, a recent study suggests, this is not always the case. The study found something as simple as the design of IV labels can greatly increase the risk of an anesthesia error.
If you work in Human Resources - or you've ever been in a leadership role where part of your job duties include hiring and firing - then you know how tricky navigating the world of employment law can be. Myriad issues go into hiring practices (and employment in general). Do it wrong, handle problems poorly, or simply face a situation that goes south, and you can find yourself facing a lawsuit.
We know, because we often fight for justice in the workplace, for people who suffer retaliation, discrimination and harassment.
Though he doesn't explicitly say so, that's partly why 50,000 people with autism need jobs this year, as Jeff Chu writes for Inc. Magazine. Hiring is always a risk, even those who appear to be perfectly "normal," as one would have it. Chu argues that a growing number of adults on the autism spectrum want jobs but can't get them, likely because traditional employers view people with autism as "disabled" to one degree or another, and don't want to take on the risk of hiring them.
Five short years. That's the prediction Alex Davies reports about Google's self-driving car. In his Wired article, Davies says that Google plans to eliminate human driving in five years - no small feat, he admits, but one that suits the tech giant's ambition and penchant for embarking on daring projects that don't necessarily resemble Google's core search business. (For years, Google has sponsored the Lunar X Prize, as one example, in a privately funded effort to send a robotic spacecraft to the moon.)
California has made it tougher in recent years to file successful medical malpractice cases against health care providers who do wrong against their patients, but we continue to represent injured patients who deserve a chance at justice.
The defeat of Prop. 46 is one such example of our state making it tougher. Last year, Prop. 46 (had it succeeded) would have raised the cap on damages for pain and suffering, which is currently set at $250,000. Its defeat puts seriously injured malpractice victims at a disadvantage. Mistakes happen, sometimes very serious ones, and those who suffer from those mistakes should have an opportunity to obtain justice.
More and more firms, such as those featured in this post, are making the commitment to hiring and retaining women attorneys. Their dedication to these efforts and the women featured here are both noteworthy and needed. Should you ever be in need of an attorney, the women profiled here represent many in the greater Los Angeles area who are out there waiting to represent you.
One of California's biggest legal cases right now (at least in terms of media coverage) is that of Ellen Pao, former venture capitalist with the well-known Silicon Valley firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Pao, currently interim CEO at Reddit, claims discrimination against KPCB on account of her gender. But as Elizabeth Weise reports for USA Today, Mary Meeker - KPCB partner and "one of the most powerful women in venture capital" - recently testified that she did not see any gender discrimination at KPCB.
CBS Los Angeles reports that a deadly superbug - carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae - has apparently caused the deaths of two patients and has at this point infected five others at UCLA Medical Center. As per the report: "CRE germs are resistant to almost all antibiotics and are more deadly than the more widely-known superbug MRSA." Read on to learn more about this recent exposure.
One month ago today, the New York Times published an article titled "Speaking While Female," written by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. Sandberg, as many are aware, is Facebook's COO, and Adam Grant is a writer and the youngest tenured professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In their piece, they describe the phenomenon of women staying quiet at work because they perceive that "less is more."
But why would they feel that way? Why would women stay quiet in the workplace?
USA Today's Mara Montalbano calls it "death by selfie," but there's nothing cute about what happened to 29-year-old Amritpal Singh and his passenger, who lost their lives when their Cessna 150 - the fifth most produced civilian plane ever, according to Wikipedia - went down in a field. The National Transportation Safety Board believes the evidence suggests the pilot was taking selfies on his smart phone shortly before the plane crashed.
In other words, this appears to be a case of distracted flying.
Super Bowl Sunday, the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. It's the biggest game of the year in pro football on Feb. 1. But this Sunday is also the biggest day of the year for alcohol-related car wrecks, at least in California. As Jerry Hirsch reports for the Los Angeles Times, Sunday is the Super Bowl of drunk driving, and Hirsch shows us the numbers to prove it.
"Your chance of being involved in a crash tied to drunk driving," Hirsch writes, "can be as much as double that of a normal Sunday in January or February," based on crash data.