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Button batteries are a serious hazard to children

Many California residents probably do not realize that the seemingly harmless remote controls on their coffee tables can serve as a hazard to their children. A new study reports that button batteries, which are commonly used in electronics, are becoming a big problem for kids. These small, circular batteries have led to a significant amount of battery-related emergency room visits over the past few decades. Ultimately, these batteries are transforming safe items into dangerous products.

According to research, which was conducted throughout a 20-year period from 1990 to 2009, there were around 66,000 battery-related emergency visits by children under 18 in the U.S. The emergency cases included incidents where batteries were placed in kids' noses, mouths and ears. However, the most common reason for hospitalization was swallowed batteries.

Cellphone-related crashes continue to rise

Texting and driving is a growing concern in the eyes of the public as more and more teenagers -- and even adults -- become victims of car accidents caused by this distraction. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that in 2009 alone 5,474 individuals were killed and 448,000 sustained an injury from a distracted driving car accident. With an increase in the number of people owning cellphones, and especially in the number of people owning smartphones, one could imagine that these numbers may only be increasing in California as well as across the nation.

A survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that, nationally, 69 percent of drivers admitted to having talked on their cellphones while driving within the 30 days of taking the survey. Additionally, 24 percent admitted to having texted or emailed while driving. The National Safety Council reports that drivers who are distracted by their cellphones continue to look at the road, but only see 50 percent of their driving environment. So even those who believe they can multitask behind the wheel may not actually be registering everything that's going on around them.

Pharmacy Chain Gives Kids Cancer Medication by Mistake

Defective drugs are a huge issue throughout the country. Many people develop serious illnesses and injuries because of defective pharmaceuticals and medication errors.

There are many main ways that a pharmaceutical injury can arise including:

  • An adverse reaction to a properly manufactured and prescribed drug, such as an allergy to an ingredient
  • An illness that develops as a side-effect of a properly manufactured drug, such as liver cancer in ACTOS patients
  • A manufacturing defect or contamination issue in an otherwise properly formulated drug
  • A properly manufactured pharmaceutical which is improperly prescribed or dispensed to a patient

Study Exposes The Myth of Tort Reform

The growing cost of healthcare is one of the most pressing issues in California and the entire country. Many politicians and doctors blame the increase in medical costs on medical malpractice lawsuits and unnecessary "defense medicine" practices used to ward off malpractice claims.

A recent student by the Center for Progressive Reform notes that the link between defense medicine and malpractice lawsuits is exaggerated. Medical costs are not driven primarily by malpractice lawsuits, but rather overpriced pharmaceuticals, an aging population, a rise in chronic diseases, and a proliferation of expensive, state-of-the-art medical technology which does not necessarily improve patient outcomes.

California Woman Wins $22 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict

A Palo Alto-based hospital group was recently hit with a $22 million medical malpractice verdict after a woman suffered a stroke during an unnecessary surgery recommended by her doctor. Medical malpractice is a common issue in hospitals throughout California and sometimes results in devastating injuries to a patient.

Unfortunately, the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975 limits damages for human suffering to $250,000. In this case, the jury awarded the Menlo Park woman $16 million for past and future economic losses and the rest of the award was for human suffering. This means that the woman will only receive four percent of what the jury felt was appropriate for her pain and suffering.

Amanda Bynes' Car Accidents Highlight Negligent Driving Problem

Actress Amanda Bynes has become a tabloid mainstay during the past few weeks due to her poor driving behavior. The "Hairspray" star first drew public scrutiny after sidewiping a West Hollywood cop car while under the influence in April. She was subsequently ticketed for texting while driving and then sideswiped another vehicle in Hollywood on Friday.

The actress's driving woes highlight poor driving habits which are common throughout California. The majority of car accidents are attributable to poor driving behaviors such as distracted driving and intoxicated driving.

Hit-and-run ends in tragedy for California family

Any California vehicle crash is a potentially tragic event. A fatal car accident is even more agonizing. What's even more heartrending is when the death is caused by a hit-and-run driver. Sadly this was the case for one woman -- a wife and mother -- after her husband was killed in a recent car accident that also left her 7-year-old daughter in a coma.

On Friday, April 20, just prior to 6 p.m., the father and his daughter were crossing the road in a crosswalk when an SUV struck the pair and fled the scene. Unfortunately, the father died at the scene, and the daughter was rushed to a local hospital. She is currently listed in critical condition.

Target sippy cup recalled due to eye injuries

As your infant grows into a toddler, it is important to make adjustments. After all, no one wants to hinder the development of his or her child. One of the biggest transitions is the graduation from the baby bottle to the sippy cup. This is one of the many childhood milestones enjoyed by all parents. However, in recent news, one sippy cup has proved to be harmful to little ones.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recently announced a voluntary recall of the Target Home Bunny Sippy Cup. When the cup is in use, sources say that the ear on the bunny sippy cup can poke and injure a child in the eye. Consumers that are currently in possession of the cups should immediately stop using the defective products and return them to a California Target store for a complete refund.

Report: Medical Devices Often Inadequately Tested

A recent investigation by Consumer Reports Magazine has concluded what far too many Californians know firsthand: many medical devices are released to the market without adequate safety testing. These defective medical devices often fail and result in massive class action lawsuits, but medical device manufacturers know that they can make millions of dollars before the first lawsuits come in.

The result of the current regulatory regime of the Food and Drug Administration is that companies can put profits above patient safety by paying a $4,000 administrative fee to push wholly untested dangerous medical devices to doctors and patients.

California ambulance, garbage truck crash leaves 3 hospitalized

When we think of car or truck accidents, we rarely think of emergency vehicles. They are on the roads to help save people, right? However, they are not immune to the car accidents that can plague our streets and may sometimes result in more serious injuries if traveling at high rates of speed.

On April 23, a fire department ambulance collided with a garbage truck in Los Angeles. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but as is typically the nature of two-vehicle collisions, one of the drivers may be found at fault. The driver of the garbage truck, as well as two people who were in the ambulance, were taken to the hospital after the accident.

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