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Recent Blog Posts

Dogs in Danger Are Dangerous Dogs

Most people are willing to assume a certain degree of risk to help someone in distress. However, when the distressed individual is a dog, good Samaritans often fail to understand that the basics of canine and human psychology are significantly different. Whereas a human understands the desire to help, a dog may associate the human… Read More »

Knowledgeable Legal Support Is Vital for Victims Injured in Railroad Crossing Accidents

In 2013, there were 34 railroad accidents involving nonfatal injuries in Arizona, and another 8 accidents that resulted in fatalities. Injuries and fatalities are not surprising results when you consider that no motor vehicle can withstand the impact of a massive train, often traveling at high speeds. If you or a loved one sustains injuries… Read More »

Visibility Plays a Major Contributing Factor in Arizona Motorcycle Accidents

All licensed drivers are responsible for observing the surrounding conditions and yielding the right-of-way in accordance with Arizona law. Still, drivers of large vehicles often fail to notice smaller vehicles. When the smaller vehicle is a motorcycle, the results can be tragic. Even motorcyclists who drive responsibly are vulnerable to serious, life-threatening injuries that result… Read More »

Finding the Right Expert Witness Can Be Challenging in Arizona Medical Malpractice Cases

The price of medical malpractice insurance contributes to the rising cost of medical care. Before medical malpractice cases go to trial in Arizona, the law attempts to prequalify witnesses by permitting testimony only from expert witnesses whose specialties closely align with the specialties pertaining to a given case. The law is reasonable in taking measures… Read More »

Salmonella Outbreak Continues

In September 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiated a multistate investigation of an outbreak of salmonella Heidelberg. By October, 278 people had been sickened, including 11 from Arizona. As of January 2014, the number of people affected by the outbreak continues to rise.  According to the CDC, the outbreak is linked… Read More »

Rx for Fraud: Electronic Health Records

By pursuing a mandate to digitize medical records, the federal government hopes to improve patient care and reduce costs. But recent reports by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) indicate that fraud prevention policies remain lacking. Meanwhile, as the nation moves forward with implementing electronic health records (EHRs), it’s time to address the fraud… Read More »

Truck Accident Kills Two, Injures Five on Interstate

Impaired driving has deadly consequences, particularly when a drunk or drugged semi-truck driver causes the accident. Two people lost their lives, and five others were injured when a big rig driver rear-ended a vehicle in the early morning hours of January 10 while allegedly impaired.  Collisions between semi-truck and passenger vehicles often result in fatalities…. Read More »

Torn Meniscus? Do You Need the Surgery?

A lot of people enjoy fun in the Valley of the Sun. Runners and other outdoor enthusiasts take full advantage of the climate, and every so often, they over-train or sustain injury. One common result is a torn meniscus — a condition recently suffered by Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe, who is out of… Read More »

IKEA Recalls Lamp for Strangulation Hazard

A glowing heart, seashell or star attracts the interest of a 16-month-old child. The cord attached to the magical-looking lamp is within reach of small, grasping hands. The baby dies strangled by the cord attached to the pretty thing.  This nightmare sparked the recall of the SMILA lamp series marketed by Swedish home décor giant… Read More »

Fire on the Mountain: What Happens Next

The Yarnell Hill fire last summer was a shocking and alarming tragedy. On June 30, 2013, 19 members of the elite Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot crew were run down by a fire moving 10 to 12 miles per hour. Where the victims took their last breaths, the superheated air approached 2,000 degrees. The administrative and… Read More »