Blog Posts in January, 2011

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  • Middle Tennesseans join hip replacement product liability suit

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 26, 2011

    Just last year, DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, undertook a voluntary recall of defective prosthetic hips used in hip replacement surgeries. The company allegedly started receiving complaints about the defective products in 2007, but it did not recall the hip replacements until 2010. A number of multimillion-dollar lawsuits have been filed across the U.S. seeking compensation ...
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  • Parents sue crib retailer for one-year-old son's wrongful death

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 13, 2011

    A one-year-old boy from North Attleboro, Massachusetts, was asphyxiated in 2008 by a defective baby crib that has been recalled. Although the particular crib -- the Simplicity Ellis Deluxe 4-in-1 Convertible Sleep System -- had been recalled before the boy's parents purchased it, they were never warned of the danger, according to their wrongful death lawsuit. "In the full history of Simplicity ...
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  • Reports Show High Numbers of Medical Errors in Tennessee and Across the Nation

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 13, 2011

    In 1999, a respected report by the Institute of Medicine estimated that medical errors in American hospitals kill up to 98,000 people every year. Hospitals tried to respond with initiatives to reduce errors, such as computerized medication orders and reduced workloads for doctors during residency. The data show, however, that they have not done enough. An important new federal report has found ...
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  • MTA Device to Help Prevent Car Accidents by Distracted Bus Drivers

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 11, 2011

    Nashville municipal bus drivers will soon have a gadget that could help them curb any urge they may have to talk on cell phones while driving. The Metro Transit Authority is installing a new device in all city buses that blocks the driver's cell phone signal while securing the phone from theft. The city hopes that an additional barrier between a bus driver and his or her phone will help reduce car ...
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  • Use of Bar Codes to Prevent Medication Errors in Tennessee Hospitals

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 7, 2011

    For years, medication errors have harmed far too many Americans. A decade ago, an independent research study ordered by Congress estimated that 5-10 percent of hospital patients suffered from this form of medical malpractice . Fortunately, improved technological tools are reducing the number of medication errors. A 2006 study found that computerized drug-ordering systems can cut these errors by as ...
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  • CDC Urges Action to Avoid Injury or Death From Carbon Monoxide

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 6, 2011

    As winter progresses and people spend more time indoors, a silent killer lurks -- carbon monoxide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), carbon monoxide poisoning results in 15,000 emergency room visits and 400 wrongful deaths every year in the United States. In just the last week of December, at least three families suffered serious injuries or were accidentally ...
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