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4 injured N.J. vapers sue e-cigarette retailers for selling exploding devices

PLAINSBORO — Four New Jersey residents — including two teenagers — who suffered third-degree burns when their e-cigarette batteries ignited “like a rocket” are suing the shops that sold the “defective” devices, their attorneys announced Thursday. The manufacturers of the lithium ion batteries that power the vaping devices are also the targets of the litigation, although the attorneys acknowledged it…

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Bicyclist severely injured in crash with parking valet is awarded $38M

Attorneys for the bicyclist argued that Standard Parking’s valets routinely took an illegal shortcut across two traffic lanes of Eighth Avenue. In the crash, Thyce Colyn suffered a traumatic brain injury and other injuries that limit his mobility, according to his lawyer. A jury awarded $38 million Thursday to a bicyclist severely injured four years ago when he was hit…

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AAOS Board Approves Treatment Criteria for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Knee Osteoarthritis

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Board of Directors has approved new Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for the management of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and the surgical management of osteoarthritis of the knee. The AUCs provide specific diagnostic criteria, complementing and building upon the clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) “Management of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome” and “Surgical Management of Osteoarthritis of…

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Birth Injury Lawsuit Sees Record Recovery for Brain Injured Child

A Chicago family has been awarded an unprecedented settlement in the amount of $53 million twelve years after negligent healthcare resulted in birth injuries to an infant showing symptoms of fetal distress. The lawsuit alleged that medical staff employed by the University of Chicago ignored the child’s mother for hours even though she was in desperate need of an emergency…

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Leaders urge ‘concerted effort’ to save firefighters’ lives

Fire service leaders and fire safety advocates across the country are calling for an intensified effort to prevent firefighter deaths and serious injuries in response to a special report on firefighter safety by The Kansas City Star. The consensus of those who contacted The Star or posted comments on websites and social media was that many of the nation’s 30,000…

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Reducing Drunk Driving Accidents: The Simple Technological Solution

A study released by the University of Michigan in March 2015 claims that utilizing advancements in technology could prevent 59,000 fatalities caused by drunk driving over the next 15 years. The study indicates that if innovative devices are installed on every U.S. vehicle, the technology could prevent drunk drivers from starting and operating cars and trucks. Saving Lives and Money…

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