San Diego Rollover Accident Proves Fatal

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Gregory E. Gates, 72, of Yuma, Arizona, was killed in a San Diego car accident when his vehicle veered out of control and rolled over. According to a news report in The San Diego Union-Tribune, the fatal rollover accident occurred on Interstate 8 in Jacumba the morning of March 28, 2011. The victim’s vehicle went off the freeway and then struck an embankment before rolling over. Gates was transported to a local hospital where he died. The cause of the fatal injury accident is under investigation.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Gregory E. Gates following this tragic rollover accident. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

San Diego Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 90 people were killed and 2,252 were injured as a result of car accidents in the unincorporated areas of San Diego County. During that same year, there were 246 fatalities and 13,527 injuries reported as a result of San Diego County car accidents.
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Contaminated IV Bags Linked to Nine Dead Patients in Alabama Hospitals

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At least nine patients have died and 10 others have been sickened after they were given IV fluid from bags contaminated with the serratia marcescens bacteria. According to an Associated Press news report, federal officials are trying to determine how the intravenous feeding bags manufactured by Med-IV became contaminated with the deadly bacteria. These defective products affected at least six Alabama hospitals. Although health officials have refused to directly link the deaths and illnesses to the IV, the feeding bags have been pulled off the market.

Six Alabama Hospitals Affected

The incidents began when two hospitals in Alabama since March 16 reported increased cases of serratia marcescens to that state’s health department. Alabama health officials immediately linked the infection to TPN, which is a common nutritional supplement delivered directly from the plastic bags into the bloodstream through IV tubes. The bags were all manufactured by a single pharmacy in Birmingham, Med IV. The company is cooperating with state and federal officials and has discontinued production.
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Nursing Homes Abuse Cases Increasingly Involve Chemical Restraint

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There has been an alarming increase recently in nursing home abuse incidents involving chemical restraint. According to a news report in the Ventura County Star, nearly 25 percent of California’s nursing home residents are placed on antipsychotic drugs. Medicare statistics from 2010 show that 24.2 percent of residents in California’s nursing homes were on antipsychotics. And very often, these patients do not need these drugs. The drugs are used as a “chemical leash” to control residents’ behavior. Consumer watchdogs are saying that this trend of using chemical restraint to silence nursing home residents has become an epidemic in California.

A Tactic to Keep Nursing Homes Understaffed

Putting elderly, frail residents on antipsychotic drugs has absolutely no benefits for patients. In fact, these drugs can double the risk of death for seniors with dementia and cause a range of deadly side effects from stroke to delirium. These drugs only play out to the advantage of understaffed nursing homes, which use the medication as a way to keep residents in a quiet daze so they do not demand services. Often, these antipsychotic drugs are given in nursing homes and care facilities without the informed consent of residents or their families.
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Elderly Pedestrian Killed in San Bernardino Car Accident

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Steven Hwang, 70, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident after he was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Philadelphia Street and Grove Avenue in Ontario the early morning of March 22, 2011. Hwang was transported to a regional hospital with critical injuries. He died from his injuries a day later. Ontario police officials are investigating this incident.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Steven Hwang for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were five deaths and 35 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Ontario. In San Bernardino County as a whole, pedestrian accidents claimed 39 lives and injured 432 people, during that same year.
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Kia Recalls Optima Sedans for Possible Parking Brake Failure

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Kia Motor Corporation has issued an auto defect recall for certain 2006 to 2008 model year Optima sedans because their parking brakes may fail. According to a news report in the Wall Street Journal, the shift cables in these vehicles may have been installed improperly and could fail during regular driving.

This recall includes 70,115 vehicles that were manufactured between September 29, 2005, and June 13, 2007. The auto maker states that the shift cable in these vehicles can detach from the shifter assembly leaving the driver unable to shift the transmission using the gear lever. So, the gear selector can be moved into the park position even though the transmission could remain in drive. In certain conditions the car could roll after being parked and cause a serious car accident.
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Trash Truck Driver Killed in Accident On The Job

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Pablo Virgen, the driver of a Waste Management garbage truck, was fatally injured on the job after he fell out of the vehicle and it rolled over him. According to a news report in The San Diego Union-Tribune, the fatal accident occurred the morning of March 21, 2011 on Bluewater Road near Paseo del Norte in Carlsbad. Virgen suffered injuries to his torso and died. He was working alone, officials said. Investigators are looking into what caused this fatal accident.

I offer my deepest sympathies to the family members and friends of Pablo Virgen for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep his grieving family in your thoughts and prayers.

Job Fatalities in California

According to Cal/OSHA’s statistics, there were 35 fatalities in California in 2008 as a result of accidents involving workers and trucks. Seven of those who died were actually struck by trucks when they were on the job. In all, 68 California workers died in transportation and warehousing related injuries during the same year.
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Orange County Man Killed in Car Accident in San Diego

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A 72-year-old Laguna Niguel man was killed in a San Diego car accident after his vehicle went down an embankment and crashed into a tree the morning of March 20, 2011. According to a news report in the Laguna Niguel Patch, the fatal car accident occurred near southbound Mission Road, when the man, who was driving a 2006 GMC Yukon ran off the west side of the road. The man’s wife, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. According to an eyewitness, the man’s vehicle drifted to the right, went over the curb and down the embankment. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation is ongoing.

I offer my deepest sympathies to the deceased victim’s friends and family members, especially his wife, who witnessed and was part of this horrific incident. I wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. She will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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Hyundai Issues Two Recalls for Elantra Airbag Defects

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Hyundai Motor Company has issued two new auto defect recalls for nearly 200,000 of its Elantra vehicles to address concerns that the airbags may not deploy properly. According to a Detroit News report, the recalls stemmed from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s inquiry in January into early warning data on airbag issues with the Elantra.

Two Recalls Relating to Defective Airbags

The first recall involved about 188,697 Elantra models from the 2007 to 2009 years. In these vehicles, the front passenger airbag may deploy even when it’s supposed to be inactive. Hyundai officials say that the electrical connector to the weight sensor in these vehicles could malfunction especially if a passenger spilled liquids on to it. As a result the passenger airbag could deploy regardless of the occupant’s weight.
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Defective Paxil: Why it’s Dangerous and Victim’s Side Effects

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Defective Paxil lawsuits have been circulating courtrooms for years, but this defective product is still frequently claiming victims. Paxil was released onto the United States market by GlaxoSmithKline in 1992, and has proven time and time again that it has the propensity to destroy lives and worsen pre-existing conditions. With all of this being public knowledge, victims are baffled as to why doctors are still prescribing the medication.

Paxil, being a powerful antidepressant used to treat various disorders, was designed to help restore levels of serotonin in a patient’s brain. Serotonin is a well-known contributor to feelings of well being and has been proven to directly influence the body’s natural regulation of mood, appetite, sleep, and muscle contraction. Unfortunately, although Paxil has proven to be effective for some patients, it has caused irreversible catastrophic injury and death in others.

Dangerous Side Effects

Product liability cases stemming from complications arising from the use of Paxil have not gone unnoticed by the proper authorities: many instances have been well documented by physicians and the FDA. In accordance with an FDA issued mandate, all physicians prescribing Paxil are required to closely monitor patients during the first twelve weeks of use. There have been several instances where younger patients have experienced violent and suicidal tendencies in response to the medication. Side effects include but are not limited to:
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Man Killed in Sacramento Workplace Accident

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Zeke Odom, 40, sustained fatal job injuries while working on electrical lights at a Staples store the morning of March 16, 2011. According to The Sacramento Bee, the fatal jobsite accident occurred on Truxel Road in Sacramento. Odom, an employee of Century Lighting & Electric was crushed when he raised his articulated boom and basket in an attempt to position himself to work on the lights. However, he was trapped between an overhang and a bar in the basket. Investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) are looking into the cause of this horrific accident.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Zeke Odom following this tragic accident. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

Occupational Fatality Statistics

According to the California Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), a total of 926 fatal job injuries occurred in California between 2007 and 2008. These deaths account for about 9 percent of all work-related deaths in the United States during that same period.
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