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Medical Treatment Error, 3rd Leading Cause of Death

ACCOUNTABILITY MUST BE A DEMAND IN THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY

Medical accidents and medical malpractice result in numerous injuries and death per year. In fact, the The American Association of Justice recently released a study highlighting the number of deaths as a result of medical negligence has increased from 98,000 in 1999 to 251,000 in 2015 making it the third leading cause of death. With local attorney and partner Travis Holtrey, a member of the American Association for Justice, demanding transparency and accountability be transferred to medical providers is an absolute must. American Association for Justice President Larry Tawwater is quoted on the BMJ's publication of a study on Tuesday stating, "Medical errors are causing the same number of deaths that would occur if five 737 jets crashed every day. We wouldn't tolerate that from the airline industry and we shouldn't tolerate it from the healthcare industry, either. Not only do these deadly errors occur, they are investigated in secret by the healthcare industry and the results are never revealed to the public or even to the family of the person killed. This week's study demonstrates the urgent need for transparent investigations and accountability. Policymakers must start focusing less on protecting the healthcare industry and focusing more on protecting patients. Lives depend on it." To read more on this article click here: https://goo.gl/Tvq0hJ As mentioned on our site, medical negligence includes, cases involving accidents or malpractice by physician, dentist, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care professional, such as prescription drug mistakes, errors in diagnosis, treatment, or surgical procedure; and licensing, credential or consent issues. Medical negligence can occur in any medical situation, from an appointment with your dentist, an emergency room visit, an annually scheduled physical, outpatient surgery or even high-risk operating room procedure. If you think that you or a loved one has suffered due to medical negligence, contact Foreman Watson Holtrey, LLP for a free consultation today. 

Watercraft Safety

Kentucky is a beautiful state full of boundless forests and clear lakes. Once summertime hits, what better way to enjoy the Kentucky riverscape than by cruising in your watercraft? Recreational boating can be a phenomenal way to spend time with family and friends. However, each time you take your watercraft out on the water is a new experience. Making safety a priority can ensure that these activities stay fun. Consider that:
• Since 2010, there have been over 400 watercraft-related incidents in Kentucky
• Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal accidents.
• Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed, and alcohol use rank as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents. Reduce Risk Before heading out on the water, keep these tips in mind: • Take a Course. More than 7 out of every 10 boating incidents are caused by operator error. Boating education courses teach the rules for safe operation and navigation of recreational boats, and can help boat operators keep their passengers safe.
• Get a Vessel safety Check. The Vessel Safety Check (VSC) is a free public service provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadron volunteer organizations.
• Wear a life jacket approved by the U.S. Coast Guard while on boats, and around open bodies of water
• The primary and backup operator (if present) should abstain from consuming any alcoholic beverages prior to or during the outing
• Know your surroundings, like weather, water conditions and other vessels, to help you react to any potential dangers in a timely manner.
• Be aware of your fuel levels and add accordingly
• Ensure all lights are functioning and in place.
• Review the vessel's controls, the location of personal flotation devices and location of fire extinguishers with your passengers.
• Share your float plan with a friend or relative. Be sure to include your destination and expected return time. Having a good time while out on the water includes getting everyone back to shore safely.
Awareness of the necessary precautions and preventive measures can assist in ensuring maximum safety! Sources:
http://www.uscgboating.org/library/accident-statistics/Recreational-Boating-Statistics-2014.pdf 

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