Archive for category: Safe Practices

An Interesting Article on Medical Errors in Canada

Categories: Health and Safety, Medical Malpractice, Safe PracticesAuthor:

A recent article in the National Post, a nationally distributed Canadian newspaper that focuses primarily on financial issues, discussed at length the extent of error and “adverse events” in the Canadian health care system. The article concludes that the failure to publicly acknowledge errors harms patient safety:

The point of publicizing medical error, patient-safety experts stress, is not to shame or blame, or take away from the fact health care is replete with highly trained, dedicated professionals. Aside from a tiny smattering of true incompetents, no one comes to work expecting to dispense anything but exemplary care, says Rob Robson, a physician who led the Winnipeg health authority’s groundbreaking patient safety program for seven years. Read more →

10 Tips to improve your negotiation skills

Categories: Safe Practices, Vermont LawAuthor:

At Shoup Evers  & Green, we are prepared to try our cases before a judge or jury; but the vast majority of our cases end with a negotiated settlement. We are committed to negotiating the best settlement for our clients. John Schraven has extensive experience negotiating for over 25 years. John also applies his skills in his day to day life. While we all want our negotiations, whether for a legal claim or a car purchase, to be successful, few of us have the skills and experience to achieve that. We hope you will find John’s pointers helpful in your next negotiation.

1. Prepare.

Do not go in unprepared with the expectation Read more →

Workers’ Compensation Claim for Beryllium Disease Caused by Exposure at Rutland GE Plant

Categories: Health and Safety, Safe Practices, Workers' Compensation Hearing DecisionAuthor:

We are awaiting a decision from the Vermont Department of Labor in a workers’ compensation claim in which our client developed chronic beryllium disease (CBD) as a result of her exposure to beryllium while working as a machinist at General Electric in Rutland, Vermont. GE claims our client has sarcoidosis, not CBD. At the hearing, OKG attorney Michael Green presented testimony from Carrie Redlich, MD, a professor at the Yale School of Medicine and an internationally recognized expert on CBD. Dr. Redlich explained that CBD is often misdiagnosed as sarcoidosis. Dr. Redlich determined our client had CBD because of her history of exposure to beryllium at GE, as well as the results of a lung biopsy and beryllium lymphocyte proliferation test (BeLPT).

Seat Belt Safety in Vermont

Categories: Health and Safety, Safe Practices, Vermont Law, Workers' Compensation Hearing DecisionAuthor:

Seat belt usage in Vermont, according to the most recent numbers, runs at 87%. This is about a twenty point improvement over the last seven years or so. So what would happen if Vermonters were to increase their seat belt usage to 90%? The Vermont Department of Public Safety believes that it would save at least one life every year. Backing this up is another number: as of 2006, the latest data available, over 50% of fatal crashes in Vermont involved unrestrained drivers or passengers.

What does all this mean. Yes, air bags are great, but they do not replace seat belts. The combination of seat belts and air bags is the best combination to stay alive in a crash.

While the incentive to stay alive should be enough cause for most people to use their seat belts, there is another, reason: Vermont law requires it. Everyone in a motor vehicle must wear a seat belt or sit in a car seat or a booster seat.

Children under one year old and those weighing less than 20 pounds must ride in a rear-facing car seat. Children over one year old and weighing more than 20 pounds should ride in a federally approved seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old. Once a child reaches the age of eight, they should ride in a properly fitted seat belt.

As it relates to children, there is an important fact to remember. A very high percentage of children’s seat are not properly fitted. However, Vermont law enforcement agencies routinely hold clinics where, at no charge, they will check out child car seat installations and help owners correctly fit their car seat for the car.  As well, this Child Safety Seat Inspection Station Locator can help you find  an inspection stations near you.

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