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Suicide by Truck

TASA ID: 9075

A 2014 investigational analysis of large truck fatal crashes in Sweden (Bálint et al., 2014) reported that 17% of them were attributable to suspected suicide.  The two major suicide scenarios were cars (or other light vehicles) crossing the highway centerline and pedestrians stepping out in front of trucks.  Another 9% were judged “unknown” for suicide, while the remaining 74% were coded “no.”  An international trucking firm based in Australia reviewed each of its fatal crashes and estimated that 20% or more were suicides, with the majority involving pedestrians (Jones, 2020).

 

New Risks for Commercial Building Managers as Covid-19 Restrictions Ease

TASA ID: 2619

Office buildings, “non-essential” stores and malls, some restaurants, university campuses, hotels – there is a long list of buildings that have been idled or had extremely low occupancy for the last month or more. As state governors begin the process to gradually restart the economy and ease restrictions, there are new risks – risks that building managers might not think about.

The Universal Protocol

TASA ID: 16893

Surgical errors happen every day, and lead to numerous types of medical malpractice cases. Most surgical errors are simple things that could have been prevented if all of the members of the operating room team were on the “same page”. Communication in a hectic room with multiple things going on at the same time can often be the root of surgical errors that lead to patient injury.

That is why the Joint Commission for Accreditation on Healthcare Organizations (JACHO) implemented a multi-step practice called “the universal protocol” back in 2003 that is the standard for surgery today. The goal is to perform the right surgery on right site and on the right patient. This requires the surgical team to start implementing this standard from the pre-operative area, then onto surgery.

 

Are You Selecting the “Right” Expert for Your Product Liability Case?

TASA ID: 12079

One of the most important decisions to be made by counsel in any litigation is which expert or experts to retain. A primary consideration in this decision is to determine whether there are any potential specialties or sub-specialties involved that are of importance to your case. For instance, in a product liability case involving a consumer appliance, an expert who has had experience in the design and manufacture of similar appliances might be a more appropriate candidate as an expert than one who has not been so involved with these products or processes.

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