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The Hidden Defibrillator That Could Have Saved A Child's Life

What good is a first aid kit if nobody is trained to use it in an emergency? Worse, what good is it if kept hidden in a closet? A wrongful death lawsuit in Florida is asking similar questions about an automatic external defibrillator which could have saved a 12-year-old boy’s life.Indian River County school district sued over boy’s deathINDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The parents of a 12-year-old boy…

Bob Carroll

Let Me Count The Ways Mistakes Killed The Comair Passengers

The causes of airplane crashes are rarely singular. They tend to be combinations of multiple errors and defects. This story from Kentucky.com shows just some of the individual causes that came together in Lexington to take the lives of 49 people.Attorneys say revelations in crash investigation help lawsuitsThe plane crashed on takeoff from Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport after the pilots taxied…

Bob Carroll

The Glove Compartment Is Not A Gun Safe

Firearms and children continue to find each other. And, the combination is deadly.Six year old finds gun in glove compartmentA six-year old Chicago boy, Jaylen Parker, died at the University of Chicago Hospital after shooting himself in a car belonging to his grandmother, a 17-year Cook County correctional officer, while she was retrieving the boy’s younger brother from the Mighty God Christian…

Bob Carroll

Wrongful Death By Sales Promotion Contest

Promotions sometimes get a little out of hand. We have seen the huge pileup that occurs when wads of money are dropped from the balcony onto the crowd below. And, the mad dash when the doors are flung open for the midnight sale. But, this promotion was dumb, dumb, dumb. Woman Dies after Water Drinking ContestDid this radio station not consider the implications of their stunt? Via…

Bob Carroll

Lobbying From The Back Of The Courtroom

The New York Times is running an editorial today about the limits of spectator actions during America’s public trials. We are proud that our criminal and civil court systems are open to the public. But, can we allow the public to intervene as a factor in the outcome? Can we permit public access to morph into what the Times calls lobbying?Lobbying the Jury We are disappointed that the Supreme…

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Nurse Charged Criminally For Causing Death Of Pregnant Patient

You be the judge.Did this nurse cross the line between a breach of the standard of care and criminal misconduct? Former St. Mary’s nurse charged in death of patient Nursing and hospital officials were outraged Thursday after the state filed a felony charge against the nurse whose medication error caused the death of a teenager at St. Mary’s Hospital in July.It’s the first time a health- care…

Bob Carroll

Comair Sues U.S. And Lexington Airport

You are an airline. One of your planes took off from the wrong runway and, as a result of this grossly negligent action, forty-nine people died. What are you to do?You could sue the federal government and the airport to make sure other parties that bear responsibility pay their fair share of the compensation which will have to be paid to the families of the victims. In a novel tactic that is…

Bob Carroll

Motorcycle Safety Mission Of Clearwater Mother

A Clearwater woman has suffered the tragic death of her son in a motorcycle crash and is doing her best to save the lives of other motorcyclists. Mom on a mission to promote motorcycle safety Clearwater, Florida – As Diane Pearson watches cars whiz by on McMullen Booth Road, the scene revs up her fears.In May of last year, Pearson’s 31-year-old son Gene died in a motorcycle crash. While going…

Bob Carroll

Balloons Pose Special Dangers For Children

Balloons and children. They seem to attract each other. There is a need for special care, however.According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, inhaling an uninflated balloon or pieces of a broken balloon is one of the leading causes of child suffocation death. KidSafe brings us this warning about the unique dangers of balloons and children. A small child can accidentally suck a balloon…

Bob Carroll

Amusement Ride Causes Death

Amusement park rides can be exciting. But, if not properly inspected and maintained, they can cause serious injury or death. In this sad story from Boston a 25 year old ride broke apart because it was in poor repair.Family of fair accident victim files wrongful death suitBOSTON– The family of a Shrewsbury man who died after being thrown from a carnival ride at a church fair nearly two years…