Ranked under heart disease and cancer, medical errors take more lives in the United States than other causes like car accidents, accidental shootings, falls, and poisonings. One researcher estimated some 251,000 deaths a year between the years of 2000-2008 could be attributed to medical errors, that’s a striking 700 deaths a day.
As the first snow event of the season approaches, Roanoke and New River Valley residents are stocking up on the essentials. Forecasters are closely watching a system moving east through Tennessee and has placed most of Southwest Virginia under a Winter Weather Advisory beginning Friday, January 6 at 7pm and ending Saturday, January 7 at 7pm.
I get it, the holidays are a busy time of year. Year-end deadlines, shopping, decorating, Christmas parties, and over indulging in food and drink can be blamed for not getting the sleep that you need. Or maybe you believe that you can get by on just 4 or 5 hours a night all year round.
Dangerous Toys 2016
Every year before the Holiday season, W.A.T.C.H. a non-profit organization whose acronym stands for World Against Toys Causing Harm releases a “10 Worst List”. In order to make the list, toys are rated by their potential to cause serious injury or death to children. In the past, we’ve seen toys that posed risks of causing blindness, burn injuries and even death to children and teenagers.
48.7 Million Americans are predicted by AAA to travel this Thanksgiving weekend. According to previous data that is a one million person increase over last year’s travelers. While many will take to the skies, and some will utilize mass transportation on trains, most will be traveling in passenger vehicles and on buses.
Shortly after 1:00 am Thursday morning a Roanoke County Police Officer noticed a bicycle lying on the side of Williamson Road. After stopping to investigate, the officer found the body of Max Brook, age 24, lying on the side of the road. Apparently struck by a hit and run vehicle, Max died before help arrived.
As crowds gathered after the NASCAR race Sunday in Martinsville, a driver in a Chevy SSR Convertible was trying to pass a jeep near bystanders. Instead of using extreme caution and slow speed because of the number of pedestrians close by, witnesses say the driver of the Chevy pulled out to a pass the Jeep and when unsuccessful, careened into a large crowd of people waiting outside of the track to watch drivers take off from the helipad or attempt to get autographs. Investigators have yet to charge the driver who was taken into custody after he injured 22 people. Thankfully most of the injuries were not life-threatening although several people were sent to a local hospital. Alcohol has not been determined to be a factor in the crash.
Diadra Shaffer, age 35 and mother of a one month old son was charged with driving while impaired, careless and reckless driving, misdemeanor child abuse, left of center driving and driving while her license was revoked on Sunday. The charges followed a serious accident involving Shaffer’s SUV, a brown Chevy Blazer and a white Ford passenger van.
A 66 year old man was hit by a vehicle being driven by a 22 year old woman yesterday near the Roanoke County Courthouse in Salem, Virginia.
I’ve been thinking a great deal about my clients lately and while I handle many different types of personal injury cases, I realized that all of the victims and victim’s families that I work with have one thing in common-