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Shocking Hospital Infection Rate Revealed nn Study

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A new study released by the New England Journal of Medicine, and publicized on CNN Health, has revealed that about 1 in every 25 patients seeking treatment at hospitals acquired an infection there in 2011. As shocking as that news might be to you, this information actually shows progress from past estimates, while the grim reality remains that far too many people become infected while seeking medical treatment in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The study included 183 hospitals and 11,282 patients surveyed between May and September 2011, and it found that patients acquired 721,800 infections at hospitals that year. 75,000 of these patients died, according to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, although the study did not determine whether an infection actually caused or contributed to each of these deaths. It is estimated that there were 1.7 million healthcare associated infections and 155,668 infected patient deaths in 2002, with 98,987 of those deaths involving infection as either a cause or contributing factor to the death.

Riding With Impaired Drivers May Lead to Riskier Teen Driving

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An important study conducted by the Health Behavior Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, has found that teens who have been in cars with impaired drivers may be more likely themselves to get behind the wheel drunk or drugged. The study also reveals that the more frequently the teen is exposed to this risky behavior, the more risky their own driving habits become. It also revealed some other troubling statistics.

Pledge to Share the Road Motorcycle Safety

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A new program titled Pledge to Share the Road is underway through the Motorcycle Safety Coalition. Our attorneys at Stark & Stark support this program and its goal to increase driver awareness of motorcycles and to encourage safe driving practices for everyone’s benefit. Through this program it is hoped we can encourage all motorists to share the road. The site has numerous safety tips, information and tools for drivers of all ages. Here are a few tips:

Is Your Bicycle Injury Settlement Taxable?

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The short answer is:  “It Depends”. The taxability of injury settlements is dependent upon the nature of the claim being settled.  The IRS publications indicate that compensation for a person’s pain, suffering, emotional distress, inconvenience and the loss of enjoyment of life attributable to physical injury from an accident is generally not taxable.  However a… Continue Reading

Reporting Work Related Injuries: Deadline Under New Jersey Law

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When do you have to report a work related injury in New Jersey? No matter what anyone tells you, you have 90 days to report a specific accident and be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in New Jersey. Internal employer policies can be different, but this does not mean you can’t receive workers’ compensation benefits.

The GOP’s Selective Constitutionalism

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Below is an article written by Ken Connor, an amazing lawyer and good personal friend, who handles Nursing Home cases throughout the country. Ken’s article shows us that no matter which way we lean (Republican or Democrat) this is something we all should agree on.