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Dying To Drive

Russ Golla, President, Wisconsin Association for Justice


We are more at risk from distracted drivers than drunk drivers.

In Wisconsin, more than 10,000 people were hurt last year in distracted driving accidents. Often, it's because most of us instinctively answer a call even where we're behind the wheel.

But by taking that call your chances of being in an accident just jumped dramatically. Scientists who have studied the distraction caused by talking on a cell phone while driving have equated it with drunk driving - driving with a blood alcohol level of .08. They have also concluded that manipulating a cell phone while driving is the equivalent of driving with a blood alcohol concentration of twice the legal limit - .16.

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Medical Study: Diagnosis wrong too often, urgent improvements needed

It is a frightening statistic. Most of us will experience at least one wrong or delayed diagnosis at some point our lives. The Institute of Medicine made headlines in the 90's when they estimated as many 98,000 people die annually because of preventable medical mistakes in hospitals. That's compounded now with news of a stunning number of errors that may be happening at the diagnostic stage.

For patients, especially in Wisconsin, it's more evidence of why all of us have to take more responsibility for our own care. Here in Wisconsin, one of the weaknesses is a malpractice law that does nothing to support patient rights.

 Follow this link to an interview with the former President of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, Chris Stombaugh, on why the state's malpractice law is so sadly lacking.



The Power Of Justice

CNN's Michael Smerconish recently aired a compelling commentary on the civil justice system.

Using the GM case as a springboard, Smerconish showed how the Melton family - who lost their daughter in a crash - turned to the courts to find justice both for their family and their daughter.

Smerconish referred to the civil justice system as a check on free enterprise especially when profits take a back seat to safety.

As he so aptly put's all about accountability.



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