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March 2016 Archives

Letting the Air Out of Inflatable Toys

While seemingly safe and innocuous, inflatable toys sent 113,272 people to emergency rooms between 2003 and 2013. Most dangerous of all were the inflatable "Moon Bounce" that is designed to launch individuals high into the air. These "toys" were responsible for over 90% of ER visits within this 10-year period. In the United States, manufacturers of inflatable devices can be held accountable for poor design, poor construction, and product failure when their products cause injury or wrongful death to users.

How Psychological Abuse Impacts Nursing Home Patients

The National Center for Elder Abuse estimates that between 7.6-10% of nursing home residents have experienced abuse within the past year. Of these, less than 1 in 14 incidents of elder abuse are brought to the attention of authorities. Psychological abuse is one of the most insidious forms of abuse. Unlike physical abuse, it leaves no physical marks to discover. The wounds of psychological abuse are internal and can severely impact patient health. Patients who are physically or psychologically abused are 300% more likely to pass away earlier than their peers who are not abused.

How Maintenance Affects Accident Rates

Improper maintenance is a leading cause of semi-truck accidents in America. As operating costs rise, many companies and drivers neglect maintenance in order to cut costs. For example, the average cost of tires increased 18% from 2010 to 2011. This caused many companies to put off replacing them until they could find cheaper alternatives.

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