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The Arizona Supreme Court recently ruled on the common law precedent of the original tortfeasor rule, which allows a person who is civilly liable to another for some injury may also be civilly liable for the negligence, mistake or lack of skill on the part of a doctor or surgeon who treats the injured person for that injury. doctorpatientrelationship

What is often considered is whether aggravation of the original injury or subsequent additional injury due to poor medical or surgical treatment was a natural and probable consequence of the original injury or a direct result of the original tortfeasor’s actions.

In Florida, this issue was weighed by the Florida Supreme Court in Stuart v. Hertz Corp., back in 1977. In that case, our highest court ruled that a rental car company whose vehicle injured a woman in an accident could be liable for injuries she sustained from medical negligence while she was being treated for her original injuries. The court further ruled the rental car company couldn’t introduce the doctor into the case and make him pay for his portion of the damages. (The federal Graves Amendment has since barred individuals from taking action against rental car companies for the negligence of their driving customers, though that is beside the point here).  Continue reading

The family of Michael Waddle, 50, told The Palm Beach Post the former firefighter always insisted on kisses and hugs whenever someone left the home because, “You never know when you might see them last.” driving6

It turned out to be wiser than perhaps he would ever realize. After working 20 years as a firefighter, he was forced to retire due to a work injury. He was on his way to his new job as a security guard when was killed on his way to work, just miles from his home, when his Ford F350 struck another vehicle before rolling over and then striking a cement pole near Summit Road in Palm Beach Gardens. The driver of the other vehicle, a 54-year-old woman, was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Now, Waddle’s wife and three children say the man who was always their hero is now their angel, who will continue to inspire them in new ways. Continue reading

Strides in safety improvements for front seat passengers of motor vehicles in recent years has now shed light on an area that’s been neglected: The back seat. cars2

Fewer research and regulation has focused on protecting back seat passengers, in many cases children and increasingly, passengers using ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber.

Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA) has announced it is planning a series of changes to its crash-test program, which determines the 5-star Safety Ratings. These ratings are hugely valuable to vehicle manufacturers, dealerships and customers. For the very first time, the agency is proposing putting a crash test dummy in the back seat during front-impact crash tests. The final rule revisions are expected to be finalized by the end of 2016, and thus would be used for the updated rating system on 2019 model year vehicles.  Continue reading

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