Conservation Trust for NC Purchases 523 Acres
December 10th, 2013
The Conservation Trust for North Carolina has purchased 523 acres of pristine land along the Blue Ridge Parkway on Humpback Mountain.
The purchase helps guarantee that the Blue Ridge Parkway will remain a gift for all and prevent it from being commercially developed. Environmentalists and hiking, hunting and fishing enthusiasts should be relieved. For more information:
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FDA Offers Safety Tips to Prevent Foodborne Illness This Holiday Season
December 5th, 2013
December 5, 2013
With the holiday season in full swing, most families are planning to cook large meals that will yield plenty of leftovers. What many fail to recognize though, is that this food can be a haven for bacteria and other germs that can cause illness. In fact, the North Carolina Foodborne Illness Lawyers with the law firm of HensonFuerst explain that at room temperature, dangerous microbes growing on food can double in a span of 20 minutes.
In an effort to help prevent foodborne illness this holiday season, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offered several tips to ensure safe food storage. Their team of experts stated that proper temperature regulation is the most vital aspect of food safety. That’s why refrigerators should be kept at a temperature of 40 degrees or below, while freezers should have a temperature of 0 degrees.
It is also important to tightly wrap foods to prevent contact with air, which allows bacteria to grow. However, foods should not be packed tightly into a refrigerator, so that cold air can circulate and properly chill foods.
The FDA adds that the most important thing to remember to prevent illness from leftovers is, “When in doubt, throw it out.”
The North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers with HensonFuerst recognize the dangers foodborne illnesses can pose and the firm is hopeful these tips will help keep citizens safe and healthy this holiday season!
Riders Skills Day Hopes to Reduce Number of North Carolina Motorcycle Accidents
November 21st, 2013
November 21, 2013
Motorcyclists in North Carolina face a serious risk of injury or death every time they take to the road. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported a steady increase in the number of motorcycle fatalities the state has seen over the last several years, with 62 more deaths being recorded in 2012 than in 2011.
The North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with HensonFuerst explain that several organizations in Fayetteville, North Carolina, recently conducted a program to help reduce these numbers in the future. On Friday, November 8, the Fayetteville Police Department partnered with Bike Safe North Carolina to hold “Riders Skills Day”.
The Fayetteville Observer reports the program consisted of a classroom learning session followed by several hands-on rides in the area to practice the skills that were discussed. Participants of the free program first watched videos and listened to speakers talk about actions that can be taken to stay safe on the road. Riders then geared up and took to the streets of the city to practice safe acceleration, braking, and passing through intersections. The ride later continued near Spring Lake, where participants practiced navigating curves in the road.
HensonFuerst’s team of North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes the risks of riding a motorcycle and encourages all motorcyclists, of all skill levels, to participate in safety courses like the one that was recently offered.
Dosage Error Claims Patient’s Life; Costs Doctor License
November 14th, 2013
November 14, 2013
Doctors licensed in the state of North Carolina have a responsibility to their patients to ensure the medications they receive are safe and are given in the correct dosages. The North Carolina Medical Malpractice Lawyers with HensonFuerst say any failure to do so often results in the doctor being reprimanded by the state and the family of the victim being eligible to hold the party responsible for their loss liable for damages.
A Cary, North Carolina, dentist is facing such scrutiny after a patient lost their life during a recent procedure. According to an article from WRAL News, the 57-year-old victim was sedated prior to having a procedure performed; however, the doctor failed to take into account how the patient’s sleep apnea could interact with the medication that was given and the patient stopped breathing. An autopsy revealed the victim died as a result of an overdose.
During a hearing held earlier this week, the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners found the doctor’s negligence in giving the patient the wrong dosage of medication was directly responsible for the death and ordered the doctor to surrender her license as punishment.
HensonFuerst and their team of North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how devastating the loss of a loved one to a medical error can be. That is why the firm would like to send their deepest sympathies to the family of the victim.
North Carolina Works to Protect Elderly Nursing Home Patients Through New Law
November 7th, 2013
November 7, 2013
Data from the National Center on Elder Abuse shows that roughly one-third of all nursing home residents over the age of 65 are the victims of abuse or neglect by medical staff each year. The North Carolina Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers with HensonFuerst point out that the number could be much higher, considering the large number of cases that are believed to go unreported.
The state’s lawmakers are working to reduce the number of abuse and neglect cases seen in nursing homes by implementing several new pieces of legislation aimed at combating the problem. According to a story published by the Star News, Senate Bill 542 calls for drug testing of all employees involved in the long-term care of patients. Furthermore, the measure also calls for an increase in the ratio of the number of Certified Nurses Assistants a facility has on staff to its number of patients.
Experts believe the latter will help reduce the number of accidental patient injuries and deaths associated with neglect due to understaffing. Studies have long shown that facilities with more certified nursing staff have fewer deficiencies and lower hospitalization rates.
HensonFuerst and their team of North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers applaud the efforts being made to protect the health and safety of the elderly living in nursing homes and are hopeful the new measures are successful!
New Monitoring System Could Identify Risks of Traumatic Brain Injury In Football Players
October 31st, 2013
October 31, 2013
With the fall football season in full swing, many organizations are working to raise awareness about the dangers of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that players face on the field. The effort comes for good reason also, considering the North Carolina Brain Injury Lawyers with HensonFuerst point out that a TBI occurs every 23 seconds in the United States today.
In response to the rising concerns for player health, sports equipment manufacturer, Riddell, has developed a new piece of technology that can be used to measure the force of an impact on a players head during a hit in a game or practice. According to an article from Engadget, the device is called the InSite head-impact monitoring system and costs around $350 to get started using it.
The system works by implanting sensors into the helmet of the player. Then, when a hit occurs, data gathered by the sensors is sent to a unit on the sidelines that can interpret the data. This can be used to inform coaches and staff that a player may be at risk of having suffered a TBI as a result of a hit.
Experts say that while the system cannot reduce the chances of injury, it can be used to get those who do sustain an injury medical attention in a more timely and consistent manner.
HensonFuerst’s team of North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers are hopeful that such systems will be put into use at all levels of play as soon as possible.
FDA Improving Patient Safety Through Unique Device Identification System
October 24th, 2013
October 24, 2013
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for ensuring the safety of the medical devices that are released to the market. The agency is also charged with the task of issuing recalls and warnings regarding any faulty products that are discovered. The North Carolina Defective Product Lawyers with HensonFuerst point out that identifying problem devices sooner reduces the chances of patients being harmed.
That is the reason the FDA recently passed rules requiring each device to carry a Unique Device Identification (UDI) code. According to an FDA Press Release, the series of numbers and letters that make up the codes will be derived from information regarding the product. For instance, the first section of code will include information regarding the product’s make and model. The second half of the code will carry data about the product’s manufacture date, expiration date, and serial number.
Experts believe the new coding system will allow for information regarding problem products to be shared in a more efficient manner, resulting in better targeting of recalls and improved patient safety. These findings have led to a similar coding system being established globally.
HensonFuerst’s team of North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers applaud the efforts being made to better protect the public from the dangers posed by defective medical devices and the firm is hopeful the new system is a success!
Study Finds Connection Between BPA In Plastics and Pregnant Women Suffering Miscarriages
October 17th, 2013
October 17, 2013
While chemicals used to manufacture products we use everyday have made certain industrial advancements possible, they could also be putting the health of consumers at risk. The North Carolina Toxic Exposure Lawyers with HensonFuerst explain this point was underscored by a recent study, which found a connection between a certain chemical in plastics and women suffering pregnancy miscarriages.
An article from WRAL News states the research was conducted by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and was recently presented at the organization’s annual conference. The research team, led by Dr. Linda Guidice, found the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) can affect hormone levels. This supplies enough “biological plausibility” that the chemical could cause a woman struggling to maintain a healthy pregnancy to suffer a miscarriage.
These conclusions were drawn after the team examined the cases of 115 pregnant women, 68 of whom had miscarriages while 47 others resulted in a live birth. When blood samples of the women were analyzed, researchers found women in the top 25th percentile of BPA levels had an 80 percent chance of miscarriage.
Despite these findings and similar results in previous studies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration maintains the chemical is safe for use in most products.
HensonFuerst’s North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers recognize the dangers of the chemicals used in some products. That’s why the firm urges anyone who has been harmed by using a product containing a toxic chemical to discuss their case with an attorney.
Defective Highway Design Being Corrected In Raleigh After Crash Numbers Skyrocket
October 10th, 2013
October 10, 2013
One of the leading causes of accidental death in North Carolina is collisions involving motor vehicles. Data from the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicles shows that in 2011 alone, a total of 1,208 lives were lost as the result of car accidents. The North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers with HensonFuerst explain that a portion of these accidents were the result of a defective highway design.
One such problematic road in Raleigh, North Carolina, is undergoing some structural changes to improve user safety. According to an article from WRAL News, a project to widen Tryon Road on the south side of town is about to begin after several accidents in the area prompted officials to implement the alterations.
The road will go from being a two-lane, winding road to a four-lane, straightened stretch of highway after a new bridge is constructed connecting the golf course in the Renaissance Park neighborhood to Wilmington Street. Experts say that eliminating the curves in the road and expanding the width of the asphalt to include an extra lane on both sides of the road should effectively address the high number of crashes that have been recorded in the area in recent years.
The law firm’s team of North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers applauds the efforts being made to keep the state’s roadways safe and hopes to see similar projects break ground in other needed areas throughout the region.
Fire Prevention Week
October 8th, 2013
This year, the theme of Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12, 2013) is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” More fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home, accounting for 40% of all home fires.
Among the safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates will be emphasizing this week are:
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.
- If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
- If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three away from the stove.
- When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting or short sleeves.
- Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.
- Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.
According to a spokesperson at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA): ”Often when we’re called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes. Sadly, that’s all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. We hope that Fire Prevention Week will help us reach folks in the community before they’ve suffered a damaging lesson.”
To learn more, visit the website for the NFPA: www.nfpa.org
Special Resources for Kids
If you have kids, you can download a free Fire Safety App called Sparky’s Birthday Surprise. The app contains games, activities, coloring pages, and animation. To get the app for iOS or Android: Sparkyschoolhouse.org
For a kid-friendly Kitchen Safety Checklist: SAFETY CHECKLIST