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July 2018 Archives

Family files wrongful death claim over duck boat accident

Iowa readers may be interested to learn that the family of two people killed in the Missouri duck boat accident in July has filed a $100 million wrongful death lawsuit against the boat's owners. The accident claimed the lives of 17 passengers, including nine members of an Indiana family. The lawsuit was filed by the estates of a 76-year-old man and a 2-year-old boy from that family.

Study links frequent doctor burnout with malpractice

According to a study recently published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, more than half of all doctors in Iowa and across the U.S. suffer from burnout. This is a condition that many workers in high-stress environments develop, and it is characterized by physical fatigue, emotional exhaustion and depression. Burnout has a negative impact on doctor performance, often leading to medical mistakes.

Car crash deaths top 40,000 for second year in a row

Iowa motorists may be interested to learn that data from the National Safety Council shows that there has been a nationwide increase in car crash fatalities over the past few years. Its preliminary estimate for 2017 is that 40,100 people died in motor vehicle accidents in 2017. This is down from the 40,327 deaths recorded in 2016. However, it was the second consecutive year where the number topped 40,000. Such a high number was last seen in 2007.

If your child has cerebral palsy, learn to be flexible

A pregnant woman looks forward to bringing home a perfect bundle of joy after her delivery. While this is what happens in most cases, it certainly isn't always the reality. A woman might learn that her baby suffered from hypoxia before or during labor and delivery. This is a condition that means that the baby's brain didn't get enough oxygen-rich blood and has suffered some damage.

Distracted driving increasingly becoming a problem

For many Iowa drivers, being able to listen to music, use navigation systems and make phone calls or texts while they are on the road can make driving more bearable. However, built-in infotainment systems and smartphone use can also make driving far more dangerous. In fact, many believe that distracted driving was a factor in some of the estimated 37,150 traffic fatalities that occurred in 2017.

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