Football Concussions and Brain Injury

There is no such thing as a mild traumatic brain injury. Even the least severe brain injury can have devastating effects — slurring of words, blurred vision, depression, and memory disorders. This is being supported by the recent data released on professional football concussions and eventual memory disorder or dementia. For years the league has minimized or denied statistics compiled by others … [Read more...]

Minnesota: A Model for Medical Malpractice Suits

Tort reform is not the answer. It will not lower health insurance rates. It will not lower health care costs. It will not reduce doctors' premiums. Rather, it will penalize the most critically injured patients. Furthermore, it will reduce the pressure on medical professionals to avoid careless medical errors. The focus should be on reducing the number of medical errors. Currently in the United … [Read more...]

Tort Reform: Not the Fix for Health Care System

In an effort to shift the blame for our country's health care crisis away from private insurers and onto the legal system, proponents of tort reform say there are three reasons for the surge in health care expenses: defensive medicine frivolous lawsuits high malpractice insurance premiums driving doctors out of business The Truth of the Matter: Defensive Medicine Does Not Increase Health … [Read more...]

Minneapolis is the Safest City in America, says Forbes.com

Minneapolis came in as the safest city on the Forbes.com top 10 list. Forbes.com looked at the 40 largest metropolitan areas and used 2008 statistics from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and a number of different government agencies in determining the rankings. Minneapolis was in the top 10 in all four categories. Minneapolis tops our list of … [Read more...]

McDonald's Coffee Case: Lawsuit Verdict Defended

Liebeck v. McDonald's, "The McDonald's Coffee Case", has been widely misreported and misunderstood. The jury's award was for $200,000 in compensatory damages and $2.7 million for punitive damages (equal to only 2 days of McDonald's coffee sales). Punitive damages were allowed because McDonalds' conduct was deemed reckless, callous, and willful. Stella Liebeck was found 20% negligent, reducing the … [Read more...]