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10 Questions to ask before having LASIK Surgery

Who will perform your preoperative work-up? Will it be an optometrist or technician, and if so, when will the ophthalmologist review the findings and discuss them with you? Will your surgeon review all of the tests that were performed before the day of surgery? Does the surgeon regularly practice medicine in the community where your

Click It or Ticket It

Oregon Police Departments enforce the state’s safety belt overtime enforcement program, Click It or Ticket It. Studies have shown that most Oregonians comply with the seat belt law during daylight hours but are more inclined to not buckle up when darkness falls. Police enforce the seat belt law and are actively looking for drivers and

Transportation Safety Month

May is Oregon’s “Transportation Safety Awareness” month. Traditionally, the summer months are when the majority of Oregon roads get repaired, and there is an increase in work zones for all drivers to navigate. Unfortunately, there is also an increase in the amount of accidents involving drivers and work zones. Most work zone injuries are avoidable.

Motorcyclists and Drivers: Be Careful Out There

As Oregonians, we are all delighted with warm weather in the spring and try to take advantage of the sunshine. The warm weather and the increase in motorcycle and car traffic go hand in hand at this time of year. Unfortunately, there is also a direct correlation in the increase of traffic and the increase

Toys Hurt Children More Often Than You Think

A growing percentage of children suffer significant injuries at the hands of their favorite toys, according to the Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP). Based on a study by the CIRP, a child is treated in an emergency room in the United States every three minutes for a toy-related injury. The biggest risk for

Informed Consent and Medical Malpractice Cases

Informed Consent and Medical Malpractice Cases At trial, the doctor wanted to tell the jury that our client had signed consent forms and, therefore, she accepted the risk of a bad outcome. The trial judge said such evidence was improper. In reality, defendants always say this, mostly to confuse the jury into thinking that patients

FDA Cautions Users of Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medicines

As drivers, we have all been inundated with information regarding drinking and driving from various civic organizations, advertising campaigns, school organizations, local news, and police departments. We are made aware of these campaigns during each holiday, football game, or event in which the majority of participants are tempted to relax with a cocktail or two.

Rain can make for Hazardous Driving

Driving around the Portland metro area becomes a challenge especially during the commuting hours. Each year during the rainy season, there is an increase in traffic accidents due to slick roads, standing water, and driver’s inattention to the changing weather conditions. During the warm summer months, the oil and grease on the roadway doesn’t have

Motorcycle Safety Awareness

During summer there is an increase in motorcycle traffic. Unfortunately, there is usually an increase in collisions involving cars and motorcycles, too. With that in mind, let’s all observe the following suggestions for a safer summer for everyone: Motorcyclists Don’t speed. Allow time and space to react to other motorists or changing road conditions. Always

Cell Phone Fines

Accident statistics gathered by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) verify that distracted driving is responsible for a large percentage of accidents in Oregon. Texting while driving is dangerous and we all know we shouldn’t do it, but there is still a large number of drivers out there who still do it anyway. In fact,

April is “Distracted Driving Awareness” Month

April is “Distracted Driving Awareness” Month in an attempt to drive down the incidences of accidents, injuries, and deaths associated with distracted driving. In 2014, Oregon Department of Transportation started to team up with NHTSA in supporting the National Distracted Driving campaign. Many people believe that distracted driving is texting on a cell phone while

The Bicyclist’s Survival Guide

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) maintains “The Bicyclist’s Survival Guide” and it is available for viewing on the ODOT website. It is a timely guide for the summer months when there is an increase in ridership and unfortunately in bicycle accidents. Take a moment and familiarize yourself once again with the “rules of the

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