Since Donald Trump took office in 2017, there has been a decline in the number of inspectors working for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Because of Trump’s efforts to slow down the growth of the federal bureaucracy, and the mass departure of civil servants across the government, increasing numbers of vacancies are remaining unfilled. The inspection force is now fewer than 1000 tasked with monitoring the safety of over 130 million American workers. While recent efforts have been made to hire a few more inspectors, greater efforts are required to keep up with the increasing need for workplace inspections. Read more
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Primary care providers see patients who come to them with common, everyday medical problems. You see your primary care provider when you think you have the flu or a sinus infection. Depending on your insurance, your primary care provider can also be the gatekeeper of your access to specialists. Your primary care provider is usually the first doctor you see when something is wrong, and you trust him or her to provide you with appropriate medical care. But primary care providers can also make medical errors and can be liable for malpractice. Read more
When a person is injured by a defective product, there a number of different theories under which they can pursue compensation. First, there is a defect in the manufacturing of the product. Second, there is a failure to warn of dangers or a defect in the marketing of a product. Finally, there is a defect in the design of the product. Read more
The advocacy group Kids in Danger (KID) recently released its annual report examining children’s product recalls in 2017. The group reported that there was an increase in the number of products recalled but that the death and injury rate from defective products dropped when compared to 2016 numbers. The report suggested that overall the success of product recalls was unimpressive when averaged over the past decade and there is still much room for improvement. Read more