Safety and Health Reporter

Drunk Driving

In an effort to combat drunk driving in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe introduced the Virginia Faces of Drunk Driving website.  McAuliffe dedicated the Tumblr site to the people whose lives were ended by drunk drivers and also to those who have been left behind.

Drunk Driving Fatalities

Drunk driving …

Closed Head Injury – CT Scan

Closed head injury simply means that there has been no skull fracture. It does not mean that there has been no brain injury. In fact most head injuries are classified as closed head injuries.

Closed Head Injury-CT Scan
The most common way to diagnose a closed head injury is through a CT …

Punitive Damage Awards

The Virginia Supreme Court recently dealt with the issue of punitive damage awards.  The question was whether or not an award in this particular case was too high.  The jury in this case awarded different amounts of compensatory damages to the two plaintiffs.  One of the plaintiffs was the driver …

Knee Replacement

Knee replacement surgery becomes necessary when the cushion between the bone has worn down. That cushion between the bones is the cartilage. The knee bones themselves are held in place through ligaments that tie the bones together and provide stability.

Bilateral Knee Replacement
A double knee replacement may seem like an …

Rowdy Teenage Passengers

Rowdy teenage passengers pose a greater risk for teenage drivers than do cell phones or message texting according to an April 2014 study from the University of North Carolina. Teenage drivers are six times more likely to have to take some evasive action to …

Freedom Calls

Freedom calls for Frederick Douglass. Douglas began his quest for freedom on a train that pulled out of Baltimore, Maryland. He jumped onboard a rail car designated for blacks. His name, according to his papers, was Frederick Bailey. The papers belonged …

Medical Records Metadata

Medical records have come a long way from simply writing notes on a clipboard that is hung at the foot of the patient’s bed. Medical records are now electronic. They carry with them an audit trail that is contained within the medical records metadata. That audit trail …


There are lots of rules that are applicable to cross-examination.

Rules can be good but as is so often the case in law, rules are swallowed up by the exceptions.

The rules which have been memorialized by …

Corporate Depositions

Corporate depositions are allowed under Rules of the Court. The pertinent rules require that the organization (corporation or otherwise) designate and prepare people to speak on its behalf regarding matters specified. This specification must be with reasonable particularity. The responding party then has to produce one or …

Child Head Injuries

Child head injuries are potentially problematic cases for a host of reasons. They require the intervention of a multitude of professionals. Children naturally fear strangers. They frequently are uncomfortable with new people and putting them into a situation where they are forced to deal with new people is typically not …

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