Anyone who has ever navigated busy New York roadways understands how stressful it can be with horns honking, taxis flitting this way and that, and hundreds of pedestrians crossing the street, many times against traffic signals! A motorist always needs to be alert and prepared to react to unexpected situations. When reckless or distracted drivers join the mix, an uneventful trip to the grocery store or your favorite restaurant can become a tragic situation.
The city of New York agreed on Sept. 27, 2016 to pay $5.75 million to settle a lawsuit resulting from the 2013 death of mentally ill Rikers Island inmate Bradley Ballard. At the time of his eventual rescue, Ballard was found covered in his own urine and feces after being locked in a cell with no water for six days. The settlement is the largest the city has ever paid to resolve a case of the death of an inmate in custody.
A bill currently under consideration by Congress is calling for more guardians against defective medical devices. The term "guardians" refers more specifically to "covered device users", a legal term defined within the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. These users include those who are legally required to report defective devices to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).