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Sandy Hook Gun Ruling

Koskoff is honored to be a part of last week's incredibly important decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of ten Sandy Hook families and revived their case against Remington Arms Company, the manufacturer of the AR-15 used in the 2012 Newtown shooting. The decision is a huge step forward in the Sandy Hook families' efforts to shed light on Remington's marketing and sales practices, particularly the company's strategy to target high-risk users at the expense of Americans' safety.

How to have safe travels during Memorial Day weekend

With the unofficial kickoff to summer coming this weekend, people across the region are preparing to travel. Most people will drive, as AAA estimates that nearly 40 million people will travel at least 50 miles to their weekend destination.  Chances are that freeways will be clogged with weekend vacation traffic on Friday and Monday.

If you are one of the early birds will take off on Thursday to avoid Friday’s traffic, congratulations to you. However, threats still abound throughout the weekend.  Memorial Day weekend is largely the most dangerous holiday driving period; likely second to only New Year’s Eve. Besides distracted drivers and drowsy drivers, accidents are also attributable to drunk driving during this period.

Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month in the United States. Brain trauma is a serious health problem in this country, with more than 3.5 million people suffering a brain injury each year, and about 5.3 million Americans living with the disabling effects of an injury.

To mark the month-long campaign, here are some more facts about brain injury, as provided by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA):

Device maker claims to eliminate texting and driving

Many chronically distracted drivers disregard the safety of other people on the road in the name of using their smartphones whenever they want. Others know that texting and driving is dangerous, but cannot resist temptation when they receive a new text message.

Either type of distracted driver can kill or seriously hurt somebody in an auto wreck. For those who want to quit this dangerous habit before they injury somebody, but lack the willpower to put their phone away, a new device might be able to help.Many chronically distracted drivers disregard the safety of other people on the road in the name of using their smartphones whenever they want. Others know that texting and driving is dangerous, but cannot resist temptation when they receive a new text message.

Either type of distracted driver can kill or seriously hurt somebody in an auto wreck. For those who want to quit this dangerous habit before they injury somebody, but lack the willpower to put their phone away, a new device might be able to help.

Study links brain injuries and prison time

Though experts have studied brain injuries for centuries, there is so much about the effects of brain trauma we do not know -- especially long-term.

A new study suggests a potential link between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and criminal behavior. The study, released in a journal published by the Canadian Medical Association, finds that people with a TBI in their past were more than twice as likely to wind up in prison as the population at large, according to Fox News.

Deadly distracted car crashes leaped 8.8% in 2015

For people who believe that hands-free use of their cellphone while driving is the solution to the distracted driving epidemic in the United States, a new report from the Christian Science Monitor seems to put the lie to that contention. As reported in the Monitor, in 2015 the national car crash rate went up at the fastest rate in nearly 50 years, and hands-free smartphone use may be largely to blame.

A total of 35,092 people were killed in auto wrecks in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports. The Monitor notes that the biggest increase in cause of wreck came in the distraction category. Those type of deadly crashes jumped 8.8 percent.

New Studies on Medical Errors

A new study indicates that medical errors kill about 250-thousand people a year. The study, by surgeon and Johns Hopkins University professor Martin Makary, reveals that medical error may be the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer.

The study explains that death certificates don't have a place for hospitals to acknowledge medical error, relying on what's known as "International Classification of Disease Code," so human and system errors cannot be recorded.

Bike Walk Connecticut

Bike Walk Connecticut is working to make the state safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. We are delighted to support their efforts with a significant donation, made in recognition of board members Sean Alexander and Colleen Kelly Alexander - a Clinton, CT couple who are dedicated advocates of bike safety. Connecticut ranks as the 18th deadliest state per capita for cyclists killed in traffic accidents. We have seen far too many devastating - and preventable - accidents involving bicyclists. Bike Walk Connecticut has taken the lead in highlighting the need for enhanced safety for cyclists and pedestrians. Bike Walk Connecticut seeks to change the culture of transportation and make Connecticut a better place to bike and walk. The organization advocates at the state government level for laws, policies, and funding that support active transportation. 

Infection and Death Linked to ERCP Procedure

Contaminated endoscopes are suspected of causing a deadly outbreak of the superbug CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae) at UCLA hospital in California, where at least 7 patients have been infected and 2 have died.

Several other hospitals around the country have reported incidents of infection following ERCP procedures over the past couple of years.