We filed a lawsuit this week against Yale-New Haven Hospital and a surgeon, Dr. Joseph Akar, on behalf of a client who fell from the operating table following a fairly routine procedure. The woman went to the hospital for the implantation of a pacemaker and while still under anesthesia from the procedure fell from the table to the floor. She hit the floor with such force that she suffered a head injury, a broken collar bone, broken hip, and broken toe. Hitting her head caused bleeding around the lining of her brain. She also damaged her back. The woman, who prior to the incident was independent and energetic, is now a shut-in, dependent on others.
There is a great article in the New Haven Register this morning about a Cheshire teenager who saved the life of one his neighbors who was cut by a chainsaw after falling from a ladder. Unfortunately, many power tools are still manufactured today without a kill switch designed to shut off the tool if the user loses control of the tool. As a result, the same types of accidents happen over and over despite the fact that there is a readily available, inexpensive, and simple technological solution that can prevent these types of injuries. Frequently, a product can be made vastly safer simply by adding an inexpensive kill switch.