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  • Over The River and Through the Woods - Safe Travel Suggestions
    November 24 2010

    The 2010 Holiday Season kicks off this week with Thanksgiving Day.  Many Oregon families will be driving long distances over busy, wet and slippery highways to celebrate with loved ones.

    According to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Oregon State Police (OSP) during the holiday season more motorist are involved in motor vehicle collisions resulting in injury and death, than during other times of the year. 

    OSP and ODOT have teamed up this year with a Click it Or Ticket Campaign, encouraging all motorists to be sure and wear seatbelts.  These agencies also remind travelers to be prepared for winter road conditions, drive carefully, and stay alert and sober while driving.  Police officers will be saturating Oregon roads and teaming up with other traffic enforcement efforts nationwide to reduce crashes, injuries and deaths.

    “No one wants to start the holidays off down the wrong road by causing a collision or getting a ticket,” said Captain Mike Dingeman, director of the OSP Patrol Services Division.  “Save a life and save or money.  Drive carefully, alert and sober, and buckle up every time on the road, day or night.”

    “Sadly, the holidays, which for many are the happiest time of year, is also one of the deadliest and tragic,: said Dingeman.

    ODOT reminds travelers to use TripCheck.com (or call 5-1-1) for the latest road conditions and follow these important safety tips:

    Getting Ready for the Trip
    * Plan ahead to give yourself plenty of extra time to get to your destination.
    * Stay informed about weather conditions, potential traffic hazards and highway closures.
    * Check road conditions by visiting http://www.TripCheck.com
    or calling 5-1-1
    * Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving starting with good tires, a good battery, and a full tank of gas.
    * Carry an emergency kit and chains or traction tires, especially if traveling over mountain passes.
    * Snacks and bottled water also are a good idea for long trips, especially with children.
    * Carry a map in case weather or road conditions force you to take a detour. Keep family members or friends aware of any significant changes in your planned route before you take the unplanned route.
    * Get plenty of rest before you leave on any trip.
    * Clear snow, ice or frost from windows and headlights before you leave.
    * Make sure everyone is using safety restraints and secure any cargo.
    * Always have a designated driver for any holiday activities that include alcohol.
    On the Road:
    * Drive according to conditions. If it’s wet, icy, snowy or foggy, slow down and increase your following distance behind other vehicles to at least a four-second distance. Keep in mind that conditions may not be perfect to drive at the posted speed.
    * Use headlights even in daylight to help other drivers see you.
    * Don’t use cruise control in wet, icy, snowy or foggy conditions.
    * Be patient with all the other traffic on the highways.
    * Watch out for pedestrians now that the days are shorter and darker, and remember they’re often in dark clothing.
    * If you get tired or drowsy, stop and rest during your trip or get a rested and sober licensed driver behind the wheel.
    * There are still many construction zones on our highways, and even though work will be inactive over the holiday weekend there may be equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway. Stay alert and slow down because all work zone speed limits still apply and fines increase in these areas.
    * Don’t drink and drive or get into a vehicle with a driver who has been drinking.



  • 2010 Oregon Super Lawyers Selects Personal Injury Attorney Gregory K. Zeuthen
    November 21 2010

    I was once again named one of the top 5% of attorneys in the State of Oregon by Oregon Super Lawyers.  The official announcement was in The Oregonian last week. This is the fourth year in a row I have been selected to receive this prestigious honor and I am very thankful.

    The vetting process for the candidate pool is strenuous and has multiple steps. Each candidate is then evaluated based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement: verdicts and settlements; transactions; representative clients; experience; honors and awards; special licenses and certifications; position with a law firm; bar and other professional activity.

    I am much honored to be selected again this year by both my peers and Oregon Super Lawyers. Since 1984 I have worked diligently representing a variety of clients who have been injured due to the negligence of others, including in motor vehicle, aviation and railroad accidents, along with medical malpractice claims, Lasik cases and wrongful death claims.  I always work hard for my clients and it is extremely gratifying to be recognized again as one of the top 5 percent of attorneys in the State of Oregon.

  • Preventable Healthcare Mistakes Result in 180,000 Annual Medicare Deaths
    November 17 2010

    The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services has released a study stating that one out of every seven Medicare patients is harmed as a result of medical care received while hospitalized.  Of these patients, 180,000 die from these mistakes.  Most of the mistakes were preventable according to the study.

    This is a scary statistic from the Department of Health and Human Services.  This study leads to the question; how many more patients are injured unnecessarily through the medical malpractice of doctors and nurses in hospital settings?  How many mistakes go unreported?  Many patients are unsure if a mistake has occurred when there is a bad outcome from a hospitalization. 

    If you have a question about a potential medical malpractice, please call my office.

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