Month: October 2018

Feds put Catholic church across the nation on notice: Don’t destroy any evidence of abuse

The federal investigation into Catholic priest abuse now includes every diocese in the nation.

U.S. Attorney William McSwain has put every archdiocese, diocese and Catholic entity on notice to preserve and not destroy evidence of priest abuse or a cover-up.

An attorney for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops told the York Daily Record Friday the organization is complying with a request from the U.S. Department of Justice.

In a letter sent earlier this month, McSwain directed conference President Daniel DiNardo to notify all Catholic institutions to preserve documents in their current form and condition, “and not be destroyed, discarded, disposed of, deleted, or altered in any way.”

Part of the letter was published by a Philadelphia blogger on Friday. It shows the letter

Hernia Mesh Complications Can Cause Mental and Emotional Issues

Today, hernia mesh manufacturers such as Johnson & Johnson, Atrium, Covidien, and C.R. Bard, Inc., are the target of thousands of lawsuits because of medical complications that occurred after hernia mesh implant surgery. These infections can include extreme pain, infection, recurrence of hernia, organ perforation, nerve damage, and mesh shrinkage or migration—potentially plaguing patients for years if not a lifetime. The number of lawsuits alleging injury due to such issues continues to mount. 

Trucking Fatalities Reach Highest Level in 29 Years

Deaths from large truck crashes reached their highest level in 29 years in 2017, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.

Fatalities from big truck crashes rose even though the overall traffic fatality rate declined, the agency reported.

In 2017, 37,133 people died in motor vehicle crashes, a 2 percent decline from the prior year. The dip reversed two consecutive years of increases. Preliminary estimates indicate the downward trend is continuing through the first half of this year, according to NHTSA.

Large truck fatalities rose 9 percent to 4,761, an increase of 392 lives lost over the prior year. About 1,300 of the deaths were truckers. The remaining 72 percent occurred in the other vehicle involved in the collision.

About 40 percent of truck occupants killed were not wearing seat belts.

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