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STEM CELL TREATMENT (BUYER BEWARE)

The Food and Drug Administration prevailed in a lawsuit against a stem cell clinic (U. S. Stem Cell Clinic) which had made claims that stem cells derived from a patient's own body can treat conditions ranging from Parkinson's disease to pulmonary fibrosis. Here in Minneapolis there are several clinics that have sprung up in the past 5 years which are making claims that stem cell treatment can successfully treat orthopedic injuries like degenerative changes or even traumatically caused back injuries.

Perfect v. Better

In today's Star Tribune was an article discussing the safety differences between Tesla's autopilot feature and human drivers. The article noted: "In the first quarterly report on the safety of its autonomous vehicles, Tesla said it recorded one crash for every 3.34 million miles driven when the autopilot was engaged." When you compare that with data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration you see that when humans are behind the wheel there is one crash for every 492,000 miles driven in the United States.

Cat Bites In Minnesota Law

Two weeks ago a woman came in my office and asked for my help concerning a cat bite that she had suffered when a neighbor's cat had bitten her on the hand and upper arm as my client was trying to remove the cat from her own home. The neighbor lets the cat run loose in the neighborhood all the time.

U.S is # 1 (Not Good News)

In last Tuesday's Star Tribune was a discouraging article concerning a significant increase in traffic deaths in the United States. The United States now leads the world in this category. 29 nations were studied and only five of the 29 saw an increase in traffic deaths between 2010 and 2016, with the US having the highest rate of increase at 13.5%. Sadly, the United States also saw the highest jump in pedestrian deaths during that same timeframe, a 39.2% increase. By contrast, Norway saw a 37.5% decrease in pedestrian deaths during that same timeframe. The authors of the study concluded that the increase appears to be tied to 2 main factors, more cars on the road because of a better economy AND DISTRACTED DRIVING. Another dismal statistic in this report is that the United States has one of the highest rates of road deaths per capita, with 11.6 out of 100,000 people losing their lives to motor vehicle crashes, compared with rates of two or five deaths per 100,000 in countries such as the United Kingdom, Israel, Japan, Germany, Spain and Australia.

Opioid Dealers Win Again

In today's Star Tribune on the Opinion Page was a report on the recently completed legislative session. In particular it dealt with the fact that a bipartisan bill to tax the opioid industry to help pay for some of the damage their drugs have caused, didn't make it to the governor's desk. Lobbyists from the drugmakers succeeded in killing the bill which would have provided about $20 million to help cities defray some of the cost of dealing with the opioid epidemic which was caused, in substantial part, by the drug manufacturers' deceptive marketing schemes. The opinion piece went on to point out that New York recently passed a similar bill, but to the tune of $100 million. Given Minnesota's population compared to that of New York, $20 million is fair.

The ILLUSION of Insurance Coverage

When we purchase auto insurance we all have an expectation that we are getting the coverage that we pay for.  Lately, however, insurance companies have discovered yet another way to make certain coverage disappear when we need it the most.

Banks & Credit Card Companies Win Again

The big banks and the credit card companies recently scored a big win over consumers with the assistance of all of Minnesota's Republican congressional delegation. Every Republican House of Representatives member voted in favor of eliminating a consumer's rights to join class actions when they've been ripped off by their banks or credit card companies. You need to understand that no one can be forced to participate in a class action, it is totally voluntary. But our Republican representatives decided we weren't qualified to make that choice. This works to the benefit of the banks and credit card companies because they know that almost no one is going to go to arbitration over being ripped off to the tune of $30 or $40. Who has the time to do that? On the other hand, for the bank this can be immensely profitable when you multiply that $30 or $40 by millions of customers.

Crash Avoidance Technology Underused

In the Star Tribune newspaper this past Thanksgiving day was an article about crash avoidance technology in automobiles and the fact that auto manufacturers have not made it standard equipment yet, despite overwhelming evidence that it is cheap and incredibly effective.

Distracted Driving Seems to be Getting Worse

In today's Star Tribune on page B5 they noted that 2 pedestrians who had been hit in Minneapolis this week had died. Both of these individuals were struck in broad daylight and neither drugs nor alcohol were involved in either crash. Why aren't people paying more attention when they are driving? How much carelessness is necessary to kill someone? Apparently not much. How should the families of these individuals be compensated? Should they be compensated less for their losses because the careless driver was just a little bit careless? Or should they be compensated for the full amount of the harm and the losses caused by the carelessness no matter if it was really, really careless or just a little bit careless?

Trampoline Park Injuries

In this morning's Minneapolis Star Tribune there was an article about trampoline park injuries. As these parks have grown in popularity, the number of emergency room visits has also increased dramatically. In the five years ending in 2014 emergency room visits went from 581 in 2010 to 6932 in 2014.

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