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3 motorcyclists injured in accident, charges unlikely

Nova Scotia police say that three motorcyclists were injured in a collision on Aug. 24. The crash happened on Pleasant Valley Road near Brookfield as the driver of a vehicle says that she was trying to turn. During the turn, she crashed into the three motorcycles. Police say that signage in the area was inadequate, and charges against the female driver are unlikely.

While one of the motorcyclists suffered only minor injuries, the other two suffered serious injuries. The motorcycle accident has prompted motorcycle groups to plead for drivers to pay better attention. The clubs have been pushing for motorcycle safety signage, and there are plans for about 12 more to be installed across Nova Scotia before the end of summer 2014.

Nova Scotia government releases first patient incident report

A recently released government report from the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness that sheds light on "patient incidents": errors or accidents that happen in medical facilities. While this report, the first of its kind in the province, may be a step in the right direction, some say, it may not go far enough.

Up to the point the report was released, 2014 had seen 27 serious patient incidents related to causes such as surgery, labour and general patient safety issues, including falls. These incidents are based on individual quarterly reports from hospitals. This is the first time that the government has released this type of information to the public. The chair of the government committee in charge says that the purpose of the report is being "transparent" as well as identifying the major issues that are causing the incidents.

Appeal denied for man accused of running down another

A 40-year-old Nova Scotia man who was convicted for running down his ex-girlfriend's male acquaintance in 2013 has been denied early release from jail. The North River man had sought the early release and to appeal the length of his sentence, saying that appeal delays are such that, by the time an appeal is heard, his sentence will be complete, making the appeal a moot point.

However, the judge did not agree with the man's reasoning, citing the fact that the man had pleaded guilty to a charge of assault causing bodily harm in order to avoid additional and potentially more serious charges. The man also pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to administer a noxious substance to the victim, related to a can of Pepsi containing prescription pills that the man had left on the victim's car.

Nova Scotia car accident results in serious injuries for 2 people

A motor vehicle accident that occurred around 5 p.m. August 4 in Dartmouth has resulted in serious injuries to two men. The accident happened near Main Street and Forest Hills. According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the 49-year-old driver of a pickup truck was travelling toward Dartmouth when the pickup collided with a Toyota Camry. Because of the crash, the pickup overturned and struck a Ford Focus and a motorcycle.

Both the driver of the pickup and the driver of the motorcycle, who is also 49 years old, were seriously injured and were transported to hospital. A witness who was working at a nearby restaurant while making pizzas said he heard a bang at the time of the accident. He also noted police sirens after hearing the noise. The witness, who watched the scene from a window, claimed that two ambulances arrive at the scene, and each vehicle picked up an injured person and left before officers cordoned the area.

What to do if a car accident occurs

Nova Scotia residents may know that car accidents are a common occurrence. In fact, most residents are likely to be involved in an accident at some point in their lives. What they may not know, however, is what to do once an accident has occurred. One reporter provided a list of steps that should be taken in the event that a crash takes place.

The first thing that someone who was involved in a crash may be compelled to do is apologize for the accident. However, this should not be done as this apology can potentially be taken as an admission of fault. Next, it is always recommended that the owner of the vehicle file a claim with their insurance company. While some individuals try to get around this in order to keep their rates low, there is no guarantee that the liable person will actually pay for the damage. However, a driver can always speak to their insurance agent about the accident and decide whether or not to file at a later date.

2 injured in Nova Scotia car crash, driver charged

A man who was involved in a car accident in Nova Scotia on July 20 was charged for his involvement in the incident. According to the report, the collision took place on Highway 103 between Exits 10 and 11 at approximately 5:40 p.m.

Based on the preliminary investigation, it appeared that a green Ford Escape was heading west on the highway when he collided head-on with a Mazda. The driver of the Ford, a 40-year-old man, and the driver of the Mazda, a 26-year-old woman, were both transported to hospital for treatment of injuries that were described as not life-threatening. At the time the report was released, both individuals had been released from the hospital.

Woman dies at Halifax hospital after tour bus crash

A 70-year-old woman is dead following a tour bus crash close to Neils Harbour on the Cabot Trail on the afternoon of July 13. Including the driver, there were 21 individuals on the bus at the time of accident. A representative of the Cape Breton Health Authority noted that 18 people who were involved in the crash received treatment at various hospitals in the region. The 70-year old woman died as the result of her injuries on July 14, says the RCMP.

Two additional bus passengers suffered severe injuries and were first taken to a Cape Breton hospital. Later, they were both transferred to a hospital in Halifax where they have been listed in stable but serious condition. Everyone on the bus is believed to be from Pennsylvania; they were in Nova Scotia for a tour.

Highway 107 crash injures 1, kills 1

One person is dead and at least one other person is injured after a July 4 crash in Nova Scotia on Highway 107. Royal Canadian Mounted Police responded to the head-on car accident shortly after 8 p.m. near Lake Echo.

One of the two vehicles in the collision caught fire. Police had to close the highway between Exit 17 and Exit 18 for a period. They did not speculate as to the cause of the crash, which is still under investigation with the help of a medical examiner and a traffic analyst.

A Commentary Concerning the Enforceability of a Release of Liability

In Neidermayer v Charlton, 2014 BCCA 165, the plaintiff, Karen Neidermeyer, was spending time in British Colombia when she was injured in a bus accident. Ms. Neidermeyer and her students were visiting from Singapore, and decided to take part in a zip line experience near Whistler village. In order to get to the zip line course, participants were expected to take a bus, which travelled up a logging road on the side of a mountain. Before embarking, and as a condition of participation, all guests were required to sign a "Release of Liability, Waiver of claims, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement". The release included clauses that precluded liability for certain types of claims including liability for damages arising from "travel to and from the tour areas" and "back country travel". As this was a condition of her participation, Ms. Neidermeyer signed the release for herself and her students.

Reports of dangerous side effects from off-label use of drugs

Some doctors in Nova Scotia and the rest of Canada prescribe medications to treat diseases without having evidence supporting the notion that these drugs are effective for that kind of treatment. Health Canada is being accused of knowing whether medications are prescribed off-label in the case of reported side effects but not sharing this information to the public. Patients who are subjected to medication errors that are caused by being prescribed drugs that are dangerous to them have filed hundreds of reports regarding these off-label prescriptions, some with fatal side effects.

The term "off-label" refers to prescription drugs that are prescribed for a condition or demographic for whom the drug has not been approved. Health Canada has received hundreds of reports regarding popular anti-psychotic, anti-inflammatory and other drugs consumed in Canada that have resulted in serious side effects. These reports include information about patients who have died from heart attacks, who were inflicted with conditions that cause symptoms similar to lupus and who developed a kidney cyst and other disorders after taking these drugs for uses that were not approved.

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