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Lawsuit Filed Over Lightning Strike Death

Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina was host to an unfortunate and tragic event last year. Sonya Dockett, an attorney from Connecticut, lost her life on June 27 at the airport in a nightmare scenario that her family claims could have been prevented with more care from the airline. Dockett was flying…

ABA Opposes The Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act In Letter To Congress

The Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act (LARA) bill is working its way through Congress. The bill will amend Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) to mandate that courts impose sanctions on parties that file what are determined to be “frivolous” civil lawsuits. Under the current version of the law, defendants who…

How Evidence In Medical Malpractice Cases Is Handled When Other Defendants Have Already Settled

Medical malpractice cases may involve multiple defendants, with each potentially negligent to some degree that contributed to the plaintiff’s injury. Each defendant is said to be jointly and severally liable, meaning that each party has responsibility for the negligence of all. If a defendant pays in excess of their “fair share” of…

More New Vehicles Offering Distracting In-Car Technology That Could Reduce Roadway Safety In Maryland

In recent years, there have been approximately 185 annual fatalities in Maryland attributed to distracted driving and another 27,000 injuries. The Maryland Department of Transportation says mobile device usage and texting are the leading examples of distracted driving and the state prohibits using handheld device while driving. This law prohibits typing, sending and receiving text messages. Distracted driving has…

Birth Defects In The United States Raise Some Troubling Questions

The American public is generally lead to believe that birth defects are relatively rare and that the appropriate regulatory agencies are an adequate measure to prevent expectant mothers from ingesting any substances which may cause fetal harm. However, two recent developments are prompting critics to question whether the United States Food and…

Inspection Of Hospital Involved In Tragic Murder Raises Questions

The hospital involved in the tragic events which befell Marlen Ochoa-Lopez and her infant son has been inspected by federal authorities, who found serious issues with communication protocols. The murder of Ms. Ochoa-Lopez captivated the nation’s attention this spring. Authorities believe that Ms. Ochoa-Lopez was lured to the home of a stranger who…

Washington Post Reports On The Sharp Increase In Pedestrian Fatalities

In the Washington D.C. area, it is common to see people such as local residents, workers, and tourists walking around the city. A recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) report indicates that traffic deaths among pedestrians have reached a 28-year high, with a 46% increase since 2009. They reported annually that 5,987 pedestrians…

Pennsylvania Jury Reaches Verdict In Medical Malpractice Case Where Wrong Testicle Is Removed

Steven Hanes suffered from pain in his right testicle and his urologist conducted an ultrasound revealing it had degenerated to roughly half its size and significant scarring had formed from a prior injury. Hanes underwent the process of surgical extraction known as orchiectomy in 2013. In a postoperative report, Valley Spencer Long,…

Medical Malpractice Claims For Obstetrician Hospitalists

An obstetrician and gynecologist (OB/GYN) is a physician specializing in female reproductive health and related conditions. A hospitalist is a physician who works exclusively in a hospital setting. In recent years, there has been a rise in the number of OB/GYN hospitalists. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology explains that their role often…

Nursing Homes Getting Defective Protective Equipment From The Federal Government

Elderly people living in nursing homes and residential care facilities are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19. We’ve reported on a number of wrongful death lawsuits against nursing homes after family members died from coronavirus, for alleged failure to keep residents safe, understaffing, failing to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) and failing…

Family Of Deceased Patient Brings Medical Malpractice Suit Against Pennsylvania Hospital System

According to Coverys, a national provider of professional medical liability insurance, between 2013 and 2017, diagnosis-related errors were the leading cause of claims for medical malpractice. These types of mistakes often lead to adverse effects on patient health and potentially contribute to fatalities. The family of 88-year-old Mary Ludlow brought a malpractice claim against…

Family Of “Sharkwater” Filmmaker Files Lawsuit

Sharkwater was a successful documentary first released in the year 2006 that detailed the effects of shark hunting on the shark populations across the globe, as well as, the illegal shark trading market and poaching of the animals. The movie was a commercial and conservational success, and resulted in the practice of…

The True Danger Of Halloween

Razor blades in apples. Pins in candy bars. Heroin-laced lollipops. The urban legends surrounding trick-or-treating in the United States have been around for years, prompting recommendations that parents should examine all Halloween candy before letting children indulge. Are these widespread fears justified? What threats do children actually face when trick-or-treating? Researchers termed…

Understanding The Unique Language Used In Medical Malpractice Liability Insurance

The professional medical liability industry uses some unique terms (lingo) that are critical in interpreting the provisions of its insurance policies. Most doctors encounter at least one malpractice suit during their careers. Most states mandate that physicians maintain professional liability coverage. We will explain some of most industry-specific and often misunderstood terms used in Pennsylvania’s…

The Tort Reform Record Of Presidential Hopeful Ted Cruz

Like most other personal injury lawsuits, medical malpractice claims often seek to redress severe injuries that have drastically and irreversibly altered someone’s life. Because it is impossible to turn back time or make a victim of medical malpractice the complete person that they once were, there is little else to do but…

New Study Analyzes The Prevalence Of Medical Malpractice Claims In Telemedicine Practices

A recent study sought to evaluate direct-to-consumer (DTC) telemedicine, a continually emerging form of remote healthcare. They want to see how likely it is that this form of care could lead to medical malpractice liability. They suggest that those engaged in DTC telemedicine are conscious of the risk and are conducting lower-risk…

Pennsylvania Researcher Says Lack Of Follow Up On Brain Injuries Is Public Health Epidemic

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) may vary significantly in severity. Some TBIs are relatively minor concussions, while others cause permanent damage to the brain, and may even be fatal. Roughly 2.5 million people visit emergency rooms annually as a result of TBIs. David Okonkwo is the clinical director for the Brain Trauma Research Center at…

Birth Injury And Injured Mother In C-Section Gone Wrong

After 9-months of carrying a child, the day of the birth will finally see the baby born into the world. Labor can be difficult but new parents expect the doctors, nurses, and hospital staff will do what they can to help the delivery process go as safely as possible. Unfortunately, many families…

Trampolining Accident Paralyzes Minnesota Man

A man from Brainerd, Minnesota suffered an unfortunate accident last August. A day of fun at a local trampoline park ended in a life-altering injury. Anthony Seitz was hopping on a trampoline with his son, when he jumped off into a foam pit designed to catch jumpers in a pit of soft…

Driving In Freezing Rain – Three Things You Need To Know

It’s only December, but Maryland has already had a number of icy mornings. Freezing rain covers both the sidewalks and the streets. Knowing how to deal with ice and freezing rain can make the difference between life and death – literally. Below are a few common-sense tips for you and your family…

Carroll County Law Enforcement Participates In Annual “I Will Remember You” Event

Recently, Carroll County law enforcement participated in the 13th annual “I will remember you” remembrance event. This event remembers those who have died in preventable car crashes. Carroll County reported 15 traffic fatalities between October 2018 and October of 2019. Preventable Car Crashes – Driving While Intoxicated One common cause of preventable crashes…

Multiple Malpractice And Negligence Cases Against One Hospital

Any hospital may be involved in a medical malpractice lawsuit, even the best hospitals in the country. However, when one hospital is the subject of dozens of medical malpractice and negligence lawsuits at the same time, it could be a sign of bigger problems at the hospital. Brookdale University Hospital and Medical…

Family Of Joan Rivers Settles Malpractice Suit

The family of comedian Joan Rivers, who died days after undergoing a routine procedure at a New York City clinic, settled a medical malpractice lawsuit against the facility this month. Ms. Rivers died Sept. 4, 2014, at age 81. The comedian’s death came days after she stopped breathing after undergoing a routine…

Birth Injury Lawsuit Against GW Hospital

A woman in Washington D.C. is filing a lawsuit alleging medical negligence against the George Washington University Hospital and staff related to birth injuries suffered by her son during labor.  Spontaneous Delivery Instead of C-Section Nicole Kilpatrick was 39-weeks pregnant when she began to experience contractions. She went to the GW hospital to deliver her son…

Throw Your Roll

When you walk into a restaurant that purports to be the “Home of Throwed Rolls” you are likely expecting to see someone throwing some rolls. And as “[d]ozens of hot rolls are flying through the air every few minutes,” Lambert’s Cafe certainly lives up to its name. With all these rolls flying…

Brooklyn Man Sues NY Nursing Home After Father Dies Of Coronavirus

Considering that coronavirus has hit nursing homes particularly hard, the increase of lawsuits against them should come as no surprise. Just one of the latest lawsuits comes out of New York, where a Brooklyn resident is suing a nursing home for wrongful death after his father contracted COVID-19 and died soon after. What the…

Award For Punitive Damages In Malpractice Case Where Doctor Destroyed Medical Records

The case of Gomez v. Cabatic arose following the death of 6-year-old Claudialee Gomez Nicanor, who had a serious condition known as diabetic ketoacidosis. The defendant was Dr. Arlene Mercado, a pediatric endocrinologist, who was alleged to have failed to diagnosis that Claudialee had type I diabetes. During the period Mercado provided care…

Pennsylvania Supreme Court To Hear Physician Immunity Case Following Death Of Mental Health Patient

The Pennsylvania Supreme court will determine whether the Mental Health Procedures Act (MHPA) should shield several physicians from liability after providing care for a patient who died in a drug treatment facility. On a prior appeal, a Superior Court reversed a lower court ruling stating that the doctors should not be afforded immunity. Andrew…

Report Indicates Many Medical Malpractice Suits Result From Failures In Communication

A recent report by CRICO Strategies, a data examination firm that is associated with Harvard Hospitals, surveyed approximately 23,000 cases of medical malpractice. Their findings confirmed that roughly 30% of these actions were caused by some form of a communication failure. When a patient uses multiple physicians, there is an inherent possibility…

How To Keep Your Child Safe While Sledding

It was reported this week that a Carroll County, Maryland family lost their 5 year old child in a sledding accident when the child’s sled traveled beyond the driveway and into the street where she was hit by an oncoming car. This tragic death should be a reminder to keep safety first…

Medical Malpractice Suit In Washington D.C. Involving Death Of Mother Following A Miscarriage

Rebecca Carey Charland endured a difficult pregnancy, as she developed antiphospholipid syndrome, a condition where the immune system attacks the body’s natural proteins. The problem, which frequently leads to blood clots, caused her to miscarry during the pregnancy. After undergoing an ultrasound, it was confirmed that the baby was lost. Her obstetrician directed her to…

Potential Drawbacks To New Vehicle Safety & Detection Systems

Many new vehicles now have systems designed to prevent a vehicle from entering other adjacent lanes and detect when a vehicle is traveling in a driver’s “blind spot”. These systems have largely proven to be effective; however, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) explained that it is possible that drivers are becoming overly reliant…

Expert Testimony Overturned In Virginia Med Mal Case

Expert testimony is often the linchpin of a medical malpractice case. The words of an expert can help the jury understand medical terminology while also establishing the requisite standard of care and whether or not the defendant(s) breached that standard. However, while such testimony can be helpful, there are rules that govern…

Do Electronics Harm Doctors’ Listening Abilities?

If you have a serious medical issue, the best way to ensure you get the right course of treatment is to ensure that you receive a correct diagnosis. Seeking medical attention is a crucial first step, but not the only step on the path to proper treatment. If your doctor misdiagnoses your condition, you…

Teen Pedestrian Seriously Injured

This month, a Rockville teen was seriously injured when he was hit by an SUV while crossing the street towards a waiting school bus. It appears the bus had its stop arm extended at the time the teen was hit. This story is a good reminder to discuss basic driver and pedestrian safety points….

Talcum Powder Litigation Has Johnson & Johnson Irritated

A myriad of lawsuits have recently been filed against Johnson & Johnson for their baby powder products based upon the claim that the company failed to properly warn the public about the talcum powder’s potential to cause ovarian cancer. Currently, three state courts are overseeing talcum powder personal injury cases involving Johnson…

Wrong-Way Driver Kills One In Pennsylvania

One person was killed when a woman drove her minivan the wrong way on a Pennsylvania freeway on April 1. At about 1:45 a.m. on Wednesday, a 33-year-old woman from New Jersey began driving her Toyota Sienna south in the northbound lane of I-95 in Bensalem. She collided with a Chrysler 300 that was…

Plaintiff In Medical Malpractice Claim Appeals A Dismissal For Inability To Retain Medical Expert

A medical malpractice claim in New Jersey was reinstated by an appeals court despite the plaintiff’s inability to obtain the opinion of a medical expert from a qualifying physician necessary to satisfy state requirements. Plaintiffs must present an affidavit explaining how the defendant failed in maintaining acceptable standards of care within 60 days, or…

Not So Fast – Jury Told To Think On It Some More

A rare turn of events was seen in Christiansen v. Wright Medical Technology, Inc where a products liability suit was filed against the defendant manufacturer, a jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant, and the judge ordered the jury to continue deliberations to the point that the jury reversed course…

Florida Supreme Court Removes Limits On Non-Economic Damages In Medical Malpractice Claims

The Florida Supreme Court deemed the state law that limits the non-economic damages that can be recovered in cases of medical malpractice to be in violation of their Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. The court justices had opposing views on limitations which apply to the awards for things such as “pain and suffering”….

Recall Issued For Breast Implant Linked To Rare Cancer

A recall has been issued for a specific model of breast implant which has been linked to a rare form of cancer. The FDA said it called for the recall of the Biocell breast implants made by Allergan, Inc. as they were found to be associated with a disproportionate number of lymphoma cases,…

Wrongful Death Suit Claims A Water Park Is Liable For A Guest Who Contracted A Brain Infection

The parents of Lauren Seitz brought a wrongful death claim after the 18-year-old contracted a deadly infection from amoeba during a visit to the U.S. National Whitewater Center (UNWC) in Charlotte, North Carolina. She had exposure to Naegleria fowleri, which is associated with a rarely seen infection in the brain. The case alleges that UNWC and…

Philadelphia Woman Receives $44.1 Million For Negligent Medical Care

In April, a Philadelphia jury returned a $44.1 million medical malpractice damage award against the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for failing to recognize a patient’s adverse reaction to a drug. The mistake left Andrea Tate essentially paralyzed. The case, Tate v. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania resulted in the…

Botched Augmentation Surgery Leaves Man Scarred For Life

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, women make up the vast majority of plastic surgery patients. Breast augmentation is among the most popular types of plastic surgery for women, along with liposuction, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, and tummy tucks. However, men are increasingly looking to plastic surgeons to address perceived problems….

Medical Errors Commonly Start With The Diagnosis

In this day in age, it may come as a surprise to learn that medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States according to a recent study conducted by the well-known Journal of the American Medical Association (see Forbes.com for the full article).    However, what is…

Physician Sleep Deprivation

The effects of sleep deprivation on the human body can be catastrophic. A report released by the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence demonstrated that the CIA used sleep deprivation as an “enhanced interrogation technique.” Sleep deprivation can have significant impacts on mental as well as physical health, which would explain why it…

You Don’t Need Another Reason To Fear The Dentist

Most people don’t look forward to going to the dentist, and don’t need another reason to be hesitant to get a cavity filled, tooth pulled, or even go in for a routine check up. Unfortunately, all across the country, patients going in for routine dental procedures end up in the hospital, or…

New York Passes Legislation Extending The Statute Of Limitations For Medical Malpractice

The Senate and Assembly in New York have recently passed legislation to lengthen the statute of limitations in malpractice cases involving a diagnosis of cancer. Originally, the bill known as “Lavern’ Law” would have encompassed all types of medical malpractice claims; however, negotiations were needed to reach the necessary votes to pass the bill….

Is An Airline Responsible For A Dog Bite Injury?

A service animal is an animal individually trained or able to provide assistance to a person with a disability, or an animal that assists persons with disabilities by providing emotional support. Under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), many service animals must be admitted with the passenger in the cabin, subject to…

Toxic Exposure Injuries In Philadelphia

It has been more than a year since the fires and explosions at the South Philadelphia oil-refining complex in June 2019. Many of the city’s residents heard or felt the explosions at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery. Since that time, what has been done to protect residents from cancer-causing chemicals in…

Can A Genetic Test Predict Birth Defects?

Early forms of genetic testing have been around for more than 50 years but genetic testing for pregnant mothers has really increased over the last couple of decades. Prenatal genetic testing can detect birth defects after only 10 weeks of pregnancy. These tests can inform parents and doctors about possible changes in…

Jury Awards $109 Million In Medical Malpractice Case Where Patient Lost Hands & Feet

Lisa-Maria Carter had a very promising future working with the Department of Defense as an intelligence analyst. She underwent an operation at the Tampa General Hospital performed by a surgeon associated with the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine for removal of a benign (non-cancerous) ovarian cyst. Since that day, things have never…

2019 In Medical Malpractice

As the year draws to a close, we pause to take a look back at the major headlines and developments in the field of medical malpractice. “Big 3” Account for Majority of Serious Medical Malpractice A report out of Johns Hopkins Misdiagnoses released in 2019 found that the “big three” conditions (cancers, cardiovascular events, and…

Commercial Truck Drivers Fail To Follow Drowsy Driving Restrictions

Many professional truck drivers who may face pressure to meet cargo delivery deadlines may not adhere to driving time restrictions and skip their required break times. These actions increase the potential for a driver to be operating while fatigued. An estimated 72,000 crashes in the U.S. annually are attributed to drowsiness. The impact…

Millions Of Records Hacked In Cyber Attack On Healthcare Provider; Lawsuits Filed

Ten civil lawsuits, including a class-action suit brought by a physician, have been brought against Banner Health in connection with a large-scale cyber attack that compromised the records of 3.7 million doctors, patients and other customers of the Phoenix-based health-care provider. The breach is the eighth largest in health care history since…

Family Brings Lawsuit Against IL Nursing Home After COVID-19 Death

A nursing home in Illinois is being sued after a resident passed away of coronavirus complications. The lawsuit alleges that the nursing home—called Bria of Geneva—didn’t take the right measures to stop the spread of the virus throughout the facility. More specifically, the lawsuit says the staff ignored recommendations from Governor Pritzker and government…

Medical Malpractice In The Military Offers Limited Recovery

Last week, we wrote about the problems military families face when they become victims of medical malpractice. The Feres Doctrine bars legal claims against the U.S. government by members of the military and their families for injuries arising from military service. Unfortunately, the death of Lieutenant Rebekah Moani Daniel in childbirth was…

Avoiding Cyber Crime And Identity Theft: Christmas 2015 Edition

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, the mad dash for holiday gift shopping has officially kicked into full swing. Thanks to the added convenience of tablets and smart phones (and now watches), online shopping can make finishing your gift list a breeze, but buyers beware. Cyber Grinches are working overtime this time…

Woman Discovered Surgical Instrument Left In Her Body

Michelle Doig-Collins, of Rancho Santa Margarita, talked to her OB/GYN about having some surgical procedures done. She was going to have a uterine ablation to address heavy periods she was having, and a tubal ligation because she did not want to have any more children. Doig-Collins expected a quick recovery from the…

Mothers Increasingly Developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Following Childbirth

Mothers often experience feelings of stress, depression & anxiety when pregnant and/or when approaching delivery. Increased awareness regarding the stresses of childbirth have acknowledged mothers are experiencing a more dramatic mental health concern—post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This condition varies in severity from mild to those who become disabled and endure long-term effects. PTSD has…

Medical Malpractice Case Filed In Pennsylvania Following Surgical Treatment For Acid Reflux Disease

The family of Joseph DiMatteo Sr. has brought a medical malpractice suit against the Western Pennsylvania Allegheny Health System Inc., Allegheny Clinic, and four physicians asserting claims of negligence. The case is in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas and seeks various damages and costs. DiMatteo underwent what was supposed to be a…

Family Files Personal Injury Suit Regarding Boy Injured At The Philadelphia Zoo

Michael and Deanna Fiscaro filed a personal injury suit against the Philadelphia Zoo in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court after their son Dominic was injured at the zoo’s playground. Judge John M. Younge recently ordered that more “detailed discovery” be produced. The court ordered the defendants to submit the requested documents and information or face…

Common Types Of Birth Injuries

The arrival of a newborn is supposed to be a joyful and exciting time in a person’s life. When your child suffers a birth injury during the delivery process, however, a happy time can turn into a time of stress and sorrow. When an infant suffers injuries during the birthing process, whether temporary or…

Damages Awarded To Mother Who Received Improper Dosage During Labor

Delivering a baby may seem like commonplace today but a chance always exists that something can go wrong, even under medical supervision. Such was the case for Nicole Welker and her son when medication administered during delivery may have caused extreme birth defects with lifelong impacts. A medical malpractice lawsuit was filed…

Former Marine & Medical Malpractice Victim Travels To Washington D.C. To Promote The “Tally Bill”

In July we discussed the story of Brian Tally, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, who sought treatment for back pain at his local Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital. They failed to diagnose a much more serious problem that eventually left him disabled. In the meantime, Tally reluctantly reached a settlement agreement with the…

Uber And Lyft Taking Measures To Reduce The Number Of “Dooring” Injuries Among Bicyclists

A growing problem in busy urban areas is causing bicyclist injuries. Riders of Uber and Lyft are abruptly opening their door to exit the vehicle just as a bicycle is passing by. The term for these collisions is referred to as “dooring.” Brian Wiedenmeier, of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, says that opening a…

Philadelphia Area Law Enforcement Target Aggressive Driving

Pennsylvania State Police are joining forces with dozens of local police departments to crack down on aggressive driving in the Philadelphia area. The collaborative effort will begin in July and run through August 25th. Law enforcement officials will specifically be focusing on running red lights, enforcement of the Steer Clear law (a state…

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Is Split In Decision Regarding The Peer Review Protection Act

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled on the case of Reginelli v. Boggs in a 4 to 3 vote affirming a prior court decision that an outside contractor to Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) known as Emergency Resource Management Inc., (ERMI) is not a state-regulated health care provider. EMRI had sought to maintain that key…

Man Dies After Going To The ER For A Sore Throat

A sore throat is generally seen as a minor complaint. It may be a sign of an oncoming cold or seasonal allergies. However, it could also be the sign of something more serious, like tonsillitis or strep throat. A visit to the emergency room can help to determine if the sore throat…

Translation Errors And Medical Care

Communicating your medical issues can be difficult with a doctor even when you do speak the same language. Many patients complain about how they feel doctors and medical personnel do not seem to listen or hear what the patient is really saying. This can be frustrating and can cause poor medical care….

Woman’s Family Files Lawsuit Alleging 4 Doctors Failed To Diagnose Pill Lodged In Her Throat

A multitude of medical malpractice lawsuits stems from a medical professional’s failure to accurately diagnose or delay diagnosing a patient’s condition, injury or ailment. Additional harm to a patient is inflicted when a diagnosis error leads to the wrong treatment or no treatment at all, ultimately leaving a patient to suffer the…

Pennsylvania Struggles With Autonomous Vehicle Accident Liability

With technological advances continuing to move forward in the realm of autonomous (driverless) vehicles, many questions regarding liability for accidents that result in injuries, fatalities, or property damage remain largely unanswered. Based on the individual circumstances, a case can be made that the blame be attributed to the manufacturer, software engineers or…

Jury Awards $26 Million In Medical Malpractice Case Resulting In Brain Damage

Plaintiff Sandra Williams was awarded $26 million in damages after it was determined St. Francis Hospital was liable for the brain damage that she suffered following surgery. This medical malpractice claim award is said to be among the largest in the history of Georgia. As part of an agreement between the parties, there will be no appeal…

Pennsylvania Appeals Court Rules On Insurance Dispute Involving Fatal Truck Accident

In 2017, there were an estimated 4,102 fatalities that resulted from accidents involving commercial trucks. Passenger vehicle occupants are the most likely to die in these crashes. This should come as no surprise because these vehicles may be 20 times heavier than other types on the road. Large trucks are involved in roughly 12%…

Family Of Police Officer Who Drowned During Training Exercise Files Wrongful Death Claim

Lieutenant Craig Lehner of the Buffalo Police Department died while conducting a training exercise with the Underwater Recovery Team Unit in October 2017. Donna Wilson, Lehner’s sister, recently filed a wrongful death claim against the City of Buffalo as she continues to cope with grief. Lehner was underwater at the time of his death…

A Different Approach: Communication And Resolution Programs In Hospitals

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an interesting article entitled: “Hospitals Find A Way To Say, ‘I’m Sorry’”. The article centered on the communication and resolution programs (“CRP”) that several hospitals have implemented. CRPs are like an in-house alternative dispute resolution program that allows hospital and patients to communicate about medical errors…

Can Artificial Intelligence Identify Prostate Cancer Better Than A Doctor?

The human brain has a great ability to recognize patterns in the world around us. However, as technology continues to advance, computer programs may be better at seeing patterns and predicting outcomes. Artificial intelligence (AI) is being evaluated to identify diseases and cancers, to improve patient outcomes.   Prostate Cancer Research Using AI…

Wisconsin Medical Malpractice Fund Has Troubling Surplus

State officials who conducted an audit on the Wisconsin Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund have announced that the fund has a surplus of $783 million. This figure is $406 million larger than recommended by auditors. Advocates for victims of medical malpractice are condemning these findings, characterizing them as evidence that the…

Gymnast Settles Case Against Gym

A Texas family has settled a case involving injuries to their son at a gym. Blake Hyland, a teenage gymnast hailing from China Spring, TX was injured at Texas Dynasty Cheer and Gymnastics during a routine. Blake was injured while he was performing a maneuver known as an Arabian. While the maneuver…

Defective And Potentially Toxic Hand Sanitizers

Since the COVID-19/coronavirus outbreak, hand sanitizer has been a daily necessity for many. When hand washing is not available, hand sanitizer provides a way to get rid of most harmful viruses and bacteria on our hands. This can be an important step in reducing the spread of coronavirus.  For a period in…

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