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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…

Experimental Drug May Help Babies Recover From Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is an all too common complication that occurs in childbirth. One study found that HIE injuries occur in about 1.5 of 1,000 births. Unfortunately for parents with children suffering an HIE injury, there are few treatment options and the brain damage for most children is permanent. However, new research…

After Birth Injury Midwife No Longer Allowed To Practice

Vicki Anne McMillan was a midwife in Queenstown, New Zealand. After two troubled births causing injury to the babies and mothers, a Human Rights Review Tribunal determined McMillian will no longer be able to practice as a midwife in New Zealand. The tribunal found the midwife failed the mothers and children on…

$140 Million Settlement For 255 Malpractice Claims

More than 2 years ago, in February 2018, we wrote about a settlement award of $40 million in a medical malpractice case involving an orthopedist convicted of fraud. Dr. Spyros Panos was a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in New York, who was convicted of federal health care fraud. A year later, 255 total…

Waking Up In A Body Bag

It may sound like a horror movie but a woman in Michigan who was declared dead by doctors was found to be alive in the funeral home shortly before she was supposed to be embalmed. Like anyone else, a doctor can make a mistake. However, when a doctor wrongly declares an alive…

Acupuncturists Accused Of Inappropriate Touching

Most people have still never tried acupuncture but others swear by it. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “acupuncture is a traditional medicine that’s been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. Its proponents say it can do everything from relieving pain to bringing a general…

Happy Hypoxia And COVID-19

The health effects of coronavirus (COVID-19) are still being understood by healthcare professionals dealing with the outbreak. Some aspects of the virus are baffling doctors trying to figure out how to tackle the condition and save lives. A recent study is looking at the issue of silent hypoxia, a common issue with…

Water Slide Accident Leaves Park Guest Paralyzed

Amusement parks provide multiple days worth of entertainment for all ages. Families save up vacation time and money to spend a few days or more at some of the country’s biggest amusement parks, including Universal Orlando and Disneyworld. These parks have expanded beyond just one area and have multiple parks, including waterparks….

Illness For Veterans Exposed To Burn Pits

Military members who were involved in Afghanistan and Iraq understood many of the risks of warfare. However, many members of the military returned home to the U.S. and began to suffer from illnesses they could not explain. These injuries were not caused by enemy forces but by the U.S. and private contractors…

Neurosurgeon Manages To Survive A Series Of Medical Malpractice Claims In Mississippi

A Mississippi woman had back surgery in 2015 and upon waking, found she had second and third-degree burns on her upper thigh and what appeared to be surgical tool imprints on her skin. Her medical record relating to the surgery made no mention of anything occurring in the region.  The patient contacted the Mississippi Board of…

Expert Witness Accused Of Making False Assertions

An appeals court has dismissed a medical malpractice case in New York City. The plaintiffs represented the estate of Gladys Vargas, a patient at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx who has since passed away. While in the care of the defendants Ms. Vargas allegedly developed sacral decubitus ulcers, also known as bedsores. The claim stated that…

Pennsylvania Superior Court Affirms Verdict In Medical Malpractice Case Involving Leg Amputation

The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently affirmed a medical malpractice case verdict against Temple University Hospital, a facility within the Temple University Health System (TUH). Plaintiff Annabelle Glasgow brought the claim after acquiring a bacterial infection from a knee surgery operation. Dr. Easwaran Balasubramanian and Dr. Frederick Nissley were the orthopedic surgeons largely…

Midwife In Washington State Facing Two Separate 2017 Medical Malpractice Cases

Laura Hamilton, a midwife, is facing two medical negligence cases currently. Parents Kylie Frost and Zachariah Sprague brought a wrongful death action in Cowlitz County Superior Court. Frost was 39 weeks along in her pregnancy and started passing blood clots; however, Hamilton allegedly explained to her that this was normal and would…

The Costs Of Treating Cerebral Palsy

This summer, we will be taking a deeper look at the costs of treating injuries, disabilities, and other conditions which may arise as a result of medical malpractice. Many times, when we think of costs associated with medical malpractice, we focus on the costs associated with medical interventions and treatment that can…

Do I Have To Pay Taxes On A Personal Injury Award In Maryland?

Those in a personal injury action often realize they had not considered the tax obligations they may have when awarded a verdict or settlement. The good news is that in general, the proceeds received in a personal injury case are not taxable. This applies when the compensation is for claims of bodily injury and will include…

NASCAR Reaches Settlement For Fan Injuries

NASCAR is a popular pastime for many Americans nationwide. Fans of the car racing agency will pack into large raceway stadiums to view the spectacle. While it can be thrilling to watch cars drive around on the circular shaped racetrack, the spectacle is not without its risks. The sport itself can present…

Cyclist Injured In Philadelphia Brings A Suit Involving Vicarious Liability & Sovereign Immunity

Madeleine Salvatore was involved in an accident on a bicycle in Philadelphia that led to a broken arm, injury to a knee, and severe dental injuries when she encountered some abandoned trolley tracks. She has brought a civil case of personal injury against the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) in Philadelphia County Court. While…

Settlement Agreement Reached In Case Involving Lab Fraud Scheme

A Massachusetts diagnostics company has agreed to pay just shy of $27 million to settle claims that it fraudulently obtained referrals in exchange for kickbacks.  The company, Boston Heart Diagnostics Corporation, carried out the scheme by colluding with doctors at various Texas hospitals. Boston Heart provided these doctors with benefits such as in-office dietitians,…

Former Major League Pitcher $5.1 Million Settlement In Medical Malpractice Case

Bobby Jenks, a former major-league baseball player, had brought a case of medical malpractice in the Superior Court of Suffolk County after alleged surgical mistakes had forced him to prematurely end his professional career. His legal counsel reached a settlement agreement just before a trial was to begin that will allow him to receive…

Doctor Accidentally Removed Testicle And Tried To Hide It

Just hearing the words ‘testicle removal’ is enough to make many people cringe. However, there are instances where removal of one or both testicles may be medically necessary. Unfortunately for one man who went into surgery to have a cyst removed, he woke up with one less testicle. To make matters worse,…

$10.5 Million Settlement For Injured High School Student

A California high school has agreed to pay $10.5 million in settlements to a student who suffered brain damage in 2010 when he was tackled by fellow students during a pep rally. Mitch Carter, a successful student who served as student body president, donned a chicken costume during a pep rally to…

Family Sues NC Nursing Home After Elderly Woman Gets COVID-19

A family recently filed a personal injury lawsuit against a North Carolina nursing home after an elderly relative became seriously sick with COVID-19. The lawsuit charges the nursing home, called The Citadel-Salisbury, with reckless conduct and negligence due to the actions of the staff. Local health officials have stated that the nursing home is…

Medical Malpractice Liability Contributing To Shortage Of OB/GYNs

A lack of OB/GYN physicians is becoming an increasing concern across the country. The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) suggests that nearly half of U.S. counties do not have an obstetrician that is currently practicing. Heather Bartos M.D. practices at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Denton. She sees roughly 30 patients each…

No Immunity For You – Virginia Med Mal Case To Go To Trial

A medical malpractice lawsuit has been filed against a West Virginia doctor accused of negligent intubation. Mikiala Whitacre brought a claim against Dr. Robert Thiele on behalf of her step-mother Joy Anne Thomas. The lawsuit is based upon the claim that Dr. Thiele incorrectly intubated Ms. Thomas following her cardiac arrest and…

Why Is It So Hard To Get My Medical Records?

A lot of patients have questions about their medical care after treatment (and after they get their bill). However, patients often find it hard to get a copy of their medical records after care.  A medical office may say they don’t have the records on-site or refer the patient to a 3rd…

Wrongful Death Suit Settled Involving Semi-Truck Driver Who Struck Four Cars

Plaintiff James Culver filed a wrongful death claim in a Georgia court against truck driver Orlando Luke and Georgia-based transportation company LF XPress Inc. after his mother, Cheryl Culver, was killed in a traffic accident. The suit recently was settled with terms not disclosed. Witnesses explained that Luke went through a red light at an…

Family Of Deceased “Apollo 13” Star Brings Medical Malpractice Claim

Bill Paxton, an actor who is widely recognized for his roles in “Apollo 13”, “Titanic” and “Big Love”, died unexpectedly, shortly after undergoing a surgery at a Los Angeles area hospital. His family has since brought a medical malpractice claim against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a surgeon, Dr. Ali Knoynezhad, who they claim are liable…

Do I Have A Medical Malpractice Case?

Bad outcomes happen in the medical world every day–unfortunately, not every disease is curable, nor is every injury treatable. It’s important to understand, however, that a bad outcome in a medical situation does not always mean malpractice. In order for a bad result to rise to the level of medical malpractice, a person…

Darthmouth College Will Pay Settlement For Title IX Violations

Dartmouth College will pay $14 million to a group of nine current and former female students in the Department of Psychological and Brain Science. The joint settlement, which is pending court approval, will settle a lawsuit brought by the students who alleged that they were routinely subjected to sexual harassment by staff members. The lawsuit…

Family Of Deceased Man Given Excessive Blood Thinners Awarded $2.65 Million In Medical Malpractice Case

Gary Wheelis arrived at Backus Hospital in 2012 with a piece of chicken lodged in his throat, which was surgically removed. Shortly after, he had a stroke and things worsened leading to his death from a cerebral hemorrhage two days later. The family brought a medical malpractice claim in New London Superior Court, accusing the…

The Federal Tort Claims Act And Law Enforcement Officers (Or Sometimes The Lower Courts Don’t Read The Statute)

In the United States, all governmental bodies, from a local municipality to the federal government, are granted a level of immunity from lawsuits brought by citizens. In 1946, the Federal Tort Claims Act was codified, which provided citizens who suffered an injury due to the wrongful behavior of a federal employee a…

A Burning Man At The Burning Man Festival

As it turns out, you can’t run into a fire and then sue for getting burned. In 2005, a California man, Anthony Beninati, attended the Burning Man Festival held in the Nevada Black Rock Desert. This week long festival sees a temporary city, aptly titled Black Rock City, created in the Nevada…

Personal Injury Case Based On Premises Liability Filed In Philadelphia Involving Injuries At A Concert

On Aug 5, 2016, there was a concert featuring Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ. During the performance, a partition that separated the lawn from a second stage area for seating collapsed, sending guests falling to a concrete surface 10 feet below. Roughly forty attendees and three workers…

Lawsuit Filed Over Drowning Of 4-Year Old

Accidents can happen at any time, so it is important for a person to be aware of their surroundings. This is especially the case for anyone that may own a pool, or live nearby to one. While a swimming pool can be a great source of summertime fun, they can also be…

Sugar Substitutes: The Good And The Bad

With a New Year comes New Year’s resolutions. An estimated 40% of Americans make a New Year’s resolution, with the No. 1 resolution being weight loss. To reduce waistlines and reduce the numbers on their scale, Americans are seeking to rid their daily intake of refined sugar. As a result, many are…

Settlement Award Of $40 Million In Medical Malpractice Case Involving Orthopedist Convicted Of Fraud

A medical malpractice suit involving Dr. Spyros Panos, a former board-certified orthopedic surgeon in New York, was recently settled for approximately $40 million. Panos was a Dutchess County doctor who was just recently released from a federal prison after a conviction for significant health care fraud. Although his criminal matter is behind him,…

Tort Reform And Damage Caps On Medical Malpractice Claims

The field of tort law involves lawsuits to recover money from someone who negligently or intentionally caused someone else to get hurt. This includes numerous kinds of lawsuits, including personal injury suits like those for car accidents, medical malpractice claims, and even injuries stemming from defective products. However, tort law has been…

Sedatives Used During Dental Procedures Involving Children Are Leading To Claims Of Medical Malpractice

Anesthesia is used in dentistry within various settings including hospital surgery centers and dentists’ offices. Adherence to the accepted standards for levels of quality is critical in all settings. When using anesthetics, consistent and accurate monitoring is necessary using current equipment deemed suitable for the procedure. The Doctors Company, a medical liability insurer, studied related…

Uber Passenger Dies In Hit-and-Run Accident

A passenger in a vehicle operated by an Uber driver was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Colorado earlier this week. The Colorado State Patrol is still looking for the driver of the vehicle that caused the deadly accident. It occurred on I-225 near Parker Road just after 2 a.m. on the morning of…

Two Men Die In Skydiving Incident; Instructor Did Not Have Proper Certification

The instructor who led a fatal tandem jump in Northern California earlier this month did not have the required parachuting certificate. The 25-year-old instructor and an 18-year-old first-time jumper were killed. The Federal Aviation Administration requires tandem-jump instructors to receive training and a certificate from the United States Parachute Association, which found…

$227 Million Settlement Agreement Reached To Address 2012 Philadelphia Building Demotion Deaths

After the longest civil trial in Philadelphia’s history, four months, a settlement has been reached in a case involving 19 plaintiffs and 6 defendants. The case involved a building demolition that occurred in 2012, causing seven deaths and twelve injuries. The settlement awards $227 million to the plaintiffs, the largest settlement in…

New York Fails To Pass New Malpractice Law

For the second year in a row, a bill that would have changed medical malpractice law in New York failed. New York is currently one of only 6 states that starts the statute of limitations—the time period where a case is allowable—at the date medical malpractice occurred, instead of the date when…

Recent Assessment Suggests Maryland Hospitals Rank Poorly

Nationally, Maryland-based hospitals rank poorly in avoiding clinical errors and mishaps that lead to outcomes such as injuries and infections. This finding is based on a study conducted by Leapfrog, a group known as a leader in advocacy for hospital transparency. The non-profit “watchdog” organization’s findings were met with some conflicting opinions by hospital…

Distracted Driving Sting In Maryland Cites 65 Motorists In Two Hours

Last week in Bethesda, Maryland a team of law enforcement officers issued 65 citations for distracted driving in roughly a two-hour span. Phillip Chapin, a Sergeant with the Montgomery County Police Department, explained that despite awareness of the laws, the accidents caused by distractions continue each day. He says they are beginning…

Statute Of Limitations Prevents Plaintiff From Seeking Justice

A statute of limitations relates to the time period between the happening of an act and a lawsuit being filed. Statutes of limitation are established to help facilitate a resolution to a conflict within a reasonable amount of time. Once the time period established by the statute of limitations passes, remedy by…

Maryland Court Of Special Appeals To Rule On Potential Change To Standard Of Care For Medical Malpractice

American Medical Association data shows that merely 7% of medical malpractice claims reach a trial verdict, and in these cases, the defendant prevails approximately 87.5% of the time. A pending decision by Maryland’s highest court could change the standard that jurors will be instructed to use in evaluating these cases. Mark Armacost brought a…

Judge Grants Motion To Reduce $47 Million Award In Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Case

Corradina Baldacchino and Ian Harker were parents that became plaintiffs in a medical malpractice case in U.S. District Court in Johnstown. A jury awarded the parents $47 million, among the largest in Pennsylvania state history. The defendants, Dr. John Chan and Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, were shown to have demonstrated negligence resulting in the…

Physicians Facing Medical Malpractice Moving To Other States

Dr. Larry M. Isaacs inadvertently removed a patient’s kidney during what was intended to be a colon procedure in Louisiana. While in California practicing, he extracted a fallopian tube instead of an appendix. While next practicing in New York a medical regulatory agency sought to discipline him for surgical mistakes he made…

Understanding Potential Medical Malpractice Liability Involving “Curbside Consultations”

Dr. Stephen J. Gluckman is a medical director at Penn Global Medicine and a professor of medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Gluckman recently made a presentation at the American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Meeting. He discussed what is referred to as “curbside consultations.” These are informal conversations associated with…

Fatal, Mulitple Car Accident Results In Lawsuit

Elyria, Ohio was the site of a recent accident which claimed the life of a young girl this past January. The case involved a driver who was accused of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The driver, Donald Buchs, initially faced charges for DUI, however, these charges were later dismissed by law enforcement…

Are New Advanced Vehicle Safety Features Leading To More Accidents?

Joe Stergios, with Enterprise Fleet Management, explained that for the first time in many years the “driver and passenger safety metrics are headed in the wrong direction, even as vehicle safety equipment improves.” The tremendous wave of new vehicle safety features seems largely off-set by the problem of distracted driving and the…

How Altering Existing Medical Records Can Cause Major Problems In A Maryland Medical Malpractice Case

Medical records are a critical aspect of the medical practice. Without accurate and detailed notes, there would be no continuity of care between visits or sharing of information between different physicians caring for the same patient. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) says over 86% of physicians have their patient records stored in…

Understanding Washington D.C.’s Mandatory Dispute Resolution Program In Personal Injury Cases

The vast majority of personal injury cases are resolved without proceeding to trial; otherwise, courts may be incapable of managing the volume of claims. In 1976, Harvard Professor Frank Sander presented a concept to assist courts in managing their demanding case volume. The idea termed the “multi-door courthouse” meant courts would transition all cases through an…

Pennsylvania Parents Awarded $19.3 Million For Delayed C-Section

A judge in Pennsylvania approved a $19.3 million settlement for a couple, Charles and Marissa Vaccaro, who claimed that a delayed cesarean section in 2012 caused their newborn severe brain damage. This is one of the largest medical malpractice settlements on record for this county, surpassed by only two others in history….

Most Common Hospital-Acquired Infections In The U.S.

Patients go to the hospital or clinic to get help for their medical conditions. Unfortunately, showing up to a healthcare facility puts the patient at risk of getting an infection that they may not have had if they had stayed at home. Infections that spread through medical facilities can cause serious injury…

Injury Liability For Slip & Fall On Icy Washington D.C. Sidewalks

This time of year the District’s roads and sidewalks may be treacherous to pedestrians with the presence of ice and snow. This is particularly a hazard to senior citizens and individuals with certain physical disabilities. Clearing sidewalks improves the safety of the community. Falls can result in serious harm such as traumatic brain injuries,…

Multiple Hospitals And Physicians Fail To Diagnose “Flesh-Eating” Disease Leading To Ohio Man’s Death

An Ohio man’s family is suing a local hospital as well as a handful of emergency medical professionals and groups who failed to properly diagnose him while he was in their care. His family alleges these oversights are what led to his debilitating condition and untimely death. According to his family’s lawsuit,…

Some Doctors Do More Harm Than Good

Medical malpractice claims are applicable only to medical professionals and patients who are in a mutually consented physician-patient relationship. Doctors in this relationship are required to provide a specific standard of care to their patients, and breaking that care can result in injuries and malpractice cases. But what about doctors who offer…

Sleep Apnea Surgery For Child Ends In Brain Damage

When parents find out their child is suffering from a condition that makes it difficult to breathe, they want to do all they can to give their child the best chance at a healthy life. When doctors recommend surgery, the parents are confident that their child will be in good hands and…

Prescription Opioids Face Cutbacks

Earlier this month, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released new guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain in an effort to lessen widespread abuse of opioids. Opioids are a class of drugs that include a number of illicit drugs, as well as prescription pain relievers like oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and…

Pennsylvania Correctional Officer At Federal Prison Files Claim Of Negligence For Failure In Handling And Disclosure

A federal correctional employee is going to potentially be given another opportunity to recover damages from the U.S. Justice Department. Randall L. Spade is a correctional officer at the Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary, which according to the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is home to 1,200 “high security” inmates. A U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the…

A Model In New York Brings A $5 Million Personal Injury Case Against A Hair Stylist

Michelle Kalinkina, a 23-year-old professional model, was participating in a haircutting and styling event at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City when she was injured by her hair stylist. Martino Cartier, a stylist and operator of Bersheart LLC, was allegedly cutting Kalinkina’s hair when he cut her neck with a pair…

Baby Left Blind After Doctor Removes The Wrong Eye

Eye surgeries can be some of the most difficult operations for a patient to undergo. Eye surgeries in children can be especially frightening and nerve-wracking for parents. When the parents of a young child took their 14-month old baby in for surgery to remove a tumor on his eye, they thought it…

Improperly Cleaned Medical Scopes Leave Patients Open To Infection, New Study Says

An accidental discovery by medical researchers has identified a common practice by gastroenterologists that could leave patients open to infections from contaminated medical scopes. The research team was studying cleaning techniques for colonoscopes and gastroscopes when they noticed a cloudy, white, viscous fluid inside several scopes that had been disinfected and prepared…

Icy Sidewalks Can Cause Injury! Know Your Rights

If you slip and fall on an icy sidewalk this winter, and you are injured as a result of the fall, you may be entitled to compensation. Specifically, you may be able to recover the costs of your medical care, your time away from work, pain and suffering, prescriptions, and other costs…

Woman Posing As Plastic Surgeon Sentenced To Just One Year In Prison

Nearly three years have passed since officials conducted a “raid” on a Florida cosmetic surgery office, where patients unknowingly underwent procedures by unlicensed personnel. As to be expected, these procedures were often horribly “botched,” with one woman receiving a breast enlargement when she sought a reduction and another forced to have her…

Family Of 77 Year Old Poisoned By Carbon Monoxide Awarded $250,000 In Wrongful Death Claim

This week in Pennsylvania, a jury awarded the family of deceased 77 year old Sandra Trolio $868,000, which included $750,000 for pain and suffering. The family brought the wrongful death claim against the Westmoreland county housing authority which owned the building in which Sandra died from monoxide poisoning in February of 2013….

Supreme Court Orders Review Of Misinformation “Injury” Case

This week the Supreme Court ruled that the Ninth Circuit failed to fully consider the question of the “concreteness” of an injury complained of by a plaintiff in a cause of action for invasion of privacy. Plaintiff Thomas Robbins filed a case against the “people search engine” website Spokeo, Inc. after discovering…

Back Porch Surgery And Infections

Even with cleaning procedures and sterilization protocols, hospitals can be a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. Hospital-acquired infections are common for patients, especially those with compromised immune systems. It should not come as a surprise that a medical board would look down upon a surgical procedure performed on a back porch.  …

Doctor Punctures Lung Of NFL Quarterback

Tyrod Taylor was about to start off the season as the new Los Angeles Chargers’ quarterback. Before the second game of the season, a team doctor was going to administer painkillers to Taylor’s chest for a cracked ribs injury. However, instead of inserting the needle into the tissue around the rib, the…

Veterans Suffer Infections At VA Hospitals

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is supposed to provide medical care for veterans who have served in the military. This includes injuries that happened as a result of military services as well as other health conditions that affect veterans after service. This is supposed to be one of the benefits of…

Were You Were Treated By A Doctor Or PA?

When a patient is receiving care in a hospital or clinical setting, the patient may have dozens of doctors, nurses, and various specialists coming in and out. It can be confusing for patients to know what each person is doing and who is in charge. When something goes wrong and causes a…

Woman Suffers Unnecessary Hysterectomy

In 2009, Kelly Currie learned from her doctor that she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Doctor Kris Ghosh recommended a complete hysterectomy, which involves removal of the cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Currie took her doctor’s advice and underwent the operation. However, it did not take long for her to realize…

Frost And Freezing Sidewalk Slip And Falls

As the days get shorter and nights get colder, we will soon be seeing freezing weather along the East Coast. The transition periods from sunny days to freezing nights can be some of the most dangerous for pedestrians as snow melts to water during the day and re-freezes to slick ice overnight….

Oxygen Deprivation Birth Injury $21 Million Jury Award

When Shantiah and Joel Norfleet went to the Harbor Hospital in Baltimore, they did not expect a medical error would leave their child suffering severe cerebral palsy. When Shantiah went into labor, the baby was not getting enough oxygen. Oxygen deprivation can cause severe brain injury if it is not corrected. If…

Halloween Injuries And Accidents To Watch Out For

Who knows what Halloween will look like this year? How many kids will venture out going door-to-door for tricks and treats? Will families stay home or find ways to adapt for safe trick-or-treating? One father and daughter even created a candy chute to maintain distance while still handing out candy. For anyone…

Claims Of Malpractice Over Veteran Deaths At VA Hospital

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides medical care for veterans who have served in the U.S. military. After discharge or retirement from the military, the VA continues to provide care for injuries that happened during military services and other health conditions unrelated to service. Unfortunately, military veterans may face similar problems…

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