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Non-Economic Damage Caps Up For Debate In Oregon

When a plaintiff is successful in proving a defendant’s liability in a personal injury case, they are then able to recover both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages refer to an amount of money centered around the monetary losses incurred as a result of the injury. Usually economic damages include medical bills,…

National Secure Your Load Day In June Emphasizes Roadway Safety

National “Secure Your Load Day” is now recognized across the country on June 6th in response to tremendous safety concerns. It began in 2004 with the death of Maria Federici, a 24-year-old, when a large particle board fragment flew from a truck in front of her and smashed through her windshield. The AAA Foundation for…

The Prescription Drug Crisis: Who Is To Blame?

In the age of quick fixes and fast results, prescription drugs have served as an immediate temporary relief. Since the emergence of opioids, also known as “wonder drugs,” in the 90s, the federal government, as well as drug users quickly learned the great level of dependence users experience on this drug upon…

Expensive Medications Create Risks To Patient Safety And Potential Physician Liability

It is estimated that approximately 8% of U.S. patients fail to take prescribed medications because of the cost. This problem persists although about 80% of prescribed products are generic. For certain medical conditions, there is no generic alternative available or the generic product is determined to be ineffective for a particular patient….

E-cigarettes Are Explosively Popular

The e-cigarette is a helpful tool for smokers. It provides the nicotine of a cigarette, but without all of the toxins and carcinogens normally associated with tobacco cigarettes. An e-cigarette, or “vape” as it is commonly known as, relies on a re-chargeable battery to heat up flavored liquid to the point of…

Texas Jury Rules For Hospital In Medical Malpractice Case

A Texas jury found that the staff at Hillcrest Baptist Medical was not negligent in their actions prior to 35-year-old Sarah Gann’s death. In 2011, Gann was admitted to the facility with pains in the lower back region. A jury in the 170th District Court deliberated for just over one hour when…

Postpartum Stroke And Medical Malpractice

Juana Montoya was being attended during her pregnancy at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. When she went into labor, she gave birth to a healthy baby. When she was discharged, she went home to recover. However, one day later, she returned to the medical center where it was determined she…

Massachusetts Reports Sharp Rise In Medical Errors

Given all the headlines about the number of medical mistakes injuring patients around the world, it would seem like hospitals would be motivated to cut down on those injuries. However, at clinics, hospitals, and doctors offices across the country, the reports of medical mistakes appear to be increasing. According to a recent…

Telemedicine Technology Helps Doctors See Patients In Antarctica

Technological advances are helping doctors assist patients in new and innovative ways. One of these advances has been the increasing use of telemedicine. Telemedicine is defined by the American Telemedicine Association as “the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health…

Mother Suffers Severe Burns From Faulty Hoverboard

Last year hoverboards took the world by storm when they hit the market. Debuted as a battery powered self-balancing scooter, the toy was coveted by all demographics, young and old. Celebrities were spotted riding the scooter down the street or dancing on it at parties, making the product even more desirable to…

Kidney Transplanted Into Wrong Patient At New Jersey Hospital

Surgical errors can be one of the most complicated forms of medical malpractice. In many cases, these errors are not discovered for a significant period of time (for example if a sponge or other foreign body is left inside a patient). However, some surgical errors are discovered almost immediately- and often times…

Report Indicates Washington D.C. Is Most Dangerous Place In The U.S. For Childbirth

This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted a report that shows the continuing problem with maternal mortality associated with childbirth. The data was compiled after evaluating mothers during the pregnancy, birth, and up to one-year after. The data suggested that disparities exist that make minorities three times more likely to…

Reason For Ultrasound-Related Medical Malpractice Claims Against OB-GYNs

Usage of ultrasound has positively impacted caring for women with obstetrical and gynecologic conditions. Most OB-GYN practices in the U.S. have access to this critical diagnostic tool to affordably and efficiently make key determinations. Unfortunately, factors including equipment quality, training, education, and interpretation are not always sufficient. A report by Harry Holdorf,…

Marine Veteran Has Medical Malpractice Claim Denied By VA Because Doctor Is Independent Contractor

Brian Tally is a veteran who awoke one morning with severe back pain. His wife immediately drove him to the Loma Linda VA Hospital where he underwent an X-ray, was diagnosed with a back sprain, and released with pain medication. His condition worsened rapidly and Tally began using a walker and a wheelchair while…

Pennsylvania Jury Awards $4.8 Million To Partially Paralyzed Malpractice Victim

Edward and Cheryl Dallies brought a medical malpractice action in Lawrence County that led to a jury trial. Mr. Dallies was treated by defendants Dr. John Lehman and Dr. Lawrence Rahall at ASP Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Brighton Township. Dallies initially sought treatment for an injury to the left forearm. He then developed…

Glass Cooktops Recalled Due To Fire Risk

Tens of thousands of glass cooktops sold under a variety of popular brands have been recalled due to the fact that they are apparently able to turn themselves on, posing a fire and burn hazard. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 26,300 glass cooktops were recalled this week. The cooktops have been sold…

Detroit Area Jury Awards $40 Million Award In Medical Malpractice Case

A jury in Michigan’s Wayne County determined that Detroit Medical Center was responsible for the death of Terrea Holly, a 26-year-old woman from Detroit. The family of the college student who brought the medical malpractice action was awarded $40 million in damages. A spokesman for Detroit Receiving Hospital reinforced the facility’s commitment to delivering safe and quality…

Simple Web Based Tool Reduces Medical Errors

Many doctors and surgeons are reluctant to admit that they could be involved in a medical mistake that injures a patient. However, the statistics show that medical errors are common in all types of medical treatments and surgeries. According to a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association…

Man Sues Doctors And Hospital For Mistakenly Removing Healthy Kidney Instead Of Cancerous Tumor

A new Idaho medical malpractice lawsuit alleges that surgeons made a huge mistake while operating on a man that could have cost him his life. According to Roland Smith’s lawsuit, he underwent a procedure conducted by a surgical team at the Mountain View Hospital. Physicians Roger Tall and David Chamberlain, the defendants…

Arizona Court Rejects Take-Home Exposure’ Of Toxic Substances

An Arizona appeals court dealt a blow, this month, to people suffering from second-hand exposure to toxic substances, specifically harmful materials carried home on the clothing of workers. The lawsuit was brought by the family of a man who died in 2014 of mesothelioma, a type of cancer most often associated with asbestos…

Pennsylvania Superior Court Remands Medical Malpractice Case To County Court

Marcella Brown, the mother of Nicole Brown, originally brought a medical malpractice action against Quest Diagnostics Clinical Laboratories Inc. in the York County Court of Common Pleas back in 2013. The case was filed prior to the death of Nicole Brown, which occurred in 2015. Marcella then began the process of becoming the representative…

Smaller Medical Practices Increasingly Targeted In Cyber-Attacks & Facing Potential Liability

According to a study by AMA & Accenture, 83% of physicians claim to have experienced some variety of cyber-attack. Although the majority of these did not result in breaches of data, an estimated 5.6 million patients could have potentially had their personal data accessed. Cybercriminals may be searching for data including patient names, contact…

Understanding “Tail Coverage” In Medical Malpractice Insurance For Physicians

Physicians may be changing employers or practice settings in today’s volatile health care market more than ever before. In scenarios that involve terminating, changing, renewing or extending a “claims-made” medical malpractice insurance policy, there may be a concern to address known as tail malpractice coverage. Tail coverage protects physicians from claims that…

Horrifying Allegations Against Virginia OB-GYN

A doctor who has been charged with performing a slew of unnecessary surgical procedures is being held without bond in Virginia. Federal prosecutors announced that Dr. Javaid Perwaiz performed unnecessary and unwanted surgical procedures on his patients, some of which were performed without their knowledge or permission. Perwaiz is facing multiple criminal charges of…

Injury After Elevator Drops Ten Floors In Kensington

Most of us have experienced a quick flash of fear when an elevator jolts or makes strange noises. Some people refuse to use elevators, even if it means climbing 5 flights of stairs. Fortunately, elevator accidents that cause injury or death are relatively rare. However, a man in Philadelphia was recently injured…

Major Liability Concerns As More Businesses Offer Delivery Service

A recent Barron’s report suggests the volume of food ordered online is likely to rise by 20% per year and by 2030 sales may exceed $300 billion internationally. Food delivery has progressed well beyond simply pizza; in fact, delivery accounts for approximately 10% of sales at McDonald’s locations that offer the service. Delivery has…

Lawsuit Filed Over Detroit Manhole Steam Burns

Twenty individuals who claim that they suffered serious burns to their feet and legs from hot steam emitting from manhole covers in the city of Detroit have filed a claim against contractors who they say are to blame for the burns. According to the claim, the companies named in the complaint failed to control the…

Risk Of Surgery: Fire

Patients worry about many things as they head into surgery. Will the procedure work? What if something goes wrong? What if I wake up during surgery? What if I don’t wake up ever? But of all the things that run through your head when you are having a surgical procedure done, seldom…

Stay Safe On The Roads This Winter

As the temperature begins to drop this winter, you will want to watch out for any and all road hazards that could mean accident and injury for you. Winter road hazards can result in severe accidents. On the East Coast, winter weather shows up most frequently beginning in late January all the…

Air Embolism After IV Treatment For NFL Player

It’s been a rough season for football players involving medical errors. First, Tyrod Taylor suffered a punctured lung caused by the team doctor trying to inject painkillers. Then Raiders player Trent Brown was hospitalized after an air bubble got into his bloodstream after being given a pregame IV. Hospitalization for Raiders Tackle…

Study Indicates How Poor Health Literacy Leads To Costly Medical Errors

A study by CRICO Strategies showed roughly 30% of medical malpractice claims were based on some type of failure in communication. This may include a failure in sharing information or problems with interpretation. Approximately 23% of the U.S. population is deemed as having low health literacy. Of these individuals, about 30% classified their health…

New Federal Rule Allows Elders To Sue Nursing Homes Instead Being Forced Into Arbitration

Nursing homes and assisted-living facilities that want to receive federal money now have to risk being sued by residents who have grievances. An agency within the Health and Human Services Department late last month issued a new rule that prevents any such facility from receiving federal funding if they force their residents…

Late Night Booze Cruise Crashes In Baltimore Harbor

A Baltimore harbor pier sustained damage late last month after it was struck by the Spirit of Baltimore as the ship was returning to the dock after a late-night cocktail cruise. The incident occurred at about 2:30 a.m. and damaged 60 feet of pier. The vessel reportedly only sustained cosmetic damage. More…

Alabama Overturns Lower Court Ruling On Previable Child Wrongful Death Action

A woman in Alabama has brought forth a medical malpractice lawsuit, alleging that the wrongful-death of her unborn child was caused by a doctor who ordered the administration of a cytotoxic drug, a medication used to treat extrauterine pregnancies. Kimberly Stinnett’s obstetrician, Dr. William Huggins, informed her that she was pregnant on…

Does Your Immigration Status Affect Your Personal Injury Case?

A recent ruling by the Superior Court in Litchfield, Connecticut made it unlawful for defendants and their legal representation to inquire about a plaintiff’s immigration status or to ask the plaintiff about their entry into the country. Every state has different laws about the application of immigration status information to a personal injury…

Will Black Boxes Shed Light On Surgical Errors?

A New York health system has announced that it will be testing the use of “black box technology” in its operating rooms in order to collect more information during surgeries. Northwell Health has announced that it is piloting the technology in order to improve the quality of patient care. Black Box Operating Room systems…

Medical Liability Of Physicians In Collaborative Or Supervisory Roles With Nurse Practitioners

The implications for physicians affiliated with Nurse Practitioners (NPs) relating to medical malpractice was recently discussed by Carolyn Buppert, MSN, JD, in Physicians Who Work With NPs: What’s the Liability Risk? Current data shows NPs are involved in less than 1% of medical malpractice claims and enjoy lower premiums for liability insurance. Although NPs currently represent…

State Supreme Court Dismisses Negligence Case Against School District For Student Deaths

Plaintiff Michele L. Anderson pursued a negligence claim against the Soap Lake School District (SLSD) up to the Washington State Supreme Court following the death of her 17-year-old daughter Sheila M. Rosenberg. The state’s high court dismissed the case in a 5 to 4 decision citing that Anderson failed to sufficiently support…

Former Boxer Suing Jay-Z, Roc Nation Sports For TBI

Boxer Franco has brought a lawsuit against Jay-Z and Roc Nation Sports (the sports management company owned by the entrepreneur in 2013) claiming that he suffered skull and brain injuries as a result of their allegedly “reckless and grossly negligent acts.” This week, attorneys for defendants moved to have the suit dismissed on the grounds that…

Blood Pressure Medication Recalled Due To Cancer Link

A recall of high blood pressure prescription medications has been expanded for the fifth time due to the risk of higher than acceptable amounts of a potentially cancer-causing compound, NDMA. The newest recall is targeting three additional lots of losartan potassium tablets and two lots of losartan potassium/hydrochlorothiazide tablets by Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited. The recall…

Death Behind Bars

Earlier this week, World Wrestling  Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Fame wrestler Jerry Lawler filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a Tennessee County as well as the local Sheriff, alleging numerous failures and wrongdoing which resulted in his son’s death last year. Brian Lawler had been arrested on suspicion of DUI and evading authorities in…

Baseball Safety Policies Leave Fans At Risk

The Baltimore Orioles’ pie-smashing victories are over. Center fielder Adam Jones tweeted out the news to fans that the ritual of smashing a pie into a victorious player’s face will end citing safety reasons. At sports events, we typically worry about injuries the players sustain, and usually not in the form of…

Family Of Neil Armstrong Secretly Awarded $6 Million

Last Saturday, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and the iconic words astronaut Neil Armstrong spoke during this historical event. Armstrong’s name has been in the news again this week, but for a different reason. A sealed settlement leaked to the New York Times reveals that a hospital has paid the estate of…

Maryland And The Boozy Brunch

Recently, a study was done analyzing the number of fatal drunk driving crashes during “brunch hours” in the United States. In this study, “brunch hours” were defined as between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The data analyzed came from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which compared drunk…

Surgical Training From The University Of… YouTube?

The process of becoming a doctor in the United States is widely recognized as one that is rigorous, challenging, and lengthy. Physicians undergo years of training, consisting of medical school and on-the-job positions with increasing authority and expertise. Those who go on to specialize in certain fields are required to do even…

Defense Seeks Sanctions In Personal Injury Case Involving Fan At Philadelphia Eagles Game

Helen and Alfred Nicolosi brought a personal injury claim in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas against the Philadelphia Eagles, Aramark Sports and Entertainment, and Apex Security Group. Recently, counsel for the defendants has requested that the court impose sanction on the plaintiffs for failing to respond to requests for key evidence in…

Maryland Driver Sentenced After Deadly Drunk Driving Accident

A woman from Prince George County who caused a fatal car accident last year was sentenced to 18 years in prison last week. The 33-year-old driver, named Dominique Taylor, was under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana when she caused a car accident in Bowie, Maryland on February 2, 2019. That deadly…

Which Amusement Rides Cause The Most Injuries In PA?

Penn Live recently released findings from 2018 data concerning which carnival and amusement rides resulted in the highest rate of injuries in the state of Pennsylvania. Trampolines and water slides topped the list, with 68 and 57 injuries respectively. Twenty-five injuries were recorded on roller coasters in the Keystone state, including a sprained ankle…

Massachusetts Hospitals Investigated For Performing Wrong Procedures On Patients

A Massachusetts hospital made so many mistakes in patient treatment, it faces suspension from the federal Medicare program. Since 2011, there have been at least 14 instances at hospitals in the state when caregivers performed a procedure on the wrong patient, including surgery to mistakenly remove a healthy kidney. State investigators reviewing…

Can Homeopathy Lead To Medical Malpractice?

In a recent Australian study, homeopathic medicine has been called a “therapeutic dead-end.” Will the United States be next in declaring homeopathic medicine ineffective? More importantly, are doctors who have been treating their patients with this alternative form of medicine committing medical malpractice? Homeopathy was developed in Europe during the late 18th…

Maryland Homeowners Bringing Civil Suits For Damages Involving Faulty Fire Protection System

Plaintiffs are lining up across the country after having their homes severely damaged by the Viking VK-457 model fire protection system. A class action suit is underway to recover damages from the home sprinkler system that is being referred to as a “ticking time bomb.” They are designed to release water from a network…

Hospital Reactions To Scathing Medical Error Report

As we reported a couple of months ago, a recent Johns Hopkins study reported that if medical errors were considered a disease, they would be the third leading cause of death in the United States. Some doctors have said that the number are over-representative; however, researchers continue to say that medical errors…

Take Care Online: How Social Media Can Affect Your Case

Social media has become increasingly popular over the past few years. Many find social networking to be a great tool for getting in touch with old friends, storing photos, and conversing online. With many social networks available and popular nowadays, information can be shared and distributed online with incredible ease and speed….

Horrific Conditions For Residents In Elder Abuse Case

Elders play an important role in our communities, to help raise children and provide family support. Most families would like to keep their elders in their own homes but medical issues may make it impossible for the elderly to live on their own. A nursing home may be the only option but…

Cowboy Doctors

Cowboy doctors’, a term first popularized by surgeon and New Yorker writer Atul Gawande, are doctors who push boundaries and guidelines, provide daring and often unnecessary treatments, and act alone. Gawande’s original New Yorker article discussed the problems of disjointed hospital staffs. Over 15 staff members are involved in the care of…

Prisoner’s Medical Care Deemed Satisfactory

A prisoner of Jackson County Jail in Indiana filed a lawsuit against Dr. Al-Shami, claiming he received unreasonable medical care. More specifically, the plaintiff alleged that Dr. Al-Shami failed to monitor his vital signs or ensure that his vital signs were monitored on a regular basis. The prisoner based his claims under…

Federal Magistrate Permits Prison Inmate To Resume Medical Malpractice Claim In Pennsylvania

James Reed, of Factoryville, was an inmate at Scranton’s Lackawanna County Prison in 2014 and brought a medical malpractice claim against the prison’s private healthcare provider, Correctional Care Inc., and against the prison itself. Reed claims that he developed a very serious infection that required surgery because he was forced to clean his colostomy bag in his…

Signs Your Newborn Suffered Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy

Your newborn may have been born with the umbilical cord wrapped around his little neck. The sight of that is traumatizing itself. Many children are fine, though, while sometimes it can deprive an infant of oxygen. Oxygen deprivation before, during, or shortly after birth can lead to hypoxia or hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). The occurrence can…

Horse Bite Injury And Fatal Emergency Treatment

Most animal bite injuries involve dogs and occasionally cats. However, animals like horses can also cause serious bite injuries, which in one woman’s case, turned fatal. Unfortunately, it wasn’t just the animal bite that caused the accident to be fatal but it may have also involved negligent emergency room care.  Horse Bite…

Almost 3 Decades To Recover Damages In Birth Injury

Many people who are injured by medical negligence are surprised to find out how long a civil trial can take. Most medical malpractice lawsuits are settled before going to trial but a number of important cases go to trial because the insurance company doesn’t want to pay up for their doctor’s mistakes. …

What To Do And Not Do After A Car Accident

Being involved in a car accident is a stressful and scary situation. Immediately after a car accident, you may be disoriented and confused about what to do next. After an accident, it’s important to know the steps to take–along with what not to do–in order to protect your legal rights.  DO:  Seek medical attention. No…

Can Information From Your Vehicle’s “Black Box” Be Used In A Personal Injury Case?

Are you aware that your car may have a “black box” that records information about your vehicle usage? Most recently manufactured vehicles are equipped with these devices, as they were mandated for new vehicles in 2014. Officer Scott Parent, of the California Highway Patrol, says that these devices are capable of preserving data that could significantly…

Indiana Supreme Court Lays Framework For Immigration Status Admissibility In Personal Injury Case

Talk of undocumented immigrants has dominated media outlets nationwide. American citizens have an abundance of conflicting opinions that have divided the nation on topics of immigration policy and possible reform. A new decision made on the behalf of Indiana Supreme Court Justices will definitely generate further conversation due to their new ruling…

Daylight Savings Time May Result In More Fatal Car Accidents

If you’ve ever been involved in a car accident that killed someone—or if you’ve ever lost a loved one in a serious accident—during the second week of March, you’re not alone. A recent study revealed that fatal car accidents are more common than usual right after daylight savings time begins. As we prepare to…

$55 Million Verdict In Baby Powder Case

Johnson & Johnson is one of the most trusted names in products for children, particularly newborns and toddlers. The large pharmaceutical company is responsible for popular bathing and care products marketed specifically for children. One of these products is their trademark baby powder, a product that parents frequently use for their newborns….

Backstreet’s Back In Court

Gossip and entertainment magazines keep the public informed when a celebrity is arrested. Although these actors and singers are just like anyone else, news of their DUI or drug arrest will make tabloid’s front pages. However, when a celebrity assaults a member of the public, they may also find themselves in court…

Autonomous Vehicles Still Spark Fear

Elaine Herzberg was struck and killed by a car, like thousands of pedestrians in the United States each year. The year she was struck, 2018, the Governors Highway Safety Association reported that about 6,227 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes across the country. Her death, however, was unique and led to…

Drug Shortages Cost Patients Their Health

Patients expect hospitals and doctors offices to be prepared to provide health care services, but a disturbing trend of drug shortages in the US is making it more difficult for doctors to provide those vital services. The New York Times reports that in recent years, drugs like anesthetics, painkillers, antibiotics, and cancer…

How Physicians May Face Medical Malpractice Claims Following A Patient’s Suicide

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) lists suicide as ranked 10th among causes of death, claiming nearly 45,000 U.S. lives annually. Philip Resnick, M.D., a forensic psychiatrist and professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, has analyzed many negligence claims based on patient suicide. His research suggests 50% of hospital…

Pennsylvania Court Upholds Ruling In Wrongful Death Case Potentially Subject To Arbitration

A three-judge panel recently ruled in the wrongful death case of Smoyer v. Care One in the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Plaintiff Frank Moyer brought a civil action against the parties who managed the nursing home where his now deceased mother lived. Named defendants included Care One, 890 Weatherwood Lane Operating Co., and Healthbridge Management. A Westmoreland…

Medical Negligence Leads To Amputation

A South Carolina woman filed a medical malpractice claim against a variety of medical providers, alleging that a series of errors resulted in an infection that ultimately lead to amputation of both legs, her left elbow, and the fingertips on her right hand. The court ultimately found in favor of the plaintiff,…

Black Women Are 2 To 3 Times More Likely To Die In Pregnancy

According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Black, American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) women are 2 to 3 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. From 2007 to 2016, the annual maternal mortality rate per 100,000 live births was: White women: 13 American…

Burn Injuries From Beverage Carts On Flights

Anyone who sits in an aisle seat on the airplane is likely to have encountered a run-in with the beverage cart. In most cases, it is a surprise when the cart brushes against a shoulder, foot, or arm, but they can also seriously injure an elbow, foot, or knee. The hot coffee…

Doctor In Erin Brockovich Case Blamed For A Patient Injury

A woman who was injured in an elevator accident filed a lawsuit against the elevator company for her injuries, liver failure, and liver transplant. However, when the case went to the jury, the jurors found the woman’s doctor was to blame for her injuries, not the elevator company. The doctor who treated…

Philadelphia Carbon Monoxide Injuries In The Winter

Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when individuals are exposed to carbon monoxide which builds up in the bloodstream. Carbon monoxide can build up in the body, leading to serious tissue damage, and even death. One of the biggest threats of carbon monoxide is that it is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. This can leave…

Local Doctor Sentenced To Three Years In Jail For Rehab Fraud

A Philadelphia-area doctor has been sentenced to three years in jail for his role in what prosecutors described as a complex set of schemes that cheated insurance companies, generated kickbacks, and made struggling drug abusers vehicles for profit. Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Attorney General announced that 11 individuals had been taken…

Lower Court’s Medical Malpractice Ruling Overturned On Statute Of Limitations Interpretation

A California man sued his primary care physician, his neurologist, and their employer, alleging that he was misdiagnosed after reporting headaches. The headaches were initially dismissed, although it was later discovered that the cause was a massive brain tumor. The plaintiff, Steve Drexler, filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr. David Petersen,…

Easter Tumble

A day of Easter fun turned sour for one Oregon woman who attended an Easter egg hunt with her son and niece. The plaintiff, Rachel Townsend, filed a personal injury lawsuit against Red Shoe Productions, LLC; and The Aerie at Eagles Landing based upon claims that she was pushed from behind and…

Ocean City Is Awarded Safety Grant After Completing Pedestrian Safety Project

Ocean City in Worcester County has approximately 10,000 year-round residents. However, during the warmer months, there are several million people who visit the city. During these tourist periods, the city has earned a reputation for having traffic accidents and often these involve pedestrians and bicyclists. The number of pedestrian accidents has risen…

Unlicensed Medical Professionals Can Cause Serious Damage

A state-licensed doctor may not always provide perfect care but at least they are held to a certain standard and have passed the state licensing requirements to practice medicine. Unfortunately, patients end up going to a doctor who turns out not to be a real doctor. This can put the patient at…

Duty To Warn – New Rules To Impact Medical Device Manufacturers

A recent decision in the Supreme Court of the State of Washington may have changed the procedural landscape for medical device manufacturers. Taylor v. Intuitive Surgical Inc, was a case centered around a medical device manufacturer, Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (“Intuitive”) which sold a medical device used in laparoscopic surgeries, known as the…

Celebrity Dentist Loses License After Malpractice Claims

In 2004, there was a reality TV series on Fox called The Swan. The purpose of the program was to select a contestant, and assign a panel of specialists to turn the “ugly duckling” into a swan. Specialists included a coach, therapist, physical trainer, cosmetic surgeons, and dentist. The dentist on the…

New Developments In Takata Airbag Defect Lawsuit

Takata, the airbag manufacturing company now notorious for their recent manufacturing defects, is facing additional legal ramifications for their actions. Takata came under fire for their responsibility for severe defects. The defective airbags in question have the potential to deploy randomly while the car is in operation. In addition to this, the…

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