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City of Buffalo Faces Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit Following High-Speed Chase

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A Buffalo, New York man has filed a spinal cord injury lawsuit against the city of Buffalo after city police officers violated department policy by chasing the vehicle he was riding in. The high-speed chase led to an accident that left the man paralyzed from the neck down.

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New York Appeals Panel Reverses Lower Court Decision in Traumatic Brain Injury Death Case

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The widow of a man who died following a traumatic brain injury has won her appeal of a lower court’s summary judgment decision, allowing her to continue pursuing justice on behalf of her late husband. The case was filed by Cynthia Edwards against anesthesiologist Dr. David Myers and the Erie County Medical Center, accusing them of negligence in the death of David Edwards.

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IRS Awarded $120 Million to Tax Evasion Whistleblowers in 2019

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The United States’ history of rewarding whistleblowers dates back to the Civil War when Abraham Lincoln instituted a program of offering an incentive to those who reported on the fraud being perpetrated against the government by defense contractors. Since that time a variety of government agencies have initiated their own whistleblower programs that encourage U.S. taxpayers to report wrongdoing when they become aware of it, and reward them when their claim is proven.

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Researchers Seek Innovative Ways to Protect Against Wernicke’s Encephalopathy

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Patients undergoing bariatric surgery do so seeking better health and improved quality of life, but in doing so they face significant risks, including the risk of Wernicke’s Encephalopathy. Wernicke’s Encephalopathy is a neurological condition that is caused by a deficiency of thiamine (or Vitamin B1). In their search for a way to protect patients against this deficiency, a team of researchers from Mercy Hospital and the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa investigated whether the use of transdermal multivitamin patches would effectively protect against deficiencies. Their results were mixed.

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Maritime Accident Results in Loss of Three Crew Members

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On January 26th, a tragic maritime accident claimed the lives of three crew members of the RC Creppel, a 69’ x 30’ x 10’ towboat that was traveling on the Mississippi River when it collided with a much larger barge. Following the incident, four members of the towboat went missing, and though one was later rescued, three others’ bodies have not been recovered. The family of one, Matthew Brigalia, has filed a lawsuit in Orleans Parish (New Orleans) against both Elite Towing Inc. and American River Transportation Co. LLC.

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Houston Truck Accident Kills Two

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A Houston truck accident involving a cement truck leaking wet mortar onto the roadway led to two fatalities twenty miles north of Houston. According to police, a leak or failure to secure the load led to wet cement leaking on the roadway, causing an unavoidable hazard for motorists from the moment that it left the plant.

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Georgia Jury Awards $6.4 Million Over Birth Injury Caused by Blood Pressure Medication

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Though giving birth may seem the most natural thing in the world, the risk of birth injury exists in every pregnancy. When injuries are a result of a physician or health care professionals’ departure from standard practice, it represents a betrayal of trust that has lifelong repercussions. That is exactly what happened to a Georgia woman whose obstetrician failed to take her off of a blood pressure medication known to cause fetal and neonatal side effects. A DeKalb County jury has awarded the child and her parents more than $6.4 million in compensation for the injuries that the child has suffered.

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Environmental Report Raises Concerns About Benzene Exposure

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A report published by the green group Environmental Integrity Project is raising concerns about benzene exposure among communities that neighbor oil refineries. The information contained in the report was extracted from government data and spotlights ten oil refineries that recorded benzene levels that exceeded federal limits in 2019.

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