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Following a 2017 Houston car accident that claimed the lives of her husband and children, Roxanne Freeman has filed a lawsuit against a major road builder, accusing them of failing to provide an appropriate warning to drivers and in their duty to safely manage traffic in a work zone. Mrs. Freeman’s 41-year-old husband Heywood and her two children, five-year-old Heywood Jr. and four-year-old Halynn were killed in the tragic crash.
When responsible physicians prepare their patients for bariatric surgery, they take the time to warn of the dangers of Wernicke’s Encephalopathy. Appropriate care consists of testing their patients nutritional status prior to the operation in order to ensure that they have sufficient thiamine stores, as well as prescribing supplemental thiamine after the surgery and describing both the causes and the symptoms that are associated with the disease so that patients can take quick action to seek emergency care if they begin to exhibit any sign of the condition. When there is a failure to recognize and diagnose, patients can suffer irreversible harm, as can be seen in the case of a patient described in the International Journal of Surgery.
In 2017, an Amtrak train traveling in Washington state derailed, and the railroad accident killed three people and injured dozens of others. In the first of several trials to be heard involving the case, a Tacoma jury awarded a total of $16.75 million to three victims: $7.75 million to passenger Dale Skyllingstad, $7 million to motorist Blaine Wilmotte, and $2 million to Wilmotte’s spouse, Madison Wilmotte.
Prosecutors have asked a Colorado grand jury to consider the case of a 77-year-old nursing home neglect victim who required hospitalization after just two months as a resident at the Bear Creek Center. Mary Alice Rateau’s children entrusted her to the care of the center in December of 2018 after they could no longer meet the needs of her dementia and Alzheimer’s. At that time she was in good health, but by the time they visited her in February of 2019 they found her covered in deep bedsores, dehydrated, suffering from a urinary tract infection and oral thrush, and several other serious conditions.
Patricia Jones entered Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, New York for minimally invasive spine surgery, but she left with a spinal cord injury that left her a quadriplegic. Ten years later a New York jury awarded her $55.9 million in compensation.
Wernicke’s Encephalopathy has been identified as the first of two phases of a condition called Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome: the second phase was traditionally referred to as Korsakoff syndrome, and nearly always followed the characteristics of the first, so the two were eventually combined into a single condition. When first presented, Wernicke’s encephalopathy is characterized by strange eye movements, confusion or memory issues, and a loss of muscle coordination. Well-educated, competent physicians who recognize these symptoms and diagnose them properly will treat them as a medical emergency and provide immediate intervention in the form of thiamine supplementation. Failure to do so can lead to serious and permanent complications, but a recent case study published in the journal Primary Care Companion documents the outcomes of Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome when treatment of Wernicke’s encephalopathy is treated promptly and appropriately.
A horrific truck accident that killed a 16-year-old driver has led to a $42 million verdict against a trucking company, and high hopes that the trucking industry will now improve its safety standards. The accident took place in New Mexico in 2015, when 16-year-old Riley Hein was driving on the interstate. His vehicle drove onto an embankment and ended up stuck under the side of a trailer manufactured by Utility Manufacturing Company. That vehicle was not equipped with a safety feature that would have prevented Hein’s car from getting stuck. The truck driver continued driving, dragging Hein’s vehicle for half a mile until it caught fire. The boy was burned to death.
A horrific accident that took place on the estate of a billionaire has left a 25-year-old Serbian model in a wheelchair for the foreseeable future, suffering the effects of a fractured pelvis and possible spinal cord injury. The incident took place in mid-July at the estate of Chinese investor Chinh Chu, who runs the investment firm CC Capital and who was previously the managing director of The Blackstone Group, Inc. The model is Simona Andrejic, who has modeled for Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, and Gucci.
News that a woman suffered a traumatic brain injury while riding an amusement park ride would always be shocking, but when the incident occurs at America’s most famous theme park, it makes national news — and results in a significant lawsuit. That is exactly what has transpired after a woman visiting Disneyland in California suffered a concussion after riding the popular Space Mountain roller coaster in December 2017. The woman and her husband have filed a negligence claim against Disney, seeking $3 million in compensation.
A student who suffered a significant spinal cord injury has filed a personal injury lawsuit against popular indoor trampoline venue Extreme Air Park. Changin An was enjoying an afternoon at one of the chain’s indoor parks on October 21, 2017, when he suffered severe back injuries after landing on his back on the trampoline support fixture. Among the details included in the lawsuit is a charge that the staff did not warn An that doing a backward somersault on the equipment was dangerous. He suffered injuries to both his id and lower back. He also suffered a spinal compression fracture.
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