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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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Johnson & Johnson Mesothelioma Lawsuit Ends With $750 Million Punitive Damages Award

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Just months after a New Jersey jury awarded $37 million in compensatory damages to several victims of asbestos exposure from Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, the second phase of the hearing ended with a second jury ordering the company to pay $750 million in punitive damages.

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Toddler’s Spinal Cord Injury Leads to $10 Million Settlement

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A Washington state family whose toddler suffered a spinal cord injury has agreed to a $10 million settlement with the defendants in the case, MultiCare Health System and Pediatrics Northwest. According to the initial medical malpractice lawsuit, the child became partially paralyzed after having received a chemotherapy injection in her spine.

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$7.1 Million Settlement Paid to Family Whose Son Suffered Devastating Birth Injury

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A New Jersey hospital and the family of a boy who suffered a devastating birth injury have reached a settlement that provided $7.1 million in compensation for trauma, emotional pain, and future medical needs. The case involved Hoboken University Medical Center and a couple, Jorge and Jasmin Carriel Tejada on behalf of their son David, who was born at the hospital in 2017.

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New York Church Sex Abuse Case Filed Against Memphis-Based Church

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When New York State passed the Child Victim’s Act law, it provided victims of child sexual abuse a limited window in which the statute of limitations would be waived and they could pursue justice against institutions where they’d been abused decades earlier. Though most of the cases have had to do with New York institutions, a recent filing named a Memphis-based church that has two churches in the state.

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When Doctors’ Mistakes Lead to Wernicke’s Encephalopathy

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Patients anticipating bariatric surgery experience plenty of anxiety before their procedures, but few are aware of the significant risk of a little-known condition known as Wernicke’s Encephalopathy. Also known by its traditional name of Beriberi, Wernicke’s encephalopathy is a neurological condition caused by a deficiency of thiamine. Traditionally associated with acute alcoholism, when Wernicke’s occurs after bariatric surgery it is almost always a matter of some kind of error on the part of a medical professional.

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Proposed Class Lawsuit Against Zantac May Represent “Tens of Thousands” of Victims

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A New Jersey woman has filed a proposed class action in Manhattan federal court, accusing Pfizer Inc. of knowing that its popular heartburn medicine Zantac contained a cancer-causing chemical. According to the claim, the over-the-counter medication contains NDMA, a chemical that has been linked to some types of cancer, but the manufacturer never listed it as an ingredient or disclosed that it was part of the drug during the six-year-period when they made the drug. The 22-page complaint reads in part, “While the defendant represented that its Zantac formulation was safe for use, Zantac contains dangerously high levels of NDMA, rendering the product dangerous and unfit for human consumption.”

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