In most cases where an employee suffers an industrial plant injury, their potential for legal action is limited to the possibility of filing a claim against a responsible third party and filing for workers’ compensation. But a New Jersey federal court recently ruled that a horrific amputation suffered by a worker at a pharmacy management company is the exception to this rule because the company explicitly chose efficiency over the safety of its employees.
Following the release of a video of shocking nursing home abuse, a facility in Warren, Michigan took swift action against the perpetrator, firing him and then contacting the local police department. The victim was the 91-year-old grandmother of Rachelle Sharp, who expressed dismay and pain upon seeing what had happened to the elderly woman. “Oh my god. Oh my god,” she said, before looking away.
Last April, a horrific Texas car accident claimed the lives of two teens and the truck driver who crashed into their vehicle. This week the parents of one of the boys killed filed a lawsuit against that truck driver’s employer, a multibillion-dollar pipeline company. Their suit claims that the man was watching pornography on his cell phone rather than paying attention to the road ahead of him.
Seven years ago, Clara Roman was an infant whose routine hernia repair surgery took a horrific turn, leaving her with permanent and traumatic brain injuries. Last month a New Jersey judge signed off on a $6.5 million settlement in the medical malpractice case that her family filed against the anesthesiologist who participated in her surgery, his medical group, the hospital where the surgery took place, and the hospital system that owns that hospital.
A Florida man who suffered a spinal cord injury in a devastating accident has accepted a $5.95 million settlement with a landscaping company that failed to comply with the state’s height limitations for median strip plantings. The man was driving his motorcycle down a roadway and was struck by a motorist making a U-turn who was unable to see him because of a hedge measuring a full one foot higher than the allowable height.
Gastric bypass surgery has grown in popularity for the treatment of obesity in teens, but a recent study determined that those who have the procedure, and particularly the Roux-en-Y type of surgery, are at increased risk for nutritional deficiencies as long as five years later, and particularly for the neurological condition Wernicke’s Encephalopathy.
Kelly D. Wilson and her family have been living with the impact of her second son’s birth injury for fifteen years: the teen is permanently wheelchair-bound, suffers from a seizure disorder and involuntary movements, and cannot speak as a result of mistakes made at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital back in 2005. The teen finally had his day in court and emerged victoriously. He and his family were awarded more than $15 million to be paid by the federal government.
For the past three years, the family of a Gainesville man killed in a truck accident has tried to settle with Cypress Insurance Co., but the insurer had repeatedly rejected the offers the man’s family made, insisting that they would win if the case went to trial. This week a jury heard the case of what happened to the 50-year-old victim and awarded the family $15 million in damages, plus another $6 million in compensation for previous legal fees.
When Mark Lopez was a child, he did not think about the asbestos exposure he was subjected to every time he visited his father and grandfather at work. Nor did his family think about the asbestos that drifted through the company-owned town where they lived, or the asbestos that his father brought into their home each day after working at the Hillshire Brands Company sugar refinery.
It’s been three years since the fatal Amtrak railroad accident that killed three and injured dozens of people, but the lawsuits corresponding to the incident are still making their way through Washington state’s federal court. In February, a jury hearing the third of several cases that have been filed by victims awarded a severely injured man $10 million in damages.
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