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.
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.
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.
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.
Two adults and an infant were killed last week and another four remain hospitalized following a tragic Houston car accident. The incident has been blamed on an intoxicated driver who police say has a long history of arrests.
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.
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.”
A disturbing case of nursing home abuse was captured by a tiny camera hidden in the bottom of a picture frame, but the nursing home where the abuse took place took no legal action against the perpetrators, choosing instead to simply fire them. The victim’s family members are distraught, both at the lack of legal action and the thought that the former employees are now free to seek employment at another facility where they can hurt other helpless patients.
The former employee of a California contracting firm that provided parts to NASA has been awarded $75,000 after filing a whistleblower lawsuit against his employer. Steven Walker reported fraudulent actions on the part of United Paradyne under the False Claims Act, which allows those who are aware of fraud against the government to file suit on the government’s behalf, and collecting between 15 and 25% of any settlement or judgment if their lawsuit is successful.
A 2017 school bus accident that left an 8-year-old boy with a traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury is the subject of a North Carolina personal injury lawsuit. The incident took place just before noon on May 17, 2017, when elementary school student A.J. Harper disembarked from his school bus and crossed N.C. 62. The bus driver failed to engage the bus’ stop sign, lights or crossing arm, and the child was hit by a vehicle. The vehicle’s driver has also been named as a defendant in the lawsuit, as have the Alamance-Burlington Board of Education and N.C. Industrial Commission.
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