The medical staff of Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, a hospital in Springfield, Oregon, is being accused of causing a patient’s spinal cord injury in the days following surgery on his cervical spine. Michael Ringo has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the facility, accusing them of having negligently dispensed an unreasonable mixture of drugs to him following his surgery, leading to a medical response that has left him with permanent injuries.
A horrific industrial plant accident has left a sixty-year-old chemical plant worker dead, a community stunned, a family grieving and an investigation underway. Dana Swisher had worked for Techmetals, Inc. in Dayton, Ohio for thirty years when he fell into a vat filled with corrosive acid and died. Authorities are looking for answers, but have not ruled out the possibility that he may have had a medical emergency prior to the accident.
When a Washington state hospital failed to recognize fetal distress, it led to a life-altering birth injury for a family’s infant. After hearing seven weeks of testimony in the case, a jury has agreed that it was the hospital’s negligence that resulted in the girl’s brain damage. They awarded the family $23.9 million.
A physician who rode a roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey has filed a personal injury lawsuit after suffering a severe spinal cord injury on the ride. Dr. Christopher Fabricant has already needed one spinal surgery and is expected to need extensive medical care in the future as a result of the “whiplash-type injuries” cited in his claim.
A ruling by a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge about an Uber accident is calling national attention to the company’s mandatory arbitration agreement, and plenty of people are now reconsidering their use of the ride-sharing service. The case involved an Uber ride that left Jillian Kemenosh in critical condition, and judge Abbe F. Fletman ruled against the company’s assertions that they could not be sued over the accident.
The grieving family of a 36-year-old Georgia woman killed in a horrific truck accident has filed a personal injury lawsuit against both the driver of the truck and his employer, trucking company, US Xpress Transport Corporation. The family is accusing both of negligence involving the accident, which occurred in August of 2019. They have also named Progressive Express Insurance Company as a defendant.
People who have had bariatric weight loss surgery are at significant risk for a thiamine deficiency disease known as Wernicke’s encephalopathy. Though Wernicke’s encephalopathy can be treated effectively if it is diagnosed in its earliest stages, the condition can quickly progress to the point where it does irreparable damage, causing blindness, difficulty ambulating, brain damage, and even death. Patients should be advised by their physicians of the risks as well as the warning signs of the disease and provided with supplementation before and after their surgery.
A nursing home neglect and abuse lawsuit have been filed by the bereaved family of 84-year-old Fred Pittman, charging the New Jersey facility tasked for caring for him with failure to protect or treat his medical condition and subjecting him to humiliation and abuse. Included in the charges were details of an unwanted “lap dance” that a nursing home worker performed on the former Mennonite minister.
A New Year’s Eve maritime accident sank an Alaskan crab fishing boat and left five of its crew members missing and presumed dead. The incident took place in rough, icy seas with 40 mph winds that one of the survivors said sent all onboard from “sleeping to swimming” in a matter of minutes.
There have been a growing number of environmental damages lawsuits filed against the 3M company regarding pollution and cleanup of a class of chemicals called poly-fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. The company has already settled for $850 million with the state of Minnesota and for $35 million with an Alabama water authority. Though residents living in areas where the PFAs leaked into drinking water and other environmental resources are concerned about their health, in most cases the lawsuits are focused on the harm that has been done to the environment. Experts say that this is because it is so much easier to prove the presence of the chemicals in these resources then to link them to specific health issues.
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