Sunday, August 20, 2006

$5 Million Settlement For Injured Newborn

The parents of a brain-damaged five-year-old boy have reached a $5 million settlement with a hospital in Massachusetts following a medical malpractice suit. Kendall and Michelle Turner accused a doctor and nurse at the Melrose-Wakefield hospital of making critical mistakes during the delivery of their son Dustin that led to the boy's life-long injuries. Dustin is unable to walk, talk or eat on his own. The Turners insist that Dustin's severe cerebral palsy could have been avoided had he been delivered by C-section, and demanded compensation for the irreversible damage to their child.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Man Dies in Construction Accident

A construction worker fell 35 feet to his death while laying roof decking for Microsoft Corp.'s new data center. 31-year-old Travis L. Watts was transported to Quincy Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Spokesperson Jeannine Lupton says the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration will not be investigating the accident.

Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Prempro Drug In Breast Cancer Ruling

A jury in Philadelphia has ruled that Wyeth Pharmaceuticals' hormone replacement drug Prempro is responsible for causing the breast cancer of a 66 year old woman. This is the first time a jury has decided that Prempro causes breast cancer, making this personal injury trial highly significant. Litigators Ken Suggs and Robert K. Jenner represented the victim, who was awarded a sum of $1 million by the court, as well as $500,000 for the victim's husband. When the second phase of the malpractice trial begins next week, the jury will be asked to establish whether or not Wyeth Pharmaceuticals failed to warn consumers of the dangers of the drug and acted in an inproper manner. The jury will also consider whether or not Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, who are facing over 5,000 lawsuits concerning their failure to warn doctors and patients of known dangers relating to Prempro, should face punitive damages for their conduct.

Sunday, August 6, 2006

Antidepressants Dangerous for Pregnant Women

A recent FDA alert is warning pregnant women about the dangers of taking antidepressants during pregnancy. The FDA issued the alert in July (06) following the publication of a case-control study investigating the effects of taking antidepressants while pregnant. According to the report, mothers who took selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) after the 20th week of pregnancy were six times more likely to give birth to babies with persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN), than mothers who did not take antidepressants during pregnancy. SSRI's include Celexa (citalopram), Fluvoxamine Lexapro (escitalopram), Paxil (paroxetine), Prozac (fluoxetine), Symbyax (olanzapine/fluoxetine) and Zoloft (sertraline).

Friday, August 4, 2006

Boy Loses Leg in Boat Accident

A 16-year-old boy had to have his leg amputated after a near-fatal boating accident (03AUG06). Chandler Balkman was swimming in Lake Sammamish when his 19-year-old sister accidentally ran over him with the family boat. The propeller had sliced through his right pelvis, hitting an artery. Surgeons at Harborview Medical Center had to remove the leg to save his life.