Friday, October 23, 2009

Wrongful Death During Police Pursuit

Lillian Stahl, a 27-year-old, was killed by a drunken driver who was fleeing from police. Stahl’s family has filed a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit against Yellowstone County and the city of Billings. The lawsuit claims that city officers and county deputies violated their own pursuit policies and that city and county law enforcement agencies lied to the public by stating that the sheriff's deputy leading the pursuit called off the chase several blocks before the fatal collision. "We recognize the Billings Police Department and Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office have a difficult job," said Chris Edwards, a lawyer representing the Stahls. "That is precisely why they have policies and procedures in place that are designed to protect the public while they carry out that job. Unfortunately, on the day that Lilly Stahl was killed, those policies and procedures were violated numerous times, resulting in a completely preventable loss of life."

Monday, October 19, 2009

Cedars- Sinai Patients Receive Radiation Overdose

All 206 patients were not told that they had received a radiation overdose during CT scans at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In interviews with The Times, “four people said that although they were called and questioned by Cedars-Sinai radiologists last month, the doctors neither acknowledged any error nor explained that the patients had been exposed to eight times more radiation than necessary.” Cedars-Sinai has said the overdoses stemmed from an error made when the hospital reconfigured a scanner to improve doctors' ability to see blood flow in the brain. The faulty scans began in February 2008 -- after the computerized protocols were modified -- and continued until this August when the hospital discovered the error after learning of a patient's hair loss. The most serious risk from the radiation overdose is a brain tumor. Radiation experts said that chance is remote, perhaps 1 in 600 for each scan.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Cedars-Sinai Radiation Overdose Lawsuit

It has been revealed that 206 people over the last 18 months while undergoing a CT brain perfusion scan have been subjected to a radiation overdose at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles.

The dose of radiation was eight times what it should have been.

The machine was used for other types of scans but the reset error affected only the potential stroke patients, said Richard Elbaum, a hospital spokesman.

This August, a stroke patient informed the hospital that he had begun losing his hair after a scan. When the hospital reviewed its records, it found -- and contacted -- 206 people who had received the overdoses to inform them of the mistake. Only then, Elbaum said, did the hospital learn that about 40% of them had suffered patchy hair loss. Many also experienced reddening of the skin.

Radiation overexposure can have many long term effects. One concerned victim already has approached the our firm about their rights to a radiation overdose lawsuit. Owen, Patterson & Owen have set up a Cedars-Sinai radiation overdose information page and are offering free, no obligation consultations for anyone involved to discuss their legal options.