Thursday, December 23, 2010

Defective Drug Lawsuit Against Hormone Therapy Drug

Nadine Bender and Sheila Scott are two women who come from two different backgrounds but are connected by one critical point: They both say that the hormone therapy drugs they took to offset their menopausal symptoms caused their breast cancer and the pharmaceutical companies who made, promoted and sold the drugs should pay for their suffering. A defective drug lawsuit has been filed against Delaware-based Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, now owned by Pfizer, and Upjohn Company and their case is scheduled to go to trial in early January. Upjohn is the maker of Provera, a progestin pill that was taken with Wyeth’s estrogen pill, known as Premarin. Wyeth later combined progestin and estrogen in a drug called Prempro. “The Bender-Scott case is one of more than 5,000 lawsuits that have been filed across the country saying the companies manufactured and sold defective products while concealing information about the risks. The trial comes only two months after the Nevada Supreme Court upheld a $58 million jury award to three women — Arlene Rowatt of Incline Village, Pamela Forrester of Yerington and Jeraldine Scofield of Fallon — who made identical claims against Wyeth in a 2007 trail. Forrester and Rowatt have since died.” Read more..

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Criminal Negligence in Friend's Death

A young man is being charged of criminal negligence after his friend, Willie Tracey, was injured in a fall that eventually claimed his life. Tracey had met up with his friend, the accused, who was driving an SUV and decided to hang onto the side of the vehicle while on his skateboard. Just after going a short distance, the driver and passenger heard a thud, they stopped the vehicle got out and found Tracey in the street. Tracey was taken to Aberdeen Hospital in critical condition and died nearly two weeks later.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Florida Couple Attacked by Pit Bull

A Florida couple Angelia and Steve Owens are recovering after they were badly bit by a friend’s pit bull. According to Angelia Owens, the pit bull turned violent after her husband, Steve Owens, tried to feed the animal. "As soon as he cracked the gate open to reach in and pull the bucket, the dog just jumped right over him and grabbed my arm," she said. "He grabbed my arm, and he locked on. He was trying to get up in between me and the dog, which he did. He got in between me and the dog, and he was trying to tell the dog to let me go. The dog was steady pulling, steady snatching." Angelia ran inside her home to call for help after she had managed to break free from the dog. The couple was keeping the dog temporarily for one of Steve's friends, who was already considering putting the animal to sleep. According to Broward Sheriff's Office deputies, they arrived to a bloody scene. "When we arrived, we saw a lady in the middle of the street with her arm bleeding from several puncture wounds. She was in distress, and she said that the dog was attacking someone inside the house as we were there," BSO Sergeant John Phillips said. "They directed us inside of the house. We went in the house and found the dog hanging off that gentleman's arm. It was latched on. He was holding it in the air. The dog wouldn't let go, and he was begging us to shoot the dog." The dog died after being shot twice.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Wrongful Termination Suit Wins $250,000

Ray Barker, a former employee at Genesee County Community Action Resource
Department, claimed he was wrongfully terminated after reporting concerns to his
employer the company was distributing asbestos in low-income housing. Barker told
a court the company was installing insulation in a free program for needy families but
was potentially distributing the deadly fibers in the process. “After Barker reportedly
discovered a mine in Montana produced asbestos, he realized the same type of
material was in the insulation he installed in the homes. He alleges the company that fired him changed their rules to solve the problem shortly after he was let go.” Barker filed a wrongful termination suit against the company and won a $250,000 settlement this week, according to a news source.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Woman Wins Largest Personal Injury Case in Western New York

Natalie Barnhard of Cheektowaga, N.Y. has won the single largest personal injury award in western New York history. A state supreme court jury has awarded 30-year-old Barnhard $66 million after she was paralyzed in a workplace accident. Barnhard was permanently injured six years ago when a weight machine fell on top of her at Amherst Orthopedic Physical Therapy. The judgment is against Cybex International, the manufacturer of the machine.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Negligence in Toddlers Death?

Jolene Cotto is asking a jury this week to find that radiologists, Drs. Jong D. Kwon and Ronald H. Kihm, and Sylvan Radiology Associates of Howard Avenue, who analyzed the X-rays of her 23-month-old daughter, Ashley Cotto, were negligent and award financial damages to the child’s estate. Cotto's attorney, Scott Melton of Pittsburgh, said in his opening statement Monday that Ashley started to cry on Jan. 24, 2006, with a peanut in her mouth and then later started to wheeze, he said. The next day, the child continued to have difficulty breathing and was taken to a doctor, who initially said she might have bronchitis. An X-ray of her chest appeared to be clear, according to the results. Because Ashley continued to have breathing problems, another X-ray was taken on Feb. 24, 2006, Melton said, and again there were no findings. Ashley was repeatedly taken to the doctor's office and the hospital, but despite those visits, her health continued to deteriorate, Melton said. She was taken to the emergency department March 5, 2006, when she had trouble breathing and her lips turned blue. She died the next day. An autopsy was done by Dr. Samuel Land, a forensic pathologist in Allentown, who discovered the peanut in the child's bronchial tube.