Friday, January 28, 2011

$10 Million Settlement in Personal Injury Case

A settlement of $10 million has been made in a personal injury case against King County of Tacoma, Washington. The family of Christopher Sean Harris set out on this lawsuit when he was allegedly pushed into a concrete wall by a sheriff’s deputy. Harris was allegedly wrongly identified by a witness who was a suspect in a nearby bar brawl while walking through Seattle on the night of May 9. Harris then reportedly led King County deputies on a foot chase before being stopped and allegedly pushed into a wall by one of the officers. Testimony at the civil trial revealed that deputies were wearing black tactical uniforms at the time of the chase. Harris' attorney said he believes Harris did not realize the men were officers. According to the news source, Harris suffered brain damage and has required round-the-clock care since the 2009 incident and will require long term care for the rest of his life.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Radiology Inc. Sued for Negligence

Mary K. De Los Santos is suing Radiology Inc. claiming it was negligent in recognizing and diagnosing a probable malignant mass. Another defendants in this suit are Drs. Grant D. Petty and Charles M. Siegler. According to the suit, on Oct. 17, 2007, and on Nov. 25, 2008, the defendants failed to recognize, diagnose and detect a probable malignant mass in De Los Santos' right breast and failed to recommend immediate post mammogram ultrasound study and/or biology of the right breast. De Los Santos claims because of the defendants' failure, she was required to have a right and left breast mastectomy.
“The defendants failed to exercise a degree of care, skill and learning required or expected from reasonable, prudent health care professionals, according to the suit.” De Los Santos is seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Woman Sues Hospital for Wrongful Termiation and Malpractice

Sharon Fay Grey, an ex-nursing assistant at Valley Health in Winchester, Virginia, is suing the hospital for wrongful termination and malpractice after she complained about surgery performed on her. Grey had worked for Valley Health at the Winchester Hospital when she was diagnosed with a chronic urinary tract infection with painful bladder syndrome, a condition which she had reportedly been treated for in the past. According to the complaint, doctors failed to give nurses orders to void Grey's bladder after the surgery and did not provide adequate post-surgery care. Grey contends that those actions caused her bladder to perforate and had to return to the hospital for a second surgery. Grey’s lawsuit is seeking more than $350,000 in damages in the malpractice suit and another $200,000 for wrongful termination.

$1 Million Awarded in Medical Malpractice Case

A 61-year-old woman was awarded $1 million after a settlement in her medical malpractice suit. Her attorney James Spiros said his client visited her primary care physician in April 2008 for pneumonia-like symptoms, but was not informed that a mass appeared on her chest X-ray. Twenty-two months later, she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Woman Claims Personal Injury After Fire Accident

Margaret Ryan is pursuing a personal injury claim against her landlord after she was seriously injured in a apartment fire. Ryan suffered burns, smoke and heat inhalations. The claim will seek damages from the owners of the building for injuries and pain she sustained in the fire. Ryan’s attorney stated, “His firm is investigating the cause of Ryan’s injuries. So far, it appears that the fire and resultant smoke inhalation were preventable and happened because of the landlords’ negligence. The basement did not have a working smoke detector, heat detector or sprinkler system.”

Friday, January 14, 2011

Company Fined $296 Million for Defective Medical Product

A U.S. District Court Judge formally convicted and sentenced the company, Guidant LLC for criminal violations relating defective products due to its mishandling of short-circuiting failures of three models of its implantable cardioverter defibrillators: the Ventak Prizm 2 DR and the Contak Renewal. Judge Donovan Frank sentenced Guidant for withholding information from the FDA regarding catastrophic failures in some of its lifesaving devices. Guidant made decisions at various junctures to conceal information from the FDA and medical professionals regarding the device failures. In June 2005, the company finally went public about the problem with information it had known for 10 months, and then only after three deaths had occurred. Judge Frank sentenced Guidant to pay more than $296 million in criminal fines and forfeiture and also to submit to the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for three years.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Math Coach Files Wrongful Termination

A wrongful termination lawsuit has been filed against Sunnyside Unified School District after former math coach Jean Olson’s contract was not renewed. Olson claims her contract was not renewed after she reported cheating that she observed by certain teachers during benchmark testing, which constituted violations of state law, mismanagement and/or abuse of authority. Olson claims she has suffered retaliation for the disclosures, has suffered financial harm, economic disadvantages, mental pain and anguish. Olson is seeking back and future pay, compensatory damages, emotional damages, attorney’s fees and costs.

Monday, January 10, 2011

One Dog Shot Another Tased After Mauling

One vicious dog was shot and killed and another was tasered by police after the two dogs mauled a 38-year-old man. The victim was transported to Jacobi Medical Center with multiple bite wounds to the face, arms and legs. The victim was walking in the area when the two unleashed dogs attacked him, Mount Vernon Detective Sgt. Robert Scott said. The two dogs, a Rottweiler and a Wheaten Terrier, were in the area and the Rottweiler charged the officers, police said. Officer Grisante shot the Rottweiler once, police said, the dog ran away and the officer pursued it. He shot the Rottweiler four more times and killed it because it was acting aggressively toward him, Sgt. Scott said. Mount Vernon Police Commissioner Carl A. Bell said the shooting was justified because the dog mauled one man and was aggressive toward the officer. The caretaker of the dogs, identified by police as Ceford Grante, was issued city ordinance violations accusing him of having unlicensed and unleashed dogs.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Woman Dies After Liposuction Procedure

A wrongful death and medical malpractice lawsuit was filed last week after 28-year-old, Aura Javellana died after undergoing a liposuction procedure of her abdomen and upper arms. According to the lawsuit Surgeon Marco Sobrino performed the liposuction, but failed to keep track of how much Lidocaine, an anesthetic, was injected into his patient’s body. According to the Washington Medical Quality Assurance Commission’s charging document, Sobrino’s medical assistant could not recall how many bags of the Lidocaine solution were used. Medical investigators contended Sobrino did not monitor Javellana or document the amount of nitrous oxide and Lidocaine being administered at the time. They said Sobrino left the clinic after the procedure was completed, but never verified if Javellana was in stable condition. The charge document noted that the doctor never gave Javellana replacement fluids and failed to track the amount of “material” removed during the procedure. When no one came to pick Javellana up, Sono Bello staff put her in a cab. She was apparently never given any further instruction or a follow-up number. Javellana died the following day. According to an autopsy report, the patient suffered acute poisoning from Lidocaine. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Javellana’s estate, as well as her mother and sister, seeks unspecified damages. The state’s charges against the doctor are pending.