Thursday, May 26, 2011

Elevator Plummets 3 Floors, Seriously Injuring Four

Four people were seriously hurt and ten other suffered minor injuries after a freight elevator malfunctioned and crashed into a basement. As reported, at the Bed Bath and Beyond store, the elevator suddenly plunged three floors while carrying 24 construction workers. The Buildings Department discovered that a faulty elevator brake was defective, which caused the elevator accident. The DOB issued a violation to the owner because the freight elevator was not even supposed to be carrying passengers.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Wrongful Death Filed for Two Young Parents

The family of two young parents killed in an auto accident on April 25 have recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against an Alabama state trooper, whom they believe was driving recklessly and therefore caused the fatal crash. The morning the crash took place an Alabama state trooper was on his way to a prior accident when he rear-ended the victims’ vehicle, which took their lives. The family is seeking unknown damages, and the two young parents leave two daughters behind.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Womans Nose Bit Off by Dog

Odette Fournier has been fined $600 under the Animal Control Act and her dog must wear a muzzle, after her dog bit off the tip of Anne Riel’s nose. Fournier put her dog in a shopping cart at a Home Depot store and when a greeter of the store bent down to pet it the dog jumped up and bit Riel’s nose. Riel’s needed surgery to reattach part of her nostril. The incident prompted Home Depot to update its policy on allowing pets in stores. As of this week, no pets are allowed in any Home Depot with the exception of service animals.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Medical Malpractice in Wrong Site Operation

A 4-year-old boy waits to find out if his sight has been permanently damaged after a surgeon operated on the wrong eye. Apparently the mark, which indicated the eye needing correction, was mistakenly covered by a nurse before the surgery. “How did the doctor explain herself? She says she simply "lost sense of direction and didn't realize I had operated on the wrong eye until I was done operating on the eye."” David Perecman believes this answer is not sufficient. "Dr. Shawn Goodman needs to explain why she continued the surgery if she was not certain what eye to perform surgery on," said Perecman, founder of the New York medical malpractice law firm. When the surgeon realized her mistake, she then operated on the correct eye, without his parents' consent. Since the wrong site operation, the boy’s mother Tasha Gaul has not seen any improvement in the right eye and now the boy’s left eye appears to be wandering. He also has red marks in the whites of his eyes and has to put drops in three times a day. Wrong site surgery is such a serious medical mistake that the World Health Organization (WHO) has published a 19-item surgical safety checklist recommended for use in every operating room for every procedure. Medical Malpractice can include any error relating to surgery.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Family Settles Wrongful Death Case for Teenaged Girl

A wrongful death lawsuit, which was claiming damages of $11 million, against the federal government in the case of Ashley Smith has been settled. Ashley Smith was a mentally ill teenager who died on the floor of her prison cell after she was found with a strip of cloth around her neck. “This lawsuit was brought by the family to hold Correctional Services accountable for all of the inhumane and appalling conditions Ashley Smith was kept in,” attorney Mr. Falconer said. “This lawsuit was very much about a conspiracy of senior correctional management to leave a young, mentally ill teen in isolation without help and ultimately without the most basic of human needs.” A report for the Correctional Services Canada concluded that Ms. Smith had been desperately seeking attention and sensory stimulation after being systematically moved from isolation cells. Her use of ligatures, the report found, was designed to draw staff into her cell to rescue her.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Two-Car Accident Leaves One in Critical Condition

Five people were hurt and one in critical condition after a two-car accident. Jessica Bustamante, 21, was driving her 2004 Saturn when she ran a red light and broadsided another car driven by Kimberly Hawksworth. Hawksworth was in the process of making a left turn when she was hit by Bustamante. Three others were riding with Bustamante at the time, Bustamante was transported to the hospital for a possible leg injury and passenger, Nicholas Vasquez, was flown by LifeNet with life-threatening injuries. Alcohol and or drugs are believed to be a factor with Bustamante but the investigation of the accident is still ongoing.