Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Man Dies in Auto Accident After Being Pursued by Police

Do police take it too far when a car chase is in pursuit resulting in someone being killed? A family is going through a lot of sadness and anger after their 21-year-old son, Matthew Cynewski, was killed after leading police on a brief chase. Hampden Director of Public Safety Joseph Rogers said Cynewski died en route to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor as a result of injuries he sustained in the crash. Rogers said Cynewski initially caught the attention of police after several police agencies received bulletins regarding a Jeep that was operating erratically. As the pursuit continued Rogers reported that Cynewski sideswiped a vehicle that was being operated by 62-year-old Lorraine Frawley. Frawley, who Rogers said was not hurt in the accident, was stopped in traffic waiting to turn left into a driveway when Cynewski approached from behind and struck the drivers' side of Frawley's vehicle as he passed by. Rogers said from there, Cynewski's Jeep struck a tree. The accident remained under investigation Tuesday, said Rogers. Police do not know why Cynewski did not stop for police.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Inmates Family Sues for Wrongful Death

The family of 54-year old, Douglas P. Poole, who died at the Virginia Beach jail, has filed a wrongful death suit against the sheriff and the jail medical staff. Poole entered jail Oct. 29, 2010 to serve a 10-day sentence for driving with a suspended driver’s license, five days later he was rushed to the hospital where he died. When arriving to the jail, Poole told a nurse that he suffered from diabetes and hypertension and that he required certain medications, according to the suit. It says he didn’t receive any meds for four days, and he was given insulin but nothing to control his hypertension. When he arrived in the jail, he told a nurse that he suffered from diabetes and hypertension and that he required certain medications, according to the suit. It says he didn't receive any meds for four days, and he was given insulin but nothing to control his hypertension. The afternoon of Nov. 3, Poole reported to jail staff that he was had severe pain in an eye. He was unsteady on his feet and sweating. He then collapsed and struck his head on a table, the suit says. He was taken to the infirmary, where the medical staff inferred "that he was malingering," the lawsuit states. When he was taken back to his cell, a deputy, a doctor and nurses told other inmates that Poole was "faking blindness," it says. Poole later reported that he felt nauseated and he again fainted and remained unconscious for 15 minutes. When he tried to rise, he struck his head on a toilet and lost consciousness again, the suit says. "The inmates in his cell block began frantically banging on the window and the deputies only then removed him from the block," the lawsuit says. At the infirmary, Poole's blood pressure was recorded as 197 over 90, which is high. Jail staff called 911, and Poole was taken to the nearby emergency room in handcuffs. He was transferred to Virginia Beach General Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a brain hemorrhage. He was declared brain-dead Nov. 4 and pronounced dead Nov. 7, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit, which seeks $5 million, alleges "deliberate indifference" to Poole's condition by the medical and jail staff. His family is suing in federal court under the Eighth and 14th amendments, which prohibit cruel and unusual punishment and deprivation of life and liberty, respectively.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Medical Malpractice Lawsuit After Routine Surgery

Nelson Bailey went in for what he thought was going to be a routine surgery on a digestive disorder that had been causing him abdominal discomfort. But five months later after a lot of agony and pain in his stomach, Bailey went in to have x-rays and CT scans that revealed a sponge, the size of a washcloth, had been left behind. Bailey suffered as a direct result of medical negligence. He declined to have the sponge removed at the same hospital, he chose to instead go to Cleveland Clinic, where doctors also removed a portion of his intestine that was damaged by the sponge.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Perfect Pullup Recall

On Feb. 17, 2011 a recall was made by Perfect Fitness in connection with The Perfect Pullup exercise equipment. The company distributed about 10,000 of them in 2008 and received its first complaint involving breakage of the handles in May 2008. The company began an internal review and in June 2008 began retesting the handle design; it was redesigned in July to be stronger. But when the company began production of the new design and discontinued distribution of the recalled version, it did not notify CPSC, the notice states, adding that Perfect Fitness posted an online notice in March 2010 that consumers could replace the original products free of charge. Perfect Fitness knew of at least 23 user injury incidents by that time but didn't make a report to the commission until Dec. 20, 2010, according to the notice. By the date of that report, the company was aware of at least 45 injury reports and had received moiré than 2,000 requests for replacement products, it says. A lawsuit was made against the company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission has provisionally accepted a settlement agreement with Perfect Fitness.