Wednesday, October 31, 2012

$3 Million Verdict in Mesothelioma Case

A New York jury announced that they have awarded a $3 million verdict to the family of Gerald Suttner, a pipefittwe who died from mesothelioma. Suttner contracted mesothelioma, an incurable cancer caused by asbestos exposure, after having been exposed to asbestos for more than a decade when it was being used in valves manufactured by the defendat, Crane Co. Suttner’s attorneys, Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd LLC, stated that Suttner was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in October 2010. He died twelve months later at the age of 77. Suttner worked as a pipefitter at the GM Powertrain Facility in Tonawanda for 36 years. From 1964 to 1979, his work included repairing valves manufactured by Crane with asbestos gaskets and packing materials. ”Expert testimony during the trial established there is no safe level of asbestos exposure, and Suttner’s exposure to the asbestos in the valves led to his mesothelioma diagnosis.”

Fatal Motorcycle Accident

After recently beating cancer and working to regain her physical health, 51-year old Marlin Joyce Gunter, died Saturday in a motorcycle accident. Friend, Garry Finch said, "She loved riding. I've ridden many miles with her. She didn't ride but she was always on the back of somebody's bike." According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Gunter was aboard a 2004 Harley Davidson ridden Thomas Bateman, 51, just south of Big Pine Key.They were reportedly rear-ended by a 1993 Chevrolet driven by 50-year-old Eric McHenry, which pushed the motorcycle into the rear of a 1990 Jeep driven by Tavernier resident Dean McGinnis. According to the FHP, Gunter and Bateman were thrown from the motorcycle onto the highway. Gunter was confirmed dead at Fishermen's Community Hospital.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pit Bull Attack

"When he saw me, he just stopped in his tracks and started running toward me really fast."
This is what U.S. Postal Service worker, Lisa Earich, stated when she got attacked by a 70-pound pit bull. Earich recounted that when he saw her he just stopped in his tracks and started running toward her really fast and it had latched onto her arm before her dog repellant could take effect. “The woman watching the pit bull, identified by police as 46-year-old Nelly Santiago, pulled the dog off her, but he got loose again.

"I was on the ground at that time, crying in so much pain," Earich said. "He came at me again. She must have lost control of him. His tooth went into my eye socket. My hand went to my face and all it was was blood. I was screaming, ‘My eye!’ I thought my eye came out. She got him away and he came back again."” After being attacked 3 times Earich required about 36 stitches, mostly to her face and ear, antibiotics, a tetanus shot, and several rounds of rabies shots that began with injections to each arm and leg.

Recall on Hip Implants

Nobody wants to hear that a defective product has been recalled, especially a medical device that you may have inside your body. There has been a recent recall of Stryker hip implant products. The Stryker Orthopedic Rejuvenate Modular Hip Implant and ABG II modular-neck hip system were pulled from the market recently after concerns about the increased risk of harm for patients who received the medical products. “Metallic particles from the devices were apparently expelled from the implant and entered patient bodies. Sometimes the particles entered the bloodstream and caused a range of poisonings. On other occassions the metal entered nearby tissue and caused breakdowns and infections.”

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wrongful Death Against Monster Energy Drinks

A wrongful death complaint has been filed by Wendy Crossland and Richard Fournier after their 14-year old daughter, Anais Fournier, died after drinking two 24-ounce Monster Energy Drinks in 24 hours. “The opinion of the Maryland medical examiner's office is that Fournier died of cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity that impeded her heart's ability to pump blood. The autopsy report also concluded that Fournier suffered from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome -- an inherited disorder that can make connective tissues, like skin and blood vessel walls, flexible and weak.” Anais had been put into an induced coma at Johns Hopkins Hospital in an attempt to reduce brain swelling, but after several days, “the decision was made to terminate life support,” the complaint said. "Monster does not believe that its beverages are in any way responsible for the death of Ms. Fournier," Evan Pondel, a spokesman for the company, said in a statement on Friday. Fournier’s parents in addition to the wrongful death suit, are also arguing that Monster failed to warn of their beverage’s potential dangers and that the drinks are “unreasonably dangerous and defective.”

Thursday, October 18, 2012

More Yasmin and Yaz Lawsuits

The Yasmin and Yaz birth control lawsuits have been going on for some time now and Bayer has settled almost 1,900 cases. The lawsuits alone have increased to more than $402 million in the US alone and continued claims are still being filed. A claim filed by a woman named Carol stated that she suffered a blood clot in her leg and had a pulmonary embolism as a result of being on Yaz. Another claim was filed by a woman named Diane saying Yasmin almost killed her. “I was hospitalized for ten days with a bilateral pulmonary embolism in June 2004 while I was on Yasmin,” she says. “At first I was misdiagnosed with a protein S deficiency [a disorder associated with increased risk of venous thrombosis] until my hematologist did further tests. As a result, I was on coumadin for several months and can never again take any hormone pills—and that includes no hormone replacement therapy when I reach menopause.” Jane Mundy of the Lawyers and Settlements team states, “Over the last few years, overwhelming evidence has indicated that drospinerone birth control pills have adverse effects that are more dangerous than earlier generations of oral contraceptives. (Yasmin and Yaz are fourth-generation birth control pills.)”

Abuse Claims at Brain Center

The Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation has had a lawsuit filed against them alleging the brain center has prevented an advocacy group from investigating claims of abuse. Bloomberg News notes that, “since 1998, staff at the center have been accused of negligence or abuse in a minimum of five residents’ deaths. The center has also previously been accused of not cooperating with other protection agencies.”