Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Dialysis Company Fighting Wrongful Death Claims

Hope Schultz is seeking damages for wrongful death, negligence, negligent misrepresentation, fraud, and other charges, after her husband died due to faulty dialysis products from Fresenius USA. 
 “Schultz claims that her 50-year-old husband, Michael Schultz, died the day he received his last dialysis treatment, Dec. 17, 2010. "After receiving defendants' defective product, he became ill during and after treatment, and went home. He suffered at home in pain and tremendous weakness until he died later that same day," the complaint states.” Fresenius, based in Waltham, Mass., has been sued dozens of times this year by people or survivors who claim their loved ones were killed or injured by its GranuFlo or NaturalLyte products. "By at least January 2010, defendants had analyzed data and found that 941 patients from 667 facilities had cardiopulmonary arrests, a figure that was over six times higher than of competing products. Defendants knew that the high bicarbonate levels related to their product was an independent risk factor in these deaths," the complaint states.
 Schultz claims that her husband's "injury and death, like those striking thousands of similarly situated across the country, were avoidable tragedies.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Medical Malpractice Against UNM

University of New Mexico Hospital may have to pay more than $100 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The potential payouts would be in addition to the $45 million in settlements the state has paid to 118 families since 1998.”UNM hospital officials first disclosed in 1998 that children appeared not to have been given the newest drug therapies for acute lymphoblastic leukemia from 1989 to October 1996.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Accidents Involving Tractor-Trailers

Matthew J. Bortz, 28, was killed when his motorcycle crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer. Bortz veered into the opposite lane while trying to pass two vehicles in a no-passing zone and failed to calculate the timing correctly and did not allow enough clearance for the oncoming tractor-trailer. “After the collision about 200 feet, the rig veered off the road, sheered a Met-Ed pole and then jackknifed in a field. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Peter P. Polletta, 41, of Springfield, Mo., was not injured.” D. Seth Fuoti, 21, died after his car crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer. The rig was stopped in traffic when Fuoti’s car crashed into the back of it and became trapped under the truck. Fuoti died of multiple injuries, officials in the coroner's office said. His death also was ruled accidental.