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Jenny Albano

TB Patient from Arkansas Flees Hospital

Franklin Greenwood, 50, was placed under isolation at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital on June 29. He was seen coughing up blood outside the building for traffic court. After being held at the hospital for a few days Greenwood broke a window and fled the hospital. Hosptial authorities kept a civilian worker outside his room so he would be unable to leave. Arkansas…

Bruce Roberts

Victims of Hurricane Katrina file lawsuit against Army Corp of Engineers

With the deadline approaching for filing claims against the United States government and the Corps of Engineers more than a quarter of a million people have filed personal injury and property damage claims against the court demanding compensation. These lawsuits claim that the Corps of Engineers was negligent in designing the waterworks that go throughout New Orleans and the surrounding…

Bruce Roberts

California Moves to Ban Flavoring in Popcorn Linked to Workers' Illness

Since 2001 academic studies have shown causal links between bronchiolitis obliterans, a rare and life-threatening form of restrictive lung disease and the chemical used in artificial butter flavoring called Diacetyl. Flavoring manufacturers have already paid out more than $100,000,000.00 in personal injury lawsuits by people sickened by what is now known as “popcorn workers’ lung” over the past…

Bruce Roberts

JURY AWARDS PARALYZED COLLEGE STUDENT $11.7 MILLION

A Fulton County, Georgia jury awarded Joshua Coleman, a 19 year old Piedmont College freshman $11.7 million for a spinal surgery that left him paralyzed from the waist down. The surgery, in 2003 was to relieve chronic back pain. But after the surgery, Coleman ended up in a wheelchair paralyzed. Coleman’s attorney blamed his paralysis on a medical mistake by his surgeon and a team of doctors…

Bruce Roberts

OSHA TO DOUBLE REFINERY INSPECTORS

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration announced that it would double the number of workers trained to perform safety inspections at oil refineries. The announcement came only after a report by the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board chastised the agency’s inspection of British Petroleum’s refinery in Texas. An explosion at the Texas refinery in 2005 killed 15 workers…

Bruce Roberts

AFTER LAWSUIT LABOR DEPARTMENT FINALLY ACTS TO REQUIRE EMPLOYERS TO PURCHASE SAFETY EQUIPMENT FOR EMPLOYEES

The United States Department of Labor has finally issued a set of rules detailing an employer’s responsibility for the purchase of workers’ safety equipment. Although the Occupational Health and Safety Administration issued proposals a little over seven years ago the Labor Department had never adopted it in final form until two months after a lawsuit was filed by the AFL CIO and the United…

Bruce Roberts

Harris County, Texas jury finds County not liable for inmate's death.

The estate of a former inmate at Harris County Jail filed suit against Harris County, Texas for violating his civil rights during a 20 day jail stay. The inmate died hours after being discharged from the jail. According to the lawsuit, the inmate, Jimmie Lee O’Neal died of congestive heart failure within hours after being discharged from the county jail. The lawsuit claims that the county…

Bruce Roberts

DEATH IN GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY RESULTS IN WRONGFUL DEATH MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWSUIT

The mother of a Houston woman who died after undergoing gastric bypass surgery filed a wrongful death medical malpractice lawsuit against the surgeon, Dr. Younan Nowzaradan, and Houston Community Hospital. In her wrongful death lawsuit the mother claims that the doctor and the hospital did not sufficiently warn her daughter who weighed 520 pounds that the surgery would be especially risky for…

Bruce Roberts

Tap Water Burns

Almost every day nearly 300 children end up in emergency rooms around the country suffering from serious burns caused by tap water that is simply too hot. It only takes a few seconds for a child or an elderly person in water with temperatures about 130 degrees to be severely burned requiring hospitalization, skin grafts, and lifetime scars.Too often when these events happen, it is the parents…

Bruce Roberts

Is the Medical Malpractice Crisis Real?

On every television channel and in every newspaper it seems at least once a week you hear some story about the medical malpractice crisis. Politicians and tort reformers use this alleged epidemic of frivolous lawsuits against doctors to assert that this epidemic is forcing doctors to leave whatever state the politician is in; and that patients cannot get necessary medical care because doctors…