Monthly Archives: April 2014

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New Orleans families try novel approach to circumvent medical malpractice caps

Two New Orleans families are suing Children’s Hospital, not for medical malpractice, but for negligence in the deaths of their children. According to the New Orleans Times Picayune Zachary Tyler’s parents got a tip from an anonymous source in 2010. Their 13-year-old son’s death one year earlier was part of a fungal outbreak at Children’s Hospital. Cassandra Gee made the connection while reading the news last week. Her infant Read More →

VA hospitals paid over $200 million in wrongful death cases since 9/11

An investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting  (CIR) says  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs paid $200 million to almost 1,000 families in wrongful death cases in from 2001-2011. The claims ranged from “decorated Iraq War veterans who shot or hanged themselves after being turned away from mental health treatment, to Vietnam veterans whose cancerous tumors were identified but allowed to grow, to missed diagnoses, Read More →

Freelance reporter settles for $55K in OWS beating

Freelance reporter Josh Boss was filming an Occupy Wall Street protest with his cell phone at Seventh Ave. and W. 34th St. in 2011, when he claims then Assistant Chief and Thomas Purtell, tackled him for no reason and started shouting “Don’t resist.” Boss told the Daily News in an interview He turned around and sacked me… I was standing in the crosswalk … I was Read More →

More fowl play: Woman sues for $275,00 in duck attack

The odds of having two fowl related posts in a row seems remote, but we have another one. An Oregon woman, Cynthia Ruddell, has sued her neighbor, Lolita Rose for $275,000 for injuries she received when Rose’s pet duck, according to Rudell’s attorney, “The duck flapped its wings at her and knocked her back and she fell down on an outstretched hand and fractured her wrist in two spots.” Read More →

Wrongful death suit filed after man drowns due to swan attack.

The widow of a Villa Park, Illinois man has filed a wrongful death suit in the death of her husband who drowned after being attacked by a mute swan at a condo complex near Des Plaines . For 10 years Anthony Hensley, 37 and a father of two children would regularly show up at the Colony Drive condo complex to tend to a pair of swans Read More →

Scaffold Law advocates go on the offensive

A group of construction workers and their advocates have formed a coalition, The Scaffold Safety Coalition, to fight back against industry attempts to weaken what is known as the Scaffolding Law. The scaffolding law was enacted in 1885 and was designed to protect construction workers. The law holds contractors and building/structure owners liable when a worker gets injured due to their negligence. It’s real name is  Labor Read More →

Orange County man gets $4 million award in medical misdiagnosis case

The Daily News reports that in 2004, upstate landscaper Robert Wyble started randomly falling down for no particular reason. His doctor, Dr. Dale Lange, diagnosed him as having the neuromuscular disease, myasthenia gravis. He underwent “surgery to remove his thymus gland, underwent biweekly blood treatments and was put on medication that caused him to gain 80 pounds and get hypertension” And it was all for nothing. He didn’t have the disease. Read More →

Wife denied disability retirement benefits over seven minute filing delay

On December 7, 2009, seven minutes after State Trooper investigator Richard O’Brien died as a result of injuries sustained in a fall in non-employment related accident, his application for retirement disability was received by fax at the New York State and Local Retirement System. His wife was denied his benefits because his application was received after his death. On December 7th, the trooper’s wife and co-workers made Read More →