Monthly Archives: August 2015

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NYC paid $550.3 Million in 2014 for personal injury claims

The New York City Comptroller’s office released a Claims Report last week which covers the fiscal years 2013 and 2014 (from July 1, 2012 to June 30 2014). The report includes data on personal injury and property damage settlement and judgment costs paid by the city during that time. The report shows the City paid out $495 million in settlements and judgments in 2013 and Read More →

Construction Deaths in NFL stadiums

One person was killed and another injured in  the latest accident  at under constructions NFL stadiums. The death and injury occurred at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Wednesday. A roofer fell 50 feet to his death and another was injured although the details are not known as to what happened. Construction was halted after the death. The worker, Jeramie M. Gruber, 35 Gruber fell Read More →

Inappropriate behavior in the operating room

An anonymous essay published in the medical journal, Annals of Internal Medicine has created some controversy. The essay exposes the dark side of medicine and how some doctors treat female patients. The essay “Our Family Secret,” is written by a doctor who describes two instances where physicians acted out with heavy undertones of misogyny, racism and sexual assault. The idea for the essay came while a doctor Read More →

Car “crashes” not “accidents”?

The Washington Post has an interesting blog post today, When a car ‘crash’ isn’t an ‘accident’ — and why the difference matters. The Post looks at the campaign by the New York based Families for Safe Streets who are campaigning to stop using the word accident and replace it with thee word crash in automobile involved incidents. Their reasoning is that word accidents implies unintentional. An accident is Read More →

Surgeon becomes killer

On Dec. 11, 2011, Texas neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch sent an email to his medical assistant. In it he wrote I am ready to leave the love and kindness and goodness and patience that I mix with everything else that I am and become a cold-blooded killer. Last month he was arrested and charged with five counts of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury and one count Read More →

Blood thinners misused in nursing homes

An analysis of government inspection reports of nursing homes found that from 2011 to 2014 at least 165 nursing home residents were hospitalized or died due to errors involving blood thinners. A joint investigation ProPublica and the Washington Post found Coumadin and its generic version, warfarin were used wrongly. They believe in addition to the 165 people, thousands may have suffer injuries every year and Read More →

Studies find Medical malpractice caps lead to more medical malpractice

Two studies have found that in states with tort reform which have caps on medical malpractice lawsuits medical mistakes have actually increased. The first study,  done in 2014, Northwestern University Law & Economics researchers authored a study entitled Do Doctors Practice Defensive Medicine, Revisited.  They found, “consistently gradual relaxation of care or failure to reinforce care standards over time.” A second study done this year Read More →

Medical Malpractice: myths and facts


Sister of slain kidnapper files wrongful death suit

The sister of a California murder suspect who was killed in the Idaho wilderness by FBI agents in two years ago has filed a wrongful death and excessive force lawsuit. 40 year-old James Lee DiMaggio was killed a week after he allegedly kidnapped 16-year-old Hannah Anderson after killing her mother and 8-year-old brother near San Diego, California. DiMaggio’s sister, Lora DiMaggio Robinson, called the killing unnecessary, Read More →

Stay safe on construction sites

We’ve written a lot about how dangerous constructions work can be. With that in mind here are some ways to help insure your safety on the job. For those of you who work the construction industry you will be aware of the following but you should also be aware that you have a legal right to a safe workplace. Falls: Falling is a major cause Read More →