May 18, 2012

A Brooklyn mother of three went to her local hospital complaining of pain. She was treated in the emergency room, where she was diagnosed as having kidney stones, was given a painkiller and sent home. The next day, still in pain, she called 911 but the New York Fire Department did not send an ambulance. The day after that, her fiance took her to the hospital himself. The woman, Tabitha Millings, was diagnosed this time with sepsis that had become gangrenous. She lapsed into a coma. When she awoke, she found that her hands and feet had been amputated and she was legally blind in one eye. That was in 2008. Recently, Brooklyn Hospital and...

Tags: Medical Malpractice, Delayed Diagnoses, Misdiagnoses, Misdiagnosis
May 07, 2012

If there was ever any doubt that Medicare fraud is rampant, federal officials recently arrested 107 people including doctors, nurses and social workers from across the country and charged them with submitting phony claims totaling $452 million. The raid was the largest-ever for a federal strike force combating rising fraud in the medical industry. Arrests were made in several major cities, including Miami, Houston, Chicago and Detroit. The Health and Human Services Department suspended or took other administrative actions against 52 medical providers. In recent years, federal authorities – often on information provided by ...

Tags: Whistleblower Cases
April 25, 2012

Among the latest product recalls announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are the following products:

  • Office Depot and Swinton Avenue TradingBiella Leather Desk Chairs (fall hazard - 307,000)
  • SR Suntour, GT, Giant and Trek bicycles with SR Suntour suspension forks (fall and crash hazard -17,000)
  • Nan Far Woodworking Co. Ltd., Rockland Furniture drop-side cribs (strangulation or suffocation hazards -16,700)
  • Lakeshore Learning Materials Feels Real baby dolls (choking hazard - 3,900)
  • Public Bikes Inc., 2010 through 2012 Model Year Bicycles (fall hazard - 4,100)
  • ...
Tags: Product Liability, Product Recalls, Dangerous Products
April 25, 2012

Among the latest product recalls announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are the following products:

  • Irwin Industrial Tool Company, Classic Series circular saw blade 3-packs (laceration hazard - 55,260)
  • One World Technologies Inc. gas grills (burn hazard - 87,600)
  • XS Scuba, Inc., Miflex High Pressure Scuba Diving Hoses. (drowning hazard - 17,000)
  • Happy Shirts, toy trucks that were gifts with boy's t-shirts (fire and burn hazard - 9,000)
  • Baja Inc. d/b/a Baja Motorsports, dirt bikes (fire and burn hazard to consumers - 4,300)
  • Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA, utility...
Tags: Product Liability, Product Recalls, Dangerous Products
April 25, 2012

Among the latest product recalls announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are the following products:

  • FoodService Products, food service beverage cups and mugs (burn hazard - 111,000)
  • Sakar International Inc. Digital Concepts compact travel chargers (electric shock hazard - 48,000)
  • ECHO Inc., gas powered backpack blowers (fire hazard - 16,000)
  • American Honda Motor Company (laceration hazard - 14,000)
  • Papa Bear Loungeabouts, LLC, plus children's pajamas and sleepwear. (burn hazard - 10,000)
  • Kelty, Kelty single and double jogging strollers (posing a fall and...
Tags: Product Liability, Product Recalls, Dangerous Products
April 25, 2012

Among the latest product recalls announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are the following products:

  • Leggett & Platt, Power foundations or adjustable bases for mattresses (fire hazard - 25,200)
  • Great American Opportunities Great American Opportunities arena lamps (electric shock -14,050)
  • Westinghouse Lighting Corp., ceiling fans (The fire and shock hazards - 7,000)  
  • Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership, lawn tractors (possible brake failure 2,700)
  • Twin Oaks, of Louisa, Standard and Economy hammock stands (fall hazard - 2,300)
  • Greenlee Textron Inc., folding...
Tags: Product Liability, Product Recalls, Dangerous Products
April 25, 2012

Two whistleblowers who once worked for a radiation clinic will get a piece of a $3.8 million settlement the company agreed to pay to resolve a false claims investigation. Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia had been accused of overbilling Medicare for treatments provided to prostate cancer patients and billing for unnecessary services, according to a report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The whistleblowers included a doctor and a physicist who now will reap a reward for helping the government in the case. A lawyer for one of the whistleblowers praised the U.S. Justice Department and the Office of Inspector General for the...

Tags: Whistleblower Cases
March 03, 2012

 Acclaimed Chicago chef Grant Achatz has reached an undisclosed settlement with a dental clinic in a missed-cancer diagnosis case. The case involved a cancerous growth in a place where it could have ended the career of Achatz – it was on his tongue. Achatz years ago noticed a small, white dot on the left side of his tongue about the size of a bread crumb, according to an account in The Chicago Sun-Times. A dentist thought it was merely a stress-related irritation from gnawing his tongue and prescribed a mouth guard. A biopsy was performed that came back negative. But a few years later the growth became larger and painful. Another...

Tags: Cancer Cases, Medical Malpractice, Misdiagnoses, Misdiagnosis, Delayed Diagnoses

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