June 24, 2012

 It began with a migraine. It ended in a nightmare. In late 2006, Robyn Frankel entered the Stanford Hospital & Clinics in California where doctors ordered an angiogram to investigate an abnormal vein in Frankel’s brain to try to determine the cause of her headaches. When dye for the angiogram was injected into the blood vessels of her brain, Frankel suffered a stroke and fell into a coma, according to a news report of the case. As it turned out, the vein had nothing to do with the migraines and the angiogram had been unnecessary. When Frankel awoke from the coma, she was a quadriplegic. Now 48, she is confined to a wheelchair, has...

Tags: Medical Malpractice
June 12, 2012

 “Alarming” is how one state lawmaker sized up the situation at a struggling hospital in Brooklyn, NY. Medical errors at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center have soared, with the New York Daily News tallying the number of lawsuits pending against the facility at more than 100, including at least a dozen in which patients died. Said state Assemblyman Nick Perry: “The number of suits against Brookdale is alarming … (it is) a very strong indication that something is definitely wrong with how the hospital is run.” The hospital is one of five financially troubled Brooklyn hospitals recommended for mergers...

Tags: Medical Malpractice
June 04, 2012

 Several years ago, a senior financial analyst for a major healthcare plan provider in Florida grew suspicious about executives at the firm double-billing Medicare and Medicaid patients. So Sean Hellein secretly recorded conversations in which the billing practices were discussed. Then he brought the information to the government. Now Hellein’s honesty and courage will result in making him quite wealthy. He is slated to receive almost $21 million for triggering a federal investigation into the billing practices of WellCare Health Plans, according to The Tampa Bay Times. WellCare provides managed-care plans for 2....

Tags: Whistleblower Cases
May 27, 2012

A railroad jack falling on a worker’s foot and breaking his big toe wasn’t that big of a deal – until the Metro-North Railroad in Connecticut disciplined the worker for reporting his injury. A jury recently awarded Andy Barati $50,000 for lost earnings and pain and suffering in the incident. But it went further, much further, also awarding more than $1 million in punitive damages in what was reported by the Associated Press as the first verdict under the Federal Rail Safety Act. That law forbids retaliation against workers who report violations or workplace injuries. The 48-year-old Barati was fired after reporting the injury but was...

Tags: Workplace Injuries, Personal Injury, Whistleblower Cases
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

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