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