Blog Posts in February, 2010

  • More on the Shoulder Pain Pump Saga

    || 25-Feb-2010

    The I-Flow Corporation, manufacturers of the pain pumps that have come under legal scrutiny, filed a motion for a new trial with Multnomah County on February 19, 2010. This comes on the heels of the January 22, 2010, verdict against the I-Flow Corporation. In that trial, lead attorney John Coletti won a $5.4 million verdict for his clients, Matt & Krista Beale. In the late 1990s it became ...
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  • Protecting the Whistle Blowers

    || 19-Feb-2010

    Nurse Anne Mitchell thought she was doing the right thing when she contacted the Texas state medical board to report what she believed to be medical malpractice on the part of Dr. Rolando G. Arafiles, Jr. Mitchell was not only fired by Winkler County Memorial Hospital, where she had worked for 25 years, but she was also slapped with a third-degree felony charge for “misuse of official ...
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  • Is Sorry Enough? Ask the Victims Of The Sand-Rail Accident

    || 17-Feb-2010

    In September 2008 a sand-rail accident at Sand Lake Dunes Recreational Area near Tillamook, OR, left two dead and others seriously injured. A sand rail is a sort of dune buggy designed to go fast on sand. The accident was caused by David Rieman, who crashed his sand rail head-on into another sand rail, killing the other driver and a passenger and injuring the other two passengers. At the time of ...
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  • No Liability Cap for OHSU Doctor

    || 11-Feb-2010

    There once was a liability cap in Oregon of $200,000 for public agencies, including the Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU). The cap was increased last year to $1.5 million. Caught in the middle of the liability cap reform was Ken Ackerman, a former television host and current realtor, who had sued neurosurgeon Dr. Alex West of OHSU for negligence after a 2003 surgery caused permanent damage. ...
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  • Shoulder Pain Pump Saga Far From Over

    || 9-Feb-2010

    The number of people affected by chondrolysis (degeneration of the joint cartilage) because of pain pumps is notable and has led to hundreds of lawsuits, including the one successfully led by John Coletti. The recent New York Times’ article chronicling the saga notes the controversy surrounding the pain pumps and whether or not pain pumps are indeed directly responsible for chondrolysis. ...
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