Blog Posts in May, 2011

  • Distracted bus drivers everywhere

    || 31-May-2011

    TriMet is not the only transit agency in the nation with some distracted drivers. A wrongful-death lawsuit was just filed against San Francisco transit agency Muni. In April of 2010 pedestrian Scott Whitsett was killed while crossing Mission Street, a busy street in the city. The suit alleges that the driver of the bus was momentarily distracted because she was busy unwrapping a candy bar. When ...
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  • Surgical errors continue

    || 27-May-2011

    Despite the implementation of new safety procedures designed to reduce medical and surgical errors, the errors continue. This is understandable, of course, since the health care industry is run by humans, and humans make mistakes, but really, there are still more errors than there should be. The Oregonian just reported that a 4-year-old underwent surgery on the wrong eye, even though the correct ...
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  • Racism or not?

    || 23-May-2011

    Here’s an interesting case. A violent psychiatric patient at Western State Hospital didn’t want non-whites to treat him, so administration complied, assigning only whites and light-skinned attendants to work in that ward. Now the hospital faces a lawsuit filed by nine employees. The employees include both whites and non-whites. The hospital’s policy, the lawsuit claims, ...
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  • No more Avandia

    || 20-May-2011

    The popular prescription diabetes drug Avandia will only be available in very limited distribution as of November 18, 2011. Avandia has been on the market for more than a decade, but a 2007 study indicated that it increased heart attack risk in patients with type 2 diabetes by about 40 percent. Also in 2007 David Graham, a drug safety expert with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), reported ...
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  • Lawsuit Filed Against Club 915 Related to Death of Young Man

    || 18-May-2011

    Michael Ellis died an unnecessary death after being forcefully removed from Club 915 (closed by OLCC). We filed suit against the bar for removing him without his belongings (including his jacket) on one of the coldest nights of the year (temperature reached 18 degrees).
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  • Nursing errors costly

    || 17-May-2011

    Children’s Hospital in Seattle seems to be suffering from a few too many nurses making critical errors. Two nurses there have just been charged with unprofessional conduct and violation of the minimum standard of care by the Washington Department of Health. Apparently the errors made by these two nurses were but a few among quite a few other medication errors that have caught the critical ...
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  • Bellevue crane operator awarded $1.45 million

    || 12-May-2011

    Nearly 5 years ago a 210-foot construction crane collapsed in Bellevue, killing one person and seroiusly injuring the crane operator. This week the crane operator, Warren Yeakey, was awarded $1.45 million by a jury for economic and noneconomic damages. The award was considerably less than what Yeakey and his wife asked for in the suit–$12 million. The Yeakeys say the amount will not cover ...
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  • Stop-smoking drug stops more than smoking

    || 10-May-2011

    A lawsuit was just filed against drug maker Pfizer blaming the company for causing a murder-suicide in Pennsylvania in May 2009. The lawsuit contends that Pfizer’s smoking-cessation drug Chantix caused user Sean Wain to fly into a rage and shoot his wife to death before turning the gun on himself. Wain had been taking Chantix, a prescription medication, for about a week or two prior to the ...
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  • Zinc and dentures

    || 6-May-2011

    GlaxoSmithKline, makers of Poligrip denture cream, among many, many other drugs and medicinal products, is reported to have paid some $120 million in the past 9 months to settle claims that some Poligrip products caused neurological problems in some users. Complainants purportedly received more than $1 million per person. Plaintiffs claimed the zinc used in the Poligrip products caused ...
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  • Taser Time

    || 3-May-2011

    Sheriffs in Marin County, CA, may think twice before pulling out their Taser stun guns now. Peter McFarland, a 66-year-old resident of West Marin, just won a $1.9 million settlement against Marin County over a June 2009 incident in which McFarland was shot repeatedly by a stun gun. McFarland sued for use of excessive force. Marin County chose to settle rather than go to trial. The incident in ...
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