Blog Posts in March, 2012

  • Bus accidents everywhere

    || 20-Mar-2012

    I guess we are not the only city that deals with fatal bus accidents. In Columbia, Missouri, the city just settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the family of a 34-year-old man who died after colliding with a bus while on his motorcycle. The settlement was for $1.4 million. The city bus was making a left-hand turn, and Michael Heaston, the motorcycle rider, could not stop in time and crashed into ...
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  • A Case of Mistaken Tasing

    || 14-Mar-2012

    Portland has always been a pretty safe city. When I was younger I felt perfectly safe being out and about late at night pretty much anywhere in town. Now, though, I am much more cautious and do not feel so comfortable being out by myself at night. That may also be the case for Daniel Halsted. He is a Portland resident who was Tased repeatedly by a Portland police officer as he walked home late one ...
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  • Getting Down with It

    || 9-Mar-2012

    There is no real happy ending for anyone involved in this case. Deborah and Ariel Levy sued Legacy Health System for “wrongful birth,” and today a jury sided with the couple, awarding them almost $3 million. When Deborah Levy was pregnant with a third child, she underwent prenatal tests to make sure there were no issues. The Levys were assured by medical personnel that everything was ...
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  • Mismanaged care leads to amputation

    || 6-Mar-2012

    A young mother from Brooklyn, New York, woke up from a medical nightmare that resulted in the loss of her feet and hands from an infection. She just settled for $17.9 million in a lawsuit against the Brooklyn Hospital Center and the city. Tabitha Mullings visited the emergency room at Brooklyn Hospital Center in the fall of 2008 with severe pain. They told her she had a kidney stone and sent her ...
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  • Road rage all around

    || 2-Mar-2012

    Remember last summer there was that road rage incident in Idaho that involved an off-duty Portland police officer? Well, the case went to trial recently, and the police officer, Captain Todd Wyatt, was acquitted of the charge of exhibiting a firearm. That doesn’t mean, though, that he was in the right. In fact, based on this article in the Oregonian, it kind of seems like both parties were ...
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