Blog Posts in 2012

  • Coffee, tea, or lawsuit?

    || 10-Dec-2012

    Everyone has heard about the lawsuit a woman filed against McDonald’s way back when for serving coffee that was too hot. Remember that? Well, now Angelica Keller is suing Southwest Airlines for serving her tea that was too hot. She spilled the hot tea on herself and allegedly suffered from burns and blisters. Keller was seated in a front-row seat and thus did not have a drop-down table. She ...
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  • Chimp attack aftermath

    || 4-Dec-2012

    This is an unfortunate story with not very good outcomes for any of the parties involved. In 2009 Charla Nash was trying to help her friend, Sandra Herold, with Herold’s 200-pound chimp. The chimp had escaped from Herold’s home in North Stamford, Connecticut, and Herold called Nash to ask her for help. Nash went to Herold’s house, and when she tried to get the chimp back into the ...
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  • Pointing surgical fingers

    || 29-Nov-2012

    It’s hospitals in one corner and day-surgery centers in the other in Colorado. Two large hospital chains in Colorado, Centura and HCA/HealthONE, are being sued by four day-surgery centers. The day-surgery centers, which are owned by doctors, claim the hospital chains and insurers are trying to put them out of business. The hospitals, on the other hand, say the day-surgery centers are ...
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  • Pumpkin patch splat

    || 24-Oct-2012

    Autumn is in the air! The leaves are changing color, there is a crispness in the air, and it is time for apple cider and pumpkin patches. Going out to a pumpkin patch on Sauvie Island has become an annual tradition for many families, but not for Debra Goolsby. Goolsby visited The Pumpkin Patch, a Sauvie Island patch owned by Bob and Kari Egger, in October of 2010. The patch offers rides to the ...
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  • Compounding problems

    || 19-Oct-2012

    So that compounding pharmacy that has been linked to the tainted steroids that have sickened more than 250 people and killed some 20 with fungal meningitis? It seems they have a license to do business here in Oregon, but they have been under investigation by the Oregon Board of Pharmacy before the steroid issue even arose. The Board had been looking into allegations that the pharmacy, New England ...
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  • Back pain and meningitis don't mix

    || 8-Oct-2012

    When you get prescription medication, whether it is from your pharmacy or administered by your doctor, you trust that it is safe and will cure or help whatever ails you. Well, perhaps thousands of people are probably pretty bummed out right now if they got steroid injections for back pain this year between July and September. The New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts distributed steroid ...
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  • Lots of pain and lots of pills

    || 3-Oct-2012

    I don’t know what it is about some doctors being pill happy, but there’s a doctor in Des Moines, Iowa, who seems to be just that. Dr. Daniel Baldi has been sued for medical malpractice a number of times for overprescribing pain medication. A fifth lawsuit against him was recently filed by the family of a 39-year-old who died of an overdose of oxycodone. Three other patients of Baldi ...
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  • Skinned alive

    || 26-Sep-2012

    So we are often discussing medical negligence and such, but this story about a dermatologist in Spokane, Washington, who was recently awarded a $600,000 settlement from Washington state health officials is interesting. What is most interesting is what the settlement was for. In made-for-television fashion, it is a sordid story about a vindictive ex-wife. Basically, dermatologist Dr. William ...
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  • More kidney failures

    || 17-Sep-2012

    So here’s a bit more on the story of the hospital personnel throwing away a viable kidney. The incident took place at the University of Toledo Medical Center in Ohio. The hospital’s investigation concluded that it was indeed “human error” that led to the mistake. The kidney was donated by a brother to his sister. The family can sue for negligence, but because the University ...
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  • Heat pump shock

    || 7-Sep-2012

    A Kansas man just won a nearly $10 million lawsuit against a heat pump manufacturer for getting shocked and severely injured from what he claims was defective manufacturing. A jury found the manufacturer 60 percent responsible for the accident and the remaining 40 percent was the Kansas man’s fault. Donald Chapman was jolted by 480 volts in 2008 when he attempted to do some repair to a heat ...
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