Blog Posts in May, 2012

  • Not-so-special effects

    || 29-May-2012

    Most people have stars in their eyes when it comes to Hollywood, but it is not all magic and fun. Nobody knows this better than Gabriella Cedillo. She was an extra on the film Transformers 3 in 2010 when she was severely injured in a stunt accident. She was in her own car along with many other extras in a scene involving a stunt vehicle on a cable. The cable broke and sent the vehicle flying into ...
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  • Clamp down on clamming

    || 25-May-2012

    In May of 2011 five clam diggers who worked as contractors for Pacific Seafood died while working in Alaska. Their 22-foot boat was heavy with razor clams, and the conditions were rough. The overloaded skiff took on too much water and sank. Several of the dead were from Oregon. After the accident took place, Pacific Seafood, which is based in Clackamas, Oregon, declared it would implement new ...
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  • Unfortunate amputation

    || 22-May-2012

    Now you see it, and now you don’t. Former Florida resident Enrique Milla has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against his anesthesiologist after losing his penis. Milla underwent penile implant surgery, an elective procedure, for erectile dysfunction, but after his surgery he got gangrene, and doctors were forced to amputate his penis. Milla, who has since been deported to Peru, settled a ...
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  • Not a crutch

    || 17-May-2012

    It’s never pleasant when medical equipment fails, but if the failure directly affects your livelihood, it just adds insult to injury (no pun intended). That’s what happened to professional football player Jason Peters of the Philadelphia Eagles. Peters tore his Achilles tendon during training in the spring. He underwent surgery to repair it in early April. During recovery he used a ...
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  • Duck and cover

    || 12-May-2012

    You’ve all probably seen those “duck tours” in various cities that give tours on those large amphibious vehicles that look like boats on wheels. The tourists sit high up off the ground while the tour guide drives and provides commentary. They might sound like fun, but a number of these tour vehicles have been in accidents, most of them due to the driver not being able to see ...
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  • Fraud in a coal mine

    || 11-May-2012

    When is $3 million not enough? When it’s fraud. Families of miners killed in an explosion in West Virginia in 2010 filed a lawsuit against the mining company, claiming they were fraudulently coerced into accepting wrongful-death settlements. The suit claims that Massey Energy deliberately withheld information pertinent to making settlement decisions. In April 2010 29 miners died in a mining ...
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  • One pill doesn't cure all

    || 8-May-2012

    The makers of an epilepsy drug that was later marketed as a treatment for schizophrenia as well as dementia-related agitation must pay $1.5 billion to settle a mass of lawsuits. The claims allege that Abbott Laboratories, producers of Depakote, pushed for sales of the drug to treat schizophrenia and dementia-related agitation, even though the drug was not approved for such treatment, nor was there ...
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  • Dental distress

    || 1-May-2012

    I have never been afraid of going to the dentist, but I know this is a fear many people have. A Kentucky woman says her dentist dropped a small instrument down her throat during a routine visit and that she later had to have it surgically removed. She has filed a lawsuit against the dentist. The tool in question was a small screwdriver that the dentist, Dr. W. B. Galbreath, was using the tool ...
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