3 Companies Issued Warnings by FDA | Portland Trial Attorneys

It was recently discovered that duodenoscope may cause disease and infections that can prove fatal. The device is used during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ECRP) procedures. It was reported that two patients died because of infections supposedly caused by contaminated duodenoscopes. As such, manufacturers needed to update processing procedures for the device. During facilities searches in… read more

Duodenoscope Contamination | Product Liability Attorney

Scopes used to treat various digestive system disorders can transmit harmful bacteria like CRE, but many doctors are in the dark as to how to mitigate the problem. In 2012, reports from hospitals in Seattle and other major cities like Pittsburgh and Chicago revealed that patients were getting sick and some were dying after contracting… read more

[Don’t] Say Cheese!

It’s summer, which means more foodborne illnesses! Unfortunately, cheese lovers recently took a hit, as the Crave Brothers line of cheeses were part of a voluntary recall issued by Whole Foods Markets. The cheeses, including les freres, have been associated with a listeria outbreak that has resulted in one death and sickened a small handful… read more

To CPR or not to CPR

Last week an 87-year-old woman living at an independent living facility died. This is not out of the ordinary, but what makes this case unique is an employee of the facility called 9-1-1 for help when the 87-year-old passed out then refused to administer CPR as instructed by the dispatcher. The employee, initially identified as… read more

A sticky peanut mess

In 2009, as you may recall, there was a salmonella outbreak caused by tainted peanuts. The peanuts ended up in peanut butter and many other products and sickened some 700 people, including Jacob Hurley, a Portland boy who was just three years old at the time. He got sick from eating Austin Toasty Crackers with… read more

Compounding problems

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… read more

Back Pain and Meningitis Don’t Mix

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… read more

Lots of pain and lots of pills

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… read more

Medical errors on the rise … slightly

The Oregon Patient Safety Commission announced that reported hospital errors, also known as adverse events or never events, rose slightly in 2011 to 142 events. While this is somewhat of a disappointment, the commission is looking on the bright side, as the reporting of these errors by hospitals is voluntary, and the commission has been… read more

Fire tragedy

In Kansas in March a fire resulted in the death of a 28-year-old quadriplegic woman and her three children, the oldest just 8 years old. The woman, who became a quadriplegic after a car accident, managed to call 9-1-1, but she still died as a result of the fire. Now her family is suing for… read more