Hospital Agrees to Pay $2 Million In Medical Malpractice Lawsuit After Failing To Identify Woman’s Cancer.

Having cancer can involve a long and scary fight.  Fortunately, thanks to advancements in medical treatments and technology, cancer patients have a greater chance now of survival than ever before.  Timing, however, is still a crucial and critical factor.  The earlier someone’s cancer is detected, the better chances of them recovering. An early diagnosis, in fact, can be the difference between life and death.   This is why it is crucial that doctors do not misdiagnose or ignore the symptoms of cancer; otherwise, they may be held liable for all of the damages that they cause in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

In November of 2007, a local woman was sent to the emergency room after there was concern that she had a pulmonary embolism, a potentially fatal condition in which one or more arteries in the lungs become blocked by a blood clot. The hospital’s radiologist performed a CT scan and determined that the woman did not have a pulmonary embolism.  But, unfortunately, he failed to detect the nine-centimeter lobe on the woman’s liver.

Over the next several years, the woman felt stomach pains and bloating and started experienced rapid weight loss. The woman’s primary care physician ordered a CT scan in August of 2010, which clearly showed a large twelve by twenty-one centimeters lobe on her liver. The tumor was too large to remove surgically, and chemotherapy treatments ultimately failed.  The woman died in January of 2012.  She was only thirty-seven-years-old and is survived by her two children.  The woman’s family’s attorney, Suzanne McDonough, filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital, alleging that it should have identified the woman’s tumor in her 2007 CT scan.  This, it was argued, would have given her a much greater chance of survival and more treatment options.

Have you or a family member been injured due to medical malpractice? If so, our Boston medical malpractice attorneys will make sure that you receive the money damages that you justly deserve.  Our team of Boston injury lawyer specialists have spent decades serving our Massachusetts personal injury clients.  Please call us at 617-787-3700, 24/7, or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com today for your free and confidential consultation.  Your needs are our top priority!

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TV Station Settles Personal Injury Lawsuit for $30 Million After Cameraman Allegedly Obstructed People From Fleeing Club Fire.

Having a family member taken away before their time is an unimaginable experience.  It is also a tragedy and a fragility that may be made even worse if the cause of your loved one’s death is the negligence of another.  The family who loses a loved one may also incur great personal expenses for medical care and funeral costs.  If you have been forced to experience such an unfortunate event, you are going to want experienced and expert legal representation.  Our firm is a team of injury lawyer specialists with decades of experience and an exceptional reputation for achieving superlative results for our clients.

The 2003 Station Nightclub fire was one of worst public tragedies in Rhode Island history and is still ranked as the fourth most deadly nightclub fire in U.S. history. The fire was allegedly caused by the club’s band’s (Great White) use of indoor pyrotechnics, which ignited the surrounding sound foam and engulfed the entire building in flames in a matter of minutes. People rushed to the exits, but many became trampled or congested at the few open doors.  Tragically, a total of 100 people were killed and another 230 were injured.  As the families of those lost were grieving, they began looking into the causes and factors that lead to so many unnecessary deaths.

One of the alleged factors that reportedly increased the amount of injuries was the presence of local film crew.  Several of the families brought a personal injury lawsuit against WPRI-TV, a TV station, and Brian Butler, a cameraman.  The lawsuit alleged that Butler’s filming at the nightclub, which he continued to do during the fire and panic, impeded the crowd’s exit during the fire.  According to lawyersandsettlements.com, Butler, who worked for WPRI-TV, was at the nightclub gathering videotape for a segment on safety in public places.

The owner of WPRI-TV, LIN Television Corporation, ultimately agreed to settle the lawsuit for $30 million dollars.  The TV station and cameraman are only some of the parties that faced litigation as a result of the fire.  The band, the band’s manager, and the owner of the club were all infamously brought to court for their alleged negligence as well.

Have you lost a family member due to the negligence of another? If so, our Boston wrongful death attorneys will make sure that you receive the money damages that you justly deserve.  Please call 617-787-3700, 24/7, or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com today for your free and confidential consultation.

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Flint, Michigan Family Files Lawsuit After Daughter Suffers Lead Poisoning From Contaminated Drinking Water.

In April 2014, Flint, Michigan’s drinking water became contaminated when the city switched its source to the Flint River, as a means of cost-cutting. However, the Department of Environmental Quality allegedly failed to require the water to be treated with corrosion-control chemicals. As a result, corrosive water purportedly caused lead to drip from pipes into the drinking water. Many citizens, therefore, were drinking water that contained unsafe lead levels, before any warning was issued from the state.

Luke Waid lives with his wife, 2-month-old son and 2-year-old daughter in Flint. According to freep.com, Waid has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Rick Snyder, former Flint emergency manager Darnell Early, former Flint Mayor Dayne Walling and other state and city officials. The lawsuit alleges that Waid’s two-year-old daughter, Sophia’s, blood-lead levels have tested at 14. Blood-lead levels of 5 or greater are considered to be toxic. The lawsuit also alleges that Sophia has suffered skin rashes, digestive problems, infections, excessive crying and an inability to sleep at night due to drinking the contaminated water. Luckily, Waid’s youngest child and wife did not suffer from lead poisoning.

The FBI is investigating the Flint water contamination issue and the current mayor has ordered the immediate removal of the lead-contaminated pipes from the water distribution system. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is also assisting with the investigation. This lawsuit is just one of many filed in the past several weeks regarding the water contamination in Flint. However, this case is the first, individual, non class action brought against the city of Flint and the state of Michigan. The law firms: McKeen & Associations, Napoli Shknolnik and Slater Slater Schulman, are representing the Waid family.

If you or a loved one has suffered from lead poisoning, please call our Massachusetts lead poisoning expert attorneys at 617-787-3700 or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com.

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Toxic Mold Spores Found in California Classroom.

Now that summer has ended, millions of children across the country have begun another school year. For parents, this includes stocking up on the regular supplies: books, paper, pencils, new clothes, backpacks, etc. For some California parents, however, they had to encounter one thing they were not prepared for: toxic mold spores.

Two teachers at Julia Morgan Elementary School in Stockton, California notified officials once they found toxic mold spores in two of their classrooms earlier this month. There had been reports of mold in the school before, but teachers and parents were told that it had been properly cleaned and removed. After the classroom had been cleaned, however, two of the teachers decided to take a closer look at their own rooms. After peeling back some of the wallpaper, both teachers found toxic mold spores and told the school staff right away.

According to kcra, teachers had been reporting feeling sick and getting headaches prior to the mold removal, and it may be connected. The mold has since been removed, and so far there are no reports of children getting sick.

While we tend to think of mold as something that happens only in abandoned or neglected buildings, it can spring up in any dark, damp space. Toxic mold can linger for years without being detected and can cause serious, often irrevocable, health complications. If you have been exposed to toxic mold, you may be entitled to money damages. Please contact one of our Massachusetts toxic mold attorney specialists today at 617-787-3700 or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com to learn more about your options.

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Nonprofit Suing Drug Manufacturer After Dogs Became Sick With Parvovirus.

In order to file a product liability lawsuit in court, the victim must prove that he or she was injured by a defective product or an unreasonably dangerous product. The victim may be able to prove that the manufacturer was negligent in the production of the defective product. If a defect in the product causes the victim’s death, the survivors may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Either way, the victim or the victim’s family may be entitled to collect money damages to compensate them for their injuries.

Assistance Dogs of the West (“ADW”) is a nonprofit organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico that trains service dogs. The organization got their dogs vaccinated against the potentially deadly parvovirus using vaccines manufactured by Merial Limited. However, according to the nonprofit organization, seven dogs still got the virus, despite being vaccinated, in three separate outbreaks. Therefore, the nonprofit has filed a lawsuit against Merial Ltd. for product liability and negligence, seeking both compensatory and punitive damages. Merial is the animal health division of Sanofi, a global health care company.

ADW alleges that they are no longer able to use their Santa Fe facilities or vehicles because everything is contaminated with the virus. Although the dogs have all survived, they became seriously ill because of the virus. According to Matt Garcia, the lawyer representing ADW, the vaccines they received from Merial were defective and unreasonably dangerous because of their ineffectiveness. Merial has defended itself, arguing that the company has conformed with all federal regulations under the United States Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Therefore, the drug manufacturer claims that the injuries were caused by ADW’s own misuse or abuse of their product or an independent contributing cause.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that causes dogs to suffer vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. It is potentially fatal. The virus can live in food bowls, carpets, floors, and grassy areas for months, which is why ADW claims that they can no longer use their facilities.

If you or a loved one has been injured because of a defective product or if a defective product has resulted in the wrongful death of a loved one, please call 617-787-3700 now to speak with one of our expert Massachusetts product liability and wrongful death lawyers or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com.

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Gunman to Pay Family in Dearborn Heights, Michigan Porch Shooting.

When a victim dies because of the fault of another person, the survivors of the deceased may be able to bring civil charges against the accused perpetrator. Known as a wrongful death suit, these lawsuits seek compensation for the survivors for damages such as pain and suffering, lost wages of the deceased victim, and funeral expenses, among other things. One must prove that the perpetrator was legally at fault for the death of the victim in order to recover.

A civil settlement was reached recently in the shooting death of Renisha McBride, aged 19. According to the Detroit Free Press, in 2013, McBride got into a car accident while under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. Seeking help, she knocked on the door of Theodore Wafer, age 55. Fearing that she was a potential intruder, Wafer shot McBride while she was standing on his front porch. She later died from injuries sustained in the shooting.

Although Wafer argued that he feared for his life, he failed to first seek out the help of the police. Amidst accusations that Wafer had racial motivations for shooting McBridge, considering he is white and she is African American, he was accused and convicted of second-degree murder and is currently serving a 17-year sentence. In addition to these criminal charges, Wafer must now pay McBride’s survivors money damages as a result of this wrongful death suit. According to the McBride family’s attorney, Gerald Thurswell, the amount of the settlement has remained confidential.

If your loved one has been the victim of a wrongful death, please call 617-787-3700 now to speak with one of our expert Massachusetts wrongful death lawyers or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com.

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Georgia Nursing Home Under Investigation After Signs of Abuse and Neglect.

Reports recently released by staff members of the federal Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee document that 30% of our nation’s 5,283 nursing homes have had reported instances of abuse during the most recent two-year period.

Elder abuse is often under-reported, or not reported at all. Nevertheless, the investigation still revealed a staggering 9,000 reported instances of abuse during the two-year period that was studied. While a number of the reports involved only one resident being slapped by another resident, nearly two thousand of the reports were serious enough to “place the resident involved in immediate jeopardy of death or serious injury.”

Police believe that alleged abuse and neglect at the New London Health Center in Snellville, Georgia may be contributing to these types of statistics. They are launching an investigation into the staff and facilities after reported instances of what appear to be serious abuse and neglect. New London Health Center drew the police’s attention after a 77-year-old patient was rushed to a nearby hospital with a deep, 3-inch laceration in her head, which bled into her brain and required multiple staples to close. The woman had been bed ridden for years after suffering a nasty fall, and it is thus believed to be highly unlikely that she caused the wounds on her own. When asked about what happened, New London staff and administrators reportedly refused to give any straight anwers and were unable to explain the injuries.

Doctors continued to monitor the woman and investigate the facility, where they found further evidence of abuse, neglect and personal injuries. According to 11alive.com, the doctors found instances of: severely ingrown toenails in the woman and overall poor hygiene, including an open wound on the back of her hand where a bandage had not been changed for days. All of this suggests weeks and months of negligent care. The woman’s family has since checked her out of the New London Health Center. She now resides in a local hospice care, where doctors monitor her condition closely.

If you believe a family member has been a victim of nursing home abuse, call us 24/7 at 617-787-3700 for a free and private consultation with our Boston nursing home abuse attorneys.

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Sabra Recalling 30,000 Cases of Hummus Amidst Fear of Lysteria Contamination.

In the last several decades, Americans have been trying to make a conscious effort to live a healthy lifestyle.  As part of that goal, we strive to eat healthier foods.  This has led to a number of diets and food crazes, some of which work, and some of which simply do not.  Many “fad diets”  are unsupported by nutritional science, while others have been adamantly supported by doctors and nutritionists across the country.

One of the more legitimate diet-friendly foods is hummus.  Hummus, the simple mixture of chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice and salt, has America under a spell. In a fifteen-year span, the hummus industry has grown from just a $5 million dollar business to $530 million in 2012.  According to many nutritionists, hummus can help lower cholesterol and even has been linked to reducing the risk of cancer.  It comes in many flavors, which gives it a great appeal to the average American, who craves variety and a slimmer waistline.

Because hummus is made from chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, they require a process of sterilization.  Like hundreds of other natural food products, the chickpeas must be clean and free from any harmful bacteria.

In early April of 2015, the Sabra company, a major brand of hummus, issued a nationwide recall of nearly 30,000 cases of product.  According to the Tampa Bay Times, there have been no reported illnesses associated with the hummus recall, but the company is not taking any chances.  Company officials believe that there may be a listeria contamination in these particular units of hummus.

Listeria is a food-borne illness that can cause high fevers and nausea.  In rarer cases, the infections can be fatal to people with weakened immune systems and to young children.  It may also cause miscarriages in pregnant women.

If you or a loved one have eaten tainted hummus or other contaminated food products, please call our Boston food poisoning injury attorneys today.  Our experts are available to speak with you, 24/7, at 617-787-3700.

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Injured Man Sues For Being Hit By Golf Cart On A Beach.

Dwayne Sheets and his four-year-old daughter, Nikki, were on vacation in the Sea Isle subdivision of Galveston, Texas. Sheets and his daughter drove to the beach at about 11:30 pm to play in the sand. At the time he was injured, Sheets was sitting in a holding chair in the sand while Nikki was playing on the shore. All of a sudden, according to the South Eastern Texas Record, Sheets was struck by a golf cart being driven by Stanley Christopher Allen.

Young Nikki had to watch her father get hit and sustain serious injuries. She also had to watch him being taken away by an ambulance. Upon being taken to the hospital, it was found that Sheets had sustained: a compressed spine fracture; an arm fracture; a dislocated shoulder; injury to one of his feet, both knees, and pelvis; fractured ribs; a head injury; and injuries to his cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.

Sheets needed to have surgery and was thereafter diagnosed with a massive rotator cuff tear, a dislocated biceps tendon, and injuries to his AC joint, all of which needed to be addressed surgically. Within the next ten years, Sheets will also need a shoulder replacement.

Sheets and his daughter filed their lawsuit in the Galveston County, Texas District Court. Sheets accuses Allen of negligence. He seeks over one million dollars for his loss of earnings and earning capacity, interest, and court costs.

According to the lawsuit, Allan was driving a Club Car golf cart without the lights on, despite the late time the accident occurred. Allan was also allegedly intoxicated before and after the accident.

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Deadly Metro North Railroad Crash In Valhalla, New York.

Imagine that you commute over an hour both ways to work on a crowded, packed train. It’s rush hour again, on a random, cold February Tuesday evening and you are heading home. You settle down into your seat and pull out your ipod and your book, hoping to block out the world for a little while before you reach home. All of a sudden, your train car slams into something, and the train car becomes engulfed in flames. This scary occurrence rarely occurs, but when it does, it affects the passengers forever.

On February 3, 2015, a 5:44 pm north-bound Metro-North train hit an SUV that was parked on the track, igniting deadly flames. The flames engulfed the SUV and the first car of the commuter train. Seven people were killed when the crash occurred, at about 6:30 p.m.

Traffic around the crossing was very slow at the time of the train accident. The crossing gate allegedly came down on top of the SUV prior to the train crash. A witness, Mr. Hope, said he saw a woman get out the SUV to check the damage. When she tried to continue forward, her car got stuck. Mr. Hope was behind the SUV at the time of the accident. He said he backed up onto the street, to allow the SUV to back up, after the gate came down. Instead, she tried to drive forward. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported that the SUV was inside of the crossing gate for about thirty seconds before the accident occurred.

The train engineer stated that he hit the emergency brake when he saw the SUV, but he was not fast enough to avoid the accident. The train’s horn was blasting: two long blasts, one short blast, and another long blast. Mr. Hope stated he did not hear the horn, but he did see the flashing lights.

When the SUV was hit, it was pushed nearly 1,000 feet down the track. Over 400 feet of the third rail was sent through the SUV and into the first car of the train. The crash is the deadliest of all Metro-North crashes.

The driver of the SUV was identified as Ellen Brody. The five passengers killed were identified as Eric Vandercar, Joseph Nadol, Walter Liedtke, Robert Dirks, and Aditya Tomar. Many passengers aboard the train, in cars toward the back, reported that they felt the train stop, but did not feel anything from the crash.

A NTSB report released in October found that the Metro-North had a lack of track maintenance and poor communication.  After the crash, the NTSB reported that the train was going 58 mph, which was under the 60 mph speed limit for the train. The NTSB further stated that all traffic and other signals were in proper working condition.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a train accident and suffered devastating injuries, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. This money may be compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical bills. Contact our expert personal injury lawyers today at 617-787-3700. Your needs are our top priority!

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