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July 2013 Archives

Brain injury from medical malpractice leads to lifetime struggle

In 2008, a girl in another state was being treated for a heart defect, when miscommunication between cardiologist resulted in an incorrectly prescribed medication. This case of medical malpractice resulted in significant brain damage. The doctors prescribed a nasal spray, which blocked off the girls airways, resulting in her brain being deprived of oxygen for an extended period of time.

Inter-vehicle communication technology recommended by NTSB

Wireless networks are everywhere, and car technology has developed to a point where computers are often in every vehicle, whether a driver has a GPS device installed or not. The use of this technology could help prevent car accidents, and the National Transportation Safety Board has now recommended that safety standards be developed for such inter-vehicle communication devices and that they be installed in all new vehicles.

Nursing home faces second neglect lawsuit in West Virginia

While a nursing care facility is still reeling from a $90 million verdict brought against it in Charleston, the nursing home had also settled a wrongful death incident that occurred in another facility in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Apparently a resident at the Martinsburg home had developed pressure ulcers and had suffered from a fall prior to her death. It was also claimed that the care was negligent in other respects as well.

Man sues former employer after alleged firing over heart problem

Sometimes people have medical conditions that might result in a disability, or the perception of a disability. It is important that employers try to help a person with a disability by making some accommodations. If a person is fired or forced to quite because they feel that the employer was singling them out for ridicule or punishment based on their disability, they might be the victim of discrimination.

Employment Non-Discrimination Act passes committee in Senate

When someone is discriminated against at work, they can feel isolated, ashamed, and might not even understand that what happened to them was discrimination. It can be hard to believe that an employer would mistreat an employee, so sometimes employees who experience harassment or discrimination by an employer somehow justifying the behavior in their mind.

Employee, WVDOT and person who gave the 'all clear' face lawsuit

Drivers are often warned by bright orange signs that workers are present, whether construction or traffic employees. It is also important to remember that the safety requirement goes both ways, and an employee who causes injury to another driver may be held responsible along with the employer. 

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