May 31, 2011
“Every year about 4,000 people needlessly die on our highways and 100,000 more are injured in truck crashes,” Claybrook said. “Families and truck drivers are being slaughtered on our highways because of the trucking industry’s relentless push for bigger, overweight trucks operated by drivers who are exhausted and pressured to meet unreasonable delivery deadlines.
“Hoffa said he was driven by his members — more than 600,000 of the 1.4 million Teamsters are drivers — and the need to promote safety.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is in the final stages of two related rules: to limit service to 10 consecutive hours and to require trucks to convert to electronic on-board recorders to keep tabs on the hours driven continuously. The Truck Safety Coalition is pushing for quick approval of the rules, while the trucking industry supports the on-board recorders but not changing the driving limits.
May 23, 2011
According to attorney Patrick Salvi, the pharmacy technician incorrectly filled an intravenous bag with 60 times the amount of sodium that Genesis’ doctor had prescribed.
The attorney also argues the hospital staff then covered up the sticker on the IV bag, which correctly described the amount of sodium actually, with a sticker that displayed the doctor’s original prescribed amount.
Salvi said the hospital admits to several mistakes.
“It was determined that a data entry error was made in the formulation of the IV solution. The dosage of sodium for an IV bag from an order had been incorrectly entered into the machine that mixes IV solutions,” hospital spokeswoman Kelly Jo Golson said in a statement.
The hospital said it has taken “comprehensive steps across Advocate to ensure this type of tragedy does not happen again,” adding: “our prayers continue to be with the family.
“The loss to the couple, who had two miscarriages before Genesis was born, has been “devastating,” said Salvi.
Fritzie Burkett said she hopes going public will bring attention to what happened to her son.
“If we can stop another family from feeling the void that we feel, our son’s death will not be in vain,” said Burkett.
May 20, 2011
Every once in a while, amidst all the fights and arguments and tug-o-war with the insurance companies and their representatives in various law firms, I am reminded why I have chosen this profession. It is like a breath of fresh air and gives me strength to keep on fighting for what I believe to be the right thing.
“Hello Mr. Taradji:
I just wanted to say hello and a BIG thanks to you for what you did for me. It was a year ago, that I got the settlement, and it I’m still stunned at what transpired… and so quickly. I just purchased a new car for myself ( A 2011 Chevy Cruze ECO) last week and I am so proud of it. That would not have happened had you not helped me win my case. I have put money away in the bank for investments and retirement as well.
I was not frivolous with my money over the last year. Every major decision was made with a lot of thought and an eye towards a long term return. The only other big purchase was a HDTV for Christmas that I waited for and got on sale :)) I still have not gone on a vacation yet ( aargh……….) but I will.
Thank you again for being there for me.
May 19, 2011
A product liability lawsuit has been filed against Bayer by the mother of a New Jersey teen who died from a pulmonary embolism from Yaz birth control, which was prescribed to help control her acne.
The Yaz wrongful death lawsuit was filed on May 10 by Joan Cummins, whose 18 year old daughter, Michelle Pfleger, died on September 24, 2010.
The complaint alleges that Pfleger’s death was caused by side effects of Yaz birth control, which has been linked to an increased risk of blood clots that can result in a pulmonary embolism.
Pfleger was a student at Elon University in North Carolina. She was on her way to class when she collapsed due to cardiac arrest when a blood clot entered her lungs, causing a sudden and ultimately lethal drop in blood pressure.
Yaz is part of a family of birth control pills manufactured by Bayer that contain a combination of ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone, a new type of progestin. Other oral birth control pills that contain drospirenone include Yasmin, Yasminella, Beyaz, Ocella a generic form of Yasmin and Gianvi a generic form of Yaz.
The birth control pills have been heavily marketed by Bayer, particularly to young women and teens. The drug maker has received FDA warnings over advertisements that stressed the potential benefits of Yaz to treat acne and symptoms of PMS, while minimizing the potential risk of blood clots from Yaz. As a result, Bayer was forced to run a $20 million advertising campaign in 2009 to correct misrepresentations about the safety of Yaz.
Bayer currently faces about 7,000 Yaz lawsuits and Yasmin lawsuits filed on behalf of women who allege that the drug maker failed to adequately warn about the increased risk of serious and potentially life-threatening injuries from the birth control bills, such as a stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis or gallbladder disease.
According to wrongful death complaints filed against the drug maker, more than 50 Yasmin or Yaz deaths were reported to the FDA between the first quarter of 2004 and the third quarter of 2008. The fatalities have involved many young women in their teens and included reports of cardiac arrest, pulmonary embolisms and strokes, with elevated levels of potassium in the blood frequently reported.
May 18, 2011
James Arthur went to Memorial Park Cemetery on April 14, 2009, with other family members to visit a mausoleum where a relative was buried, according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County.
Arthur and his family were told by a cemetery employee that the mausoleum was scheduled to close in a half-hour but he “preferred to be commuting to his home by the time the clock struck closing time,” according to the lawsuit.
One of Arthur’s relatives told the employee they only wanted to visit briefly and would leave before closing time.
The employee “appeared annoyed” and began shutting down the mausoleum, according to the lawsuit.
After Arthur visited his relative’s burial chamber, he stopped in a room outside the burial chamber to look at an urn. The employee then turned off the lights —“well before closing time for the mausoleum” — and Arthur tripped over a raised platform and broke his hip, according to the lawsuit.
May 17, 2011
A Chicago wrongful death lawsuit was filed Monday against James Lacy, who was pushing a wheelchair that fell into Lake Michigan outside a Downtown yacht club this month, resulting in the death of 61-year-old amputee Sarah Goenne.
Lacy negligently pushed a wheelchair containing Goenne, causing the woman to fall into Lake Michigan April 8 as she left the Columbia Yacht Club, according to a suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.
Goenne, 61, of 21 W. Chestnut Ave., was pronounced dead at 12:21 p.m. April 14 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. An autopsy determined she died of sepsis and broncho-pneumonia from the near drowning. A secondary cause of death was spina bifida and right leg amputation from an auto accident.
Goenne was hospitalized after she and a 59-year-old man — identified in the lawsuit as Lacy — were rescued after falling into Lake Michigan at DuSable Harbor.
May 16, 2011
The mother of a girl allegedly injured during a fall at circus camp filed a lawsuit Monday against the Circus and the Skokie Park District.
Linda Braun claims her daughter, Eliana Braun, was injured July 7, 2009, when she fell from a cloud wing during a circus camp at Middleton School at 8300 S. St. Louis Ave. in Skokie, according to a lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.
Eliana Braun suffered serious damage to her teeth, including the loss on an adult tooth, from the fall, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit claims the Acrofabulous Circus LLC and the Skokie Park District organized, operated and controlled the event. It claims they failed to adequately supervise camp participants, didn’t provide proper padding on the floor and failed to provide adequate spotting.
May 13, 2011
Once again, my hero, Attorney General Lisa Madigan flexes her legal muscles in favor of the Illinois Consumers.
The news websites are fake, and the claims that acai berry products help people lose weight are not supported by science, the two agencies alleged. In the past week, the FTC has filed 10 lawsuits in courts across the U.S. and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed an additional lawsuit in her state against affiliate marketers of acai berry products, the two agencies announced.
The affiliate marketers place billions of advertisements linking back to the fake news sites, and consumers have paid an estimated US $10 million for acai berry products that don’t cause weight loss, FTC officials alleged.
The websites, with names such as News 6 News Alerts and Health 5 Beat Health News, feature a phony news report with a reporter who claimed to lose weight using the products, the agencies said during a press conference. But multiple news sites used the same picture of a reporter, with a different name depending on the site, FTC officials said.