In 2008, Ellen Wadsworth woke up Thanksgiving morning with torturous pain in both of her feet. After arriving at a Georgia hospital, the doctor’s assistant claimed she had a skin infection called cellulitis and denied the diabetic woman entry to the hospital. Even after the woman and her son pleaded with medical staff for admittance to the hospital, they refused and told her to go home and ice one of her legs. Around midnight, the 61-year-old was found by her son, unconscious. He raced his mother back to the ER. It was then that doctors noticed blocked arteries in both
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12 veterans of the Oregon Army National Guard filed a lawsuit against KBR, the largest non-unionized construction company in the U.S., for exposing them to a toxin called hexavalent chromium during the Restore Iraqi Oil mission in 1993. U.S. and British soldiers were hired to guard a water treatment plant that was covered with the toxic chemical. Workers who breathe in the toxic chemical have an increased risk of developing lung cancer. One of the veterans is now confined to a wheelchair, and must breathe using an oxygen tank. The chemical can also cause damage to the eyes and skin
The New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts is facing numerous lawsuits after distributing steroid injections that were contaminated with fungal meningitis. Nearly 14,000 people were injected with the contaminated product, but so far only 280 people have filed lawsuits against the company. Attorneys representing the victims in this case expect the number of lawsuits to reach somewhere in the thousands. A total of 28 victims have died from the contaminated steroid injection that was distributed across 16 states. The victims’ attorneys are also looking to file lawsuits against the clinics that administered the steroid injections. The problem with filing a
The family of Deborah Braillard has been fighting in court for seven years over her death in a Maricopa County Jail. Braillard’s family filed a lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and other city official for gross medical negligence. According to the lawsuit, Braillard was denied insulin for more than two days. When she was finally taken to a hospital, she died. A jury has been deliberating a proper settlement, but they haven’t reached an agreement yet. In addition to the disagreement, protestors from Citizens for a Better Arizona have disrupted the settlement according to a jury supervisor. The family has
Bed sores, often referred to as pressure sores occur when a patient who is bedridden isn’t repositioned often enough. Unlike other illnesses and injuries, bed sores are easily prevented. Certain patients are more at risk for developing bed sores than others. People who are confined to beds or wheelchairs and are unable to move themselves have a high risk for developing bed sores. People who have an inability to change positions without help due to paralysis, a hip fracture, or another type of mobile limitation are also at risk for developing pressure sores. Poor nutrition and dehydration can cause bed
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