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Veterans Waiting Years Just for Their Records, VA Lawsuit Asserts

Veterans Waiting Years Just for Their Records, VA Lawsuit Asserts April 27, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: Veterans Affairs (The VA) continues to claim it is making strides in clearing the backlog of applications for VA disability benefits. However, according to one VA benefits lawsuit that’s less than a week old, there is still a long way to go.
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VA Benefits Ultimately Failed One Young Veteran

VA Benefits Ultimately Failed One Young Veteran March 9, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
Broward County, FL: There is a widely held view that VA benefits are hard to come by due to the number of VA members applying and qualifying for benefits coupled with a backlog of cases and a lack of resources to properly deal with all the cases in a timely manner. Others hold the view that a culture of systematically denying VA disability benefits on the first application leads to an appeals process and delays that mirror a culture widely seen in the insurance industry.
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Superbug Outbreak Blamed on Unapproved Medical Devices

Superbug Outbreak Blamed on Unapproved Medical Devices March 6, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: In a telling statement as to the effectiveness of medical device oversight and adherence (or lack thereof) to long-held guidelines and approval tenets, the manufacturer of a product used in duodenoscopy managed to vend its device to the medical community for more than three years before anyone realized the device did not carry proper clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The resulting CRE Superbug Outbreak at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center (RRMC) made seven patients seriously ill. Two died.
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$5 Million Award for Knee Replacement Gone Bad

$5 Million Award for Knee Replacement Gone Bad February 11, 2015. By The National Trial Lawyers.
After a 20-day trial, a Cook County, Illinois court jury returned a verdict that awarded Celeste Trevino and her husband Ignacio Trevino $5,835,000 million due to the failure of two doctors to spot a leakage from an artery after a knee replacement operation.
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The Best Ever DIY Book on Filing a Veteran’s Disability Claim

The Best Ever DIY Book on Filing a Veteran’s Disability Claim January 25, 2015. By Brenda Craig.
Florida, USA: Former Army Ranger, disabled veteran and soldier’s advocate Jon Macintosh has some powerful information and smart advice (laced with a few usual expletives) for veterans and serving members of the US military in his 134-page book entitled VA Disability Claim.
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440,000 Deaths Annually from Preventable Hospital Mistakes

440,000 Deaths Annually from Preventable Hospital Mistakes January 22, 2015. By The National Trial Lawyers.
A patient safety study estimates that more than 400,000 American deaths are associated with preventable harm done to patients in hospital settings.
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Walgreens Ordered To Pay $1.4 Million Due To Employee’s Breach of Confidentiality

Walgreens Ordered To Pay $1.4 Million Due To Employee’s Breach of Confidentiality January 11, 2015. By The National Trial Lawyers.
The Indiana Court of Appeals let stand a $1.4 million verdict awarded by a jury in Marion County, Indiana, when plaintiff, Abigail Hinchy sued Walgreens and pharmacist Audra Withers-Peterson for breaching the duty of confidentiality by providing Hinchy’s ex-boyfriend with Hinchy’s prescription records.
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Healthcare Network Liable for $1.6M for Overdosing Patient

Healthcare Network Liable for $1.6M for Overdosing Patient December 4, 2014. By The National Trial Lawyers.
A jury in the Second District Court of Utah returned a verdict for $1.6 million in a wrongful death and medical malpractice action against Intermountain Healthcare for fatally overdosing a patient with a cocktail of medications.
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Morcellator Gets FDA’s Toughest Warning

Morcellator Gets FDA’s Toughest Warning November 28, 2014. By Heidi Turner.
Washington, DC: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given laparoscopic power morcellators the strongest warning possible, requiring the morcellators to have a black box warning concerning the risk of using power morcellators. The agency warned that most women should not undergo a laparoscopic power morcellation hysterectomy because of the risk of spreading cancer.
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$8.45 Million Awarded for Resuscitation Delay Causing Infant’s Cerebral Palsy

$8.45 Million Awarded for Resuscitation Delay Causing Infant’s Cerebral Palsy November 25, 2014. By The National Trial Lawyers.
A Georgia jury delivered a verdict of $8.45 million against a hospital where the staff deviated from an appropriate standard of care by failing to seek the help of an on-call obstetrician and emergency resuscitation team, resulting in severe brain injuries including cerebral palsy to an infant during his birth.
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