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Did Contractor Drop the Ball on VA Benefits?

Did Contractor Drop the Ball on VA Benefits? April 27, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Norfolk, VA: Retired service personal in dire need of VA benefits would not be cheered by the allegation that a contractor hired to review the cases of thousands of Vietnam veterans for exposure to Agent Orange may have denied benefits in spite of obvious need, all because the contractor was less than thorough in reviewing cases, or so it has been alleged.
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Massachusetts Hospital Slammed with Endoscopy Infection Lawsuits

Massachusetts Hospital Slammed with Endoscopy Infection Lawsuits April 11, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Westfield, MA: A potentially damning Endoscope lawsuit accuses the Baystate Noble Hospital located in Westfield, Massachusetts, of putting patient health at risk in what has been described as a “preventable” situation involving endoscopy equipment. It has also been alleged that hospital officials knew of the issue some three years before affected patients were informed.
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Second Circuit Rules Against Reducing Veteran’s Damages Award

Second Circuit Rules Against Reducing Veteran’s Damages Award April 9, 2016. By The National Trial Lawyers.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ordered an increase in a $4.5 million verdict against the Veterans Administration, awarded to a military veteran for surgery that left him a paraplegic.
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Laparoscopic Power Morcellation amongst Most Dangerous Medical Procedures

Laparoscopic Power Morcellation amongst Most Dangerous Medical Procedures April 3, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Milwaukee, WI: About a year ago we shared with you the story of Dr. Amy Reed, 42, an anesthesiologist and mother of six who is currently battling for her life after a diagnosis of leiomyosarcoma, a ferocious uterine cancer that spread through her body. She learned of the cancer about a week after she underwent Laparoscopic Power Morcellation on her uterus.
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Appealing Denied VA Benefits Successfully Takes Knowledge of How System Works

Appealing Denied VA Benefits Successfully Takes Knowledge of How System Works March 23, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Tulare County, CA: Retired service personnel have experience with giving their all in the line of duty, and sometimes experiencing horrific physical or emotional trauma after the fact. However, rather than easing a veteran’s effort when it comes to filing a claim for VA benefits, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (the VA) appears to require, once again, the complete attention and commitment of the veteran in order to win the battle against the denial of benefits.
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Defective Hip Implant Plaintiffs Awarded $502 Million on St. Patrick’s Day

Defective Hip Implant Plaintiffs Awarded $502 Million on St. Patrick’s Day March 20, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Dallas, TX: There was a different kind of “green” celebrated this past St. Patrick’s Day, when a federal jury in Dallas, Texas, awarded five plaintiffs embroiled in a consolidated defective hip implant trial a total of $502 million in damages. It is not known if defendants DePuy Orthopaedics and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) will appeal the verdict.
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Olympus Corp On the Hook for $646 Million, Endoscope Infections Still a Concern

Olympus Corp On the Hook for $646 Million, Endoscope Infections Still a Concern March 6, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: A damning report issued at the beginning of the year by Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Washington) paints a troubling picture reflective of the risks and realities inherent with endoscope infection, and specifically the increasing difficulties in keeping such complex medical devices clean and germ-free.
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1% of Physicians Account for One-third of Paid Medical Malpractice Claims

1% of Physicians Account for One-third of Paid Medical Malpractice Claims February 25, 2016. By The National Trial Lawyers.
The New England Journal of Medicine has analyzed some appalling data that 1% of physicians account for approximately 32% of paid medical malpractice claims. The data - which was pulled from the National Practitioner Data Bank - shows that over a recent 10-year period, a small number of physicians with distinctive characteristics accounted for a disproportionately large number of paid malpractice claims.
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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed against Southern California Gas Company

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed against Southern California Gas Company February 20, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
Porter Ranch, CA: The family of a 79-year-old woman who died after the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) leak in October has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the gas company. Although the victim suffered breathing problems prior to the gas leak, the wrongful death claim alleges the gas leak made the woman’s health problems worse and ultimately led to her early death.
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A Possible Legal Enhancement in the Works for Veterans Seeking VA Benefits

A Possible Legal Enhancement in the Works for Veterans Seeking VA Benefits February 19, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: The inability for deserving veterans to obtain VA disability benefits is thanks in part to a continuing backlog at the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and the status quo in the non-traditional court system that precludes plaintiffs from launching class-action lawsuits. According to a report late last year in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ 12/30/15), there continues to be a groundswell of support to reform the status quo. However, for now, veterans in need have little choice but to languish in a lengthening queue for veteran benefits.
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