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Certified Nursing Assistant Accuses Hospital of Racial Discrimination

HUNTINGTON - A certified nursing assistant is suing a Cabell County hospital, alleging discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination.

A complaint was filed in the Cabell Circuit Court against Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital, alleging violation of the West Virginia Human Rights Act.

Researchers may be able to stop brain injury inflammation

Head injuries can easily happen as a result of car accidents or slip-and-fall accidents in West Virginia. Unfortunately, when a brain injury happens, it triggers nervous system inflammation, and this can further damage the health of the brain. Researchers, however, are exploring the possibility of preventing this inflammatory response through targeting a certain brain cell type.

While recently testing a drug, researchers managed to block certain cells' activity and thus eliminate inflammation in the brain. The cells they tested are known as microglia -- nerve cells that play an important role in a body's immune response. The researchers specifically tested the drug on mice that had suffered brain injuries.

Auto defects spark recalls of BMWs, Fords, Toyotas and Harleys

Car owners in West Virginia may be impacted by a few widespread motor vehicle product recalls. They involve BMW, Ford and Toyota cars, as well as Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Here is a look at the auto defects pinpointed in these recalls.

First, BMW recently decided to expand a recall so that it covers more than 1.5 million cars worldwide. The problem vehicles may experience fluid leaks, which could lead to fires. This recall covers automobiles manufactured from 2010 to 2017. Meanwhile, a Ford recall covers 1.5 Focus cars due to a problem with their fuel systems that may cause the engines to suddenly stall. This recall impacts motor vehicles from the model years of 2012 to 2018,

Party City's alleged dangerous property conditions spark lawsuit

A woman in another state recently claimed that she suffered injuries at a party supply store due to the store's negligence. She has therefore filed a lawsuit against the store, alleging that dangerous property conditions caused her injuries. In the same way, anyone in West Virginia who has been hurt due to a business property's carelessness has the right to seek justice through the civil court system.

In the recent out-of-state case, the woman was shopping at Party City in October 2017. All of a sudden, she reportedly stepped on slick material that was present on the store's floor. The woman claimed that she ended up slipping and falling on the slippery material.

Personal banker alleges she was discharged due to age

LOGAN - A 70-year-old woman is suing JP Morgan Chase, alleging age discrimination and wrongful termination.

Delores Clay filed a complaint in Logan Circuit Court against JP Morgan Chase Bank NA, Julius Nichols and Randy Morgan, alleging violation of the West Virginia Human Rights Act.

Catholic diocese to reveal list of clergy accused of abuse

Sexual abuse is one of the most traumatic experiences a person can go through. The truth is, the pain and shame that result from abuse do not simply go away once the abuse stops; they last a lifetime. The people who perpetrate these crimes need to be brought to justice and victims deserve some closure and compensation.

If you have been abused by a priest or deacon in the Catholic Church, you could be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering you have undergone. At Warner Law Offices, PLLC, we can help.

Car wreck claims 1 life, leads to 1 injury in West Virginia

A woman has sadly lost her life in a head-on motor vehicle collision in West Virginia, leaving her loved ones to question how her life could have been taken so soon. In addition, another individual suffered injuries in the crash. The car wreck took place on a recent Tuesday morning.

According to authorities, a 49-year-old woman was driving by herself in a sport utility vehicle along a road at about 8 a.m. All of a sudden, she collided with a coal-carrying truck. Unfortunately, she ended up passing away in the head-on crash.

Delayed diagnosis leads to $1 million award

A former inmate of a jail in another state claimed that he suffered spinal cord injury injuries following a fall in 2016. He asserted that he went days incarcerated without being treated, which caused him to suffer permanent damage to his nerves. He later filed a lawsuit against the correctional facility where the incident reportedly occurred, which recently resulted in a settlement of $1 million. Anybody in West Virginia who likewise suffers harm due to a doctor's delayed diagnosis has the right to seek justice through the civil court system.

Reportedly, the claim was based on the fact that the former inmate fell one day and requested to be sent to a hospital, as he displayed signs of a spinal cord injury right away. However, based on court documents, he was not transported to a medical center for 10 days. In fact, the man claimed that he was mocked, placed in a wheel chair and taken to a jail cell alone.

Guidelines for testing, treating traumatic brain injury changing

Experts say that, over the past few years, the number of instances of injuries to the brain has increased. As a result, United States government officials are changing how traumatic brain injury is tested for and treated. This will no doubt have an impact on individuals in West Virginia who suffer these types of injuries in the future.

Many brain injuries occur as a result of sports, including soccer, hockey and football. However, they can also occur as a result of serious accidents, such as motor vehicle collisions or falls on dangerous properties. In these situations, the impact to the head can certainly cause serious injuries, but so can the whipping of the neck and head.

FDA Finds Second Possible Carcinogen in Valsartan Heart Medication

The US Food and Drug Administration has reported finding an additional "unexpected impurity" in three lots of Torrent Pharmaceuticals' recalled blood pressure medication Valsartan. On Sept. 13 the FDA said that three lots of drugs were contaminated by a second impurity called N-nitrosodiethylamine or NDEA. The chemical is a suspected human carcinogen.

The revelation comes just months after the drug was put under a voluntary recall in July. In fact, the drugs are under recall in more than 50 countries after finding traces of the carcinogen N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).

Researchers found NDMA traces in the drug after the Chinese-based Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals changed the drug's production process in 2012. Manufacturing processes can unintentionally introduce NDMA to different substances through certain chemical reactions. It's an organic chemical in liquid rocket fuel. Additionally, it is a byproduct of the manufacture of some pesticides and processed fish.

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