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April 2016 Archives

Case involving surgical errors leads to $1.8 million jury award

Sometimes West Virginia doctors make grave mistakes in the operating room, ones with long-term repercussions. In one out-of-state case involving surgical errors, a woman claimed she was sterilized after a physician cut the incorrect fallopian tube while she was undergoing a medical procedure. The woman was recently awarded nearly $2 million by a jury.

Bike may improve spinal cord injury victims' functionality

According to statistics, there are over 12,000 new spinal cord injuries each year in the United States, including in West Virginia. Two university graduates recently said they are developing bikes that provide electrical stimulation for those suffering from this debilitating injury. These bikes may help spinal cord injury victims to move much more easily.

Defective products include flashlights and helmets

Defective products in West Virginia can, unfortunately, cause serious harm to customers and, in some cases, lead to the loss of life. The recent recalls of a few household products may impact consumers in West Virginia. These defective products include flashlights and inline skating helmets.

Off-highway vehicle auto defects lead to fires and deaths

Vehicles that feature defects may quickly cause serious injury or death in West Virginia. Unfortunately, one teenager recently died after using an off-highway vehicle with auto defects. There have also been several reports of fires involving the Polaris recreational vehicles.

Alleged failure to diagnose, treat condition grounds for lawsuit

When doctors and health care staff in West Virginia fail to exercise a reasonable degree of care when working with patients, patients who are hurt as a result have the right to explore all of their legal options. Improper care may be in the form of a failure to diagnose a condition or a failure to treat it appropriately. In one case in another state, a women's state prison inmate claimed that she received improper treatment for her kidney stone and eventually lost the kidney. She has since filed a suit against the doctors working at the state's department of corrections and against the state itself.

Protect your rights after a distracted driving car accident

Distracted driving is a problem that is continuing to threaten the safety of drivers everywhere, both in West Virginia and the rest of the country. Distracted driving is a phrase that is used to encompass any behavior that takes a driver's attention from the road, including texting, talking on the phone and even eating while driving. When a driver is distracted, the chance for a car accident increases dramatically.

Medication errors cited as contributing factor in patient's death

Most nursing home residents are on some type of medication or health care treatment that requires careful attention from staff. West Virginia families place a significant amount of trust in nursing home facilities when handing them the responsibility for their loved ones' medical care. Sadly, medication errors and other negligence can and do occur within nursing homes.

Driver found in deadly hit-and-run car crash

In many hit-and-run accidents, it is family members who end up revealing to law enforcement officials who the fleeing driver was and where he or she can be found, along with the vehicle involved. This was the case in a recent hit-and-run car crash in West Virginia in which the suspect vehicle was last seen traveling south Route 94. Officials determined that it was shortly before 11 p.m. on a recent Wednesday when the pedestrian was struck and left for dead by the unknown driver.

Dangerous property conditions lead to personal injury claim

Business owners in West Virginia must ensure that their premises provide reasonably safe surroundings. Premises must be structurally sound with adequate lighting and free of hazards that can cause personal injuries. Property owners can be held accountable for injuries suffered by invitees due to dangerous property conditions.

Auto defects lead to recalls of Hyundai, Nissan vehicles

Vehicles with serious defects in West Virginia may end up causing people to suffer major injuries or even lose their lives. Two vehicles that were recently recalled due to auto defects include the Hyundai Santa Fe from model years 2016-2017 and the Nissan Rouge from model year 2014. More than 34,000 Hyundai units are affected, while more than 46,000 Nissan units are affected.

Married couple file lawsuit, alleging defective medical devices

When medical products are not made properly, this may result in severe medical issues for patients in the state of West Virginia. One married couple in a recent out-of-state case has filed a lawsuit against the provider of knee replacement parts, alleging defective medical devices. Specifically, they have accused the company of manufacturing defective knee implants.

Car accident leads to 4 deaths, DUI charges

A car wreck has sadly taken the lives of four individuals in West Virginia, leaving their surviving loved ones with questions about how this type of fatal accident could have happened. The car accident occurred along Interstate 77. It took place early in the morning on a Monday.

Household products being recalled by IKEA include Gothem lamps

West Virginia consumers who have recent purchased lamps from IKEA may be impacted by a recent lamp recall issued by the store. In total, more than 30,000 of these dangerous household products have been recalled. The reason for the recall is that they pose a shock hazard.

OxySure defective medical devices recalled

West Virginia residents may be impacted by a recent medical device recall issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA had to recall more than 1,000 portable oxygen devices made by OxySure Therapeutics Inc., specifically the 615 Model. These defective medical devices were found to ineffectively deliver oxygen, and they were also found to have problems with chemical reactions in the canisters, which could result in explosions.

Volkswagen auto defects spark recall of e-Golfs

Volkswagen drivers in West Virginia may understandably still be reeling in frustration following a recent Dieselgate scandal involving emissions testing. Unfortunately, yet another issue with the car maker has surfaced. This time, though, it does not involve emissions testing. The problem has to do with auto defects in its e-Golfs from the model year 2015/2016.

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