Posted on December 11, 2008
Scientists may have figured out one reason some people reach for the french fries instead of an apple. It could be a gene that's been linked to an increased risk of obesity. A study of children found those with a common variation of the gene tend to overeat high-calorie foods...
Posted on December 01, 2008
A widow whose husband died at a Veterans Affairs hospital under fire for substandard care has agreed to settle her lawsuit against the government for $975,000, her attorney said.
Posted on November 04, 2008
The outcomes of some negligence cases depend on whether the defendant owed a duty to the plaintiff. Such a duty arises when the law recognizes a relationship between the defendant and the plaintiff, and due to this relationship, the defendant is obligated to act in a certain manner toward the plaintiff...
Posted on October 07, 2008
An elderly Rancho Palos Verdes couple has been awarded $11.6 million by a jury that found a lack of safety measures on a remote highway caused the husband to crash into an embankment.Cletus Schmidt, 79, was left a paraplegic and reliant on a ventilator as a result of the Jan...
Posted on September 30, 2008
Cook County will pay more than $100,000 each to four victims of illegal political patronage as part of 108 awards announced Thursday by a court-appointed hiring monitor.Julia Nowicki awarded about $3 million to people who lost out on jobs and promotions because of politics between August 2004 and February 2007...
Posted on September 25, 2008
The Levaquin antibiotic is proving to be more trouble than it is worth for many patients, if one man's story is any indication. A host of Levaquin side effects is one of the reasons why the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the wheels in motion for a black box warning for Levaquin...
Posted on September 19, 2008
Michael and Kathryn Sutton aren't activists. They never envisioned joining any movement. Yet, the Ellijay couple find themselves at the forefront of a legal battle aimed at elevating the status of animals under the law. Their fight could redefine veterinary care - and the relationship between humans and animals...
Posted on September 16, 2008
General Motors Corp. has agreed to pay an estimated $90 million or more to "tens of thousands" of motorists in all 50 states for expenses they incurred as a result of defective transmissions in more than 90,000 Saturn economy cars.The agreement by the manufacturing giant, if ultimately approved by a Sacramento federal judge, would resolve a class-action lawsuit targeting certain models of four-cylinder Saturn Vues and Ions...
Posted on September 12, 2008
The Senate on Thursday approved a major civil rights bill that would expand protections against workplace discrimination for people with disabilities and that would address several Supreme Court rulings that curbed such safeguards in the past decade.The measure, passed on a voice vote and without dissent, is similar to legislation that sailed through the House in June by a vote of 402 to 17...
Posted on September 11, 2008
When Maureen Scanlan had a painful kidney stone episode four years ago, she was pleased that her doctor ordered an annual regimen of CT scans to monitor her condition.The scans involved hundreds of razor-thin X-rays of her innards stitched together by a computer into stunningly detailed 3-D images showing the size and location of the stone, down to the millimeter.
Posted on September 03, 2008
If you are a business owner, make sure you know about and follow the state consumer protection laws that apply to your business. These laws protect consumers from unfair or deceptive practices. They go beyond the traditional legal remedies available for breach of warranty to really help consumers...
Posted on September 03, 2008
MUNICH, Germany (AP) - Women who smoke may develop heart disease at almost the same age as male smokers, wiping out the natural difference between the sexes, doctors said Tuesday.In research presented to the European Society of Cardiology, Norwegian researchers said that women who smoke have heart attacks nearly 14 years earlier than women who don't smoke...
Posted on August 26, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) - Roll back the clock to 1961: John F. Kennedy was inaugurated president. The Peace Corps was founded. The Dow Jones industrials hit 734. Gasoline reached 31 cents a gallon.
And the number of people killed in U.S. traffic accidents that year topped 36,200...
Posted on August 18, 2008
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Tire failure may have caused a casino worker shuttle bus crash that injured 29 people, a Nevada Highway Patrol officer said Monday. It's still early in the investigation, but officers have found evidence of tread separation on the left front tire of the full-sized bus, Trooper Kevin Honea said...
Posted on August 07, 2008
GALVESTON - The emergency removal of part of Marvin Simmons' skull saved his life when his brain was swelling during a stroke.
The problem is that once it was removed, he never got it back.
A lawsuit filed Wednesday in the 122nd District Court against the University of Texas Medical Branch on behalf of the 53-year-old Galveston man claims the hospital lost the 8-inch by 4-inch piece of skull and canceled three surgeries to replace it before admitting the mistake.
Posted on August 01, 2008
Georgia's largest health insurer sent an estimated 202,000 benefits letters containing personal and health information to the wrong addresses last week, in a privacy breach that also raised concerns about potential identity theft.
Posted on July 29, 2008
In our continued support of the United Way of the CSRA and the Born Learning campaign, we at Nicholson Revell LLP would like to invite you to take a look at http://www.bornlearning.org/. This site contains many helpful tips for parents, grandparents, and all caregivers to turn everyday activities into educational opportunities for developing children.
Posted on July 17, 2008
Augusta, GA: Last December June was admitted to the Augusta VA medical hospital (she was in the military for 10 years) with abdominal pain and a high fever: she had Chrone's disease and it was getting worse. But June checked herself out due to the poor hygiene conditions, so bad that she believes the hospital warrants a Veteran medical malpractice lawsuit.
Posted on July 11, 2008
Verizon Wireless has agreed to pay $21 million to settle a lawsuit filed by California customers upset with the company's early termination fees, a lawyer on the case said Wednesday.
Posted on July 02, 2008
A contractor working for Georgia's Department of Community Health (DCH) disclosed that it had lost a computer disc containing personally identifying information on as many as 2.9 million Georgia residents enrolled in Medicare and the state's "PeachCare" child health program, state health officials said.
Posted on June 25, 2008
Brain injuries cause half of seniors' fall deathsThe elderly fear breaking a hip when they fall, but a government study indicates that hitting their head can also have deadly consequences: Brain injuries account for half of all deaths from falls. The study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the first comprehensive national look at the role brain injuries play in fatal elderly falls...
Posted on June 16, 2008
ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) - Officials say a worker has died at an Army facility where chemical weapons are destroyed in northeastern Alabama. The laboratory worker at the Anniston Army Depot died Wednesday afternoon. The worker was employed by subcontractor Westinghouse Anniston...