Medical Malpractice Lawyers Force Change

Earlier this month, the family of 14 year-old Sarah Crider was awarded $1.25 million in the settlement of their medical malpractice lawsuit against the Georgia Regional Hospital, a mental hopsital operated by the state of Georgia.

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Sara died four years ago from severe, intestinal blockages that went undiagnosed and, subsequently, untreated. The blockages were caused by a cocktail of medications that had conflicting side effects.
Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice, commented on the young girl’s death:

This was an absolutely tragic and preventable death. She didn’t need to be in that institution. She could have thrived as an outpatient.

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers change sarah criderSarah is just one of about 115 patients who have died in the past five years under suspicious circumstances while receiving care at a Georgia state facility. The settlement reached in the Crider’s lawsuit addresses this issue. Aside from compensating the family, the state will also be spending close to $77 million to move hundreds, if not thousands, of patients out of state mental facilities to improve the level care for those who remain. Patients who will no longer reside at these state facilities will be those that could benefit from community settings for treatment.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

The death of Sarah Crider was tragic. However, because of a lawsuit brought against the state in response to her death, efforts are now being made to improve quality of care and prevent the same from happening again in the future. Medical malpractice lawyers are necessary when doctors and hospitals act negligently while caring for their patients.

If you or a loved one have suffered from medical malpractice, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Let our team earn you the compensation you need and deserve.

Wrongful Death Suit Filed After Francene Cucinello’s Untimely Death

In January of this year, Francene Cucinello, New Jersey born host of the Lousiville, Kentucky radio program “The Francene Show,” died of a heart attack and brain aneurysm. She was just 43 years old.
This month, her family has filed a wrongful death claim against the Norton Audobon Hospital. They assert that a misdiagnosis led to Francene’s tragic and untimely death.

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wrongful death new jersey philadelphia attorneys francene cucinello norton audobon hospitalFrancene went to the Norton Audobon Hospital emergency room on January 11, 2010 complaining of headache, neck pain, nausea and vomiting, and shortness of breath. She was diagnosed with pneumonia. On January 13th, doctors noticed one of Francene’s pupils were dilated. The results of a CAT scan revealed medical malpractice.
According to a Neurosurgeon, Francene had suffered a brain aneurysm three days prior. She was never suffering from pneumonia, but instead her brain was bleeding. Francene died on January 15, 2010.

The family’s wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the misdiagnosis played a significant role in Francene’s death. Had a CAT scan been ordered and the aneurysm deteced earlier, Norton Audobon Hospital could have saved her life. Norton Audobon maintains that the treatment Francene received at their facility was in line with the standard of care.

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Francene was in dire straits when she entered the Norton Audobon hospital on January 11, 2010, and if the standard of care dictates that a CAT scan be peformed based on Francene’s condition and symptoms, than Norton Audobon is undoubtedly guilty of medical malpractice and, in turn, wrongful death.
If you or a loved have suffered due to medical malpractice, or you have lost a loved one to wrongful death, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Let the team at the Mininno Law Office earn you the compesation you deserve.

Nursing Home Negligence Ends in Resident Disappearance and Large Verdict

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Ruby Larson disappeared in July, 2007 from the Pheasant Point Retirement and Assisted Living Facility in Molalla, Oregon.
The Pheasant Point Retirement and Asisted Living Residence in Molalla, Oregon was home to 75 year old Ruby Larson. Ruby was admitted to the home in May of 2007, suffering from dementia, short-term memory loss, and disorientation. She had no recollection of her own medical needs, and had a history of wandering off.
The staff at Pheasant Point was aware of Ruby’s condition, as well as the inherent risks associated with it. During her stay there, Ruby wandered off 4 seperate times. The fourth time, July 23, 2007, she never returned. Teams from three surrounding counties searched and found nothing. She was declared legally dead by judge’s order in 2008.

Ruby’s son, David Buoy, filed a $2 million dollar wrongful death lawsuit against the Molalla retirement home, accusing the facility of nursing home negligence and improper care towards his mother.
His attorney, Phil Leubbers, named Pheasant Point and it’s parent company, Spectrum Retirement Communities, in the suit. Among it’s many allegations of nursing home neglect, the suit also alleges that Pheasant Point was slow to act on Ruby’s dissappearance, taking their time before reporting her absence to police.

Three Years Later, Her Body is Found

In May 2010, Ruby Larson’s body was discovered amidst blackberry bushes in a field just a quarter mile away from the facility. Her body was fully clothed and found by a 4 year old child who was searching for his missing cat.

On October 4, 2010, Ruby’s family was awarded $821,000 by a Multnomah County jury. They returned an 11-1 verdict for negligence. Attorneys for Pheasant Point and Spectrum Retirement maintain that “. . . no one did anything wrong here. Ruby Larson lived the life she wanted to live.”

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Ruby Larson’s death was brought on by continued negligence and repeated failure on the part of Pheasant Point to protect Ruby from herself. The state she was in required caretakers to pay close attention to her and prevent her from disappearing. They failed 4 times to keep her inside the facility, and the last time was deadly.

If you or a loved one have suffered the effects of nursing negligence or abuse, call an experienced New Jersey or Pennsylvania Nursing Home Abuse attorney at the Mininno Law Office. We will work hard to get you to compensation you deserve!
Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at 856-833-0600 in New Jersey, or 215-567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Wrongful Death Suit Gets BP in Trouble Again

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Julius Provost died at 6 months old for 'undetermined' causes. His mother Sharon believes the cause was the benzene emissions for the BP refinery a mile away from their home.
In the wake of the biggest oil-spill our nation has ever seen, and the most devestating environmental catastrophe most of us will see in a lifetime, BP, who hoped to be out of the spotlight once wells were capped, finds themselves in hot water yet again. BP’s Texas city oil refinery is guilty of a 40 day release of Benzene in April and May that has allegedly claimed the life of 6 month old Julius Provost.
His mother, Sharon, is suing BP for Wrongful Death, explaining that that in his short life, Julius suffered. Doctors couldn’t explain or cure his ongoing symptoms; nausea, runny nose, mucus in his eyes, and difficulty breathing.

Sharon’s lawsuit is just one in a string of lawsuits resulting from the Benzene release. The suits call for BP to pay $10 million in punitive damages. Sharon’s wrongful death suit claims that the case demonstrates “the human suffering caused when the drive for corporate profits is more valued than the safety and lives of people.”

Just last week, BP agreed to pay a $50 million fine for not correcting safety hazards at the Texes refinery that caused in explosion in 2005 which took the lived of 15 workers. They are contesting another $30 million in additional penalties.

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Sharon lost the joy of being a mother, and Julius lost his life, due to BP’s alleged negligence and indifference towards citizens surrounding their plant. If you are suffering the loss of a loved one, and you believe their death could have been avoided, contact the Mininno Law Office.

Our NJ and PA Wrongful Death Attorneys are here to help you through this difficult time, and to recover any necessary damages. Let us get you the compensation you deserve. Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against Lancaster Hospital for Patient Suicide

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Lancaster General Hospital
The Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA is named in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of 70 year old Fillipo Raia, who, last summer, leapt to his death out of an eighth story window at the facility on Duke Street where he was being treated for mental health problems.

Raia had a history of seizures and anxiety and, upon admittance to the hospital last July, was confused, agitated, and appeared to have an “altered mental status.”According to nurses, two days after his admittance, Raia threatened to jump out of the window. Nurses also noted that he was suffering from hallucinations and paranoia, and thought the hospital staff was trying to kill him. He was given medicine throughout his stay to keep him calm and sedated.

Raia’s two psychiatrists, Dr. Kathleen Dougherty and Dr. Leo Dorozynski, are being named in the suit. It seems that their assesments of Raia differ greatly from those of the nurses who cared for him on a daily basis. On the same day that a nurse documented Raia to be “agitated and uncooperative,” Dr. Dougherty noted that he was “somewhat anxious” but “logical.” Two days before Raia’s death, Dr. Dorozynski wrote that he was “calm, pleasant but confused.” Two hours later, a nurse noted that he was “very confused,” “agitated,” and “psychotic.” Raia’s medical doctor suggested a transfer to the psych unit of the hospital, and Dougherty stated that she “…[did] not see indication for psychiatric admission.”

Andrew Youman, an attorney with Kline and Specter, the Philadelphia Firm handling the case, stated that “Throughout the stay, he was clearly demonstrating that he was not able to keep himself or others safe because of his mental status.” The lawsuit names not only the hospital and the two psychiatrists, but Behavioral Health Specialists, Lancaster General Medical Group, Lancaster General Behavioral Health System, Lancaster General Health and Lancaster General Health Foundation as well.

Wrongful Death at the Mininno Law Office

John Mininno began a law career to help bring justice to those who have been wronged. He has won substantial verdicts for people who have been hurt by negligent doctors, defective product manufacturers, and corporate wrongdoers.
If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, and you believe their death was not inevitable, contact the Wrongful Death Attorneys at the Mininno Law Office. They will be able to help you get the compensation you deserve. You may also call at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Criminal Charges Filed in Bucks County Hyperthermic Death

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Stacey Strauss turned herself in on Tuesday, August 3rd, for the death of autistic Bryan Nevins.
Yesterday, we posted a wrongful death blog about the tragic, hyperthermic death of Bryan Nevins at the Woods Services care center in Langhorne, PA. At this time yesterday, it was unclear whether charges would be pressed against any person or persons responsibile for the care of 20 year old , severly autisitic Bryan Nevins. Last night, Stacey Strauss turned herself in to Middletown Police, was arraigned, and was charged with fatally neglecting Bryan Nevins. Her bail was set at $50,000.

Strauss’ official charge was “neglect of a care-dependant person,” a first degree felony that carries a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison. She was also charged with misdemeanor accounts of involuntary manslaughter, and recklessly endangering another person.
Strauss’ attorney asserts that the incident was simply a “tragic mistake.” He also states that Strauss has been en employee of Woods Services for 8 years and has had a spotless record.

William Nevins, father of Bryan Nevins and former homicide chief for the NYPD, said in an interview, “Now we will see what a disabled child’s life is worth in Bucks County.

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It is clear that others shared in our sentiment from yesterday; that an occurence like this is more than a mere accident. Bryan Nevins, an autistic young man with the same mind as a 2 year old, should never have been left behind so carelessly. As we also said yesterday, this is clear case of wrongful death.
NJ Wrongful Death Attorneys at the Mininno Law Office are poised to assist anyone who has lost a loved one due to the negligence and carelessness of another.

If you need the help of a wrongful death attorney, contact the Mininno Law Office, or call us at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Will parents sue for Wrongful Death in Langhorne, PA?

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Bryan Nevins, 20, was left inside a van to die in the middle of a record setting heatwave.
On July 24, 2010, Bryan Nevins (20), a severely autistic young man, died of hyperthermia after being left in the back of a van during a record setting heatwave. He was a resident at Woods Services in Langhorne, PA, and was found hours after returning from a group trip to Sesame Place.
District Attorney David Heckler has not yet decided whether or not to prosecute Nevins’ caretaker for negligence, or if this was simply an accident. Nevins’ parents live in New York, but have said that despite his age, he has the mental capacity of a two year old.

The question on prosecutors’ minds is whether this is a case of negligence at a care center or simply a tragic accident. If it is determined that negligence is at fault, a person or persons could be charged with involuntary manslaughter. And the facility could be sued for wrongful death in PA.

It seems that, upon returning from the water park, each resident should have been accounted for as they exited the van. How could Bryan have simply been forgotten about? It was someone’s responsibility to make sure that he returned safely from Sesame Place to the facility, and back to his room or common meeting area.
To leave him in the back of a van in the middle of heatwave is irresponsible and grossly negligent: this is a clear cut case of wrongful death.

Wrongful Death Claims and the Mininno Law Office

At the Mininno Law Office, wrongful death attorneys work ’round the clock to assist you in getting the compensation you deserve. A New Jersey wrongful death attorney will help gather all of the facts in order to present the best possible case.
If you are grieving the loss of a loved one because of what you believe is a wrongful death claim, contact the Mininno Law Office or call us at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

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If you are grieving the loss of a loved one and you believe their death was brought about the negligence or ill intent of another, contact a Wrongful Death Attorney.
A wrongful death claim is a legal action that is filed against a person who is being held accountable for a death. The claim asserts that the death was brought about by some sort of negligence, wrongdoing, or even criminal act. The deceased’s relatives are considered to be entitled to monetary compensation for medical bills, funeral and burial costs, loss of wages, grief, and loss of consortium (companionship).
These damages are known as compensatory damages. Punitive damages could be imposed as a punishment for negligence and/or ill intent of the responsible party or parties.

If you find yourself dealing with the loss of a loved one that you believe was not inevitable, and infact brought on by the wrongful act of another, you may want to contact a New Jersey Wrongful Death Attorney. An attorney is going to review all the facts surrounding your case, and help determine whether or not you are entitled to compensation.

Grieving the death of a loved one is not easy, and the wrongful death attorneys at the Mininno Law Office understand this. They will help in any way possible to make the process move along smoothly and quickly. While monetary compensation will never be able to erase the suffering and grief of losing someone you love, it will definately relieve the financial burden brought on by their loss.

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Contact the New Jersey Wrongful Death Attorneys at the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. Or call us at 856-833-0600 in New Jersey or 215-567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Let us help you receive the compensation you deserve.

NUVARING Named in Product Liability and Wrongful Death Lawsuits

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NUVARING causes potentially life threatening complications including bloodclot, stroke, pulmonary embolism, and deep vein thrombosis.
NUVARING is a transparent, flexible, vaginal ring that provides month long birth control by emitting a continuous dose of estrogen and progestin for 21 days. The device releases a combination of ethinyl estradiol, a form of the hormone estrogen, and etonogestral. These substances are supposed to prevent ovulation as well as minimize any sperm penetration, thereby preventing unwanted pregnancies. It gained FDA approval in 2001.

NUVARING is marketed as providing the same efficacy as birth control pills but with the convenience of month-long protection. To a woman who wants the benefits of birth control but not the trouble of remembering to take a pill every day, NUVARING sounds great. Unfortunately, NUVARING has provided more than month long contraception.

Numerous lawsuits are being filed against pharmaceutical companies that marketed or manufactured the product at one time. Suits claim that the manufactureres of NUVARING not only knew about the potential side effects related to the use of NUVARING, including increased risk of stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, and sudden death, but failed to reveal them to women, or the FDA during the approval process. Some 300 product liability lawsuits are being filed, stating that NUVARING caused plaintiffs to suffer from serious, life threatening blood clots. Wrongful Death suits in New Jersey and Nebraska are pending.

Are You A NUVARING user?

If you currently use NUVARING as a contraceptive, seek medical attention immediately. If you are suffering from complications due to NUVARING, seek the help of a product liability attorney. New Jersey product liability attorneys at the Mininno Law Office are here to answer any questions you have, and to offer a free case evaluation.

Contact the Mininno Law Office or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Let the attorneys at the Mininno Law Office help you get the compensation you deserve.

Philadelphia Man Sentenced for Callous Run-Down

Joseph Genovese, 20, of South Philadelphia.

On May 6th, 2010, Twenty year old Joseph Genoveseof South Philadelphia was sentenced to 7-14 years in prison for callously running down 2 women after a Phillies game on July 10th, 2008. The game was over and the two women, both from St. Louis, were crossing the street at Broad and Curtin on their way to have dinner. Genovese was stopped at a red light three cars back. Genovese, under the influence of marijuana, swerved around the two stopped cars in front of him and sped through the red light, striking down 53 year old Cindy Grassi, and 36 year old Sandra Wacker.

Grassi was killed and Wacker was permanently disabled. The women were both P.E. teachers at an elementary school in St. Louis, and became friendly after discovering their shared loved for the St. Louis Cardinals. The two would follow the Cards to one away game a year. They had made it all the way out to San Francisco before seeing them play at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

Grassi’s death and Wacker’s permanent disability are awful tragedies, especially to their families. Yes Genovese will serve jail time, but this doesn’t ease the blow of losing a loved one. Nor does it ease the hardships Cindy Grassi’s family will now have to face without her. In Grassi’s case, a Philadelphia Wrongful Death Attorney could work to recover damages for pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of past and future income, and loss of consortium.
Wacker’s permanent disability will also create hardships for the people that depend on and love her. In this case, a Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorney could recover damages for disability, impairment and loss of enjoyment, past and future medical expenses, and life expectancy.

Seek Help from a New Jersey or Philadephia Trial Attorney

If you or a loved one is suffering due to personal injury or wrongful death, do not do it alone. The Philadelphia and New Jersey Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Trial Attorneys at Mininno Law Firm are here to help you. Our team is dedicated to earning you the compensation that you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation or call at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.