Welcome! We regret to inform you that the Injury Board National News Desk has been discontinued. Feel free to browse around and enjoy our previously published articles, or visit The Injury Blog Network for the latest in personal injury news.

All news posts from January 01, 2002 to January 31, 2002

Posted by Staff Writer
January 31, 2002 12:00 AM

Despite your oft-professed concern for food safety, your Department has been grossly negligent in protecting Americans from what is clearly the most dangerous drug that masquerades as a food supplement, ephedra. More than seven months ago, last June, Canadians were alerted by an advisory from their government "warning

Posted by Staff Writer
January 31, 2002 12:00 AM

Inmates were assured this month that they have the right to the same medical care as any law-abiding citizen after a 31-year-old California prisoner received a court ordered heart transplant on January 3, 2002. The question of how far the medical field should go to assure proper health care for prisoners has been deba

Posted by Staff Writer
January 31, 2002 12:00 AM

Over 500,000 General Motors (GM) SUVs were recalled last week after engineers discovered brake and hazard light malfunctions in the vehicles. The recall affects owners of the 2000 and 2001 Chevy Blazer, GMC Jimmy and Oldsmobile Bravada. GM officials say the vehicles' brake lights and hazard lamps may not illuminate w

Posted by Staff Writer
January 30, 2002 12:00 AM

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has heightened its investigation into the herbal supplement kava kava and its possible link to liver toxicity. Kava kava, also known as Piper methysticum, is an ancient herb native to the South Pacific. The supplement purportedly helps to relieve stress. Recent reports from Swit

Posted by Staff Writer
January 30, 2002 12:00 AM

A U.S. district judge has affirmed that companies must report immediately to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) certain information that their products could cause injury or death. The ruling was made in a civil penalty action by the U.S. government against Mirama Enterprises Inc., which does busine

Posted by Staff Writer
January 30, 2002 12:00 AM

The nation's fifth largest on-line brokerage firm has agreed to pay a $6.3 million fine to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to settle accusations that it was involved in securities fraud throughout the 1990s. The SEC accused Datek Online Holdings' former day trading unit, Datek Securities, of fraud and ill

Posted by Staff Writer
January 30, 2002 12:00 AM

Thirteen students from a Pennsylvania private school went on an unexpected field trip last Thursday morning when their bus driver drove them 150 miles in the wrong direction. Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation charged the bus driver, Otto L. Nuss Jr., with kidnapping. Nuss drove the students to Prince Geo

Posted by Staff Writer
January 30, 2002 12:00 AM

U.S. Magistrate Robert E. Larsen recently recommended that the confession of Kansas City pharmacist Robert Courtney, who stands accused of diluting more than 100 doses of prescription medications, should be permitted as evidence. A Federal judge will make the final ruling. According to a report filed by Federal

Posted by Staff Writer
January 30, 2002 12:00 AM

For years, doctors have considered the mammogram one of the best tools for detecting breast cancer. But a debate is brewing among scientists and health researchers over whether the procedure is as effective as many claim. Two Danish scientists recently concluded that undergoing regular mammograms may not help prevent

Posted by Staff Writer
January 30, 2002 12:00 AM

As part of the desperate search to find an explanation as to why fifteen-year-old Charles Bishop flew a stolen single-engine Cessna into a Tampa high rise earlier this month, health officials are now testing the teenager's liver for mercury poisoning. The analysis comes at the request of a mercury exposure expert, pro

Posted by Staff Writer
January 30, 2002 12:00 AM

Former and current Enron employees who were allegedly betrayed by company management over the last several months are fighting back. On Monday, 400 employees filed a class-action lawsuit against the one-time oil and gas giant and its former auditor, Arthur Anderson. The company's retirement plan trustee, Northern Tru

Posted by Staff Writer
January 30, 2002 12:00 AM

The wreckage of an Ecuadorian commercial jet that disappeared Monday morning was found late yesterday afternoon by local farmers and troops combing the Colombian border. Rescuers searching the peak of Nevado de Cumbal, a 15,721-foot-high volcanic mountain near Cumbal, Colombia, discovered what remained of the plane's

Posted by Staff Writer
January 29, 2002 12:00 AM

An Ecuadorian commercial jet disappeared yesterday morning while in route to an airport in the town of Tulcan. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane about twenty minutes after it departed Ecuador's capital, Quito. Controllers say the plane probably crashed near Ipiales, Colombia. Officials believe foggy

Posted by Staff Writer
January 29, 2002 12:00 AM

A rare reverse-discrimination case recently concluded in Georgia as jurors awarded eight white female librarians $25 million. The plaintiffs claimed that officials with the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library System intentionally demoted and transferred them to other library branches because they were white. Defense

Posted by Staff Writer
January 29, 2002 12:00 AM

In recent years, the topic of sexual abuse in the American prison system has gone unstudied, only discussed by comedians and other outsiders who use it as a punch line. But human rights organizations hope that Americans soon open their eyes to the atrocities that take place behind the steel bars of many penitentiaries

Posted by Staff Writer
January 29, 2002 12:00 AM

Insufficient scientific evidence has led a New York appellate court to uphold a ruling that the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra does not contribute to heart disease. Several lawsuits had been filed against the drug's maker, Pfizer Inc., claiming Viagra caused heart attacks. The appeals court concluded that two tr

Posted by Staff Writer
January 28, 2002 12:00 AM

The case of four Florida State Prison guards accused of inmate abuse took an interesting turn last week as prosecutors released an incriminating videotaped confession from a corrections officer who admitted taking part in the beating of inmate Frank Valdes. On the tape, Raymon Hanson, who has agreed to testify for the

Posted by Staff Writer
January 28, 2002 12:00 AM

Approximately sixty of the more than 400 Airbus A300 pilots employed by American Airlines have submitted a letter requesting that the airline ground the jumbo jet until an investigation of the plane's tail section is completed. The request comes after an American Airbus crashed into the Rockaway Beach section of New Y

Posted by Staff Writer
January 28, 2002 12:00 AM

The family of a troubled Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) student who committed suicide in April 2000 has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the university. Attorneys representing the parents of Elizabeth Shin, 19, who died after lighting herself on fire, claim MIT's health services division failed to "

Posted by Staff Writer
January 25, 2002 12:00 AM

Sixty-nine Dover Township, New Jersey families will share over $13 million in a settlement reached last month with two chemical companies and a public water provider. For years, Dover families claimed that environmental contamination caused by Ciba Specialty Chemicals Corp., Union Carbide Corp. and United Water Toms R

Posted by Staff Writer
January 25, 2002 12:00 AM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ombudsman, Robert J. Martin, is investigating whether the EPA opened the Hart Senate Office Building before it was properly decontaminated. The building, which houses fifty senators and hundreds of staffers, was closed last fall after anthrax spores were discovered insi

Posted by Staff Writer
January 24, 2002 12:00 AM

We have obtained, from the U.S. Federal District Court in Washington DC, declarations by top FDA officials which raise serious questions about the safety of the blood supply, specifically that major portion which that is collected, processed and distributed by the American Red Cross (ARC). These declarations were filed

Posted by Staff Writer
January 24, 2002 12:00 AM

For months, environmental watchdog groups have asked regulators to stop lumber manufacturers from selling wood treated with a pesticide that contains arsenic. Now, industry trade groups and the EPA may be taking action. Observers believe that wood manufacturers have finally agreed to use an alternative nontoxic seala

Posted by Staff Writer
January 24, 2002 12:00 AM

A two-year-old boy who was paralyzed from the neck down after receiving the polio vaccine died this weekend from pneumonia. Zachary Strain was two-months old in 1999 when he received the oral vaccine, which is made from a live virus. The oral vaccine actually causes polio in one out of every 2.4 million doses. Th

Posted by Staff Writer
January 23, 2002 12:00 AM

A man who was mistakenly told by a health clinic that he was HIV positive was awarded $1.4 million by an Oklahoma jury last week. In 1993 an Oklahoma City-County Health Department employee told Anthony Northcutt, 40, that he was infected with the virus that causes AIDS. In fact, at the time of the clinic's diagnosis h

Posted by Staff Writer
January 23, 2002 12:00 AM

King Day celebrations in Dade County, Florida ended on a sour note Monday night as a police officer shot and killed a man who was driving a stolen car. The shooting occurred around 6:30 p.m. during Dade County's Martin Luther King Festival. Witnesses to the shooting were critical of the police. One bystander reporte

Posted by Staff Writer
January 22, 2002 12:00 AM

The following language was added to Paxil labeling on December 14, 2001: "Discontinuation of Treatment with Paxil: Recent clinical trials supporting the various approved indications for employed a taper phase regimen, rather than an abrupt discontinuation of treatment. The taper phase regimen used in GAD and PTSD clini

Posted by Staff Writer
January 22, 2002 12:00 AM

Bayer AG is anxiously awaiting its Thursday debut on the New York Stock Exchange, but the listing will come amid controversy that could impact investor relations. The German chemical and drug maker made headlines last August when the company recalled its once promising cholesterol drug, Baycol. Today the company r

Posted by Staff Writer
January 21, 2002 12:00 AM

A United States magistrate ruled last week that a class-action lawsuit filed against the Nation's top pharmaceutical companies should be tried in state rather than federal court. The decision was a major victory for plaintiff attorneys. The lawsuit involves a 3-year-old Portland, Oregon boy who was diagnosed with auti

Posted by Staff Writer
January 21, 2002 12:00 AM

Toxicology reports revealed that Charles Bishop, the 15-year-old pilot who committed suicide on January 5 by flying a stolen Cessna into a Tampa high rise, had not taken Accutane prior to his death. Accutane, used in the treatment of resistant nodular cystic, the most severe form of acne, has been linked to suicide an

Posted by Staff Writer
January 21, 2002 12:00 AM

Residents of Tarpon Springs and Holiday, two west coast Florida cities, were informed last week that radioactive slag, a byproduct of the now defunct Stauffer Chemical facility, does not pose a significant health risk. Excess slag was used to construct roads and concrete foundations in the area. Residents were concer

Posted by Staff Writer
January 21, 2002 12:00 AM

Lyme disease is on the rise according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC recorded 17,730 cases in 2000, up eight percent from 1999. CDC officials say the alarming number of cases may be caused by increasing development of woodland areas where ticks are commonly fo

Posted by Staff Writer
January 21, 2002 12:00 AM

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that the City of Philadelphia cannot sue gun manufacturers for damage extending from the unlawful use of firearms. Plaintiff attorneys alleged that the gun industry marketed firearms directly to criminals. According to the court, the public nuisance claim was "fla

Posted by Staff Writer
January 21, 2002 12:00 AM

An Alachua County jury handed down a $10.8 million verdict last week against Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida because of a botched operation that led to brain damage in a six-year-old boy. The parents of Gary Juliana took their then 2-month-old baby to Shands in 1996 after the infant was diagnosed with respirat

Posted by Staff Writer
January 21, 2002 12:00 AM

The USDA, in an effort to prevent mad-cow disease from occurring in the United States, is considering new regulations that would bring major changes to the Nation's meatpacking industry. Agency officials are considering banning the use of certain bovine brain, spinal cord, and intestinal parts in human food production

Posted by Staff Writer
January 18, 2002 12:00 AM

Two elderly women died recently at Saint Raphael Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut after they were accidentally given nitrous oxide rather than oxygen while undergoing surgical procedures. A hose was mistakenly plugged into a receptacle for the poisonous gas. Safety prongs that were designed to prevent such mishaps

Posted by Staff Writer
January 18, 2002 12:00 AM

What is BioGlue? BioGlue is an animal-based sealant that is made of a bovine serum albumin (a cow protein) and a chemical called glutaraldehyde. How does BioGlue work? The cow protein and the chemical join in the patient's tissue to seal the area, like a glue. This product can also seal non-tissue material

Posted by Staff Writer
January 18, 2002 12:00 AM

Professional boxers and football players who continually suffer blows to the head may increase their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life. According to a new report published in this month's issue of The Journal of Neuroscience, mice that were subjected to head trauma developed a protein deposit, amylo

Posted by Staff Writer
January 18, 2002 12:00 AM

A landmark case involving one woman's battle against her health maintenance organization (HMO) began this week as attorneys explained to the U.S. Supreme Court why their client's insurer should cover her medical expenses. Debra Moran personally paid for a rare $94,000 operation to treat a nerve disorder in her arm aft

Posted by Staff Writer
January 18, 2002 12:00 AM

According to a report released by the state Department of Health, a Rhode Island surgeon recently operated on the wrong side of a patient's brain. The man was hospitalized in order to undergo a procedure to drain blood from his brain. Health officials say a CT scan image was improperly placed on an x-ray viewing box,

Posted by Staff Writer
January 18, 2002 12:00 AM

Four people who claim they were the victims of racial discrimination at a North Carolina Waffle House in July of 2000 have filed a Federal lawsuit against the restaurant. The suit alleges white employees mistreated the African-American patrons. Kenneth Parker claims a waitress spilled water on him and failed to offer

Posted by Staff Writer
January 17, 2002 12:00 AM

A New York jury recently returned a $3 million verdict in the case of a former Lake Placid corrections officer who fell victim to medical malpractice. Michael Strack suffered a grand mal seizure in the spring of 1997. After being admitted to St. Peter's Hospital, a CT scan revealed the presence of an arachnoid cyst a

Posted by Staff Writer
January 17, 2002 12:00 AM

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials revealed yesterday that internal damage was found in the tail section of the American Airlines Airbus 300 that crashed into a Queens neighborhood last November killing all 260 on board and five on the ground. Researchers with NASA examined the tail fin and discover

Posted by Staff Writer
January 17, 2002 12:00 AM

Mount Sinai Hospital in New York suspended live donor transplants yesterday when a healthy man died three days after donating part of his liver to his ailing brother. Mike Hurewitz, 57, died from complications related to the transplant. Over 100 live donor operations have taken place at Mount Sinai since 1998. It is

Posted by Staff Writer
January 17, 2002 12:00 AM

According to a recent study conducted by the United States Navy, pregnant women inoculated with the now coveted anthrax vaccine may bear children with birth defects. Military officials said that while the study was not conclusive, the vaccine "may be associated with a higher risk of birth defects." Navy researchers p

Posted by Staff Writer
January 17, 2002 12:00 AM

Laparoscopy may not be as beneficial as doctors once thought, according to a new study that reveals the procedure does not necessarily lead to quicker recovery times. Because laparoscopy requires only a small incision, doctors assumed that patients who undergo the procedure recover quickly and with little pain. Recen

Posted by Staff Writer
January 16, 2002 12:00 AM

Circuit Judge Larry G. Turner, who presides over the case of four Florida State Prison guards accused of killing an inmate, ruled yesterday that prisoner testimony will be permitted. The announcement was a major blow to defense attorneys who had asked the judge to prohibit such testimony because of credibility concern

Posted by Staff Writer
January 16, 2002 12:00 AM

The family of Korey Stringer, the Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman who died from heatstroke last August during an afternoon practice, today filed a $100 million lawsuit against the team and several coaches including former head coach Dennis Green and current head coach Mike Tice. The suit alleges coaches forced Str

Posted by Staff Writer
January 16, 2002 12:00 AM

Starbucks Coffee faces a $5 million lawsuit filed by a New York woman who suffered first-and second-degree burns from an exploding cappuccino machine. Dawn Samperisi, 36, claims permanent injuries in her hand have kept her unemployed. In addition, the former teacher's assistant alleges she can no longer drive a car d

Posted by Staff Writer
January 16, 2002 12:00 AM

A Florida doctor whose excessive Oxycontin prescriptions may have killed four patients went on trial yesterday. Dr. James Graves prescribed the painkiller more frequently than any other doctor in the state. Oxycontin is a powerful medication which has been linked to hundreds of overdose deaths. The drug produces a h

Posted by Staff Writer
January 16, 2002 12:00 AM

Attorneys representing American Baycol users in a class-action lawsuit against German drug maker Bayer announced this week that the suit would be expanded to include Baycol users from at least six additional countries. Yesterday, plaintiffs' attorneys filed a motion with a Minnesota court adding plaintiffs from France

Posted by Staff Writer
January 16, 2002 12:00 AM

Gunshots rang out at a New York City high school Tuesday afternoon, leaving two students seriously injured. Andrell Napper and Andre Wilkins, both 17, are in stable condition at St. Vincent's Medical Center and are expected to survive. The gunmen have not been identified although authorities believe the shooting was

Posted by Staff Writer
January 16, 2002 12:00 AM

According to medical experts, an increasing number of Pap smear tests yield inconclusive results, causing frustration and anxiety in women who desperately want to know if they suffer from cervical cancer. Annually, over two million such tests are returned with inconclusive results. Doctors say that abnormalities indi

Posted by Staff Writer
January 16, 2002 12:00 AM

Researchers at Duke University believe they have discovered a direct correlation between head injuries early in life and the onset of depression years later. The study, published in this month's issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, examined 1,718 World War II veterans who were hospitalized for head injuries. Over

Posted by Staff Writer
January 15, 2002 12:00 AM

The Pentagon has resumed an inquiry into the controversial V-22 Osprey program after receiving information that the investigation of an April 2000 Osprey crash that killed nineteen Marines was mishandled. The Pentagon's inspector general opened the investigation after the Marine Corps' commandant, General James L. Jon

Posted by Staff Writer
January 15, 2002 12:00 AM

Earlier this week the Stauffer Management Company began a two-week cleanup of a riverbank running along the company's Superfund site in Tarpon Springs, Florida. According to officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, riverbank erosion over the last f

Posted by Staff Writer
January 15, 2002 12:00 AM

A 24-foot Coast Guard boat and a 65-foot commercial vessel collided Saturday night off Palm Island near Miami Beach, Florida. Eleven people were injured, including two Coast Guard officers who were thrown from their Boston Whaler patrol boat upon impact. All injuries were reported to be minor. A 48-foot fishing boat

Posted by Staff Writer
January 15, 2002 12:00 AM

A study published in this month's issue of Quality Management in Health Care claims that the United States' hospital accreditation organization, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, fails to take into account several important medical factors when determining if a hospital should receive t

Posted by Staff Writer
January 15, 2002 12:00 AM

The family of an infant who was a victim of medical malpractice was awarded $3 million last November by a New York jury. The 1994 incident occurred when the baby girl's mother checked her into Staten Island University Hospital in September. The girl was initially diagnosed with torticollis (head tilt) but X-rays reve

Posted by Staff Writer
January 14, 2002 12:00 AM

Despite the fact that Osama bin Laden continues to elude U.S. military forces in Afghanistan, the terrorist has been named as a defendant in several wrongful death lawsuits filed in the wake of the September 11th attacks. However, until recently, victims and their attorneys were faced with an interesting quandary. Ho

Posted by Staff Writer
January 14, 2002 12:00 AM

The $3.75 billion fen-phen class-action settlement went unchallenged last week by the nearly 300,000 plaintiffs involved. Parties had until January 2, 2002 to petition the Supreme Court to review the settlement. As the deadline passed, no petitions were filed. Attorneys associated with the proceedings say that users

Posted by Staff Writer
January 14, 2002 12:00 AM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) renewed a four-year warning this week concerning raw alfalfa sprouts and their association with salmonella and E. coli bacteria. Hundreds of bacteria-related illnesses in the late 1990s led the CDC to issue a warning concerning several kinds of sprouts. However, sa

Posted by Staff Writer
January 14, 2002 12:00 AM

It is becoming increasingly evident to New Yorkers that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may have erred in the weeks following the September 11th terrorist attacks. The agency's ombudsman, Robert J. Martin, is charged with policing the EPA's conduct. Mr. Martin announced this week that he would investig

Posted by Staff Writer
January 14, 2002 12:00 AM

A judge presiding over the trial of four Florida State Prison guards accused of murdering an inmate will decide today if prisoner testimony will be permitted. Prosecutors say that prisoners who were at the scene can offer crucial testimony regarding the guards' motive for the killing. The State claims that it is crit

Posted by Staff Writer
January 14, 2002 12:00 AM

A New York man who filed suit after falling down a flight of stairs inside the Bell Atlantic building in the Bronx was recently awarded $1 million. James Gargano, a thirty-nine-year-old rigger, claimed that poor lighting and broken stairs caused his 1998 fall. Gargano suffered a broken foot and herniated disc. He wa

Posted by Staff Writer
January 12, 2002 12:00 AM

For years, doctors have warned pregnant women about the harmful effects smoking can have on unborn children. In a report printed in this month's British Medical Journal , researchers revealed that an offspring's diabetes may be directly related to the mother's smoking habits during pregnancy. Researchers studied

Posted by Staff Writer
January 11, 2002 12:00 AM

An exhaustive three-month jury selection process in a case involving four Florida State Prison guards ended today as six jurors, five men and one woman, were finally selected. The highly anticipated inmate brutality case concerns the alleged murder of prisoner Frank Valdes, 36, who was found dead in his solitary confi

Posted by Staff Writer
January 11, 2002 12:00 AM

Dow Chemical Company inherited much more than another chemical supplier when it acquired Union Carbide Corporation last year. The billion-dollar chemical maker has settled several asbestos-related lawsuits filed against Carbide, which once made products containing the toxic material. The latest settlement involved fo

Posted by Staff Writer
January 11, 2002 12:00 AM

Canada's healthcare regulatory agency has initiated a recall of several products that contain ephedra, an herb added to many performance-enhancing supplements and weight-loss products. A recent study found that Ephedra, which Canadian health officials describe as a "serious health risk," causes insomnia, nervousness,

Posted by Staff Writer
January 11, 2002 12:00 AM

According to a new study released by the UK's Imperial Cancer Research Fund, non-smokers who live with smokers face a major risk of suffering adverse effects from second-hand smoke. Cotinine, a nicotine byproduct typically found in the blood of smokers, tested four times above normal in a non-smoker who lived with a 1

Posted by Staff Writer
January 11, 2002 12:00 AM

A twenty-one year old man who was killed by a Hialeah, Florida police officer Tuesday night was unarmed and reportedly shot in the back. Officer Frank Caldara fired three rounds into Elvin Solivan, killing him at the scene. Police watchdog groups hold Chief Rolando Bolanos partially responsible for the shooting after

Posted by Staff Writer
January 10, 2002 12:00 AM

A recent audit of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) revealed significant flaws in NHTSA's method of identifying automobile defects. In addition, according to DOT's inspector general, NHTSA does not investigate consumer complaints in a ti

Posted by Staff Writer
January 10, 2002 12:00 AM

A new report published in this month's issue of Neurology revealed that patients who combine different types of serotonin-enhancing medications, such as antidepressants and migraine drugs, may place themselves at an increased risk of suffering an ischemic stroke. According to researchers involved in the study, three

Posted by Staff Writer
January 10, 2002 12:00 AM

"There is too little nursing and it just doesn't feel like home," said Romaine B. Thomas, president of the District of Columbia's AARP organization, after learning that health officials had discovered serious violations at three-fourths of the District's nursing homes. A congressional report prepared by the House Gove

Posted by Staff Writer
January 10, 2002 12:00 AM

A jury recently awarded a New York woman $539,000 for injuries she sustained when a kitchen cabinet fell on her head. The plaintiff filed suit against the owner of her Manhattan apartment building, Huguel Corporation, and the building's management company, Dermer Management, Inc., after she was diagnosed with permanen

Posted by Staff Writer
January 10, 2002 12:00 AM

Possible contamination of Idaho's Silver Valley has led several current and former area residents to file suit against six local mining companies. The lawsuit, which attorneys hope will become a class-action, seeks payment for the treatment of those harmed by lead contamination as well as compensation for the costs as

Posted by Staff Writer
January 10, 2002 12:00 AM

According to a new study released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), tap water treated with chlorine may cause serious health problems in pregnant women. Chlorine, a disinfectant, is often added to public drinking water supplies. Chlorine byproducts that form after the chemical is injected into water may incre

Posted by Staff Writer
January 09, 2002 12:00 AM

In an effort to ensure the safety of America's food supply following the September 11th attacks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has initiated a strict food safety oversight program. Under the new plan, applicants applying for positions at ports of entry for foodstuffs must go through an intense screening

Posted by Staff Writer
January 09, 2002 12:00 AM

The family of an elderly Texas woman who died from complications following the improper insertion of a suction tube, recently prevailed in a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the woman's nursing home. Rose Bonton lived at the Hill Country Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in January of 2000 when she was diagnosed w

Posted by Staff Writer
January 09, 2002 12:00 AM

Charles Bishop, the 15-year-old St. Petersburg boy who took his life last weekend by flying a single-engine Cessna into a Tampa high rise, may have been using a high-powered acne medication linked to suicide and depression. While searching Bishop's home Tuesday, authorities found a prescription for Accutane, a drug us

Posted by Staff Writer
January 09, 2002 12:00 AM

In what could be a major breakthrough in the race for a Parkinson's disease cure, researchers announced this week that embryonic stem cells injected into the brains of rats with the disorder helped alleviate symptoms. Harvard Medical School researchers and doctors at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts found that embryon

Posted by Staff Writer
January 09, 2002 12:00 AM

It has been nearly four months since the September 11th tragedy, and casualties from Osama bin Laden's cowardly act of terror are still rising. The latest problem? Residents say that there is something wrong with the air in New York City as innocent civilians are becoming sick. Nosebleeds, sore throats, and ast

Posted by Staff Writer
January 08, 2002 12:00 AM

The United States Supreme Court announced last week that it will hear a case regarding whether a former Alabama inmate can sue prison guards for cruel and unusual punishment. Larry Hope claims he was shackled to a metal pole known as a "hitching post" during his 1995 imprisonment at Limestone Correctional Facility. In

Posted by Staff Writer
January 08, 2002 12:00 AM

In the wake of reports that over 500 New York City firefighters have taken a leave of absence due to respiratory problems acquired during the ground zero cleanup, health officials revealed last week that four Port Authority police officers tested positive for dangerous levels of mercury in their blood. All four men we

Posted by Staff Writer
January 08, 2002 12:00 AM

A jury awarded $100,000 last November to a woman who was injured when she tripped over a broken sidewalk while walking in New York City. The Plaintiff, Eva McFadden, claimed the city was responsible because construction officials knew of the sidewalk problem at least a month before the accident, yet failed to repair t

Posted by Staff Writer
January 08, 2002 12:00 AM

Attorneys representing the family of a slain Columbine High School student who was allegedly shot by a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy will formally request that U.S. Attorney John Suthers begin a Federal grand jury investigation into the matter. Federal and County prosecutors announced last week that they would no

Posted by Staff Writer
January 08, 2002 12:00 AM

In the wake of recent reports that Florida's highways rank among the Nation's most dangerous, two women were tragically killed this week in a car accident on Interstate 75. Amber Chambers, 20, was driving her sister Emily, 18, to a house in Ruskin around 7:00 p.m. Sunday night when Chambers suddenly slowed her Nissan

Posted by Staff Writer
January 08, 2002 12:00 AM

The Department of Labor announced last week that Phillips Petroleum Company has agreed to pay $2.1 million in penalties for safety and health violations found at its Pasadena, Texas chemical plant. An Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation into the facility's operations was launched after o

Posted by Staff Writer
January 08, 2002 12:00 AM

A class-action lawsuit filed by more than 3,500 people against Solutia Incorporated, a company that once manufactured PCBs for use in electrical insulation, is scheduled to begin trial this week. The suit claims that Solutia, formerly Monsanto Co., knew that PCBs were toxic, yet lied about the substance's potential fo

Posted by Staff Writer
January 08, 2002 12:00 AM

The fourth trial involving Rezulin maker Warner-Lambert began last week as jurors listened to opening statements from attorneys representing the family of a sixty-eight year old woman who died while awaiting a liver transplant. The lawsuit claims that Warner-Lambert, now owned by Pfizer, is responsible for the woman's

Posted by Staff Writer
January 05, 2002 12:00 AM

A man visiting workers at a residential construction site in Lakeland, Florida was killed yesterday when a crane fell from its boom. Investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have not determined if Harry Weaver, 55, was assisting workers of Crane & Rigging of Florida when the accident

Posted by Staff Writer
January 05, 2002 12:00 AM

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the territory of Puerto Rico seeking to block the U.S. Navy from resuming bombing exercises on the island of Vieques. The suit was filed last year after Puerto Rico's governor signed noise control legislation as part of the U.S. Noise Control Act of 1

Posted by Staff Writer
January 05, 2002 12:00 AM

A Florida woman whose reckless driving led to the death of a 14-year-old girl has settled a lawsuit with the girl's family. Carrie Brown died from a broken neck in August of 2000 when Mary Hill lost control of her 1996 BMW and slammed into a tree while speeding. Hill's daughter, Amy, was also killed in the fatal cras

Posted by Staff Writer
January 05, 2002 12:00 AM

The New Year started on a sad note for five passengers of a plane that crashed outside of Fort Lauderdale Tuesday afternoon. The twin-engine Piper Navajo Chieftain, a small propeller plane owned by Air Taxi Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, apparently ran out of fuel before slamming into the shallow waters off Dania Beach Pier

Posted by Staff Writer
January 05, 2002 12:00 AM

Health officials in the Spanish city of Valladolid are facing a serious medical situation after four students at a local primary school were recently diagnosed with cancer. Doctors fear that dozens of telephone masts located near the school may be responsible for the cases of leukemia and lymphoma. The telephone ante

Posted by Staff Writer
January 05, 2002 12:00 AM

A New York woman who was the victim of medical malpractice in 1993 was awarded nearly $4 million by a jury last November. Ann Bove was a nurse at Stony Brook University Hospital when intense knee pain led her to see an orthopedist. The doctor diagnosed Bove with chondromalacia, a condition characterized by abnormal c

Posted by Staff Writer
January 03, 2002 12:00 AM

Three people were injured last week when a Cessna airplane in route to Gainesville Regional Airport from Alabama crashed in Gilchrist County, Florida. Although the injuries did not appear to be life threatening, the plane's two passengers and pilot were treated at a local hospital. The Cessna reportedly lost ele

Posted by Staff Writer
January 03, 2002 12:00 AM

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week that changes will soon be made to drug labels in an effort to control dangerous mix-ups that occur when medications have similar names. The FDA estimates that hundreds of thousands of Americans are injured each year because of medication errors. For examp

Posted by Staff Writer
January 03, 2002 12:00 AM

An Illinois appeals court ruled this week that the families of five people murdered by Chicago gang members could file suit against the manufacturers and distributors of the guns used in the shootings. However, Justice William Cousins denied the families' request to file similar public nuisance suits against other gun

Posted by Staff Writer
January 03, 2002 12:00 AM

City officials from Treasure Island, Florida will decide this week if pressure-treated wood at three local parks must be replaced. A recent test revealed high amounts of arsenic and chromium deposits in the soil below wooden playground equipment. The $20,000 project, if approved, will replace wood at the Isle of Palm

Posted by Staff Writer
January 03, 2002 12:00 AM

For decades doctors have recommended the use of Vitamin A to promote normal vision, healthy skin, hair and bone growth, and protection against infection. But a new study published in this month's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that excess vitamin A may increase the risk of hip fractur

Posted by Staff Writer
January 02, 2002 12:00 AM

The California Supreme Court ruled last week that storeowners may be liable for hazardous conditions on their property if the dangerous item is not removed within a reasonable amount of time. The ruling involved a slip and fall accident at a California Kmart. Richard Ortega filed suit when he injured his knee after s

Posted by Staff Writer
January 02, 2002 12:00 AM

Harvard University researchers have linked the development of multiple sclerosis (MS) in women to Epstein-Barr, a virus known to cause mononucleosis. High levels of antibodies to the Epstein-Barr virus, which infects ninety-five percent of the population by age forty, may increase a woman's chance of developing MS.

Posted by Staff Writer
January 02, 2002 12:00 AM

The controversy surrounding the Columbine tragedy continued this week when the family of a slain boy asked a judge to reconsider dismissing their case against the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and officer Dan O'Shea. The familt filed a motion claiming that O'Shea, and not Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dyl

Posted by Staff Writer
January 02, 2002 12:00 AM

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials are investigating the possible harmful effects of dietary supplements that contain the popular herb kava kava. According to health officials in Germany and Switzerland, nearly thirty cases of liver toxicity have been linked to kava kava use. Six cases involved liver failur

Posted by Staff Writer
January 02, 2002 12:00 AM

More than two years after the tragedy at Columbine High School, the parents of shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold are still dealing with lawsuits filed by family members of those killed or injured during the massacre. Bradley and Misty Bernall, the parents of murdered student Cassie Bernall, recently became the tw

About the National News Desk

Our mission is to seek the complete truth and provide a full and fair account of the events and issues that surround personal safety, accident prevention, and injury recovery.  We are committed to serving the public with honesty and integrity in these efforts.

Hurt in an accident? Contact an Injury Board member

Subscribe

RSS Feed

Add the National News Desk to your favorite RSS reader

Add to Google Reader Add to myYahoo Add to myMSN Add to Bloglines Add to Newsgator Add to Netvibes Add to Pageflakes