Injuries to Consumers

MN State Legislators Demand Health Dept to Review Mishandled Rape Case

Tad Thomas, Esq. Last month, Andrew Scott Merzwksi was sentenced to 53 months in prison for the rape of an 89-year old woman. Merzwski worked as a caregiver at Edgewood Vista Senior Home in Hermantown, MN. He admitted to giving the victim medication to impair her before committing the assault. A medical examiner stated that the vaginal lacerations from the rape were some of the largest she had seen in her career. Today, Minnesota legislators Reps. Tina Liebling of Rochester and Erik Simonson of Duluth, are concerned that the victim has suffered unnecessary trauma because of failures in care. They …


Las Vegas Police to Quit Responding to Many Car Crash Accidents

Brian Nettles, Esq. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has announced that it will no longer respond to car crash accidents were no injury is reported at the scene. They contend that property damage reports without injury take up 55% of their time and 250 man hours a week. In the past 18 months, LVMPD has shed 30 traffic officers. The department says that the policy change, which will go into effect today, is a step towards providing more enforcement in preventing fatalities in more serious wrecks. Legal and insurance analysts are highly critical of the move, accusing that it …


Carbon Monoxide Exposure at NY Mall Tragically Kills 1 and Injures at Least 10 Others

Brian Nettles, Esq. A Huntington Hospital spokesperson stated that one man has died from carbon monoxide exposure at a Long Island mall. At least 10 people were admitted to the hospital for treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning, 3 of which were police officers. The officers responded to the call from the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station, which is locatedabout 35 miles east of New York City, a little after 6 pm. The Walt Whitman Shops are home to high-end shops such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, and Lord & Taylor, as well as several restaurants which had to be evacuated as a result of the …


Supreme Court Curbs Challenge to Class Action Lawsuits

Elise Sanguinetti, Esq. This Monday, the Supreme Court opted to stay out of a dispute over alleged faulty washing machines, and on a larger scale, denied attempts to limit class-action claims. Class action suits impose large-scale liability on manufacturers that impose injury and/or great stress to consumers of their product. Companies are often largely against this, claiming that such claims pose great pressure to settle exorbitant claims that lack merit. Plaintiffs’ attorneys defend that class-action suits are an important legal right to consumers, allowing people to pursue legal relief as a large group (especially in cases where it would be …


Bronx Nursing Home Nurse Arrested for Alleged Rape of Disabled Patient

Saul Gruber, Esq. A nurse at a Bronx nursing home was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly raping a 64-year-old patient who cannot communicate. It is believe that the attack occurred overnight into Tuesday morning, but it is unclear how police learned of it. The accused is 42-year-old supervising nurse, Nanic Aidasani, of Manhattanville Health Care Center. He has made no comment and it is unclear whether he has an attorney. The victim’s guardians took her to New York Presbyterian Hospital for a rape kit examination, but were told by doctors that because the victim cannot speak, a court order is …


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