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County Jury Awards $25 Million in Punitive Damages to Paralyzed Driver

Chris Welsh, Esq. welsh-law.com A county jury in Iowa has awarded a former truck driver $25 million in punitive damages in a case against his workers’ compensation insurance provider. The driver, Toby Thornton, 37, of Clayton County Recycling was paralyzed in a front the chest down in a trucking accident, after which his employer’s insurance company fought his claim for compensation benefits for years, even denying that he was paralyzed. The Pottawattamie County  jury found that the American Interstate Insurance for acted in bad faith in its handling of Thornton’s claim, and awarded Thornton $25 million in punitive damages and …

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GM OFFICIAL DEATH TOLL RISES TO 56

Chris Welsh, Esq. welsh-law.com Compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg has so far determined that the now notorious GM ignition switch defect, which was found to shut off the airbag and power steering, is responsible for 56 deaths. The new total has been climbing since the Jan. 31st deadline to submit claims to the compensation fund, which was set up due to the sheer size of the GM issue. Feinberg directed other mass compensation funds for other great tragedies, including the September 11th fund and one for the BP oil spill. As part of the process, those who submitted their claim for …

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Florida Appeals Court Says Pharmacy Could Be Negligent in Patient’s Death

Chris Welsh, Esq. www.welsh-law.com The Florida Court of Appeal, 5th District,  has reinstated negligence claims against a pharmacy in the death of patient Steven Porter, who was being treated for a stress syndrome (harrismartin.com). Allegedly, the pharmacy filled prescriptions that were lawfully written by a physician but unreasonable, thus breaching its duty of care to the patient. The appeals court concluded that the pharmacy could be held liable for failing to inquire why the patient’s doctor repeatedly prescribed drugs before previous prescription for that drug had been finished. It is alleged that the pharmacy filled up to 30 prescriptions for …

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Takeda to Pay $2.3 million to Actos Bladder Cancer Victim

Chris Welsh, Esq. www.welsh-law.com A Philadelphia state court jury has ordered Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. to pay more than $2.3 million in damages to a plaintiff suffering bladder cancer. The plaintiff is the fifth Actos victim to be awarded damages by a jury. Jury members found that Japan-based Takeda failed to adequately warn the plaintiff’s doctors about the drug Actos’s cancer risks. Actos, also known as Pioglitazone,  is a drug used to treat adults with type 2 diabetes and poses risk of heart failure, heart attack, and bladder cancer. Despite thousands of lawsuits, the FDA has yet to recall the drug …

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Washington State Files $17 Million Suit for Bridge Collapse

Chris Welsh, Esq. welsh-law.com The Washington State Department of Transportation has filed a $17 million lawsuit for Skagit River Bridge Collapse of 2013. the lawsuit seeks damages to repay the costs of response and repair from over-height truck collision that caused the bridge to collapse into the river. In May 2013, a large tractor trailer with an over-height load collided with overhead braces of the bridge, severely damaging it and causing a collapsed that left two vehicles and the bridge in water. Thankfully there were no deaths, only minor injuries. The bridge, located 60 miles north of Seattle, has since …

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