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Posts tagged "wrongful death"

13-year-old dies of brain tumor missed by hospital

Failure to take a patient's symptoms seriously or to obtain a complete and thorough history of symptoms enough can lead to catastrophe. That is what the family of a teenage girl who died of a brain tumor in 2016 say caused her death. They are suing the hospital and three doctors for medical malpractice for failing to diagnose the tumor in time to treat it.

Veteran CalTrans worker struck, killed by tractor-trailer

Jorge Lopez was a 57-year-old Caltrans veteran who worked "each day to make our California roads safer," Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement. The governor extended his sympathies to Lopez's wife, Leticia, and their three children after the electrician was struck by an 18-wheeler on State Route 14 yesterday. He is the 185th Caltrans employee to lose his life in the line of duty, according to the Governor's office

NCAA settles football death lawsuit for $1.2 million

For the first time, the NCAA has agreed to pay the family of a student-athlete who died of a brain injury. The NCAA, together with other defendants, has settled a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of a football player who suffered a fatal head injury in a 2011 practice. The parents will receive $1.2 million in the settlement.

Worldwide Takata airbag recall reaches China

From everything we see in the newspapers and on TV, consumers could reasonably believe that American car owners have been most affected by the massive recall of Takata airbags. However, we live in a global consumer environment and as the recall continues to expand in the U.S., other countries are also beginning to take action.

Valet driver kills 1 in San Francisco car wreck

A fast-growing nationwide valet parking service was involved in an April San Francisco car accident that cost the life of a woman, according to news reports. Like ride-share companies Lyft and Uber, Luxe uses contract drivers. When crashes like this one happen, it raises legal questions about the ability to hold the company paying the driver's salary responsible for the harm caused in the course of its business enterprise.

Bay Area man walking on the shoulder killed by drunk driver

Walking on the shoulder of the road is not ideal, but sometimes it is necessary. Many roads lack sidewalks, making the shoulder the safest option available for getting to your destination on foot.

Hospital ER accused of laughing at, ignoring dying patient

A lot goes on in a typical big-city emergency room, and it may be good for hospital staff to maintain a certain amount of emotional detachment from their patients. However, detachment should not cross over into callousness, and it definitely should not cause a deadly infection to go undiagnosed, as the husband of a woman who died in the hospital in January believes happened. He is suing the hospital for negligently causing her death.

San Francisco cable car operator dies 7 months after accident

Usually, when a motorcycle is involved in a traffic accident, the rider has the greater chance of serious injury. But when the other party is a pedestrian, that person is even more vulnerable to reckless behavior.

California 'pill mill' doctor gets 30-to-life for murder

Last week, we discussed a phony San Francisco "doctor" who operated on patients without a license, injuring some and sexually assaulting others. Today, we have an even more chilling story of a doctor who abused her patients' trust.