Articles by Joe O'Neill

Misread Biopsy Leads to Delayed Recognition of Urothelial Carcinoma and Bladder Removal

This case involves a patient with recurrent bladder infections. The patient initially had a negative culture and was treated with antibiotics. The physician ordered no imaging or cystoscopy. The patient later presented with blood upon urination and visited his physician.…

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Neurology Expert Opines on Failure to Investigate Spinal Injury

This case involves a middle-aged male patient with a past medical history of diabetes and hypertension who presented to his local emergency department complaining of total body weakness. A complete neurological examination was not performed despite the fact that the patient…

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Restaurant Worker Suffers Serious Injuries After Unsafe Handling of Heavy Materials

This case involves an individual who fell down a flight of stairs and suffered a serious hip injury. At the time of the incident in question, the individual was using a hand truck to transport a large load of baking…

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Infectious Disease Expert Discusses Delayed Treatment of Osteomyelitis

This case involves a teenage female patient who suffered a fracture of her left leg. She underwent a surgical procedure to stabilize the bone and was discharged. She returned to the hospital after experiencing increased pain. A wound culture was…

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Homeowner is Injured by Construction Debris

This case involves a homeowner that hired a property restoration company to repair his roof. Once the contractor finished with the work, they cleaned up the property, hauled the dumpster away, and told the owner of the home that they…

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Internet Expert Witness Opines on Network Damage Caused by Computer Worm

This case involves a graduate student at a prominent school who had access to his school’s computers through a student computer account. The student created a computer spyware program called an “Internet worm” that could exploit the security defects on computer networks. The…

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Marketing Expert Evaluates Breach of Contract in Long-Term Customer Loyalty Program

A tobacco company from Michigan operated a customer service rewards program for 16 years. Under the terms of the program, the company urged consumers to purchase cigarettes, to save certificates included in packages of the cigarettes, and ultimately, to redeem…

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Forensic Accounting Expert Discusses Alleged Violation of Capper-Volstead Act

This case involves an agricultural cooperative that was operating under the Capper-Volstead Act which permits producers to market their products jointly. This particular co-op generated a large amount of money, a significant percentage of which was considered non-patronage income. The…

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Woman Requires Colectomy After Botched Treatment of Polyp

This case involves an elderly woman who underwent a polypectomy. There was a target sign seen with deep cautery effect, and a decision was made to place several hemostatic clips. The patient was discharged the same day with no imaging…

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Cruise Ship Employee Suffers Work-Related Injury Due to Unsafe Conditions

This case involves a man who was employed as a chef in the galley of a large cruise ship. In the course of his employment, the man needed to reach for canned foods that were located on a high shelf…

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