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Articles by Kandace Watkins, J.D.

Merck Faces Claims of Withholding Information About Gardasil Vaccine Risk

Dozens of lawsuits, including the one filed by Ljubitza Ghiardi, were filed, alleging that Merck intentionally concealed information about the efficacy and potential risks of its HPV vaccine, Gardasil. Given the common questions of fact and law raised in the…

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$75M Verdict for Plaintiff With ‚ÄúLocked-In Syndrome‚ÄĚ

On October 26, 2015, Buckelew, 32, presented for a chiropractic adjustment with Michael Axt, D.C. Prior to the appointment, Dr. Axt noted that Buckelew complained of neck pain, headaches, bouts of blurred vision, and ringing in the ears for the…

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Parents Awarded $11M for the Wrongful Death of Their Baby

On June 13, 2004, Danielle Bellerose gave birth to twin daughters, Katherine and Alexis. Katherine, born 30 weeks early and weighing only two pounds and seven ounces, was immediately taken to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). She was intubated…

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Friedman Rubin and Plaintiffs Win $275M Verdict Against Bayer in PCB Exposure Case

In October, a jury found Bayer liable for exposing students and faculty at the Sky Valley Educational Center in Monroe, Washington to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). PCB is a banned, synthetic chemical linked to some cancers and other illnesses. Bayer intends…

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Federal Judge Awards Family $14.2 Million for Ear Infection Surgery Gone Wrong

During the child’s first year of life, he received a diagnosis of sickle cell disease and asthma. He suffered from frequent ear infections, upper respiratory infections, and a sickle cell pain crisis. As a result, he was frequently hospitalized. The…

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Drinking Water Contaminated for Thousands Due to Navy’s Fuel Leak

The Navy owns and operates the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility (Red Hill Facility) on the island of O‚Äôahu, Hawaii. The facility includes 20 tanks carrying approximately 12.5 million gallons of fuel each. The Navy also owns and operates…

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Iowa Agrees to $7.5M Settlement in Medical Negligence Claim

On December 26, 2016, Dolan and his wife went to the emergency room at Trinity Medical Center in Bettendorf, Iowa. Dolan complained of a monthlong headache, nausea, vomiting, and right eye pain. He also suffered from weeks of blurred vision…

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Reverses 20-Year Venue Rule

Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted amendments to Pennsylvania‚Äôs Rules of Civil Procedure regarding venue in medical professional liability cases. Medical malpractice defense attorneys fear the change could result in venue shopping. Brief History of Venue in Medical Liability in Pennsylvania Prior…

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Jury Returned $2.4 Million Verdict For Negligent Breast Cancer Treatment

Melissa Ward found out that there was a malignant tumor in her right breast. She then underwent breast cancer treatment at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC). Prior to treatment, her tumor was biopsied. Additionally, the doctor placed a metal…

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Court of Appeals Reinstates $850,000 Verdict in Slip-And-Fall Case Against YMCA

In May 2019, at the Arthur Jordan Branch YMCA in Indianapolis, Indiana, Jacqueline Mastellone was returning to the locker room following her swim class. As she opened the door to the locker room, she slipped and fell over a portion…

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