VA Patients Suffering Medical Negligence In CNN Investigation

 

Scandal has struck a VA hospital in New Mexico after CNN reporters discovered over 40 patients who died while waiting for care.

In the recent report, CNN found out that the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system not only kept patients waiting for an inordinate amount of time, times that extend far beyond what VA policy allows, but the health care center did so knowingly, and in secret.

Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system developed a secret, off-the-record, accurate waiting list, with waiting times reaching to over a year, and as many as 1600 veterans waiting to receive care. The VA policy states that veterans should wait no more than between 14 and 30 days to receive an appointment, and everyone who called the PVAHC was being told their wait times would fall within that bracket.

Real documents were shredded, and fake documents were even created to make it appear that the wait times were being honored and even decreased, when in reality, dozens of veterans were dying while waiting for care. To read the full story, check out CNN Health.

This type of medical negligence cannot go overlooked, especially for the almost 500,000 veterans living in Indiana. At Wagner Reese, we make it a priority to hold accountable those who are negligent in offering care to the sick and injured. If you have received negligent care, or had your care put off because of excessive wait times, call us today at 888-710-9377.

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has been repeatly named an "Indiana Super Lawyer" by his peers and also honored as one of the "Forty Under Forty" by the Indianapolis Business Journal. Jason's areas of practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury, professional malpractice, and wrongful death claims.

Posted: 4/24/2014 1:54:45 PM by Jason R. Reese | with 0 comments


See Tracks Think Train Railroad Safety PSA Campaign

A new campaign, “See Tracks, Think Train!” is underway to reduce the number of injuries and deaths that occur on train tracks every year. As of 2012, the Federal Railroad Administration reports that 908 pedestrians were injured or killed while walking on or near railroad tracks. There were also 1,193 people injured or killed at railroad grade crossings, areas where warnings and lights should prohibit injuries.

It seems that no matter what safety precautions are taken, there are still those who disregard warnings, and those who take risks, often at the expense of their own lives. The new campaign is aimed at educating drivers and pedestrians, in order to raise awareness for how common these injuries and deaths are, and hopefully save some lives in the process.

Produced by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the Federal Transit  Administration (FTA), and the Association of American Railroads (AAR), the campaign will include bilingual TV, radio, print and billboard PSAs, all with the intent of reminding pedestrians and drivers to take extra precautions around railroad tracks, not disregard warnings and take greater risks.

It can take a train up to one mile to come to a full stop, and even a train travelling at very low speeds can still cause extreme injuries. Trains also take up a distance much wider than just the width of the tracks. Even when pedestrians may think they are clear of a train’s berth, they could still be hit and injured.

For more information on the campaign, and to download free resources for your community, visit the “See Tracks, Think Train!” website. If you have been injured in a railroad accident, the lawyers of Wagner Reese may be able to assist you. Give us a call today to schedule a free personal injury consultation.

 

About the Author

has been repeatedly selected by his peers as an "Indiana Super Lawyer" and was awarded "Trial Lawyer of the Year" in 2006 by the Trial Lawyers Association. Stephen's law expertise are in the areas of personal injury, worker's compensation, civil rights, class action litigation and medical malpractice.

Posted: 4/24/2014 10:00:00 AM by Stephen M. Wagner | with 0 comments


Safety Tips To Prevent Pedestrian Accident Related Deaths

The weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer, and with these changes, people are bound to venture outside more often. We never want to discourage anyone from enjoying the wonderful weather, or from getting exercise and walking, but since the number of pedestrian deaths has increased in recent years, we want to take a few minutes to raise awareness for this issue and give you a few tips to stay safe as you’re enjoying your walks this summer.

The sad reality is that in 2011, 4,432 people were killed in pedestrian accidents in the United States. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that one pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident every two hours, and one is injured every eight minutes.

In conjunction with the Department of Transportation’s efforts to increase awareness for pedestrian safety, here are a few tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this summer:

  • Teach your kids the importance of roadway safety. Always hold hands and look both ways when crossing the street. Show them how to be safe by leading with a good example.

  • Never cross the road outside of a crosswalk. Crosswalks are there for a reason, and they are meant to keep you safe by alerting vehicles of your presence. If you cross the road outside of these designated areas, vehicles do not know to watch for you.

  • When venturing out at night, always wear light-colored clothing, and wear reflectors if you have them available. Make sure you are visible to nighttime drivers.


If you are dealing with any type of injury, or walking with children or older adults who may move at a slower pace, be sure to allow adequate time to cross. If a car is coming, don’t rush and try to beat it; rather, wait until the roadway is completely clear and then cross. It is always better to wait a few extra seconds and be safe.

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, give the lawyers at Wagner Reese a call and let us help you get back on your feet. Call us today at 888-710-9377 to schedule your free consultation.

 

About the Author

has been repeatedly selected by his peers as an "Indiana Super Lawyer" and was awarded "Trial Lawyer of the Year" in 2006 by the Trial Lawyers Association. Stephen's law expertise are in the areas of personal injury, worker's compensation, civil rights, class action litigation and medical malpractice.

Posted: 4/23/2014 10:00:00 AM by Stephen M. Wagner | with 0 comments


Pilkington North America To Pay IOSHA Fines After Worker Death

An Indiana automotive glass factory is about to pay a record amount to settle a fine with IOSHA for corrections that were not made following the death of a worker in 2010. The worker, 56-year-old Kelly Dean Caudill of Connersville, IN, was crushed in an accident at Pilkington North America while repairing a conveyor belt. After the accident, IOSHA investigated and found several safety hazards that they required Pilkington to correct before the follow-up.

Several of the requirements were unmet, and in a recent investigation, IOSHA determined that Pilkington will owe $495,500 in fines for ongoing safety hazards. These fines are the most expensive of any ever paid by an Indiana company in violation of safety standards. Pilkington is now required to post warning signs on or near hazards, as well as provide additional training for employees and dedicate a certain amount of staff members to the elimination of all remaining hazards.

Just because Pilkington North America is required to pay the fines, doesn’t mean the company will be allowed to overlook the safety standards. All of these requirements must be met by the end of 2014 or the penalties will be raised yet again. There are over 350 workers in the Pilkington factory, and the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration wants to protect these workers from future accidents and injuries.

If you have been injured on the job as a result of lacking safety standards or employer negligence, the lawyers at Wagner Reese may be able to assist you with your work comp case. Give us a call today at 888-710-9377 for more information.


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is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indiana State Bar Association where she serves on the Pro Bono committee. Her areas of practice focus on personal injury and workers compensation.

Posted: 4/22/2014 10:00:00 AM by Judy Winn Pippin | with 0 comments


Tragic Tour Bus Accident In California Under NTSB Investigation

A tragic tour bus accident in California is calling for further investigation as Federal Transportation Authorities look for causes, and also attempt to find ways to reduce the number of deaths and injuries in bus accidents each year.

The accident involved a FedEx truck, a sedan and a tour bus full of high school students. The FedEx truck crossed the median, struck the sedan and then slammed into the tour bus. Many of the injured high school students were able to escape, but shortly after the crash, the vehicles exploded, causing a fiery disaster.

Three chaperones, five students, the FedEx driver and the bus driver were all killed in the crash and following explosion. Federal investigators at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are searching for the cause of the crash, as there were no tire marks on the road to indicate the truck driver had applied his brakes at any point.

The NTSB has issued recommendations in the past to protect riders and bus drivers in situations like these; recommendations included seatbelt installations, emergency exit and fire-safety rules and education, but no word has been released on whether these recommendations had been followed in this case.

Indiana has recently heard similar recommendations, as the debate over school bus seat belts is still unresolved. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, the lawyers at Wagner Reese may be able to offer you assistance in claiming your compensation. Give us a call at 888-710-9377 for more information on our bus accident case results, and schedule your free consultation today.

 

About the Author

has been repeatedly selected by his peers as an "Indiana Super Lawyer" and was awarded "Trial Lawyer of the Year" in 2006 by the Trial Lawyers Association. Stephen's law expertise are in the areas of personal injury, worker's compensation, civil rights, class action litigation and medical malpractice.

Posted: 4/21/2014 10:37:52 AM by Stephen M. Wagner | with 0 comments


 
 

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