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Patient neglect rampant at VA nursing homes

A half dozen veterans’ groups representing nearly 5 million members asked the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve the care at its nursing homes after an investigative report by USA TODAY and the Boston Globe revealed “blatant disregard for veteran safety” at a VA nursing home in Massachusetts. A whistleblower had alerted officials of about possible signs of nursing home neglect at the Brockton VA facility, such as bedside urinals left unemptied and patients being regularly left unchecked. The home knew health officials would be following up on those claims by inspecting the facility for potential signs of neglect. But ... Read More

OSHA fines drilling company after explosion kills worker

Weatherford, Texas-based Legend Directional Services LLC was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and faces a more than $28,000 penalty, for violations of worker safety at the company’s Harpersville Reinforcement Project in Harpersville, Alabama, that resulted in a May 2018 explosion during which a worker was killed. OSHA investigators determined that the explosion occurred because flammable welding gases were stored in an unventilated storage container at the facility. When the now-deceased employee opened the container door, the container exploded. OSHA cited the drilling company for storing compressed welding gas containers and liquefied petroleum ... Read More

Alabama woman files asbestos lawsuit against several manufacturers

Alabama resident Shirley Sanders, on behalf of the estate of her late husband Mac Arthur Sanders, filed a lawsuit against nearly two dozen manufacturers in St. Clair County Circuit Court in Illinois, alleging products manufactured by the companies contained cancer causing asbestos and contributed to her husband’s lung cancer diagnosis. The lawsuit names, in part, Air & Liquid Systems Corporation, Goulds Pumps Inc., and Lamons Gasket Company, companies that manufactured products Mac Arthur Sanders worked with. Shirley Sanders claims that microscopic asbestos fibers emanated from some of the products manufactured by the companies. Those airborne fibers were inhaled or ingested ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Crash Kills Auburn Superfan and Granddaughter

A horrific tractor-trailer crash on U.S. 280 in central Alabama killed Auburn football superfan Tammy Renae Bullard and her 2-year-old granddaughter Friday, Nov. 16. Ms. Bullard, a fervent Auburn fan and regular caller to the Paul Finebaum show on ESPN Radio, is known to many listeners as Tammy from Clanton. According to AL.com, Ms. Bullard was traveling westbound on U.S. 280 between Sylacauga and Childersburg when a tractor-trailer traveling in the eastbound lanes veered into oncoming traffic. Alabama State Trooper Cpl. Jimmy Harrell told AL.com that the tractor-trailer was hauling some kind of explosive material, prompting authorities to evacuate all ... Read More

Family considers legal action after finding hidden camera in cruise ship cabin

A family aboard a Carnival Cruise ship that allegedly found a camera hidden in their stateroom is considering filing a lawsuit against the cruise line for not taking the matter seriously enough or even offering an apology. “We weren’t trying to get anything out of it. We weren’t expecting a free cruise or money,” Chris White told Fox News. “My concern is that there is video of (my son) online now. And I’ll never know.” White and his family were on a five-day Carnival Voyage cruise from Mobile, Alabama to Mexico when on day two he suffered an allergy attack. Assuming ... Read More

Salmonella outbreak linked to eggs is over, CDC says

The number of people sickened by Gravel Ridge Farm eggs contaminated with Salmonella has increased to 44, but the outbreak appears over, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced. On Sept. 5, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industry inspected Gravel Ridge Farms in Cullman, Alabama, after receiving information to suggest eggs from the farm were the source of reported cases of Salmonella infections. Investigators found that environment and egg samples taken from the farm were genetically related to isolates from people who had become ill. Twenty-six of 32 people interviewed ... Read More

AmerisourceBergen Pays U.S. $625 Million, Resolving Illegal Drug Repackaging Scheme

AmerisourceBergen Corp. and four subsidiary companies will pay $625 million to settle allegations that they ran a profiteering scheme that involved buying sterile vials of drugs from manufacturers, breaking them open, pooling the contents, and then repackaging them into pre-filled syringes. AmerisourceBergen, a drug wholesaler that ranks number 11 on the Fortune 500 list, provided the illegally repackaged drugs to physicians treating cancer patients, the U.S. Department of Justice said in its announcement of the settlement. Federal prosecutors alleged that AmerisourceBergen profited by skimming drug overfill from the FDA-approved sterile vials and repacking them into pre-filled syringes. They said the ... Read More

Farm eggs linked to 38 cases of Salmonella infection

Gravel Ridge Farms, located in Cullman, Alabama, has issued a recall of Large Cage Free Eggs after samples collected during an inspection at the plant identified its shell eggs as linked to 38 cases of Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses. The recall involves both single dozen and 2.5 dozen flats of Gravel Ridge Farms Large Cage Free Eggs with the UPC 7-06970-18444-6 and the Use By Dates ranging from 7/25/18 through 10/3/18. The eggs were distributed between June 25 and Sept. 6, 2018, and were sold primarily in restaurants and retail stores in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. Customers who have purchased these ... Read More

3M Chemicals May Be Sickening Thousands in Alabama

Residents of a North Alabama county say they are being poisoned by perfluorinated chemicals 3M dumped into the Tennessee River over the course of several years and claim Alabama’s leaders have turned a blind eye to an environmental disaster affecting their homes and families. In May 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a health advisory warning the public about the presence of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctyl sulfonate (PFOS) in 59 water systems nationwide, including eight in Alabama. PFOA and PFOS were used by 3M in its Decatur, Alabama, plant to make non-stick, stain-resistant, and water-proofing coatings for consumer products. Whatever ... Read More

Class Action Filed For Ford F-150 Owners With Dangerous Brake Defect

If you own a 2013-2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck, you may be eligible to join a nationwide class-action case seeking damages related to a safety defect that could cause the sudden loss of brake power. The class-action, filed in a U.S. court in Eastern Michigan by the Beasley Allen Law Firm of Montgomery, Alabama, and the Miller Law Firm of Rochester, Michigan, alleges that Ford has put drivers of the affected F-150s and motorists with whom they share the road at risk. According to the lawsuit, Ford F-150s from model years 2013-2018 are built with brake master cylinders made by ... Read More