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Chimp owner and state of Connecticut may be held liable for attack

Legal experts say that a woman whose pet chimpanzee attacked and mutilated her best friend could face a civil law suit. The state of Connecticut may also face a lawsuit for failing to take action. 55-year-old Charla Nash of Stamford, Conn. suffered extensive debilitating injuries to her face and hands when her friend’s chimp attacked her unexpectedly. Nash had arrived at her friend’s house to help her lure the chimp back inside the house when she was attacked outside of the house. Nash required more than seven hours of surgery by four teams of doctors. She remains in critical condition ... Read More

Man files wrongful death lawsuit against nursing home

Robert Townsend of Ellington, Connecticut, tried to convince the governor, several lawmakers and state health investigators that there were suspicious circumstances surrounding his mother’s death. When his complaints fell deaf ears, he decided to take matters into his own hands, filing a lawsuit against the nursing home he says contributed to her death, according to the Journal Inquirer. Robert’s 80-year-old mother, Emily Townsend, was a resident at Kettle Brook Care Center, a nursing home owned by iCare Management when she fell from her bed last January and was hospitalized. She returned to the nursing home but suffered a second, more ... Read More

Two CT children fall victim to window blind cords

Two Connecticut children became the unwitting victims of the pull cords on window blinds and shades, which injured one young girl and killed another. Different manufacturers produced the blinds and shades involved in the incidents. The Wall Street Journal reports that in one incident, a two-year-old girl from Bristol was nearly strangled in June when she slipped off the radiator on which she was standing with the cords of a roller shade around her neck. The girl’s five-year old brother held her up as she gasped for air. The girl vomited and suffered deep bruising on her neck, but has ... Read More

Investigations of Vytorin marketing intensifying

Controversy surrounding the cholesterol-fighting drug Vytorin continues to escalate as federal and state prosecutors investigate Merck and Schering-Plough’s marketing of the drug. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, many government officials suspect that the companies’ marketing of Vytorin was misleading and improper. If Vytorin ad campaigns and promotional media were based on a false or misleading premise, and the drug isn’t all its manufacturers publicized it to be (as the drug trials suggest), then government programs spent millions of dollars on reimbursement for a drug that is ineffective, possibly dangerous, and much more expensive than generic cholesterol ... Read More

Drug reactions bring awareness to Stevens Johnson Syndrome

New reports from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and cancer patients have put Revlimid, an oral medicine given to patients with multiple myeloma, on a list of medications that could possibly cause Stevens Johnson Syndrome when used by itself or mixed with other drugs. Stevens Johnson syndrome is a serious, potentially life-threatening skin disease that can start with flu-like symptoms and eventually cause a rash that spreads and blisters. According to mediafact.com, other medications have been linked to Stevens Johnson syndrome including Bextra, Celebrex and Daypro, as well as over-the-counter pain relievers such as Motion, Ibuprofen, Children’s Motrin and ... Read More