November 21, 2014 |
With the NFL and the ex-players who support its nearly $1 billion settlement on the defense Wednesday and those seeking its rejection on the attack, the ongoing legal skirmish over the league's concussion agreement headed into overtime. The long day of testimony in Courtroom 7-B of Philadelphia's federal courthouse was aimed at determining the fairness of the settlement. Senior U.S. District Court Judge Anita Brody, who granted conditional approval this summer after the NFL agreed to lift its cap on damages, has yet to decide on the agreement's fate.
November 8, 2014 |
Ellen Lieber, 54, of Medford, who survived brain surgery when she was 6, and subsequent disability, to work as a teacher's assistant at Tots Cooperative Nursery School in Moorestown from 1980 to 2005, died of a stroke Wednesday, Nov. 5, at her home. "She was an unusually brilliant child," her mother, Marlene, said, "but when she started school, she started having problems - falling, dropping things. "I took her to a psychologist and he said, 'Her IQ is 140 and she has organic brain damage.' " "After surgery and radiation," Marlene Lieber said, "they told me there was no hope and there was three months to live.
October 24, 2014 |
Is she dead or isn't she? Jahi McMath, 13, was declared brain-dead in December after her heart temporarily stopped during a tonsillectomy in Oakland, Calif. The tragedy drew national attention when the girl's mother, Nailah Winkfield, persuaded a judge in January to allow her to remove the body from the hospital, still on life support. The mother brought the girl to New Jersey, where the law allows a family to refuse to remove life support from brain-dead patients for religious reasons.
July 26, 2014 |
The family of a pregnant Fairhill woman who died in 2012 after a fall at her parents' home sued the city Thursday, contending her death and her child's severe brain damage resulted from paramedic malpractice and defective equipment. The suit was filed in Common Pleas Court by Eriberto Rodriguez, widower of Joanne Rodriguez; their 21-month-old son, Xavier; and maternal grandmother Daisy Morales. "My wife should be alive today. My son should be healthy, growing, playing, laughing.
April 14, 2014 |
Donna didn't expect that things would be easy after her husband Richard suffered the double whammy of a blood infection and a stroke a year ago. But it was a surprise that the emotional damage from the stroke was more disturbing than his physical disabilities. He could no longer plan his days and didn't fully understand his limitations. What hurt her most, though, was that her feelings seemed to mean nothing to him. "I think a 5-year-old probably had more empathy than he did," said Donna, 56, of Rosemont.
February 9, 2014 |
JULIO ESQUILIN had nothing to say in court yesterday before a Philadelphia judge sentenced him to 50 to 100 years in state prison for savagely raping and beating two young children. Esquilin, 25, of Frankford, attacked the children in fall 2011, sending them to the hospital in critical condition. Both were the children of his two girlfriends. In September that year, Esquilin victimized a 3-year-old girl, knocking her front teeth out and raping her so severely that she suffered massive bleeding, Assistant District Attorney James Carpenter told Common Pleas Judge Denis P. Cohen during a sentencing hearing.
February 9, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Calling the conduct "unspeakable sexual depravity and brutality," a Philadelphia judge Friday sentenced a Hunting Park man to 50 to 100 years in prison for raping and severely beating a 3-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy, both the children of his girlfriends. The case of Julio Esquilin, 25, was described as "the worst I've ever seen" by prosecutor James Carpenter, chief of the District Attorney's Office's Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit. Carpenter said sexual offenders who assault toddlers are rare, and rarer still are those who also beat their victims.
January 23, 2014 |
WEST CHESTER A Chester County Court jury has awarded $32.8 million to a 4-year-old girl, concluding that she suffered brain damage at birth because nurses at Phoenixville Hospital failed to alert doctors about changes in her condition. After a two-week trial, the jury on Friday found two nurses were negligent when they waited 13 minutes to tell doctors that Lilly Ciechoski's heart rate had dropped, the family's lawyer said. The same jury found that a third nurse and the hospital were not to blame for the girl's injuries.
November 10, 2013 |
RON JAWORSKI faded back to pass. Peered downfield waiting for a sliver of daylight between receiver and defender. Drifted right, still searching. Thousand-and-two, thousand-and-three, thousand-and- pow ! This was Oct. 26, 1980, against the Bears, at Veterans Stadium. Jaworski never saw Mike Hartenstine. Never heard him, never sensed him. In boxing, the punches that do the most damage are the ones you don't see coming. Pow! Hartenstine speared Jaworski from behind, planting his helmet in the middle of the 7 on Jaworski's back.
November 1, 2013 |
JRUE HOLIDAY was traded to the Pelicans in the offseason but he'll always be a Sixer at heart. We know that because on Wednesday night he made a bit of a gaffe while warming up the crowd before New Orleans' home opener against the Pacers. "Yo, how you doing Pelicans fans?" asked Holiday. "On behalf of myself and the Sixers we want to welcome you all to the first Pelicans game this year. Yo, let's turn it up. We have a great city and we're so excited so let's turn up. C'mon!" You could tell he wasn't in Philly because the Pelicans fans still gave him a thunderous ovation.