August 24, 2000 |
Three years ago David Caruso Jr. was a charismatic young man who was engaged and working toward a future in the music industry. He walked into Neumann Medical Center in Fishtown feeling weak and suffering from what he thought were flu symptoms. A few days later, a series of mistakes by doctors and a nurse left him brain-damaged. Now, he can't speak or move. He has no control over his bowels and bladder. He can only open his mouth wide enough to have his teeth brushed. On Tuesday, a civil court jury awarded Caruso $49 million in the largest medical malpractice judgment ever in Pennsylvania, according to his attorney, Shanin Specter.
October 21, 2012 |
LONDON - The British hospital treating a Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban raised hopes for her recovery Friday when doctors said she was able to stand with some help and to write. Malala Yousufzai, 15, appeared with her eyes open and alert as she lay in a hospital bed, in the first photographs released by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham since she arrived from Pakistan on Monday. It was a series of positive developments since the shooting, which was a brazen bid by the Taliban to silence Yousufzai, who has been an outspoken advocate for girls' right to education.
March 21, 2001 |
A Philadelphia man pleaded guilty yesterday to sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl while she was being treated for a severe brain injury in the pediatrics ward of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby Borough. Joseph Cash, 37, of the 4500 block of North 18th Street, pleaded guilty to aggravated indecent assault. Under a negotiated agreement, he faces three to six years in prison. He is free on bail and will be sentenced June 22 by Delaware County Court Judge Robert C. Wright. According to Assistant District Attorney Michelle Rotella, Cash knew the girl before she was hit by a tractor-trailer in 1998 and sustained severe injuries, including brain damage.
April 1, 2012 |
Ten years ago on April 5, Lauren Bilski was on the edge of her 12th-row seat next to her dad watching her beloved Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins play, when a hockey puck hurtled off the ice, slammed her in the mouth, fractured her jaw and knocked out three teeth. Her father, Joe, remembers hearing the sickening thud of the impact, and turning to see his shocked daughter holding her face. Lauren, who was 10 at the time, remembers the blood drenching her favorite Penguins jersey which had been signed by all the team's players.
November 1, 1997 |
A New Jersey woman who emerged from childbirth at Temple University Hospital severely brain-damaged was awarded $8 million yesterday by a jury of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Rose Arnold, 34, a former securities examiner who has an MBA from Rutgers University, suffered brain damage when she was denied oxygen for several minutes during the 1994 cesarean-section delivery of her first child, said her lawyer, Daniel Weinstock. "She was an educated, intelligent woman," Weinstock said.
August 11, 2000 |
A woman found dead in a fire-ravaged Olney home Wednesday night was murdered and the fire was arson, police said yesterday. Police said an autopsy showed the victim suffered a gash to the left temple. A brain injury was the cause of death, the medical examiner's office said. Police said witnesses told them that just before the 8:46 p.m. fire in the two-story rowhouse on 7th Street near Rockland in Logan, they heard a woman and a man arguing inside. The fire started in a mattress in the dining room, which was being used as a bedroom, said Capt.
March 21, 2013 |
A former babysitter was sentenced Tuesday to 10 to 20 years in prison and five years of probation for the December 2011 death of a toddler in her care. Heather Hess, 25, of Upper Chichester, was convicted in January of third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for the death of 2 1/2-year-old David Miller Jr. When police responded to Hess' Hewes Avenue residence on a report of a child in respiratory distress, paramedics were trying to treat the boy. According to a criminal complaint, Hess told officers that she had been cooking when she went into the family room and found the boy unconscious.
July 6, 2013 |
A man who had just celebrated his 21st birthday was charged with attempted murder in the multiple stabbing of an apparently homeless 71-year-old man outside the Doylestown SEPTA station early Wednesday. Bucks County District Attorney David W. Heckler said Dale Michael Wakefield, who turned 21 Tuesday, was arrested in Baltimore early Thursday. Wakefield was charged with stabbing George Mohr in the head, chest, arms, hands, and back several times and beating him, causing multiple facial fractures and a brain injury.
August 31, 2013 |
The NFL had considerable legal defenses in its fight with retired players over injuries caused by the violent collisions that are at the heart of the sport, not the least of those being a contract with the players that substantially restricts lawsuits. But in the face of public opinion, and the potential damage to its image, those defenses likely became much less important to the league. The prospect of slugging it out with the players in a multiyear litigation battle in which damaging information is disclosed and the public is regularly reminded of the sport's sometimes brutal impact on player health likely was a powerful incentive for the league to settle.
September 19, 2013 |
A Lansdowne man who threatened over Twitter to rape a television meteorologist and kill her and her child was sentenced Tuesday to five years in federal prison. Justin Vernot, 30, made the threats against CBS3's Kate Bilo through the Twitter account @ColdDeadEyes in February 2012, telling her that he knew her routine, was coming for her, and planned to kill her in front of her son. The chilling messages were noted by U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond when he handed down a sentence that topped both federal guidelines and the term requested by the prosecutor.