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Slip on fries leads to suit against McDonald’s

Posted in Business, Economy, News with tags , , , , , , , on April 22, 2011 by truthwillrise

This is another example of how frivolous lawsuits come about and how litigious our society has become. Check out my website for more information.

By Kelly Holleran
4/20/2011 6:27 PM

A woman claims she sustained back, neck and arm injuries after slipping on French fries at a St. Clair County McDonald’s

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Donna Armstrong filed a lawsuit March 28 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Garjo doing business as McDonald’s and employee Christina Whitmore.

In her complaint, Armstrong alleges she ate at the restaurant and attempted to exit through its southeast door when she slipped on fries left on the floor.

Because of the incident, Armstrong became sick, sore, lame, disordered and disabled and incurred medical costs in addition to her injuries, according to the complaint. She also suffered disability, experienced pain and suffering and lost money, the suit states.

Armstrong blames McDonalds for causing her fall, saying it negligently failed to manage its premises in a safe condition, failed to have a safe procedure for cleaning spills, failed to provide a safe entrance and exit and failed to provide a safe place for her to walk.

In addition, the fast food chain negligently allowed the premises to become unsafe, failed to inspect the premises to make sure they were in a safe condition, failed to warn Armstrong of the premises’ unsafe condition and failed to place a warning sign over the spillage, the complaint says.

Armstrong also names Whitmore as a defendant, saying she negligently failed to manage the premises in a safe manner, failed to have a safe procedure for cleaning spills, failed to provide a safe entrance and exit, failed to provide Armstrong with a safe place to walk, allowed the premises to become unsafe, failed to inspect the premises, failed to warn Armstrong of the unsafe condition and failed to erect a warning sign.

In her two-count complaint, Armstrong seeks a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs.

Thomas C. Rich and Kristina D. Cooksey of Fairview Heights will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-155.

Increasing lawsuits compels doctors to study law in school

Posted in Legal, News with tags , , on April 23, 2009 by truthwillrise

By Jimmy Chuang
STAFF REPORTER
Sunday, Apr 19, 2009, Page 2

An increasing number of physicians are beginning to study law, a Taipei Veterans General Hospital physician said yesterday.

“These doctors spend time studying law because they need it, not because they’re interested in the subject,” Ke Chin (葛謹), a physician at the hospital’s Department of Internal Medicine told a seminar at the hospital.

The seminar was aimed at sharing experiences and offering solutions for doctors to protect themselves in court should they face legal action.

He said the number of lawsuits concerning medical affairs was on the rise. These suits can become a burden for doctors, but most will not admit they’ve ever been sued.

“Being sued is something a doctor will not admit, because it can have an impact on his reputation,” Ke said.

Ke said more than 30 doctors in Taiwan had studied law, of whom six had passed the bar. The number of “doctors-lawyers” is increasing.

“We, as doctors, need to know how to protect ourselves when it comes to court,” Ke said.

A total of 119 students — including himself — graduated from Taipei Medical University at the same time, Ke said. About 60 have been sued, while six were convicted.

Former Bureau of Medical Affairs chief Hsueh Jui-yuan’s (薛瑞元) case was used as an example.

Hsueh was sued by a patient who had been through different surgeries performed by different doctors, including Hsueh.

The patient sued Hsueh because a swab was discovered in his stomach after the surgeries, which the patient believed was Hsueh’s doing.