Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Labor Day Reminds Us that We Must Protect the Legal Rights of All Employees

I hope that many of you were able to enjoy the recent three-day weekend that Labor Day provided. This holiday, first celebrated nationally following an act of Congress in 1894, celebrates the contributions and achievements of workers across our country.  While it more commonly seems to be appreciated as an opportunity for grilling burgers, heading out to the lake, or enjoying one more afternoon poolside before the gates are locked until next Memorial Day, the intent should not be forgotten.

Workers in a variety of professions find themselves in dangerous situations more often than you might think. There is the commercial truck driver who travels our crowded highways every day. There is the factory worker who handles machinery that, even when that person is expertly trained, can break down and cause injury. There is the electrician who climbs into tight spaces and handles wires that have malfunctioned.

And there is not only the physical harm, but other less noticeable injuries that can occur. Perhaps there is a female doctor in a medical practice who is harassed by her male peers. Or a black man who is passed over for promotions again and again for reasons that cannot be explained.

In all instances, workers need advocates who will stand up for their rights and protect them in the courtroom when needed. There are personal injury issues and worker discrimination cases and other reasons that employees need outside help when their bosses are not acting in an upright manner. I

If you find yourself in such a situation, the attorneys at Bertolino LLP can help. We are experienced advocates who are dedicated to developing relationships with our clients and doing all that we can to get them what they deserve under the law. Please contact us today and let you know your story and how we can be of help to you.  

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Parental Rights versus Medical Expertise

When do parental rights trump the advice of medical professionals and vice versa? From the decision not to vaccinate children to refusing drug intervention for a sick child on religious grounds, we have seen multiple headlines in which the notion of who knows best and who has the legal right to make such a determination has been debated. There is now another story developing with the same questions at play and while the events are occurring overseas, the details have parents in the United States talking as well.

Five-year-old Ashya King, who is battling brain cancer, was removed from a Southampton Hospital in England by his parents recently as they were frustrated that the hospital not would allow them to seek proton beam treatment for their son. Brett and Naghmeh King took off for Spain in hopes of selling a home they have there and pursuing alternate treatments for their son. But, their faces were soon recognized by hotel employees and they were arrested.

The couple waited in a Spanish prison several days before a prosecutor in London decided to drop the charges and they were released. The Kings have been reunited with their son, but officials still will not allow the boy to leave the hospital. He remains in a hospital bed with armed guards.

The Kings insist they have done nothing wrong and simply want the opportunity to pursue a treatment that they have researched extensively and believe will benefit their son. The government in the United Kingdom counters that to remove the boy from his established medical care is harmful and constitutes neglect or even abuse on the part of the Kings.

Unfortunately, there are other instances in which medical providers not only disagree with family members on a course of treatment, but wrongfully diagnose a patient and then proceed with measures that exacerbate an illness or cause death. When this happens, patients and their families must be afforded their legal recourse and the personal injury attorneys at Bertolino LLP can help.

If you or a loved one has been affected by the consequences of a wrong diagnosis, please contact our offices today. We can help. (continued on next page)

What do you think of the situation in the United Kingdom with the King family? Is the legal system overstepping its bounds by demanding the boy stay in the hospital, or is this the right approach to take in order to protect the child’s health?