Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Flooding in West Virginia

Rain and melting snow this March have caused some serious flooding problems in West Virginia.  When the flood waters flow they move quickly and may cover various roadways in the state.  In addition flooding may cause landslides which are also prevalent in the Mountain State.

If you’re driving and you see moving or stagnant water on the roadway always observe the phrase “turn around don’t drown”.  Flooding is reported along most of the state’s mid-sized rivers like the Buckhannon, Guyandotte, Tygart, and Tug Fork. Those are starting to drain into the larger rivers like the Kanawha, Monongahela, and Ohio. 

The situation has created serious problems in low lying areas along the Buckhannon River at Buckhannon and the Tug Fork in Williamson. The high water has shutdown numerous roads across West Virginia and destroyed some homes and businesses.

Your friends at The Masters Law Firm in Charleston West Virginia remind you to exercise extreme caution this time of year.  Watch for any hazard that water may create from now through spring and stay safe.  You may call The Masters Law Firm anytime at (800) 342-3106.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Heart Stent Procedures at Raleigh General Hospital during the Periods 2010 through 2013

Raleigh General Hospital is investigating patients who may have received unnecessary angioplasty or stent procedures at the hospital by Dr. Kenneth Glaser. The potential affected patients are patients who had a stent placed when “the condition may not have warranted that stent placement.” This would include stent placement procedures on patients whose blood vessels were not sufficiently occluded to require the procedures–patients had no significant heart blockages to warrant stent placement procedures, among other possibilities.

You or someone you know may have already received a letter from Raleigh General Hospital.  In that letter it is explained that the stent may not have been necessary.  Others who have not yet received a letter may also be effected.  There is an investigation being conducted which encompasses 2010 through 2013.

On September 24, 2013, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of West Virginia served a subpoena on Raleigh General Hospital for its investigations into certain unnecessary interventional cardiology procedures conducted by physicians in RGH’s cardiac catheterization laboratory.

If you have been involved in any procedure conducted by Dr. Kenneth Glazer at Raleigh General Hospital do not hesitate.  Call (800) 342-3106 and speak to an attorney at the Masters Law Firm in Charleston West Virginia for a free consolation.

Raleigh General Letter Re: Heart Stent Surgery

Raleigh General Hospital located in Beckley West Virginia is currently investigating whether certain heart procedures performed by a doctor there were necessary.  An ongoing internal review showed cases in which the patient’s condition may not have warranted the placement of a stent. According to one source the doctor has been identified as Dr. D. Kenneth Glaser.  Another source indicates that the doctor no longer works at Raleigh General.

Raleigh General Hospital issued the following statement: 

Providing quality care to our community is Raleigh General Hospital's top priority.

As a part of the hospital's quality oversight program, we recently identified some patients at our hospital who received cardiac stents from a physician that may not have been clinically appropriate. The physician in question is no longer practicing at our hospital. We hired independent medical experts to perform an objective review of all stent cases involving the physician in question.

We are not aware of anyone in the cases reviewed who has experienced an adverse reaction to a stent they received, but out of an abundance of caution, we have contacted all patients who received a stent that may not have been warranted by their condition to offer them a follow-up meeting with an interventional cardiologist or physician of their choice at no cost.

We have set up a special phone number – 800-494-2848 – which anyone with questions about this matter can call at any time.

If you, a loved one, or friend has been affected by a Stent received from Raleigh General, Call The Masters Law Firm, L.C. at 800-342-3106 for a free consultation.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Driving Behind a School Bus.

As you know, driving around school buses requires experience, understanding, and patience.  School buses are safe modes of transportation, but drivers of automobiles can make for a very dangerous situation.

If you see a school bus in your lane or coming towards you, pay close attention to what it is doing.  Give the bus extra space and be prepared to stop suddenly as it loads or unloads the kids.  Because they are walking on or near the road, kids are in some danger when they get on or off the bus.  It’s up to the cars around them to keep a close watch and make sure the coast is clear before continuing on.

 With that in mind, here are some cardinal rules to follow:

·         School buses are required to stop at railroad crossings, so be ready to hit the brakes if you're behind one.
·         School buses travel at slower speeds. Expect to slow down and only pass when the bus driver signals you to go by.
·         Pay attention to any stop signs or signals on the bus.

The Masters Law Firm of Charleston wants all kids to complete their daily journey safe and sound.  Be extra cautious when traveling anywhere near any West Virginia school bus.