Contract dispute leaves patients in dark
Patients of several Virginia Beach psychiatrists showed up for
appointments Wednesday morning, only to discover their therapists
were no longer there. Those patients appear to be caught in the
middle of a contract dispute at Atlantic Psychiatric Services.
10 On Your Side did some digging on the dispute, which affects
hundreds of patients.
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workers filed claims for discrimination last year
Local complaints about workplace discrimination - particularly claims
of racism - dropped last year, according to statistics compiled
by the Norfolk office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The number of complaints totaled 951 last year, down 3 percent from
985 in 2011. Racism remained the most prevalent accusation, but
the number of racial complaints fell 12 percent, to 394 from 447.
That was the lowest number in that category in Hampton Roads for
at least five years.
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to Stop Hospitals from Killing Us
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want your Facebook password
Is it legal?
“It is potentially a violation of a general privacy right. There
is nothing I can think of right now in Virginia that would protect
an applicant if they say no and then they don't get the job,"
said Attorney Lisa Bertini, of Bertini & Hammer, PC.
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lawyer discusses Facebook privacy
Some employers are
demanding applicants hand over their Facebook password as part
of a background check. But is this legal? WAVY.com spoke with
Norfolk Attorney Lisa Bertini who said it is "potentially a violation
of a general privacy right."
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Hammer successfully settled a wrongful death case for
$1.7 million for the lovely family of an eighteen month old little
boy who presented to the emergency room with respiratory distress.
The baby’s respiratory distress was untreated and mismanaged resulting
in his cardiac arrest and death.
Bertini, as co-chair of the VTLA employment and civil
rights section, hosted a luncheon where Whistleblowing Law was
highlighted. The Supreme Court case Ligon v. County of Goochland
was discussed in detail from the time the client made his complaint
of fraud and abuse of taxpayer recourses to the filing of the
defamation and Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act case.
suffers brain injury from placental abruption
Settlement: $2.3 million
At 35 weeks pregnant, plaintiff went to the labor and delivery
emergency room at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, complaining
of severe lower abdominal cramping that started earlier that morning
with a pain level of 8 on a scale of 10. She was not connected
to a fetal heart monitor for almost one hour after her presentation.
Once she was placed on a fetal heart monitor; the fetal heart
rate pattern had a minimal variability and was non-reactive, a
very alarming sign. A physician was not notified until approximately
one hour after that time. An emergency cesarean section was performed
over two-and-a-half hours after admission for severe fetal bradycardia
and possible placental abruption. The findings during the c-section
were a complete placental abruption. The baby suffered a severe
hypoxic brain injury that is permanent, and she will require lifelong
care. The case was filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act. [11-T-044]
to pay $2.3 million to settle malpractice case
A. Bertini has been inducted into the Litigation Counsel
of America which includes induction into the Trial Law Institute
and Diversity Law Institute. Fellowship is highly selective and
by invitation only based on effectiveness, accomplishment, and
superior ethical reputation. It is an honorary society that is
aggressively diverse in its composition and consists of less than
one percent of elite trial and appellate lawyers in North America.
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