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Doctor with Parkinson’s claimed he was forced out of job

A gynecologist who developed Parkinson’s disease was awarded $871,603 by a Wake County jury against his former employer. Eric Rappaport sued Raleigh OB/GYN Centre, alleging that a concerted effort was made to force him to leave his job with the defendant. He claimed this effort included a report to the North Carolina Medical Board expressing concern about Rappaport’s capabilities as a doctor. Although the medical board cleared him to practice without restriction, Rappaport claimed there were continued efforts to make it difficult for him to practice, which culminated in his firing. The defense denied the allegations and contended that all actions taken against Rappaport were in the interest of patient safety and quality of medical care.
Rappaport v. Raleigh OB/GYN Centre
Wake County - NC

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Guest claimed hotel failed to warn of slippery pool deck

A hotel guest who allegedly slipped and fell as she walked across a pool deck settled her injury claim with the hotel for $120,000. Michelle Hairston had sued Beach Hotel LLC, alleging that the hotel failed to install slip-resistant material to the pool deck, as required by code. She also argued that the hotel was not able to provide proof that a slip-resistant surface had been applied, allowed a dangerous condition to exist and failed to warn of the danger. Hairston suffered a compound fracture of her ankle, for which she required open reduction with internal fixation. She claimed limitations as a result of the injury. The hotel denied liability and contended that the deck was covered with slip-resistant material and was not defective.
Hairston v. Beach Hotel LLC
Horry County - SC

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Suit: Materials company to blame for asbestos death

The family of a maintenance worker who died from mesothelioma was awarded $14 million by a Spartanburg County jury. The award included $2 million in punitive damages. The deceased, Dennis Seay, allegedly developed mesothelioma after years of working with asbestos-containing gaskets and insulation in a Spartanburg warehouse operated by Celanese Corp. His estate argued that Celanese was aware of the danger posed by these products but failed to warn workers or take action to ensure their safety. Celanese attempted to shift blame to Seay’s employer, a nonparty, but the jury assigned all liability to Celanese and absolved a co-defendant, John Crane Inc., which manufactured some of the gaskets that Seay handled.
Keene v. 3M Co.
Spartanburg County - SC

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Carolinas Verdicts

Find out about the most important recent North and South Carolina cases, selected by VerdictSearch editors. Coverage includes Gaston, Mecklenburg and Wake counties in North Carolina and Charleston, Horry and Richland in South Carolina.

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