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Back in June of 2007 attorney Jeff Garvin of Fort Myers and Wilton Strickland of Fort Lauderdale successfully argued that medical malpractice was committed when a Broward County otolaryngologist (ENT) failed to diagnose tongue cancer.

A Broward County Jury awarded the Garvin Injury Law client $6.4 Million Dollars after hearing two weeks of testimony. Garvin argued that the Pembroke Pines Doctor was negligent when he failed to notice several recognizable symptoms of tongue cancer. This argument was strengthened when evidence was presented that the client sought a second opinion and this doctor noticed cancer almost immediately. Unfortunately for the client, the cancer had already spread and required extensive surgery to remove the growth.

After this surgery, which required the removal of most of his tongue, the client was left with a difficulty speaking, can’t swallow, and is forced to eat blended food through a tube in his stomach.

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In Federal Judge rules that a City of Detroit Employee can proceed with her lawsuit which alleges that her co-worker’s perfume made it difficult for her to breathe and impossible to do her job.

U.S. District Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff found that the employee’s case could proceed under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Employee “has produced evidence that her breathing is significantly restricted” and has a potential claim under the Act.

In the Suit the Employee is seeking unspecified damages but states that the major goal of the lawsuit is not monetary damages but to educate people about the issue and seek voluntary compliance for disabilities in the workplace

We will probably hear more about this case as litigation has only begun. Check out the The Detroit News story for more news on the case.

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