March 2014 Personal Injury News

Your personal injury news brief from Roth Legal each month has important information about cases and recalls that might affect you. In this summary, learn more about a national case for Vietnam veterans diagnosed with PTSD, a local lawsuit of note, and a local product recall.

National Lawsuit

Five veterans who fought in Vietnam, as well as three organizations have filed a class action suit in federal court. They are requesting a review of Vietnam veterans who received less-than-honorable discharges who have diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Many of these veterans have not had access to medical care via Veterans Affairs, educational loans and other financial support. Since PTSD was not recognized as a medical disorder until 1980, and several key statutes related to PTSD and veterans benefits only recently came into effect, many of these Vietnam veterans have lived for decades without access to many veterans benefits because of their discharge status. The suit is attempting to require the Board of Correction of Military Records to create medical standards for considering applications for correction that include PTSD diagnosis.

Local Lawsuit

Roy Farms in Yakima, Washington recently settled a sexual harassment lawsuit for $85,000. According to the 2012 lawsuit, four male employees had allegedly been sexually harassed and threatened by a male orchard supervisor – two of the men quit their jobs at the orchard because they felt they had no choice when the company failed to stop the repeated harassments. While Roy Farms denied the charges, the company settled a little over a week ago for $85,000 to the four men (about 10 percent of the original amount sought by the commission). Roy Farms will also modify its policies for the prevention of sexual harassment and submit regular reports to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for the next three years. Two of the employees still work at Roy Farms, and the orchard supervisor who allegedly harassed the men is also still employed there.

Product Recalls

A firm in Lacey, Washington is recalling thousands of pounds of dried egg products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The recalled products were produced between February 28th, 2013 and February 8th, 2014 with “Inspected Egg Products Plant 21493G” for their establishment number. While FSIS and the firm in Lacey have not received any reports of illness due to consumption of the recalled products, there were discrepancies in the laboratory results, which led FSIS to recall the products for possible Salmonella contamination. If you have questions or concerns about the recall, contact Julie Cuffee, Customer Service Representative, at (360) 413-7269, ext. 101.

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