Posts by Bryan Smith

More Accused Priests Identified In Leaked Diocese Document

A June 2018 Buffalo Diocesan Review Board meeting agenda included the names of nearly 100 priests whose cases were being reviewed by the Board. It recently came to light that 27 of those priests were never identified, including a former superintendent of Catholic schools, Monsignor Ted Berg, and a former high-ranking diocesan administrator, Monsignor Albert…

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Scores of Sexual Abuse Survivors Come Forward in Response to Santa Fe Archdiocese’s Request for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection.

Only a few months after the Santa Fe Archdiocese sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for 36 pending claims of clergy sexual abuse, attorneys representing sex abuse survivors report a flood of abuse survivors coming forward with claims of clergy sexual abuse. According to Sam Fadduol, an Albuquerque attorney, over 100 people have contacted him and…

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Bounce House Accident Causes Injuries in Zillah, WA

Bounce Houses like this one can be dangerous if not properly secured. They can be lifted by the wind like the recent incident in Zillah, WA

Inflatable amusements (often called “Bounce Houses”) are now a common site at birthday parties, fundraising events, and schools. While they can be fun for kids, teens, and even adults, they must be properly installed and anchored to prevent serious injuries and even death. Over the last 20 years, “bounce house” injuries and deaths have been…

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Medical Device Injuries Hidden Within Public Database

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After a surgical stapler locked up during an appendectomy, the assisting doctor checked out MAUDE – a database that houses medical device failures submitted to the Federal Drug Administration – and found nothing. So, he surveyed leading surgeons and learned that a stapler malfunction had been experienced by more than two-thirds of the doctors. These…

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Catholic Diocese Intends to File for Bankruptcy

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Another Catholic diocese is attempting to shield its assets from lawsuits stemming from sexual abuse perpetrated by its priests by filing for bankruptcy. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe New Mexico has been defending lawsuits over the last several years but in a recent press conference indicated that it intends to file for bankruptcy. Historically, bankruptcy has…

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Children are Safer in a System that Holds the Church Accountable for Covering Up Child Sex Abuse

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Pennsylvania Priests Sexually Abused Children for Decades A Pennsylvania Grand Jury has concluded that the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania has been covering up child sex abuse for decades. Read the news report.  According to the grand jury report, which examined 6 of the state’s 8 dioceses, over 300 perpetrators sexually abused over 300 victims, over a…

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Church Should Disclose Names of Pedophile Priests

On April 26, 2016, the Yakima Diocese announced that it will not follow the Seattle Archdiocese’s lead and publish the names of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children. The Diocese’s claimed reasoning for continuing its decades-long policy of silence and secrets is that most of the priest’s names “already had been made…

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Don’t Let Bills Catch You By Surprise After Surgery

I have represented hundreds of clients who underwent surgery as a result of injuries.  Most of these clients had no idea how expensive their surgery would be, and were often shocked when all of the bills arrived.  I use the word “bills” (plural) because numerous providers in the operating suite (not just the surgeon) separately…

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