Court orders Aldi to pay $27k compo to massage therapist injured when one of its exercise balls burst

Massage therapist under suspicion of sexual misconduct is fired from clinic

The Brisbane District Court was told Lovisa May Williams, 46, was hurt when a gym ball she purchased from German retailer Aldi burst as she sat on it on April 11, 2008. Judge Nick Samios, during a five-day civil trial in May, was told Williams, then aged 40, injured her tail bone and right hand during the subsequent fall onto a tiled floor. Judge Samios, in his just-published findings, said Ms Williams claimed to be extremely intelligent, talented, a former member of international organisation for people with very high IQs and that the fall had hampered her burgeoning career. “(Ms Williams’) employment history shows that she has largely been involved in massage and natural therapies,” he said “(However) her evidence was that she had an IQ of 134 and had been a member of Mensa. “Apparently Mensa is a group of people with high IQs (and) Ms Williams submitted that her completion of a medical degree was not an illusion.” The court was told Ms Williams claimed that during the fall she received injuries to the lumbar spine, right shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, ulnar nerve, ongoing pain and psychological trauma. “On 10 April 2008 Ms Williams purchased a gym ball from Aldi,” Judge Samios said. “On 11 April 2008 she was sitting on the ball studying when it burst and she fell to the ground. She hit her tail bone and the palm of her right hand on the tiled floor.” Judge Samios said Aldi admitted Ms Williams suffered injuries to her shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, but denied she suffered anything else. In his 34-page judgment, Judge Samios said Ms Williams’ performance in court during the trial was could be best described as “questionable” and did not come off as being “genuine”. “I found Ms Williams’ demeanour in court questionable,” he said. “At times she would enter the courtroom bent over, taking small steps and holding her hands together in front of her, portraying incapacity. She would also at times answer questions in a sad and deliberate tone with gaps between the words.
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I think we are talking the loss of tens of millions of dollars from the Medicare trust fund, money that we dont have, Carper told ABC News. The inspector generals report details stunning numbers of prescriptions that shouldnt have been written, by people who shouldnt have been writing them, across the nation and across the 10 states studied in depth. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the report states, does not specifically require sponsors [private insurers that contract with Medicare] to verify that drugs are ordered by individuals who have the authority to prescribe. From the report: Notably, massage therapists ordered 12,082 prescriptions in 2009. Athletic trainers ordered another 8,795. Contractors ordered 2,872 prescriptions; these individuals complete home repairs or modifications to accommodate a health condition, such as wheelchair ramps. Others who ordered prescriptions paid by Part D included personal care providers (e.g., home health aides, chore providers, and companions), interpreters, transportation companies (e.g., taxis, private vehicles, and drivers), lodging companies, and veterinarians. An in-depth analysis of 10 States revealed that Part D inappropriately paid for 344,714 prescriptions ordered by other selected types that did not have the authority to prescribe. In total, Medicare paid $26.2 million for drugs ordered by counselors, chiropractors, social workers, physical therapists, and speech-language pathologists. Our review of State laws found that these prescriber types did not have the authority to prescribe drugs in any of the 10 States. [C]ounselors ordered 87,400 prescriptions, the most of the prescriber types reviewed in the 10 States. Counselors include such professions as marriage and family therapists. Chiropractors were next, with 70,681 prescriptions, folllowed massage clinic north york by social workers, with 69,075 prescriptions.
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A Massage Therapist’s Experience Working with ALS Patients

If someone does not have a license or liability insurance, we take them off the schedule until they get that sorted out, she said. In this situation, we did go ahead and terminate his employment. He worked at the Issaquah location for roughly six months, and never received any customer complaints, Poletti said. People loved him, she said. They were very comfortable with him. I myself have received a massage from him. Usher cannot practice massage in Washington until the charges are resolved. He has 20 days to respond to the charges and to ask for a hearing. Theres no question that the problem of legitimate massage therapy being tarred by the underworld of illicit massage parlors and that sort of thing, that does go on, Poletti said. We are very much trying to put forth a legitimate therapeutic, health care-related side of massage. According to court documents, Usher, 30, last lived in Maple Valley, and had worked at the Newcastle Massage Envy for six years. The incident occurred in December 2012, and immediately after it north york chiropractors happened, the Massage Envy owners told Usher that he did not have a job there anymore, according to court documents. It was reportedly the second 90-minute massage that the patient had with Usher.
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Massage Therapists, Chiropractors Wrote Drug Prescriptions They Shouldn’t Have—and Medicare Paid

With his help, I developed a protocol that had the same effect as using PROM by working on the muscles that support his shoulders. I addressed each shoulder muscle by employing gliding, compression, friction and vibration techniques. This protocol was time consuming, yet effective in reducing the client’s discomfort. I found I did not need to spend as much time on this protocol to keep the benefit lasting from session to session. A common complaint with ALS patientsand, in fact, with many of my clients with decreased mobilityis a constant feeling of cold in their extremities, mainly in the hands and feet. The massage techniques I found useful for this are compression, gliding and vibration. For the feet, I start with the upper leg by gliding from the knee all the way up to the hips and, if possible, addressing all sides of the upper leg. After I feel the limb begin to warm under my hands, I then start compression and end with vigorous vibration using the same progression I employed for the gliding technique. I use the same protocol for the lower leg, working up from the ankle to the knee.
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