Archive for March, 2017

Mississippi Workplace Accident Attorneys Talk About The Risks of Inhumane Working Conditions in America

Friday, March 31st, 2017

When you hear people talk about inhumane working conditions in factories, you might think that they are speaking about a historical event, like the deplorable conditions and child labor that were common in factories during the Industrial Revolution. Alternatively, you might think that they are talking about foreign manufacturing plants, where workers are paid little and expected to produce much. Surely inhumane working conditions are a thing of the past in America – or are they? A look into some of the workplace accidents that occur in American factories reveals the dangers that are present in American manufacturing jobs and the sorry state of the American manufacturing workplace.

The growth of the auto parts industry in the American South provides an example of how foreign competition affects domestic workplace safety. American factories compete for low-margin orders against Asian and Mexican suppliers by promising delivery schedules that they cannot reasonably expect to meet. In efforts to avoid the enormous financial penalties that they will face if they fall short of those plans, manufacturers schedule their employees to work crazy schedules for months on end. The workers are not paid well, especially in light of the intense pressure to perform that they experience day in and day out, job satisfaction is low, and turnover rates are high. Perhaps even more importantly, safety is sacrificed at every turn, and the risk of injury and death is just as high in some of these American factories as it is in the Asian and Mexican plants that cause us to gasp in horror when we see them on the news.

The risk to American auto parts manufacturing workers is not evenly distributed across the country, either. Workers in the South get paid seventy cents per dollar earned by their counterparts in the Northern states where more of the manufacturing labor is organized. Labor unions are much less prevalent in the South, so workers there enjoy fewer of the safety and financial protections that organized labor can provide. OSHA is aware of the discrepancies in safety and fairness among manufacturing plants in various regions, and it is doing its best to address workplace safety violations in the South. Unfortunately, OSHA cannot move fast enough to prevent the frequent, serious and sometimes even fatal manufacturing accidents that occur in our region.

The accidents that occur in manufacturing facilities in the American South are tragic. Workers are being asked to continue working when they are very tired, which increases the risk of injury. They also keep assembly lines rolling, even when machinery shows signs that it is malfunctioning. For example, a man lost his finger while operating a punch that had been performing strangely all day. The punch got stuck, and then it fired suddenly, amputating his finger.

Employee training in many foreign-owned American auto parts manufacturing plants is severely lacking. For example, Ajin USA, the company that owns the facility where a young woman died after being impaled by and trapped in a robot on an assembly line, was charged with numerous OSHA violations both before and after the tragic incident. Some of those violations were connected with eight incidences of digit amputation by welding machines in that facility, indicating that unsafe conditions at that plant and others are allowed to persist even after accidents occur.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Representing Injured Mississippi Workers

If you got hurt at work, get help from a Mississippi Workplace Accident Attorney. Call the Mississippi Workplace Accident Attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC at 1 (800) 707-9577 to learn more.

Mississippi BP Oil Spill Attorneys Share Information About Oil Spill Claim Fraud

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

A man entered a plea of not guilty in response to charges that he fraudulently received $172,800 by claiming that he lost his job as a deckhand and fisherman following the BP oil spill. The man got charged with fraud after he got arrested for traffic violations and the federal arrest warrant for fraud came through on his background check. The charges allege that the man and a co-conspirator submitted false documentation to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, including an employment letter, tax documents, and receipts. The Gulf Coast Claims Facility paid the claim.

Unfortunately, the aforementioned incidence of alleged oil spill fraud is not an isolated case. Various types of individuals and groups of people have tried to claim a piece of the oil spill settlement money in ways that are not legitimate. Another example of oil spill fraud is the case of Thi Houng Le a/k/a Kristy Le, and Gregory P. Warren, who got sentenced for conspiracy to commit identity theft, along with aggravated identity theft, mail fraud, and wire fraud. The charges were brought in connection with a fraudulent lawsuit that they brought against BP. This type of fraud was a  scheme that would have defrauded a number of individual victims in addition to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. The defendants stole the names, addresses, social security numbers, birth dates, and other pieces of personal information of multiple people to create over forty thousand “plaintiffs” for anticipated litigation. The individuals named as “plaintiffs” had never consented to representation by the law firm.

There are plenty of other fraud cases as well. For example, a woman collected approximately $150,000 in oil spill recovery money after she claimed that she lost her job as a hotel manager as the result of the oil spill. She submitted an online claim form to the Gulf Coast Claims Center, and, with the aid of a co-conspirator, she supplied documentation in support of the claim. She was charged with wire fraud and entered a guilty plea. The woman could get sentenced to prison for up to twenty years.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Addressing the Fallout From the BP Oil Spill

The BP oil spill created thousands of personal and business losses. A claims center was established to process those claims, and some people who had never been damaged by the oil spill submitted false claims. Some of the fraudulent claims got paid, depriving the claims center of money that it could have used to pay legitimate claims for damages, which were plentiful. As time goes on, it is likely that more and more false claims associated with the oil spill will be revealed and more people will get arrested for their attempts to take money that they are not entitled to. If you have questions about the BP oil spill claims process, the Mississippi BP Oil Spill Attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC might be able to help you. Call us today at 1 (800) 707-9577, to set up a free, initial consultation.

Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys Discuss Ejection Accidents

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Three people are fortunate to be alive following a car crash on a bridge on Highway 605. The early morning accident happened when the car struck a guard rail. None of the three people who were in the vehicle at the time of the crash were wearing seatbelts. A woman and a ten-year-old child got ejected from the vehicle during the collision, and they landed in a grassy area below the bridge. The ten-year-old was hospitalized with a possible skull fracture, and the woman was taken to the hospital with injuries as well.

The aforementioned wreck could have ended much worse than it did. When a person gets ejected from a vehicle, they very often die. In that crash, two people got ejected, and both survived. Ejection accidents are doubly tragic because the risk of fatality is so high and because ejection can often be prevented by wearing a seatbelt.

Seat belts are perhaps the most important safety feature in your vehicle. They are also the most efficient way to avoid car accident deaths and injuries. In any given automobile accident, there is a seventy-five percent chance that any person who gets ejected from the vehicle will perish. They may die at the crash scene, or they may die later on as a result of their injuries, but three out of every four people who get ejected from a vehicle get killed. When a person wears a seatbelt, they reduce by thirty times the likelihood that they will get ejected from the vehicle if it crashes. That is an enormous reduction in risk!

Seat belt use also leads to lower medical bills for car crash victims. When a person remains in a vehicle during a wreck, they are likely to be hurt less severely than if they get ejected. Injuries that are less severe require less costly treatment. On average, accident victims who wear seat belts have medical bills that are fifty percent lower than the medical bills for accident victims who do not wear seat belts.

Children who get ejected from vehicles are very likely to die because their small size takes the impact that follows ejection harder than adults do. Fortunately, there are specially designed child restraints that keep kids safely inside of vehicles during accidents.  Choosing and using the right child safety seats and seat belts can prevent approximately eighty percent of child and infant car accident deaths. If you drive a vehicle and you have child passengers, be sure to select an appropriate car seat for each child’s age, height, and weight. Read all of the directions that come with each car seat and take care to adjust each seat properly for the child who uses it. Install car seats in your vehicle carefully, according to the instructions. When children are old enough to use seat belts, it is still a good idea for them to sit in the back seat whenever possible.  Parents who have questions about car seats can often get a free car seat safety check at a fire station or a police department.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Serving Mississippi Automobile Accident Victims and Their Families

If you or someone that you love got hurt or killed in a car crash, a Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorney can help you file a claim for your damages or loss. Call the Mississippi Automobile Accident attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC, at 1 (800) 707-9577, to learn more.

Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Railroad Crossing Accidents

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

A horrific collision at a railroad crossing killed four people and injured forty others. The rescue effort took over an hour, and rescue workers even had to use metal cutting equipment to free some of the bus passengers from the wreckage. The accident occurred when a freight train crashed into a casino tour bus at a railroad crossing in Biloxi. The train pushed the bus three hundred feet before the vehicles came to rest on the tracks.

Initial reports about the accident mentioned that the design of the crossing might have played a role in the wreck. People who saw the wreck said that the bus seemed to be stuck on the tracks when it got hit by the train. The crossing where the crash occurred is on a steep grade. There is a sign near the crossing to alert drivers of the low ground clearance.

Collisions involving trains and passenger vehicles are often devastating and deadly. Trains are large and cumbersome, and they move fast. Because trains are so massive, they are unable to stop quickly if a vehicle gets stuck on the railroad tracks or crosses the tracks despite a warning signal.

Railroad crossings are designed to keep cars off of railroad tracks when trains are passing through so that collisions do not occur. Unfortunately, all railroad crossings do not provide the same degree of safety. Some railroad crossings prevent accidents better than others do. When a crash happens at a railway crossing, the accident investigation includes a thorough examination of the railroad crossing to assess its design. Crossings that are deemed unsafe get prioritized for repair, but with so many miles of railroad tracks across America and so many railroad crossings, it could be months or even years before unsafe conditions at any given railroad crossing get addressed.

Safety improvements at dangerous railroad crossings can reduce the incidence of collisions between trains and other vehicles. A further reduction in risk can be had by increasing public awareness of the safety risks that are posed by railroad crossings.  If you drive through any railroad crossing on a regular basis, remember that although some trains pass through that crossing on a predictable schedule, not all trains run on fixed schedules. As you approach a railroad crossing, drive carefully. If you see the crossing lights start to flash or the crossing gate begins to lower, stop immediately. Wait for the train to pass all of the way through the crossing, and then wait some more. Do not cross the railroad tracks until the lights stop flashing and the gate, if there is one, is all of the way up. As a final precaution, look both ways before crossing the tracks, even if a train just passed through, because another train could be coming.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Help for Mississippi Accident Victims

Accidents at railroad crossings can cause severe injury and death. If you got hurt or a loved one git killed in a train wreck, contact Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney right away. To learn how a personal injury lawyer could help you recover after a devastating railroad crossing accident, call the Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC at 1 (800) 707-9577 to arrange a consultation.

Mississippi Workplace Accident Attorneys Discuss Horrific Accident at Auto Parts Plant

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Auto parts manufacturing is a growing industry across the American South. While the factories and the jobs that they provide do benefit the local economy and provide jobs for many people, there are risks associated with working in automobile parts manufacturing facilities. The machines that are used to make auto parts are diverse and complex. Workers who use the devices are supposed to receive training on how to use the machines, and what to do when they malfunction to keep themselves safe. A horrific accident at an Alabama parts manufacturing plant illustrates just how dangerous the equipment in auto parts manufacturing facilities is.

A young woman got killed at the Ajin USA plant in Cusseta, Alabama. One day, she was working with a robot which mounted pillars for side view mirrors on dashboard frames. The machine often stopped when bolts got stuck in it, and when the machine stopped that day, the team that was working in that area called the facility maintenance crew to come and fix it. The woman and her co-workers watched and waited, becoming more and more impatient as time passed because they had quotas that they were expected to fill. The pressure to fill quotas and work quickly is a common characteristic of auto manufacturing plant jobs.

Unfortunately, the pressure to fill quotas and to fill them quickly can cost lives, when workers take matters into their own hands, as evidenced by what happened next. After a while of waiting, the young woman grabbed a screwdriver and went into a screened-off area around the robot. She tried to clear the fault herself, and as she did, the robot turned on and pinned her against a steel dashboard frame. The robot impaled her upper body with a pair of welding tips. A co-worker activated the emergency shut-off, and the young woman got trapped in the machine. Co-workers tried to free her from its grasp to no avail. Someone went to get a maintenance person, and another person called for help. The maintenance worker did not know how to free the woman from the robot, but when emergency personnel arrived at the plant, they locked out the robot’s emergency power switch so that it could not reactivate and extracted her from the machine. The young woman got rushed to the hospital and then airlifted to a trauma center. She died as a result of her injuries the next day.

Locking out an emergency power switch is an essential safety procedure that factory workers at all kinds of industrial facilities should be trained in and equipped for. Under Federal law, no one is supposed to examine an industrial machine or robot without first having locked out the switch. It is alleged that workers at the Ajin plant did not have access to safety locks or lockout training.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Help for the Families of Victims of Fatal Mississippi Workplace Accidents

If someone that you love lost their life in a manufacturing facility accident, it is imperative that you get assistance from a Mississippi Workplace Accident Attorney. Workplace accident attorneys understand worker’s compensation law, as well as the dangers of modern workplaces of all kinds. They work to serve families like yours in their times of need. To learn more, call the Mississippi Workplace Accident Attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule a consultation.

Mississippi Whistleblower Attorney Discusses Key Decision by U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently issued a decision that highlights an area where the circuit courts are divided on how to handle an issue. The decision involves the treatment of internal whistleblowers, and the court ruled that employees who report suspected violations of federal securities laws to others within their workplace and not to the SEC fall within the whistleblower protection provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act. The decision is intended to compel those people within a place of work to whom potential violations are reported to handle the reporting parties with care and respect because any retaliation could trigger a whistleblower protection claim.

Section 21F of the Dodd-Frank Act states that employers may not harass, threaten, intimidate, or take any other type of adverse action against an employee who reports a suspected violation of securities law or other statutes. The Act provides a remedy for any employee who does experience harassment, threats, intimidation, or adversity in the form of a federal whistleblower protection claim. Damages that an employee may pursue through a whistleblower protection claim include reimbursement for legal fees and costs, reinstatement to their former position, and an amount of compensation equal to twice the amount of their back pay, plus interest.

This particular decision turned on the definition of the term “whistleblower,” as defined by the Dodd-Frank Act. Attorneys for the whistleblower’s employer argued that since the term “whistleblower” is defined in Section 21F of the Dodd-Frank Act as a person who reports suspected violations of the federal securities laws to the SEC, the plaintiff should not be allowed to bring a whistleblower protection claim under the Dodd-Frank Act because he had not brought his concerns to the SEC before he got fired. The court disagreed with that argument and ruled that distinguishing between internal whistleblowers and those who have gotten as far as reporting the suspected violations to the SEC would unnecessarily narrow the applicability of the Dodd-Frank Act. Whistleblowers usually report suspected violations to the SEC after attempts to have their concerns addressed by the company go unheeded. Not all whistleblowers can get to that point before they get terminated from their position. It doesn’t make sense to protect only whistleblowers who get past a particular stage in the process of reporting a suspected violation and attempting to get it addressed because the vulnerability that the Dodd-Frank Act was designed to protect begins as soon as an employee reports an alleged violation, whether that statement gets made internally or externally.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Protecting Mississippi Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers become vulnerable at the moment that they report a possible breach of the law to anyone, whether within their company or outside of it. They become open to the threat of all kinds of mistreatment, and they risk losing the income that they use to support themselves and the career that they worked so hard to build. If you got harmed after becoming a whistleblower, the Mississippi Whistleblower Attorney at Barrett Law PLLC might be able to help. Call us today, at 1 (800) 707-9577 to arrange an initial consultation.

Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys Discuss Drunk Driving Accidents

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

A Gulfport man got hit and killed while he was putting gas into his pickup truck, which he had parked on the side on Interstate 10 after it ran out of gas. As the man was using a gas can to put gasoline in the truck, the driver of a large SUV lost control of his vehicle. The SUV hit a parked car, struck the man, and rolled over before coming to rest in the median.

The man who got hit died at the accident scene. The driver of the SUV got hurt in the crash and got transported to a hospital where he got treated for his injuries. When the driver got out of the hospital, he got charged with DUI causing death and went to jail.

In Mississippi and other states, drunk driving laws contain strict penalties for people who drink and drive. The penalties are even harsher when a drunk driver causes an accident, especially if the crash causes one or more fatalities or serious injuries. DUI accidents resulting in death, serious injury, or disfigurement may result in felony aggravated DUI charges against the driver. A separate aggravated DUI charge may be brought for each person who was killed, injured, or disfigured in the wreck. Drivers who get charged with aggravated DUI face five to twenty-five years in prison for each charge that they get convicted of. Many drunk drivers receive close to the maximum sentence in Mississippi aggravated DUI cases.

DUI crashes often cause serious injuries and fatalities. When a person chooses to drink and drive, they put their life and the lives of others at risk. Sometimes, drunk drivers are involved in single-vehicle crashes. At other times, drivers and passengers in other vehicles and sometimes even pedestrians get hurt or killed in the wreck.  In addition to the aforementioned criminal penalties, drunk drivers can also be held accountable civilly.

A criminal conviction against a drunk driver may bring some sense of justice to the families of the people who got hurt or killed in the wreck. However they do not help those victims and families recover financially. Personal injury attorneys can pursue claims for damages on behalf of victims of drunk driving accidents and their families. After a DWI wreck, the victims and their families, who are already experiencing intense damage and loss in connection with the injury or loss of their loved ones, may face expensive medical bills for treatment and rehabilitation, lost wages, and the cost of repairing or replacing their damaged or destroyed vehicle.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Help for Accident Victims Throughout Mississippi

A personal injury attorney can help accident victims, and their families pursue claims for damages based upon property damage, medical bills and lost wages, pain, and suffering, and more. The Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC have represented many Mississippi DUI accident victims and their families. They have helped accident victims focus on their physical and emotional recovery by taking care of the matter of helping them recover financially, and they may be able to help you do the same. Please call our office today, at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule a free, initial consultation.

Mississippi Whistleblower Attorneys Discuss Awards of Legal Fees in Whistleblower Cases

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

Winning a lawsuit on a whistleblower protection is certainly a victory, but it is a victory that sometimes comes with a price. For Mike McQueary, that price would have been $1.7 million dollars, the amount of legal fees due to his attorneys for their work in representing him in his whistleblower case against Penn State University. Fortunately, a judge recently granted a separate award of $1.7 million dollars to pay for McQueary’s legal fees over and above the $5 million dollar verdict awarded to him in November. In addition to attorneys’ fees, the judge’s most recent verdict contained an award of legal costs for witness fees, transcripts, and the like, as well as a bowl bonus that McQuery would have earned if the University had not suspended him from coaching when it did.

When the judge wrote the opinion which accompanied the award of legal fees, he stated that it is unreasonable to expect whistleblowers to pay their legal fees after they have put their careers and their paychecks on the line to report suspected wrongdoing. According to the judge, awards of legal fees in whistleblower cases are a necessary component of making whistleblowers financially whole and may have the additional positive effect of encouraging other whistleblowers to come forward.

Attorneys for Penn State did not respond to inquiries following the award of attorney fees. They recently filed an additional document in the case, and they would like to see a new trial ordered, the amount of damages reduced, or the verdict overturned. Mike McQueary had reported an incident of sexual abuse that he witnessed in a team shower facility in 2001. University staff did not report the abuse to police or child welfare authorities, and McQueary went on to testify against former head coach Sandusky after Sandusky was arrested in 2011 and charged with forty-five counts of child sexual abuse. After Sandusky’s arrest, the University placed McQueary on paid leave and banned him from University athletic facilities. In 2012, when McQueary’s coaching contract expired, he was terminated. Since he got terminated from his position with the University, he has been unable to find employment.

The Mississippi Whistleblower Protection Attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC applaud brave individuals like Mike McQueary, who risk careers that they love to do what they feel is right. It ‘s hard to take a stand in the face of wrongdoing in your workplace, and the abuse that whistleblowers experience as the result of their actions can be extremely damaging both financially and emotionally. If you have suffered retaliation after exposing wrongdoing in your work environment, a Mississippi Whistleblower Attorney may be able to recover the damages that you have experienced. It is possible that you may even be able to recover your legal fees if you prevail in your whistleblower protection lawsuit. To learn more about filing a whistleblower protection lawsuit in Mississippi, call the Mississippi Whistleblower attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC, at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule an initial consultation.

Mississippi Trucking Accident Attorney Talks About Collisions Involving Multiple Trucks

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

A recent midday crash involving three tractor-trailers stopped eastbound traffic on Interstate 10 in Mississippi for quite some time while response crews worked to clear the wreckage from the roadway. Preliminary reports on the accident did not indicate that there were any fatalities from the crash, but there was a lot of property damage, and there may have been some injuries. Accidents involving one tractor trailer can cause significant amounts of property damage and bodily harm, and accidents involving multiple tractor trailers cause even more damage and destruction.

Tractor trailer accidents are often both severe and fatal. Because eighteen-wheelers are large and heavy, any accident involving multiple tractor trailers increase the amount of injury and damage that occur. Accidents involving multiple tractor trailers can happen anytime, but the risk of those accidents happening increases during times of peak traffic, when the roads are crowded with al kinds of vehicles. When tractor-trailers are traveling near each other, there are several ways that they can crash into each other. Sometimes, one truck rear-ends another.  When this happens, other vehicles may also get into a rear-end collision with the first two trucks. These rear-end collisions can be extremely dangerous, because the driver of the truck that collided with the rear of the first truck could become trapped in the cab of their truck, resulting in serious injuries or death. Multiple tractor trailers can collide in any fashion and trigger a chain reaction in which multiple other vehicles pile up into a wreck on the roadway. Another possible multiple truck accident scenario is the side impact, which can happen when trucks are driving next to each other and fail to maintain their lanes.

Drivers of passenger vehicles need to know that whenever there is a trucking accident, there is likely to be a complicated set of facts. It can be difficult for accident victims and their families to pursue claims for damages because of the complexity. Trucking accident attorneys understand how trucking accident claims work, the various types of parties involved, and how to pursue claims on behalf of their clients with the goal of obtaining compensation for their damages promptly. The reason that trucking accidents are complicated is that they involve more parties than just the drivers and passengers at the crash scene. These parties include the trucking company, their insurance company, the truck manufacturer, the manufacturer of parts used to repair the truck, mechanics that have worked on the trucks, and others. If you are involved in a trucking accident, know that the “accident response team” that responds to accident scene (not emergency rescue personnel, a separate group of investigators) is there on behalf of the insurers and the trucking companies. These people are not neutral parties, and they represent interests that are contrary to yours. You may refuse to speak with them until you have talked with your attorney.

Barrett Law PLLC:   Helping Victims Of Mississippi Trucking Accidents

Accidents involving multiple tractor trailers can be devastating. To learn more about how we could help you file a claim for damages after a trucking accident or any other type of wreck, call the knowledgeable Mississippi Trucking Accident Attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC, at 1 (800) 707-9577 to set up a consultation.

Mississippi Whistleblower Attorney Shares Another Disturbing Whistleblower Retaliation Story

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Some people might joke that they dream of being paid six figures to sit around and do nothing. The reality is that many people do like to work, especially those who have found employment that is meaningful to them. To many people, the thought of being paid to sit and do nothing all day seems more like a nightmare than a dream. Unfortunately, there are situations in which highly skilled workers who are capable of making a big difference in the world get deprived of the opportunity to do so after becoming whistleblowers.

Dr. Dale Klein knew that he was doing the right thing when he called attention to the secret wait-lists, suspected black market prescription resale, and manipulation of wait times that he witnessed at his workplace, the V.A. in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. He reported the issues first to his superiors at the V.A., and then, after they did nothing to address his concerns, he reported them to the inspector general. Unfortunately, Dr. Klein’s bold and decisive move gave the top-rated pain management specialist a new position as quite possibly the highest-paid federal government employee whose job entails doing absolutely nothing. Dr. Klein would rather be helping veteran manage their pain, but, instead, he earns his $250,000.00 salary by sitting in a chair in a tiny office.

As soon as Klein blew the whistle, the V.A. placed him on administrative leave and stripped of his privileges, his patients, and his entire pain management practice. They even tried to fire him, alleging frequent acceleration of trivial matters through the chain of command. The Office of Special Counsel stated that Dr. Klein was a whistleblower and, as such, could not be terminated. Instead, the V.A. turned to retaliation in the hope of silencing him. The V.A. has been advised to stop the retaliation. In January, Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Chair Ron Johnson wrote a letter to the acting secretary of the V.A. requesting that the V.A. stop its campaign of retaliation against Klein.

Whistleblower retaliation is a frequent occurrence throughout the V.A. health care system. A whistle-blowing employee at the Denver V.A. recently quit due to unbearably hostile workplace conditions. That employee was leading the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder clinical team in Denver and, like Dr. Klein wanted to dedicate his life’s work to assisting those who have served our country. He, like Klein, reported secret wait-lists that kept veterans suffering from PTSD waiting months and months for mental health care services. The delays in receiving care have proven deadly in some cases, where veterans who suffer from PTSD are unable to wait to receive care and end up committing suicide. This deeply compassionate, motivated, and talented individual also sits at a desk and does nothing all day after being stripped of his responsibilities. A senator intervened on his behalf and got the inspector general to launch an investigation into the matter, and the senator is also trying to pass a whistleblower protection bill that is aimed specifically at the V.A.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Compassionate Support for Mississippi Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers often get mistreated after they try to right the wrongs that they witness at work. If you have tried to address violations of the law in your workplace and you have been treated poorly as the result of your efforts,  call the Mississippi Whistleblower Attorney at Barrett Law PLLC today at 1 (800) 707-9577 for an initial consultation.