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Military Hospital Malpractice Statistics

Posted on: Monday, July 14th, 2014

June 28, 2014, nytimes.com reported that military hospitals have “consistently had higher than expected rates of harm and complications in two central parts of its business — maternity care and surgery.” Since punishing doctors for medical malpractice hadn’t affected these statistics, in 2001, the Pentagon instructed military hospitals to conduct an investigation, or “root-cause analysis,” within 45 days of a debilitating injury or death. These reports were to be forwarded to the Pentagon’s patient-safety office where analysts would review what happened and come up with a solution to prevent it from happening again. “Unfortunately, R.C.A.s are used relatively infrequently,” a […]

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Woman Files Lawsuit After Doctors Force Her to Have C-Section and Perforate Her Bladder

Posted on: Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Often, a birth injury lawsuit will be filed because doctors neglected to perform a C-section in a timely manner. For instance, in 2010, Johns Hopkins doctors left an expectant mother sitting in a hospital for two hours as they waited for blood test results. Her baby was born with cerebral palsy because he’d been deprived of oxygen, according to a CBS News affiliate. Two years later, jurors awarded the family a record-setting $55 million verdict, which broke down to “$25 million for future medical expenses and a life-care plan, $4 million for future lost wages, and $26 million for non-economic […]

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Filed under birth injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Medical Malpractice, News.

Strep Infection Misdiagnosis Leads to Limb Amputation, Lawsuit

Posted on: Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

In 2011, a mother of four went to the emergency room with a fever, abdominal pain, and a rapid heartbeat, according to jsonline.com. After spending nine hours at the hospital, she was discharged and told to seek gynecological treatment for fibroids. She was not told that her symptoms could also point to a strep infection. Hours later, she collapsed and was treated for septic shock, but the infection had already spread to the point where she needed to have all four limbs amputated. At trial, her medical malpractice attorney told jurors that she should have been told every possible diagnosis […]

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Filed under amputation, Medical Malpractice, News.

Lawyers Argue Malpractice Caps in Stillbirth Lawsuit

Posted on: Sunday, June 29th, 2014

A medical malpractice trial won’t begin until October, but lawyers are already debating what should happen if the plaintiff wins her case, according to the Daily Telegram. June 17, 2014, the paper reported that a woman filed a lawsuit against a hospital doctor and nurse after delivering a stillborn baby in 2008. Her attorney said there were “clear signs” the child was in distress and should have been delivered sooner. In court, he argued that his client should be awarded the higher of two medical malpractice caps on non-economic damages in that state. He also believes she should be awarded […]

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Man Tries to Move On After Surgical Error, Files Lawsuit

Posted on: Saturday, June 28th, 2014

After consulting a urologist for a growth on his testicles, a man was told he had a “suspicious, and likely cancerous, growth on his left kidney,” dallasobserver.com said June 12, 2014. He is now suing his doctor and a radiologist, who have a total of 40 years of medical experience, for misreading an X-ray and removing the wrong organ. “Modern medical practices and standards of care prevent these sort of things from happening, but when they do, they’re horrific medical mistakes,” his attorney told a CBS affiliate. The now-55-year-old patient’s urologist apologized, and another doctor has since removed the cancerous […]

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Man Dies of Post-Op Hematoma, Hospital Lies and Loses $4 Million in Lawsuit

Posted on: Saturday, June 28th, 2014

In 2010, a 42-year-old man underwent cervical spine surgery to have a disc removed. Twelve hours later, he began suffering symptoms of a post-operative hematoma, which the doctor misdiagnosed as a sore throat. The patient died in the emergency room hours later, according to sanluisobispo.com. Since the surgeon saw the patient die, the county coroner’s office refused to do an autopsy. With the permission of the man’s wife, the hospital hired an outside agency to conduct one. That pathologist claimed the patient died of a fatty liver, which falls under natural causes. The patient’s wife was skeptical, so she had […]

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Filed under Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death.

Man Dies After Heart Bypass Surgery, Widow Awarded $1.1 Million in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Posted on: Saturday, June 28th, 2014

A 63-year-old man underwent heart bypass surgery in 2010 but died four days later when complications caused severe blood loss and organ failure, bangordailynews reported April 3, 2014. His wife filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital and two doctors for negligence. In a 6-3 vote, the jury found one doctor responsible for the man’s death but found the hospital and the other doctor, who now practices in Ohio, not liable. According to the widow’s wrongful death attorney, the negligent doctor failed to follow hospital protocol. Rather than relying on mental calculation to determine how much blood to replace, […]

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Anesthesiologist Settles Spinal Fusion Surgery Lawsuit

Posted on: Thursday, June 26th, 2014

An anesthesiologist has settled a medical malpractice lawsuit for $425,000, according to northjersey.com on June 25. He reportedly performed a seven-hour, three-level spinal fusion operation that left a patient in chronic pain. A state investigation revealed that Richard A. Kaul was neither an orthopedist nor a neurosurgeon, had only trained on cadavers for three weeks in another country, and did not have hospital privileges, so he worked in outpatient surgery centers. Kaul claimed he was an “easy target” for a lawsuit because he was convicted of manslaughter in England after an anesthesia error caused the death of a patient. “He […]

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Filed under anesthesia mistake, Medical Malpractice, News, spine injury and paralysis.
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Top 5 Causes of Truck Accidents

Posted on: Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Personal injury lawyers Chris Mellino and Tom Robenalt welcome you to contact our Cleveland office if you’ve been involved in an accident with a truck. Common causes of collisions include: Driving under the influence — for instance, February 3, 2014, statesmanjournal.com reported that a 46-year-old dump truck driver was cited for drunken driving and reckless driving after losing control of his vehicle — and the trailer it was towing — and veering off the road before jackknifing. Texting — In May, news station WCYB said a semi driver was replying to a text when he rear-ended a tractor trailer. His […]

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Woman Files Surgical Error Lawsuit After Forgotten Sponge During Hysterectomy Causes Loss of Ovaries, Intestine

Posted on: Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

In 2007, a 56-year-old woman underwent a hysterectomy and bladder support surgery. When her husband rushed her back to the hospital three days later with pain, doctors took an X-ray, and then sent her home with a constipation diagnosis. A year later, co-workers called an ambulance when she began suffering symptoms such as blurred vision, increased perspiration, nausea, and faintness. Again, the hospital said she had “a gastrointestinal issue of some sort” and told her to lay off the spicy food. Four years after her hysterectomy, she began bleeding. While removing her ovaries for a suspected cyst, her gynecologist discovered […]

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Filed under Medical Malpractice, News, surgical error, Surgical Injuries, Wrongful Death.

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