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Ohio Woman Awarded $1.2 Million in Perforated Bowel Lawsuit

Posted on: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

A Hamilton County resident and her husband have been awarded a total of $1.2 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit that could have been avoided if her doctor had diagnosed and treated her perforated bowel sooner, per Cincinnati.com September 11, 2014. In 2009, the woman sought treatment for stomach pain. After undergoing two partial hysterectomies, her pain persisted. According to her medical malpractice attorney, her doctor neglected to order a CT scan until she was critically ill with acute respiratory distress syndrome. She now has 80 percent lung capacity and walks with a walker. A Perforated Bowel Can Cause Septic […]

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Filed under Failure to Diagnose, Medical Malpractice, News, surgical error.

Surgeon Admits Mistake, Hospital Insurer Denies It

Posted on: Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Last summer, a 74-year-old woman fell and broke several vertebrae due to osteoporosis. She underwent spinal fusion surgery but started suffering leg spasms, according to bostonglobe.com. “A doctor recommended she have a pump stitched underneath her skin to get calming medication directly to her spine, and out to her muscles, faster — often a two-hour outpatient procedure,” the August 31, 2014, article stated. “In the operating room [months later], the neurosurgeon requested a special dye to test the location of tubing that had been threaded into her spine. But the pharmacy didn’t have it and provided a different one.” The […]

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Filed under News, surgical error.

Family Files Lawsuit After Camera Catches Home Healthcare Aide Abusing Stroke Victim

Posted on: Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Two home healthcare aides working for the same company abused a 78-year-old, 115-pound stroke victim, according to an NBC News affiliate August 21, 2014. His family installed surveillance cameras after he told them about the first aide abusing him. In April, his wife checked the camera footage, called police, and filed a lawsuit against Personal-Touch Home Care after coming home one day to a bruised, depressed, and frightened husband. Video footage revealed that he’d been grabbed, slapped, and force-fed. “No one should be treated like that,” the family’s elder abuse attorney said. “This company is supposed to be sending trained […]

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Filed under News, Nursing home negligence and abuse.

Black Box Could Prevent Surgical Errors But Doctors Fear Lawsuits

Posted on: Sunday, August 31st, 2014

In 2001, telegraph.co.uk reported that researchers were developing a black box for the operating room. Usually, one hears about a black box after an airplane crash, when investigators comb the accident scene for clues as to what went wrong during the flight. In the OR, the black box would record the surgery, including who was involved and how long they were in the room. [Currently, a heart surgeon faces multiple medical malpractice lawsuits for allowing an assistant to finish surgery while he took an early lunch.] “Warning systems on equipment could be improved and extended, and it would be possible […]

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Filed under News, surgical error.

Cleveland Attorney: Don’t Choose Nursing Home Based on Medicare Rating

Posted on: Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Medicare has rated nursing homes like hotels since 2009, according to nytimes.com. About 15,000 facilities across the country have merited five stars, but Medicare bases its ratings on self-reported, unverified information. “Only one of the three criteria used to determine the star ratings — the results of annual health inspections — relies on assessments from independent reviewers,” the August 24, 2014, article stated. “The ratings also do not take into account entire sets of potentially negative information, including fines and other enforcement actions by state, rather than federal, authorities, as well as complaints filed by consumers with state agencies.” For […]

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Filed under News, Nursing home negligence and abuse.

Woman Awarded $4 Million for Husband’s Heart Attack Misdiagnosis Death, Heart Surgeon Faces 4th Lawsuit

Posted on: Thursday, August 21st, 2014

August 20, 2014, al.com reported that a jury awarded a woman $4 million for her husband’s heart attack misdiagnosis after a seven-day medical malpractice trial. According to the article, her husband fell ill after breakfast in January 2008. Two days later, he went to the emergency room with chest pain and other symptoms. Those symptoms should have compelled the doctor “to question and investigate a serious and potentially life-threatening heart condition,” the lawsuit stated. Instead of performing necessary tests, he sent the patient home after four or five hours. Four days later, the man clutched his heart, told his wife […]

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Filed under Medical Malpractice, misdiagnosis, News.

Medical Errors Skyrocket 70 Percent

Posted on: Monday, August 18th, 2014

The number of medical errors in one state increased 70 percent last year, since it revamped its reporting requirements, insurancejournal.com said. According to the August 15, 2014, article, mistakes included bedsores, surgical fires, contaminated medication, and wrong site surgery, such as removing the wrong kidney. “Acute care hospitals in the state reported 753 incidents, while other types of hospitals reported 206 incidents,” fiercehealthcare.com stated. “Part of the reason for the hike may be due to the fact that hospitals must now report serious injuries, patient death or injury from failure to follow-up or communicate laboratory, pathology or radiology test results.” […]

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Filed under Medical Malpractice, News, surgical fire.

Jury Verdict Reversed in Accutane Lawsuit for IBD

Posted on: Monday, August 18th, 2014

Prescription acne medication Accutane hit the market in 1982, was pulled from the market in 2009, and has since been the subject of more than 8,000 failure-to-warn lawsuits, according to Bloomberg, which reported a verdict reversal August 4, 2014. “A judge erred in the 2011 trial because she wrongly ruled that the question of whether Accutane caused IBD was ‘tied to’ the decision by the plaintiff to take the drug, not to her doctor’s decision to prescribe it,” Bloomberg stated. The appellate court’s 54-page opinion said a drug manufacturer upholds its duty to warn if it tells doctors about potential […]

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Filed under Dangerous Prescription Drugs, News.

Woman Files Unnecessary Surgery Lawsuit After Grandmother’s Multiple Myeloma Death

Posted on: Monday, August 18th, 2014

A 31-year-old woman has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after “needlessly” donating her kidney to her grandmother, who died from cancer 11 months later, per wacotrib.com. According to the August 9, 2014, article, the older woman went to the hospital in 2012 because she was suffering from headaches and high blood pressure. She underwent a CAT scan, and the radiologist “noted ‘temporal bone irregularities,’ and said ‘it would be difficult to exclude metastatic disease or multiple myeloma,’ according to the lawsuit.” About two weeks later, the kidney transplant was performed. One year after the CAT scan, she died at age […]

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Filed under News.

Attorney Says Children’s Hospital Settled Birth Injury Lawsuit the Day Trial Was Scheduled to Begin

Posted on: Sunday, August 17th, 2014

More than four years after an IV tube mistake caused a baby’s brain damage, the hospital has settled the family’s medical malpractice lawsuit, their attorney told mlive.com. August 12, 2012, the website said the child “was born Feb. 26, 2010, after an uncomplicated pregnancy and Cesarean section.” When she showed symptoms of jaundice a few hours later, she was treated with light therapy. When the condition didn’t improve quickly enough, a doctor suggested an exchange transfusion to prevent brain damage. “In that procedure, blood is slowly withdrawn through a tube in the belly button while fresh blood or plasma flows […]

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Filed under birth injuries, News.

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