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Recent Posts in Negligence Category

Two Patients Die from Bowel Perforations at the Same Hospital Just Two Days Apart

Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, NY is currently facing two lawsuits, both of which involve patients who died as the result of bowel perforations during routine surgeries. The surgeries were performed only ...
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Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Surgeon's Record Includes Ten Malpractice Lawsuits, Four Patient Deaths

Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum, head of orthopedic surgery at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, is facing widespread scrutiny over a record that alleges numerous poor patient outcomes, including four patient deaths since ...
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Spine Surgeon "Dr. Death" Sentenced to Life in Prison

Last week, Christopher Duntsch, a 45-year-old Texas neurosurgeon who earned himself the nickname “Dr. Death,” was sentenced to life in prison by a Dallas jury. After deliberating for just ...
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Medical Malpractice Damages Caps in Virginia

Over the years, medical malpractice has become a target for lawmakers and lobbyists who want to reduce the amount of compensation victims and their families are able to recover after they have been ...
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Patient Permanently Paralyzed Due to Medical Error

In a recent medical malpractice case in Pennsylvania, a jury awarded over $12 million to a 53 year-old man who was rendered paralyzed due to the failure of emergency room physicians who did not ...
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Medical Peer Review Privilege

All 50 states and the District of Columbia have a medical peer review statute. This privilege allows protection to medical facilities and doctors, preventing patients and their counsel from acquiring ...
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Settlement Reached in Joan Rivers' Death

Melissa Rivers recently announced that her medical malpractice lawsuit against the New York clinic where her mother died during a routine procedure has been settled. Joan Rivers suffered a medical ...
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The Family of a Woman is Awarded $72 Million from Johnson & Johnson

Recently, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $72 million to the family of a woman who suffered from ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc-based products for years. Sadly, the ...
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Study: Distribution of Medical Malpractice Claims

There have been a number of studies comparing doctors with several malpractice claims against them with those who have few or none. The studies have consistently found systematic differences in sex, ...
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Doctor Negligence Causes Baby's Permanent Brain Damage, Jury Awards Family $30M

A jury at the Hampden Superior Court in Springfield has awarded almost $30 million to a Holyoke family after their baby suffered a serious and permanent neurological injury at birth. The baby, ...
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Doctor Held Liable for $900,000 in Damages After a Baby Suffers a Serious Birth Injury

In July 2015, a three-judge panel confirmed a case of delivery room negligence, which held one doctor liable for about $900,000 in damages. At the conclusion of the case, the panel ruled that the ...
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How the Right Doctor Can Reduce Your Chances of Medical Negligence

For some, visiting the doctor can be a daunting task. That is why finding a good, knowledgeable, and reputable doctor is extremely important. Not only will your checkups and other visitations feel ...
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The Risks of Misinterpreted Diagnostic Tests

There are a number of medical errors that can leave a person detrimentally injured and harmed. While some can be minor errors, others can affect a person’s life forever, or in the worst cases, ...
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Can I Sue a Nursing Home for Bedsores?

Bedsores, also called pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, can be very painful and serious. Sadly, this type of injury is very common among elderly hospital patients and residents of nursing homes. ...
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Joint Tortfeasors: When More Than One Is to Blame for Your Accident

When more than one party is potentially liable for causing an accident that caused injuries to another, those parties are called joint tortfeasors. How important is it to determine who exactly the ...
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Who is At Fault When You Get Faulty Medication?

This past year has seen an outbreak of meningitis that has spread nationwide. The meningitis was connected to tainted steroids produced at a Framingham drug compounding pharmacy and have led to many ...
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Wrong Site Surgery Still Occurs

The Joint Commission has been working to prevent Wrong Site Surgery (WSS) since 1998. They have come up with an initiative to prevent WSS using a checklist, the Universal Protocol, which contains ...
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What Professional Standards Apply to Physicians in Malpractice Cases?

The plaintiff brought her husband to the hospital for shortness of breath. Upon examination by a physician, the husband was not admitted — he was sent home with instructions to see a pulmonary ...
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How Do I Know If It's Malpractice?

Not every bad medical outcome results from bad medical practice. For example, some surgeries have widely-acknowledged high rates of failure, but patients and surgeons opt for the procedure anyway ...
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If You Didn't Chart It, You Didn't Do It

Malpractice cases often hinge on the quality of the medical documentation related to the care of the plaintiff. Solid medical documentation shares several qualities. It is straightforward, consistent, ...
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Birth Injury Caused by Negligence

During birth, injuries can occur to a newborn. Not all injuries sustained during or after the birthing process are serious and not all merit becoming a court case. However, serious injuries to an ...
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When Birth Injuries Result from Negligence

Childbirth is a natural and miraculous event, but not every labor and delivery is the same. Some women have uneventful deliveries and healthy babies, while others have difficult experiences. In that ...
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