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2023 Medical malpractice statistics

November21
Medical law and justice concept with doctor on the background.

Medical malpractice occurs when a medical provider fails to provide the degree of care that another provider in the same circumstances with the same credentials would have, resulting in a patient injury. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), one...

Podiatry patient awarded $4M in med mal trial for nerve injury

August31
Tired surgeons sitting in the floor.

In a recent medical malpractice case, a plaintiff was awarded a $4 million verdict against Village Podiatry Group LLC. This complex lawsuit came after a routine ankle surgery led to a debilitating condition called chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS), allegedly...

Patient Awarded $10M After a Botched Gallbladder Surgery

July15
Surgeon perform laparoscopic cholecystectomy in gall stone patient with abdominal pain.

A patient and her husband were awarded $10.1 in a recent medical malpractice case after a surgeon cut the patient’s common bile duct during gallbladder surgery. Amy McGouirk filed a lawsuit against the surgeon and the surgeon’s employer after facing...

Woman Awarded $25 Million in Malpractice Trial After Leg Amputation

June27
Woman's leg amputated due to misdiagnosis.

A Connecticut jury awarded a young local woman, Virginia Schneider, nearly $25 million in a medical malpractice case. After a lengthy, five-week trial, the jury came to a decision. They found that a vascular surgeon on call at a local...

Jury Awards $10.1 Million Against Texas Health Presbyterian Flower Mound

May12
Doctor and nurses rushing critical patient to emergency room.

Texas Health Presbyterian Flower Mound was willfully and wantonly negligent for causing the permanent paralysis of a Flower Mound woman, a Dallas County jury recently found. According to Denton Record-Chronicle, the jury awarded $10.1 million to the woman. About the...

Patient Receives $14.3 Million Settlement After Doctor Fails to Diagnose Her Terminal Breast Cancer

March20
Breast cancer patient is sadden by the news she heard from the doctor.

A breast cancer patient and her spouse recently secured a multimillion-dollar settlement for failure to diagnose her condition. According to the complaint, the patient, Lisa Leval, and her husband, Gerald, alleged that radiologist Ingrid Ott from Washington Radiology Associates and...

Can You Sue for Medical Malpractice Without a Lawyer?

February7
Doctor talking to female patient regarding her diagnosis.

Representing yourself in a medical malpractice lawsuit is certainly an option, though rarely a good one. Because they exist at the intersection of two highly specialized fields — medicine and law — medical malpractice lawsuits tend to be legally and...

Informed Consent and Medical Malpractice

January18
Patient reading an informed consent document in front of doctor.

Informed consent is a core component of medical ethics. Healthcare providers are legally obligated to provide their patients with the information they need to make an educated decision about their healthcare, as well as receive their approval before proceeding with...

Rhode Island jury awards $61.6 million in damages for leg amputation caused by failure to administer anticoagulant

November7
Elder amputee alone in the park

In December 2010, Peter Sfameni began experiencing lower back pain, fatigue, and weight loss. He sought help at the emergency room of the Rhode Island Hospital. He was then admitted for a pre-planned lymph-node biopsy. Prior to arriving at the...

What is Meant by a “Breach of the Standard of Care” in a Medical Malpractice Case?

August1
Female doctor checking up disabled senior.

The standard of care is an essential concept in any medical malpractice claim. Healthcare providers must follow certain guidelines based on available medical knowledge when diagnosing and treating patients. These guidelines are known as standards of care. When providers deviate from accepted...

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