Monica Thompson has filed suit and alleged that a nurse brought her son Jacob to her hospital bed at Portland Adventist Medical Center to breastfeed in the early hours of August 6, 2012. The nurse placed Jacob next to Ms. Thompson in the bed and left. Approximately three hours earlier, Ms. Thompson, who had a Caesarean section, had been given narcotic painkillers and sleep aids.
Stewart Dolin, a 57-year-old Chicago lawyer, committed suicide by throwing himself in front of an oncoming train. He had started paroxetine, the generic form of Paxil, five days before his death. His wife, Wendy Dolin, sued the original manufacturer of Paxil, GlaxoSmithKline, claiming the company failed to sufficiently warn of the risks associated with the drug.
Amidst the disaster and destruction brought about by Hurricane Irma, Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, lost power leaving more than 150 of its residents without air conditioning. Eight of the Center's residents died from respiratory distress, dehydration, and heat-related issues, with some patients feeling temperatures up to 106 degrees after the air conditioning system failed during the Hurricane.
Wendy Ann Noon Berner has sued The University of Kansas Health System, Dr. Meenakshi Singh, and Dr. Timothy Schmitt for alleged cancer misdiagnosis. Dr. Singh is the former chair of the hospital's pathology department and Dr. Schmitt is a surgeon who was involved in her treatment.
Recently, an Oregon woman filed a lawsuit against Portland Adventist Medical Center and one of the hospital's nurses after the woman's newborn son suffocated in a hospital bed. According to the lawsuit, a hospital nurse brought the newborn to the mother's hospital room to breastfeed in the middle of the night. The nurse placed the infant on the mother's bed and left them unattended. Approximately three hours earlier, the mother, who had delivered the baby by cesarean section, was given narcotic pain medication and sleep aids. An hour later, the mother noticed that her son was unresponsive and called for a nurse. After emergency care, the baby was stabilized and placed on life support. The infant underwent a full evaluation and treatment for six days. After a battery of tests, doctors determined that the infant had suffered severe hypoxia and his brain was severely and permanently damaged. The family later agreed to terminate life support and the newborn passed away at ten days old. The family is seeking more than $8 million in economic and non-economic damages.
Anna Burkhart, 90, was admitted to Oradell Health Care Center for care after she suffered a fractured hip on October 30, 2014. While a patient, Ms. Burkhart developed a large, painful bedsore, which ultimately caused her death. Her family has filed suit.
Joshua Jackson was born at home nearly 12 weeks prematurely. He was taken to The Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida. There, according to the lawsuit, nurses improperly inserted a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC), which is a type of intravenous line. The misplaced line remained in place for nearly a week. While the line was in place, Joshua's arm showed signs and symptoms of impeded blood flow. Eventually, "Baby Jackson's left hand was...found by nurses to be shriveled and with black fingertips," according to the lawsuit.
The family of Bessie Shealey, a 73-year-old woman who died last year is suing a nursing home in Deep Creek, alleging the staff there didn't properly monitor and care for a bedsore, leading to her death.
In December 2013, Marla Dixon delivered her son, Earl, Jr., at North Shore Medical Center in Miami. At delivery, the baby was blue and his limbs were limp. The medical team revived him, but Earl, Jr. was left with a permanent, severe brain injury due to a lack of oxygen. Ms. Dixon and Earl Jr.'s father, Earl Reese-Thornton, Sr., filed suit.
A Pennsylvania federal judge recently ruled that the federal government pay $41.6 million to a couple after determining that a doctor at a federally funded health clinic negligently used forceps to deliver the couple's baby, causing permanent brain damage. The judge held that the doctor's premature and multiple uses of forceps in attempting to deliver the baby caused the newborn permanent physical and intellectual disabilities.