An Ohio jury awarded a boy and his family $44.5 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit against an Ohio laboratory. The child's parents brought a lawsuit against Athens Medical Laboratory Inc. alleging that a misdiagnosed and improper treatment of an ear infection in turn resulted in a brain infection and ultimately paralysis of a 9 year old boy.
A botched knockoff of the drug Tri-Moxi (which is often injected into a patient's eye during cataract surgery) has caused at least 68 people in the Dallas area to suffer partial blindness or worse within days or weeks of being injected in the eye during routine cataract surgery. The original inventors of Tri-Moxi, Imprimis, have maintained that the original formula is safe. The alleged purpose of Tri-Moxi is to prevent swelling, infection, and dryness of the operated eye.
In late July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers that several pharmaceutical companies have initiated recalls of the popular blood pressure drug valsartan after discovering that the medication is contaminated with a potentially carcinogenic chemical.
Ending up in the hospital can often be stressful and expensive, but it shouldn't be dangerous, as well. That's why the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is reducing its payments to 751 hospitals as a penalty for their poor patient safety statistics. Medicare will cut its 2018 reimbursement rates by one percent for the lowest-ranking quarter of hospitals based on a battery of patient safety measures-potentially a loss of millions of dollars, for some hospitals.
The National Practitioner Data Bank records 2017 as having the lowest number of payments made by physicians' insurers since it began collecting data in 1990. According to the NPDB, payments peaked in 2001 at 19,773 reports of medical malpractice payments, whereas 2017 only had 11,260 reports of medical malpractice payments across all healthcare providers, despite a dramatic increase in adverse action reports against healthcare providers. In the same time period between 2001 and 2017, adverse action reports have risen from 24,230 actions to 49,016. Are frivolous malpractice actions on the rise or is malpractice itself down?
More than ten years ago, Amy Williams lost her son, Christian Millare, after he suffered a fatal seizure. Ms. Williams has filed suit against Quest Diagnostics, a genetic testing lab, for allegedly misidentifying her deceased son's condition, which ultimately caused his death. Ms. Williams believes her son's genetic condition was misclassified.
Zofran (ondansetron) is an antinausea drug originally developed to help cancer patients with the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The drug works by preventing a certain type of nerve receptor from sending signals that the brain interprets as nausea. As doctors started noticing how effective it was, they began to prescribe it to pregnant patients for morning sickness "off-label," which means that the Food and Drug Administration never approved it for that use. It became the most commonly prescribed morning-sickness treatment in America, but now hundreds of mothers are filing lawsuits against Zofran's manufacturers, claiming that it caused severe birth defects, including heart defects, cleft palates and lips, kidney malformations, skull deformities, and club foot.
Have you ever felt rushed or cut off in conversation by your doctor?
In 2013, Hermelinda Toro (then 55-years-old) underwent pacemaker surgery at Stronger Hospital. Subsequently, she suffered several cardiopulmonary arrests, which resulted in brain injury and ultimately death. Allegedly, her artery was cut during the pacemaker insertion and the bleed was not quickly recognized. The surgeon had surgical performance issues and was placed on probation. It is also alleged the physician entered Ms. Toro's medical chart several times after she died, although it was not possible to discern what, if any changes, were made.
Mary Waters and her three children have sued Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center and nursing assistant Felecia Thompson for the wrongful death of Douglas Waters, Sr. The suit alleges that Ms. Thompson struck Mr. Waters on the head, neck, and face while she was trying to calm him during an episode of "delirium and agitation." The suit continues to allege that the assault gave Mr. Waters PTSD, which caused him to not have the will to live, which ultimately led to his death. Ms. Thompson was arrested by police and is facing pending criminal claims for injury to an elderly individual.