Timothy Lewis died of an overdose on May 4, 2017. His mother has filed suit against employees of HOPE Clinic, Cross Lanes Family Pharmacy, and Poca Valu-Rite. She has alleged they operated a pill mill and fatally over-prescribed opioid medication to her son.
Each year, 250,000 patients die from medical errors - more than motor and air crashes, suicides, falls, poisonings, and drownings combined - according to John Hopkins published research. Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States, yet a study shows most doctors would not tell patients or accept responsibility for their mistakes.
Two families filed suit this week against Clear Lake Regional Medical Center over the deaths of their newborn babies. Both allege that the hospital and various doctors were responsible for the "negligent evaluation, treatment, and management" of their infants.
Dr. Windell Boutte, a Georgia dermatologist who posted videos on her YouTube channel of herself dancing and mugging for the camera while performing surgery on unconscious patients, has been sued by multiple, both before and after the posting of her videos. The patients allege that they suffered injuries ranging from infections and disfigurement to brain damage following surgery performed by Boutte, and some also allege that they did not give Boutte consent to publish videos of them undergoing surgery.
Dr. Celia Lloyd-Turney, an Alabama doctor, is being sued for the wrongful death of one of her patients who died May 15, 2016. The lawsuit was filed by the deceased's administrator and states Dr. Turney began treating Felicia Ann Kelly for "alleged anxiety and chronic pain," back in January 2012. Between 2012 and 2016, Dr. Turney prescribed at least 3,645 oxycodone pills to Kelly, 582 of which were prescribed during the final two and half months of her life. During that time, Kelly was also prescribed several other prescriptions, including opioids and benzodiazepines. Sources say Kelly's toxicology tests detected "fatal levels" of oxycodone and other drugs and that she died from "mixed drug toxicity."
According to the autopsy, 93-year-old Rebecca Zeni died of "septicemia due to crusted scabies" while a resident Shepherd Hills Nursing Home, which is operated by Pruitt Health. The family has filed suit. State health officials were notified about the scabies outbreak at the facility, but it was never inspected.
Human Rights Watch published a study finding that approximately 179,000 nursing home residents are medicated with antipsychotic drugs, even though they do not have schizophrenia or other serious mental illnesses.
A woman was literally eaten alive by parasitic mites while the staff at her nursing home looked on. In 2015, forensic pathologists found 93-year-old Rebecca Zeni had died from "septicemia due to crusted scabies" after millions of parasitic mites, known as scabies, essentially ate Zeni alive over several months or possibly years while the nursing home did nothing to stop it. The forensic pathologist described her death as "one of the most horrendous things [he's] ever seen in [his] career" and believes she died a most painful death.
A local newspaper reviewed several public records and lawsuits and found that around half of the psych hospitals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have had at least one major safety incident since 2011. A major safety incident was defined as a suicide or significant attempt, a report of unwanted sexual contact, or a serious physical attack.
According to a recent report, errors related to diagnostic studies were the largest source of medical malpractice claims across a five-year period. The report was prepared by Coverys, a malpractice services provider. In preparing the report, the authors reviewed 10,618 medical malpractice claims made from 2013 to 2017. The authors found that 33% of malpractice claims were related to errors made during patient diagnosis and more than half of those claims involved poor clinical decisions. Claims involving surgical procedures came in second at 24% followed by medical management claims at 14%. Of the 10,618 claims, researchers noted that 54% of diagnoses-related claims were high-severity and 36% resulted in death. Researchers noted that vulnerabilities in the diagnostic process can begin with the first patient visit and continue all the way through to the follow-up phase after evaluation, testing, and treatment. For example, 33% of diagnostic-related claims occurred because the doctors failed to appropriately evaluate the patient, including obtaining a detailed patient and family history and performing a physical examination of the patient. Approximately 52% of claims involved diagnostic tests and lab tests, including errors in ordering, performing, transmitting. and interpreting the tests. Coverys researchers found that the majority of diagnosis-related claims stem from general medicine (24%), followed by hospital and facility-related claims (19%), radiology (14%), medical subspecialties (11%), emergency medicine (11%), and surgery (9%). According to the report, of the 3,466 closed claims from 2013 to 2017 with diagnosis-related allegations, claims involving cancer were the most prevalent, followed by infections, cardiac/vascular conditions, fractures/dislocations, and myocardial infarctions. To improve accuracy in making diagnoses, the authors recommended a team-based approach in which doctors are encouraged to discuss clinical cases with others.