A Georgia-based non-profit and associated companies have agreed to pay $1.25M for claims that they provided effectively worthless services to residents in a Mississippi nursing home. The lawsuit was filed against nursing care conglomerate owners, Julie and Douglas Mittleider, and their companies for rendering prison-like conditions to elderly residents. A string of former complaints, and even a state-wide ban in Massachusetts, precedes the Mittleiders' reputation for providing substandard care that has left residents severely injured and dead.
Four residents of Villa Capri assisted living center have sued the facility and alleged that on October 9, 2017, they were abandoned by the facility's staff when a firestorm forced an evacuation. The suit alleges that the residents, along with "other residents in wheelchairs, and other residents with dementia who were physically and cognitively incapable of escaping a burning building without assistance," were left stranded. The suit names Oakmont Senior Living and Oakmont Management Group as the defendants.
A woman in Canada gave birth in March and didn't seem to face any complications. She returned to the hospital the day after bringing her baby home and complained of stomach pains. She was told by her doctors that her stomach ache was a result of constipation, and she was sent home. The next day, she was rushed into emergency surgery due to a dangerous flesh-eating disease. She was then diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, which is an infection that results in the death of the body's soft tissue. Necrotizing fasciitis is a severe disease of sudden onset that spreads very quickly and usually enters the body through a break in the skin, such as a cut or burn. Unfortunately, the woman has had to go through multiple surgeries and has had her legs and arms amputated to prevent the spread of the infection. The woman remains mostly bedridden at the hospital several months later. She is now suing the hospital and the negligent doctors for not properly assessing her and for misdiagnosing her. She believes that if they had done their jobs properly when she first came in with symptoms, most of the damages could have been prevented and her limbs may have been spared from amputation.
In 2013, Anthony Gonzales was injured in a car wreck. He was prescribed cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant, for pain. In 2014, Mr. Gonzales had his prescription filled at Walgreens. According to his lawsuit, the pharmacist instead gave him Xanax, which belonged to another man with the same name. Xanax is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It has been linked to suicidal tendencies in some individuals.
A jury found Dr. Thomas Myers, a neonatologist, was negligent and has caused ongoing health problems for Tinley Parker, now five years old. They awarded more than $23 million to the family. According to the family's attorney, Tinley suffered massive blood loss at birth and was not fully transfused for approximately three hours after her birth. As a result, Tinley suffered brain damage and now has ongoing health problems, including cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
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.