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$55.9 Million Verdict for Woman Injured After Spinal Surgery

A New York jury awarded $55.9 million to a woman and her spouse in a lawsuit that alleged a spinal surgery left her paralyzed.

Alleged Cancer Misdiagnosis Leads to Lawsuit

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.

Family Recovers $30M in Medical Malpractice Suit

The family of a six year old boy has settled a medical malpractice suit for $30 million against a physician who allegedly performed several experimental surgeries. Born in November 2009, the child had a leak in his esophagus, along with other conditions, none of which were life threatening. The child had surgery to repair the leak the day after he was born.

Cellphone Distractions in the Operating Room

While texting and driving is almost universally agreed to be one of the most dangerous habits of this current generation, dangerous texting has begun to branch out into other areas of people's lives. Interviews have shown that the medical field has had an increasing rate of errors in the operating room related to the use of personal technology, such as checking social media. Celebrity Joan Rivers, who died of cardiac arrest after her oxygen was cut off, appeared in photos with her surgeon during surgery while under anesthesia. Another incident in Dallas was reported where an anesthesiologist was emailing and texting instead of watching the patient's vital screens. This lack of attention led to the death of the patient whose dropping oxygen levels went unnoticed for 20 minutes. From checking text messages to online shopping, cellphone distractions in the medical field are rising. The handheld computer is being cemented into daily routines at a growing rate, and business policies are struggling to catch up.

Patient Loses Appeal of Lawsuit Over Prostate Surgery

David Antoon, a retired Air Force colonel, has tried multiple times to recover from the Cleveland Clinic for complications he experienced after surgery for prostate cancer. A federal appeals court has rejected his lawsuit. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found Mr. Antoon had no legal standing to bring allegations of fraud against the Cleveland Clinic and his surgeon, Dr. Jihad Kaouk.

Causation and Medical Malpractice Claims

It is always difficult when you or a loved one is hurt by medical malpractice. Unfortunately, in addition to losing your health, your remedies are limited by legislation that was passed in 2003.

Number of Surgical Errors Higher than Expected

A new study just released in the Surgery journal reveals that prevalence of "never events" in hospitals is much higher than previously thought. The analysis was done in hospitals looking at national malpractice claims, and examiners observed that over 80,000 "never events" occurred between 1990 and 2010.

Lawsuit Against Brain Surgeon and Hospital for Operating on Wrong Side of Brain

Just last Friday, a lawsuit was filed against SSM Health care-St. Louis and neurosurgeon, Dr. Armond Levy, for medical malpractice in Missouri state court. What is so shocking is that the brain surgeon operated on the wrong side of Regina Turner's brain. Turner was scheduled for "left-sided craniotomy bypass" on April 4, 2013 at St. Clare Health Center in Fenton, Missouri. Instead, Turner received a "right-sided craniotomy surgical procedure" the lawsuit alleges.

Foreign Objects Often Left in Bodies Following Surgery

A recent article highlighted the significant number of medical malpractice incidents when foreign objects are left in patients following surgeries. Peter Eisler, on behalf of USA Today, wrote the informative article discussing how these medical mistakes cost victims unnecessary pain, suffering, and sometimes even their lives. Number wise, Mr. Eisler indicated that dozens of times a day throughout our country patients leave the operating room with surgical items, instruments, and equipment in their bodies. Medically, however, all healthcare providers recognize these mistakes are truly preventable, and in the medical field they are often referred to as "never events."

California Surgeon Infects Patients during Heart Procedure

According to the Los Angeles Times, a heart surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center inadvertently infected five patients during valve replacement surgeries earlier this year, causing four of the patients to need a second operation.

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    The Equal Access to Justice Champions Program was started by the Houston Bar Association in 2006, to help ensure placement of Houston Volunteer Lawyers cases with pro bono volunteers. Originally, firms were tiered according to size, and firms within each tier committed to accept a certain number of pro bono cases from HVL each year for five years.

  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers America | Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz | 2017

    Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

  • Lead Counsel Rated

    In order to earn the Lead Counsel Rating, an attorney must not only demonstrate significant legal experience, but must also receive multiple peer recommendations advocating his or her ability. This is a key component in the screening process.

  • Texas Super Lawyers | Texas Monthly

    Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Texas via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. The Texas lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Texas Super Lawyers Top Lists.

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