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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.