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Medical Malpractice Archives

Woman Dies After Pacemaker Surgery

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.

Family Sues and Alleges Wrongful Death Against Hospital

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.

Mother Sues Clinic for Son's Overdose

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.

Medical Culture Encourages Doctors to Avoid Admitting Mistakes Reporting Medical Errors to Improve Patient Safety

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.

Hospital Sued for Deaths of Babies

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.

YouTube's Dancing "Dr. Booty Baby" Sued for Medical Malpractice, Invasion of Privacy

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.

Woman Eaten by Scabies

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.

Antipsychotics Found to Be Overprescribed in Nursing Homes

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.

Lawsuit Filed After Woman "Eaten Alive" by Scabies Mites at Nursing Home

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.

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