A patient in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Reston, Virginia, was just awarded $500,000 by a civil jury after a trial in which it heard evidence of the patient's doctors mocking him during a colonoscopy. The male patient had recorded the doctor's post-operative instructions on his cell phone as he was being prepped for the surgery. Listening to the recording on the drive home, however, he discovered that he had forgotten to stop the recording and had inadvertently captured the entire procedure-including a series of disparaging remarks the doctors made at his expense while he was under anesthesia.
The family of Kristy Stingley filed a lawsuit against Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, an ER doctor, and a neurologist for medical malpractice. The plaintiffs allege that the hospital committed gross negligence after misdiagnosing Kristy Stingley's brain aneurysm. As a result of the misdiagnosis and subsequent discharge, Kristy passed away leaving a husband and two young children.
Once again, the Texas Supreme Court has disregarded a jury's verdict in a health care case and ruled against the loved ones of a psychiatric patient. The decision came in a suit entitled Rodriguez-Escobar v. Goss, ___ S.W.3d ___ (Tex. 2013).