Posted on Friday, November 2nd, 2012 at 3:38 pm
The plaintiff in a dental malpractice lawsuit was recently awarded $9.8 million by a New York jury. The lawsuit was filed after the plaintiff suffered a faulty wisdom teeth extraction procedure.
In 2007, the patient went to a dentist for a toothache. Several days later, he returned to have his wisdom tooth removed, but during the procedure, the dentist discovered that the tooth was fused to his jawbone. The dentist halted the procedure, and the man went to the emergency room to have the remaining tooth fragments removed.
The man spent four days in the hospital before the rest of the tooth’s roots were extracted from his mouth. After the surgery, the man developed severe neurological problems that were deemed permanent and was also diagnosed with “broken jaw syndrome.” One month after this procedure, the man was still in extreme pain and returned to the hospital. A CT scan determined that he had a fracture in his jaw where the extraction was carried out.
Court documents show that after the fracture was uncovered, the malpractice victim was diagnosed by a neurosurgeon as having post-traumatic trigeminal neuropathy. Due to the intense pain that the man is constantly experiencing, he has been unable to return to work as a hydrogeologist and suffers from headaches on a daily basis.
According to a press release, the dentist and the oral surgeon who performed operation on the man were held liable for his serious injuries. They were determined to have acted negligently, and it was also found that they did not acquire informed consent from the patient before proceeding with the operations.
Posted on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 at 1:50 pm
On Friday, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled to uphold the medical malpractice cap that is currently in place in the state.
This cap was challenged by a Kansas woman who had the wrong ovary removed from her body in 2002. She sued, won her malpractice suit, and was awarded close to $760,000 in damages. Under the current medical malpractice cap on non-economic damages in the state, she had those damages cut to $250,000.
Critics who oppose the non-economic damage cap were hopeful that the Supreme Court in Kansas would issue a ruling similar to the one that was issued in Missouri back in July. The Missouri Supreme Court chose to strike down the medical malpractice cap, thus allowing medical malpractice victims to obtain more financial compensation for their suffering.
If you are the victim of medical malpractice, you need experienced representation on your side. Please contact the medical malpractice lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., by calling 215-238-1130 today.
Posted on Monday, October 1st, 2012 at 5:53 pm
A pharmaceutical industry group in the UK, Pharmacy Voice, has recently published the results of its study on pharmaceutical errors made by doctors and their effects on patients.
An audit of approximately 20 million prescriptions distributed by 4,409 pharmacies in one week’s time was used to determine how often pharmaceutical errors take place. The results of the study indicated that 44,527 problems were detected during that week, and of those problems, 148 of the errors could have ended in death.
Errors that were uncovered during the study included doctors prescribing medications to patients that were allergic to them and also prescribing the wrong medication, such as wart drops containing acid for a patient’s eye problems.
Incorrect prescription errors can result in serious complications for an individual. If you were harmed due to a pharmaceutical error, please contact the pharmaceutical error lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., today.
Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 at 9:25 pm
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine reveal that patients residing in the intensive care unit, ICU, are two times more likely to be misdiagnosed than adult hospital patients in general.
The alarming data uncovered by the researchers of this study shows that a fatality in the ICU can be attributed to a wrong diagnosis approximately 28 percent of the time. This data amounts to roughly 40,500 fatalities each year due to a misdiagnosis that was made in the ICU.
The most common misdiagnoses were documented in the research as well, and two of these conditions included heart attacks and pulmonary embolisms. Researchers taking part in this study analyzed 5,863 autopsies in order to gain information on situations where medical malpractice may have occurred in the ICU.
If you have suffered due to a misdiagnosis, please contact the misdiagnosis lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C. by calling 215-238-1130 today.
Posted on Monday, September 17th, 2012 at 9:44 pm
A jury has now found a cardiologist negligent after a 59-year-old woman died of blood thinning complications after having heart surgery.
Jurors have now awarded the woman’s daughter $138,000 as a result of the medical malpractice lawsuit in order to cover medical costs, funeral expenses, and emotional distress.
Nearly $1 million was awarded for emotional distress, but this will have to be lowered because the law in California limits the amount of damages allowed for emotional damages. According to court documents, the incident occurred in 2009 when the woman went in for heart surgery. After the surgery, the cardiologist prescribed her a blood thinner so that it would not clot as a result of the procedure.
Three days after she was released, the woman’s blood was tested and it was in normal range. Further appointments were set up for three or four weeks in the future to continue to monitor her blood levels.
The woman then went in for the treatment of a rash and no further blood tests were done. The woman said she was lethargic and lost her appetite. She was found dead by family members the next day. The lawsuit stated that if the doctor conducted more frequent blood tests, the abnormal blood thinning issue would have been caught.
Posted on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at 6:04 pm
The first annual World Cerebral Palsy Day is today, September 4. This day is dedicated to the 17 million people across the world that are suffering from cerebral palsy in some form.
This day will focus on raising awareness for the life-long condition that occurs at birth for many individuals. Cerebral palsy is largely misunderstood by the general public, and is more common of a condition than multiple sclerosis.
World Cerebral Palsy Day will continue to be an annual event where ideas on the condition can be shared across nations, shedding light on the trials and tribulations of individuals suffering from cerebral palsy.
If a birth injury caused your child to suffer from cerebral palsy, please contact the medical malpractice lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C. by calling 215-238-1130 today.
Posted on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 at 9:25 pm
The University of Toledo Medical Center has put it’s live donor program on suspension while an inquisition into a medical malpractice incident is investigated by authorities.
A nurse working at the hospital mistakenly put a kidney, that was donated from a live donor, into a trashcan inside the hospital. The kidney was deemed to be unusable after being removed from the trash. Two different nurses have been put on administrative leave as their actions connected to the incident are reviewed.
A statement from the hospital was released and it included sympathies directed towards the people affected by the malpractice issue at hand. The hospital has performed roughly 1,700 renal transplants since 1972, and it is hopeful that the transplant program will be open again in the next few weeks.
If a malpractice issue has caused you harm, please contact the medical malpractice lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C. by calling 215-238-1130 today.
Posted on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 at 8:54 pm
A study conducted by researchers at a university in Sydney reveals that doctors who requested different tests to be conducted on their patients did not always read the results before releasing those said patients.
This dangerous habit can lead to medical malpractice, and even death among patients who are affected. The study included looking at 6,736 inpatient records that involved more than 662,000 medical tests.
The results also concluded that doctors could neglect the results of these tests for up to two months after they were conducted. A hospital in New York changed their test reviewing policies after a 12-year-old boy was discharged, and later passed away from septic shock. Doctors had not reviewed his results before discharging him, because if they did they would have noticed that his blood sample tested positive for sepsis.
If your doctor failed to read your tests before discharging you, and you ended up with severe complications, please contact the medical malpractice lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C. by calling 215-238-1130 today.
Posted on Friday, August 17th, 2012 at 5:30 pm
According to court documents, the jury decided that a pump malfunction that occurred at the Ochsner Clinic seven years ago was the cause of the child’s serious brain injury.
The lawsuit was filed against the manufacturer of the pump as well as the Ochsner Clinic after the woman’s son underwent surgery three years ago and the pump in the surgery “failed and delivered epinephrine, an adrenalin drug, into the child’s body, triggering cardiac arrest,” according to representation for the boy. Jurors found that the companies were responsible for 65 percent of the damages.
Posted on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 at 1:30 pm
An inmate’s $2 million lawsuit claiming that he received negligent medical care while incarcerated has now been dismissed in court.
According to a U.S. Magistrate Judge, the inmate’s medical malpractice lawsuit was filed in 2011 but was later thrown out because it passed Pennsylvania’s two-year statue of limitations law.
The 43-year-old man is currently serving a 40-year sentence for robbing a Parkvale Savings Bank in December 2008. The lawsuit was filed in July 2011, and it claimed that after his arrest in 2008 he was treated in a Pittsburgh hospital before being transferred.
The lawsuit states that he was improperly treated after he was transferred to the prison when he was given Tylenol instead of the medication that he was prescribed by the hospital. The suit states that his complaints were ignored. The man originally sought medical expenses in order to repair his hand as well as compensatory and punitive damages.
If you have been the victim of negligent medical care, you need representation on your side to help you receive the damages that you deserve. Contact the Philadelphia medical negligence lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., today by calling 215-238-1130 today.