Case #1029: Brachial Plexus

Verdict/Settlement $1,000,000 Summary On May 3, the Plaintiff was admitted to the Defendant Hospital’s labor and delivery suite. By May 4, the Plaintiff was completely dilated and her unborn baby was descending in the bony birth canal. Thereafter, these Defendants encountered shoulder dystocia — when the Infant Plaintiff’s left shoulder became entrapped in her mother’s birth … Continued

Case #1065: Cesarean Section

Verdict/Settlement $1,000,000 Summary On March 19, the Plaintiff contacted her prenatal doctors to advise that she was leaking fluid and/or mucus. She was advised to go to the Hospital, and initially refused. Subsequently, she proceeded to the Defendant hospital for further care and treatment in the labor and delivery area. It is alleged that she arrived … Continued

Case #1113: Aortic Dissection

Verdict/Settlement $1,000,000 Summary On November 7, the Decedent, age 43, saw the Defendant Physician. On presentation, the Decedent demonstrated signs and symptoms indicative of an aortic aneurysm/dissection (i.e. chest pain, evidence of pericardial effusion, aortic regurgitation, in addition to aortic dilatation). The Plaintiff alleged that the Decedent required a CT scan with contrast, an MRI (magnetic … Continued

Case #1066: Bowel Perforation

Verdict/Settlement $1,000,000 Summary In October, the 36-year old Plaintiff consulted with the Defendant Surgeon for abdominal pain. After examination, the Defendant advised the Plaintiff to undergo an exploratory laparoscopy for the purpose of lysis of adhesions. The Plaintiff alleged that, in view of the Plaintiff’s prior history of earlier surgical procedures resulting in the very scar … Continued

Case #1012: Pneumonia

Verdict/Settlement $987,500 Summary In December, it is alleged that these Defendants diagnosed the Plaintiffs’ Decedent with pneumonia. This condition continued into the following January, and she was hospitalized. Over the next several months, it is alleged that the Plaintiffs’ Decedent saw the Defendants, and was diagnosed variously with bronchitis and a “resolving pneumonia.” On September 20, … Continued

Case #1051: Rheumatic Fever

Verdict/Settlement $950,000 Summary On November 21, the 41 year old female Plaintiff presented to the Defendant primary care physician with symptoms of a fever, chills, and fatigue. She had been a patient of the Defendant since approximately 2005. She had a history of rheumatic fever and a heart murmur of which the Defendant was aware. The … Continued

Case #1099: Amputation

Verdict/Settlement $900,000 Summary In May, the Plaintiff began to feel aching and burning in her legs and feet and her right foot appeared to be paler and cooler than her left. Her primary care physician recommended an arterial Doppler study of the Plaintiff’s lower extremities with specific attention to the right foot, which revealed diffuse disease … Continued

Case #1080: Cardiology Errors

Verdict/Settlement $900,000 Summary It is alleged that on August 17, the Plaintiff’s Decedent was a patient at the Defendant Hospital and received an aortic and mitral valve replacement. It is alleged that the valves utilized for the replacement at the Defendant Hospital were those known historically to have a high propensity for thrombosis postoperatively, while other … Continued

Case # 3043: Surgical Negligence in Hernia Procedure

Verdict/Settlement $850,000 Summary In February, Plaintiff presented to the Defendant Hospital to undergo a repair of a ventral incisional hernia.  The Defendant surgeon was negligent during the February 27th surgery by injuring the mesentery, failing to identify an internal hernia and failing to lyse an adhesive band that was covering the small bowel mesentery. On … Continued

Case # 4001: Unnecessary colectomy on a 19 year-old woman leads to lifelong disability

Verdict/Settlement $800,000 Summary On November 12, the Plaintiff, a 19-year-old female, presented to the Defendant Hospital under the care of the Defendant Surgeon.  Due to colonic dysmotility, the Defendant Surgeon advised the Plaintiff to undergo a subtotal colectomy.  The Plaintiff alleged that in a 19-year-old female, recommending and performing a colectomy is contraindicated and therefore violates … Continued

Case #1055: Bowel Perforation

Verdict/Settlement $750,000 Summary On February 8, the Plaintiff’s Decedent was admitted to the Defendant Hospital with complaints of nausea, vomiting, anorexia, elevated temperature and pain near her colostomy site. On February 9, she had a distended abdomen, no bowel sounds, and had little to no drainage in her colostomy bag. Abdominal x-ray confirmed dilated loops of … Continued

Case #1048: Bowel Perforation

Verdict/Settlement $750,000 Summary On September 11, the Plaintiff’s Decedent, then 79 years old, presented to the Defendant Hospital for a laparoscopic ventral hernia repair. The Plaintiff’s Decedent agreed to the procedure which was completed on that day using mesh and spiral tacks The Plaintiff alleged that during the course of the procedure, the surgeon negligently placed … Continued

Case #1044: Surgical Errors

Verdict/Settlement $750,000 Summary On December 27, the Plaintiff’s Decedent, a 76 year old woman, underwent excision for a right lung mass at the Defendant Hospital. Following surgery, she was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit where she demonstrated decreasing respiratory rates at every check by the nursing staff. The Plaintiffs alleged that had the Defendant Hospital’s … Continued

Case #1090: Pneumonia

Verdict/Settlement $750,000 Summary On August 11, the Claimant’s Decedent was admitted to the Defendant Hospital for treatment as a result of an automobile accident. She was fifty years of age and in otherwise good health. While confined at the Defendant Hospital and immediately prior to discharge, the Claimant’s Decedent developed an increase in her white blood … Continued

Case #3002: Ongoing Hospital Negligence Leads to Fatal Heart Attack

Verdict/Settlement $750,000 Summary On Friday, September 11, the Plaintiffs’ Decedent, age 56, presented to a private emergency facility complaining of chest pain.  He reported two separate episodes of chest pain with the most recent being on that same day. An electrocardiogram (EKG) taken at that time was abnormal with ST depression in multiple leads.  Appropriately, … Continued

Case #3022: Medical Negligence Leads to Emergency Operation

Verdict/Settlement $750,000 Summary On December 17, the Plaintiff, a 58-year-old female, was admitted to the Defendant Hospital under the care of her general surgeon for treatment for diverticulitis. On December 18, the Defendant performed a colectomy, removing 16.5 centimeters of affected sigmoid bowel. Subsequently, the Plaintiff was discharged to her home on December 25. On January 5, the … Continued

Case #1056: Brain Injury

Verdict/Settlement $700,000 Summary The Plaintiff’s Decedant was proceeding to her home from church with her husband on November 24th, when she was struck by a drunk driver. She was wheelchair bound at the time and was 39 years of age. When she was transported via ambulance to the hospital, she was placed in a hallway and … Continued

Case #1010: Cardiology Errors

Verdict/Settlement $700,000 Summary On December 10, the Plaintiff presented to a hospital with complaints of chest pain. Subsequently, a nuclear medicine stress test was completed revealing an area suggestive of ischemia. Additionally, cardiac perfusion studies confirmed that the Plaintiff’s ventricular ejection fraction was 61% — within normal limits for a man of his age. With these … Continued

Case #1014: Medication Errors

Verdict/Settlement $700,000 Summary Prior to November 2, due to a history of DVT, the Plaintiff was successfully maintained by the Defendant Physician on a regimen of Coumadin therapy which included 10 milligrams of the drug on every even day and 7.5 milligrams of the drug on every odd day. However, on November 2, the Defendant … Continued

Case #1025: Prostate Cancer

Verdict/Settlement $700,000 Summary At 62 years old, the Plaintiff’s Decedent, was noted to have an elevated PSA and was referred to the Defendant urologist for evaluation and examination which occurred within two months. The Defendant recommended a biopsy but the decedent refused. The Defendant also recommended that the patient follow up in six months for prostate … Continued

Case #1057: Pneumonia

Verdict/Settlement $700,000 Summary On March 15, the Plaintiff’s Decedent, age 47 with a history of asthma, presented to the Defendant Hospital’s emergency department with chest complaints including tachycardia as well as wheezing. A chest x-ray demonstrated bilateral upper lower nodules and infiltrates which required further evaluation. In fact, the radiologist made the diagnosis and suggested CT … Continued

Case # 3096: Ongoing failure to test for nasopharyngeal cancer results in a terminal diagnosis.

Verdict/Settlement $700,000 Summary In January, Plaintiff went to the Defendants with complaints of a five-month history of a clogged left ear and left-sided hearing loss.  Defendant’s impression was bilateral mixed hearing loss, chronic serous otitis media, and a deviated septum. Plaintiff underwent placement of a pneumatic equalization tube in the left ear. Over the course … Continued

Case #1003: Lung Cancer

Verdict/Settlement $699,929 Summary On September 14, the Plaintiff’s Decedent, age 83, presented to the hospital with complaints of chest pain. A chest x-ray was interpreted by the Defendant who reported a normal chest. No further testing and/or studies were conducted. Two years later on January 11, the Decedent was admitted to the hospital due to shortness … Continued

Case #2006: Failure to Diagnose Lung Cancer

Verdict/Settlement $691,565 Summary On May 29, the Plaintiff’s Decedent, who was 78 years old at the time, presented to the hospital and had a chest x-ray which showed a right lung mass which represented an early lung malignancy. However, in direct contravention of the standards of care, the radiologist misinterpreted the films and reported the … Continued

Case #1008: Medication Errors

Verdict/Settlement $650,000 Summary On July 19, the Plaintiff was admitted to the Defendant Hospital through the emergency department for treatment of a fractured ankle related to a fall. As a part of the Plaintiff’s admission assessment, it was noted that the Plaintiff enjoyed drinking wine during the evening hours. Her admission laboratory values included an alcohol … Continued

Case # 3084: Surgical Negligence in Bariatric Surgery

Verdict/Settlement $650,000 Summary On January 7, Plaintiff, a 57 year old woman, presented to the Defendant Hospital to undergo a laparoscopic bariatric surgery.  The Plaintiff alleged that, postoperatively, the Plaintiff’s Decedent demonstrated signs of an intra-abdominal process which warranted eradication and surgical re-exploration.  The Plaintiff further alleged that the Defendant surgeon was negligent for failing … Continued

Case #1039: Amputation

Verdict/Settlement $635,000 Summary On August 12, the Plaintiff, John Doe, Jr., presented to the Defendant Anonymous Medical Center with complaints of severe, bilateral upper and mid-back pain. Additionally, he had a cough with yellow sputum and was having difficulty breathing. His skin was noted to be warm and clammy and he was ultimately diagnosed with pneumonia. … Continued

Case #1073: Anesthesia Errors

Verdict/Settlement $608,220 Summary On March 11, the Plaintiff’s Decedent presented to the Defendant Hospital’s emergency department with abdominal pain and distention. She was subsequently determined to have a small bowel obstruction. Accordingly, she was admitted under the care of the Defendant surgeons. The Defendant surgeon ordered a small bowel series with barium. The Plaintiff alleged that … Continued

Case #1102: Cancer

Verdict/Settlement $600,000 Summary On September 15, the Plaintiff presented to the Defendant with a penile lesion that had just developed. At that time, the Defendant performed an examination and diagnosed the Plaintiff with a fungal infection, without benefit of any tests and/or studies. He prescribed an anti-fungal medication and explained to the Plaintiff that the medication … Continued

Case #1077: Anesthesia Errors

Verdict/Settlement $600,000 Summary The Plaintiff’s Decedent, then 79 years old, was being followed by the Defendant hospital personnel for an abdominal aortic aneurysm. When it had increased in size, she agreed to admission to the Defendant Hospital on January 15, for surgery. The Plaintiff’s Decedent was taken to an operating room at the Defendant Hospital … Continued

Case #1028: Cardiology Errors

Verdict/Settlement $600,000 Summary On January 1, the Plaintiffs’ decedent, age 58, fell and fractured her tibia and fibula. She underwent surgery to repair the fractures on January 6, and was then transferred to the Defendant rehabilitation center for occupational and physical therapy. On January 12, a basic metabolic panel revealed that the decedent’s potassium levels were … Continued

Case #1108: Surgical Errors

Verdict/Settlement $600,000 Summary The decedent, a 67 year old female, had a long standing history of idiopathic bronchiectasis. On March 29, she was seen by a thoracic surgeon. After reviewing x-rays, pulmonary lung function tests, as well as perfusion and ventilation tests, he recommended surgical resection of her right middle lobe. However, after reviewing additional records … Continued

Case 2002: Bowel Obstruction

Verdict/Settlement $600,000 Summary On September 17, the Plaintiff, a 45 year old female, was admitted to the Defendant Hospital for a planned laparoscopic hysterectomy. She underwent the procedure the next day.  The Plaintiff alleged that the Defendant Hospital’s gynecology service fell below accepted standards of care in failing to appropriately evaluate her for the possibility … Continued

Case 2001: Vascular Occlusive Disease

Verdict/Settlement $550,000 Summary On January 11, the Plaintiff, presented to the defendant hospital’s emergency department in a wheelchair with complaints of severe pain and swelling in her right leg and foot. The Plaintiff had a history of recent abdominal surgery and, in addition to her severe leg complaints, she had fecal material coming through her … Continued

Case # 3087: Negligence During Delivery in Woman With Cholestasis of Pregnancy

Verdict/Settlement $550,000 Summary On May 28, the Plaintiff was a 31 year old woman who presented to the Defendant, an obstetrician, for her first prenatal visit after a positive home pregnancy test in April.  Her last menstrual period was February 25th and her estimated date of confinement was then established as December 2. On August … Continued

Case #1009: Lung Cancer

Verdict/Settlement $500,000 Summary The Plaintiffs’ decedent, age 70, was evaluated by the Defendant, an internist, numerous times over several years. The Defendant ordered multiple chest x-rays, which were interpreted as normal, despite the presence of a lesion in the right lung. Additional x-ray studies conducted each year for the next four years revealed that the right-sided … Continued

Case #1046: Aortic Dissection

Verdict/Settlement $500,000 Summary On February 15, the Plaintiff’s Decedent was a 56 year old male with a past medical history significant for hypertension. He presented to the Defendant Hospital via ambulance in a diaphoretic state with complaints of near syncope as well as back pain. On admission to the emergency department, the Plaintiff’s Decedent became hypotensive. … Continued

Case #1049: Meningitis

Verdict/Settlement $500,000 Summary On February 6, the 15 year old Plaintiff became ill in her school and went home early complaining of a severe headache. She was given Tylenol and was taken to the Defendants’ office that evening. Upon presentation, the Plaintiff’s Decedent was complaining of very stiff joints, aches, and a fever. Her mother had … Continued

Case #1054: Anesthesia Errors

Verdict/Settlement $450,000 Summary The Plaintiff’s Decedent was 36 years old with a history of pulmonary hypertension and multiple sclerosis. She developed hydradenitis in the left inguinal region. This is essentially an infected or inflamed sweat gland. The Plaintiff submitted to surgical removal of this condition at a hospital. The Defendant Anesthesiologist elected to administer general … Continued

Case #1095: Aneurysm

Verdict/Settlement $392,387 Summary On July 19, the Plaintiff’s Decedent presented to the Defendant internist with complaints of severe and sharp left eye pain, unremitting headache and dizziness. In fact, she had a history of the onset of left sharp eye pain and throbbing, frontal headache dating from July 1. Upon examination, the Defendant internist found that … Continued

Case #1079: Cesarean Section

Verdict/Settlement $99,999 Summary On February 9, at approximately 7:34 p.m., the Plaintiff presented to the Defendant Hospital at 41-3/7 weeks gestation in labor. At 7:55 p.m., the Plaintiff was having contractions every 4 minutes with a 4-5 centimeters dilatation. At that time, the Plaintiff was admitted for delivery as she had reached the active phase of … Continued