News Category: Medical Negligence

When you become injured due to incompetence or negligence of a medical professional, the legal process of holding them accountable may seem daunting. Additionally, insurance companies may become involved in the process, but they are often more concerned with their own bottom line, than doing what is right for you.

Keeping up with the latest news developments about different aspects of regulations, rules an outcomes can be vital in successfully holding a healthcare provider accountable. It is important to find a medical malpractice attorney willing to take the time to explain terms and developments in your case to you.

What Are the Symptoms of an Opioid Overdose?
04 mar
What Are the Symptoms of an Opioid Overdose?

These are the most common symptoms of an opioid overdose according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Slow, shallow breathing Gurgling or choking sounds Loss of consciousness or falling asleep Constricted “pinpoint” pupils Cold, pale, or bluish skin Limp body Opioid overdoses cause shallow, interrupted breathing that can quickly lead to brain

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What Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Do Doctors Have to Follow?
04 mar
What Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Do Doctors Have to Follow?

Some states and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer opioid prescribing guidelines for doctors to follow. There are some opioid prescribing guidelines doctors have to follow, while others are advisory. Opioid Prescribing Rules Vary by State Some state laws attempt to curb opioid addiction by imposing limits on the supply that practitioners

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How Are Opioid Medications Prescribed?
04 mar
How Are Opioid Medications Prescribed?

Opioid medications are prescribed for patients who are experiencing moderate to severe pain. Common opioids, also known as opioid agonists, that doctors may prescribe for pain relief include hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, oxymorphone, codeine, and fentanyl. Patients may receive opioid prescriptions when experiencing either acute or chronic pain. Some, but not all, of the factors that

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If an Opioid Overdose Doesn’t Lead to Death, Can I Still File for Medical Malpractice?
04 mar
If an Opioid Overdose Doesn’t Lead to Death, Can I Still File for Medical Malpractice?

Yes, opioid overdoses can be considered medical malpractice even if they do not lead to the victim’s death. Medical Malpractice and Opioid Overdoses Although death is an unfortunately common result of opioid overdoses, this is not a requirement for medical malpractice to have played a role in the incident. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control

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16 feb
Ohio Jury Finds American Health Network Negligent for Wrongful Death; Family Awarded $5.2 Million

David Robinson was just 35-years-old when he found blood in his stool. He decided to visit a clinic, staffed by the American Health Network, a private physician group practice that operates in more than 70 offices in Indiana and Ohio. According to a medical malpractice lawsuit, filed on behalf of Robinson, because of the physician

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20 jul
Iowa Jury Finds Sioux Health Center & Doctor Liable for Wrongful Death; Family Awarded $29,500,000

In June 2015, Carrie DeJongh went to the Sioux Center Community Health Center, which is located in Iowa, because she was experiencing an intense pain in her lower abdomen. The attending physician examined her and decided to order a CT scan to see what was causing the discomfort. The test results showed that DeJongh was

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Jury Finds Texas Hospital and Doctor Negligent of Medical Malpractice; Patient Awarded $43 Million
06 jun
Jury Finds Texas Hospital and Doctor Negligent of Medical Malpractice; Patient Awarded $43 Million

According to research conducted by John Hopkins University, 10 to 15 percent of the United States adult population have gallstone disease and around 800,000 operations are performed each year. The majority of patients suffering from gallstones do not require surgery, but the procedure is very common and statistically very safe. Billy Pierce, who is now

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21 may
Pennsylvania Jury Finds Doctor and Laser Spine Institute Negligent in Woman’s Death; Family Awarded $20 Million

After seven years of debilitating back pain, Sharon Kimble finally had enough. The narcotic pain medications she had been taking were no longer working and she elected to undergo a back surgery to treat her pain. In January 2014, Kimble and her husband, Robert Kimble, traveled from Ohio to the Laser Spine Institute in Philadelphia,

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21 may
Pennsylvania Jury Finds Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Negligent for Wrongful Death; Family Awarded $3 Million

James DeGeorge woke up on a cold December morning in 2014 with severe pain coming from his chest. DeGeorge was rushed into the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital located in Darby, Pennsylvanian, which is about seven miles west of Philadelphia. He was 84 at the time and his doctors decided that a pacemaker would help regulate his

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22 mar
Georgia Doctor Found Liable for Medical Malpractice Leaving Patient Paralyzed

Joan Simmons woke up on July 20, 2014 in unbearable pain. She was somehow able to get herself to the emergency room at St. Joseph’s/Chandler Hospital, located in Savannah, Georgia. Simmons, then 58, told the attending emergency room physicians that she had an intense pain coming from her back. According to court records, Simmons was

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03 jan
Utah Jury Finds North Canyon Care Center Negligent in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit; Awards Family $1.83 Million

On August 11, 2012, Morley Reed Sprague was rushed to the hospital. He was suffering from sepsis, a potentially lethal condition stemming from a severe infection, and a urinary tract infection. Sprague, then 57, had been suffering from MS for nearly two decades and in 2012 he was confined to a wheelchair. After a 12

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29 dec
U.S. Government Settles Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Over the Wrongful Death of a Marine; Family Awarded $2.3 Million

On February 24, 1998, the year after graduating from high school, Jason Simcakoski joined the United States Marine Corps. Simcakoski served for four years and was honorably discharged in 2002 after sustaining a significant injury to his head. After his service was over he began suffering from anxiety attacks and sought treatment at the Tomah

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28 dec
Jury Finds Pennsylvania Nursing Home Liable; Awards Family $1 Million

In April 2014, while under the care of Whitestone Care Center, Edward Arnold allegedly broke several bones in his body and came down with pneumonia. Arnold, 70-years-old at the time, was at the Whitestone nursing home, located in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, for only twenty days. According to a medical malpractice lawsuit, filed on behalf of his

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South Carolina Jury Finds Columbia Urological Associates Negligent; Awards Family $10,000,000
16 nov
South Carolina Jury Finds Columbia Urological Associates Negligent; Awards Family $10,000,000

In August 2010, Joann Shull Bannister and her husband were told by Dr. Philip Kinder that his team at Columbia Urological Associates were planning on surgically removing a lesion from her left kidney. The Bannisters were relieved when it was determined shortly thereafter that the surgery was unnecessary. According to a medical malpractice lawsuit, filed

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Pennsylvania Judge Approves $4.5 Million Geisinger Settlement
07 nov
Pennsylvania Judge Approves $4.5 Million Geisinger Settlement

On February 29, 2016, Andrew J. Martin, then 70 years old, was brought into the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Margaret Martin, his wife, and their three children, were under the impression that he would be quickly returning from the hospital in good health. But after spending 77 days at the

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West Virginia Jury Finds Doctor Negligent & Awards Plaintiff Nearly $5.8 Million
07 nov
West Virginia Jury Finds Doctor Negligent & Awards Plaintiff Nearly $5.8 Million

Early in 2014, Dominique Adkins underwent an operation to have her thyroid gland removed at a hospital in Charleston, West Virginia. Adkins, 38 at the time, came out of the operation unable to speak and in severe pain. According to a medical malpractice lawsuit, filed in March 2016, her doctor allegedly impaired critical nerves in

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Massachusetts Jury Finds Doctor Breached Standard of Care Leading to Woman’s Death; Family Awarded $4,000,000
27 oct
Massachusetts Jury Finds Doctor Breached Standard of Care Leading to Woman’s Death; Family Awarded $4,000,000

At the end of 2007, Marie Gabriel-Gelin found out that she was pregnant with her fourth child. Gabriel-Gelin, 36 at the time, and her doctors at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, MA decided that a cesarean section was the best option for a safe delivery. However, during her pregnancy she became anemic, making a cesarean

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Michigan Jury Finds Detroit Medical Center Negligent; Awards Family $40 Million
25 oct
Michigan Jury Finds Detroit Medical Center Negligent; Awards Family $40 Million

On October 17, 2013, Terrea Holly found herself lightheaded. Her heart was racing and she was unable to catch her breath. As she rushed to the emergency room, run by the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), she tried to take deep breaths and to not panic. To her initial relief, after being seen by a DMC

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Providence Jury Awards $40 Million to Man Who Lost His Leg
23 oct
Providence Jury Awards $40 Million to Man Who Lost His Leg

Peter Sfameni’s health was declining quickly. His lower back was in constant agony, his weight was rapidly declining, and he was always tired. Finally, at the end of 2010, he became so concerned with his condition that he went to the emergency room at the Rhode Island Hospital. Doctors initially believed that Sfameni might be

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Family of Deceased Veteran Settles 2014 Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
19 sep
Family of Deceased Veteran Settles 2014 Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Family of Deceased Veteran Settles 2014 Medical Malpractice Lawsuit for $2,650,000   Gary Wheelis, then 63, was enjoying a meal on December 12, 2012, when he began to choke on a piece of his food. Wheelis was not able to dislodge the obstruction, but he made it to the Backus Hospital, located in Norwich, Connecticut,

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Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Filed Against California Hospital Over Alleged Wrongful Death
14 sep
Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Filed Against California Hospital Over Alleged Wrongful Death

Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Filed Against California Hospital Over Alleged Wrongful Death Last summer, Gabriela Rojas journeyed to Queen of the Valley Medical Center, located in Napa County, for what should have been one of the best days of her life. After a long pregnancy, Rojas was excited to finally meet her baby boy. But just

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North Carolina Family Files Lawsuit Against Cape Fear Valley Health System
25 aug
North Carolina Family Files Lawsuit Against Cape Fear Valley Health System

North Carolina Family Files Lawsuit Against Cape Fear Valley Health System Less than a year ago, David Edward Bryant, Sr., who was then 67, lost his balance and fell. Bryant, who was awarded the Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam, suffered bruising, but at the time of the fall avoided any major injuries. He

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Washington State Jury Finds Neurosurgeon Negligent
21 aug
Washington State Jury Finds Neurosurgeon Negligent

Washington State Jury Finds Neurosurgeon Negligent; Awards Patient $1.2 Million Emily Daley, now 42-years-old, developed scoliosis when she was a teenager. In the United States over 3 million cases of scoliosis, which is a sideways curvature of the spine, are diagnosed each year. The majority of individuals who have scoliosis learn to deal with the

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Jury Finds Two Florida Doctors Negligent for Stroke;  McCallum Awarded $7.92 Million
16 aug
Jury Finds Two Florida Doctors Negligent for Stroke; McCallum Awarded $7.92 Million

Jury Finds Two Florida Doctors Negligent for Stroke; McCallum Awarded $7.92 Million In May 2013, Graciela McCallum’s doctors decided to take her off a blood thinner called Coumadin. She had been taking the preventative drug for nearly 15 years to prevent blood clots from forming that could cause her to suffer from a stroke. McCallum,

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Family Files Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Against California Chiropractor
11 aug
Family Files Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Against California Chiropractor

It appeared to be just another day in the life of supermodel Katie May. Another photo shoot and another paycheck. But on January 29, 2016, the shoot ended abruptly when May pinched a nerve during the session. She quickly decided to see chiropractor Eric Marc Swartz for a consultation. Swartz allegedly evaluated her and gave

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If you or a loved one become injured in an instance where a physician or medical healthcare provider is at fault, you need someone who is going to be on your side to explain things that may confuse you. Medical errors can have devastating consequences and that’s why you may need a reliable medical malpractice attorney help you get your rightful compensation. Review our news articles and contact us today for a consultation.