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San Antonio Physician Sued in Malpractice Suit

Posted on October 26th, 2012 No Comments

In 2007, a nursing home resident passed away partially due to an infected bedsore. The 67-year-old resident initially developed the bedsore as a result of back surgery she underwent at Northeast Baptist Hospital. She had back surgery to correct issues that arose after she accidentally fell.

Once the surgery was completed, the woman was transferred to Heartland of San Antonio to begin her rehabilitation process. Once the woman was in the care of a San Antonio physician at the hospital, her bedsore allegedly continued to worsen. The bedsore grew to an alarming size and became severely infected. The woman passed away on October 2007, and the bedsore was listed as a contributing factor in her death.

The woman’s adult children filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Heartland of San Antonio, as well as their mother’s residing physician. Trial for the malpractice suit began on Tuesday, October 16. Prior to the start of the trial, Heartland and the plaintiffs agreed on a settlement in the case. The amount of compensation that was agreed upon was not disclosed.

The San Antonio physician is denying any wrongdoing in his patient’s death. According to the suit, the physician chose to neglect examining the nursing home patient personally, and passed off that responsibility through exams called “chart rounds.” These exams are merely observations made by nurses. The plaintiffs are hoping that a jury in civil court will determine that the doctor acted negligently in the treatment of their mother’s bedsore.

 

Damage cap ruled unconstitutional in Missouri

Posted on August 6th, 2012 No Comments

The Missouri Supreme Court has overturned a cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases that has stood for the past two decades.  In a 4-3 decision, the members of the court determined that this cap prevented an individual from experiencing a fair trial by jury, which is a constitutional right.

The problem with the noneconomic damage cap came to light after a Missouri mother claimed it was unconstitutional. The woman was originally awarded $1.45 million in noneconomic damages after her child suffered fetal hypoxia at birth due to medical malpractice. The damage cap reduced that original amount to $350,000.

The Missouri Supreme Court agreed that this cap was unconstitutional. Now, the amount of noneconomic damages awarded in medical malpractice cases will be determined by jury, and there will not be a cap.

If  medical malpractice has left you or someone you know with an injury, please contact the malpractice lawyers of Chris Mayo Injury Lawyers by calling (210) 999-9999 today.

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