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Judge awards veteran $1.25 million in medical malpractice suit

Posted on November 29th, 2012 No Comments

A federal judge in Miami has awarded an Air Force veteran $1.25 million in the man’s medical malpractice suit against a United States Veterans Administration Hospital. The 69 year-old veteran claims he contracted Hepatitis C from the hospital after receiving a colonoscopy with improperly sanitized medical equipment.

The Air Force veteran is only the first of many other lawsuits the Miami VA Hospital is facing. The man was tested for Hepatitis C after he received a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs two years after his colonoscopy that stated he should be tested for blood borne illnesses after officials discovered the equipment was not properly sterilized between patients. Other victims have contracted Hepatitis B and HIV.

The judge determined that the veteran contracted the illness from the hospital after tests he had in 2006 came up negative. An investigation led by the Department of Veterans Affairs found that approximately 11,000 veterans were exposed to improperly cleaned colonoscopy equipment between 2004 and 2009 at VA hospitals in Miami; Augusta, Georgia; and Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

If you or someone you love has been injured by improperly sanitized medical equipment as a result of hospital negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your pain and suffering. Hospital negligence is dangerous and unacceptable, and you should not have to suffer for someone else’s mistake.

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.


Ohio woman wins surgical negligence lawsuit

Posted on October 25th, 2012 No Comments

A 43 year-old Painesville, Ohio woman was awarded $910,000 by a jury after a 24 inch by 12 inch surgical towel was left inside her abdomen during surgery in 2009. The woman filed the medical malpractice lawsuit against her surgeon and the hospital, which the jury found equally guilty of negligence. According to the News-Herald, the towel went undiscovered for five months until she went in for another surgery.

The lawsuit states that the victim was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2009 and went in to surgery that summer to have her colon resectioned. The towel was left inside of her during this surgery and not removed until November when she had to get two-thirds of her bowels removed. An expert on the case says the towel damaged her bowels and made it difficult for her to eat certain foods, caused frequent bowel movements, and prevented her from leaving the house.

Her attorney says her cancer was found early and treated, but the damage from the towel will leave her with permanent suffering. She was awarded nearly a million dollars for her pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages. The hospital and physician have decided to pay the verdict rather than appeal.

If you have been a victim of a surgical error, such as a physician leaving a foreign object in your body, you have the right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit and receive compensation for your pain and suffering. A medical malpractice attorney can help you bring the negligent hospital or surgeon to justice and obtain the financial compensation you deserve.

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