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Newborn initially thought to be stillborn, found breathing in morgue

Posted on April 12th, 2012 No Comments

A baby in Argentina is slowly recovering, after it was initially thought to have been a stillborn and was found barely alive inside a coffin at the morgue.

On April 3, a woman gave birth to a baby that was three months premature, and doctors told her that the infant did not make it through the birthing process, and promptly brought the mother a death certificate. Twelve hours after learning of their daughter’s death, the woman and her husband were allowed to enter the morgue to say their final goodbyes.

When they opened the casket that their daughter had been placed in, they noticed a slight movement in the newborn’s chest. A morgue attendant confirmed that the tiny baby was alive, and it was abruptly rushed back up to the hospital to be treated. The baby is currently in critical condition, but doctors say that her condition is improving.

Five different doctors have been put on medical leave pending an investigation into the case. The family plans on filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital as well.

A dozen hospitals in California fined

Posted on September 16th, 2011 No Comments

Twelve hospitals in California have been fined by the state’s public health officials on multiple charges of medical errors and negligence. In the past four years, 124 Californian hospitals have been fined for 198 penalties totaling more than $4.6 million.

The money collected from the hospitals’ fines go towards improving patient safety. Medical errors like leaving foreign objects inside of patients during surgery, prescribing wrong medication, and unsupervised medical personnel conducting medical procedures were discovered. Each penalty carries a fine ranging from $50,000 to $75,000.

A 48 year-old man suffered neurological damage after an unsupervised nurse administered his anesthesia, an 82 year-old man died from hospital negligence after he fell causing his brain to bleed, and another patient had a lens defogging solution bottle left in his body after an operation.

If you have been injured in a medical malpractice case, contact the San Antonio medical malpractice lawyers of Chris Mayo Injury Lawyers by calling (210) 999-9999 today.

Defensive medicine accounts for 20 percent of tests

Posted on March 4th, 2011 No Comments

A study of doctors in Pennsylvania recently found that physicians order imaging tests for defensive reasons about 20 percent of the time.  Defensive medicine is when a doctor or nurse orders a test or does some treatment with the primary reason not being necessity, but to protect themselves  from being sued for medical malpractice or negligence.  In addition, the study found that about 35 percent of imaging test costs are related to defensive medicine.

Researchers asked 72 doctors to mark on different imaging test forms whether they were ordering the test out of necessity or defensively.  The study looked at a total of 2,068 imaging tests ordered by the doctors including X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, bone scans and ultrasounds.  In 396 of the tests, doctors admitted to practicing defensive medicine.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of medical malpractice in San Antonio, contact the San Antonio medical malpractice attorneys of Chris Mayo Injury Lawyers at (210) 999-9999 to learn more about your rights as a patient.

Second family steps forward with indecent claims against child psychiatrist

Posted on September 16th, 2009 No Comments

Dr. William Olmsted was accused by a second family of acting inappropriately in providing child psychiatry services Friday. The family members alleged that during a 2005 session Olmsted took off his pants in front of the daughter.

Although the daughter’s parents stopped sending her to Dr. Olmsted and filed a complaint with the Texas Medical Board, the state agency never followed up on the case.

The child psychiatrist pleaded no-contest in a 2006 indecency with a child case, but was still allowed to continue practicing. Public and state lawmakers have confronted both the child psychiatrist and the Texas Medical Board about the allegations.

If your child is a victim of indecent behavior by a child psychiatrist, contact the San Antonio medical malpractice lawyers of Chris Mayo Injury Lawyers at (210) 999-9999.

Texas Supreme Court affirms decision in favor of injured patient

Posted on August 24th, 2009 No Comments

The Texas Supreme Court affirmed an appeals court decision July 31 in a medical malpractice case involving medical negligence.

In the opinion for Phillip v. McCreedy, the judge affirmed that the plaintiff, McCreedy, could move forward with his negligence claim. The defense representation for Dr. Chilton tried to get the case dismissed on the basis that the patient’s injury could not be causally connected to the doctor’s treatment.

The judge, however, ruled that the injured patient met the burden of proof to proceed with the case, in which the patient alleges that Dr. Chilton’s negligent treatment and failure to meet the standard of care resulted in the patient’s ankle fracture.

If you or anyone you know has been the victim of medical malpractice, contact the San Antonio medical malpractice attorneys of Chris Mayo Injury Lawyers at (210) 999-9999.

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