Geraldine Nicholson went into surgery to have cancerous tissue removed from her colon. Dr. Arleen Thom performed the surgery on the 55-year-old woman, but made a fatal mistake during surgery. Thom closed Nicholson up before removing an 18-inch by 18-inch sponge from her abdomen. The sponge inside Nicholson caused infections and prevented her from receiving the proper treatment she needed for her cancer. Within a year of the surgery, Nicholson died from complications and from her cancer going untreated. Geraldine’s husband filed a lawsuit against Dr. Thom for negligence and medical malpractice. Nicholson’s attorney stated this whole incident could have
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Harold Hagins walked into a dentist office complaining of a toothache. Dentist William Moody took a look in Hagins mouth and determined his wisdom teeth needed to come out. When Hagins returned for the procedure, Moody removed his wisdom teeth, but had to stop the extraction after he discovered one of Hagins’ wisdom teeth was fused to the bone. Moody left the part of the tooth that was fused to the bone intact in Hagins’ mouth and sent him on his way. That same night, Hagins admitted himself to a hospital for severe pain and facial swelling. The remaining piece
Earl Bradley, a Delaware doctor is serving 14 life sentences in prison for child rape. Bradley sexually assaulted a number of young victims while he was a pediatrician. A class action lawsuit was filed against Beebe Medical Center, the Medical Society of Delaware, and other physicians who are accused of not reporting suspicions of Bradley’s behavior to police. On Wednesday, the Medical Society of Delaware and a southern Delaware hospital settled the lawsuit for $123 million. The settlement will place the money in a trust for the victims of pediatrician Earl Bradley. On November 13, 2012, a judge will determine
Matt McCann went to the hospital to have a herniated disk repaired and walked out with nerve damage and brain damage. During his surgery, his doctor accidently cut into his iliac artery, but didn’t notice until he suffered from cardiac arrest 36 hours later. He suffered permanent damage to the nerves that control his bladder and bowels, as well as brain damage. McCann sued the hospital for medical malpractice and sought compensation for his injury related expenses and punitive damages for the hospital’s mistake. The jury awarded McCann $2 million and even gave McCann’s ex-wife $50,000 based on her claim,
David Chao, the San Diego Chargers head doctor may have his medical license revoked or suspended due to medical negligence. The California state medical board cites evidence from three negligence cases from 2007 and 2012. Two weeks ago, Chao was found liable in lawsuit from a negligence case that took place in 2003. A San Diego jury awarded $7.5 million to the patient, who suffered from a knee injury during surgery. Another patient who suffered from an injury during hip surgery was awarded $2.2 million for medical negligence. The state medical board also mentioned two other cases where Chao was
HCA, one of the world’s largest for-profit hospital chains discovered that some of their cardiologists were conducting unnecessary procedures on their patients. HCA has uncovered evidence that goes as far back as 2002 and some as recent as 2012. What HCA found is that a number of cardiologists at several different hospitals weren’t able to justify the procedures they were performing. While conducting the investigation, HCA noticed some physicians made statements in their medical reports that were misleading and made it appear that the procedures were in fact necessary. The documents HCA uncovered don’t disclose how many patients may have
Technological advances have brought us a long way. We can treat nearly any disease and successfully complete even the most complicated procedures, but technology can’t fix our biggest flaw; human error. Even with today’s technologies, health care providers continue to make mistakes that can take a patient’s life. New York Times columnist, Maureen Dowd wrote an article about Rory Staunton, a 12-year-old boy who tripped while playing in the school gym and scraped his elbow. Just over a week later, Rory died from sepsis. When Rory’s parents took him to his pediatrician a week earlier, his pediatrician ignored Rory’s severe
In late May, 45-year-old Jacqueline Martin of NY was awarded nearly $120 million after suffering brain damage from a series of hospital visits. Martin, who originally sought treatment for a seizure, filed a lawsuit against three New York hospitals for medical malpractice. Martin claimed the medical staff mismanaged her medications, were unresponsive in times of crises, and failed to provide essential treatments. Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional (doctor, nurse, or dentist) is negligent when providing treatment to a patient. Improper treatment and negligence can cause injury to a patient, whether it’s a surgical or prescription error. Medical personnel
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