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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 2, 2017 – Medical malpractice lawsuits involving patients found “dead in bed” while in hospital after successful operations are on the rise. The patients were recovering in their rooms and not considered to be at risk. The sudden and unexpected death of patients recovering after successful surgery, sometimes within hours of an operation, is posing a significant problem. Research by top U.S. doctors into this issue has shown opioid painkillers suppress the respiratory system and starve the brain of oxygen, resulting in death. An in depth review of cases involving respiratory depression found the […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 18, 2017 – On November 15, the California Court of Appeals ruled that a former Univision Radio DJ can proceed with filing a disability and leave claim. The ruling calls into question the definition of disability and when an employer must be on notice to offer employees leave. Sofia Soria, a former Univision Radio DJ, filed a discrimination and wrongful termination suit against Univision in 2013 when she was allegedly fired after she notified her employer of needing surgery for a potentially cancerous stomach tumor. According to the suit, Soria allegedly gave notice […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 3, 2017 – A California woman went to an emergency room after she had been shot in the head with an air rifle. A delay in treatment resulted in a traumatic brain injury. The woman waited for five hours and by the time she was transferred to another hospital for surgery, she was barely conscious. Attending doctors at the second hospital rushed her into surgery, but the intracranial bleeding had exerted so much pressure on her brain that she sustained a traumatic brain injury. She now requires around-the-clock care. The plaintiff’s family filed a […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 30, 2016 – The family of a Florida woman is suing a medical center because they say that maggots crawled out of the woman’s mouth while she was in the intensive care unit. The family says that medical records show that maggots were found in the mouth, nasal airway, and thigh of Dorothy Mooneyham, 75. The maggots were noted on three occasions, according to the documents. The medical center denied the claims. Mooneyham later died of complications of surgery for lung cancer. “If the allegations are true, they certainly show that something went horribly […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 30, 2016 – Sharrone Travis allegedly contracted a necrotizing infection as the result of improper liposuction on her buttocks. Chicago resident Sharrone Travis underwent a surgical procedure, referred to as liposuction, on her buttocks. The operation was performed by Dr. Florence Mussat and carried out in a hospital – Presence St. Joseph-Chicago. As a result of the liposuction surgery, Travis allegedly contracted a post-surgical, severely painful necrotizing infection. She filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor, the hospital and hospital network alleging negligence in performing the surgery and failure of medical staff to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2016 – A new national data-gathering campaign is aimed to curb the maternal death rate in the United States, which leads that of other developed nations. The campaign, a joint effort of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, encourages states to institute mortality review panels to investigate every maternal death occurring during pregnancy or within 12 months following delivery. Data gathering on maternal deaths in some states has already led to meaningful prevention efforts. For example, women who undergo cesarean sections are […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2016 – Vaginal mesh implants are not just an issue in the United States. A well-respected Italian surgeon speaks out about the dangers posed by the implants. He says surgeons are not properly trained to perform such surgery correctly. It was twelve years ago when Italian Professor Stefano Salvatore spoke out against using polypropylene in gynaecological surgery. It was a serious problem then and remains so today. Salvatore chose to speak out once again to address the shockingly high risk of using bladder slings in England is actually 8.56 percent and not 3 […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2015 – Veterans had their surgeries cancelled or rescheduled after surgical equipment cases at the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System in Michigan were found to be contaminated. Healthcare System nurses discovered specks of “inorganic particulate matter” on cases that store sterile surgical equipment during a routine check in early November. Experts inspected the facility and determined that a water main break was responsible for the sediment on some of the cases. Since Nov. 23, the hospital has replaced some equipment, installed more filters in the water system and flushed the water lines. According […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 13, 2015 – James Nash went to hospital in 2013 for a groin abscess. He subsequently collapsed in a hospital bathroom and died. According to the medical malpractice, wrongful death lawsuit filed by Alice Nash, the mother of the deceased, the doctor who treated her son was allegedly negligent in not properly treating James for clotting after his surgery. The complaint alleges Dr. Harrypersaud Singh admitted James Nash one weekend in May 2013. He then left the hospital for the weekend and Singh’s replacement ordered a pneumatic device to prevent clotting after the groin […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2015 – An Illinois woman who filed a wrongful death lawsuit over the death of her husband has been awarded $2.6 million. Jacqueline Kotlarz filed the lawsuit after her husband died, claiming that he was not given an automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD) in time to save his life. “When negligence by medical professionals results in a tragic death like this one, a wrongful death lawsuit can provide compensation for the family,” said Robert Briskman, a wrongful death attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg, who is not involved in the case. “Money cannot […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2014 – Joan Rivers will always be remembered for her sharp wit, iconic style and acerbic personality. Many also remember how suddenly she died. “Rivers went for what was to have been a routine outpatient procedure. Something went wrong that caused her to stop breathing and later suffer a heart attack. Did a preventable anesthesiology error happen?” asked Arkansas injury lawyer, Michael Smith. Hospital errors have long triggered medical malpractice lawsuits. Outpatient clinics, which are rarely as fully equipped as hospitals, are open to even more legal issues. Outpatient clinics, or surgicenters, […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2014 – In a recent wrongful death case, a series of miscommunications led to a $1.8 million court award. In the spring of 2010, 30-year-old Carl Whitmer of Columbus, Ohio was involved in a serious car accident. Two weeks after the accident, Whitmer underwent facial surgery, but he never woke up after the operation. He passed away one week later. Whitmer’s estate filed court documents pursuing claims of wrongful death. Prior to his surgery, Whitmer had complained of severe headaches. However, his complaint was not checked and he was never assessed. Trauma services […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2014 – A doctor misdiagnosed a serious sinus condition as an allergy reaction. The misdiagnosis resulted in extensive surgery. “The plaintiff in this case, Shannon Jones, went to the hospital to see a doctor about her swollen left eye and the increasing sense of pressure she felt on the left side of her head,” said Litigation Funding representative Daren Monroe. “At her first visit to the hospital, she told the doctor that she did not have allergies.” After the doctor examined Jones, she was diagnosed with angioedema and sent home with a prescription […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) October 14, 2014 – The sheer number of plaintiffs filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against the same spine surgeon is staggering. The doctor is accused of performing unnecessary surgery. “The spine surgeon fled the country when he discovered he was indicted by a federal grand jury with fraudulently billing public and private health-care benefit programs for unnecessary operations. And his other medical malpractice lawsuits overshadow any potential fraud conviction. What is most troubling, besides unnecessary surgery, is the advice the doctor apparently gave to several patients,” said Arkansas injury lawyer Michael Smith, who is […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2014 – In the decade after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made more than $200 million in payments to settle nearly 1,000 wrongful death claims. According to VA data obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting, the payments have been made to the families of veterans who died as the result of misdiagnoses, neglect, suicide, botched surgeries and other negligence. “It is a tragedy any time a person’s death is caused by another’s negligence, but the government has a special responsibility to provide care for […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2014 – A female surgery patient alleged a Certified Nursing Assistant sexually assaulted her and that the hospital did not respond appropriately to her complaints. “The plaintiff in this lawsuit alleged that her sexual assault was not the first time the accused had assaulted patients and that he had been doing it for over a decade. Numerous woman had complained during that time, but nothing was done until recently when the complainant was told the person had been fired,” Daren Monroe, a Litigation Funding Corporation spokesperson said. Documentation filed with the court indicates […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 4, 2014 – This shocking case involves a man on the operating table for open-heart surgery. His surgeon left before closing, designating someone else to finish. “This case is hard to get your head around,” says Darren Monroe, of Litigation Funding, Michigan. “It’s difficult to understand why a surgeon would walk away from an operation and hand over closing the open chest to an inexperienced junior physician.” In this case, a Fresno, California cardiologist did just that – walked out of an OR before cardiac surgery was done. The medical negligence lawsuit alleges that […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 3, 2014 – This medical negligence case was the result of a surgical error made by a doctor during gall bladder surgery. “The plaintiff in this case filed a medical negligence lawsuit in 2011, relating to her surgery performed in 2009. The statement of claim alleged that the surgeon did not take the proper precautions to locate and identify the small duct that led to her small intestine. In failing to do his job properly, he severed an artery to the liver and the duct to her small intestine,” explains Daren Monroe, Litigation Funding […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2014 – A recent report indicates the unintended retention of foreign objects after surgery is a major issue. “The report, dealing with sentinal events, which are defined as unanticipated events resulting in death, serious physical or psychological injury to a patient, and not related to the natural course of the patient’s illness, indicates that foreign objects left in the body of a patient after surgery is on the rise. Issuing this alert is a rare event for The Joint Commission,” stated Michael Smith, an Arkansas hospital error attorney. The Joint Commission is […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 13, 2014 – It is illegal to interfere or retaliate against a worker that exercises their Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) rights. Shaffer v. American Medical Association, 7th Cir., No. 10-2117, October 18, 2011, deals with emails as evidence in an action filed for interference and retaliation. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a case dismissing a worker’s FMLA lawsuit, sending it back to the lower court. “The jury had to decide if William Shaffer’s firing was due to him taking four to six weeks leave for knee replacement surgery,” explained […]


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