Medical Malpractice Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 7

Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) March 13, 2013 – It had to happen. A surgeon infects a patient with Hepatitis B. “When someone goes to the hospital for an operation, they do not expect to come home and find out later they have Hepatitis B. That is what happened to several patients in Virginia, after having joint replacement surgery. Evidently, the surgeon became aware he was infected on submitting to routine blood tests after sticking himself with a needle,” explained Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. In this instance, the doctor had no symptoms, despite having emigrated from a […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 11, 2013 – Johnson & Johnson has announced a recall of thousands of hip implants. The company is recalling the “Adept,” an all-metal total hip replacement system, due to a higher-than-expected percentage of implants causing pain and difficulty in movement for patients. The Adept models have been found to have issues in the top part of the hip, where the ball of the thigh bone fits into the socket. All 7,500 Adept systems that were shipped worldwide between 2004 and 2011 are being recalled. Surgeons and hospital administrators were sent notification about this recent […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) March 4, 2013 – Many medical mistakes are not reported. Medical health professionals fear the repercussions. “If you asked yourself if you made a mistake that harmed someone, and you were a doctor, would you admit to making the mistake? While some may answer yes, there are a good number of other medical professionals out there that would say no; they would rather cover it up and hope for the best. They do not want their reputations torn to shreds in court. This is rather backward thinking, because if they are caught hiding their mistake, […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) February 15, 2013 – Cerebral palsy is an extremely serious birth injury. If the cause is medical negligence, someone must be held accountable. “Cerebral palsy is one of the most devastating birth injuries a child may encounter. It affects not only the child’s life, but the whole family. If the palsy was the direct result of medical malpractice, then the doctor or hospital care givers must be held accountable for their actions,” stated Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. Cerebral palsy is the result of abnormal brain development, often as a result of damage […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) February 1, 2013 – A new study of medical malpractice claims indicates surgeons leave foreign objects in a patient or perform the wrong procedure far too often. “Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine released a report recently that shows medical malpractice is far more prevalent than once thought, which is depressing news for patients,” suggested Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. The study covered a time frame from September 1990 to September 2010, and it may be found online in the Surgery Journal. Lately, the media has been full of reports that the medical […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2013 – There are some medical malpractice cases that have an unusual outcome. This is one of them. “It’s not often a patient is awarded damages for maybe being a victim of medical malpractice. This case was quite unusual, and the chances of it happening again are likely questionable, but cannot be completely ruled out,” indicated Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. The story begins with a 70-year-old U.S. Air Force vet and his wife, who sued the U.S. government for medical malpractice. It seems that the veteran and his wife, sought […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2013 – A whistleblower lawsuit will proceed against Wells Fargo and Mortgage Investors Corporation (MIC). It alleges that they illegally charged veterans hidden fees for refinancing home loans. “This case is as shocking as it is disgusting,” said Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland whistleblower lawyer. “It involves six big name banks that apparently illegally charged vets hidden fees on refinanced home loans from the Veterans Administration (VA). The result of this perfidy is American taxpayers were taken for hundreds of millions of dollars.” The two remaining defendants, Wells Fargo and MIC opted to litigate, […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2012 – The company cited in this whistleblower lawsuit may have endangered the Kabul mission and the lives of military personnel. “This case is a real eye-opener,” related Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland whistleblower lawyer. “It involves a company, Jorge Scientific, allegedly endangering the lives of military personnel in the Kabul theatre of war.” This whistleblower lawsuit, also referred to as a qui tam lawsuit, is being filed by two former employees of the company – a long-term defense and intelligence contractor to the federal government. The suit includes videos of the actions witnessed […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2012 – Hospital errors are more prevalent than most people are aware. A solution may be medication bar coding. “Bar coding is an innovative system,” remarked Mike Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas personal injury lawyer, “and it has the potential to make an enormous difference. In fact, this system is in place in Michigan, and it’s helped prevent about 23,500 possible drug errors in a six-month period in 2012. That kind of statistic should get your attention.” The fact that close to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 7 , 2012 – The idea of transvaginal kits began as a good one. However, the concept was fatally flawed from the beginning. “While the idea of a transvaginal kit had some merit, it turns out that they were flawed before they even got out of the design stage. Consider the story of a Fort Lauderdale woman, implanted with a mesh in 2001. The procedure nearly killed her. Since then, she has been responsible for getting FDA warnings on the synthetic mesh, and has spent thousands of hours researching surgical mesh and advocating for […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) December 5, 2012 – Being a whistleblower is not fun. It typically has a variety of consequences. “Many whistleblowers face distain and are ostracized not only in their workplace, if they are still employed, but from other sources as well. One of the most high profile cases dealing with the fall out of being a whistleblower is the case filed by former Penn State assistant football coach, Mike McQueary,” said Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland whistleblower lawyer. Many will recognize the McQueary name from the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case. This case was a hot potato […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 29, 2012 – In Des Moines County, a jury has been unable to reach a verdict in a medical malpractice trial. The lawsuit was brought against a medical center and an emergency room doctor after the death of William Thye. The judge released the jury with instructions to return the next day to continue deliberations in the case against the emergency room staff at Great River Medical Center and Dr. Vandenberg, who treated William Thye. Thye’s wife and family filed a lawsuit claiming negligence in his treatment. Thye died from respiratory failure. If the […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) November 29, 2012 – Many people believe that nothing can go wrong with liposuction and other cosmetic procedures. People generally believe these procedures are universally safe because they are elective and not done because someone is sick or has an underlying medical problem. Nothing could be further from the truth. What seems like a simple surgery to get fat sucked out of your body could result in death. “People think getting liposuction is easy, safe and fairly routine these days. It is anything but, and they need to know it could cost them their lives. […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2012 – New Jersey Assemblywoman Amy H. Handlin recently proposed a bill to reform how medical malpractice complaints can be settled to address a doctor shortage and reduce medical malpractice rates. The bill, A-3293, is designed to offer injured patients, as well as their healthcare providers, the ability to use an “early offer” mediation process. Bill A-3293 would enable medical injury claims to be resolved voluntarily in lieu of a lawsuit for parties wishing to settle their complaint quickly and without legal support. Handlin stated that New Jersey continues to have issues attracting […]


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Irvine, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 1, 2012 – The law firm of Bond & Taylor is advising pregnant women today that taking antidepressant SSRI medications has been strongly associated with birth defects. Pregnant women taking SSRI antidepressant medications are strongly encouraged to talk to their doctor about the risks for birth defects associated with taking this medication while pregnant. SSRI antidepressants are numerous, and include the following brand names: Paxil®, Prozac®, Zoloft®, Celexa®, Lexapro®, Luvox®, and Viibryd®. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), expectant mothers are 1 to 2 times more at risk for delivering a […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 30, 2012 – The idea behind a transvaginal mesh implant is a good one. However, it does not appear to be working. “Women with medical conditions that necessitate a transvaginal mesh implant, such as urinary stress incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, were happy to learn about the latest surgical procedure that could help them. The implants turned out to be a nightmare of pain and anxiety, often resulting in even further surgeries,” explained Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. In many instances, but not all, pregnancy […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) October 26, 2012 – Many hospital errors are preventable, which is shocking, as more than 90,000 people die every year as a direct result of hospital errors. “In many jurisdictions there is a ‘sort of’ mandate for hospitals to report something referred to as ‘provider preventable conditions.’ The difficulty with that is not everything is reported, as it depends on what the hospitals have chosen to report. Many choose infections, but there are a whole host of other preventable conditions that would just as easily qualify,” says Mike Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2012 – The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recently issued an “immediate suspension order” to halt the shipping of oxycodone and other controlled substances from a Walgreens distribution center in Jupiter, Fla. The agency issues immediate suspension orders when they believe a drug distributor, dispensary or physician represents “an imminent danger to the public safety.” “Florida doctors and pharmacies have come under close scrutiny for their role in the scourge of prescription drug abuse,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. The order is the latest DEA action against distributors and retailers of addictive […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 10, 2012 – A lawsuit has been filed against an Illinois nursing home over negligence in the prevention and treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Carol Harrison, 63, was admitted to Maple Ridge Care Centre for rehabilitation and ventilator care following complications from surgery. As with many patients in long-term care, Harrison was at risk for blood clots. According to the lawsuit, medical staff failed to detect the fact that Harrison had developed DVT. Her leg had to be amputated, which allegedly hastened her death. DVT is a potentially fatal condition that staff at […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) October 5, 2012 – Caps on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases are being struck down slowly but surely in various states. “Missouri’s Supreme Court has recently ruled that the cap on pain and suffering damages in a medical malpractice case, which is set at $350,000, is unconstitutional, as it deprives patients/victims of their right to a trial by jury. It’s about time rulings like this are being handed down,” said Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer of Mellino Robenalt LLC, in Ohio. “For those who strongly believe in constitutional rights, this decision is […]


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