surgery | Law Firm Newswire - Part 2

Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) January 8, 2014 – Nursing home abuse is a national issue. The stories are horrific. “I often read about nursing home abuse cases in other jurisdictions, because they could just as easily happen in Arkansas,” indicates Michael Smith, an Arkansas nursing home abuse lawyer. The brutality perpetrated on seniors in America today is shocking. Just when they thought it was safe in a nursing home or assisted living facility, stories of elderly residents being sexually assaulted, burned, falling and/or breaking bones are rampant in the media. “The stories you read are just the tip […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2013 – A young girl went for what was supposed to be routine wisdom teeth surgery. She died several days later due to oxygen deprivation. “No parent should ever have to live through their child dying before they do,” said Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland anesthesia mistake lawyer with Mellino Robenalt, LLC. “The young lady in this reported case was only 17-years-old and sustained severe brain injury during her oral surgery in March of 2011.” The young teen went into a coma and died ten days later. Her autopsy report indicated she had died […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 1, 2013 – This series of medical negligence complaints had a bizarre outcome. The accused doctor is allowed to keep his medical license and practice. “Even though the surgeon in this unusual case has been allowed to keep his license to practice, it would not stop the families of those claiming medical negligence from suing him. Apparently the doctor was accused of defrauding Medicare of over $30,000, incompetence and negligence,” indicated Daren Monroe, of Litigation Funding Corp., Michigan. The initial complaint registered against the Tulsa surgeon included the names of 23 patients who sustained […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) October 25, 2013 – A male nursing assistant tells police he gets turned on while helping elderly female patients at his job. “This reported case began as a complaint from a 59-year-old woman who had just had hip surgery and stated a nursing assistant slipped into her bed and had non-consensual sex with her,” explained Arkansas injury lawyer, Michael Smith. “The whole situation began to unravel when another resident also said the same man inappropriately fondled her while he assisted her in using the restroom.” When the first patient filed a complaint with nursing […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2013 – In Washington alone, at least 30 patients a year discover they have a surgical instrument or sponge left inside them after an operation. “This doesn’t just happen in Washington State,” said Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer of Mellino Robenalt LLC. “It happens in just about every state across America. In fact, it is one of the most common medical mistakes surgeons commit.” Even though there is a pre and post-surgery checklist of the many instruments used during an operation, and a verbal count and check routine, patients may still […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) October 18, 2013 – The surgeon in this case operated on the wrong side of a young patient’s brain, and in the process destroyed tissue. In realizing his mistake, he then operated on the other side. “This was a case full of twists and turns,” indicated Arkansas injury lawyer, Michael Smith. A 15-year-old boy went to hospital for brain surgery to stop seizures that started in the right side of his brain. The surgeon removed tissue from the left side, the wrong side of the brain. Then proceeded to remove tissue from the right […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) September 16, 2013 – This $5.25 million settlement was paid by Wexner Medical Center in Ohio for a medical malpractice claim filed after the birth of a brain-damaged baby. “This reported case was a troubling one for what it said about the medical care a mother did not get while in hospital; care she should have had every reason to expect from medical staff,” indicated Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical negligence lawyer with Mellino Robenalt. The mother was admitted to the facility in 2006, just as she was going into labor. It was April 28th, […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 9, 2013 – A gastric band removal operation ended with the patient unexpectedly losing their spleen. “The patient in this case went to the hospital to have a gastric band removed. A gastric band is a device used to reduce to size of an individual’s stomach to help them eat less to lose weight. The operation appeared to have gone well,” indicated Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation. “Until it was discovered that an 8-inch surgical clamp had been left in her body.” The woman faced another surgery to remove the clamp, a device […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 2, 2013 – One patient lived to tell the story of her encounter with a surgeon. Although she had her life, she came out of surgery in a wheelchair. “This case was horrific from beginning to end,” said Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. “Mary Efurd went in for what she thought was an operation that would help her deal with back pain. She came out of the operation alive, but is now permanently confined to a wheelchair. She is thousands of dollars in debt, attempting to fix the surgeon’s mistakes.” Dr. Christopher […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 29, 2013 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against an Illinois nursing home. Brenda Schneedle filed the lawsuit as special administrator of the estate of Nellie Petrokovich, alleging negligence and wrongful death on the part of VIP Manor in Wood River, Illinois. Petrokovich was transferred to VIP Manor for care in June 2011, after undergoing colon surgery at St. Anthony’s Hospital. The lawsuit claims that the nursing home’s lack of care led to Petrokovich’s death. “Nursing home abuse and neglect is a growing problem,” said Robert Briskman, a Chicago wrongful death lawyer. […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) August 15, 2013 – The job of an anesthetist is crucial. Without proper administration and care during surgery, a patient’s life may be in jeopardy. “People facing surgery have an enormous amount of faith and trust in the person who will be putting them under for surgery. The anesthetist plays a crucial role before, during and after a surgical event, and if something goes wrong, and the doctor commits a preventable error, they may be held accountable for the results,” explained Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland anesthesia injury lawyer. Administering anesthetic is a job that requires […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 9, 2013 – A civil lawsuit was filed by a Texas man claiming that a specialty blanket, the Bair Hugger, for use during surgery, caused a significant infection. Tommy Walton, 70, underwent hip replacement surgery in 2011. During the surgical procedure, a blanket-like device that circulates warm air was placed on Mr. Walton to keep him warm. In a lawsuit filed in Houston earlier this year, Mr. Walton claims the blanket caused his need for 15 more surgeries, including the removal of an artificial hip. He is seeking more than $1 million in damages. […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) August 1, 2013 – A traumatic brain injury is not just the result of hard blows to the head. It may be a seemingly minor blow, but nonetheless, a subdural hematoma forms. “Not many people realize that a minor blow to the head, at no matter what age, may cause another form of traumatic brain injury, a subdural hematoma. Even minor head injuries may result in pooled blood within the brain that builds up pressure, necessitating surgery to release it,” said Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland traumatic brain injury lawyer. Head trauma, leading to brain bleeding, […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2013 – Patients harmed by preventable medical errors have the right to seek compensation for those mistakes. “When someone goes to hospital, they go with the expectation they will be helped and healed. When something goes wrong, such as a preventable medical error, the patient is left devastated and faces a life they no longer recognize,” said Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. Consider the case of a woman admitted to a New York hospital for brain surgery. Surgeons operated on the wrong side of her brain. The 36-year-old woman ended up […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 21, 2013 – Vascular PRN offers compression therapy devices that help promote blood flow to prevent and heal diabetic ulcers. Ulcers on the legs and feet are a major complication of diabetes. They occur in 15 percent of all diabetic patients. Without prompt and effective treatment, they may leave doctors no alternative but partial leg amputation. Diabetic ulcers precede 84 percent of all lower leg amputations. “Our compression therapy equipment gently compresses the leg to increase the flow of oxygen-rich blood,” said Greg Grambor, president of Vascular PRN. “Compression therapy is effective, inexpensive, and […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 14, 2013 – Each passing day brings the news that more transvaginal lawsuits have been filed across the nation. “It was just five short years ago that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicated there were risks involving mesh implants. Since that time, the number of lawsuits, as a result of mesh implant side effects, has increased astronomically,” remarked Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. Why the apparent sudden increase in the number of transvaginal lawsuits filed? At first, it was a trickle of complaints about […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2013 – A Texas resident who received two different defective hip implants filed a suit against the manufacturer. A lawsuit was filed against Stryker Orthopaedics in New Jersey Superior Court in February 2013. The suit alleges that the two Stryker hip implants the man received caused him serious injury and were defective. “This is not the first case facing Stryker Orthopaedics,” noted Waxahachie personal injury attorney John Hale. Numerous patients have alleged that there were complications experienced after receiving the Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II due to defective issues; the lawsuits have been […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) April 15, 2013 – One in fifteen medical mistakes leads to the death of a patient. “If doctors had a good grasp on the ability to report, measure and understand their errors and how they affect the bigger picture, it may reduce the number of medical mistakes in the nation’s hospitals. Or it may not, as doctors are human and humans are not always comfortable with admitting their mistakes, even if it means obfuscation to retain their reputation,” suggested Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. The events in question are not referred to as […]


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Philadelphia, PA (Law Firm Newswire) May 7, 2012 – Can Doctors Be Silenced? Philadelphia Jury Verdict Says No. Philadelphia-based lawyer Clifford E. Haines, president of the litigation firm, Haines & Associates, won an important victory in federal court on Friday, April 27th. The jury awarded $380,000 to Dr. Stephen Graboff, a board certified orthopedic surgeon and well known expert witness, who brought a defamation claim against the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (together, the AAOS). The jury also returned a verdict against the Colleran law firm, which had hired Dr. Graboff, because it […]


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