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Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Iowa Supreme Court Recognizes Wrongful Birth Claims

On June 2 nd, the Iowa Supreme Court joined the majority of the United States in recognizing wrongful birth claims. This move thus resuscitated a couple’s medical malpractice suit alleging they ...
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Proposed Trump Budget Calls for Medical Malpractice Damages Caps, Reform

In previous blog posts, we have discussed tort reform efforts, medical malpractice damages caps, and how they strip the power of decision making away from juries and bestow that power onto lobbyists ...
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Pennsylvania Building Collapse Victim Awarded Historic $96 Million Payout

Last month, a Pennsylvania woman was awarded $96.5 million in compensation after she was catastrophically injured in a tragic Philadelphia building collapse in 2013. The award, which followed a $257 ...
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The Dangers of Delayed Diagnosis

When your health is at stake, a delayed diagnosis can cause irreversible harm. Waiting to diagnose an illness can cause symptoms to worsen, while your condition goes untreated. Preventable ...
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Cook County Judge Awards $23M Verdict in Brain Damage Birth Injury Case

In a recent notable verdict from Illinois, a Tinley Park family was awarded over $23.1 million in compensation by a Cook County Circuit Court judge who sided with the family’s allegations that ...
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Ovarian Cancer Patient Wins $110M in Talcum Powder Lawsuit

The latest lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson has resulted in a $110 million verdict in favor of the plaintiff, a 62-year-old Virginia woman who claimed that the company failed to disclose the ...
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Philadelphia Jury Awards $20 Million in Surgical Mesh Trial

A Cinnaminson, NJ woman was awarded $20 million in damages by a Philadelphia jury after suffering injuries related to a vaginal mesh product manufactured by a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary. ...
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Plaintiffs Awarded $41.6M for Perinatal Brain Injury

A family in Pennsylvania was recently awarded $41.6 million in a case involving misuse of forceps during delivery. The plaintiffs filed their initial complaint in March 2013 alleging that the doctor ...
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Miami Family Secures $33.8 Million Birth Injury Award Against Federal Government

In a notable medical malpractice result from Florida, a federal judge ruled earlier this month that a federally supported health care provider and physician were negligent in causing significant ...
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Seattle Jury Awards $8.5 Million After Abdominal Surgery Leaves Man with Disfigured Penis

A Seattle man and his wife were awarded $8.5 million after abdominal surgery resulted in complications that required months of penis reconstruction. The verdict, delivered earlier this month in King ...
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Most Americans Oppose Medical Malpractice Damages Caps

In a previous blog, we discussed how medical malpractice has become a target for lobbyists who place profits over people in their attempts to place limits on the amount of compensation victims can ...
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Study Suggests Over 20% of Patients with Serious Conditions are Initially Misdiagnosed

A new study recently published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice suggests that over 20% of patients who obtained a second opinion from a Minnesota clinic were misdiagnosed by their ...
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Officials Report at Least 5 Births Following Botched Zika Tests by DC Lab

Officials from the District of Columbia have reported that at least five pregnant women who had their blood tested for Zika by the DC public health lab last year have since given birth. These five ...
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$46.5 Million in Damages Awarded to Family in Medical Malpractice Case

This month, a Union County jury awarded a total of $46.5 million in damages for the permanent disability sustained by the child of Karl and Candice Smalls after she was delivered via C-section on June ...
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400,000 Patients Die from Medical Malpractice Each Year

An article by John T. James, PhD explains that preventable medical errors are among the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for as many as 400,000 deaths per year. The previous ...
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Triple Amputee Awarded Nearly $14 Million in Case Against Aiken Regional Medical Centers

Seletha Gartrell, who lost both of her legs above the knee, her left arm from below the elbow, and fingers from her right hand, was awarded nearly $14 million in damages by a jury in Aiken County this ...
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Spine Surgeon "Dr. Death" Sentenced to Life in Prison

Last week, Christopher Duntsch, a 45-year-old Texas neurosurgeon who earned himself the nickname “Dr. Death,” was sentenced to life in prison by a Dallas jury. After deliberating for just ...
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Error in DC Lab Tests for Zika Results in Hundreds of Retests, Concerns for Mothers

In what has made national headlines, the DC public health lab is retesting of hundreds of blood samples after a critical error in laboratory testing procedure was discovered. The error, discovered in ...
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Elements of a Birth Injury Case

Victims of preventable birth injuries have the legal right to hold at-fault health care providers liable for the damages they have suffered, including their economic and non-economic damages. As with ...
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Medical Malpractice Damages Caps in Virginia

Over the years, medical malpractice has become a target for lawmakers and lobbyists who want to reduce the amount of compensation victims and their families are able to recover after they have been ...
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Jury Awards $14.5 Million Verdict in Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Case

A federal jury in Ohio recently ruled in favor of a child born with cerebral palsy and other medical complications as a result of medical errors made during labor and was awarded $14.5 million in ...
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Birth Injury Case Ends in Jury Verdict Victory for Plaintiff

A medical malpractice plaintiff has recently won a medical malpractice case who suffered a birth injury in 2009. Legal representatives worked closely with the client’s parents, who filed the ...
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Checklists Emphasize Protocol, Providing Life-Saving Reminders

Dr. Elliot Haut, a trauma surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, began designing a blood clot prevention protocol with his team back in 2006, intending to decrease the mortality rates for ...
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National Physician Databank Payments for Physician Errors Severely Decreased

The National Physician Databank payments for physician errors has decreased steadily for over a decade, between the years 2001 and 2015, with D.C. ranking at 49 out of 51. If payments for physician ...
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Chicago Family Awarded $53 Million in Birth Injury Case

Twelve years after Lisa Ewing’s newborn child suffered severe birth injuries as a result of negligent healthcare, the family was awarded an unprecedented sum of $53 million. According to the ...
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