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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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$1 Billion Verdict for Plaintiffs in Johnson & Johnson Case

After deliberating for less than a day, a Texas jury awarded 6 plaintiffs more than $1 billion after finding Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopedics negligent for their injurious ...
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Parents Awarded $74 Million in Medical Malpractice Case

The parents of Sofia Blunt were awarded $74 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit after a jury found Dr. Kurt Haupt negligent during her delivery, which resulted in her developing cerebral palsy. ...
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Patient Permanently Paralyzed Due to Medical Error

In a recent medical malpractice case in Pennsylvania, a jury awarded over $12 million to a 53 year-old man who was rendered paralyzed due to the failure of emergency room physicians who did not ...
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Talcum Powder and its Link to Ovarian Cancer

This year alone, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay close to $200 million to women and their families, after the use of their talcum powder products were linked to the development of ovarian ...
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Mesothelioma | A General Overview

Caused by exposure to asbestos, mesothelioma is a type of cancer that typically forms in the lining of the lungs, in the abdomen and, in rare cases, in the heart. Unfortunately, there is no known cure ...
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Placental Abruption and Birth Injuries

Placental abruption, in most cases, is not usually preventable. It occurs when the placenta separates prematurely from the uterine wall, causing severe distress to the infant and often requiring an ...
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Medical Peer Review Privilege

All 50 states and the District of Columbia have a medical peer review statute. This privilege allows protection to medical facilities and doctors, preventing patients and their counsel from acquiring ...
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The Exploration of Federal Diversity Jurisdiction

Earlier this month, Ronald Weich, the Dean at the University of Baltimore School of Law gave Congress a testimony regarding federal diversity jurisdiction, or the right of the plaintiff and defendant ...
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