Category Archives: Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a patient suffers further injury or death due to a medical professional’s negligence.

When is a Medical Injury Considered Malpractice?

A 16-year-old New Jersey teen was recently awarded $17 million after suffering damage to her thalamus during a medical procedure. The incident occurred when the teen was seven years old. She was hospitalized with pneumonia so severe that one part of her lung was beyond the point of treating with antibiotics. Instead, her medical care providers decided to remove the diseased portion of the lung. After the removal, a pediatric pulmonologist allegedly failed to properly wean the teen off of her sedation, which she had been on for 10 days. After her ventilator was removed, the teen stopped breathing, unnoticed by the doctors. By the time doctors acted, the teen’s heart had stopped. During a 35-minute period of unconsciousness, the teen suffered damage to her thalamus. That damage continues to affect her every day. She struggles to do most normal routine tasks; for example, when sworn in to testify against…
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Could This New Jersey Doctor Be Sued for Prescribing Pain Medication?

New Jersey’s attorney general is working to suspend the license of a doctor who prescribed a lethal dose of fentanyl “off-label” to a patient. Fentanyl is actually meant to be prescribed to cancer patients who are suffering from bouts of pain despite the use of other opioids. While the patient did suffer from neck and back pain, she did not have cancer and ultimately overdosed on the powerful drug. It was later discovered the doctor did not explain to the patient that fentanyl is an opioid, nor did the doctor explain the risks and hazards associated with the drug’s use. Additionally, the patient was prescribed twice the recommended starting dose. Unfortunately, it seems many practitioners are ignoring federal restrictions and are improperly prescribing fentanyl to patients who do not have cancer. Are Drug Companies Encouraging Doctors to Give Off-Label Prescriptions? Technically, doctors are allowed to prescribe drugs for purposes outside…
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Why This Cancer Patient Shouldn’t Have Died

A recent lawsuit was finally concluded when a jury awarded $6 million to a family who lost their loved one due to medical negligence. The medical malpractice lawsuit involved a Newark doctor that failed to diagnose a patient’s cancer, causing his death. In December of 2007, the patient visited his doctor because he found blood in his stool and had a family member who died from colon cancer. His doctor conducted a colonoscopy, but told the patient the bleeding was a direct result of hemorrhoids. Two years later, the patient went to the emergency room for severe pain. Doctors discovered there was a mass on his liver. The patient had been misdiagnosed and had colon cancer that spread to his liver. After chemotherapy and several surgeries, the patient died in 2011. Had the doctor correctly diagnosed the patient’s cancer, the patient might still be alive today. Failure to Diagnose Can…
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