Tag Archives: Medical 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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Why This Cancer Patient Shouldnā€™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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How to Stay Safe from Medical Malpractice

According to the Journal of Patient Safety, approximately 440,000 people die every year as a result of preventable medical errors. To put things into perspective, this number is higher than the number of people who die from heart disease and cancer. That said, many people do not believe injuries caused by a doctor’s mistakes would ever happen to them—until they do. What is Medical Malpractice? Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, dentist, nurse or anyone in the medical field provides a substandard level of care, ultimately causing emotional trauma, injury or even death to the patient. The most common type of medical malpractice claim happens when a medical professional is negligent in conduct or care of a patient. Most attribute medical negligence to surgical errors or other types of procedures, but medical negligence extends beyond that. Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or failure to diagnose a severe illness accounts for a large…
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