Articles Tagged with Medical Malpractice

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Losing a loved one is a difficult situation for any family, but this is especially true if the death was caused by another person’s negligence. In such a scenario, it’s your right to hire an attorney and file a wrongful death lawsuit to fight for justice and monetary recovery. However, no matter the strength of the case, you may still wait years until your case settles. When finances are strained, Lawsuit Financial can help by providing wrongful death lawsuit funding.

Nine years ago, a Massachusetts woman died while delivering her fourth child. Earlier this month, the family obtained justice when a jury awarded her family $4 million.

The woman became anemic during pregnancy, which placed her at a higher risk of life-threatening complications during and after a Cesarean section (C-section). The lawsuit alleged that during the procedure, one of the doctors punctured her bowel and the woman lost a substantial amount of blood. Additionally, she suffered from an atonic uterus (condition where the uterus fails to contract after birth), which was treated but relapsed several hours later. The lawsuit further stated that the doctor failed to properly monitor her condition and give her an immediate blood transfusion. By the time blood products and plasma were ordered and administered, the young mother went into cardiac arrest and died. The cause was determined to be “a pulmonary amniotic fluid embolism following cesarean delivery of intrauterine pregnancy” according to her autopsy report.

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A medical malpractice or medical negligence claim is one filed by someone who feels they have been a victim of a medical error or mistake. A claim can also be filed by the family of a victim who was injured or died as a result of what is considered a medical error. The best course of action is to consult an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can determine if there is a viable legal claim.

Two Washington families filed lawsuits against a midwife after one baby died and another was left paralyzed.

One couple alleges that the midwife used excessive traction and pulled and twisted their son’s head and neck during delivery. The mother said when the baby emerged, his face was purple and his right arm was like a “limp noodle.” She claims that a friend who witnessed the birth called 911, but when the EMT’s arrived, the midwife turned them away. The infant received a brachial plexus injury and permanent nerve damage and paralysis in one arm, according to the lawsuit. The child will require care the rest of his life.

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Medical malpractice cases are hard fought, difficult cases that can take years to resolve. If victims require litigation funding, it is important to know that Lawsuit Financial Corporation is one of the few legal funding companies that provide capped “lawsuit loans”. Victims who use lawsuit financing services need to consider this important factor when seeking funding on a piece of litigation that could take several years to settle.

A Louisiana family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a doctor and healthcare clinic alleging medical malpractice led to the death of their loved one.

According to the claim, the patient underwent a laparoscopic radical prostatectomy on July 5, 2012. A drain was inserted at the surgery site to help with draining bodily fluids. The drain was removed the following day and the patient was released from the clinic. He was readmitted on the 7th of July, with complaints of nausea and pain. Subsequently, he underwent an emergency exploratory laparotomy and was sent to ICU when hemorrhaging was found. The man lost consciousness and experienced cardiopulmonary failure two days later. He was pronounced dead that evening, according to the lawsuit.

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Stevens – Johnson syndrome (SJS) is a rare, serious disorder of the skin and mucous membranes. It’s usually a reaction to a medication or an infection. Often, Stevens-Johnson syndrome begins with flu-like symptoms, followed by a painful red or purplish rash that spreads and blisters. Recognizing early symptoms of SJS and providing prompt medical attention are the most valuable tools to minimize long-term damage. When ignored, serious injuries or death can result; a medical malpractice lawsuit may be warranted.

A plaintiff alleges a number of health care professionals were negligent in failing to properly treat a woman for complications related to Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, which ultimately resulted in her death.

The deceased woman was admitted to the hospital on December 10, 2014, for IV antibiotic treatment of spinal osteomyelitis. She was subsequently given various medications for a number of weeks. On January 8, 2015, the patient was diagnosed with SJS. Despite orders that all antibiotics be stopped, the patient continued receiving the medication, according to the lawsuit. By the end of January, she was transferred to an extended care facility, but according to the complaint, her records did not contain information on the SJS diagnosis. Upon admission, staff members at the facility noted that the woman had itching, multiple skin rashes and open blisters, but again, she was not properly. At the family’s request, the woman was transferred to the hospital, but died on February 18, 2015, in what the lawsuit says was a painful and horrible death. The plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $50,000.

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A couple has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging a hospital failed to timely and properly diagnose a stroke. Two doctors were also named as defendants in the suit.

In December 2014, the couple went to the ER because the woman was complaining of syncope (a temporary loss of consciousness, commonly referred to as fainting, or passing out), right-sided weakness in her arm and leg, dizziness, and slurred speech according to a complaint. She said there is a family history of stroke.

The ER physician diagnosed the woman with transient ischemic attack (a mini-stroke); she received no treatment. In the early morning hours, she suffered another stroke that left her with paralysis of her right side, slurred speech, and permanent neurological injuries, according to the lawsuit. The complaint alleges that the defendants acted negligently and carelessly by failing to timely, properly, and adequately evaluate, treat, and/or refer her for symptoms of stroke.

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A medical malpractice lawsuit alleges that two physicians were negligent for failing to recognize fetal distress while their son was in his mother’s womb.

According to the suit, the woman was 37 weeks pregnant when she sought care in September 2012, complaining of decreased fetal movement, dizziness, nausea and back pain. During a phone conversation, an obstetrician advised office staff, but did not evaluate the mother-to-be in person. The next morning, the woman returned to the office with the same symptoms. This time she was seen by a different obstetrician. An ultrasound and other tests showed a decreased heart rate — a clear sign that the fetus was in distress. Yet, doctors failed to immediately take action and order a caesarean section. By the time the baby was delivered, he had suffered oxygen deprivation, leading to brain damage that left him permanently disabled. He, then, suffered further injury after hospital staff improperly adjusted his ventilator, causing low carbon dioxide in his blood for several days. As a result, the child suffered a catastrophic brain injury that left him unable to talk, walk or feed himself.

In addition to the physicians, the lawsuit names two hospitals and several of the health system’s related entities as defendants.

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Abbey (not her really name) was born three months premature. At the time, doctors did not tell her parents that their newborn little girl had severe anemia or that her body was not producing adequate red blood cells. It wasn’t until after being discharged from the hospital, that Abbey was diagnosed with Diamond Blackfan Anemia, and later went into anemic shock, during which she suffered diffuse brain damage. This diffuse brain damage led to Abbey developing developmental delays, cortical visual impairment and she is prone towards seizures. She is mostly blind, unable to walk or speak, and is tube-fed through her stomach. Abbey receives extensive rehabilitation therapy and medical care, takes numerous medications, and was hospitalized nine times between January 2009 and January 2010, alone. She needs blood transfusions every three weeks and is on a list for a bone marrow transplant.

The family filed a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging that Abbey’s debilitating brain injury is due to doctors failing to diagnose and treat the genetic brain disorder. A jury issued a verdict last week and awarded the family $14.5 million.

“This verdict means that we can start looking at options to see just how far we can go to providing [Abbey] with a life that is as normal as possible,” her mother said in a statement. “Options that we never would have been able to afford. I will be able to hire a caregiver to work on her walking every day, to coordinate the tons of medical appointments she requires. We will be able to buy specialized equipment to help her to walk and communicate.”

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A patient has filed a lawsuit against a doctor and orthopaedics center alleging negligence in medical care. According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in 2014, she sustained physical injuries in connection with a prosthetic knee and related infection. The plaintiff contends that the defendants failed to inform her of risks, failed to properly treat an infection, failed to remove the prosthetic knee in a timely fashion and failed to inform of complications of an infection treatment. She seeks an undisclosed amount in damages.

The physical, emotional, and financial impact following a serious infection can be devastating. In addition to significant financial losses due to medical expenses and lost income, many victims are left permanently disabled by chronic pain or limited mobility. If injuries resulting from a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose could have been prevented, the victim may be entitled to compensation. It is important to contact a medical malpractice attorney to determine one’s rights.

The time it takes to complete a medical malpractice claim depends on the complexity and strength of the case. The last thing this woman or any medical malpractice victim needs is to worry about is how to keep up with financial obligations. When plaintiffs are facing mounting bills and few options, litigation funding could be the perfect solution.

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When an injury occurs as a result of medical negligence, the costs can be exorbitant including medical bills, long-term care, even funeral and burial expenses and emotional damages. It may also result in the loss of earnings. For many victims, filing a medical malpractice lawsuit can produce financial compensation for damages incurred. Although no money can replace a permanently impaired quality of life, it can provide some help for patients whose health problems were heightened due to the mistake. It also can offer some sense of justice and closure to bereaved loved ones.

While a fair settlement is preferred over the uncertainty of a jury verdict, insurance companies often make low settlement offers in hopes that the plaintiffs will be struggling financially and accept less than deserved. Plaintiffs don’t have to succumb to this tactic. While a medical malpractice attorney helps those victims fight for their rights to a fair settlement or just verdict, Lawsuit Financial can help them remain financial stable until fair compensation is received.

Lawsuit funding is a cash advance, often obtained in less than 48 hours, to pay immediate bills and expenses. Unlike a bank loan, a funding decision is based on case strength, not credit or employment status. There are no monthly payments; Lawsuit Financial is repaid only when the case successfully settles. If the plaintiff doesn’t recover compensation in the case, we will completely excuse the obligation to repay the advance.