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Decedent’s chest X-ray showed signs of dissection, experts claim – $1,000,000 Settlement (access required)

On March 2, 2012, plaintiff’s decedent, a 41-year-old shipyard worker, presented to defendant hospital’s emergency room at approximately 1:00 a.m. with a history of smoking and a chief complaint of chest pain radiating to his neck/throat with nausea. The pain ...

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Podiatrist severed patient’s tibial nerve during foot surgery – $1,700,000 Verdict (access required)

This case arose out of a surgical procedure performed in 2009. Defendant podiatrist performed a total ankle replacement on the plaintiff. During the course of the operation, defendant severed plaintiff’s posterior tibial nerve. The allegation in the case was that ...

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Doctor Emails Protected by ‘Patient Safety’ Privilege (access required)

The federal Patient Safety Act privilege covers email communications between defendant doctor and the hospital’s designated patient safety officer, even if the emails were never actually sent to a “patient safety organization,” and the Norfolk Circuit Court denies plaintiff’s motion ...

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Failure to monitor Coumadin therapy contributed to patient’s death – $385,000 Settlement (access required)

The decedent, a 72-year-old man, was hospitalized in December 2011 and evaluated and treated by defendant cardiologist for atrial fibrillation. Decedent was discharged on 5 mg of Coumadin (anti-coagulation therapy) and advised to follow up with defendant cardiologist for monitoring ...

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Complications arose after pituitary dysfunction went undiagnosed – $310,000 Settlement (access required)

In 2002, the plaintiff presented with a lump in his left chest that was diagnosed by the defendant, his primary care physician, as gynecomastia. At the time of diagnosis in 2002, the defendant did not perform any testing for pituitary ...

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Plaintiff: Earlier diagnosis would’ve prevented hospitalization – Confidential Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff, age 64, presented to the emergency department with complaints of back pain that had been present for the preceding week. He was evaluated and diagnosed (not by the defendant) with an acute muscular lumbar strain. He was discharged, ...

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