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Operation on wrong spinal level led to numerous surgeries – $1,300,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff was a 39-year-old laborer and father of five children who was scheduled for outpatient hemilaminectomy and microdisctomy at L5-S1. Although the defendant neurosurgeon apparently used intraoperative fluoroscopy to mark the intended surgical level, he mistakenly performed the surgery ...

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Undiagnosed brain tumor caused vision and neurological issues – $1,000,000 Settlement (access required)

As of 2009, the plaintiff, a 51-year-old insurance specialist, was suffering from an undiagnosed trigeminal schwannoma (a non-cancerous brain tumor). In April 2009, she started to complain of blurred and double vision (diplopia), pressure behind the eyes and headaches. Based ...

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Biopsy tissue mix-up led to unnecessary mastectomy – $1,780,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff, a 53-year-old woman, began experiencing pain and tenderness in her right breast in November 2011. A mammogram revealed scattered fibroglandular elements within the breast parenchyma. A targeted ultrasound revealed a solid nodule that could “represent either an intramammary ...

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Failure to perform surgery led to organ failure, death – $1,150,000 Settlement (access required)

A 49-year-old woman with a history of having undergone gastric bypass surgery approximately one year prior presented to the emergency department with 10/10 abdominal pain and a recent history of nausea and vomiting. She was given pain and anti-nausea medication ...

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Perforation during catheter placement results in death – $578,500 Settlement (access required)

Decedent was 60 years old with five adult children, none of whom was financially dependent.  She had a number of co-morbidities including diabetes, congestive heart failure, hypertension, end stage renal failure, pulmonary edema and morbid obesity. Decedent, however, lived independently ...

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Infant diagnosed with cerebral palsy, intellectual disability – Defense Verdict (access required)

This case involved a nearly full term girl born on Oct. 24, 2005. The baby was admitted to the newborn nursery. She had no root reflex and problems breast feeding on Oct. 25. She was discharged home on Oct. 26. ...

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Plaintiff suffered bowel leak following surgery – $850,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff was a 45-year-old man who had managed the symptoms of diverticulitis conservatively with antibiotics for approximately 10 years. After a severe flare-up that required hospitalization, he was referred to the defendant general surgeon for consideration of sigmoid resection. ...

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Claim: Surgical complications led to premature menopause – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, a 41-year-old woman with a longstanding history of Crohn’s disease, presented in March 2007 to a gynecologist/gynecologic surgeon with reports of left-sided pelvic pain. A recent pelvic ultrasound report provided to the surgeon indicated as part of the patient’s ...

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Plaintiff claimed retained IUD led to years of abdominal pain – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff underwent placement of a Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) at defendant OB/GYN practice in September 2006. On March 29, 2007, she presented to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital emergency department complaining of lower abdominal and pelvic pain. Work-up was negative for ectopic ...

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Complications followed breast reconstruction surgery, plaintiff claimed – Defense Verdict (access required)

In 2006, the plaintiff, a 40-year-old female with a family history of breast cancer, was diagnosed positive for carrying the BRCA-II breast cancer gene. She elected to have prophylactic bilateral mastectomies and two-stage breast reconstruction with implants. She also desired ...

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