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Peritonitis results from failure to diagnose appendicitis – $550,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff presented to the defendant emergency room physician with acute abdominal pain, which worsened with coughing, in addition to nausea, vomiting and chills, among other symptoms. She was diagnosed with constipation and discharged. Within two days, she presented to ...

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Health center failed to screen for prostate cancer – $1,000,000 Settlement (access required)

Decedent was a truck driver on the Eastern Shore. During the period of October 1999 to May 2007 he was treated at the Eastern Shore Rural Health Center more than 60 times for various ailments, and considered the clinic to ...

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Brain tumor symptoms misdiagnosed as anxiety disorder – $1,300,000 Verdict (access required)

This case involved a claim by a 25-year-old married mother of two young children for failure to diagnose a trigeminal schwannoma, a benign extra-axial brain tumor behind her left eye.  The tumor pressed against the nerve fibers of the dura ...

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Surgeon perforated plaintiff’s bowel three times during surgery – Confidential Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff, a 65-year-old woman, scheduled routine surgery to repair a recurrent ventral incisional hernia at a local hospital. The defendant surgeon told the family that he would utilize a laparoscopic approach, unless he encountered significant intraoperative complications, at which ...

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Hip replacement left woman with permanent impairment – $1,100,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff, a 47-year-old female who suffered pain and the dysfunction of her right hip, went to the defendant, who diagnosed her as having degenerative arthritis of her right hip secondary to subluxation of the hip with a shallow acetabulum. ...

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Contract case tests birth-injury coverage (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to consider whether a medical malpractice insurance policy covers a doctor’s failure to participate in the Virginia birth injury fund as promised to the mother. The coverage dispute arises out of an emotionally ...

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Surgeon cut wrong duct during gallbladder surgery – Defense Verdict (access required)

On Feb. 5, 2009, the 26-year-old plaintiff was admitted to the hospital after a series of gallbladder attacks. Pre-operative imaging disclosed that the plaintiff had a common bile duct that was 2.9 mm in diameter, but her biliary anatomy was ...

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Heel fracture not diagnosed after auto accident – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, a 57-year-old male, was involved in a high-speed, head-on motor vehicle accident on Oct. 4, 2006. He was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries, including intra-abdominal bleeding requiring emergency surgery and a bowel resection. Pre-operatively, numerous radiology ...

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Implant became stuck during hip replacement surgery – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, age 59, underwent left hip replacement surgery with defendant orthopedic surgeon on Oct. 22, 2007. At surgery, the defendant inserted the trial stem implant into the plaintiff’s femur without incident. It advanced to the proper position, i.e., it fully ...

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