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Doctor lacked experience in performing spinal procedure – $1,700,000 Settlement (access required)

This was a personal injury action premised on surgical malpractice. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant neurosurgeon improperly performed back surgery resulting in blunt trauma to the spinal cord and paralysis from the waist down. The defendant had recently trained ...

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Decedent not warned of his increased risk for pulmonary embolus – $1,700,000 Settlement (access required)

Decedent, age 49 at the time of his death, underwent an arthroscopy with synovectomy operative procedure on his left knee in 2006. Eight days post-op, the defendant orthopedic surgeon diagnosed the decedent with an acute deep venous thrombosis involving the ...

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Woman loses leg after post-operational rehab – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, age 72, underwent a right total ankle replacement (TAA) and Achilles tendon lengthening at Georgetown University on Nov. 6, 2006. She has a 30-year history of rheumatoid arthritis, three coronary artery bypass grafts and eight prior joint replacement surgeries. ...

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Most med-mal cases dismissed, AMA study says (access required)

Almost 55 percent of all medical malpractice cases are dismissed and less than 5 percent make it to trial, according to a new study published by the American Medical Association. Further, most of the cases that go to trial – ...

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Failure to diagnose impending heart attack results in death – $825,000 Settlement (access required)

A 50-year-old morbidly obese male patient with a history of uncontrolled high cholesterol presented to a family doctor complaining of back pain radiating to the chest, episodic shortness of breath and diaphoresis. An EKG was ordered revealing a Q wave ...

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Cancer diagnosed 18 months after mass was first detected – $1,100,000 Settlement (access required)

This was a wrongful death action premised on medical malpractice. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendant radiologist misread, as normal, a Dec. 22, 2007, chest film and a July 31, 2008, X-ray of the decedent’ s left arm, both of ...

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Wrongful death due to delay in lung cancer diagnosis – $2,000,000 Verdict (access required)

This wrongful death action was originally filed as a personal injury suit for failure to diagnose lung cancer. The plaintiff died during the pendency of the case, and it was amended to a wrongful death action, prosecuted by two adult ...

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Claim: Delayed diagnosis of lung cancer led to 27-year-old’s death – $1,250,000 Settlement (access required)

An ER physician missed a mass in the left lung on a chest X-ray performed on Sept. 14, 2006. The reviewing radiologist saw the mass but failed to call the ER physician, or speak with her face to face, regarding ...

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