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Laceration of artery during surgery led to amputation – $1,500,000 Settlement (access required)

This case involved the inadvertent laceration of the popliteal artery during knee surgery that eventually required amputation of the patient’s leg. The plaintiff was a 52-year-old woman who underwent revision of a right total knee replacement on Sept. 13, 2010. ...

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Woman died from blood clot after spinal surgery – Defense verdict (access required)

Plaintiff’s decedent was a 31-year-old woman admitted to the hospital on Aug. 9, 2007, for spine surgery. While in the pre-operative holding area, she was found to have deep venous thrombosis (DVT) involving three vessels in her right lower leg. ...

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Ruptured artery led to amputation of woman’s leg – Defense Verdict (access required)

This case arose after the plaintiff fell while walking down a sidewalk. EMS was called and plaintiff was taken to the hospital. Both the EMS provider and the treating emergency physician noted a normal neurovascular exam and bilateral pulses in ...

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Plaintiff claimed unauthorized practice of medicine to avoid the cap – Defense Verdict (access required)

James Planicka, DDS, suffered a severe heart attack in 2005 at age 65, after which he received an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). In May 2010, at age 70, he presented to Inova Fairfax Hospital for replacement of the ICD generator. ...

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Experts: Obstetrician should have discussed shoulder dystocia risks – $900,000 Settlement (access required)

In 2004, plaintiff began receiving prenatal care. During the course of prenatal care, the history, physical examinations, and tests showed the plaintiff had an increased risk for encountering shoulder dystocia during a vaginal delivery, including but not limited to, excessive ...

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Child with asthma negligently diagnosed and treated for Cystic Fibrosis – $2,000,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, a 15-year-old male with mild persistent asthma, was negligently diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (“CF”) and pancreatic insufficiency (“PI”) at the age of five, and treated for the diseases until shortly before his 13th birthday. His diagnoses were never properly ...

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Delayed C-section results in infant brain damage – $2,000,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff alleged that defendant obstetrician failed to perform a timely C-section, despite the fact that the mother was attempting a vaginal birth after a previous C-section (VBAC), which carries a known risk of uterine rupture. There were recurrent late ...

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Anesthesia error results in death following emergency c-section – $1,350,000 Settlement (access required)

A 36-year-old woman was admitted for the induction of labor following a normal prenatal course. During labor, fetal tracing became non-reassuring, prompting the treating obstetrician to order an emergency cesarean section. During the procedure, the defendant anesthesiologist failed to secure ...

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