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Suit claiming surgery too soon after medication fails – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff was scheduled to undergo percutaneous nephrostomy (PCN) by the defendant, an interventional radiologist. The purpose of the PCN was to provide plaintiff’s urologist access to the left kidney for calculus removal. Plaintiff had a significant past medical history, including ...

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Clot kills woman, claim brought over failure to administer drugs – Defense Verdict (access required)

At 1:00 a.m. on Nov. 28, 2008, plaintiff’s decedent, a 64-year-old female, presented to the emergency department of Hampton Sentara Careplex with a three-day history of chest and back pain and shortness of breath. She also had complaints of abdominal ...

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Suit for breach of privacy fails – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff sued defendant substance abuse treatment facility in a medical malpractice action for the alleged negligent and unauthorized disclosure of plaintiff’s medical records. As a part of plaintiff’s alleged breach of privacy, plaintiff contended that defendant breached certain federal laws ...

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Case over failure to diagnose prostate cancer settles – $1,375,000 Settlement (access required)

Due to a rise in patient’s PSA (prostate specific antigen—a marker for potential prostate cancer), patient’s primary physician referred him to a urologist who recommended a prostate biopsy to determine if the cause of the rise in PSA was due ...

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Jury needed only 20 minutes to find for doc in med-mal case – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff’s wife underwent surgery to remedy blocked fallopian tubes and remove abdominal adhesions. Defendant physician recommended the surgery to improve the wife’s chances of success with IVF therapy. Another physician, who was not a party to the case, performed the ...

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Nursing Home Administrator Immune, Nurses Not (access required)

Applying the test for sovereign immunity to defendants in a suit alleging injury at a nursing home operated by the Richmond Hospital Authority, a Richmond Circuit Court says the administrator has immunity from suit, but defendant nurses do not. Plaintiff ...

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Psychiatric patient committed suicide while at hospital – $800,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff’s decedent, a 23-year-old man who suffered from schizophrenia, was voluntarily admitted to the defendant psychiatric hospital for worsening symptoms associated with his condition. Upon admission, he denied suicidal ideation, but reported an overwhelming sense of dread, and stated ...

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Claim over complications from cervical surgery fails – Defense Verdict (access required)

A 66-year-old female patient underwent an anterior cervical diskectomy and fusion (“ACDF”) surgery. The following afternoon, the patient developed slight one-sided facial and eyelid swelling, and the on-call neurosurgeon was contacted by the nursing staff. The neurosurgeon communicated with the ...

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Appendectomy didn’t remove appendix, caused colon problems – $1,500,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff underwent an intended laparoscopic appendectomy which did not remove his appendix, but instead resulted in the transaction of his sigmoid colon. After two days of drainage to his abdomen through the open sigmoid, plaintiff became quite ill and returned ...

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