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Patient claimed lack of monitoring resulted in rape – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff filed a law­suit against defen­dant mental health hospital seeking over $30 million in dam­ages. She alleged that it had failed to pre­vent her alleged rape by another patient. She sued for violation of the Virginia Con­sumer Protection Act, general ...

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Doctors sued for failure to take actions before stroke – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff suffered a sub-arachnoid hem­orrhage on March 22, 2009, and was imme­diately transferred to hospital. Upon arriv­al, plaintiff was found to have an extensive F3 SAH and was diagnosed as a Hunt-Hess Grade 3 critically ill patient. After 8 days, ...

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Doctor sued over handling of post-surgery complications – Defense Verdict (access required)

The defendant doc­tor performed a ro­botic-assisted ventral hernia repair, without apparent complication. Five days post-op, the patient presented to the emergency depart­ment with complaints of nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and bloating. A CT scan showed a small bowel obstruction, with ...

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Mother claimed physician diagnosed, but failed to treat condition, child suffered as result – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff was an ob­stetric patient under the care of the defen­dant physician group. On Sept. 28, 2011, at 28 weeks, 2 days gestation, her membranes rup­tured. She was admitted to the hospital for close observation. Her Group B strep status ...

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Bone gave way unexpectedly during back surgery – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, a 51-year-old nurse with a history of back surgery, underwent sur­gery to fuse four vertebrae (L2-L5) using a minimally invasive technique known as eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF). A preoperative DEXA scan con­firmed good bone quality to support a ...

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Doctor prevails in suit over size of airway – Defense Verdict (access required)

On April 11, 2012, plaintiff, a 68-year-old retired female, present­ed to an outpatient sur­gery center for a bunio­nectomy. The plaintiff underwent a preopera­tive anesthesia evalua­tion by an anesthesiol­ogist who documented that her airway was within normal limits. However, he then ...

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Juror misconduct was alleged in med-mal trial – Defense Verdict (access required)

This medical malpractice trial involved the death of a patient after an arrest and code during an upper endoscopy.  Plaintiff alleged that the defendants were negligent in their pre-procedure planning, performance of the sedation and endoscopy, and that the resuscitative ...

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Man died during series of tests set by cardiologist – Defense Verdict (access required)

Jody Houston, a 54-year-old avid kayaker and stock trader, presented to the defendant cardiologist on March 25, 2013, with a history of chest pain for two months, gastric reflux, high cholesterol, a lifetime of cigarette smoking, and an abnormal EKG ...

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Closure device slipped out of place during heart surgery – Defense Verdict (access required)

This medical malpractice case involved the percutaneous placement of a device to close a hole in the atrial septum of the plaintiff’s heart. The device slipped out of position during the placement procedure, eventually leading to significant neurologic injury. At ...

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Child with sleep apnea died of cardiac arrhythmia after surgery – Defense Verdict (access required)

On Oct. 31, 2013, plaintiff’s decedent, a 5-year-old male with history of chronic severe obstructive sleep apnea underwent a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy surgery (T&A) to seek relief from the ongoing obstructions in the airway. The patient tolerated the procedure well, ...

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