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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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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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Docs claimed post-surgery bleeding was acute, not slow – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff alleged that the decedent suffered a slow bleed beginning shortly after cardiac bypass surgery, that nurses failed to appreciate same over the course of 10 hours, and that the decedent suffered cardiac arrest and brain injury as a result. ...

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ER patient did not reveal combination of drugs that led to overdose – Defense Verdict (access required)

The plaintiffs alleged that their son, who presented to the emergency department after taking an overdose of Dextromethorphan, received improper treatment. The defendants argued that the son deliberately, with the intent to commit suicide, withheld from providers in the ED ...

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Plaintiff said foot surgery was unnecessary, led to complications – Defense Verdict (access required)

Defendant diagnosed plaintiff with metatarsalgia, or pain in the ball of her foot. Defendant eventually determined that this excessive pain and pressure on the ball of the plaintiff’s left foot was caused by both positional and structural deformities. The positional ...

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Bacterial infection worsened after discharge from hospital – Defense Verdict (access required)

The defendant general surgeon operated on plaintiff, a 59-year-old male, on May 27, 2010. Plaintiff presented with cholelithiasis and acute cholecystitis. He underwent an urgent laparoscopic cholecystectomy that was converted to an open procedure after his gallbladder ruptured, spilling a ...

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