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Patient develops infection after removal of wisdom teeth – Defense Verdict (access required)

The defendant oral and maxillofacial surgeon extracted two of the plaintiff’s wisdom teeth. Plaintiff alleged that defendant (i) failed to appropriately prescribe antibiotics both before and after the surgery, (ii) failed to detect the signs of an infection during his ...

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Man dies after delay in detecting bleeding – Defense Verdict (access required)

On Feb. 24, 2009, decedent underwent rotator cuff repair surgery. In the early hours of Feb. 25, decedent complained of severe abdominal pain and he was noted to be hypotensive. Decedent’s nurse notified the hospitalist who ordered Protonix and Maalox. ...

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Physician blamed for failing to detect ruptured diaphragm – Defense Verdict (access required)

The 76-year-old decedent was involved in a motor vehicle accident on April 1 and was admitted to the hospital under the care of the defendant family care physician. Among other things, studies revealed a left pulmonary contusion, atelectasis of the ...

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Death blamed on absence of sickle cell tests – Defense Verdict (access required)

This case involved a 58-year-old black male who had a known history of thrombocytopenia (low platelets) and sickle cell trait when he went to defendant for pre-surgical evaluation. He was referred by his cardiologist for pre-surgical evaluation of his thrombocytopenia ...

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Dental malpractice alleged in pain, TMJ disorder – Defense Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff sued his dentist for $1,000,000 alleging that the defendant’s treatment approach, including occlusal adjustments (grinding small bits of teeth enamel to correct bite problems) was negligent and caused him to experience joint problems, pain, sleeplessness and emotional injury. ...

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Surgery for thyroid cancer results in paralyzed vocal cords – Defense Verdict (access required)

On March 16, 2006, plaintiff underwent a total thyroidectomy and neck dissection to remove metastatic thyroid cancer that fully involved the thyroid gland and many lymph nodes in her neck. Defendant, an otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon, performed the ...

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