Medical Malpractice Attorneys: Girl Reaches Settlement with Hospital

The long and troubled journey of Malyia Jeffers now has found closure following a settlement between her family and Methodist Hospital, in California. The Sacramento girl was forced to wait five hours in an emergency room for medical attention regarding an infection. The girl was running a fever and was weakened due to a strep infection. Medical malpractice attorneys believe that due to the long wait she endured at Methodist Hospital, she lost her feet, her left hand, and part of her right hand. Once she finally did receive medical assistance, she was immediately flown to Stanford University where she was diagnosed with septic shock. Damage … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys Prevail 13 Years after Child’s Death

Way back in 1998, Anna Gloria Rivera was ten years old and had her entire life ahead of her. Medical malpractice attorneys believe things turned tragic when she was rushed to Woodhull Hospital, in Brooklyn, New York following a severe asthma attack. Prior to asking the young girl’s mother for a medical history or providing a muscle relaxant, sedative, or any sort of pain medication, the treating doctor hooked the girl up to a respirator. The doctor elected to set the ventilator machine at 40 breaths per minute, a clear case of medical malpractice since the protocol for a child of Anna Gloria’s age is around 8 to 10 breaths. Death Follows … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys: Survival and Wrongful Death Actions

In the past, under the common law, if either the plaintiff or defendant of a tort claim died, the action would be ended. This is because one of the parties, who either deserved compensation or who was liable, would no longer be around. A simple example would be if a patient was injured by a doctor due to medical negligence, the action would end if either party passed away. Also, historically there was no right to recovery for survivors of a patient who was negligently killed by a doctor’s medical malpractice (and the patient’s family could not recovery pecuniary losses or for the loss of companionship). Today, every state has altered these … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys: When Damages Are Inadequate

When a jury verdict in a medical malpractice case does not appear to be supported by the weight of the evidence, a trial court has the discretion to order a new trial. In rare cases, if a medical malpractice award is viewed as excessive, a new trial could be ordered unless there is an agreement among the parties to lower the award amount. The procedure is known as a “remittitur”. Although a remittitur does not benefit plaintiffs, medical malpractice attorneys can increase the award due to their client when an “additur” is ordered. How an Additur Benefits Plaintiffs In some cases, a plaintiff will be awarded a new trial if the damage amount … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys: Don’t Know What You Got until It’s Gone

The law recognizes a spouse’s right to the love, company, affection (including sexual) and service of the other spouse and this is referred to as “consortium”. Unfortunately, in many medical malpractice cases, due to serious injury or death, one spouse may lose the consortium of the one they love. Medical malpractice attorneys will often seek compensation for this loss as part of the damages that a jury awards at the conclusion of a trial. The Loss of a Loved One Due to Medical Malpractice This category of the law has spread in recent years and in different jurisdictions across the United States, other individuals have been able to claim … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys: Tennessee Moves to Damages Cap

Insurers in the state of Tennessee who cover healthcare providers will not be paying out less money in medical malpractice suits. Tennessee passed new laws earlier this month which put into place caps and limitations on malpractice awards and also stated that insurers will not longer be liable under the consumer protection laws. Medical malpractice attorneys will now be faced with the uphill battle of fighting for the proper compensation for clients within the limited amounts allowed by law. Non-Economic, Punitive, and Catastrophic Damages All Capped Governor Bill Haslam made no secrets about his agenda to considerably limit the civil … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys: Spine Surgeons Susceptible to Lawsuits

When surgeons unintentionally operate on the wrong level of the spine, many patients file lawsuits. Lawyers have found that this is the second most common type of medical negligence behind only OB/GYN physicians. Medical malpractice attorneys point to the case of Douglas and Brenda Ray. vs. Mignucci, from 2004 in Texas. That jury awarded the plaintiffs $134,000 when the surgeon operated on the wrong disc. Ray v. Mignucci- A Common Occurrence In that case, Doctor Luis Mignucci accidentally removed the T5-T6 thoracic spinal disc instead of the T6-T7 disc. The doctor blamed his mistake on the MRI image which he claimed was unclear, as well … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys Continue Discussion About Tort Reform

Patients and doctors have a special relationship and there is a certain element of trust. Patients trust their doctors to perform the proper tests and procedures in order to provide adequate and reasonable healthcare. Many people believe that tort reform is necessary to lower the potential healthcare costs, but medical malpractice attorneys fear that reducing the amount of compensation due to plaintiffs in some cases may be putting too much trust in these doctors. Sure, healthcare costs are exceedingly high in this country. However, by reducing medical malpractice awards through a cap system, people may be forgetting that there is a human … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys Sue Deceased Plastic Surgeon

Judith Julian, an Arizona woman, is the most recent plaintiff to come forward and accuse a deceased surgeon of medical negligence. Medical malpractice attorneys believe that there are now approximately twenty such claims that have been filed this year. Daniel Ronel, the plastic surgeon whose estate is named in the lawsuit, recently passed away in a one-car accident in New Mexico. Julian’s claim accused the doctor of medical malpractice following her surgical debridement and abdominoplasty procedure, more commonly known as a “tummy tuck“. Julian claims that she suffered “bodily injury, physical and emotional, past and future pain and … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys Win Verdict, Damage Caps Destroy It

When Lisa Gourley was pregnant with twin boys, Colin and Conner, she was nothing short of ecstatic. However, when she was 36 weeks into her pregnancy, she noticed that the babies’ movements had decreased significantly. Lisa’s doctor told her not to worry about it and sent her back home as if everything was normal. Unfortunately, everything was not normal. When the twins were delivered, neither was breathing. Colin was not getting oxygen and suffered a brain injury. Medical malpractice attorneys won the family $5.6 million to cover Colin’s future medical expenses and for pain and suffering. Lawyers project that Colin will need approximately … [Read more...]