Medical Malpractice Attorneys: Negligent Air Force Medical Staff

Five months following a federal appeals court ruling, which affirmed a lower court's ruling, the United States government was forced to pay a $7.5 million award. The 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals in California affirmed the 2008 ruling which awarded Deborah Rutledge and her husband, retired Master Sgt. Thomas Rutledge, damages due to the negligence of Air Force medical staff. Medical malpractice attorneys say that Deborah was left disabled after medical professionals failed to properly diagnose a herniated spinal disk, back in 2004. Failures to Properly Examine and Provide Treatment Leave Woman Disabled Deborah Rutledge was experiencing … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys Reach 2 Million Dollar Settlement

Army soldier, Staff Sgt. Adam Cloer, reached a settlement with the federal government in a medical malpractice lawsuit that led to the death of his wife, Melodee Cloer. The settlement was worth $2.15 million, which was paid because a military hospital in Fort Campbell, Kentucky failed to properly diagnose and treat Melodee. Medical malpractice attorneys say that this negligence led to her death in 2010 due to rectal cancer. United States District Court Judge John Nixon approved the settlement which would put an end to the lawsuit against the medical staff at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital(BACH). Medical Negligence Claims the Life of a … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys: Illinois Doctor Info to Go Public

In January of this year, the Mininno Law Office Blog posted about an act in Illinois government, passed by the House of Representatives and awaiting Senate approval, that would make available background information on medical providers throughout the state. On August 10th, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the Patients' Right to Know Act. This law will allow patients full access to the history of doctors and specialists, providing knowledge of medical malpractice lawsuits and/or payouts that the doctor has been involved in. More informed decisions can be made, and it can also be argued that the availablity of this information will … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys: Settlement in Birth Malpractice Suit

This case of medical negligence stems from the birth of Luis Flores at San Joaquin General Hospital in Stockton, California. The young boy's mother, Alicia Arriaga, filed a lawsuit on behalf of her son. Medical malpractice attorneys say that the suit sought damages for negligence which caused permanent and severe injuries to the infant. The compensation will be needed to support the infant throughout his life, with large medical expenses likely to be on the horizon in the future. Elected Officials Agree to Settle Suit for $1.5 million The county insurance fund will cover one million dollars of the total expected settlement amount. The … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys: The Tort Reform Battle

The spirited debate over medical malpractice litigation has been a hot button issue in the United States. Some believe that medical malpractice lawsuits are adversarial, unpredictable, inefficient, and costly. The other side of the coin is that these lawsuits are necessary to compensate patients who have been the victims of negligence. Medical malpractice attorneys believe that although there are negatives to these types of lawsuits, they are a necessary part of our jurisprudence and essential for patients in search of justice. Limiting Damages, Statute of Limitations, and Litigation is Bad for Patients Any medical professional who has … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys: Doctor Found Liable for Surgical Error

The Ohio Supreme Court recently ruled that a doctor was not immune from being sued simply because a medical student was observing on the day of the alleged malpractice. The lower court ruled against Dr. Marek Skoskiewicz, who argued that he was acting as an "arm of the state" because a medical student from a public school, University of Toledo College of Medicine, was present in the room. Medical malpractice attorneys say that Skoskiewicz is a private doctor who was performing surgery in a private hospital, Henry County Hospital, on a private patient, Larry Engel, Jr. Supreme Court Says Doctor can not Hide Simply Because he was a … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys: Negligence Leaves Woman A Quadriplegic

On April 11, Wyoming Newman filed a lawsuit against Dr. Erwin Lo, Golden Triangle Neurocare, and Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas in Jefferson County District Court, Texas. Earlier this month, the woman submitted an expert report, as required by law, which she believes will help substantiate her claim of medical negligence. Medical malpractice attorneys say that the complaint alleges that the woman was left a quadriplegic after a spinal surgery performed by Dr. Lo. Medical Negligence, Not Car Accident, May Have Led to Severe Disability Following a car accident, Wyoming Newman went to visit Dr. Chavis, a neurosurgeon. The woman had … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys: Sponge Left in Patient After Procedure

Erin Webster, a Pennsylvania woman, was recently awarded $525,000 in a medical negligence lawsuit after a surgical sponge was left in her abdomen following a cesarean section. Medical malpractice attorneys say that the lawsuit was brought against Lower Bucks Hospital, Dr. Richard Turner, and two nurses, Megan Blatcher and Laura Tedesco. The jury found the hospital and the two nurses liable, while they determined no liability should be placed on Turner. Rare but Serious Mistake Leads to Countless Problems After the laparotomy sponge was left in Webster, she suffered from a severe infection, bowel perforation and obstruction, digestive … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys and Judge Fight Caps on Damages

Circuit Judge, Ronald Wilson, joined the West Virginia Supreme Court on a temporary basis to hear a challenge to the state's law which capped non economic medical malpractice damages. Medical malpractice attorneys say that Wilson, although his position was not a majority among the court, acted as a strong advocate for victims of medical negligence who may seek damages. Some argue that non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, are frivolous and should not exceed a certain amount for victims and their families. Wilson combated this argument by saying, "spend a day in their shoes if you think mental pain and loss of enjoyment are … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys: NC Governor Stands Up For Victims

Governor Bev Perdue of North Carolina took a major step in sticking up for seriously injured victims of medical negligence within the state. Governor Perdue vetoed North Carolina Senate Bill 33 which would have capped non-economic damages at $500,000 regardless of the severity of the patient's injuries. Medical malpractice attorneys believe that this is a great win for patients of medical negligence because they will be awarded a damages amount that they truly deserve, not a figure that was arbitrarily decided by a group of politicians. Malpractice Reform Won't Work if it Does Not Protect the Catastrophically Injured The damages for pain … [Read more...]