Medical Malpractice Appeal Unsuccessful – License Revoked

medical malpractice attorneys new jersey philadelphia license revokedDr. Richard Glunk recently lost his appeal of a $20.5 million dollar medical malpractice verdict awarded to the family of his patient, 18 year old Amy Fledderman, who died in 2001 from complications during a liposuction procedure. In addition to losing his appeal, Dr. Glunk temporarily lost his license to practice medicine, and was ordered to pay a $5,000 civil penalty and take classes in ethics or professionalism.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys Fight Negligence and Apathy

Amy Fledderman was not Glunk’s only patient to suffer from complications during liposuction. Two additional patients were hospitalized after a procedure, with whom Dr. Glunk settled out of court. Glunk punctured the bowel of one of those patients, and nearly killed another just days before Amy Fledderman’s procedure. It is also speculated that Dr. Glunk was using “donations” to bribe medical board hearing examiner, Rabbi Solomon Isaacson. Glunk vehemently denied using money to bribe Rabbi Isaacson, and mentioned a “decent chance” that his license would not be revoked.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys Necessary to Obtain Justice

The Fledderman’s were awarded $15 million in punitive damages from a Philadelphia jury in 2008. Without a medical malpractice attorney, the Fledderman’s would not have been able to obtain such an award, and Dr. Glunk would have gotten away with carrying on a negligent and dangerous medical practice. Often, punitive damages are the only way to effectively punish a negligent medical provider. If Dr. Glunk was simply able to settle out of court a third time, he would have suffered no consequences of his actions, and would have been able to continue practicing negligent medicine.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you or a loved one have suffered due to medical malpractice, you’ll need the help of a medical malpractice attorney. An attorney will be able to review your medical records and decide exactly what your case is worth, and proceed in fighting for your full and fair compensation. Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

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Medical Malpractice in Baltimore; Medically Unnecessary Heart Stents

Dr. Mark Midei was a highly sought after cardiologist at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Towson, Maryland. Today, Dr. Midei faces countelss medical malpractice lawsuits, and possibly the end of his career, after allegations surfaced that he has implanted over 500 unnecessary stents in patients from 2007 to 2009.

Medical Malpractice for Money

medical malpractice attorneys new jersey philadelphia unnecessary heart stentsMedicare and Medicaid paid $3.8 million out of the $6.6 million dollars charged for 585 stent procedures performed by Dr. Midei that may not have been medically necessary. Hospitals like St. Joseph’s stand to make up to $10,000 per procedure. Abbott Laboratories, the pharmaceutical distributor of the stents that Dr. Midei used, stood to make even more money. Perhaps thats why part of their 2008 business plan included supplying the doctor with research money and VIP trips! Doctors are offered kickbacks to prescribe medications or provide referrals on an unfortunately regular basis, but to earn those kickbacks at the expense of patient safety is surely corrupt.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys vs. Negligent Medical Providers

Dr. Steve Nissen, chief of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, said:

“What was going on in Baltimore is going on right now in every city in America. We’re spending a fortune as a country on procedures that people don’t need.”

Why? So doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceutical giants can watch the money roll in. Stent procedures can be very dangerous and cause life threatening side effects that clinicians, like Dr. Midei, seem to callously overlook while recommending their patients undergo them. Stent patients face the risk of blood clot, heart attack, or stroke, once a stent is implanted. To decrease these risks, patients are put on blood thinners, which bring with them a wholr new list of risks and possible complications.

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If you or a loved one feel that you’ve been wronged by a medical provider, please contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. Our NJ and PA medical malpractice attorneys are experienced and prepared in medical malpractice cases, and can fight to earn you fair and necessary compensation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

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Medical Malpractice at Parkland Memorial Hospital Part II

medical malpractice new jersey philadelphia attorneys negligence parkland memorial hospitalJessie Mae Ned was 51 when she decided to undergo a knee replacement at Parkland Memorial Hospital. She had been working at Parkland for 28 years as part of the cleaning staff. Most of her time was spent scrubbing floors and toilets before she attained supervisor status. At 51, arthritis had rendered her left knee useless. Ned’s primary care physician, a doctor at the Parkland employee clinic, referred her to Dr. Frank Gottschalk, a University of Texas Southwestern Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Parkland specialist in joint reconstruction and amputation. The doctor scheduled the procedure for the last Friday of August in 2008.

Medical Malpractice wasn’t even a thought on Jessie Mae Ned’s mind. She was born at Parkland, had been receiving their care most of her adult life, and had only heard good things about Dr. Gottschalk. Unfortunately, nothing went as planned.

Medical Malpractice: Where is My Doctor?

On the day of her surgery, Dr. Christopher Espinoza-Ervin, a second year resident working under Dr. Gottschalk, entered her room and told her he would be performing her procedure. She simply responded “You’re not my doctor,” before the anesthesia kicked in and she was asleep on the operating table. Yes, Jessie knew it was a teaching hospital, but to her understanding, that meant that residents and students could be present for or assist in a procedure, not perform them unsupervised. Her consent form was even ambiguous. It states that it is “anticipated” that Gottschalk would be her surgeon and that “this may change at the time of surgery, depending on the availability of Residents with the necessary competence and training.” The bottom of the form contains a signature line for the surgeon who performed the procedure; no one signed.

Medical Malpractice: Something Isn’t Right

Ned’s surgery began just before 8am and was complete 74 minutes later; old knee out and new knee in. She was released to her recovery room complaining of a “burning sensation” in the knee. A nurse charted “notified MD.” A number of med students, residents, and attending physicians came in and out of her room in the following days, misdiagnosing her condition time and time again, and failing to properly update or mark her chart. Ned told one med student that she could not feel her bottom left leg, flex her ankle, or wiggle her toes. Experts say these symptoms should have been immediately addressed. The student attributed the numbness to the lasting effects of a femoral nerve block. This anesthesia is supposed to wear off 12-18 hours after surgery. The misdiagnosis was made 25 hours after surgery.

Despite complaints of excruciating pain and a swollen and purplish limb, nurses and providers at Parkland did nothing but prescribe more pain meds. “Just push your pain pump,” said one nurse. It was 3 days later, after Ned became delirious, that a vascular surgeon finally deduced that a surgical injury to the artery behind her left knee was causing ischemia (loss of blodd supply) in the lower left leg. Two emergency surgeries were performed to help relieve the swelling and return blood flow to the leg, as well as a number of other procedures to clean wounds and remove tissue damage. She was released.

Medical Malpractice: Infections Rage

November came with an onslaught of life threatening issues. Ned’s leg became infected with staph and strep, and more surgeries followed. One procedure involved sewing antibiotic beads inside her leg. Another planted a tube into her chest that pumped antibiotics throughout her body. A third surgery in March of 2009 removed her artificial knee in hopes that it’s removal would stop the spread of bacteria. This went on for months as Ned’s body tried, unsuccessfully, to fight off the bacteria. Further complications arose when an infection caused uncontrollable vomiting for Jessie Mae Ned. Yet another surgery was required to remove an abdominal hernia that formed because of the vomiting.

Medical Malpractice: More Surgical Errors and Infection

August 2009, almost a year after the first knee replacement, Ned received a second artificial knee, and endured another surgical injury. This time around, it was a ruptured knee tendon. The incision did not heal correctly and infections plagued Ned once again. Ned was hospitalized for 2 months and underwent another 9 surgeries. In December of 2009, doctors told Ned her situation was hopeless. Her leg was amputated in two surgeries later that month. medical malpractice new jersey philadelphia attorneys negligence parkland memorial hospital

Ned’s ordeal with Parkland Memorial is truly heartbreaking. She went in for a simple knee replacement procedure, and a year and 26 surgeries later, she was an amputee. The medical malpractice and negligence that occured inside Parkland Memorial with regard to Ned’s treatment is shocking! Dr. Gottschalk seems to have failed on numerous occasions to see that his patient was receiving the proper care. And what’s even more apalling is that Jessie Mae Ned was one of their own; an employee of the same facility for 28 years. If this is how they treat their own co-workers, how do they treat people they don’t know?

Medical Malpractice Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you or a loved one have suffered due to medical malpractice or negligence in New Jersey or Philadelphia, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

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