March 5th, 2013|
March 5, 2013
A jury has awarded a $1.9 million to the family of a 63-year-old man who died as the result of a botched medical procedure. A story published in a recent issue of Outpatient Surgery Magazine explained the incident occurred in 2009 at the Longview Regional Medical Center.
Court documents show the victim had been admitted to the facility to have a Mallory-Weiss tear repaired. The condition is a laceration in the stomach that is caused by excessive vomiting. Medical staff failed to insert a breathing tube into the man’s throat and when he began to expel his stomach contents during the procedure, the bodily fluids traveled into the man’s lungs.
This condition left the victim unable to breathe on his own and he died two and a half days later due to complications.
The victim’s wife filed a Texas Medical Malpractice lawsuit against the hospital, the doctor, and members of his staff claiming their negligence in failing to intubate her husband was directly responsible for his death. A jury agreed and issued the award; however, the amount will likely be lowered due to medical malpractice award caps in place in the state.
The Dallas Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of the dangers a simple mistake during a medical procedure can present. That’s why the firm is hopeful the decision being reached in the case will bring a sense of closure to the family of the victim.
September 4th, 2012|
Sept. 4, 2012
Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas, was recently fined $1 million by the Texas Department of State Health Services after an investigation confirmed numerous complaints of safety violations at the facility. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the fine was the largest of its kind in Texas history.
Hospital and government officials reached the agreement it was found the hospital and its staff were responsible for not practicing proper aftercare following surgical procedures, which resulted in the amputation of the individual’s leg and the death of a psychiatric patient after not being properly restrained. The hospital also was not properly enforcing health, safety, and record-keeping codes. Errors like these have led to several Medical Malpractice claims being filed.
The agreement will require the hospital to inform the state of any “reportable adverse events” that occur at the facility throughout the next year. This stipulation is on top of an already established agreement with the federal government requiring the hospital to submit monthly updates on progress towards reaching the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare’s requirements for compliance.
The Drug Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would like to remind citizens that medical facilities and their staff have a responsibility to make a patient’s health and safety the top priority. We encourage anyone who has suffered because of a medical mistake to discuss your legal rights with a qualified attorney.
August 14th, 2012|
August 14, 2012
A Dallas, Texas, doctor faces allegations of malpractice after performing illegal injections and botched medical procedures on patients.
The Dallas Observer reports the doctor’s record of illegal practices dates back to 2004, when he was caught illegally selling prescription medications over the internet. He was fined $25,000 and was not allowed to prescribe illicit medications like morphine, codeine, Vicodin and anabolic steroids.
Yet, the doctor was just recently accused of injecting a mixed martial artist with an illegal dose of testosterone before an upcoming important fight. The injections only came to light after the fighter failed tests for banned substances, such as performance-enhancing testosterone.
Other complaints of medical malpractice against the doctor claim that he performed a botched liposuction procedure on a patient. He had received training only by reading manuals that came with the liposuction equipment used for the procedure, taking an online class with an examination, and performing a single previous procedure.
The doctor was ordered to stop performing plastic surgery after the botched procedure, but is still allowed to practice medicine in the state of Texas until a hearing before the State Office of Administrative Hearings and Texas Medical Board.
The drug injury lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough say this is why it is so important to ask your doctor plenty of questions regarding their background and experience before accepting their care and diagnosis of your condition.