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.
October 9th, 2012|
October 9, 2012
With as many as 13,000 patients across the United States potentially receiving contaminated steroid injections, experts say the number of infected individuals is expected to continue to rise. The Odessa American says at least 114 Texans were exposed to the deadly aspergillus meningitis fungus at two Texas medical facilities when they received injections for back pain treatment.
Both the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Southlake and Dallas Back Pain Management received lots of the preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate manufactured by New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. The nearly 18,000 doses of the drug that were distributed in 23 states, used to treat patients suffering from back pain, have been connected with at least eight deaths and 105 patients being sickened with the fungal form of Meningitis.
While no cases of infection have been reported yet by the Texas patients, officials have instructed individuals who received the injections to watch for symptoms of the drug injury, including stroke-like symptoms, headache, nausea, fever and dizziness. The symptoms are caused by swelling in the brain and spinal cord brought on by the fungal infection and can often result in death.
The drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would encourage anyone who becomes ill after receiving an injection that was contaminated with a harmful substance or organism to discuss your legal rights with an experience attorney to help ensure you get the care you need and deserve.
September 11th, 2012|
September 11, 2012
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) works to ensure that all medications are safe. When a drug doesn’t meet safety standards, it’s pulled from the market by a recall. According to a press release from the FDA, a drug manufactured by Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc., has been recalled after being found to potentially lead to drug injuries, including bleeding in the brains of patients who take the medication.
The announcement stated that a lot of Nimodipine Capsules, 30 mg, marketed by Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Ltd., had been found to contain vials of the drug where the medication had crystalized. Experts say that the crystallization may negatively affect the potency of the drug, causing it to not work for its intended use of stopping bleeding in the brain.
The announcement states that the product comes in packs of 30 and 100 and only two lots were affected, including:
- Lot Number: 3305.039A, NDC Number: 57664-135-65 (Unit Dose Blisters of 100 (25×4))
- Lot Number: 3305.039B, NDC Number: 57664-135-64 (Unit Dose Blisters of 30 (5×6))
Facilities in possession of the affected medication have been asked to stop use of it immediately and contact their distributor for further information, while patients taking the medication have been instructed to contact their healthcare provider.
The drug injury lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough say that they are here to help if you’ve suffered negative effects from taking an unsafe medication.
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 21st, 2012|
August 21, 2012
Federal officials who are monitoring efforts at Dallas’s Parkland Memorial Hospital to turn the facilities less than stellar safety record around gave a poor review of the facility recently. According to The Dallas Morning News, the most recent write-up included reports of several serious medical errors that included a botched surgery, medication mistakes, and failed emergency care.
Officials stated that the hospital’s management failed to disclose the errors in a recent compliance report that was made public two weeks ago. The hospital rebutted that it did not list the mistakes out of fear of medical malpractice lawsuits.
Safety inspectors went on to say that they felt upper management’s inability to properly lead the turnaround was partially to blame for the continuing mistakes. In response, the chief medical officer of the hospital, Dr. John Jay Shannon, was removed from his position and two interim turnaround specialists were added to the hospital’s Board of Directors. Safety monitors also criticized the work of interim CEO, Dr. Thomas Royer, saying, “Additional interim changes may be necessary” for the position.
The drug injury lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough know how frustrating being hurt by the negligence of medical staff overseeing you or loved one’s care can be. This is why the firm would urge anyone who has been negatively affected by the care of a medical professional to discuss your case 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.
March 6th, 2012|
March 6, 2012
A 38-year-old nurse from Lufkin, Texas, could face the death penalty if convicted of the charges against her in connection with the deaths and injuries of nearly a dozen of her patients. According to reports from WFAA News, the woman is facing murder and attempted murder charges after five of her patients died and another five were injured when she injected them with bleach.
Law enforcement and the state health inspector’s office became suspicious of the nurse after paramedics reported excessive calls to the DaVita Dialysis Clinic for patients suffering from cardiac and breathing complications. Investigators say two patients later came forward saying they saw the nurse inject two other patients with a bleach concoction.
The nurse claims that she is a scapegoat for larger problems in the facility.
Harvard researchers conducted a study years ago that found 1% of patients treated in hospitals in 1984 were injured, and one quarter of those died, because of medical negligence. Nationwide, that translates into 234,000 injuries and 80,000 deaths in 1988 from negligence in American hospitals. The Institute of Medicine claims that between 44,000 and 98,000 patients die each year because of preventable medical errors.
The Dallas Medical Malpractice Attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot and Wansbrough would like to remind patients to never hesitate to question or seek a second opinion if you feel the care you are receiving from a medical professional is not up to par.
February 21st, 2012|
February 21, 2012
A new study, conducted by the University of Washington in Seattle and published in this month’s issue of the Archives of Surgery, has found that a disproportionate number of surgeons suffer from drinking problems. An article released by MSN-Health states that the survey reported 15% of surgeons said they suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence.
This means that 14% of male and 26% of female surgeons suffer from some level of alcoholism.
The study examined 7,197 results from an anonymous online poll. Of these, 1,112 subjects’ answers were consistent with those of someone with alcohol abuse problems.
Results also showed that a surgeon who is burned out, depressed, or who had made a medical mistake in the past three months was more likely to have an alcohol related problem.
The figures are three to seven percent higher than the public average for alcohol abuse or dependence.
Doctors who reviewed the results of the study cited that a lower than average response rate of 29%, versus the accepted rate of 60%, could be at fault for skewing the numbers; however, experts also say that the low response rate could mean the problem is larger than imagined.
The Dallas Medical Malpractice Attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough know that surgeons are not required to undergo any kind of drug testing prior to employment and that requiring them to do so could reduce the risk of medical mistakes happening in Texas.