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Jury Awards Family $1.9 Million In Texas Medical Malpractice Case

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Alarmingly High Number Of Surgeons Report Having Alcohol Problems

by fpw | 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.

Texas Transplant Recipient Infected With Hepatitis C

by fpw | October 4th, 2011

October4, 2011

A Texas man who received a kidney transplant now has a new battle to face after being exposed to Hepatitis C. According to NBC-DFW, the man is a diabetic who was in desperate need of the transplant due to kidney failure. His long-time partner offered him her kidney, and since the two were a match, the hospital went ahead with the transplant operation.

Not long afterwards, the man’s blood-work came back positive for Hepatitis C. Further investigation found that doctors and nurses at UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital had overlooked the pre-screening test and confirmed he contracted the disease from the donor. The man immediately began Hepatitis C treatment upon receiving the news.

The attorney representing the couple said, “The environment had been created at UPMC that permitted error, after error, after error.”

The Texas Medical Malpractice Attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough understand that mistakes can happen, but believe that the victim should not have to suffer from another person’s negligence. That is why the firm offers free online consultations to victims. In order to answer any questions you may have regarding your case.