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Posted 10 months ago in Jury Awards Medical Malpractice by Sylvia Hsieh  
$5.5M for Torn Vein Grafts Causing Heart Patient’s Death

A Maryland jury awarded $5.5 million to the family of a woman who died after open heart surgery when wires were removed from her chest. Velda Faye Richardson underwent cardiac bypass surgery on Feb. 1, 2011. Pacing wires were put on her chest just before surgery. The wires are typically put in place in case doctors need to regulate the patient’s heart rate during recovery, and are removed either by clipping them or pulling them off. Richardson’s recovery went smoothly …

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Posted 12 months ago in Medical Malpractice by Janet Raasch  
Doc Can Be Sued for Not Warning Patient of Treatment’s Risks

When it comes to making important decisions about healthcare, the patient is in charge – not the healthcare professional. A competent adult patient can always refuse treatment. Even if the decision seems to be a poor one, healthcare providers and others must respect it. Healthcare professionals in all states are required to inform their patients of the risks involved in any test, treatment or procedure, and to obtain informed consent before proceeding. Failure to warn is a common type of …

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Posted 12 months ago in Medical Malpractice Personal Injury by Sylvia Hsieh  
Dentist Must Pay $35M for Unnecessary Root Canals

A retired dentist in Shoreline, Wash., has been ordered to cough up $35 million for performing unnecessary root canals on dozens of patients, including some who endured several of the painful procedures. Construction worker Dan O’Neal, who underwent 20 root canals, and occupational therapist Cheryl Grant who got 13 root canals were among more than 200 patients who sued Dr. Henri Duyzend for malpractice. Duyzend retired in 2007 and sold his practice. When the dentist who bought his practice noticed …

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Posted 1 year ago in Jury Awards Medical Malpractice by Sylvia Hsieh  
Doctor Who Forgot Patient’s Heart Condition Must Pay $6.4M

A couple won a $6.4 million jury verdict against a doctor who diagnosed the husband with a heart condition but then forgot to follow up on it, ultimately leading to a stroke. Jeffrey Schneider went to his doctor, Dr. Joseph Thompson of SSM DePaul Medical Group in St. Louis, Mo., in 1996 and was diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse, a condition that can cause blood to flow backward in the heart because the valve of the heart does not close …

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Doctor Who Mistook Stroke for Carpal Tunnel Must Pay $1.2M

A jury ordered a doctor who misdiagnosed a woman who had a stroke the next day and later died to pay $1.2 million to the patient’s husband. Barbara Mae Castleberry went to see Brian DeBrot, a Witchita, Kansas physician, in 2007, complaining of dizziness, numbness and tingling in her hands and feet, blurred vision and other symptoms. DeBrot diagnosed her with carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition that affects the wrists and hands and is caused by repetitive motion. Castleberry saw …

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