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Multiple defendants named in parent's malpractice lawsuit

Most in Providence hope that when they present to a local hospital or clinic, they’ll receive top-flight care delivered by highly-qualified and competent clinicians. In many cases, those expectations are met. Yet if a medical or surgical error were to occur, people also hope that it would be isolated to only one aspect of their care, and that it wouldn’t be life-threatening. However, sometimes one medical mistake can lead to another, and pretty soon those mistakes start getting compounded to the point of producing a tragic result.

Such is the claim being made by a Pennsylvania couple that is currently suing the providers whose ante- and postpartum negligence led to their baby son’s death. Named in the suit are the initial emergency room doctor who treated her, the two hospitals where she and the baby were treated, and the infusion center that inadvertently administered a tainted blood infusion to the newborn. The family’s alleged ordeal began with the wife was seen in her local emergency room, where it was revealed that her blood pressure was alarmingly high. Yet despite this fact, the ER doctor failed to treat her symptoms, and it took an order from her obstetrician to have her admitted. She was later rushed to the second hospital, where the baby was delivered prematurely via emergency C-section. It was then during his time in that hospital’s NICU that he received the tainted blood infusion, which his parents claim led to his death.

Delayed heart attack treatment allegedly leads to woman's death

While every patient in Providence is different and the way that one responds to the manifestation of an ailment may be unique, there are established standards of care that healthcare providers are expected to follow when patients present to a hospital or clinic. Depending upon the symptoms that patients are showing, providers are expected to assess and prioritize their needs for treatment accordingly. There are some symptoms that could potentially indicate very serious problems. Patients complaining of such symptoms often need to be seen immediately to see if these problems are actually occurring within them.

An alleged heart attack misdiagnosis by a Louisiana hospital’s staff has led a man to sue for medical malpractice following the death of his wife. He contends that she presented to the hospital’s emergency room complaining of severe chest pain. Yet rather than being rushed back to rule out a possible heart attack, she was simply given aspirin and told that she’d have to wait to be treated. In actuality, she was indeed experiencing a heart attack, but was still made to wait for almost six hours before being treated. The lawsuit contends that she ultimately died because she was delayed treatment.

Man loses vision after being given ear drops instead of eye drops

People in Providence rely on the assumption that doctors, dentists, pharmacists, and others operating within the healthcare industry are not only qualified but also competent to perform the work that they are engaged in. After all, these providers are required to certify to the highest degree of safety standards before being allowed to practice. Unfortunately, no amount of schooling, training, or certifications can completely eliminate human error from healthcare. However, there is often a fine line between human error and gross negligence. When a patient’s health hangs in the balance, negligence cannot be tolerated.

Such is the argument being made in a lawsuit filed by a Texas man against a local pharmacy. Documentation shows that when the pharmacy filled the man’s prescription for eye drops, the pharmacist gave him ear drops instead. The man claims that after applying the ear drops to his eyes as he was instructed to do per the directions given by the pharmacy, he felt immediate irritation and pain. Ultimately, the use of the ear drops as eye drops caused him to completely lose vision in his left eye, causing his overall health to further deteriorate.

Lawsuit claims doctors missed signs and symptoms of man's cancer

For many in Providence, finding proof that they or their loves ones were the victims of medical malpractice may seem to be relatively easy. After all, they have the results of the malpractice to show as evidence of its occurrence, and they may also have recollections of even documented proof of the doctor errors that contributed it. Yet actually using that evidence to prove that negligence occurred is another matter entirely. Doctors aren’t often keen on fessing up for their mistakes, and the healthcare industry as a whole is often very protective of its own. Should one choose to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit, he or she may find him or herself fighting not just an individual provider, but an entire hospital or clinical network.

A New Mexico woman currently finds herself embroiled in such a fight. Her husband, a renowned Native American activist and former movie actor, died of cancer in 2012. In her lawsuit, the woman alleges that doctors failed to recognize the presence of esophageal cancer in her husband despite his obvious signs of distress, including coughing up blood. Instead, the providers who saw him attributed the symptoms to an enlarged tonsil, apparently ignoring the fact that the man has allegedly had his tonsils removed as a boy. The failure to diagnose the cancer initially led to the disease spreading throughout the rest of his body before it was finally detected.

Long-delayed lawsuit results in multi-million dollar settlement

Medical malpractice lawsuits in Providence can often be very complex. Any number of different factors may cause them to be thrown out, leaving those who were the victims of the alleged malpractice without the means to deal with its consequences. Yet the dismissal of a lawsuit doesn’t necessarily mean that the matter can’t be revisited. In certain circumstances, a plaintiff may be able to re-file a lawsuit later on should the circumstances surrounding the case change.

Such was the case involving a lawsuit filed by an Ohio woman seeking compensation for the birth injury sustained by her son that left him with lifelong disabilities. In her lawsuit, the woman alleged that while hospitalized during the 24th week of her pregnancy, she expressed to the attending clinicians that she wanted to have the baby delivered via caesarian section. The response she got back was that the baby was healthy and didn’t need to be delivered. Shortly thereafter, however, the baby began to show signs of distress and had to be delivered anyway. It was later revealed that the baby had suffered a massive brain hemorrhage due largely to the delayed delivery.

Cancer patient discovers that doctors removed wrong kidney

When patients in Providence walk into the doctor’s office, one thing that they won’t see is sign stating that the doctor offers a money back guarantee. Despite the many advances made in medical science, healthcare providers still may encounter limitations when it comes to accurately diagnosing all of the patients that they see. However, today’s diagnostic tools offer doctors views of what’s going on inside of their patients that their predecessors could only dream of. Those tools should be able to help providers avoid surgical mistakes. However, no amount of technology can eliminate human error.

A Texas man recently found this out the hard way. A CT scan revealed that he had a growth on his kidney. His doctor recommended surgery to remove the cancerous mass, which he was told was on his left kidney. The man underwent surgery to remove it, yet a subsequent pathology report showed that the kidney was healthy. A review of the man’s initial report showed that it was actually the right kidney that was cancerous. The man eventually had to have the cancerous portion of that kidney removed, as well. Yet with now only a portion of a kidney left, the man now faces the potential of developing further problems while hoping that the cancer doesn’t return before he can qualify for a kidney transplant.

False HIV diagnosis blamed for the loss of woman's unborn baby

Advances in pharmacological science over the years have saved millions of lives. Today, patients in Providence have access to a wide array of drugs and medications aimed at treating both minor and severe illnesses. Yet for all of their lifesaving potential, many medications also carry with them some unwelcome side effects. Patients suffering from severe ailments will often put up with these side effects because they know their medications are necessary if they hope to improve. Yet when incorrect diagnoses lead to prescription medication errors, those who suffer from these side effects may be less likely to endure such suffering quietly.

Such is the case with a Texas woman currently involved in a lawsuit over her having been misdiagnosed with HIV. She had initially had a round of lab work done after discovering that she was pregnant. Personnel from the lab later informed her that her blood sample had tested positive for HIV. She was told she needed to begin taking medication in order to protect her unborn baby. However, she believes that the medication led to her ultimately losing the baby. A subsequent blood test showed that she actually was not HIV positive, and it was later discovered that her initial blood sample had been mislabeled. She claims to have never been made aware of this mistake.

Woman sues the doctors who misdiagnosed her encephalitis

Despite all of the advances made in the medical industry in recent years, medicine can still be classified as an evolving science. Doctors and other healthcare providers in Providence and across the rest of the country see countless patients day after day, most of whom are suffering from fairly common ailments. It’s through the experience in spotting and treating these ailments combined with their education that helps healthcare providers to hone their diagnostic skills. Yet unfortunately, not every doctor can be right in his or her diagnosis all of time. When a misdiagnosis does occur, patients may suffer from delayed treatment while their doctors open themselves up to accusations of negligence.

Such is the case surrounding a Louisiana woman. In a lawsuit filed against multiple providers, she claims to have come to them suffering from encephalitis caused by the herpes simplex virus. Such a complication of herpes is considered to be extremely rare. The woman believes that the doctors named in the lawsuit failed to immediately recognize the condition. Because if the failure to diagnose the condition initially, her treatment was delayed, causing her symptoms to worsen. When she finally was treated, she also claims that treatment wasn’t delivered properly.

VA faces multiple medical malpractice lawsuits across the U.S.

The veterans returning home to Providence after fighting for the United States are supposed to enjoy the benefit of world-class health care for the remainder of their lives. Sadly, recent news has begun to raise questions about the quality of care that America’s veterans are receiving. What’s been troubling for so many who have been following this issue is that the reported cases of substandard care aren’t limited to a single facility or even a group of facilities in a single area, but rather are from countless VA facilities across the country.

Recent statistics show that over 1,000 medical malpractice lawsuits have been filed against VA facilities nationwide, requiring the government pay out over $200 million to victims and their families. The accusations coming in these lawsuits include incorrect diagnoses, doctor negligence, and failure to properly monitor patients or to treat them in a timely manner. Criticisms of the VA have recently reached as high was Washington, where many have called on the President to replace the secretary overseeing the Department of Veterans Affairs. Yet rather than dismiss him, the President has charged the secretary with overseeing massive reforms to current VA guidelines. These reforms, which are set to be voted on by the House, include granting the secretary more authority to hold VA hospital administrators accountable in the wake of medical malpractice accusations.

VA hospital sued for separate surgical errors by same doctor

It takes a good deal of courage for Providence residents to be willing to challenge the status quo. This is especially true when it comes to healthcare. Many may believe that any care given is better than none, and that healthcare providers should always be given the benefit of the doubt. The problem inherent with that line of thinking is that when patients receive poor healthcare, it almost always has drastic and sometimes even fatal consequences. Thus, it’s often left up to those patients who were the recipients of such poor care to hold those providers responsible for giving it.

An Indiana man is trying to hold his local VA hospital responsible for the poor care that he received there. The man’s case is unique in that veterans in general either lack the resources to pursue such action or choose not to do so out of fear of how it may affect their benefits. Yet after enduring separate procedures from the same doctor which both left him with a great deal of pain, the man has now filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the facility where the care was received.

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