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Doctor faces medical malpractice case in man's death

Did one doctor's pending legal case lead him to fail in his care to another patient? That is the allegation of one recent medical malpractice lawsuit. A physician is facing charges of medical negligence, as is the hospital he worked for and the group who owned the hospital. Individuals in Rhode Island who are interested in learning more about doctor errors may be interested in the details of this recent and developing story. 

The now-deceased patient of the surgeon had reported to the hospital, stating that he was suffering from an extreme headache. After testing, the radiologist notified the physician about enlarged cavities inside the man's brain, but the surgeon delayed the man's surgery for approximately 12 hours. The lawsuit alleges that, at that time, the man's condition was critical and that he did not receive timely care. Unfortunately, the man died due to complications from a failing shunt.

Pharmacists take steps to avoid prescription mistakes

According to the Centers for Diseases Control, 82 percent of Americans take at least one medication every day. This number represents millions of people and millions of prescriptions to be filled. Prescription mistakes can be very dangerous. If a person takes the incorrect dosage of a medication, the person could suffer side effects, and the error could even be fatal. In Rhode Island, pharmacists take steps to avoid these types of medications errors, but some cases still slip through the cracks. 

A prescription error could originate with the doctor, or it could happen at the pharmacy. The pharmacist who fills the prescription will typically have a multi-step process during which he or she will check the medicine, the dosage, the doctor, the instructions and any potential interactions. If the physician has made an error, the pharmacist may be able to catch it by looking at the patient's medical records. If the pharmacist makes the error, he or she may still catch it during the checks. 

Birth injury for baby gouged by hook

For one family, the delivery of their newborn child came with an upsetting revelation. Their child suffered a birth injury due to the use of an amniotic hook during the delivery. After the birth, the child was rushed off and suffered some complications immediately after delivery. The recent news story shed some more light on the details for curious individuals in Rhode Island. 

During the birth of the child, the woman was assisted by a midwife. The midwife used a tool known as an amniotic hook to attempt to break the amniotic sack around the baby. Both the mother and the father report that, during this time, the midwife forcefully stuck the tool into the birth canal, verbally noting how tough the sack was to break. The family reported that this gouging went on for five to 10 minutes. 

Veteran suffers medical misdiagnosis at VA clinic

A case of a urine sample mix-up led to problems for a Veterans Affairs hospital. A recent news story gives more details about a man who did not receive the proper treatment at the military hospital. Although he was eventually able to get treatment, the medical misdiagnosis allegedly caused increased pain and suffering for the man. Veterans seeking treatment in Rhode Island hospitals may be interested to learn more about the details of the story. 

The man, a Navy veteran, says that he went to the hospital complaining of stomach pains. He gave a urine sample, which allegedly was switched with another person's sample. The incident led the hospital to misdiagnose the man as a cocaine addict, and he left the hospital without treatment and with pamphlets about substance abuse. 

Lawsuit against VA: Medical equipment left inside the victim

Surgeons are supposed to be some of the most highly trained and experienced of all health care professionals. Simply put, lives depend on their skills. One of the most upsetting types of surgical error may be cases involving medical equipment left inside the victim, since there are safeguards in place to prevent such egregious, life-threatening mistakes. If individuals can't rely on their doctors to follow such protocols, who can they trust?

A recently filed medical malpractice lawsuit in a state neighboring Rhode Island addresses this very issue. When the plaintiff began experiencing dizzy spells, he sought treatment at his nearby Veterans Affairs hospital. Halfway through his appointment, doctors were forced to stop the examination when the patient was hit with severe abdominal pain.

Veteran dies after alleged medical negligence

A man seeking aid for chest pain and shortness of breath was initially turned away and then later offered delayed care. Unfortunately, this person later died while waiting on medical treatment. His widow alleges that the veteran's hospital is guilty of medical negligence and has brought a lawsuit. Sadly, this issue can occur in any state, so veterans in Rhode Island may be able to learn something from this case. 

After experiencing the symptoms of chest pain and shortness of breath, commonly recognized as symptoms of a serious heart condition, the man attempted to schedule an appointment with a VA doctor. The VA told him to contact urgent care. The next day, he reported to the VA and was diagnosed with aortic stenosis. He was scheduled for surgery, but it would be delayed over one week. 

Medication error leads to serious syndrome for woman

One woman is suffering the effects of taking the wrong dose of medicine. As a result of a high dose of the drug lamotrigine, she developed Stevens Johnson syndrome and suffered severe skin problems as a result. The woman is currently in litigation for the medication error, and individuals in Rhode Island who have been diagnosed with Stevens Johnson may be able to learn something from the woman's case. 

Initially, the woman's physician ordered the incorrect dosage of the medicine. Her lawsuit alleges that the pharmacist should have caught the error but did not, and she was given a 100mg dose of the drug. After two weeks of taking the pill, she developed the signs of Stevens Johnson syndrome. 

Complications in the delivery process a problem in the U.S.

Expectant mothers are experiencing problems during childbirth for a number of reasons. The Centers for Disease Control report that more than 135 expectant and new mothers every day are experiencing complications in the delivery process. Some of the problems can be attributed to maternal health factors, but for others, a delay and denial of common symptoms of complications by medical staff become an issue. Mothers in Rhode Island who have experienced similar issues may be interested in some of the data surrounding the trend. 

The United States has the highest rate of maternal death in the industrialized world, which ranges from 700 to 900 women annually. Also troubling are the cases of maternal morbidity, which are serious medical events that occur during or following the birth of a child. The problems include hemorrhages, organ failure, HELLP syndrome, preeclampsia or other disorders that affect the health of the mother. 

Surgical error associated with durotomy may be malpractice

An incision in the membrane surrounding the spinal cord could lead to problems for patients. Durotomy, as the incision is known, could arise from a surgical error and may result in cerebral spinal fluid leakage if not quickly resolved. Rhode Island residents may be interested to learn more about the study of 48 durotomy cases performed by researchers, which gives more details about the problem and the malpractice cases that followed.

Researchers reviewed the three largest legal databases and identified the 48 cases related to durotomy issues. They found that a delayed diagnosis of durotomy and improper durotomy repair led to an increased risk of litigation and surgeon liability. In 56.3 percent of the cases, the court ruled in favor of the defendant surgeon, but patients received settlements in the remaining number of cases. 

Delayed post-surgical care results in large award for woman

A several hour delay was determined to be the cause of one woman's paralysis. The individual was seen at a hospital for a routine surgery, and later difficulty swallowing caused her to return to the hospital for post\-surgical care. Unfortunately, the care did not come soon enough and the woman was left severely disabled. Individuals in Rhode Island may take note of the woman's problems should they ever face a similar issue in the future. 

After a routine neck surgery, the woman returned to the hospital the next day, saying that she was having trouble swallowing. She was seen by a physician and sent home without treatment. The following day, she returned with even more difficulty swallowing, and this time with pain and swelling. She waited six hours before receiving treatment, although hospital protocols call for a patient to be seen within two hours in a case such as hers. 

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