Medical malpractice cases are more common than you might think. Numerous cases make headlines in news media all around the country.

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July 2018

  • A Missouri man files a medical malpractice suit claiming that his doctor performed a failed biojoint procedure on both his knees without disclosing that the procedure is experimental.
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  • A jury awards $135 million to a 17-year-old Michigan girl who claimed improper treatment for curvature of her spine left her with permanent arm and leg weakness and loss of bowel and bladder control.
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  • A $5 million malpractice suit against a Massachusetts psychiatrist known for his TV appearances is filed by a Salem woman claiming he engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with her.
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  • A Wisconsin man files a medical malpractice suit against a doctor he claims punctured his esophagus during a scoping procedure and sent him home even though he complained of chest pressure.
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  • Sources say an undisclosed settlement is reached in a medical malpractice suit brought by an Ohio woman who claims her spine surgeon performed unnecessary surgery.
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  • Five patients file medical malpractice lawsuits against a well-known Austin cardiologist claiming the physician performed unnecessary procedures and harmed his patients.
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  • A Utah woman sues a hospital and medical center claiming they did not do enough to protect her from a nurse who is accused of infecting her with hepatitis C.
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  • A woman sues a California medical center claiming her late husband’s death was due to medical negligence during surgery for his hiatal hernia repair.
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  • An obstetrician-gynecologist is being sued by a woman from Iowa who alleges he touched her inappropriately without her consent.
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  • Two former patients file a malpractice lawsuit against a Florida doctor claiming that he incorrectly diagnosed them with multiple sclerosis.
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  • A medical negligence and wrongful death lawsuit is filed claiming a New Hampshire nursing home failed to protect a resident who died as a result of a violent attack by another resident.
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June 2018

  • A $29.5 million verdict is awarded to the family of a 40-year-old woman in Iowa who claimed that the woman’s death was caused by the doctor’s failure to take proper action when she had an allergic reaction to the contrast dye given her during a CT scan.
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  • An Oregon woman is suing a medical center claiming she sustained permanent injuries when a nursing assistant rolled her over in bed and the support railing on her hospital bed collapsed causing her to fall.
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  • A dermatologist in Georgia who can be seen on a video dancing to a hip-hop song during surgery has had her license suspended and has been sued for negligence by numerous patients claiming injuries ranging from disfigurement to brain damage.
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  • A $6.8 million judgment is reached in a medical malpractice lawsuit brought by the family of a Massachusetts woman who died of cardiac arrest following hernia surgery in a case where experts testified that the tacks used by the surgeon to secure the hernia mesh travelled to the patient’s heart.
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  • A Chicago mother is suing the University of Chicago Medical Center claiming that the severe developmental delay her child has suffered from following her spontaneous pre-term labor could have been prevented had she been properly diagnosed and an appendectomy performed on her during her pregnancy.
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  • A mother in Brooklyn, NY files a medical malpractice lawsuit claiming that her then eight-month-old son’s testicle was needlessly removed after he was misdiagnosed with cancer.
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  • The family of a retired Washington State firefighter is suing five opioid manufacturers claiming that the medicines prescribed for his chronic pain from bone and joint injuries caused his mental collapse.
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  • A Boston man is awarded $18.4 million by a Federal Jury who ruled on his claim that he has brain damage from AIDS which went undiagnosed because two of his physicians failed to test him for HIV despite his risk factors.
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May 2018

  • A Lancaster, County mother receives $4 million in a medical malpractice verdict against doctors who a jury found failed to diagnose and treat her month-old baby’s whooping cough.
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  • A woman in Elk Mound, Wisconsin is suing an otolaryngologist who she claims was negligent in the care and treatment of her during numerous procedures on her nose and face, resulting in facial disfigurement and pain.
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  • A man in Mason, Ohio is suing two large regional health care providers claiming the use of a surgical device called the “Bair Hugger” resulted in a life-threatening infection following knee replacement surgery and necessitating the amputation of his leg.
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  • An undisclosed settlement is reached in a medical malpractice suit against an Anchorage doctor who is accused of fusing the wrong vertebrae of a female patient leaving her in constant pain and the need for further medical procedures.
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  • A $7 million medical malpractice lawsuit is filed by a physician in Corvalis, Oregon who claims her own physician botched a cosmetic procedure on her resulting in severe facial disfigurement, pain, and vision problems.
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  • A woman in Chicago is suing numerous healthcare providers and facilities claiming her baby suffered a brain injury because she was not properly monitored during labor and signs of fetal distress were not detected.
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  • Two Miami doctors and a hospital are being sued by two different families who each lost a child from the same aggressive eye cancer after physicians allegedly failed to surgically remove the affected eyes and instead opted for chemotherapy and other treatments.
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  • A medical malpractice lawsuit is filed by a Georgia man who claims that his 54-year-old mother suffered permanent brain damage when a plastic surgeon’s office was not properly equipped to handle the emergency when her heart stopped during eight hours of cosmetic surgery.
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  • A $500 million settlement has been reached in the case of Dr. Larry Nasser, the Michigan State University physician, who was sued by 332 female victims for sexual abuse under the deception of medical treatment.
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April 2018

  • A personal representative for the family of a deceased man in Belleville, IL is suing health care providers for more than $50,000 claiming they failed to explore the patient’s abdominal cavity and negligently caused perforation of his duodenum which led to septicemia and ultimately to his death.
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  • An undisclosed settlement is reached in the case of a Michigan woman whose family claims that no lab tests were ordered when she complained of headaches and stroke-like symptoms while she was convalescing from surgery, and this negligence combined with an inappropriate medication she was given left her in a vegetative state from a brain injury.
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  • A jury has awarded $4.2 million to the estate of a Billerica, Massachusetts man whose family claims that he died as the result of the negligence of his primary-care physician who failed to diagnose his kidney cancer when symptoms were noted years earlier.
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  • An appeals court in New Jersey has ruled that a disabled plaintiff in a medical malpractice suit against a physician is entitled to a new trial after he was originally prevented from testifying at his civil trial due to the potential prejudice his cognitive impairments might have had on the verdict.
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  • A woman in Washington state has brought a lawsuit alleging medical malpractice, breach of contract, and fraud seeking $10 million in damages against an Idaho doctor and an obstetrics clinic claiming that the physician used his own sperm to impregnate the woman’s mother.
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  • A California man and his 92-year- old grandmother are suing a residential care facility in Santa Rosa claiming that the staff failed to take action to ensure the safety of the grandmother and many other residents when a wildfire advanced on the facility.
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  • A surgeon in Klamath Falls, Oregon is being sued for $7 million for allegedly failing to properly diagnose a man’s colon cancer, for failing to consult with other specialists on treatment options, and for damaging the patient’s renal system during surgery.
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March 2018

  • The family of a young child in Florida has filed a lawsuit against a hospital where they claim a nurse who was high on methamphetamine accidentally pulled out the baby’s breathing tube while giving him a bath, causing brain damage.
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  • A hospital in Ohio has settled with the family of a woman claiming the hospital failed to prevent her from passing on her streptococcus infection to her baby during childbirth, causing brain damage to the newborn.
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  • The family of an elderly man in Michigan is suing a nursing home, claiming that caretakers were caught on camera throwing the man forcefully into his wheelchair and bed, causing injuries to his head and legs.
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  • A Navy wife and her family in Hawaii have been awarded $24.7 million from the medical center where she suffered from sepsis due to a bacterial infection which was not diagnosed or treated in a timely manner, resulting in permanent kidney damage.
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  • A woman in Georgia has been awarded $18 million after a jury ruled that the physician and medical group failed to properly diagnose and treat her spinal infection, which resulted in her paralysis.
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  • The family of a man in California who went into a permanent coma from blood loss has been awarded $68 million in a medical malpractice suit against his heart surgeon who was found negligent for leaving the operating room during the man’s open-heart surgery and ordering his physician’s assistant to close the man’s chest.
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  • The family of a Texas child has been awarded over $47 million after a doctor at a Pennsylvania medical center left the girl partially bald and scarred from a bandage the doctor wrapped around her swollen head shortly after she was born.
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February 2018

  • The family of late actor Bill Paxton, who died in February 2017, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his surgeon and the Los Angeles hospital where he had his heart surgery claiming that the physician used unconventional methods and the risks were concealed.
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  • An undisclosed settlement has been reached in a medical malpractice lawsuit brought by a woman in Cowlitz County, Washington against a physician and Columbia Memorial Hospital claiming incapacity, pain and other trauma following vaginal mesh surgery.
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  • The family of late musician Matt Roberts (3 Doors Down guitarist), who died in August 2016, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the doctor who continued to prescribe high doses of opioids for him after he completed a drug rehab program and the pharmacy which filled these prescriptions.
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  • A medical malpractice lawsuit has been filed against a Madison County, Illinois pediatrician who allegedly failed to diagnose a baby’s malignant tumor despite numerous symptoms, causing the child to undergo aggressive chemotherapy, experience pain, suffer a loss of hearing, and have the potential for future complications.
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  • A woman in Oregon is seeking $9 million in a lawsuit claiming wrongful death, medical malpractice, and negligent infliction of emotional distress against the physician and hospital where her daughter died just days after being born due to delays in getting care when there were signs of complications.
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  • The family of a woman in Chicago has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing home where she fell, claiming that the facility failed to adequately supervise her and this fall ultimately contributed to her death.
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  • A man in Fresno has filed a civil lawsuit against his residential memory care facility claiming that he had to have his right eye removed after the staff allowed him to be attacked on two occasions by his roommate.
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January 2018

  • The family of a 76-year-old man in Fresno County, California is suing his heart surgeon for leaving the operating room before the patient was in stable condition following heart surgery, leaving him permanently comatose.
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  • A 6-year-old girl in Pennsylvania is awarded $40.3 million after her family claimed that her spinal cord was injured during birth at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, leaving her paralyzed below the mid-chest and unable to stand on her own.
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  • The family of an Alabama resident is awarded $3 million ($1 million in compensatory damages and $2 million in punitive damages) after claiming that a pulmonologist at an Alabaster health care facility was responsible for failing to diagnose lung cancer.
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  • A former Department of Defense analyst in Tampa, Florida is awarded $109 million after claiming that during surgery to have an ovarian cyst removed, her small bowel was punctured, which caused her to have her arms and legs amputated.
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  • A couple in Nebraska is suing a clinic and doctor who performed a late-term abortion and allegedly missed part of the fetus’ skull, which was later found embedded in the wall of the woman’s uterus, and which caused her to need a hysterectomy.
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  • A 52-year-old woman in California is suing her hospital and doctor after an 8-inch long surgical instrument was left in her abdomen after an exploratory laparotomy. The medical malpractice lawsuit asks for compensation for medical expenses, past and future loss of earnings, and the loss of comfort and support to her husband.
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December 2017

  • The family of a man from Jefferson County, Iowa is awarded a $240,000 settlement from the state of Iowa after claiming that his death was caused by a medical imaging procedure performed at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic.
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  • The family of a Minneapolis-area teen is awarded a $2 million settlement after claiming that the oral surgeon who removed his wisdom teeth incorrectly administered general anesthesia and failed to monitor him during surgery, causing his death.
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  • Little Women: LA star, Christy McGinity Gibel, is suing doctors from the Beverly Hills 90210 Surgery Medical Center claiming they nicked her artery during a spinal cord surgery.
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  • A Florida man is awarded $13 million after being blinded during a cataract surgery at Leon Medical Centers where the physician was accused of injecting an antibiotic which was supposed to be applied topically to the man’s eye.
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  • A woman in Columbus, Georgia is awarded $26 million after claiming that she was left disabled in a wheelchair due to complications from neck fusion surgery at St. Francis Hospital where her doctor failed to intervene in a timely manner when she was unable to swallow.
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  • The family of a teen in Vermont is awarded a $2 million settlement after claiming that an inaccurate review of his kidney ultrasound at a New Hampshire medical center ultimately led to his death.
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November 2017

  • A 46-year-old woman in Tucson, Arizona is awarded $12 million after her family claimed that doctors administered a dangerous drug which deprived her brain of oxygen and left her in a vegetative state.
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  • A medical malpractice lawsuit ends in a confidential settlement with Lancaster General Hospital in the case of a Lancaster, PA woman who claimed that she became a quadriplegic due to a brain hemorrhage caused by negligent medical care during her emergency caesarian section surgery.
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  • The family of a 70-year-old woman in Columbia, South Carolina who died of kidney cancer is awarded $10 million after a jury determined that unnecessary delays in life- saving surgery were caused by miscommunication between her doctors.
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  • An elder abuse lawsuit is filed by the family of a 74-year-old woman who died at an Oxnard, California nursing home claiming that insufficient care led to "horrific" pressure sores, respiratory failure, septic shock, pneumonia, and other injuries which led to her death.
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  • The family of a man in Elmhurst, Illinois who died from a pulmonary embolism after leg surgery at Elmhurst Hospital is awarded $3 million after the jury determined that doctors and physical therapists failed to recognize the signs of this disorder.
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  • The family of a four-year-old girl in Dallas, Texas who died of bacterial meningitis hours after being sent home by a student doctor has filed a first responder malpractice lawsuit for $1 million, claiming that the death could have been prevented had she been treated by a more experienced doctor.
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October 2017

  • A 36-year-old in Oregon sues her medical team claiming they performed an unnecessary double mastectomy and hysterectomy on her after misinterpreting the results of her genetic testing.
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  • The family of a woman in Stoughton, Massachusetts who died from massive blood loss during childbirth receives $4 million in a malpractice suit.
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  • A $6 million award is given to the family of a grandmother in Atlanta, Georgia who died from an undiagnosed bowel obstruction.
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  • A man in Bangor, Maine is awarded $2 million when a jury ruled that his hand surgeon failed to properly insert a screw in his hand during surgery, causing him permanent impairment, disfigurement and loss of income.
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  • The parents of a stillborn baby are awarded $500,000 when a jury in Maine found that the hospital and pathologist were negligent in handling the fetus.
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  • The Pennsylvania Supreme Court refuses to hear an appeal by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in a case where the hospital was ordered to pay $11.3 million in damages after doctors failed to diagnose meningitis in an 11-month- old boy.
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