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May 2014 Archives

Forced C-section goes wrong, injured mother sues

Just last week, we wrote a post about the number of C-sections that pregnant women were receiving at hospitals. The post talked about the number of risky C-sections that were being performed, and how these procedures could lead to complications and injuries for either the mother, the newborn or both. Now comes a story about a woman who was forced to have a C-section -- against her wishes -- resulting in the woman suffering injuries to her bladder.

Rare pregnancy-induced condition can be fatal

In Oct. 2010, a woman went into labor and had a perfectly healthy pregnancy. Her daughter was born with no complications, and for a few days the woman felt fine. But then she started to have bouts with chest pain, and she struggled to catch her breath. She also felt dizzy and she constantly had a dull headache. As it turned out, the woman had something called preeclampsia, a severe form of pregnancy-induced hypertension. Doctors never warned her about this condition, and she was completely unaware of preeclampsia or its dangers.

$62 million ruling upheld for women victimized by botched surgery

The following story didn't happen here in Pittsburgh, but it doesn't matter where it occurred for it to inspire sympathy for the victimized patient. A 33-year-old single mom recently had a $62 million medical malpractice verdict in her favor upheld by the New York Supreme Court. The decision was challenged by a hospital and three doctors after the woman's life was changed forever due to a botched surgery.

Sepsis boom presents a scary situation for doctors, patients

Would you believe that every year about 750,000 people in the United States is stricken with some type of blood infection? According to a new study, this is the case. Sepsis is booming even though hospitalization rates are down. This new study, which was recently presented to the American Thoracic Society, says that from 2000 to 2010, sepsis-related deaths from hospital patients jumped from 45,000 to 135,000.

Broken rib tears woman's aorta, doctors failed to prevent it

One of the most upsetting aspects of medical malpractice stories is the way the incidents seem so preventable. Hindsight is 20/20, and all that -- but some of these incidents truly seem like hindsight shouldn't have been necessary. In the moment, doctors or surgeons or nurses should have been able to do something about patient X so as to prevent outcome Y.

Medical malpractice lawsuits are not always straightforward

If you were to go into surgery and your surgeon was to make a critical error that changed your life forever, you would pursue legal action, right? What about if your doctor failed to diagnose a seemingly-simple problem, thus causing a downwards spiral that results in you suffering tremendous pain? These are examples of medical patients becoming victims of mistakes -- but do they qualify as malpractice?

Botched surgery leads to man receiving a vasectomy

In our last post, we talked about a man who wrongfully had all of his teeth removed. Now we have a story about how a person was wrongfully robbed of his ability to have children. If you can believe this, a man who was supposed to have a minor urological procedure performed on him was given a vasectomy instead. There's a 55 percent chance that the vasectomy reversal will be successful, but that still leaves the chance that this surgical error will leave the man with a permanent inability to have kids. 

Bizarre recommendation leaves 23-year-old without any teeth

Imagine you go to your dentist to have a regular check-up and cleaning, and during the visit, it is discovered that you have an issue with one of your teeth. The issue will require surgery, and you'll lose the tooth -- as well as a few others -- but your mouth should be okay. At least, this is the way it’s playing it out in your mind.

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