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  • Elements of a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

    Medical malpractice is harm caused to a patient as a result of negligence – whether it is a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or any other healthcare professional whose actions have directly impacted an individual’s health. When it comes to filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, one must go beyond this simple definition and prove four essential elements to win their case. The first element is often the ...
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  • The Problem of Misdiagnosis in the United States

    One of the biggest problems in the medical industry is the possibility of errors on behalf of medical professionals. In fact, there have been recent reports that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the country, resulting in more than 250,000 deaths each year. When it comes to medical errors, however, the general public may not be aware of all the ways they can occur and how ...
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  • Medical Malpractice: Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

    When you go to the hospital, you expect to be treated with the utmost care. After all, this is where you go when you are hurt, feeling ill, or dealing with any other kind of condition, and the people taking care of you are supposed to be licensed and trained. What happens, however, when this isn’t the case and the trip to the hospital causes more harm than it does good? This is referred to as ...
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  • Simon Law Firm Attorneys Secure $17.6 Million Verdict

    On June 28, 2016, attorneys John Simon and Tim Cronin of The Simon Law Firm, P.C., secured a $17.6 million verdict for their client Brian Koon and his wife. Koon was prescribed over 37,000 painkillers between 2008 and 2012 – an amount that dramatically exceeds the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommended levels. At the time, Koon was under the primary care of Dr. Henry D. ...
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  • Misdiagnosed CIDP with IVIG treatments

    Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) is a rare neurological disorder in which one of the first-line treatments is Intravenous Immunoglobulin, or IVIG. These infusions can be costly and may come with side effects and complications. Anne Brockland is investigating cases regarding patients who have been misdiagnosed with CIDP, or any other similar neurological disorder, and ...
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  • Shoulder dystocia is serious

    Shoulder dystocia is a very serious obstetrical complication that occurs when a baby's shoulder becomes stuck behind the mother's pubic bone during a vaginal delivery. When mismanaged, this condition can result in permanent injuries to the brachial plexus nerves and even brain damage. When shoulder dystocia occurs, the doctor is required to take immediate action and order or use certain maneuvers ...
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  • The Estate of Joseph Baldwin v. National Healthcare of Mt. Vernon, Inc., d/b/a Crossroads Community Hospital

    Overview: Sixty-two year old Joe Baldwin woke up on Saturday with acute onset of severe chest and abdominal pain. He was taken by his wife to the Emergency Department at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon, Illinois and was assessed by an emergency medicine physician. A CT Scan of the chest revealed what appeared to be pneumonia. Mr. Baldwin was admitted to the Crossroads Intensive Care ...
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  • David Smith v. Dr. Sporleder and Associated Family Physicians

    Overview: A Cole County jury awarded David Smith $1.02 million for his claims against Dr. Patrick Sporleder and his Jefferson City, Missouri practice. Mr. Smith alleged that Dr. Sporleder failed to inform him of abnormal kidney function results, failed to follow up on these results and failed to refer Mr. Smith to a specialist. As a result of these failures, Mr. Smith's undiagnosed kidney disease ...
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  • Moton v. Anesthesia Partners, Ltd.

    Overview: Robert Moton, Sr. died after undergoing an unsuccessful elective thoracotomy to remove a benign tumor from his right lung, leading to a malpractice suit by his family. Moton's oxygen levels had dropped dramatically and he went into cardiac arrest. His family settled their St. Louis City medical malpractice suit with the anesthesiologist's practice for $400,000 after six trial days. The ...
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  • Plaintiff wins Mesh Injury Case Against Boston Scientific

    On Monday September 8th a Texas jury reached a verdict of $73.5 million in the favor of Martha Salazar who suffered serious injuries from her Boston Scientific transvaginal mesh device, Obtryx. Salazar v. Boston Scientific The decision breaks down as follows: Physical pain and mental anguish in the past. $1.5 million Physical pain mental anguish in the future - $10 million Physical impairment in ...
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  • A pelvic mesh trial reaches a $3.27 million dollar verdict against Ethicon

    An east coast jury recently awarded $3.27 million to a woman who underwent surgery to remove a pelvic mesh manufactured by Johnson & Johnson - Ethicon. The jury awarded compensatory damages based on claims of failure to warn, design defect, pain and suffering, past medical expenses and for her husband's loss of consortium. If you have, or have had, a pelvic mesh implant and have questions, call ...
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  • Shoulder dystocia

    Shoulder dystocia is a very serious obstetrical complication that occurs when one or both shoulders are too large to pass through the birth canal and become stuck behind the mother's pubic bone. When this happens the doctor is required to take immediate action and use necessary maneuvers to deliver the baby. This can result in fractures, permanent nerve damage and even paralysis . There are ...
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  • William Craig Prott v St. John's Mercy Health System, et al.

    Overview: A patient who suffered brain damage during heart bypass surgery settles suit for a confidential amount against the hospital and the perfusionist monitoring his red blood cell level during the operation. His Red blood cell level had fallen below minimum set out in hospital protocol for an extended period. Attorneys: John G. Simon
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