Category: Doctor Errors

How Medical Malpractice Put Singer’s Career in Jeopardy

Medical malpractice is not a rare occurrence, especially in the state of New York, which has the highest medical malpractice lawsuit per capita in the country. Singer Marty Balin from Jefferson Airplane fell prey to one such malpractice in NYC in 2016. Balin, famous for being the co-founder lead singer of the band Jefferson Airplane, had a horrific experience at a Manhattan Hospital when the doctors’ negligence resulted in the loss of half his tongue, an amputated thumb, and a paralyzed vocal cord.

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NYC Woman Files $10 Million Lawsuit for a Botched Dental Procedure

Boja Kragulj, a clarinetist from New York, has claimed that Manhattan dentist Martha Cortes performed a botched dental procedure on her that resulted in irreversible bone loss. The clarinetist has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the dentist in the Manhattan Supreme Court. Kragulj, who has previously performed in Philadelphia and New York, claimed in her $10 million lawsuit that she now faces premature aging due to the botched procedure.

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Mom Alleges Doctor’s Use of Forceps Caused Death of Newborn

An obstetrician at a NY hospital used the forceps so forcefully during delivering a baby that the baby’s head was internally detached from the spine, leading to the newborn’s immediate death. Mother Megan Stirnweiss, 23, was devastated and proceeded to file a suit against her Long Island doctor.

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Drug Shortage is Causing Doctor Errors and Medical Malpractice

The U.S. is currently undergoing a drug shortage due to supply issues that affect how pharmacies are preparing and/or dispensing drug products for patients. This generally occurs when prescribers need to use an alternative drug of a similar agent.

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Comedian Dana Carvey Sues Cardiac Surgeon for Life-Threatening Surgical Error

In 1998, a famous comedian called made the difficult decision to undergo a double bypass surgery to clear a blocked artery – a decision that he would later come to regret.

According to Carvey, his family has a history of high cholesterol, and he had previously undergone three unsuccessful angioplasties in 1997 to try and alleviate the problems he had been experiencing from the complications that this had caused. In Carvey’s own words, “doctors convinced [him] that surgery was an effective way to resolve the recurring blockage of [his] arteries,” and he decided to undergo open-heart surgery so that he could continue with his life and career unimpeded.

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Jessie Trice Community Health Center Patient is Awarded $33.8 Million in Damages for Pregnancy-Related Medical Malpractice

In 2013, a Miami Gardens family was awarded $33.8 million in damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor and a nurse whose actions led to their newborn baby boy suffering irreversible brain damage.

The incident occurred in the when Marla Dixon, who was 19 years old at the time, was denied a Cesarean section by Dr. Ata Atogho and an assisting nurse despite her unborn child having a slowed heart rate. According to reports, Dr. Atogho did not acknowledge this slowed heart rate and left Dixon in order to conduct another delivery. Worse, he was seen speaking on his cellphone throughout the ordeal.

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Pregnant Woman Has CT Scan After Doctor Error

In 2008, the Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, AZ, experienced a “never event” due to a doctor error that prompted a medical malpractice lawsuit. 

was three months pregnant when she erroneously underwent a CT scan meant for another patient. She went to the hospital’s ER after experiencing bleeding and was surprised when a nurse came to the waiting room and told her that her doctor wanted a CT scan to be done. Kerry states that she questioned the decision, but the nurse reiterated that the doctor wanted an abdominal and pelvic CT scan conducted.

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The Root Causes of Medical Errors

There are many causes of medical errors, something which is defined as a preventable adverse effect of medical care, whether it is evidently harmful to you or not.

Many people have suffered greatly due to .Some of these errors have occurred because there have been numerous factors involved, however, many of these errors have occurred because of medical malpractice and medical negligence and are thus viable cases for medical malpractice lawsuits.

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Doctor Errors

Unlike a general medical error, which can be caused by various healthcare professionals and associated personnel, doctor errors are specific to your treating doctor. 

What Are Doctor Errors?

As with general medical errors, a doctor error is a preventable adverse effect of care that you suffer at the hands of your doctor which causes you harm.

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