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NY Court of Appeals Increases Malpractice Lawsuit Award to $1 Million

The New York Court of Appeals added over $400,000 to the medical malpractice lawsuit award that was initially reduced to $650,000. The New York Court of Appeals added over $400,000 to the medical malpractice lawsuit award that was initially reduced to $650,000. 

The jury deemed it right that the plaintiff should be awarded $2.5 million for the pain and suffering she experienced because of the malpractice. However, the judge in charge of the trial agreed with the defendant and slashed the award to $650,000.  However, in June 2020 the Supreme Court of New York Appellate Division overturned that decision. 

Maryland Woman Won the Largest Medical Malpractice Verdict in History

A woman in Prince George’s County, Maryland, won the largest medical malpractice verdict in US history when a Baltimore judge awarded her $205 million in July 2019. 

Erica Byrom sued the John Hopkins Bayview Medical Centre after complications during the birth of her daughter, which resulted in a serious brain injury to the now 5-year-old girl. The jury awarded her $229 million, but state cap reduced the awarded amount to $205 million soon after.

How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Medical Errors

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shutterstock_299427884.jpgAccording to recent research by Johns Hopkins Medicine, medical errors are currently the third leading cause of death in the United States. It has been found that more than 250,000 deaths are caused by medical errors each year in the nation. 10% of all deaths in the US are a result of medical errors – cancer and heart disease are the top 2 causes of death.

Hysterectomy and Medical Malpractice

Hysterectomy is the second most common procedure among women in the United States. More than 22,000,000 have had a hysterectomy. According to 2011 Women’s Health Stats from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), over 500,000 hysterectomies are performed annually and 33.3% women will have this procedure by the age of 60. In 2008, 18% of all hysterectomies were performed as outpatient surgeries.

Misinterpretation of X-Rays Warrants Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Every medical treatment begins with a series of diagnostic tests like an x-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds, or mammograms as required for specific patient situation. Thus, the radiologists have a supremely ethical responsibility to accurately read and interpret the x-rays or other similar diagnostic results to produce descriptive reports.