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Surgical error results in brain damage

A major university hospital has settled a medical malpractice case for $1.25 million. The patient in question underwent surgery for testicular cancer, but the surgery become complicated due to a hemorrhage and cardiac failure that occurred while the surgery was ongoing. This has resulted in a brain injury so severe that the patient is now in a vegetative state.

Medical malpractice, brain injury and punitive damages

In a state outside of Pennsylvania, that state's highest court has overthrown the state's cap on non-economic damage awards by juries. In a case that concerned a severely brain injured child that came about due to medical malpractice, the high court stated that the state cap limiting non-economic damages to $500,000 or five times what was determined to be compensatory damages violated a party's rights to a trial by jury.

Pennsylvania child's brain injury possibly due to surgical error

A jury in Pennsylvania recently came back with a $1.1 million concerning a possible surgical error. It's been claimed that the child suffered a brain injury following a routine sleep apnea procedure. The boy, who was only 11-months old when the surgery took place, reportedly suffers from developmental delay that puts him well behind other children his same age.

Medical malpractice, brain injuries and statute of limitations

Anytime a Pennsylvania patient is administered anesthesia during surgery, there is always the danger of surgical error that could lead to injury. In another jurisdiction, the mother of a 13-year old girl is now trying to show that her daughter suffered brain injury due to medical malpractice, and that the responsible hospital also tried to conceal medical records that may have shown wrongdoing.

Hospitals shielding of doctors from liability

A 62-year old patient was treated at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for bleeding of the brain, and it is alleged that the doctors treating him were guilty of a number of medical mistakes that led to the man dying. Though the family of the deceased filed a medical malpractice claim against UPMC and four treating doctors, the claims against the doctors were dropped in exchange for a $1.37 million settlement to the family.

Should military hospitals be sued for medical malpractice?

The United States Supreme Court declined to hear a case involving a former soldier who suffered severe brain damage due to a surgical error that occurred during a routine procedure performed at a military hospital. The soldier was admitted for appendicitis. However, when he stopped breathing while an appendectomy was being performed the staff inserted a breathing tube into the esophagus rather than the trachea.

Woman dies of brain damage following surgery

Something as simple as a misplaced tube during surgery resulted in the death of a woman due to brain injury. It appears that an anesthesiologist did not note that the oxygen tube had moved during the surgical procedure and the woman was deprived of oxygen while the anesthesia was administered.

Man dies of anesthetic reaction as no doctor could be found

The administration of anesthesia can result in all sorts of errors including brain trauma, and Pittsburgh hospitals must always take care during any surgery to insure brain injury or death does not occur. Many such errors were preventable if instructions and procedures were in place for emergency staff that could easily have been understood and followed.

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