A patient wakes up and discovers that his hands and legs have been amputated due to an infection called methicillan-sensitive staphylococcus aureus (MSSA). This infection was originally misdiagnosed and, because it was left untreated, eventually resulted in the need for the removal of the limbs.
A doctor recently testified at a medical malpractice trial about the actions of another physician. That physician apparently had removed bone marrow from one portion of the patient's body and injected this marrow into woman's circulatory system and brain. The testifying doctor apparently was shocked by what he heard, but the other physician let the doctor know that he had "good luck" with this procedure.
Doctors do not always understand that there are limits as to any sort of medical treatment. Only on television melodramas do risky procedures consistently pay off.
A neurosurgeon was reported as having performed ten times more the number of multiple spinal-fusion operations than other neurosurgeons. This doctor has been sued 34 times for medical malpractice, and the majority of these cases involve surgical errors due to the performance of unnecessary surgeries.
A jury had been contemplating whether to hold a hospital and attending physician liable for the death of a 68-year old man. Where this case was being held, the jury needed to determine whether the treatment of the deceased man was below professional standards of care involving emergency room physicians.
A lawsuit has been filed alleging medical malpractice that resulted in the death of a 1-year old boy. The boy was taken to the hospital by his mother where he was diagnosed as having a viral infection. Sensing that something else was wrong, the mother took the boy back to the emergency room later that evening.
Medical malpractice lawsuits are often a difficult area for attorneys to prove up since most such lawsuits concern a highly technical area. The attorney must not only make his case to a judge, he or she must also make it understandable for a jury.
According to the ECRI Institute for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (PPSA), doctors often prescribe medications before being aware that the patient is also taking another medication that may result in an adverse reaction. Unfortunately, it was also reported that such medication errors involved controlled substances that could lead to more severe consequences.
There is a concern that pregnant women may be prescribed antihypertensive drugs without doctors taking into account possible consequences. Though such medications obviously can prevent hypertension in pregnant women, the risks of birth injuries and pregnancy complications such as placental abruption, fetal demise, superimposed preeclampsia, preterm birth or maternal morbidity by taking such medications have not been studied.
A recent lawsuit suggests that the problem of concussions suffered by professional athletes may involve more than the way the sport is played or the equipment that athletes are wearing. It may also involve physicians that do not appreciate the severity of brain injury that can be suffered by athletes, and who release players to play again following a concussion without considering the long term ramifications.