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Physician, hospital negligence alleged in heparin lawsuit

With hundreds, if not thousands of patients across the country requiring hospitalization on a daily basis, Washington, D.C. residents have the right to expect a certain standard of care from a medical staff. Unfortunately, this trust in health care professionals is sometimes misplaced. In a nearby state, a couple has recently filed a lawsuit alleging physician and hospital negligence.

The man and his wife filed a complaint against several physicians and the hospital at which they are employed after the husband received treatment there in Jan. 2015. Per the complaint, the man was treated for shortness of breath and was given heparin before being transferred to the hospital now named as one of the defendants in the lawsuit. While in this hospital's care, the plaintiff required treatment for a variety of heparin-induced ailments, including but not limited to kidney failure, ischemic bowel and thrombocytopenia.

Fiery Washington, D.C. car crash claims life of passenger

A recent fatal motor vehicle accident in Washington, D.C. has claimed a life. The single-vehicle car crash resulted in charges of negligent homicide against the driver, an out-of-state man accused of speeding, among other accusations of reckless behavior. Police responded to the scene of the accident around 3 o'clock in the morning after emergency calls reported the fiery wreck.

According to the investigation to date, the driver was operating the vehicle at high speeds and did not have his car's headlights turned on. Police believe he lost control of the vehicle and drove over a curb at an intersection. The car then struck both a pole and a parked vehicle before it finally came to a stop in the lot of a gas station.

Numerous lawsuits over prescription medication Xarelto

Every day, patients across the U.S. rely on various medicines to keep them healthy, and residents of Washington, D.C. are no exception. Unfortunately, sometimes the very prescription medication intended to keep patients alive comes with side effects that can be severe, if not fatal. Worse yet, what if these side effects could be monitored, but neither doctors nor patients were made aware of the risks and potential preventative measures because the drug manufacturers were suppressing the data?

This is what a recent string of federal cases is alleging in regard to the prescription medication Xarelto. The drug is intended to treat blood clots. The clots can lead to more severe health issues like strokes and heart attacks. In fact, the medication was approved by the FDA back in 2011 for treatment of patients suffering from clotting and atrial fibrillation.

Jury: Surgical errors constitute negligence

Doctor error is always an upsetting and potentially dangerous issue, but mistakes made during surgery can be especially devastating. Many patients consider surgery a last resort, hoping that -- despite the invasiveness of the procedure -- it will at least provide the long-sought pain relief they desperately need, only to be left in a worse state than before. For residents of Washington, D.C. who have suffered serious injuries caused by surgical errors, a recent medical malpractice case may offer some hope of recompense for their ordeals.

In another state, a jury awarded a patient $1.2 million after a spine surgery left her with severe pain and other issues. The patient underwent surgery in 2011 that was supposed to correct the chronic back pain caused by her scoliosis. Instead, she was left with an abnormal spinal position and pain that was even more severe than before.

Negligent delivery leaves infant with permanent brain damage

Instances of professional medical error are bad enough when they happen to adults, but there is little worse for most parents than when their children are the victims. For many Washington, D.C., residents, the birth of their babies is a joyous occasion, but in cases where a negligent delivery leaves a baby with birth injuries, what should have been the happiest day in many parents' lives becomes a lifelong battle for their children's health. Just such a devastating occurrence allegedly happened in another state and resulted in a long legal battle that ended in a settlement.

The plaintiffs recently received a settlement in their medical malpractice lawsuit totaling $15 million for the brain damage their child allegedly suffered during birth. The complaint alleges that the child's mother was given Pitocin during labor, but that hospital staff administered too high a dose. This overdose, in turn, led to contractions that were too strong and too close together.

Walgreen's alleged medication errors send teen to ICU

Despite the fact that pharmaceutical mistakes happen every day across the U.S., few people realize the frequency at which they occur. Fortunately, it's a problem that most residents of Washington, D.C., won't ever have to worry about, but for the unlucky individuals who do end up the victims of medication errors, it's a nightmare experience they won't soon forget. After just such an ordeal in another state, a mother has recently filed a pharmaceutical litigation suit after she claimed a pharmacy's mistake resulted in a trip to intensive care for her son.

In July 2016, the woman visited a Walgreens to have the prescription for her son's methadone filled. The boy, aged 15 at the time of the incident, has a variety of health conditions that have left him bedridden; as a result, he suffers from bedsores, which the methadone was intended to treat. Frighteningly, after the dose of the medication was administered, the boy apparently vomited, then turned blue and stopped breathing.

Medical malpractice suit alleges failure to act led to suicide

When it comes to health, be it physical or mental, an accurate and timely diagnosis can make all the difference. Families in Washington, D.C., rely on health care providers to use professional medical judgment and training to keep them safe and healthy. In another state, unfortunately, an apparent lapse in medical judgment has led one family to file a medical malpractice suit against the hospital where their son was treated after doctors' failure to act ended with suicide.

Prior to being seen at the hospital, the now-deceased individual had been prescribed medication by a doctor – also named in the lawsuit – who apparently also failed to correctly evaluate the 33-year-old's deteriorating mental condition. In mid-July 2015, the man called emergency services to report persistent suicidal thoughts. He was taken to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital where he said during a psychiatric evaluation that he had been seriously contemplating suicide by hanging for weeks.

Medical malpractice suit accuses government agency of negligence

Whether in Washington, D.C., or elsewhere in the country, patients rightly expect their doctors to give them the care they need to stay healthy. A timely diagnosis can make all the difference in receiving necessary treatments, and with the faith most individuals place in modern medicine, it's difficult to imagine anyone being forced to repeatedly seek medical treatments without ever receiving a correct diagnosis. How tragic, then, to imagine seeing doctors for months because of severe pain and other problems only to eventually be told of a fatal illness after it is too late. Sadly, this is exactly what a recently filed medical malpractice lawsuit is alleging occurred.

A now-deceased military veteran in another state supposedly suffered just such a fate, and his family is not happy with the treatment – or alleged mistreatment -- he received. The man's estate is suing the Department of Veteran affairs because, they allege, insufficient measures were taken to diagnose his pancreatic cancer. It is this very cancer that claimed the man's life when it was finally diagnosed at too late a stage.

Accurate diagnosis can make a big difference in health outcomes

Most residents of Washington, D.C. and, indeed, across the nation, rely on the experience and training of health care professionals on an almost daily basis, either for themselves or for their ailing family members, friends and loved ones. When they get sick, they trust their doctors to make an accurate diagnosis so that they can receive the treatment or medication they need. Unfortunately, a man in another state alleges that physicians at a medical facility failed to do just that.

The individual has filed a complaint in circuit court against the doctors who failed to properly treat him and against the medical facility where they are employed. The suit claims that the physicians failed to diagnose his stroke. According to the complaint, the man was taken to the medical center via ambulance because he was exhibiting stroke-like symptoms.

Prescription medication error results in hospital stay for child

For most parents in Washington, D.C., and across the nation, the thought of anything happening to their children is terrifying. Mothers and fathers are usually very careful to follow doctors' and pharmacists' instructions, trusting these medical professionals to ensure their children's health and well-being. What happens, then, when that trust is misplaced and the prescription medication they so diligently gave their child turns out to be wrong?

In a nearby state, a mother has recently filed a suit on behalf of her daughter after just such an incident apparently occurred. The complaint alleges that the child was injured and hospitalized on three separate occasions due to an improperly-filled prescription medication. In connection with the incident, the girl's mother is suing CVS pharmacy.

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